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INTRODUCTION

Have you ever heard the story about the farmer who told his wife one morning that he was going to plough the southern side of his farm ?He got off to an early start so he could oil the tractor . He needed more oil, so he went to the shop to get it. On the way to the shop, he noticed his cows weren’t fed . So he proceeded to the cattle feed , where he found some sacks of feed. The sacks reminded him that his potatoes were sprouting. When he started for the potato pit , he passed the woodpile and remembered that his daughter wanted wood in the house. As he picked up a few sticks , an ailing goat passed by. He dropped the wood and reached for the goat. When evening arrived , the frustrated farmer had not even gotten to the tractor, let alone the field!

How many times have you found yourself in a similar situation? You intended to do something you knew was important, but were distracted and never accomplished what you set out to do.

Or perhaps you can think of something that you have always wanted to do but can never find time for.

By the same question, are you aware of something that you do often that is a waste of time ?

If you are a normal person, you answered “Yes” to both questions and thought of something specific in each case. Isn’t it strange that we can want to do one thing for a long time and never get to it, and yet at the same time we freely admit that we are wasting time on other activities ?

THAT IS WHY WE NEED TO LEARN TO MANAGE OURSELVES.

DEMONS CAN’T SWIM – 2

Right now, Satan and his armies of unclean spirits are pouring out their demonic fury on mankind: “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Revelation 12:12).

Already we’re seeing the evidence of this:

  • America’s youth are armed to the teeth with guns, knives, assault weapons, machine guns! We face anarchy on our streets very soon. It’s happening in Chicago and Detroit, and in nearly all major cities. Already in New York many housing developments have become war zones. A few weeks ago a young minister was shot in the head while passing out literature — cut down in the cross fire of a gang drug war!
  • Legions of demonic power have possessed leaders of our society! For example, the chancellor of New York City’s school system recently introduced a curriculum that would teach first-graders that homosexuality and lesbianism are acceptable life-styles. He claims that such teaching is needed to educate children against AIDS! I ask you: who but someone with a demon-possessed mind could present such an idea with a straight face?

The blindness and deception are incredible. Yet these same deceiving spirits have now invaded the church as well! “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1). We are seeing Paul’s warnings fulfilled:

  • Anti-Semitic doctrines are sweeping through evangelical and charismatic churches. These teachings come straight out of the pit of hell! The devil hates Jews, because God still has a covenant with them. He hates anything having to do with the covenants of God.

How could Satan get such doctrines into our churches? It is because many have become dry — empty of God! And they are now grazing grounds for demonic powers!

To be continued …

DEMONS CAN’T SWIM – 1

The title of this message is no joke — I’m not being facetious. I believe the Bible speaks very clearly on this subject of demons: They can’t swim — because they hate water!

“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none” (Matthew 12:43). Unclean spirits — or demons — roam about in dry places, where there is no water. (The New American Standard translates “dry places” as “waterless places.”) And the “rest” they seek is possession — a body to live in, a dwelling place that’s dry, without water of any kind.

The Bible gives us a very clear picture of this in Mark 5. Jesus was approached by a Gadarene man who was possessed by a legion of demons (that is, about 2,000 of them). When the demons saw Jesus, a spokesdemon cried out: “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” (Mark 5:7).

The demon begged Jesus to send them all into a herd of swine that was grazing on a hillside nearby. I believe those unclean spirits had every intention of driving the herd into the wilderness — a dry place, where they could wait until they found other humans to inhabit.

Jesus did permit them to possess the swine — but then, Scripture says,

“The herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea (they were about 2,000;) and were choked in the sea” (verse 13). What an incredible scene!

I have often wondered why Jesus allowed those demons to enter into the hogs. Why didn’t He just send them into outer darkness, where they could never harass another human?

The fact is, Jesus never said or did anything without a powerful spiritual truth behind it. And I believe this incident has great spiritual significance for us today!

As I was studying this passage, the Holy Spirit whispered to me: “Demons can’t swim!” I answered, “Lord, I don’t know what that means. Please show me!” And He began to open to me the significance of what Jesus allowed to happen:

I believe those hogs — suddenly possessed — were compelled by the Spirit of God to run pell-mell down the hill and plunge into the sea. Jesus is Lord over all of nature — and He commanded the swine, “Go! Take them now into the sea!” That was the end of that demonic possession — the Gadarene man was saved and delivered. Yet as the hogs ran into the water, the legion of demons went screaming in terror, out into dry places — because they hate water!

