Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Reality TV House Blessing Tips and Exorcising Homes

Some good information is finally surfacing from paranormal shows on what to do with demonically infested homes. I was watching the show, A Haunting, titled Angels and Demons, air date 10/19/2012.

No I am not going soft on these shows. Despite some improvement in dealing with spirits they're still classic shows on How NOT To spiritually cleanse a house. What always strikes me about these shows is that about a third of the shows feature Christian families, who know very little about their own God and faith. What is highlighted in these shows is how very little American Christians really know about the one true God. We have been sucked into a world of spiritual correctness as our governing bodies try to remove God from the country. Christians falling into spiritual correctness believe there is more than one way to heaven.  They also have allowed spiritist views to creep into their spirituality. And this episode of, A Haunting, clearly points out this alarming trend. What is particularly interesting about this episode is how God steers the people under attack back under his wing of protection. Despite their messed up theology, God is merciful, gracious, and victorious in the end.

This episode features a single, whom later gets married in the middle of the show, Kathy Sheets, in the fall of 2010, in Arnold, Maryland.  Kathy and her son move into a home that has demonic activity occurring inside it, even as they move in to the place. So this sets up the scene time and setting of the episode, Angels and Demons.

Christians Seeking Spiritist

This one kills me every time in these shows. We see a person who is portrayed as being a Christian, and the first sign of supernatural activity they run for help to a psychic. NO!!!!

Isaiah 8:19
19 When they say to you, "Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter," should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?

In Deuteronomy 18:9-12,
9 "When you enter the land in which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations.
10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,
11 or one who casts a spell, or a mediu,, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
12 For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you.

Now let's take a look at how Kathy handles the demonic visitation. She goes to her friend the psychic. What???? How does a Christian even fathom, a psychic, or Tarot cards, which even this show calls messing with the occult, a good idea? I am not picking on Kathy. I am pointing out the same lack of core spirituality and foundation in Jesus Christ that we see in 2/3 of the cases we work with regarding demonic activity.

The show narrator says, "Some Tarot cards represent fallen angels who become demons" What??? Fallen angels are demons! This is not a Christian lifestyle. We do not consult mediums and demons. When we work with people in this situation we make them break off all contact with their psychics. Psychics actually make the situation worse in demonic activity cases. They can load you up with more demons and they believe the whole time they are helping you. Some people we have worked with in ministry were too obsessed to break off contact with their psychics so we ceased to assist them any further. You can't go to God for help and sneak out the back door and ask satan for help. It's like asking a drug pusher to help you break free of your addiction.

Visitation By Angels

It's not uncommon for a person to see an angel in the midst of demonic attack. Many of the times I have seen angels was either in the middle of spiritual warfare or a week or so after a real nasty battle. God is a God of balance. If we see lots of evil, during warfare he may let us see some of his calvary. Again, we have our friend Kathy, who has demonic visitations in her house. Then one day, God shows her he is with her. He reveals one of his angels. In this case, I believe, God knew Kathy had a weak spiritual foundation in her faith so He came to her and revealed one of his holy angels.

When a person sees something like this, it is called mystical theology. God shows up to us and shows us wondrous things. St. Teresa of Avila called these imaginary visions. It's when God literally takes over our facilities and senses and imprints the vision into our mind. They're incredible and they are given out to those God chooses. In this case, God was sending a message to Kathy he was going to help her.

Psychics and Spirit Guides

Kathy has a wonderful, mystical experience from God and she runs to see her friend - the psychic! Do you just want to scream at this point? Ok - grace. We know God is working on Kathy and He is steering her back to him. We'll be patient. But listen to how badly the psychic misses the mystical event.  This is clip proof psychics aren't on the same wavelength as God.

The psychic, "I believe what you saw is your spirit guide."
Kathy, "An angel?"
The psychic, "If you want to call it that..."

Can you see how the psychic is receiving demonic and deceiving information? God sent Kathy a marvelous calling card with a vision of an angel of the Lord. But the psychic knocks it down to a spirit guide. Demons use psychics to help feed misinformation and disbelief. A spirit guide, in the psychics terms in not an angel, but a deceased spirit. Which is lesser than an angel. So subconsciously, the psychic is now stripping Kathy of her mystical experience.

Be advised, too, that our ministry is being told more often now about Christian psychics who talk to angels and God and offer paid services. And Christians are getting sucked into this abomination. You don't need to pay a psychic to talk to God. That is why the veil was torn in the temple. You can talk to God and you can talk to him for free. As for talking to angels. That's a dangerous slope. If divination is an abomination to God, what kind of angels do you think are talking to psychics? DEMONS!!!

Fire Alarms!

For those of you who have heard Lisa and I share our battlefield experiences, you know about our fire alarm stories. In the early days when we went into warfare prayer, the enemy would always trip our fire alarms to stop us from praying. We've got fire alarm stories. When I saw this I couldn't resist placing Kathy's fire alarm story in this blog too.

