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Inner Vows, (Part 1)

Why do we need to renounce inner vows?  Some inner vows are good…  Aren’t they?  When someone says,  “I’m NEVER going to hurt my kids like mamma did!”  Or, “I will NEVER abandon my family like daddy did!”  That’s a good thing…  Isn’t it?

The problem with inner vows is that keeping the vow is an act of fleshly righteousness.  We are not relying on the Holy Spirit to direct us.  We have decided in our mind and in our will that we will not be like the one who abused us, but our motivation may not be right.  The vow comes out of our hurt and pain, or out of our anger and bitterness.  This is a bitter root judgment and it means that our heart is not right.

Some of the inner vows you may need to renounce:

I WILL NEVER…

   …let anyone love me

   …be weak

   …trust anyone

   …allow myself to need

   …let them take anything away from me

   …allow anyone to touch me

   …share what is mine

   …allow anyone to give me money

   …write, read, understand

   …allow myself to be hit

   …go out at night

   …let you see who I am

   …let anyone know I hurt

   …tell a woman (or man) anything

   …tell a man (or woman) control me

   …be responsible for the actions of others

   …receive a compliment

   …participate in life

   …allow a man (or woman) into my heart

   …be anything worthwhile

   …be sick

   …be violent or abusive

   …mature or grow up

OR

I WILL ALWAYS…

   …remain aloof, separate

   …be logical

   …be in control of my live

By Cynthia Yarbrough

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Trick-or-Treat, Should We?

There are many controversial subjects in the church today and Halloween is no exception.  The debate however appears to be more on the issues concerning the origins of Halloween, rather than the actions or methods of celebration.  Halloween is an annual event in this nation where people dress up as witches, ghosts, monsters and other demonic characters, which (no pun intended) haunt the streets of our cities under cover of darkness.  Halloween night is well known to all as a night of vandalism, violence, and mischief.  As Christians we are called to glorify God in all we do!  How then as Christians do we embrace such activities?  Who receives glory and honor on Halloween?  Does our Lord and savior Jesus Christ; or does Satan?

Isaiah 14:12-I5 tell of Satan’s fall from heaven, and includes the “I wills.”  This is a well-known section of scripture, which clearly demonstrates Satan’s desire and intent to receive the praises of men, to make himself as God.  I’ll ask you again, who receives glory and honor and the praises of men on Halloween night?

I think it’s no coincidence that Halloween today and its origin have the same key ingredient, that ingredient is compromise.

The history or origin of Halloween predates Christianity.  It goes back to Celtic Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and their ancient pagan beliefs.  The Celts believed that as the harvest season ended and winter started, that spirits of the dead left the woods and fields and came into town seeking persons to possess or places to haunt.

The people would take several basic avenues of defense, they would darken their homes to make them unappealing and even put some sort of treat out on the step to appease the spirits.  Or they would wear some horrifying costume and walk the streets in hopes of warding off the evil spirits.  Often bon fires would be set and maintained by druid priests, and sacrifices of both animal and human would be offered for protection.  These sacrifices are often an area of debate, however it is well documented that druid and Celtic witchcraft often involved human and animal sacrifice.

In 43 AD the Romans conquered these Celtic lands and soon mixed and mingled their beliefs and customs with that of the Celtics.  When the Romans adopted Christianity as the state religion, the Catholic Church rapidly spread throughout Europe and the British Isles.  The church converted the Celts but had great difficulty bringing an end to their customs and festivals.  So the Catholic Church, under the direction of Pope Boniface IV decided to make a compromise.  They replaced this old harvest festival with a new one called “All Saints Day,” on November 1st.  The problem was the Celts continued to celebrate the harvest festival as they always did, and by the 1500′s you could no longer distinguish between the two.  All Saints Day had become All Hallows Day, and Hallows Eve became Halloween.

