Tuesday, April 16, 2013
First of all, you must ask yourself the question, are you the one who belongs in this fight. Many times Christians get over zealous and jump into a battle way above their pay grade. Yes, we were given authority over the demonic. But many Christians can't handle the midget demons in their own closet, then they go off and take on what they call "a giant". This is a remedy for a good old fashion spiritual butt kicking. It won't look very well if you go off half cocked into a battle, get beat up spiritually and quite possibly physically.
I didn't use to differentiate myself before from a deliverance minister, but now I do use the title exorcist. An exorcist is a minister who is operating under the anointing of God to assist individuals with long term and nasty battles against the forces of darkness and sometimes mental illness (from demonic forces). The anointing is critical because it protects you and helps you when severe demonic oppression is flung on you from warfare. This is a nasty demonic acid trip of depression to endure and it requires a supernatural battle. Many times while you're helping someone else. They don't call it spiritual warfare for nothing!
Many deliverance ministers cast out demons, bless homes and break curses. I started using the term exorcist because my ministry was recognized as such and operating at that level. At this point in ministry, your team includes therapists and doctors, It wasn't a self-appointed title. If you read my book, "A Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare - the Power to PULL the IMPOSSIBLE from the HEAVENLY REALMS", I discussed this distinction. An exorcist comes in where the deliverance minister needs assistance with warfare. I help other ministers that have gone into homes and got slimed by the demonic activity taking place there. Exorcism and deliverance ministry is not for everyone in the church body. We were given authority by God to deal with our own spiritual warfare. Many Christians are misguided and believe that gives them a license to go out and start a spiritual bar fight. Some Christians are "DRAFTED" and not called into higher levels of spiritual warfare. Exorcism can be a life threatening ministry and only those equipped should be involved. PERIOD.- End of my disclaimer.
How do you help a non-believer who experiencing demonic activity? Simple. The same way Jesus would have. In the western church we only recognize one category of Jesus 3-fold ministry. We only preach the Gospel. Jesus ministry was comprised of teaching the Gospel, healing the sick, and casting out demons. When I work with New Agers and Pagans, many times a one fold Christian with lack of spiritual maturity has already gotten to them and vehemently hurt them. This is the person who told this individual that they are going to Hell rather than love them as they were like Jesus would have. I know I just rattled some religious spirits reading that line. But it's how Jesus ministered. Remember in the last days of the church the Holy Spirit was poured out on all of us. Jesus is seeking all of us!
When I am called out to a pagan's or New Agers home I respect their beliefs and not try to convert them. They are in the midst of a personal and spiritual crisis. I walk into their home with the confidence that Jesus is going to do something and make himself real to this individual. I am demonstrating the true Jesus, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. Not the false jesus they may know from the unitarian perspective of spirituality. Yes, you are operating in the miracles, signs and wonders - the three-fold Gospel of Jesus. If you never seen a miracle through prayer this is not a good scenario for you. Why? Because these people are spiritual and you're not going to be able to give them a fire and brimstone sermon when you yourself have never seen the supernatural like they have. Get the picture? Many Christians aren't walking in the power their own God gave them the authority and power to walk in. Unless you are walking in this, can hear from God, can pull down the power of heaven through prayer, you won't be affective. These people have seen the supernatural through the forces of darkness. And pretty much the predicament they are in stems from their own dabbling in darkness. White witches don't realize their power is dark.
When our team ministers in these environments we use prophetic ministry. When we meet the individual we listen to God for him to give us something meaningful about this person. Usually, it is deep and touches their heart. At the right moment, we share the word we got during the initial meeting with the individual. When they hear what we have to share - it puts our team in a position where their wall with Christians comes down a bit so we can minister. We let God do the talking. We walk on egg shells in these environments. Recall that Jesus sometimes performed healing miracles before he shared the Gospel. Same situation here. It's a woman at the well encounter (see John 4). There is a correct and positive way to demonstrate the supernatural realm of Jesus. Word of knowledge or prophetic word is the tool of choice through Jesus. And whatever you do, avoid your "So sayeth the Lord" malarchy. It may fluff you up at church, but if you're word is wrong. You just shut down the whole meeting. What I am saying, is, don't be afraid your word is wrong. Be more afraid it is offensive to the individual. "So sayeth the Lord" is overly religious and usually used by people in church who fake it until they make it - so to speak. You must be experienced at hearing God to do this. We can ALL hear from God! Do you ever wonder why all these people on ghost hunter shows buy into the lie that their kids are psychics? We are all spiritual beings and we all have the spiritual listening equipment. If you are a deliverance minister - get trained. John Paul Jackson's Art of Hearing God is a great place to start. My team trains churches too. So if you're in Northern California, look us up. We'd be glad to come out and train your church.