Jesus Himself said, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this he spake of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive)” John 7:38-39).

The Holy Spirit is living water! He falls like rain (both the former and latter rains). He springs up like a well within thirsting believers. And His life is poured out as a flood upon the world — like streams in the desert!

When I say demons can’t stand water, I am talking about the Holy Spirit! Every demon in hell knows that water in the Bible represents God’s Spirit. And they know that since Jesus is now bodily with the Father, their arch enemy is His Spirit — and wherever He abides, they must flee! They can’t stand the water of the Holy Ghost — in you, in the church or in the world. And the sea that the swine were driven into was a type of the Holy Spirit! This was to serve as an object lesson to all succeeding generations.

Yet dryness represents one who is void of the Spirit of God. Dry places are a type of spiritless people — God’s Spirit does not dwell in them. David said, “The rebellious dwell in a dry land” (Psalm 68:6). This is true of the believer who has neglected the Lord: he has become “dry,” empty of all things of God. And dead, dry churches and Christians become the dwelling places of unclean spirits. Demons roam about them, looking for rest — because dryness opens one up to demonic harassment.

To be continued …

Is Ezekiel Speaking of Satan or the King of Tyre? – 2

5. Walked In The Midst Of Stones Of Fire

The stones of fire seem to speak of the nearness to God’s throne. When Moses brought Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of the elders up to Mount Sinai to see God’s presence, we read the following.

And they saw the God of Israel; and there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and as it were the very heaven for clearness. And the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel (Exodus 24:10,17)

This description could be the same as the stones of fire in Ezekiel. If so, it would indicate the nearness this angel had to the throne of God.

6. Perfect In All His Ways Until His Fall

The perfection of this creature is again stressed. There was no defect in him until he chose to sin. He, like everything God created, was perfect.

7. He Was Lifted Up With Pride Because Of His Beauty

Because of his great beauty, this creature was lifted up with pride. Scripture has much to say on the subject of pride.

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18)

8. His Wisdom Was Corrupted Because Of His Brightness

The great wisdom of this personage had now been corrupted. Obviously it was insanity to think that the creature could somehow overcome the Creator.

9. He Was Thrown Out Of The Mountain Of God

This speaks of either the initial judgment of this angel, or of his future judgment-when he will be thrown down to the earth in the middle of the Great Tribulation. Either way, his judgment is certain.

10. His Position Was Degraded When He Sinned

No longer would this angel hold a lofty position. He will never again be spoken of as the anointed cherub or whatever title he previously held.

11. He Became An Enemy Of Humanity

Now this angel becomes Satan, the adversary, the enemy of humanity.

Summary

From this passage there seems to be a description of the original fall of Satan. If so, we learn much about this personage. He was the anointed cherub who had a special place next to the throne of God. Because of his special place, and his extraordinary beauty, he was lifted up with pride. This caused him to rebel against God, and to be judged for his sin.

Is Ezekiel Speaking of Satan or the King of Tyre? – 1

In the Book of Ezekiel there is a description of someone called the king of Tyre. Though there was an actual historical person who was the king of Tyre, the description the Bible gives of this person seems to go far beyond this human leader. Though in context, Ezekiel was first speaking about the historical king of Tyre, he seemingly moved into the dateless past with a description of the original fall of Satan.

Mortal, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord GOD: You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, carnelian, chrysolite, and moonstone, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald; and worked in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. With an anointed cherub as guardian I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked among the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day that you were created, until iniquity was found in you. In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and the guardian cherub drove you out from among the stones of fire. Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you. By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade, you profaned your sanctuaries. So I brought out fire from within you; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you. All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever (Ezekiel 28:12-19).

Description Of Fall?

Admittedly, this is a difficult passage to interpret. There are many who believe that this is a description of the account of the original fall of Satan. Though some of the descriptions given may fit the historical king of Tyre, others certainly do not seem to. These include the expressions: “perfect in beauty,” “you were in Eden,” “you were on the holy mountain of God,” and “you were blameless.” These descriptions would not fit the actual king of Tyre. Therefore they are most likely to be understood as statements about the original fall of the angel who became the Devil.

What Can We Learn?

If true, we can learn the following things about this angel.

1. Full Of Wisdom Perfect In Beauty

When originally created by God, this angel, like everything else God created was perfect. Not only that, he seemed to have been especially beautiful.