Halloween was brought to America by Irish immigrants in the early to mid-1800′s.  In 1921 Anoka, Minnesota celebrated the first city-wide Halloween festival.  New York started celebrations in 1923 and Los Angeles in 1925.  We now celebrate it as a nation, with literally millions of dollars spent annually to glorify Satan, death, and hell.  The devil has done an excellent job in recent years desensitizing our culture, this nation, and the church to all kinds of witchcraft and occult practices.

The origins of Halloween are tied to pagan festivals at the transition of nature and seasons.  Oddly enough, that’s some of the same terminology and reasoning used by modem day witches and Wiccan’s.  Halloween is a holy day, or actually an un-holy day for these people who practice witchcraft and sorcery.  I believe it’s no coincidence that witch covens across this nation seek power from Satan on this most un-holy day.

I truly believe the many and varied reports that Satan is worshiped on Halloween through rites, rituals, and ceremonies with every kind of debauchery, including animal and human sacrifices, orgies, child molestation and every other kind of despicable act.  I believe all Christians should not only refrain from involving themselves with Halloween activities but they should help educate others in doing the same!

I also would encourage the church not to compromise and have costume events at churches, but instead educate our young people.  We can have an alternative event, but have a truly Christian event.  It’s time the church “Come out from among them and be separate.”

By Dr. William Sudduth,  (Used with permission)

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Dissociation, Pt. 3

Dissociation and Deliverance
In deliverance we see a great deal of dissociation.  The subject of deliverance can be controversial in some churches, and of the churches that accept deliverance, the whole concept of dissociation and DID can be even more controversial.  Some well-meaning Christians believe that anything you find inside of someone, that is not the core person, is a demon.  So when they start commanding these traumatized little child parts to get out, they end up traumatizing the already terrified alters even further.

Those who struggle with deliverance in general usually do so because they have been taught something like this:  “The Holy Spirit and a demon cannot occupy the same space; therefore, because a Christian has the Holy Spirit inside, they cannot have a demon.”  This problem arises because of a misunderstanding of the way God created man.  Man is a three part being consisting of body, soul, and spirit.  When a person receives Jesus as Lord and invites him into their heart, they are born again, and the Holy Spirit comes to live in their spirit.  The place where Satan attacks us is in our body and soul areas.  (For more on this subject see the blog titled, Can Christians Have Demons?)  Most Christians understand this when we are talking about the body.  We know that sickness and disease are of the enemy; and it can be quite obvious at times that a particular physical illness is clearly demonic.  Therefore, if Satan can attack our body like this, a Christian can have a demon.  When one understands that, the next thing they want to argue about is exactly where the demon is located.  Is it in someone or upon them?  Are they oppressed or possessed?  Actually the Greek word used in the Bible is neither oppressed nor possessed, it is the word demonized, in EVERY Biblical account.  So we tell people to call it whatever they want to call it, let’s just get rid of it!

The place that Satan attacks us more often than any other place is in our soul area.  The soul consists of the mind, the will, and the emotions.  When a child is abused, they are opened up to demons through the trauma.  We see this over and over again. The sheer nature of trauma opens a person, especially a child who has no idea how to handle that trauma either mentally or emotionally.  So they stuff all that pain and trauma down somewhere deep inside, in the soul area.  However, it is in the emotional aftermath of the trauma that the enemy builds his strongholds.  The natural response to being abused, is to get angry because of the injustice.  Consequently, whenever we find demons of Abuse, we almost always find that demons of Anger, Rage, and Hate are there also.

About 90% of deliverance is about inner healing, and of the people who are hurting badly enough to seek deliverance, probably 98% of them experience some degree of dissociation over and above the “normal dissociation” discussed in Part 1 of this article.  We need to bring those traumatized parts where the pain is buried, to Jesus so that he can heal them.  Jesus is the only one who can heal these kinds of wounds.  As Christians, we usually know that holding onto bitterness and unforgiveness is a sin, and that it opens up a doorway for the enemy to attack us.  It gives him a legal right to access our lives.  So what is it that happens when the person we are ministering to has forgiven, but they have these child parts on the inside that nobody even knew were there?  Nobody ever asked them (the alters) to forgive, and in most cases they have not forgiven.  Very often, the enemy’s legal right to be there is hidden in the alter personalities.  So as we take the alters through the forgiveness process, we are taking away Satan’s legal right to be there.  Then we can get the demons out, often without much of a struggle at all.