With these individuals, they are looking at you and waiting for you to sound like the immature Christian who is going to tell them they're going to Hell. Jesus loves people where they're at. It's important to build a relationship with these people and gain their trust. Jesus will give you a dead on word to get their attention. We always laugh when the people ask us where did we get our psychic training from. We tell them we're not psychic, we're trained to hear the voice of our creator.
When we make appointments with New Agers and pagans they are always blown away that we are not the typical (Western) Christians. We are there to build a relationship with the individual. Sure there is a demon in their home -but Jesus will deal with that.
When the initial meet and greet is over we ask for permission to walk through their home. We're not carrying an over-sized ornate cross like we just stepped out of a horror movie. Many times we just show up in plain clothes and carry a Bible or an ipad - and some anointing oil. That's it for the items we bring to a house with activity. The Jesus inside of you -the minister, is who is going to be doing all the work. You just need to be listening and moving with him and not in the opposite direction of him. So yes, you read that correctly, no ovulus, no spirit box, no K2 meter, no digital recorders, no video cameras, nadda - just a small flask of anointing oil. We like to travel light, minimizes setup time for the ministry. Then we walk through the house, and we discern where the spiritual activity is taking place in the home. Yes - we kick it old school. Believe it or not the Holy Spirit is more accurate that a K2 meter! And we walk through the home with the lights on! We're not filming a lame ghost hunting reality show. We're actually helping someone who is in spiritual torment.
It is common, during the discernment walk through, the demon will reveal itself because it knows an anointing when it sees one. We did not provoke the demon - which is extremely dangerous and should never be done - EVER! If a demon manifests it's good to have team members who understand their authority and identity in Jesus Christ. Because now you have entered the miracle, signs and wonders moment of the meeting. It at this point, my ministry team gets the thumbs up approval from the non-believer. It is at this point the individual is physically witnessing the power and authority of God. At this point it is okay to vocally pronounce the authority of Jesus Christ during warfare. You must discern if this is the appropriate time to take action and remove the demon or to just demonstrate your power authority over it. God could careless about the demon, it's already been judged and is going to Hell anyway. God cares about the person you are helping. If they clearly understand the power they just witnessed it is time to discuss, after the encounter, and it is shutdown, what just occurred and why. Jesus only wants people to love him through the individual's own free will. This is when you explain the angelic spiritual war and that these creatures -demons, are in rebellion to the God most high. This is not a convert to Jesus or perish speech. This is the time to give them information on what happened and why. They must process what they witnessed and make some decisions. You must be mature in your walk and know that God is big enough to deal with this individual and give them time and space to process. Exorcism is essentially prophetic and process evangelism while operating in the miracles, signs and wonders. Many times, you just need to be a good listener, discern when to shut up, and listen to their story. Some people will come to Christ, some will over what seems to be a very long period of time, and some never will. Some people will run to God just to be healed from their pain and not seek Jesus. This situation in itself is a whole other can of demonic worms.
It is through YOUR sensitivity to the individual plus the miracles, signs and wonders, that hearts change during warfare. The heart must change before the demons are expelled. Otherwise, 7 more horrible homies will return. Not always the rule of thumb. If you can hear God on one or two occassions he may ask you to do otherwise and evict the demons before repenting. I know - the religious spirit person's head just spun around again. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO GOD IN THIS MINISTRY!
This is not a methodology. It's building a relationship with the individual and understanding where they're at in their spiritual walk. I have used miracles, signs and wonders over the phone to help gnostics who called me. One gnostic went to a psychic and the psychic told them to call me! I didn't know the psychic. Sometimes God intercepts transmissions and gives psychics info. This person through a supernatural God was led to Christ. Using prayers and shutting down demonic voices over several phone calls this individual decided God was real. She had no where else to turn but to Jesus.
I have had power encounters with legion and shutdown their activity. Only in this case, the psychic didn't want to give up her legion of demonic spirit guides (we've seen this with Paul in Acts). In this case, the woman would rather be thrown down the stairs then seek Jesus. We broke off ministering with this woman. Her husband would call us every night for a week because we could shut down legion over a phone call on the speaker phone. But this individual didn't want Jesus so we couldn't help her any further. You must remember, this is all a process. Just because they reject Jesus now doesn't mean they won't call you back later. Exorcism takes time and it's all about the heart of the individual and turning their heart to Jesus. This ministry is not about kicking the BUTTS of demons. It is about the grace and mercy of God coming down and helping someone who is spiritually wounded - in their darkest hour.