Keep in mind when you bless your home or you go into warfare, the enemy loves electrical components. Fire alarms, stereos, televisions, radios, and even car fuel injection systems. Been there done that! Many times look at it as a reaction because the demons won't let you know they're getting pelted by you. Common warfare tactics is that they're going to present their status as being all swell and no dents from your spiritual Louisville slugger.

Our Father

Now we're getting into the good clips of this show. Finally, the people are fighting back. And what is working? God!!! In this scene, Kathy is being attacked by an unseen entity in her car. It's the spiritual authority of her son, simply praying Our Father, the Lord's Prayer, from Matthew 6. A teenager stands up to the demon and breaks off the attack!

When people work with our ministry we instruct them to "bind the spirit in the name of Jesus Christ". And then we would have them order to release the person. "In the name of Jesus Christ, release my Mom. Now!"

The Lord's prayer works equally as well. But the demon struggles more because the strong man is yet to be bound. In my early days, before I knew anything about spiritual warfare I had a similar experience where I fought off a demonic attack on me using the Our Father prayer. If you know nothing else, use the Our Father!

In situations like this, you must learn to fight back on your own. No one else can help you. A deliverance team or an exorcist can help you. But it all boils done to throwing the problem to the foot of the cross of Jesus and binding it there.  People that run to us with the help me, help me attitude and don't learn to fight or trust in Jesus - seldom win these battles.

Sometimes You Gotta Snap

Okay. Now I am starting to root for team Kathy. She's abandon her psychic and has relied on the information God is giving her. That's right. Kathy doesn't understand it yet, but God is talking over the fight here. We see Kathy becoming the spiritual leader of her family and God is working through her. This is exactly how you deal with the demonic. This is what we would instruct Kathy to do if she contacted our ministry. This is how you bring God, armed with nukes, to a demonic knife fight. It sounds like a lame metaphor, but it's the truth!

What this clip depicts is Kathy developing her spiritual spine and standing in her God given authority. When the demon manifested, it just stared at her to scare her. It's the crap they pull. It's warfare! What's interesting is that the demons didn't try to hurt her. I believe heaven was already on the scene. And having Kathy mentally snap, so to speak, in warfare mode, clearly displayed to the demons she chose to fight them. A+ battlefield tactics to Kathy here. She did what M16 would have instructed her to do. People that have worked with me and are reading this blog probably recognize my "sometimes you gotta snap". Another I put it to those being tormented by demonic nightmares is to "embrace the inner spiritual HULK and smash!"

Warfare prayer isn't petitioning prayer to God. It's warfare, and it's directed at Satan and his army. God's enemy. It isn't what one of my ministry friends would call mamby-pamby praying. It's all out assault on the demonic through prayer.

A few years back I had a demonic manifestation in my house when we were working on a demonic possession case. Much like what Kathy had. I bolted out of my bed and told the spirit to get the HELL out of my house. And you know what? It did! We have authority over the demonic. See Luke 10 if you don't believe me.

Making a Stand Against the Forces of Darkness

Kathy now takes the final stand against the forces of darkness. This is A+ M16 spiritual warfare. It is effective for Kathy because she is in no danger of being possessed at the moment. She has been tormented and attacked. Now her momma bear, warring spirit has taken over and she is going to get her  house back and everything the enemy has taken from her. This is the most effective form of spiritual warfare and house cleansing. She has been given a vision of an angelic presence from God, so she knows God is in the fight. Quite frankly, Kathy has better spiritual reception than her psychic friend. Whether she knows it or not, she is now receiving her battle intel directly from God.

In this case, I know Kathy's house will be free of the demonic infestation. I also believe she has developed a deeper spiritual understanding and relationship with God through this event. Despite Kathy being spiritually misguided. God came crashing through to help her.

If you're learning Deliverance ministry, I strongly recommend you pick up my book.


Rev. Mike

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Entitlement Spirituality vs. Spiritual Authority

I know, it's October, and it's time for a spiritual warfare author and blogger to blog about the dangers of Halloween, right? Wrong! Although, Halloween is a bad idea for Christian's to participate in and it is our biggest spiritual warfare season because of all the witchcraft going on. But I'll let other bloggers post their do-diligence on the matter.

For me, I woke with more pressing matters as the Holy Spirit spoke to me this morning while I was waking up. The Holy Spirit was speaking to me on entitlement spirituality. What's that? Well, read on.

One of the goals I had for writing the book, A Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare, was to teach others about spiritual authority through Jesus Christ. It simply was not taught at my church. In 2007, when I found myself in the center of a horrible demonic attack I didn't know what to do. Over the next year, the Holy Spirit became my teacher and showed me a lot of things I didn't know about my spiritual authority. I took strides in my walk with Jesus, both in faith and in trust. Even to this day, the Holy Spirit is revealing more and more to me about the extent of our spiritual authority and how far it extends. The reason I made such strides in my spiritual walk was because I stood in my spiritual authority. When I was first under spiritual attack, I didn't run to my pastor and beg him to pray for me. Nor did I organize a prayer group to pray for me. I spiritually owned the situation I was in and trusted in Jesus he would do something about it.

