Deliver Us From Evil, Part 7
April 12, 2019
The Spirit of Rejection has contaminated the lives of so many believers that it is sometimes hard to calculate the damage done to their lives because of how they have reacted.
We live in a society which has become evil to degrees that none of us could have conceived in our wildest imaginations. The wickedness that has abounded in this era has so infected our nation and the world that it affects the ways in which people respond one to another. Offenses are common. People receive commentary from other that they perceive as insulting, whether real or imagined. What used to be rational, reasoned behavior has become so agenda-driven that many (and this is more than evident in the political realm) have become blinded by their own self-imposed positions.
As a result, the Spirit of Rejection runs rampant over millions and millions of people, and – sad to say – has really affected the lives of so many believers who genuinely want to live in Truth. The letter to Carol that we began with last week addressed many years of observations in the life of a person that Della and I had known dating back to years before we were married. When I wrote that letter, I had no idea the impact that it would make, nor did I realize how revelatory it was of this spirit.
In this continued sharing, my hope is that this will benefit many who read this.
The Letter to Carol continues:
The Lord doesn’t reject you. You know that! But the Lord certainly rejects these spirits. So long as you continue to give place to Satan operating through and by don’t know the Lord. What she really is addressing is the fact that those spirits don’t have a relationship with the Lord, and when they are doing the speaking out of your voice, and you continue to give place to them, you become the identity and voice of those spirits.
Thus, those who hear the evil spirits speak out of you rightly say, “You don’t know the Lord.” They will say, “You have a religious spirit,” and that is true. They are looking for the Spirit of the Lord to speak out of your mouth: not a spirit of unforgiveness, not a spirit that places performance demands on them and not a spirit that reeks of bitterness and strife.
They are looking for a spirit that speaks peace, that generates peace in their being when you open your mouth. When you make demands of people that supposedly have offended you or slighted you – and they haven’t, really – folks instead hear a spirit of witchcraft, manipulation and control.
That’s not the real Carol. We KNOW the real Carol. We’re just sick of seeing you run over by this freight train. We’re tired of seeing the real Carol get more and more buried under a mountain of self-pity, defeat, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness.
The Lord doesn’t reject you. You know that! But the Lord certainly rejects these spirits. So long as you continue to give place to Satan operating through and by these spirits in your life, you will experience rejection. You will experience defeat. You will experience people walking away from you. What’s worse, you will one of these days cease entirely to sense the presence of the Lord, because He simply will not remain as long as you continually yield to these lying voices.
Saint Francis of Assisi was once asked what the secret of relationship with the Lord was. He replied, “There are three things. One, Repent! Two, Repent! Three, Repent!”
Once repentance has taken place, and you have turned from these evil spirits, then you have the right to kick them out. Once you kick them out, things are not done, however.
Now comes the continual “resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Listening to these lying spirits has been a lifestyle with you. You can repent, and you can kick them out, but you are going to have to discipline your mind and your thoughts to resist and reject everything that isn’t peaceful, everything that doesn’t bring joy, everything that doesn’t speak love, everything that isn’t longsuffering, everything that isn’t gentle, everything that doesn’t speak faith or agreement with God’s Word.
What it means is that you have to continually bathe your mind and your spirit in God’s Word. You have to bathe yourself in the presence of the Lord. You have to live continually speaking faith, speaking the Word of Life – to yourself, to George, to Charlotte, to Erin, to everyone around you. No longer can you EVER confess anything that isn’t God’s Word. No longer can you speak accusations against your family, against your brethren and sisters in the Lord, against anyone! You mind must be renewed, your spirit must be renewed, your whole being must be renewed.
Proverbs 23:7: As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
Carol, the time has come for you to respond to the Lord, NOW! The Lord will not continually strive with you. There is an end to His patience and mercy. That doesn’t mean you lose your salvation. What it means is that you will be turned over to the tormentors for the destruction of your flesh so that your soul will be saved.
We are lifting you before the Lord continually. We expect to hear victory! We expect to see the victory!
Reg & Della
Throughout the years I’ve been involved in ministry, it has always been a source of interest and intrigue to me to see just how many Christians are haunted by their past, or by past experiences. I’m very well aware of the fact that people have psychological traumas, often stemming from childhood terrors that seem to haunt them year after year after year. The spirit of rejection plays on these traumas and taints or contaminates the lives as a result.
The tragedy of it is that there is absolutely no need for any Christian to endure the pain of the past. Stop and think about the prophecy that Isaiah made when he spoke of Jesus’ death on the Cross.
