As my friend, and sister in Christ, Kasey says, “just saved isn’t good enough.” She’s right! It isn’t good enough to have “your ticket to heaven” and live like hell all of your life. I want to provoke you and encourage you to normal Christianity.
Freedom is available
(To get the full effect of what I’m going for, please read all of this passage. I know it’s a lot.)
“Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”
As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
“I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.” They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. You do the deeds of your father.”
Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”” John 8:28-47 NKJV
It sounds like Jesus is being harsh, but He doesn’t sugar coat things. Have you noticed that? I love Jesus! Give it to me straight!
Jesus is talking to the Jews and telling them that the Son can make them free, and if He does, they will be truly free. He makes a clear distinction between those who are of God, and those who are of the devil. Jesus is saying that it is obvious! He said that whoever commits sin is a slave to sin. Jesus’s teaching here doesn’t really vibe with the “sinner saved by grace” teaching.
Here me out though, I am not saying that just because you struggle with an area of sin that you belong to Satan. What I am saying is that there may be areas of your life, or personality that are still in bondage to the enemy. When we lead people to Jesus, they need to go through a process, extended or immediate, of freedom and release from bondage.
Let me say it plainly. Sometimes the reason you can not stop sinning is because you have a demon. Does that mean you aren’t saved? No it doesn’t mean that. Listen closely, your spirit belongs to Jesus, the devil can not touch it. However, your soul and body can be subject to demonization. Which essentially means that you are under the power of a demon. It does NOT mean you are “possessed” or “owned” by a demon.
The problem we have in many circles of Christianity is that we have taught that Christians can’t be demonized. We call it mental illness, (which isn’t always a demon) or sin patterns, compulsions, outbursts of anger, or whatever it is. If we improperly diagnose the problem, we’ll never get healed.
If you are tempted consistently in an area, it doesn’t mean you have a demon. Especially if you are usually able to resist. But if you can’t stop, if you have such a drive to sin in that area, it’s usually a demon. Does that excuse the sin? No, but it should give you hope, not fear. Because if it is a demon, Jesus can set you free, and you can be on a higher level with Him! He loves you so very much and wants you to receive the freedom He paid for.
Don’t ignore the problem
I really don’t like demons. I have a righteous indignation against the work of the enemy. Nothing breaks my heart more than to know that someone is in bondage to the devil. This is an uncomfortable topic in many circles, and for a lot of people, it would be easier to ignore it. I get it, trust me, I’m only talking about this through obedience. I don’t really like it either.
We have such a cleaned up and tidy outward appearance in the western world, that when a demon manifests, we don’t know what to do and get very scared. I know because that’s what happened with me. I was terrified. My friend Kasey manifested demons in her kitchen in December of 2017, and I was so freaked out. They scratched me, tried to bite me, swore in my face, and I thought I was going to die. I went through the gauntlet to get my training in deliverance. Since then, Kasey has received more freedom, and if you know her, she is one of the most on fire people I know. Her personality is free, and she is finally able to be who she really is. I love her so much, and am so glad I was able to suffer for her that night, and be a part of her freedom process.
So when you read this, know that I have compassion on those who are trapped in bondage. I feel the Lord’s heart for His children who need freedom.
Please feel free to ask questions.
I’m going to make this in parts, there’s a lot to say about this topic and I don’t want to make this post too long.
I know this is a touchy subject, and I don’t want to lose you. If you have questions, please ask in the comment section below. I want us to be free.