So the deliverance process is a process of bringing the alters to Jesus for healing, and getting them to forgive, thereby taking away Satan’s legal right to be there; and then we cast out the demons.  If we try to cast out the demons before dealing with the legal rights, we can scream at demons all day long, and they aren’t going to go anywhere.  And if somehow we do get them out, they will soon be back, because they still have a legal right to be there.  This is how dissociation and the deliverance process work together.

Conclusions
Certainly there are times when we all have to deal with strong emotions.  What I am talking about is a sudden flood of strong, usually negative emotions that may seem to come out of nowhere, and can sometimes feel overwhelming.  Feeling emotionally stirred up most of the time is not normal.  It is an indication that there is something there that needs to be dealt with.  The same is true for the person that seems to have no emotions at all, or someone who finds it difficult to express their emotions.

We at Pulling Down Strongholds cannot and do not diagnose anyone with DID, or with anything else.  This is simply the approach that we use in ministering to hurting people, because we have found it extremely effective.  We have found that the inner healing process in general, and this method in particular, gives us better results and more lasting results when we cast out the demons, than the other methods that are more commonly used today.

By Cynthia Yarbrough

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Dissociation, A Little Story

About four years ago, my wife got a call from the deacon of a church in another state.  He said, “We have this woman we are working with in deliverance, and we don’t know what to do.”  So she talked to him for a little bit and explained MPD (Dissociation) to him.  A few days later he called back again, and she talked to him some more.  Then, the next call was from the Pastor of the church.  I happened to be there and answered the phone that day.  We learned that the woman they were dealing with was the Pastor’s wife. She would leave and go out and get drunk.  She stayed aware enough to go outside of the town that they were pastors in, and go to some place where people didn’t know her.  She was doing all kinds of stuff, going to dance halls and bar rooms, out with other men, everything.  She would come back in the next day or two, and the back of the car would be full of beer cans.  She had no memory of anything that she had done.  Nothing!  When he told me this story I said,  “Do you know anything about MPD?”  “No.” he answered.  So I explained it to him.  I took about an hour on the phone and went through all of it.  I said, “Does she ever act like someone else?”  He says, “Yeah, just a few days ago she insisted that she was 29 years old, and I know she is 44.”  So, once the initial split is made as a child, then any time of crisis in your life after that, somebody can be created to help with that crisis.  So, she had a 29 year old girl in there.  As I talked on with him a little bit, he said, “It’s becoming clearer now what my wife has.  We just thought she was crazy.  She has been in three or four mental institutions, and nobody has helped her, the medicine doesn’t seem to help much at all, and we have just really had a bad time with all of it.