2. Lived In Eden

This Eden seemingly existed at a far earlier time than the Garden of Eden that God created on the earth. The description given here could hardly refer to the earthly Garden of Eden. In the Garden of Eden, there is no reference to gold or precious stones. The description given in Ezekiel resembles more the New Jerusalem than the Garden of Eden. The New Jerusalem will be the place where redeemed believers live – those who will be a higher order than the angels.

3. Anointed Cherub That Covered

This may indicate that this angel held a position of superiority over all the other angels. The cherubim, along with the seraphim, seem to be the highest rank of heavenly beings. Being the “anointed cherub” speaks of the highest position among the cherubim. The phrase “that covered” reminds us that the cherubim overshadowed the Ark of the Covenant – a position next to the presence of God. All these things seem to add up to say that this personage had the highest rank in the universe of any created being. It is possible, however, that the anointed cherub is not describing the person under consideration but rather the anointed cherub was guarding the “king of Tyre.”

4. Was In God’s Holy Mountain

The statement here refers to the dwelling place of God – His visible glory. This angel was in the immediate presence of the Lord.

To be continued …

Dwelling in the Secret Place: What it is and How to do it – 3

Benefits of dwelling in the secret place

You will be delivered. You will receive deliverance from those against you who try to trap you, and from deadly sicknesses. (Psalm 91:3)

He will cover you from your enemies and from evil. (Psalm 91:4)

You will have no fear in your life. You won’t be afraid of sickness, darkness, destruction, or man-made weapons. (Psalm 91:5-6)

No evil shall befall you. Others may fall, but you’ll be protected.

No sickness will come near you or your household. Sickness is never from God and those who dwell in Him will be free from sickness and disease. (Psalm 91:10)

Angels will guard and protect you. (Psalm 91:11-12)

You will have authority and power over satan and his demons. The Bible uses creatures such as lions, serpents, and scorpions to represent the enemy. If you dwell in the secret place you will “trample him underfoot.”(Psalm 91:13)

God will answer your prayers. (Psalm 91:15)

God will be with you in trouble. God will be with you as he was with other men and women of God who loved Him. He will deliver and rescue you from trouble.(Psalm 91:15)

You will be blessed with long life. Many people think that God has a timestamp for everyone, but this verse reveals that how we live our lives judges when we will die. So, if we dwell in God, He promises to “satisfy us with long life.”

He will show us His salvation. I believe this is twofold. (1) God will show us salvation and deliverance from times of trouble and evil on this earth, and (2) He will show us His eternal salvation by being with Him forever! (Psalm 91:16)

Whew! That is a whole lot of promises. I encourage all of you to read Psalm 91 and study it out. Let those benefits listed there become real to you. Spend time in His presence, commune with Him throughout the day, and you will see the glory of God.

Dwelling in the Secret Place: What it is and How to do it – 2

To dwell in the secret place means to live in a place of continually drawing near to the Father through communion. It is a place where you talk to Him in the morning, at night, and throughout the day, without the motivation of being recognized by people, only the pure desire to know Him.

Dwelling in the secret place doesn’t only have to do with going in your bedroom and praying when no one is watching. This is included but it is not required.

Instead, it means to engage in fellowship with God and then never leave. Consistently coming before Him in sweet communion with our Lord, moment by moment.

This is what you and I were created for: to live in daily fellowship with the Father and to be empowered by His Spirit to bear His image to a lost and dying world.

How can one dwell in the secret place of God?

Read the Word daily. God and His Word are one. If we wish to dwell in God then we need to learn to dwell in His Word. You can only think about what you consume, so instead of consuming the things of the world, consume the things of God by reading His Word daily. If we make this a consistent habit we won’t get distracted from His presence as much.

Spend time in secret prayer. This one is pretty obvious, but it is impossible to dwell in the secret place without it. There are two aspects to any intimate relationship. Those are (1) quality time alone, and (2) quality time with others. You need both for a successful relationship. If you aren’t taking time every day to get alone and spend time in secret prayer, it is going to get pretty difficult to commune with Him throughout the day. 

Speak in tongues often. The apostle Paul said, “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all”

Make daily tasks triggers to pray. We all have responsibilities. Whether those are going to work, taking out the trash, doing laundry, or doing the dishes. The point is we all have things we have to do every day. Make those mundane tasks triggers to start talking with Him.

Dwelling in the Secret Place: What it is and How to do it – 1

If we want to develop a vibrant relationship with the Lord then we need to learn to dwell in the secret place of God. The Father is always with us, He never leaves us, nor forsakes us. If we really believe this then we need to act accordingly.

