Deliver Us From Evil, Part 4
March 22, 2019
All we did last week was to scratch the surface in dealing with
the camouflage and concealment that evil spirits use to make us think that what
we are dealing with is our own personalities.
I never got to describing how in certain photos (which I have shared in
our fellowship, but not in these Coffee Breaks), the objective was to
demonstrate the fact that evil spirits often hide themselves in objects — just
about every object you can think of — and in some cases the most unlikely
things. Missionaries often come back
from countries where witchcraft and superstition reign supreme.
Unfortunately, they often pick up pictures or “things of
artistic value” that in fact are objects of demonic worship. They introduce into their homes the same evil
spirits associated with those objects, and then wonder why they are suffering
various afflictions. Let me talk about
some of those things today.
During my years at Long Beach Christian
Center, our ministry staff dealt with many similar scenes. I’ll never forget the day when Josie called
me in a panic. She asked if I could come
over to her home. I took Dick Parrish
with me to see what her issue was. She
had taken down a painting from her living room wall that her husband had
brought back from Mexico and placed it in a coat closet. It was one of those paintings done on black
velvet (there is a lot of Mexican art done this way) and the scene looked like
something straight out of Hell.
soon as we saw the painting, we told Josie to burn it. She got some matches and attempted to light
it on fire. There was nothing about this
picture that suggested it was fire-proof.
It was nothing more than velvet cloth on a wood frame. Yet, it would not light.
took some twigs and built a small bonfire and set the picture on the fire. Still it would not catch fire. Finally, we commanded that picture to burn in
Jesus’ Name. This time she simply took a
match to it. It was as strange a scene
as you’ve ever seen. The picture burned
all right, but it started at the top and burned to the bottom. No attempts to light the picture on fire from
the bottom worked, but that single match touched to the top of the painting did
subsequently told us that the household had been suffering with every kind of
sickness and affliction ever since her husband had brought it back from
Mexico. He, too, had been a victim. From the moment that the picture was
destroyed, there was a change in the atmosphere in the home. We proclaimed and declared the authority of
the Lord Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God throughout that home. The sicknesses and afflictions were gone in
less than 24 hours.
Dobbs was a member of our ministry staff at Long Beach Christian Center. One Sunday, we didn't see Dave in either the
morning worship service, or the evening worship service. I got home that night after the service and
my phone rang. It was Dave’s wife, Pam.
“I need you to come over right away! Dave has been really sick, and he seems to be
slipping into a coma or something like that.”
called Dick Parrish again, and he met me at their house. Dave looked terrible. When I saw him, my first instinct was
witchcraft. I knew Dave’s mother had
been a missionary in South America for a number of years, so I said to him,
did your mother bring back any trinkets or gifts when she returned from South
America? Did she bring back any masks or
totem-like items? How about paintings?”
nodded and said to Pam, “There’s a whole boxful of that stuff in our
closet. Mom just brought it over and left
it with me.”
looked at Pam and said, “Would you get that box, please?”
did so and brought it out. Indeed, it
was full of the items I’d just described.
Dick and I prayed and cast out the spirit of witchcraft from the house
and any spells it had brought on Dave.
We spoke healing and health to him, and he immediately recovered.
then said to Dave, “After you get dressed and are up and about, you need to
destroy those items. Light up your
fireplace and burn them.”
agreed, and Dick and I left for our homes.
couldn’t have been much more than an hour later when Dave called me. He held up his phone so that I could hear
strange and eerie noises.
coming out of the fireplace,” he said.
Some of those artifacts are literally screaming!”
said to Dave, “OK. Hang on. I’m coming back over.”
I got there, he was using the poker to push some of the totem-like figures back
into the fire. They kept wiggling out of
the fire and making all kinds of noises.
What was even more strange was that they were made of wood. They should have caught fire and burned
immediately without question. Dave had
to hold his poker on them in the fire for quite some time before the noises
ceased and they actually caught fire.
was palpable change in the atmosphere in his home when they all burned to ash.
however, was not the end of things for Dave.
Even though he recovered and was doing so much better, there were more
events to follow. In the days that
followed, Dave called me one morning to report that a triangular section of
carpet had been ripped up out of the floor in their living room, and the floor
underneath was charred as though a fire had been burning there.
I came over to inspect the damage, Pam told me something she had not reported
house was my mother’s house. She was a
practicing witch and held all kinds of ceremonies here with other witches.”
“Brother! Does that ever explain a lot,” I exclaimed.
called both Dwain and Dick to join me with Dave and Pam as we walked throughout
ever room in that house, declaring the rulership of the Kingdom of God,
declaring the peace and rest of the Holy Spirit, and commanding every wicked
spirit that had taken up residence in the place to depart. We even held the doors open to the house to
usher the evil spirits out of the place.
was the end of those kinds of displays for Dave and Pam, and it certainly was a
vivid and visual demonstration of how the Enemy seeks to steal, kill and
destroy the people of God. It was also a
very clear demonstration of the authority we have in Christ Jesus. The cleansing of that house stuck. It was the end of the attacks — at least of
that kind — on Dave and Pam.
change course for a bit in this discussion.