So as I explained it to him, he said, “You know, I think maybe I need some help, too.”  I said, “Oh, do you want to talk about it?”  “Yeah, I do.”  So he began to tell me about a neighbor boy that had molested him when he was four years old.  He said, “I have had thoughts of men all of my life.  When I have sexual thoughts, it’s not about women, it’s about men.  I’ve never given in to it, but its torment.  It’s there from the time I get up in the morning until I go to sleep at night.”  He said, “Something is just driving me, and I know if I don’t get some help, it’s going to happen sooner or later.”  And it would have.  I said to him, “Well, do you want to deal with it on the phone?”  “Yeah, please.  I need some help.” he said.  So I said, “Let me talk to the little four-year-old boy.”  His voice changed, and that is uncommon.  Usually, it is the same voice.  The voice changed to a little boy on the other end of the phone speaking real low.  I have very bad ears, so, I had the phone pressed tight against my ear to hear what the boy was saying.  The little boy was crying, “It hurts.  Please don’t do that.  It hurts.”  After about 15 minutes of asking Jesus to come and heal this little boy, saying, “Jesus just came to him.”  Most of the time these hurting parts inside can see Jesus.  He just comes and he picks them up in his arms, and he holds them.  So I asked, “Is he there with you?”  The little boy said, “Yes.”  I said, “Just go to him and let him hold you in his arms.”  So he did, and Jesus just picked him up.  I said, “You don’t have to be afraid of him.”  He was molested by a man, so I told him, “You don’t have to be afraid of him.  He’s a good man.  He’ll never touch you in the wrong places.  He’ll never hurt you.  He just wants to love you.”  “Okay.” the boy said.  So he just went over to Jesus, and Jesus picked him up and held him.  He was sobbing and crying.  I said, “Jesus, just heal him.  Just heal this little boy.”  It almost makes me cry to talk about it.  So Jesus came and healed the little boy and the pain was gone.  He was okay.  I said, “Now you stay there with Jesus where you’re safe, and I am going to talk to the bad guys.” (the demons).  “Okay.” he said.  So he stayed there in Jesus’ arms, and I began to command the demon of homosexuality to leave him, and everything else that came from the molestation and the abuse, to go.  Now this is 500 miles away over the phone, and it gets real quiet.  I’ve got the phone tight against my ear trying to hear what is going on, and all of a sudden there’s this ear-piercing scream.  Now I’ve got the phone way out here as far from my ear as my arm will go.  It’s still so loud my wife can hear it sitting on the other side of the room, and it goes on and on and on.  It sounded like it was about 3 minutes, but it was probably about 15 seconds.  I’m thinking, “Where is all of that air coming from for this scream?”  When he quit screaming, I put the phone back against my ear; and he was praising God.  “Oh, thank you, Jesus.  This is the first waking moment in my life that I haven’t had the wrong kind of thoughts.”  I haven’t talked to him for a couple of years now.  They are still working with his wife and working through a very complicated system with her; and he is still free!

By Paul Cooprider

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Dissociation, Pt. 2

Let me preface this post by saying that we are NOT clinicians, and we NEVER diagnose anyone with anything!  That being said, we do deal with dissociation of varying degrees on a regular basis when it presents itself.

Dissociative Identity Disorder
The most severe forms of dissociation include Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), and involves a person doing things that they have no memory of doing.  They may suddenly find themselves in another place with no memory of how they got there, or wearing different clothing, with no memory of changing their clothes.  Typically in these cases people have missing chunks of memory, with no recollection of what they did or what happened to them during these missing periods of time.

Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), is the most severe and chronic manifestation of dissociation.  Clinically, it is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct identities or personalities (also called alters, or alternant personalities), that periodically take control of the person’s behavior.  The person him/herself (the core personality or host personality), is unable to remember the things that happened while the alter personalities were in control.

These dissociated parts of a person’s soul, are not fully formed personalities, but are usually somewhat fragmented, with varying degrees of personality formation.  For example, one alter may hold the memories of a particular incident of abuse and carry all the anger over the incident.  Another alter may have the same memories of the same incident, but be holding all the fear and pain from the incident.  And yet another alter may hold the memories and emotions from a different incident altogether.  There may not be much more to some alters than the memories and emotions of a single incident.  While some might have a far more developed personality with many different memories, yet still they are only a fragmented part of the core person.  All the alter personalities usually serve distinctly specific roles in coping with the problems and difficulties of life.  So the events of life and living, both large and small, can often trigger sudden shifts from one personality to another.

We in deliverance, do not like the term “disorder” applied to this condition, because we believe that dissociation is a God given coping mechanism, to help children survive trauma.  If God had not given us the ability to dissociate, a child’s mind would snap under some of the extreme forms of abuse that we hear our clients describe.

Most of the people that we minister to in deliverance are not going to be severe enough to receive a clinical diagnosis (from a licensed clinician) of DID.  However, we see many cases of dissociation where the trauma memories are very separated from the core person, in that the person is completely amnesiac to some of the trauma or abuse.  In other words the person doesn’t remember certain incidents of abuse until an alter comes up and tells us about it, or the memory comes back in the course of the deliverance process.

