Spiritual Warfare 101


Part 7

Dealing with Demonic Affliction

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Acts portray Jesus and the apostles as using the command-control mode to address sickness, the weather, paying taxes, speaking with personal authority, and so forth. The rest of the New Testament, following the main approach in the Old Testament, exemplifies and commands a different mode. Is there a similar switch for dealing with demons associated with ailments and afflictions?

We certainly will not be surprised to find a mode shift. Scripture is ‘silent’ on the issue in the same way it is silent on paying taxes, performing resurrections, or stilling storms by words of command. The silence thunders. The mode of addressing demonically induced sufferings reverts to the classic mode: Live the Christian life of receptive faith and active obedience in the midst of life’s hardships….

The modern demon-deliverance ministries are predicated on two fundamental errors. First, they misread the biblical record and fail to distinguish between moral and situational evil. They cast out ‘demons’ of moral evil, something neither taught nor illustrated anywhere in Scripture. Second, they fail to reckon with the general mode shift away from the command-control mode and toward the classic mode.

Steps to a Far More Powerful Way

  • Fight and win spiritual warfare through discovering the Creator God who rules heaven and earth.
  • Fight and win spiritual warfare through learning to find refuge in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Fight and win spiritual warfare through learning to dig into the Scripture in search of true wisdom.
  • Fight and win spiritual warfare through stopping fighting alone.
  • Fight and win spiritual warfare through growing to understand the thoughts and intentions of his heart.
  • Fight and win spiritual warfare through speaking words that do genuine good to others.
  • Fight and win spiritual warfare through honest work
  • Fight and win spiritual warfare through learning to aim your heart at what true prayer intends.
  • Fight and win spiritual warfare through not giving in to cultivated lusts

Reblog from Between Two Worlds

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