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A Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare - the Power to PULL the IMPOSSIBLE from the HEAVENLY REALMS
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
For starters, I work primarily with Christians, not because I am biased, but because those are the people who primarily come to M16 Ministries. Our team has worked with everyone, New Agers, pagans, and assisted homosexual believers in spiritual warfare. There is a strong bias that Christians won't help others, non-believers in the faith, in their time of need. Not so, I found the opposite to be true, that there is a reverse bias in asking a Christian for help in spiritual matters. I once spoke with a ghost hunter in San Francisco, and told him I was a Christian exorcist. The conversation abruptly ended. The other irony, is that we tend to help people for free. I had a conversation with a psychic who spiritually cleanses homes, at a psychic fair. He said he charges $1000 per home in the bay area and doesn't deal with non-human spirits (demons). This guy had a long list of people signed up for his services. Our ministry does exorcisms, and we deal with "non-human spirits" for free. That's right. We don't make a dime off exorcisms. A majority of the funding from our ministry comes from people who support us through love offerings. Yes, I am also and author and a speaker, but you don't get rich on that either. So why do what I do? God drafted me into this ministry and he broke my heart to help those who are being oppressed. Now with a very small ministry team it is impossible to assist everyone who comes to us. Which is why I write blogs, books, and speak. I need to equip you in spiritual warfare and separate what is commonly accepted spiritist malarchy and what is truth. There are a lot of exorcist charlatans out there -so BEWARE!!! Basically, if you land on a website of a person who is holding out a big cross and looks more like a vampire slayer then a normal person -it's most likely a charlatan. And there are a lot out there.
If you found yourself at this blog, because the ghost hunters have come and gone. They have posted the EVPs found at your home on their youtube channel. The psychics have come, spoke to the native American spirit residing in your home, and they performed their sage cleansing, told you your toddler was clairvoyent, which is why they see spirits, and then left. HOWEVER - you are still having nightmarish activity in what you once thought was your dream home. Am I on par with your predicament so far?
By this point you are at wits end. The spirits in your home have oppressed you and they have torn your family or your relationship apart. You simply want everything in your home to stop and you want your life back, NOW!
It doesn't matter what your spiritual background is at this point. Pagan, Buddhist, Kabbalah, Mormon, Jehovah Witness, Presbyterian, Catholic or Assembly of God. What you need to realize at this point is what the truth is in your situation. The truth is, the psychic was deceived by a spirit and he-she relayed the lie the spirit wanted you to perceive to keep you in your state of frustration and brokenness. This is called spiritual bondage. The spirit needs to keep you obsessed with the activity going on to oppress you. Oppression is a horrible thing and it can push you to the point of temporary insanity or to the point where the spirit can try to occupy you and use you. At this point in the battle you are broken. The spirit is whipping you into submission.
Now for the truth. That isn't a native American spirit haunting your home. It's a demon. If I had a nickel for every time I went into a haunting and the (Christian) owner told me a psychic told them it was a native American spirit, I would have $5 in a jar. This is tactical information for me and my team. We will walk through the house and discern it is a demonic spirit of witchcraft and the false information from the psychic will help collaborate the teams findings.
When we work with individuals in this situation we start with aligning their spiritual life to Jesus. Not the false Jesus found in splinter New Age churches, but the one true Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. Whoa! Reverend Mike, your getting a bit religious on us here! Tone it down!
When dealing with the demonic you must call on the one true God. The demons can send you a false Jesus and really mess with you and your warfare. Up until this point, you have not been in warfare with the spirits. When the ghost hunters and psychic came to your house, you were unwittingly aiding and abetting the enemy within. Yes, through your own actions you were feeding your own torment. Does this make sense to you?
When spiritual warfare starts you must be working with the one true God, Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. If you are a New Ager, or a pagan, or even a Christian, and you are getting crushed by the forces of darkness in your own home, call on Jesus. Forget about what others are telling you and what you SHOULD be doing based on your faith. Obviously, if what you were doing was right, this nightmare would have ended by now. RIGHT? Also keep in mind your own faith practices could be the source of the demonic activity. There is no difference between white magic and dark magic. The only difference is that the practicer of white magic has been deceived and is still practicing dark magic. If everything else you tried has failed -then Jesus is excited about coming to help you.
