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DELIVERANCE & HOLINESS GO HAND IN HAND | Pt.2

DELIVERANCE & HOLINESS GO HAND IN HAND | Pt.2

In yesterday’s article we talked about how in order to maintain an atmosphere and a place of freedom for people coming together as the church, we must hold to certain standards of holiness and sanctification as the people of God, even as we celebrate the feast of Christ during our worship services. Many people do not realize that holiness and deliverance go hand in hand, and it should not be that people come out of the world and give their lives to Jesus only to find more of the same vices, temptations, and demons in the church that they were just delivered from. No, the church should be a place where the ground is hallowed and the premise is set for an encounter with God, not with people’s demons.


We talked about how a delicate balance must be struck between holiness and grace if we are to remain a light to the world, a place to provide help to those who are hurting, while at the same time protecting God’s sheep from wolves who are intent on infiltrating the house of God and devouring God’s sheep. There is a way that this can be accomplished. It just requires wisdom, love, patience, and a commitment to obey God’s word even when it’s not popular by today’s cultural standards.


In today’s article we’re going to finish up the discussion on this subject of how holiness and deliverance (staying free from Satan) work together. I pray this is a blessing to you.


THE ANTICHRIST SPIRIT INCREASES


(Rev.18:1-4)

1 “After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory.

2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!

3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”

4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.”


I have no doubt that even the current plague (if you will) that is ravaging the church, along with all the other nations of the earth, is tied to our great love for the world and the great harlotry we’ve committed with her. Babylon the Great is that spirit that is in the world which John describes here in (Rev.18) speaking of her fall and her ultimate judgment. She is a whore, which according to John has managed by the end to cause every nation on earth to partake of her whoredom. This is how we should see the world. This is how we should see sin, abominable lifestyles, and people who are unrepentant who want to influence our communities as they come in. Many of them are wolves in sheep’s clothing playing the victim. Many of them are rotten to the core, full of all kinds of evil, yet they dog the church saying that we haven’t loved them or given them equal rights, and somehow now we owe them. What demonic rubbish. The church owes the sinner nothing but Christ. We should give them Christ. We should give the love of his word and the love of his invitation to come and die with us upon his cross. That’s the love we should be showing the world. We do not owe them a place among us. We do not owe evil unrepentant people sympathy or special rights. We do not owe the world anything but Christ. Let that sink in for a moment.


IF YOU WANT TO STAY FREE THEN QUIT PARTAKING OF THE WORLD


In the Old Testament there was a special class of consecrated Hebrews called “The Nazarites''. Jesus himself took on this mantle and was called “The Nazarene”. These Nazarites were to be a type and a shadow of the true church, of the bride of Christ that would walk among the nations in the age to come. Narazarites lived special set apart sanctified lives, and they looked and acted very differently than those around them. One of the commandments they were given was to not touch anything dead (Num.6:3-7). There is a message in this for the church today.


If you are a follower of Jesus, if you are a disciple of the Lord, if you call Jesus your Lord, then you are not among the dead but among the living, and you are called to not touch that which is unclean and dead (2 Cor.6:17). If a Nazarite touched anything dead He would be considered unclean. To live like the world, to watch what the world watches, to participate in the festivals of the world is to be unclean (as I see it in the scripture). It is to touch that which is dead. It is to have fellowship with darkness, with unbelievers. It is to strike an accord with Baal (2 Cor.615). How can you expect to stay free if you keep doing this?


As I mentioned in my previous article on this subject I have a seer gift, so these things are very pronounced and very apparent to me when I cross a line in this regard and touch that which is unclean. Demons don’t mess around with me. If I open the door to them they come after me and they attack me. I thank God that I have the knowledge, the understanding, and the discernment to recognize these attacks for what they are and know how to effectively close the doors to these spirits and get the victory again. But what about the millions of christians who don’t have a clue about spiritual warfare? To the untrained Christian these attacks end up being wrongly diagnosed. People are blamed, circumstances, or worse these demonic infiltrations end up being accepted as things like gender identity. Demons are flooding the airwaves, they’re flooding our society, and they are gaining more influence in the institutional church everyday. This is real saints. It’s a real battle. If you want to stay free you need to take it seriously and live a sanctified life.


DEMONS ARE FILTHY. DON’T TOUCH THEM. DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THEM


In closing this article today I wish to remind everyone of the true nature of the demonic and the true nature of the world. Demons are filthy defiled creatures who are consumed with their mission on this planet which is to corrupt, spoil, kill, steal, and destroy. They are not interested in human rights, they are not interested in equality, and they are certainly not interested in love. But make no mistake about it, they are more than happy to deceive you into thinking they are and deceive you into inviting them into your life through someone who plays the victim. Don’t do it. Call sin sin. Call others around you to join you on the cross. Point people to Jesus, not your progressive liberal bible disobeying church.


Yes, be kind, be loving, be gentle, be gracious, be patient, be all the things that the spirit of Christ has made you to be inside you. But also be serious about your freedom and the freedom of your family. Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Do not even share a meal with someone that is sexually impure as the scripture commands, and that includes Holiday get-togethers. I know that sounds harsh, but the blood of Christ is worthy of you protecting your freedom. The blood of Christ is worthy of you setting an example for those who have chosen to live in darkness, that the light you carry is pure, it is holy, and you will not allow your temple to be defiled by feasting at Jezebel’s table. If you welcome the fellowship of those who are cohabitating with demons then you are welcoming the fellowship of those demons, period. Don’t do it. Live pure, live holy, and live free in the Lord. There is no other way for those who claim to follow Christ.


In his Service,

Stephen Powell


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