Happy New Year! I am so excited about 2013 for so many different reasons. May grace and peace of Christ be exponentially multiplied in your life! Last year I ended off with 2 lists, one about what Holy Spirit doesn’t do and a much longer one about what He does do. I also said I will share some stories of adventures I’ve had with Holy Spirit, and I would love to hear your stories too, so please share in the comments section below.
One adventure with Holy Spirit I remember vividly was the night I got baptized as an adult. The couple in whose house we met had a heated swimming pool with a semi-portable roof cover. It was a structure that basically covered the whole pool because the lady held swimming lessons for toddlers at her home.
It was a clear night, not a cloud in sight. We went outside and everything was quiet. The moment I put my feet in the water a wind started blowing. Not just a breeze, a full on wind almost coming from every direction. It got stronger and stronger and by the time I got about waist deep in the water it was so strong it started to lift the roof structure covering the pool.
The guy who was going to baptize me said we better do this quickly because he doesn’t want this structure coming down on us while we are in the water. So we got on with it. He dunked me and when I got up the wind blew the structure over on its side, and as quickly as it started blowing, it stopped.
It was pretty incredible, and nobody really knew what to make of it. We took it as a sign that makes you wonder. Over the course of the next 2 years I got thrown into the deep end of supernatural ministry as I started traveling with my brother- and father-in-law as they taught on the Holy Spirit at various churches and home groups around South Africa.
During these two yeas I felt like I was living in the gospel books. Everywhere we went we saw people healed and we saw many many demons cast out of believers and unbelievers alike. Yes, you heard right, demons were cast out of believers.
Now I have many friends who would staunchly disagree with me on this theologically saying that because of the finished work demons can no longer be in Christians, curses are non existent and the devil can do diddlysquat to influence or oppress you.
The thing is, I’ve seen it happen far too many times to believe it is not possible. The other thing is, Jesus did basically 3 things in His ministry. He preached, He healed and He cast out demons. So far, with the message of grace and healing that has grown leaps and bounds over the past few years, two of the three elements of Jesus’ ministry have been made manifest more and more. I believe deliverance from demons is a very neglected area, especially in the light of grace.
Most of the teachings out there on deliverance is very old school and very old covenant based. I first wrote about dealing with the demonic from a grace point of view in the book Living Grace, but I only had one chapter, and much more to say.
I believe deliverance is a ministry very abused (Thank you Hollywood), made overly complicated by old covenant beliefs (Thank you charismania) and misunderstood by so many people (Thank you fear…). I am going to share stories of deliverances I have been a part of with the intention of bringing restoration to this often neglected ministry in light of grace and the finished work.
There will be stories you might find hard to believe, trust me, some might even think I’m crazy. I might lose a few blog subscribers because they disagree with my conclusions, but never the less I am going to share my stories. Why? Because as I often say when I teach on the subject, ‘I’ve come across sicknesses I couldn’t heal, but I’ve never met a demon I couldn’t cast out’, and if I am to equip you for the work of ministry, then I have to equip you to deal with the demonic. Casting out demons was part of the Great Commission and it has been neglected for far too long.
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Let the peace of God reign in your hearts!