A word of caution is needed at this point.  We NEVER suggest amnesiac abuse incidents, even when they are suspected.  We wait and let the person tell us about it, when they come to a realization for themselves.  Severe damage can be done by suggestion and we are very careful NOT to do that.

Co-Consciousness
Since dissociation itself is normal, the way God designed us all (see Dissociation, Pt. 1), we approach all inner healing from this perspective.  We do this because it is an extremely effective way to get to the pain from the past and get it healed, no matter where a given individual may fall on the dissociation spectrum.

What we see most often, is what is called co-consciousness.  Co-consciousness is when some of the different parts share memories and/or emotions.  There can be co-consciousness between some of the alters, or between the core personality and the alters.  There can be co-consciousness between the core and some of the alters but not all of them.  Every system (of demons and alters) is different.

When the core person remembers the traumatic incidents that have happened, the dissociated parts are usually there, but they are not as separate.  Many people experience this degree of dissociation, though this would never receive a clinical diagnosis of DID.  Usually this person thinks that the emotional turmoil they are struggling with is normal.  They may think they are just moody.  The emotional response of the alter feels like “them,” and so they may never think if it as a response that is coming from a wound from their past.  In deliverance, this person must learn to separate what is “them,” from what is “the alter.”  With DID the alter sort of just comes up and takes over.  With co-consciousness it is more a process of getting in touch with the emotions of the trauma, and just speaking out of that place of intense pain or emotion.  We call this, going to the point of the pain.  The point of the pain is where we need to go to in order to then minister healing for the trauma.  More on this in Dissociation Part 3, coming soon.

By Cynthia Yarbrough

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DISSOCIATION: Key to Deliverance, Pt. 1

What is Dissociation?

Dissociation is a word that is used to describe a disconnection between things that are usually associated with each other. In psychology and also in deliverance, we use the term to indicate some degree of distancing, disruption, separation, or disconnection, in ones emotions, perceptions, or memories. Dissociation can manifest itself in many different ways. Almost everyone experiences some degree of dissociation from time to time. For example, passing by your exit on the highway and not realizing it until you are down the road, or that “blanked out” or “spaced out” feeling that we all experience occasionally. These are very mild, very common forms of dissociation.

When dissociation interferes with our emotional health or our ability to function effectively in life, then there is something that needs to be addressed; something is causing the dissociation. The more serious forms of dissociation will manifest in a variety of ways. For example, someone may think about an event that was very upsetting or traumatic, yet have no emotional feelings about it. Clinically, this is called emotional numbing, a common symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dissociation often affects a person in the form of sudden thoughts, feelings, or actions, that seem to come out of nowhere. For example, a person may feel overwhelmed by an emotion that does not seem to make sense at the time. Like suddenly feeling extreme sadness or anger, without any apparent reason. Then perhaps later the sadness or the anger will leave just as suddenly, in much the same way that it came. Dissociation has also been described as a person finding themselves acting in certain ways that they would not normally act, but being unable to stop themselves, feeling as if they are somehow being compelled to do it.

 

What Causes Dissociation?

Dissociation is most commonly caused by trauma, such as repeated physical or sexual abuse; although it can also occur when there has been severe verbal, mental, or emotional abuse, even neglect. The first split (or emotional separation) generally occurs in early childhood, usually before the age of eight or nine. Consider a small child of three or four years old. If that child is being sexually abused, molested, or incested, what can they do? They can’t stop it, they are too small. They can’t fight back, they are not strong enough. They can’t run away, they are too young; where would they go? They just have to take it. So they run on the inside. They create a place inside to stuff all the pain, the fear, and the trauma; they learn to compartmentalize the pain. It reduces the overwhelming distress caused by the traumatic incident, and allows the child to go on, to cope, to survive.

If there is a tremendous amount of ongoing abuse and trauma, dissociation can become the child’s primary means of coping with difficult or painful situations. They can even begin to automatically disconnect from situations that are perceived as dangerous or threatening, without taking the time to find out if they are actually in any real danger. Sometimes this pattern will continue into adulthood; but while dissociation works well for children, this method of coping usually begins to break down in adults, leaving them with a chaotic mass of jumbled emotions and negative feelings. They don’t know what happened and they don’t know what to do about it. That is usually the point when they come to us for help.