Step One. Go somewhere private, away from the haunting, or defiled site, and call on Jesus. Speak with him like he is right there with you. If you are not a believer in Christ, but you found yourself to this point, here is what our team would do if you asked us to help you. Remember this is a personal decision and it can't be shoved down your throat, my God doesn't work that way. God is gentle and he wants you to invite him into your situation. We would pray with you, regardless of your faith, the following prayer for help. If a spirit manifests through you because of the haunting, have someone who understands what you're going through sit down with you and help you read this prayer. Many times we find people who are demonically oppressed can't read through this prayer. If you have a Christian friend who isn't RELIGIOUS and isn't ready to convert you on the spot, have them help you. Don't let them convert you. This is a process, and right now, this is a cry for help! All we are asking is for Jesus to come make himself real to you and help you.
A Prayer for Help:
Dear Jesus, my heart is wounded and I am oppressed by your enemies. I don't know what to believe at this point. My prayer from my heart is that you show me you are real. I ask you Jesus to show me in my situation that you are the creator of the universe, you are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I ask you to help me and heal me. To bind the lying spirits in my life who are oppressing me. I ask you to send the Spirit of Truth to help me see the truth and to help me in my condition. Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, I invite you into my condition and I am asking you to help me.
If, during this prayer, or after, you find yourself crying and maybe getting a bit angry at God, that is okay to. The most powerful prayers are through your tears.
Once you have made this prayer keep talking to Jesus as you go about your day. You may not be experienced in prayer, but God will reveal himself in battle. As your heart has called out for God, go home and bless your home. Sometimes a priest won't come out and bless your home if your not a Christian. But don't worry about that. What kicks a demons ass is your heart turning to God. A house blessing is useless if your heart isn't inviting Jesus into your house. There is no methodology for blessing a home. Walk your hurt heart through your home and show Jesus where it hurts you in your house. Ask for his peace to come into your house. Ask for the light of Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, to come into your house. Ask him to push out the darkness and seal up your home. At this point you have now entered into spiritual warfare. All the time and nightmare before this was oppression and not warfare.
What is in your house are not disembodied human spirits. They are demons. A spiritual war has been going on since before the history of the universe itself. A group of high ranking angels chose to rebel against God. They were thrown out of heaven and exiled on earth until their day of judgment. This is what is making you sick in your house. This is what is tormenting you at night.The demons are the shadows the ghost hunting team caught on video and whose voices are on EVPs. Yes, what you thought you knew about the spirit realm is wrong.
Now as you bless your house, Christian and non-believer, alike, walk through your home and ask the Spirit of Truth to reveal to you what is in defilement in your home. You will be surprised what is revealed. One Halloween, we were assisting an individual in spiritual warfare, they were being attacked by demonic spirits. The individual was reaching out to God, but the warfare continued because they were renting a room from a person whose home contained movies that were in defilement - Twilight, horror flicks as well as pornography. The home owner was in agreement to defilement of their own home. The home owner was also in rebellion to the will of God and had sex partners sleep over at the house. This made for a situation that was difficult to contain. I have also been on the site of a haunting where a Christian was sleeping with his girl friend in the house. We couldn't assist this individual because what he was doing was wrong in the eyes of God. He knew it and he didn't feel it was necessary to abide to God's will in this matter. As you walk through your home, look to see what is in defilement and get rid of it. This is a process. You are tuning into the will of Jesus Christ, Lord of Lord, King of Kings. Let him help you, it will take time. The demonic will recognize your attempts to ask Jesus for help and the warfare will really start in your home. When the clash starts, take this as a sign as the demons are in fear and don't like the fact you called on the one true God. They're incapable of defeating God and they know they're haunting days at your home are now numbered.
Gosh Rev. Mike. I thought this was a blog on house blessing. It is. Your body is your house. It's where you live 7 days/ week x24 hrs/ day x365 days/ year. Bless your home and make it impenetrable to the demonic. As your heart becomes blessed you will leak out into your house. This is the nuclear weapon against the demonic. M16 Ministries has worked with nearly 500 people in cases of demonic activity. Many times we find that when we go to a haunted residence, it is the person in the residence that is haunted. True they moved into a defiled property, over time, they got slimed and the property defiled them. The cleansing of the land must come from within. Even Christians don't get this part of warfare. It's the change of heart that nukes demons. I teach classes on deliverance ministry and from time to time I get those individuals who puke religious doctrine on me on how I should cast out demons. You should see some of the wacky e-mails I get. Over doctrinal religion is a form of demonic bondage.
Jesus is all about being set free. If you're in bondage in what was once your dream home. Take action. Your heart is spiritual in design and it knows how to contact Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. After all, your creator designed it that way.