Throughout the years, I have on occasion had folks accuse me of casting
out evil spirits because I, myself, was under the control of demons. That’s about as ludicrous and illogical a
statement as you can get. Listen to what
Jesus said when he made the following statement:
Luke 11:17-20: Every kingdom
divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided
against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall
his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And
if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out?
therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the
finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
makes it abundantly clear that He only needs his little finger to cast out
demons. They are nothing compared to His
power and authority!
He lays out a set of spiritual principles that help us to understand where our
strength lies, and how we can mark of evidence of these wicked spirits who
invade and torment.
Luke 11:21-26: When a strong
man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger
than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his
armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not
with me scattereth.
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through
dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my
house whence I came out. And when he cometh,
he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and
taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they
enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than
break this down. He says, “When
a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace.” Jesus is making it clear that we must be on
guard at all times. We must be
constantly armed with the armament He has provided.
rest of that statement is about as clear and unmistakable as can be. If the “strong man” isn’t stronger than the
wicked spirit that comes his way, then that evil spirit destroys his armor and
takes away his goods and his peace.
what Jesus said in John?
John 10:10: The thief cometh not,
but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have
life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
key to understanding Jesus’ statement concerning “when a
stronger than he shall come upon him and overcome him,” is that the thief
uses his cunning and deception as his strength — a strength which is
deceptively powerful and appears unbeatable.
Again, He makes it obvious that when we are with Him and in Him and He
in us, we become the “gatherers,” the “healers,” the “deliverers.”
we come to as basic a piece of evidence that marks the presence of an evil
spirit. Jesus now says the following:
“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh
through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return
unto my house whence I came out.”
is the evil spirit seeking after?
could be clearer. When you see someone
who struggles with restlessness, they cannot seem to be still, they always have
to be doing something, they talk incessantly and they are non-stop fidgety, you
are seeing the manifestation of one or more unclean spirits in that person.
is the hallmark of every evil spirit!
Often, it can be the representation of some kind of violence in the
person’s past, or spiritual genesis (and that’s a topic I will get into a bit
few years ago, a mother came to me after a meeting with her four-year-old
son. He squirmed and squirmed and did
his best to get out of her grasp. The
mother said to me, “he has always been this way! There’s nothing I can do to keep him
quiet. Every so often, he will scream or
just make strange noises. After hearing you share tonight, I know that he needs
asked her if her husband exhibited the same symptoms. She replied that he was in prison for a
series of violent crimes. Holy Spirit
made it clear to me in that moment that we were dealing with a spirit of murder
and violence that had been passed onto the boy.
handed the young boy over to me and I sat him in my lap. That, in itself, was a interesting
display. I had to wrap my arms around
him in order to keep him from beating on me or jumping from my lap.
spirit of murder and violence, I command you to loose
this boy in the name of Jesus! Come out
of him, NOW!”
like that, everything changed! The
non-stop struggle ended. He looked
across at his mother and in a quiet voice said, “Mommy!” She wept as she took him into her arms. He was quiet and peaceable and his whole
demeanor had undergone change. I later
learned that the deliverance held and that he was one very changed
rather unexpected side effect occurred from that event. This took place in a Charismatic church in
Fairbanks. When the pastor saw what
happened with the boy, he uninvited me from the church. I was told that I was no longer welcome
there. That came as a bit of a surprise,
to say the least.
what had happened was that an enemy that had taken up residence in him was
exposed and it made him restless. Some
of the elders witnessed this restlessness and paid attention. It soon became clear that he was — and had
been — having an affair with one of the women in the church. The pastor was forced to step down for a time
until he received deliverance and underwent a period of repentance and healing
with his family. About a year later, he
was restored to his pastorate.
because a person may be a great leader, a wonderful pastor, or a terrific
teacher, does not mean that he or she is impervious to attack. It all comes back to Jesus’ analogy of one
who is armed and keeps his palace, but when one who is stronger than he comes
upon him, he loses his goods and his peace.
In this instance, this particular pastor had an area of his life that
was not covered spiritually and protected from an assault by the Enemy.
seem this happen repeatedly to some very great and very public people in
ministry — televangelists whose ministries were — to all intents and purposes —
prospering and doing great things for the Kingdom. Unfortunately, their own armor was poorly
protected or used, and they became prey to “a stronger than they!” Some of them have been delivered, set free,
paid the price for their failures, and restored to their places of ministry.
of the problems that we run into again and again is the fear that folks have in
addressing evil spirits. The whole
subject of deliverance is almost taboo in many circles.
say, “Oh, I can’t do that!”
talk about that in greater detail next week.
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