By Cynthia Yarbrough

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New Choices

Change is never easy,  neither is making new choices.  The hardest part of the process is usually that of taking responsibility for the choices we’ve made in the past.  Especially those choices were not so good.

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The kind of personal responsibility I’m talking about is a HUGE key to healing.  But what about choices that were made for us.  The choices that other people made for a us in our childhood, like abuse, abandonment, and rejection, are NEVER our fault.  However now, as adults, we CAN take responsibility for the way we responded to the abuse, the abandonment, the rejection, even though as a child we didn’t know how else to handle it.  The fact is, until we are willing to take that kind of responsibility, we will get very little healing in our lives.  THIS IS GOOD NEWS!  It means that everywhere I can take personal responsibility, I have the power to change my life!

By Cynthia Yarbrough

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Can Christians Have Demons? Pt. 2

I emphasize this subject because so many Christians have been wrongly taught on the subject and therefore have not received the help they need, help that IS available.

The most common misunderstanding on this subject is that darkness and light cannot co-exist in the same space or the same temple.  As biblical as that sounds, it is not found in the bible. Here is the verse that these well-meaning Christians quote to perpetuate this misconception:

1 John 1:5-7
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This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.  6So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.  7But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

Notice it says that  God is light;  in Him there is no darkness at all.”  The passage is talking about God’s nature not ours.  It is talking about our fellowship with God.  This does not say we cannot walk in darkness, it says we should not.  The fact that these verses warn us not to walk in darkness, indicates the possibility that a Christian can walk in darkness.  So in fact Jesus tells us that dark and light can co-exist.  He emphasizes that we must deal with the dark parts in our life

Luke 11:34-36
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Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness.  35Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness.  36If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.

The phrase “Make sure” indicates that there is an effort required on our part to rid ourselves of darkness; we need to make sure.  The next phrase “If you are filled with light, with no dark corners,” clearly indicates that it is possible to have a part of us that is dark.  So while the statement that dark and light cannot co-exist in the same body cannot be found in the bible, these passages indicate that they should not co-exist.

Ephesians 4:25-29
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Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.  26Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,  27nor give place to the devil.  28Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.  29Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

This passage is written to Christians.  It is a list of things that Christians need to be careful about, one of which is “…giving place to the devil.” in verse 27.  The Greek word  for “place” in this verse is  topos, which means a physical space, a part of the body, or a room in a house.  Clearly we are warned not to give a place or a room in our house to Satan.  So a Christian can give place to a demon.

If Christians can’t have demons, that implies we are to cast out demons from non-believers.  How could we, in the name and power of Jesus, cast out a demon from someone who rejects the name and power of Jesus?

Matthew 12:43-45
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When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none.  44Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order.  45Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.

The key to this scripture is in verse 44.  The house is empty.  No Holy Spirit.  They are non-believers.  So you must be a Christian to receive deliverance or you are in danger of ending up with more demons!  At Pulling Down Strongholds, we do not minister deliverance to non-believers.

We know that when a believer comes to Christ, they don’t automatically change into perfect sinless people in their outward behavior.  It takes time for someone to change their thoughts and behavioral patterns in daily life.  The Bible says that salvation must be worked out daily, with fear and trembling.  This is the process of sanctification.  The ministries of inner healing and deliverance can be very helpful in that process.

It is shameful that there are so many churches that do not embrace deliverance.  Many suffering people, who know they have demonically rooted problems, continue in confusion, torment, and anguish.  And there are even more who don’t know that their problems are demonically rooted, and they also continue in confusion, torment, and anguish, all because they are told the lie that Christian’s can’t have demons!

With Jesus’ help, we can change this!

By Cynthia Yarbrough


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Can Christians Have Demons?

