Deliverance from the stronghold of sin

How to rid yourself of evil spirits, curses or demonic influences

One of the free gifts of Jesus is deliverance from the stronghold of sin!

Remember the saying that possession is nine tenths of the law. That is a general rule of law in society. In spiritual warfare possession is 100% of the law. If we are complacent and allow the demonic to remain in a certain part of our life, we are giving the devil legal permission to operate within our lives! Because, in spite of our supposed righteousness, the devil still has a stronghold.

A stronghold is a base of operations for the demonic. The natural spirit centers in our mind and our mind will become a house of wrong thinking or a fortress of bad thoughts or ideas when a stronghold develops or is allowed to remain. We get them from unrepentant sin, our natural self-will, the examples of our parents, society and from bad teachers.

A stronghold of sin can occur when our thinking develops a bad habit, attitude or a belief that is contrary to God’s will and Word. Through our thinking or non-thinking, we give that sinful habit, situation or attitude permission to be present in our life. Once we accept sin as part of who we are we have given the demonic permission to operate from their stronghold on us. We have given them legal permission to operate around and within us. The evil one has established a base of operation.

Because He gave us free choice, God allows this to happen.

2Co 10:3 For though walking about in flesh, we do not war according to flesh.

2Co 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds,

2Co 10:5 pulling down imaginations and every high thing that God allow this to happen exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ;

2Co 10:6 and having readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

2Co 10:7 do you look at things according to appearance? If anyone has persuaded himself that he is Christ’s, let him think this again as to himself, that as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s.

Spiritual Strongholds are sins, ideas or attitudes that get us into a place of spiritual bondage or slavery to the evil one’s ways. When we have a spiritual stronghold, we are slaves and in Bondage to sin, Spiritual Bondage.

Bondage to spirits.

We can get into bondage to the:

Spirit of Fear- Yes, we can be slaves to fear.

Spirit of Rejection

Spirit of Lies

Spirit of Deceit

Spirit of Pride

Spirit of Anger

Spirit of Rage

Spirit of Resentments

Spirit of Greed

Spirit of Sexual Gratification

Spirit of Sexual Perversion

Spirit of Materialism

Spirit of Laziness

And many others.

The spirits of Fear, Lies, Deceit and Pride are the most common enemies and oppress very many Christians.

Refer to your textbook for a much more complete list.

Spiritual Strongholds are also human reasoning’s that exalt themselves over the revelation of God’s will for our lives as revealed in Scripture. They can also be defined as anything that exalts itself above our relationship with Jesus Christ/God.

Another primary source of us developing strongholds is because of society’s religion of Agnosticism.

It can be summarized by: “I am a god “and “If we think it, we can create it and do it!” It includes the idea that we or I can reason or act through good works our way into peace, comfort, love and well-being. The problem we all get into is that we can, maybe with all good intentions, reason our way into a thinking or action that is outside of God’s will. When we do that and accept it as part our life style, we have formed a Stronghold from which the demonic can operate. We have made the choice to give the demonic legal authority to mess with our lives, brains and actions. Whether we understand it at the time or not!

Special note: Spiritual Bondage can also be brought to us from outside forces that are out of our control. Demonic oppression can be present because of childhood rejection, for example. Even in the womb rejection. The root cause of Schizophrenia, for example, is caused by the spirit of Rejection. Always accompanied by the spirit of the Fear of Rejection and the Spirit of Fear. Amongst others, possibly.

It should be all of ours goal to get free of that Bondage and/or to be in a position to help others live free.

God made spiritual rules for our lives and when they are violated, there are consequences. Whether good intended or not. Unfortunately, many of us do not realize that we have gotten ourselves into that position until we are suffering the consequences.

Through Jesus Christ, the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, we can be free of all of the demonic Strongholds in our life and become a slave to righteousness and God’s ways.

John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Romans 6:18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Jesus came here to set us free. Free of sin and its resulting Strongholds. Only because of His sacrifice and the Blood shed for us, can we be cleanses of this sin.

1 Corinthians 7:22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave.

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (bondage).

There is a wonderful passage in Scripture that demonstrates how to use the Word of God in prayer, to demolish the strongholds in your life. James 4 contains wonderful base teachings.

