In Part 1, we took a look at the background to the concept of deliverance and how it has lost its meaning in recent years becoming a field for demonic shows as opposed to the glory of God.
In this post, we take a look at the backgound to the problems we face as human beings as these are often the push factor for deliverance ministry. Before Satan deceived Eve, everything was perfect. It follows that things will only ever be in order if there is no deception. Lies are the principal source of problems. Every problem generally opposes the instruction/promise(s) of God i.e the truth as set out in his word. People naturally seek help or need help when there is a problem. The problem could be the past chasing after them (trauma) or the present (affliction) or perceived future (anxiety)
- Rejection e.g by parents, spouses, friends, colleagues or the world etc
- Loss e.g death of a loved one, being sacked, dignity, sickness e.g being on meds for life (HIV, BP), loss of body part e.g through cancer or disaster both natural and manmade e.g drought, floods, accidents, earthquakes, mysterious or strange experiences, witchcraft and demonic manipulation or torment etc
- Failure e.g of a test, exam, project, vision, business, marriage, relationship or an expectation not reached or fulfilled
- Lack e.g poverty, orphan-no parents, shelter, transport, education, basics, power, lack of desired state of being
- Communication challenges e.g misunderstanding, miscommunication, misinterpretation or misrepresentation of facts etc
- Lust e.g after the things of the world- sex, adultery, fornication, murder, strife, slander, contentions, dishonour, disrespect (SIN)
- Secret sins e.g bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, rebellion, rejection, anger. They are secret because they are conceived inside as a response to the unbelief caused by pain, regrets, anger disappointments or anxieties (fear) etc 2 Timothy1:7
NB*this list is not exhaustive and these problems are all interrelated and may lead to one another in any direction signifying:
“the thief came to kill, steal and destroy but I am come that they may have life”
It is apparent that at the core of the demonic assignment is death. At any point in a challenge a death cycle is in motion signifying the evil agenda to kill, steal or destroy. Therefore in this instance we can conclude that problem means death i.e – the perception of; the threat of and /the actual occurrence of death. The concept of death is derived from the fact that it is basically a state of loss and thus when people lose e.g a potential deal, a job, a relationship, a loved one by actual death or divorce, neglect, rejection, betrayal, being let down, disappointed etc all signify loss of some sort and therefore a spirit of death is at play to take away!
WE ARE TRIPARTITE BEINGS
NB* Sometimes soul and spirit are used inter-changeably and so context becomes important in decoding meaning for a particular situation
As tripartite beings we have 3 areas of functioning that must work together in harmony.
Body + Soul + Spirit =
Jesus+ God+ Holy Spirit
(God said let us make man in our own image- Genesis 1:26; Genesis 2:7)
Key points to note
- Body– Lives in the world, answers to the world, faces pressures of the physical world e.g fitting in, relationships, injury, pain, accidents, loss (Physical/Flesh) 1 Corinthians 2:14; 1 Corinthians 6:20
- Soul– has the pressures of processing emotions, feelings and the battles of the mind associated with the activities and experiences of the body; answers to the body it lives in and the spirit who made it (Psychological) Romans 7:15-20; Galatians 5:17; Proverbs 3:21-24)
- Spirit– the connection between God and man, hungers for its maker who gave it to the body and soul and is not concerned with the physical -enmity with the world. We should not grieve the Holy Spirit (Spiritual) James 4.4; Romans 12:1-2; Numbers 16:22
The mega question here is :
Which one rules your life?