The Bible is filled with mentions of the secret place. We are constantly being exhorted to “pray without ceasing”, “give thanks for everything” , and to pray in secret. The problem lies not in us understanding the command, but our knowledge of what it is and how to do it.

In this article, we will be covering everything you need to know about dwelling in the secret place.

What is the secret place of God?

The secret place is simply a life of continual fellowship with the Father, without the need to be seen by others as “spiritual.”

The secret place is implied throughout the whole Bible, but it is primarily mentioned in two places. In Matthew chapter 6 by our Lord Jesus, and in Psalm 91 by king David.

In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus is in the middle of delivering the sermon on the mount and He gives us the best definition of what the secret place means.

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:5-6).

Some people think this means that the secret place only has to do with praying in a bedroom by yourself, but this isn’t what Jesus was trying to communicate.

In the context of this passage, Jesus is addressing three spiritual disciplines: giving, prayer, and fasting. When He addresses giving, He tells us to not “let our left hand know what our right hand is doing”. When He addresses fasting, He tells us to wash our face so that we do not appear to men to be fasting. Jesus refers to these as actions done in secret.

So, although it is true that the Lord is being practical and saying to get alone and spend time with the Father, His main point was not about being alone in a bedroom, but about developing a life of prayer without the motivation of being seen by men.

PSALM 110

This psalm is a cornerstone in Christian theology, as it is cited as proof of the plurality of the Godhead and Jesus’ supremacy as king, priest, and Messiah. For this reason, Psalm 110 is “the most frequently quoted or referenced psalm in the New Testament”.

The atmosphere was tense. Jesus had just entered Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey. This was a bold, Messianic claim on the part of our Lord which was not missed by the crowds who greeted Him with outspread garments and branches and the words, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 2:19).

Jesus’ triumphal entry caused the crowds to ponder His identity (Matt. 21:10-11), but this act, followed by His cleansing of the temple (vv. 12-15) served only to intensify the jealousy and anger of the chief priests and scribes (v. 15). Defensively, they challenged our Lord, “By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” (v. 23). This commenced a heated debate between the Lord Jesus and the religious leaders of the nation Israel. Jesus put them on the spot regarding the origin of John the Baptist’s ministry, which they declined to answer (vv. 24-27). He then taught in pointed parables which were intended to reveal the fact that His rejection by the scribes and Pharisees was a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy (21:33–22:14).

Now this was going too far! The scribes and Pharisees became intent upon trapping Jesus in His teaching, thereby discrediting Him before the crowds (22:15). They asked him about paying taxes to Caesar, a most sensitive issue (vv. 16-22). The Sadducees asked a question about the resurrection (vv. 23-33). A lawyer asked a question about the most important commandment (vv. 34-40). In each of these efforts the opposition was embarrassed and our Lord’s teaching was shown to surpass that of His opponents (cf. 22:29-33).

This “great debate” was concluded by a question which our Lord posed to His critics:

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?” They said to Him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “Then how does David in the Sprit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Until I put thine enemies beneath Thy feet?”’ If David then calls Him ‘Lord’, how is He his son?” (Matt 21:41-45).

The debate was over. Jesus had decisively won (cf. 22:46). But, of course, this only solidified the opposition and brought the crisis to a head. The crucifixion was, in the minds of the religious leaders, to be their final response.

Our study has to do with Psalm 110, from which our Lord quoted in order to demonstrate that His claim to be Israel’s Messiah was consistent with Old Testament prophecy. Jesus’ commentary on Psalm 110:1 sets the stage for our study of this psalm, for He has made three statements which we dare not overlook in our study:

(1) David is the author of the psalm.

(2) What David wrote was divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit.

(3) David was not writing about just any king, but about Messiah, who was to be his son and his Lord.202

Jesus was not claiming to teach anything new when He taught the three things mentioned above. What He taught was a matter of record, in the psalm itself. The superscription named David as the author. Unfortunately, what was readily evident to the Jews of Jesus’ day is not so apparent to us due to the translation of the word “says” in Psalm 110:1, which obscures a much more emphatic claim.

I find too many Christians misusing prophecy. They seem to be more interested in outlines of projected programs and timetables than they do in the message of the prophet to their lives and others in their own time. Prophecy to some has become a kind of puzzle to ponder over and to argue with others about. Most of the prophecies of the Old Testament were not fulfilled in the lifetime of the prophet or of his readers. What, then, did the prophecy have to say to those who would not see its fulfillment? The very same message it contains for those of all ages—that God is sovereign in history. God’s promises are true and they will surely come to pass. In the light of this certainty—whether fulfillment comes in my lifetime or 1,000 years later—I must live in the light of the truth that God is coming to judge the wicked and to reward the righteous. What I do in the limited time I now have will have eternal consequences. This is the one message which prophecy has for all men in every age. Let us not become so fascinated with the particulars of prophecy (while they may well be important) that we obscure the point—God is in control! Let us then live in the light of this certainty.