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A Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare - the Power to PULL the IMPOSSIBLE from the HEAVENLY REALMS
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Very few ministers are truly involved in exorcisms. What is an exorcism? I am a non-Catholic exorcist, which means I don't use 'The Rite'. I use the gifts of the Holy Spirit in warfare. Yes, the Catholics do to, they call these ministers charismatics. From my point of view, an exorcism is the expulsion of demons in what is identified as a true demonic possession. 99% of the demonic activity and manifestations most Christians have seen are what are known as demonic oppressions. A demon can manifest in a Christian and speak through them. A deliverance prayer team can evict this/these unclean spirit(s) because the individual is requesting prayer to be set free from them.
In demonic possession, which is difficult to diagnose (to the average deliverance minister), requires a lot more background and expertise. When our ministry is involved in a case of demonic possession, we already have some medical professionals involved who had aided in the diagnoses and medically deemed the situation to be spiritual in nature. A person may look and act demonically possessed but could simply be mentally sick. Their mind is broken. We commonly work with people that have dissociative identity disorder. You need spiritual discernment to determine what is an alter (an alternate identity) and which is a demonic presence. When we work with DID, there are both alters and demonic spirits, and the team has the discernment to tell the difference between the two.
In cases of demonic possession, the individual will not allow you to pray for them. All too often there are the horror stories that I have heard where an inexperienced deliverance team will hold someone down and try to cast a demon out of a possessed person. Then get tossed across the room in the process.
The individual that is possessed must want to be set free from their demonic prison. And they're not going to let you reason with them about wanting to be set free. There will be too many voices in their head and around them mocking every word you say.
This is where intercessory prayer comes in. For starters, you must pray to have yourself released into battle. And if you do make this prayer, you are certain of your prophetic gifting and that you hear God clearly. You are certain in your faith and you know how to pull down from the heavenly realm. You must also be a person who has their life in order and your family isn't dysfunctional at home. You must lead a life that is built on a strong relationship with Jesus. You will be a person who is free from bondage and can immediately identify demonic oppression as it is thrown at you. This is warfare. Demons fight back and bite back! If you're experiencing extreme warfare on your team it may be because you stepped out the covering and will of the heavenly Father. Be careful this doesn't happen to your team!You are a mature prayer warrior and understand the battlefield. You don't immediately start your prayers by binding regional principalities. Instead, you consult Jesus and the Heavenly Father for a battle plan. Jesus will heal this person from possession. Not you and your book on routing demons! You must listen clearly to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
You must be a member of a prayer team that works in unity for this intercession. You must be a person who is not closely associated to the possessed or the family. You will have limited contact with all individuals involved. All your information will come in through intercession and you will pray as the Holy Spirit directs you. On occasion, you will receive information from the family of the possessed on the individuals status. Don't rely on the status. Rely on what the Holy Spirit is telling the prayer team. Furthermore, don't get caught up in the chaos and drama coming from the person reporting the information. Many times Christians who don't belong in the battle get caught up in the fight for the excitement of battling demons. They will ignorantly and emotionally direct you how to pray. The demons will use these people to irritate, distract and even control your prayer team. If you allow these people to carry on like this your intercessor prayer team will be compromised. Stay out of the drama and focus on the time with Jesus.
Covert prayer ministry is the best approach to minimize outside influence. Never discuss the prayer ministry with anyone outside the prayer team. The information is confidential and it's disrespectful to the person who is in your pastoral care.
How long should intercession last? Many Christians get frustrated after praying for two weeks and give up. Intercession for exorcism can take months! If not longer. The purpose of the intercession is to turn the person's heart back to Jesus and pray for breakthrough for them to have a Jesus encounter. The exorcism can't be done unless the person willfully turns back to Jesus and wants the spirits driven out. Jesus knows how to deal with his own enemies. Jesus also knows it will take time to turn the demonically possessed person around. Jesus respects free will even to the point of it leading to one's demise. The person possessed must choose to turn to Jesus under their own free will.
Intercession will last up until there is a spiritual break through. The intercessor team that is listening to the Holy Spirit will all receive the same information on when to switch from intercession and move to evicting the spirit.
Intercession for an exorcism requires mature Christians, who are not doctrinal in their walk with Jesus. People on intercessor prayer teams were literally drafted by God and very seldom do people find themselves on these intense prayer teams because they felt called into it. The intercessor must understand that God is big enough to handle this situation while we only step in and work under his will and movement. Not our own battle plan!
This is not something to play around with and try. You must be a seasoned spiritual warrior who understands the enemy can manifest and inflict both spiritual and physical harm to the prayer team. The prayer team must understand to the spiritual nature of spirits of suicide and how they operate during the season of intercession. It is intense and it is not something for church intercessor team to take on.
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A Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare - the Power to PULL the IMPOSSIBLE from the HEAVENLY REALMS