God’s Children And Spirits

If you believe that God exist and that Christ Jesus is his son, then you believe in the spiritual world. You have to believe there are spirits to believe in God. Everyone likes to believe in the angels but a lot of people seem to forget there are two sides. When Adam and Eve sinned, their eyes were opened up to good AND evil. So if God and Christ and the angels in heaven are good spirits, that means the devil and all his angels are evil spirits. Remember scripture says the devil is here to steal, kill, and destroy. That scripture is really important to these next few posts. I will be adding scriptures to this post at the very least to help ground the claims I am making. A lot of what I’ll be talking about in the near future isn’t stated in the bible but the concept of it is. Back then, people didn’t have the kinds of problems we have now due to the time era.

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.

Israel had problems and they were really at their worst when Christ came. There are accounts in the New Testament where Christ had told evil spirits to leave a person. Think about that. God’s people had evil spirits inside of them that Christ had to rebuke and command to leave. That is the first time anyone ever had such a thing called deliverance. I looked up a very familiar story to a lot of people and that’s when the Canaanite woman came to Jesus and pleaded for help. She told him her daughter was vexed with a devil.

Matthew 15

22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

I looked up the word “bread” because I had been taught, that’s what deliverance is. Bread is a simple word and it really does talk about bread being a loaf. What interested me is the blue 142 link in the concordance. So like I did last time I looked up words, I tapped on it (phone concordance). The word that came up is spelt αίρω and is pronounced ah’-ee-ro. It’s a primary root word and the third meaning behind it is to take up or away. Another meaning is to expiate sin and another meaning is loose, put away, remove.

Hebrews 11

35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

Deliverance in this verse is not the word I’m looking for; However, there is one meaning that sticks out – ransom in full. The word I’m looking for is assigned the number 3083. That number and the one assigned 575 is what make up the word for deliverance in this scripture. Going to 3083 I got λύτρον which means ”to loosen” and “ransom”. That takes me to Jesus friend Lazarus. Lazarus died and Jesus came and called out his name and Lazarus was brought back to life. Since he was dead for 4 days, they had put him in grave clothes. The grave clothes is a symbol of bondage in this case and this is what happened:

John 11

43 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

That’s what being a child of God’s is – freedom from what we are in bondage to. The Hebrew were and are God’s chosen people and yet they still had spiritual problems. They still had evil spirits in them. I’m going to use a few scriptures from Mark to show you that good or bad spirits live inside of people and in these cases, bad spirits.

Mark 1

23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.

Mark 5

2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

Mark 9

17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;

18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.

19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.

21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

There are a few things to look at in these verses. First – God’s people had spirits in them. If the Hebrews had spirits then, what about us now? What about our gentile ancestors who had no blessings from God before the door was opened to us? Mark 1 talked about an unclean spirit telling Jesus to leave them alone because they didn’t want to be destroyed. There have been times in my life where a person would pray over me for a spiritual problem and in my mind words became to appear. Those words were “leave us alone” and “please make him be quiet”.

Mark 5 talked about the man with legion. There were so many spirits in that man that they caused him to cut himself, cry all day and night, live in a cemetery and go around nude. They gave him strength to break ironclad shackles as if they were toothpicks. On impulse he would run down and beat on people and have no control over his body. You look around today and you see people who cry all day, you see people who are drawn to the subject of death, you see nudist who are proud of it and people who want to go nude but don’t because society don’t accept it as a norm. You see people who cut themselves for multiple reasons. I can’t say anything about the ultra strong people because a lot of the ones around today that is known are the body builders and weight lifters; they train for that. As a whole, you can see the same spirits in that man working in peoples lives today – even in God’s people.

Lastly is Mark 9. A father brought his son to Jesus for a spirit to be cast out and said his disciples could not do it. Jesus rebuked the disciples for their unbelief because the spirit told them they could not cast it out and they believed it instead of Jesus. Then Jesus asked how long the boy had been suffering like that and the father said since he was a child. Jesus asked that for a reason. Back in Deuteronomy, around chapters 27-28 God talks about this curse and that curse and curses being generational and that the sins of the fathers would be visited upon the children. This boy was paying for a sin somewhere down his family history and it could have been his own fathers’ sin.  The man cried out for help and Jesus said that anything is possible to those who believe. What is interesting is that the man said he believed and asked Jesus to help his unbelief. Just because we believe it can be done, there can be unbelief telling us that it won’t happen, at least for us it wont.

I had that happen last night. Someone was praying over the curse of diabetes to be broken and it got to a point where the devil through the unbelief in me was stating that I would never be free from it. I had to start rebuking that thought and telling it no and not give the devil power over me.  Jesus cast that spirit out of the boy and had to touch him and heal him because the spirit leaving the lad made him appear dead. He might have actually died and Jesus touching him brought him back to life. Then the disciples asked Christ why they couldn’t’ cast it out and Christ said that those kind of spirits would have to be cast out through fasting and prayer. Fasting helps in deliverance. I don’t know if it’s the strong ones that can’t be cast out without fasting or if it’s the bloodline curses. Either way, there are some stubborn ones who will say no and say that they have been in the person too long and say that they are too strong and too powerful. It might help to fast before dealing with those.

There are people who argue that Christians can’t have evil spirits in them. Where in the New Testament does it say that? Where in the New Testament does it say believers on Christ are free from everything automatically? It says to the believers to cast off the works of darkness. If you want scripture, its Romans 13:12. Scripture also talks about putting off behaviors. That’s something that WE have to do, not Christ did it for us on Calvary.

Spiritual deliverance was not yet given to God’s people before Christ and that’s why he cast out spirits for those who asked. It’s for God’s children and only for the believers. Then the door was open for the gentiles who were also in spiritual bondage like the Jews. One bondage spirit that is very powerful today is the bondage of addiction. That spirit has more people in its grasps than what someone would realize and I’ll be talking about that soon. I’m hoping the next post but then again, this post was supposed to have been next after Testimony Of 2 and wasn’t. Whenever I do talk about the addictions, you’ll know by the title.

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~ by davisddesigns on March 11, 2013.

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