All we did last week was to scratch the surface in dealing with the camouflage and concealment that evil spirits use to make us think that what we are dealing with is our own personalities. I never got to describing how in certain photos (which I have shared in our fellowship, but not in these Coffee Breaks), the objective was to demonstrate the fact that evil spirits often hide themselves in objects — just about every object you can think of — and in some cases the most unlikely things. Missionaries often come back from countries where witchcraft and superstition reign supreme.
During the past five decades of dealing with deliverance, I have come to realize that the Enemy hides himself and his characteristics in so many ways that folks just don’t realize that what they are dealing with is an evil spirit (or spirits). These spirits conceal themselves within a person’s character or makeup to the degree that they actually believe that whatever is taking place in them is “normal.”
My first exposure to Derek’s Prince’s ministry on Deliverance was revelatory, to say the least. As he was teaching, he mentioned having to deal with a person who was afflicted with an “accident-prone spirit.” Just like that, something leaped inside of me, and I knew that an enemy that had tormented me for most of my life had been exposed. Insurance companies have a category that they label as “Accident Prone.” It is the result of folks having multiple accidents over a period of years, and a pattern that continues on and on and on.
It is coming up on 50 years since I was first introduced to the ministry of Deliverance by Derek Prince. In those 50 years, what I have learned and what I have seen has opened my eyes to a realm of Jesus’ ministry that is still greatly misunderstood in many parts of the body of Christ. Because of what we have seen unfolding in the past few months and years, it is clear that we are in the midst of a battle Royal with the Enemy. He has been losing ground, and is doing everything in his power to fight against what God is doing in the earth today. He has opposed (and continues to oppose) any and all believers whose very existence threatens his domain. He knows that his days are numbered and that he is on the losing side.
Let’s see if we can wrap this up today. I know that some of what I’ve shared may have stepped on some folks’ religious understanding and/or doctrines, but this revelation is critical for this particular time. Jesus is coming for an overcoming Bride – and folks, we have a lot of overcoming in front of us. Never have we had such a nation divided! Never have we had such full-blown demonic activity on display. Never have we in America seen such efforts of the Enemy to destroy every vestige of our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is time for us to overcome all of this and to take our places of responsibility in this hour!
We ran a bit long last week, and we may run a bit long again this week, but I want to share as much of this revelation with you as I can in the shortest amount of time. We wrapped up last week by saying that Jesus does make requirements for healing, for health, for life, for receiving from Him. The first and most basic is, faith.
Before we launch into another lengthy series, let me take the next two or three weeks to deal with an issue that faces the body of Christ right now. My approach may be a bit different on this topic, and if I offend certain Christians with some of my comments, please bear with me and hear me out.
Today, we wrap up this series. For the past three months-plus, we’ve been talking about the various realms of praise and worship and how they intersected with the Tabernacle of David. Let me give you a couple of statistics from the Psalms. Did you ever stop to realize that the Psalms are the exact center of the Word? All of Creation revolves around the Worship, the Praise, the Prayers and Intercession in the Psalms. THAT was the essence of the Tabernacle of David. Let’s take it one step farther. Psalm 117 is the exact center of the Word. There are 594 chapters before Psalm 117 and 594 chapters after Psalm 117. And how does Psalm 117 read?