Some Christians know they have a problem, and they want to overcome it, they want to be free.  They’ve been doing all the right things:  They’re reading their Bible!  They’re going to church!  They’re spending time in prayer!  They’re making a good life with the Lord!  WHY is the problem still there?  It can’t be the devil, can it?  I mean, Christians can’t have demons, can they?

I could just say,  “Yes they can.”  and be done with it, but that wouldn’t help those who have been taught wrongly, to understand and accept the truth.  This question is the biggest stumbling block that many Christians have standing between them and their freedom.  When we travel to Latin America, Asia, Africa, or Eastern Europe, we never have this problem.  They know they have demons; they just want to get rid of them!  Its only here in North America and in Western Europe that we even have to have this conversation.  To me this is very sad because it stops people from getting the help that they need

Everyone who works in the deliverance ministry known that Christians can have demons; we see it ALL the time.  I cast demons out of Christians EVERY DAY!  This is my full time job, it’s what I do!

Possessed, Oppressed, or Demonized?
People want to argue about WHERE the demon is. It is upon or within?  Is that person possessed or oppressed?  Actually, the Greek word is not possessed or oppressed, it is the word demonized.  The problem with this translation is that possession implies ownership, but since a believer is a bought child of God, by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Satan cannot own a Christian!  A better understanding or translation of the word is to be demonized, to be under the power or influence of a demon.

Body, Soul, and Spirit
We need to understand that man is a three separate part being consisting of, Body, Soul, and Spirit.  Most of us know that our body can be attacked by sickness and disease, and that sickness and disease is of Satan.  While the body may experience healing under the power of Christ, our physical body will eventually die.  The part of us that is “the flesh,” will not experience eternal life.

Our soul is our mind, will, and emotions.  So, can we as Christians, think bad thoughts?  Can we willfully disobey God?  Can we struggle with depression, pain, suffering?  These also, are attacks from Satan.  So Satan CAN attack us in our soul.

John 3:6
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That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

It is the human spirit that receives new eternal life when we confessed our sins and are born again.  It is our spirit that the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of.

Look at verse 4,
4Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”  5Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

Verse 6 is giving us a vivid contrast between the body and soul part of man, and his spirit.  In Genesis, God told Adam that the day he ate the forbidden fruit, he would die.  But he went on to live for many hundreds of years.  So what was it that died in Adam that day when he sinned?  It was that same part of his nature that Jesus Christ came to bring life back to – his spirit.  Our spirit cannot have a demon.  It is our body and soul that demons get access to.

Look for Part 2 of Can Christians Have Demons?    Coming soon…

By Cynthia Yarbrough

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The Strong Man

Matthew 12: 29
How can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

In this passage Christ had just countered the Pharisees who accused him of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebub, prince of demons.  Christ refuted such ridiculous claims by explaining that a divided kingdom could not stand.  He could not cast out demons by the power of the devil or Satan’s cabal would collapse.

In an exorcism, you can never be completely successful until you encounter and expel the chief demon, the Strong Man.  No matter how much healing, soaking prayer, or intercession is exerted, the chief demon must ultimately be confronted if the individual who is tormented is to be free.  An exorcism is breaking into the house of Satan.  In fact demons often say,  ”This is my house!”

Jesus says we must  ”plunder”  the house of Satan.  Plundering is a violent act.  It’s a term used in war where force is applied.  That sounds like the exorcisms that I and our DWJD teams do, but not much like the demure deliverances that some ministries do.  They don’t talk to the demons.  They never raise their voice.  They do the healing work and expect the demons to go, preferably quietly.  That may happen in some cases, but the Strong Man is not coming out until his kingdom is plundered.  Demons don’t leave by wishful thinking or hoping they will give up.

Christ concludes his argument by declaring:  “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (v. 30).  You can’t be for Christ without being against the devil.  If you are not ushering in the kingdom, you are in some sense scattering.  That is strong language.  You can’t get by honoring Christ as a great leader and teacher and avoid opposing Satan as a literal, evil being.  Everyone must decide whether they are on the side of Jesus or the devil.

By Bob Larson,  (Used with permission.)