Showing posts from February, 2013

Casting Out Devils

Mention the Great Commission and most Christians only think of “preaching the gospel to every creature.”Yet Jesus gave other commandments in the sixteenth chapter of Mark.One of which in verse 17 is to cast out devils.That commandment must be of importance since it is listed before speaking in tongues and laying hands on the sick.
Many churches in Western nations don’t do deliverance ministry at all.Some ministers believe Christians cannot have a demon.I can testify that is not true.Over the years I’ve witnessed numerous devils cast out of God’s people.I’ve also done my share of exorcisms.
During the mid-1990s I became close friends with “Anita” (not her real name), a middle-aged woman who was frequently placed on my team during our church’s street evangelism outreaches.Despite her faithfulness in sharing the gospel, Anita was often oppressed.One particular afternoon while I prayed for Anita, these words came out of her mouth: “You can’t have her!You can’t have her!”I recognized this…

Seated in Heavenly Places

Do you sometimes feel your prayers aren’t going beyond the ceiling?Maybe you’re tempted to think God isn’t hearing them at all.If that’s the case, then let me share a simple truth that can help transform your prayer life.
I’ve heard Christians talk about “bombarding” or “storming” the gates of heaven when praying.Yet the gates of heaven aren’t closed at all to those who know the Lord.Ephesians 2:6 says God has “raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”Spiritually speaking, you already have a position of authority in heaven.
Unanswered prayers are not God’s fault.Sometimes it’s due to our own disobedience such as not tithing (Malachi 3:8-10) or being in strife with our spouse (1 Peter 3:7).Demonic opposition can also delay prayers from being answered.The prophet Daniel fasted and prayed for 21 days until he received an answer that had been immediately sent to him by an angel (Daniel 10:12).Under the New Covenant, we have greater promises and…

It’s Not Too Late

As a young Christian, I had a fear of missing God’s plan for my life.That was largely overcome through listening to a Joyce Meyer tape series a friend recommended called “No Fear Lives Here.”One key point that really blessed me was God telling Joyce, “If you miss Me, I’ll find you.”Soon I realized our walk with the Lord is not on a tightrope where it’s all over if we make one wrong move.As long as we remain open to correction, God will gently guide us back in the direction He wants us to go.
Once I heard Kenneth Copeland talk about a time he asked the Lord how much farther in ministry he would be if he had gotten saved at a younger age.The Lord told Kenneth he would be exactly where he was at that time.Of course, that’s not an excuse to procrastinate and purposely waste time.James 4:14 says, “Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.For what is your life?It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
There are people in the Bible that made major mist…

Touch Not God’s Anointed

When I’m out on the streets sharing the gospel with people, an objection that occasionally comes up is bad behavior by ministers.It’s unfortunate that a few “men of the cloth” have done despicable deeds such as abusing children.But non-Christians cannot use those incidents as an excuse to avoid their own need for salvation.I point out when they stand before the Lord Jesus Christ, He won’t examine other people’s lives but only their own.
1 Timothy 5:19 says, “Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses.”In court trials, defendants are supposed to be presumed innocent unless proven guilty.Numerous people are called to the witness stand to give testimony before a verdict is reached.Why is it then that some Christians quickly assume a preacher is guilty of a sin based on hearsay and/or the claims of just one person?
In Numbers chapter 12, Miriam was infected with leprosy after criticizing Moses for marrying an Ethiopian woman.There have been more mode…