Well that’s an eye opener. I wonder how the demons are manifest here in the USA, and what “trinkets” are indicators of demonic possession in our slick culture.
Confronting the demonic in Africa
‘So happy to hear of the deliverance and freedom for these women. The best lesson from this story? We must BOTH love the person inside AND address the demons. Jesus showed love in delivering the possessed from torment. And Cary, I think the question of how the demons manifest here is very worthy of seeking real answers. I believe manifestations are cloaked here, because a major strategy of the enemy here is to make people believe they don’t exist. We determine the problem is biological, psychological, etc., etc. We’re just so advanced and knowledgeable here. (sarcasm) We have a name (syndrome) for a lot of manifestations. Years ago, I had a man on my team who was thrown into a deliverance session and experienced the power of the demons physically. He still came away saying, “It depends on what your theology allows you to believe.” I pray for every “Amanda” to believe the realities that God is revealing. All for the sake of love!
I agree with Kathy, the demons in America are all “syndromes” or labeled as dis-eases which remember Jesus went around healing ALL of and commissioned, sending the disciplined ones out to do and even told them not to rejoice that the demons were subject to them but that their names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. This is real and we need to start walking in doing it.
To be honest, this freaks me out a little. I’ve cast out demonic spirits but never had them manifest in these wild ways. But I know different cultures – even different people – experience different things. And Jesus has given us authority over it all. May we skeptical Westerners learn how to recognize this very real demonic activity in our own culture as well as when abroad so we can be the disciples He calls us to be…
There is no doubt in my mind that God intended for me to read your post this morning. I just spent the last 30 minutes reading many other posts under this heading. I am still processing it, but it helped remove some confusion for me about my role as a Christian. I KNOW and have known about the realities of the devil and his minnion and I have an understanding about my spiritual authority but I haven’t completely understood what is expected of me as a follower of Christ. Trying to think of an analogy, it feels like I have been in the bleechers watching the game but where I really want to be is on the court.
Even before I read the post this morning, I was thinking about a friend who has a severe and unacknowledged drinking problem. We had dinner last night for the first time in over a year and this morning I was thinking about the bondage he is in. This is some one I care about but I haven’t known how to relate to him because I don’t feel like I really know who he is because of the alcohol.
Lots is going through my head, but the one thing I want to say is that I really appreciate the leadership you provide, Seth, through these posts. Because of the confidence and authority you demonstrate, I feel more confidence about some fuzzy questions that I have had. Over the past few weeks, I have thanked God more than once for connecting us.
May God continue to bless you and the work that He is doing through you.
Thanks Andrea. God bless you as you exercise your spiritual authority!