In December of 2007, I was under severe attack with 7x24 demonic voices. The spirits were attacking my spiritual gifts of discernment. I was trying to help someone, whom I later found out, didn't want to be helped, was under demonic attack. The demons knew this Sunday dress up Christian didn't want help. It was a trap to suck me in and attack me. And attack they did. After 7 days of voices bombardment, I couldn't take it anymore and they almost won. They almost drove me to a nervous breakdown. But I did something unusual. Well, something unusual to the modern church. I took a stand against the demons and ordered them to shut up in the name of Christ. I stood my ground in my spiritual authority and ordered them to silence in the name of Jesus Christ! It took about an hour for the voices to shutdown. Then, by evening, my head was wonderfully, intoxicatingly, absolutely, silent!

That was a ground shaking day in my spiritual life. Most people can tell you when they became believers and accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I was raised in the Catholic Church and I was born with a cross in my hand, so to speak. What I can tell you though, is when I woke up and became a deeply passionate follower of Jesus. It was December 2007. What a wild Christmas season that was.

From that day forward, God has been taking me deeper into him and into spiritual warfare. I don't have an incredibly perfect prayer life. There are some days where I am too busy to read the Bible. And that bothers me. But I do have an incredible relationship with the heavenly Father, the creator of the universe, his son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. It is through the relationship with God, that the authority in Christ is present. It is through my relationship with Jesus, that I am royalty. Jesus bought me and he bought you with a price.

Now, when I wrote A Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare, it's targeted audience were people knee deep in their own warfare. People who bought a ton of books on how to route demons, and deliverance, but the books weren't adequate, because they said nothing about SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY!!!

Aside, from quoting Luke 10:18-19, what does it mean to have spiritual authority? And why did Jesus see Satan fall like lightning? It's because the 70 disciples took a stand against the forces of darkness and kicked it's shadowy evil butt! When you stand in authority, you are standing against the forces of darkness. Many Christians in America, couldn't spiritually fight there own way out of a paper bag. That's how far we've allowed our spiritual authority to be given back into the hands of the enemy. Part of this the pulpit is to blame. But also, it's the seminary schools, for ill equipping pastors for spiritual warfare. Academia is rarely on the battlefield and it's hard to teach about war unless you've been through a few major campaigns. What makes a better teacher of war history, a Harvard professor, or vet? We're losing ground in the seminary and the pulpit on this. Which means a weakened body of Christ. Plain and simple we have slowly been handing our spiritual authority back over to the prince of the world.

The odd spin off of this effect is what I call the entitlement spirituality. My ministry has seen this time and time again, where a Christian brings us into their battle and expects us to fight it FOR them. I have said this at speaking engagements, that I will not stand next to a Christian in battle who is unwilling to hold up their own sword in battle. I hear some scoffs and some sighs in the audience. Then I pause, and tell them, I will stand next to a Christian who is at least standing and shaking with their sword. Because at least they chose to put up a fight. From there the ministry can work with a person and teach them to fight their own battles. Yes, you read that correctly. Victory comes through fighting your own battles! In our entitlement society, we expect others to do everything for us. From the cradle to the grave. And now we have dysfunctional Christians in the pews. We get numerous calls from people who gave up without a fight and want us to battle for them.

We are a society that is self-absorbed with the occult and the paranormal. We are becoming dangerously fascinated by witchcraft. Christian witches are becoming a problem with churches. They show up as intercessors! The average Christian, we have seen through our ministry, has more misinformation in their heads from paranormal shows. They know little about the true Biblical way to fight off the forces of darkness.

What should you do if you're under spiritual attack? Go to the heavenly Father and speak with him. Then stand on your authority Jesus gave you and trust Jesus is going to do something about your situation. Most churches religiously tell you to put on your armor daily. Well, I am in spiritual warfare, I don't sleep naked! Which means I never take my armor off! Put your armor on and leave it on.

Do not become obsessed with the demonic attacks. This is a weapon of the enemy. Disbelief that the Father is not going to help you is another weapon of theirs. You must stand your ground, remain calm and pray. Command the voices to shut up!

In the name of Jesus Christ I bind you and command you to shut up! Now release my spiritual hearing in the name of Jesus.

This is a method of warfare for someone who has recently come under attack. Not for someone who is demonized, that is they hear spirits and they manifest them. This person requires deliverance ministry or clergy member from the office of exorcism to help them.

A lot of instructions of spiritual warfare can be found, in my book, A Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare. Many times people buy a lot of books from popular Christian authors, only to find out the author has an academic theological understanding of spiritual warfare and not battlefield information. I receive numerous e-mails from readers with them writing, “Wow! You get it. That's what I needed to know!” Yes, we get it. M16 Ministries is a battlefield ministry.

God Bless