SPIRITUAL DEATH & SPIRITUAL LIFE/ The Mind Renewal Mandate (Romans 12:1-2)
As alluded to in part 1, Jesus was the last deliverer. To reconcile man to himself, God sent his only begotten Son Jesus to die for us on the cross. This was a deliverance mandate and assignment to redeem man to himself. We are required or called to accept Jesus Christ by being born again (John 3.3) and submitting to being Holy Temples (1 Corinthians 6:19) and walking in the spirit (Galatian 5:16-17) and not flesh (body)
At this re-birth, the body dies, and the spirit assumes life. It must be understood that this death is automatic only as one stays in the confines of newness and spirit. One (1) second off the spirit realm into the world and its pressures awakens the body instantly and puts the spirit to sleep. The spirit does not overule or force itself on man. Every second, every minute and every hour of an individual’s life must call on the consciouness of the spirit inorder to keep the body dead. The challenge is that the body being physical itself, having been used to being in charge seeks to head the whole system continually, putting pressure on the soul, defying the command of God and causing havoc ( Kill the flesh-Romans 8:12-13; Romans 13:14; Colossian 3:5-10). This is where the conflict begins as the death of the body is supposed to be a continuous process of resisting its influences and yielding to the spirit. There is no excuse for not knowing so whether one is born again or not, the law stands and we must live according the spirit (Romans 8:5). Whether one is Christian or not, the law stands as God is creator and owner of all. The Soul was commanded to be obedient to the spirit from the beginning. So the decision centre is the soul and this powerful entity can disappoint the body any minute to the success of the triapatite being. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of this and even those that are born again are sonetimes unable to stick to the rules of the game! Life becomes a battlefield between life and death/spirit and flesh/good and evil/faith and unbelief
How conflict in the tripatite results in problems for an individual
Now, the spirit must be fed continually with the bread of life which is the word of God inorder for it to be nourished and grow from strength to strength, faith to faith and glory to glory. This means that once one accepts the Holy Spirit and is born again, the Godhead that rules the spirit has an expectation, rules and guidelines for how this spirit must live and be taken care of for his glory. There is no other expectation from the Godhead than for the spirit to thrive. When the spirit is not prospering, there is disharmony in the tripatite being.
I will breakdown some of the effects of this conflict below:
- Tearing resulting in woundedness e.g broken heart; brokenness; wounded spirit; pain
In Matthew 9:14-17, Jesus teaches about old garment vs new patch and old wineskins vs new wine. The body and its old ways (old garment) cannever merge with a new piece of cloth (spirit) without tearing (inflicting pain on the soul) and the resulting damage causing problems (death/loss). Trying to put this new wine (spirit) in an old wine skin (old self) will burst the wine skin. So basically this tearing or bursting equates to unexpected breaking or force that destroys although the original intention was to build. A reflection on this reveals the inevitable occurence of negative feelings or emotions of e.g heart-break, heart- rending occurrences- disappointments, betrayals ~A case of good intentions gone bad and most times these can be traced to poor planning or taking shortcuts as with patching an old garment with a new cloth or putting new wine in old skins! Unfortunately also, these are also consistent with and turn into more intense and longlasting evils such as rejection, bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, rebe?lion and anger etc. The Word of God will just not sit on an old mind and worldy way of doing things. One must decide to change and leave the old ways to make way for the new and bring harmony.
- Curse resulting in lack, death cycles and unproductiveness
A hungry spirit will not grow or produce fruit and that lack of fruit brings a curse as was seen in the case of the fig tree (Mark 11:12–14 and 11:20–25). Now when the Word is missing and the spirit is hungry or empty, the soul naturally becomes more inclined to draw from the body it lives in to make decisions. Once this is the case that soul/man is cursed and therefore problems invade that space (Jeremiah 17:5). God is very passionate about being productive and where he has done his part and sees no fruit, it displeases him totally and there’s a price to pay for one that is seen wanting (Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 2:21-22; Jeremiah 11:16-17). To whom much is given, much is expected!(Luke 12:48)
- Invasion leading to demonic attacks, torment and lack of peace
This speaks of the spirit that is not fully armoured with the garments of God which is basically the Word (Ephesians 6:11-19). A lack of the word will affect the person’s ability to control themselves against the lusts of the world. This means there is no self-control and a soul/person like this is likened to a city without walls as seen in Proverbs 25:28. Anything can enter including the enemy! Also, the parable of the wedding feast brings out this notion in that once called, the guest has to wear the right garments or risk being thrown out into outer darkness where there is trouble again as explained in part 1. This scenario indicates inability to see – so no Word, no vision, no protection, no direction basically means confusion, invasion by the enemy and problems.
In conclusion, the worst part of all this is that once the soul is wounded (by, tearing, curse or invasion) the thought process, the will, the emotions and the mind (Soul) are all tempered with. It is therefore imperative for the christian to be vigilant in working out their salvation and guarding themselves against self inflicted tearing, cursing and invasion. Thus, a soul that is governing actions according to the body will naturally fall into trouble in a whole host of ways landing them in a deliverance platform.
That’s it for today, join me in part 3 as we conclude the series.
falling is not the problem, failing to riseUP is