It is James 4:7-10 

James 4:7Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.                                                                                 

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, double-minded ones.                             

James 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness  

James 4:10 Be humbled before the Lord, and He will lift you up.

These passages identify the four steps we should take to defeat the devil’s work in our life. They are a pattern to use to do deliverance and spiritual warfare. It also gives us two promises that will happen in our life if we do.

We should use the Word’s teachings in prayer as our primary tool for submitting to God and conquering the enemy and any of his strongholds. 

James says,” Submit yourselves to God.”  We acknowledge from God’s Word that Jesus is Lord (see Romans 10:9

To be spiritually cleansed, we go to God in prayer. It is instructive and so very powerful. James writes, “Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

We acknowledge that the Blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin (John1:7) Draw near to God by reading and studying His Word.

James instructs us, “Cleanse your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts” We ask God the Father to draw us near and cleanse us. In order for that to happen we must be totally willing. (John 6:44.) 

James commands us to resist the devil. 

Then we enter with confidence into His Holy Place (see Hebrews 4:16) Stand against Satan’s temptations with God’s Word.

We expose Satan’s lies with the truth of God’s Word (Hebrews 4:12) and exercise our authority over him by commanding him and taking back our ground.  (Matthew 16:33.)

God’s promise through this passage in James is that when we take these four steps of submitting to God, two things will happen.

Promises He makes to each of us. 

1- God will “come near to [us]”

2- Satan will “flee from [us-with the Holy Spirit].”  

The promises are that our relationship with God will be strong and the strongholds that Satan had in our lives will be destroyed. Satan fleeing from us is the same as sin fleeing from us.

In the hands of a true believer, with a repentant and surrendered heart, one can truly see the strongholds of sin will be moved out of the way. The enemy moved back. Victory over evil claimed

2Co 10:3 For though walking about in flesh, we do not war according to flesh.

2Co 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds,

2Co 10:5 pulling down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ;

2Co 10:6 and having readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

2Co 10:7 Do you look at things according to appearance? If anyone has persuaded himself that he is Christ’s, let him think this again as to himself, that as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s.

Jesus came here to set us free. Free us of sin and its resulting Strongholds. Only He has the power to cleanse us of this sin.

Romans 8:2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Here is a sample Deliverance prayer. We have a number of them in the “Biblical Spiritual Warfare Manual”. This is a short version, but it will give you a good idea what a Deliverance prayer should contain.

In it we are declaring that God is God and that we are not. We are recognizing His authority over all evil and beseeching Him to take the righteous action of cleansing and purifying our lives.

In the hands of a true believer, with a repentant and forgiving heart, one can truly see the strongholds of sin by moved out of the way. The enemy moved back. Victory over evil claimed.

Under the authority of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost we all can live free of all the demonic that influences us.

The Deliverance prayer can be found in Lesson six of the training and the longer version in your course textbook.

The teaching you are getting through The Joseph Plan is about Real Christian Healing and Deliverance. The kind of healing and Deliverance that can only come from God. It can only happen when “The Blood of Jesus” is believed in and applied. Only then do true miracles occur.  Do you believe in miracles? You better start if you don’t already. Because that is what Real Deliverance is all about. When we take the battle to the enemy– Satan’s workers:

Lives are changed! Bodies are healed! Faith is restored! And miracles can happen!

All because the “Blood of Jesus” was shed for you and me and them.

Thank Jesus for the Love that He provides you.

Are you confident where you are going to spend eternity when this all ends? There is an end for all of us some day. Some of us maybe today.

There is only one way to know and be assured– Ask our Father in heaven in Jesus Christs’ name in prayer today!

Are You Saved from damnation, the eternal fate of so many? Are you sure? Ask Him. Find out and be assured.

Rom 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that  we are the children of God.

When we ask the Lord, in Jesus Christ’s name, He assures us with His peace and understanding. If for any reason you question your salvation, go to a quiet place, alone, and talk to Jesus. Repent of your sins and commit your life to Him. Then go to a bible believing church and get baptized.

He is faithful! He always listens and always responds!

The Salvation Prayer (click here) is in the Blog in the right column of this page. You can walk without fear. Start nurturing An Enduring Faith, today.

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