Deliverance from Marine Spirits – THE END

WAY OUT

1. Repent from all known sins and flee rebellion.

2. Surrender your life to and rededicate your life to God.

3. Repent and restitute if necessary.

4. Renounce and break all evil initiations and dedications.

5. Raise prayer altars against them. Bombarding prayers is required here.

6. Ensure you are living a holy life and that you do not have their materials in your possession. These include their robes, candles, creams, soap, sponge, mirrors, and incense.

7. Employ your spiritual weapons to battle them including the name of Jesus, the sword of the Lord, lightning, thunder, and tempest.

8. Go for deliverance periodically to ensure that they do not regroup against you.  

PRAYER POINTS AGAINST MARINE SPIRITS AND WATER SPIRITS

1. I renounce and break every evil dedication to water and marine spirits.

2. I break the backbone of marine witchcraft militating against my life.

3. Marine deposits in my body, come out with all your roots now, in the name of Jesus.

4. You stubborn marine spirit spouse, be separated from me by the power in the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.

5. Every marine item in my possession, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.

6. Every problem that has come into my life through contact with any marine agent, receive divine solution by the blood of Jesus.

7. All my virtues and goodness in the waters, jump out and locate me now.

8. Marine witchcraft verdicts and judgments against me, back fire, in the name of Jesus.

9. Anything programmed into my life from the waters, jump out and backfire.

10. Any serpent dispatched against me from the waters, bite your-self to death.

11. Any power burning evil candles and incense against me, die with your evil load.

12. Every marine priest ministering at any evil altar against my life, fall down and die now.

13. I separate myself from every ancestral covenant with water spirits by the power in the blood of Jesus.

14. Every evil materials transferred into my body through contact with marine witchcraft agents, catch fire and be burnt to ashes, in the name of Jesus.

15. Lord Jesus, baptize my life with Holy Ghost fire that cannot be insulted, in the name of Jesus.

16. Every arrow shot into my life by witchcraft powers from the waters, I soak you in the blood of Jesus and return you back to sender.

17. Every marine witchcraft chain binding my hands and feet from prospering, be broken and shattered to pieces.

18. Every marine witchcraft burial of my life, be reversed by the blood of Jesus.

19. I release my life from the grip of marine witchcraft powers.

20. I smash every witchcraft pot and concoction being used against me to irreparable pieces.

21. I break all marine witchcraft mirrors being used to monitor my life to pieces.

22. O Lord, begin to contend with all those who are contending against me and my family.

23. I pursue, I overtake and I recover all my possessions from marine witchcraft covens.

24. Every evil done against me by marine witchcraft be reversed by the blood of Jesus.

25. I command all marine gadgets assigned against me to catch fire, in Jesus name.

26. All monitoring and surveillance satellites anywhere being used against me catch fire.

27. Every gang up of darkness against my life and family, scatter by thunder in Jesus name.

28. Today, O Lord, visit all enemies from the marine and water kingdom with thunder, storm, tempest, and flames of devouring fire, in the name of Jesus.

THE END

Deliverance from Marine Spirits – 5

SYMPTOMS OF MARINE AND WATER SPIRITS ATTACK

1. Dreams of water such as oceans or rivers.

2. Dream of swimming in the water, meaning your fire has gone down and they have succeeded in reinitiating and rededicating you. You have to break all evil dedication

3. You have a stubborn and vicious spirit husband or wife.

4. Seeing marine animals in your dream such as crocodile, water turtles, crabs, and serpents

5. Attack by marine snakes.

6. Hardship

7. Prayers and fasting become very difficult.

8. Leads people into spiritual marriage which have terrible repercussions.

9. Cause delay and difficulty in getting married and failure in earthly marriage.

10. They demand for your worship and make your life hell if you do not give it.

11. Cause poverty as they confiscate your money and bank it under the waters.

12. Terrible dreams attacks including sex in the dream.

13. Encounters with spirit spouse and spirit children.

14. Miscarriages and barrenness.

15. Unexplainable hindrances to progress.

16. Uncontrollable sexual urges .

17. Unexplainable failure where there should be success particularly after evil sex encounters in the dream.

TO BE CONTINUED ..