Isaiah 53.4-5: Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Here is my amplified version of these two verses:
Isaiah 53.4-5: Surely He has suffered and accepted as His own our maladies, our anxieties, our calamities, our disease and sicknesses, and carried our anguish, pain and grief: yet we fabricated and maliciously invented His being stricken violently, beaten, punished, wounded and slaughtered as if by God -- choosing to believe that God browbeat, demeaned and looked down upon Him.
But He was broken and profaned for our rebellion, our revolt, our apostasy and our [religious] quarrel against God; He was crushed, oppressed and smitten, and (emotionally) broken into pieces for our perversity, our evil, our mischief, sins and faults; the psychological and emotional blows that took away our peace, our welfare, our prosperity, our health and our safety was upon Him; and with His bloodied and blue wounds we are cured, mended, repaired and made thoroughly whole. (RAC Translation & Amplification)
I’ve underlined the phrase in the KJV, “the chastisement of our peace was upon him.? The Hebrew word translated “chastisement” is musar. It comes from a root word, yasar, and it allows us to translate that phrase like this, “the (psychological and emotional) blows that took away our peace were upon Him.” The statement becomes very revealing when translated this way.
During the past few weeks, I’ve shared on numerous occasions how Satan lies, and how he even quotes Scripture to bring condemnation on folks. Let me tell you, if hearing Scripture quoted in your mind or your spirit brings condemnation, you’re being tormented by the Enemy. If it brings conviction, it will also have a peaceful spirit.
There’s an easy yardstick by which to measure the way you hear Scripture: If it brings conviction, it will bring true repentance and a peace that surpasses natural understanding. If it brings condemnation, it will bring fear – and most likely – anger, along with doubt and unbelief. It will also add to the trauma for those suffering from the Spirit of Rejection.
Consider for a minute Jesus’ statement as He began His ministry like this.
Luke 4:18-19: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Here again is an illustration of the available healing from the haunting of the past. Part of Jesus’ statement (and He was quoting from Isaiah’s prophecy concerning Him – see Isaiah 61:1-4) was/is, “He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted.”
That word, brokenhearted, in the Greek text of the New Testament is: suntribo. It describes someone who has been crushed, broken in pieces [mentally and emotionally], bruised [in one’s feelings], and shattered. Nothing could be more descriptive of the haunting from past memories.
Psychologists and psychiatrists are trained to look for events in people’s lives – especially their past, and more particularly, their childhoods – that remain an ongoing and underlying subconscious affliction of the present. My problem with psychologists and psychiatrists is that many, if not most, of them teach people to live with the past instead of receiving healing and deliverance from it. The apostle Paul recognized that spiritual growth was absolutely predicated on getting past the past.
Philippians 3:13-14: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do: forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Let me shift gears for a minute.
Sticks and stones may break my bones…. Sure, but your bones can heal. Quickly, too! Words, on the other hand, may not break your bones, but uttered in the wrong way can destroy your spirit, and that doesn’t heal like broken bones.
In an old edition of Another Coffee Break where I wrote about Della Denise, my wife, I talked about the fact that she brought her children to me to pray over (some six months or so before we were married). I shared with you how the Lord spoke to me in that moment and said to me, “I want you to be a father to these children.”
I’ve also shared how these children went through both physical, emotional, and mental abuse from their biological father. Physical injuries healed quickly. It took many years to deal with the emotional and mental abuse and restore them to healthy status. In order to deal with destructive words spoken against them, about them, to them, and in their hearing, it took a disciplined effort to speak life, to speak encouragement, to speak joy, to uplift, to uphold and to engender their creativity again.
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I will never forget the day, however, when one of the women who had taken advantage of one of our homes came to my office at the church. Her 12-year-old son was suffering from an extreme case of asthma. It was growing worse and worse, to the point where he was having attacks while sleeping. His mother feared that her son would die during his sleep because of these asthma attacks. Her son was with her when she came to my office, and she was asking for prayer for him.
The Holy Spirit gave me a vision of the boy at the age of four, watching his mother get beaten by her husband and his threatening to kill her, and hearing his father say that he was going to be next. I saw the Fear of Death enter into that boy in that instant, and realized that it was this fear that was at the root of the asthma.
I shared what I was seeing with the mother, and she broke. The event had happened eight years before and she had totally forgotten it. We prayed, I rebuked the Fear of Death commanding it to leave the boy, and speaking healing to his physical body.
The next time I saw the lady, I asked her about the boy, and she said that his asthma attacks ended from the moment we prayed.
You see the significance, don’t you? We DO have authority over this spirit. The Spirit of Rejection is an intimidator, a threatener – and most significantly – a liar! The symptoms that this spirit beings on people can be canceled out totally!
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Blessings on you!
Regner A. Capener
RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Temple, Texas 76504
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