Spiritual-Warfare

We are commanded to preach the word, cast out demons, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers and raise the dead.  This is the formula of Jesus Christ.  This is what it means to imitate Christ.  The Apostles followed this formula and the only person called an evangelist in the bible, Philip, also adhered to this formula.  If we are preaching and teaching the word but are not doing the other things then we have accidentally changed the formula of Jesus Christ.

From my own experience; prayer and expelling spirits has been the single most effective ministry tool I have ever used.  I would say it’s just about the only thing that has ever really worked for me in terms of saving souls.

 

Key points

  • Do cast out demons, heal and preach
  • Don’t change the formula of Jesus Christ: cast out demons, heal and preach the good news
  • Don’t charge money
  • When we are doing it right, we will bear much fruit: many will be coming to the Lord
  • We can lose our salvation if we don’t work

 

Scriptural basis

Do these things without charging money:

Matthew 10:7-8 King James Version (KJV)

And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

 

Philip the evangelist:

Acts 8:5-8 King James Version (KJV)

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.

And there was great joy in that city.

 

Jesus has given us all power over all the power of the enemy.  Casting out demons is not a gift, it is a birthright.  When Jesus came and gave us power, Satan fell from heaven:

Luke 10 King James Version (KJV)

10 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

 

We are not battling flesh and blood but against spiritual forces:

Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 

The evidence that we are doing it right is that we are bearing much fruit.

John 15:5-6 King James Version (KJV)

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

 

Fruit refers to souls:

Matthew 13:19-23 King James Version (KJV)

19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

 

Make no mistake; whilst it is true we cannot gain salvation through works, we can lose salvation by not working:

Luke 13:7-9 King James Version (KJV)

Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

 

We are exhorted to work to maintain our salvation, even with fear and trembling:

Philippians 2:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

 

Case study 1

Joel was Catholic but I didn’t know that.  I just prayed for him and this is what happened.  I didn’t say a thing about Roman Catholicism:

 

Generational curses

Most Christians are unaware of the generational curses in Exodus 20:5.  So, just say: “Have you broken the generational curses?”  If they ask what are they, show them Exodus 20:5 and explain that if their ancestors hated God or was involved in the occult, there is a generational curse that goes down to the third and fourth generations.

Then offer to break the curses for them.  Use the one prayer to expel all evil spirits in the process and set them free.  After that, baptise them and teach them how to pray for others in the same way.

 

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