By Pamela Sheppard
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF IN DELIVERANCE
Here are some practical ways to start the process of ridding yourself of demonic captivity by casting down imaginations and every high thing that would exalt itself above the knowledge of Christ and bringing every thought into obedience to Him:
- Your Attitude Toward the Past: You should have no regrets or brooding over things done and undone. To avoid an evil kind of thinking that leads to brooding, you must learn to discern for yourself if you are simply “thinking” or if you are being drawn into a state of regretting or brooding by the demon that is assigned to YOU. If you are to overcome, you need to know that success at being set free requires victory over the past, in spite of all your failures that the enemy helps you to list and record in your mind. Your failures should be dealt with on the basis of I John 1:9.
- Your Attitude Toward the Future: You must concentrate on the Lord’s own words by “taking no thought for tomorrow.” Not that you should not think about or even make future plans, but you should be careful not to fall victim to trying to make up in the future for sins of the past that already have been forgiven by God. Once a sin has been repented of, cleansing will occur when you can forget what is behind and press toward the future that is God’s plan for the rest of your life.
- Your Attitude Toward Devils and Demons: You should be trained to discern your own thoughts from those implanted into your mind by spirit entities. You should realize that only the Lord knows your heart and that demons cannot read your mind. Demons know only the thoughts that THEY have successfully planted into your mind–thoughts that you have received as your own because of the nature of your deception. Remember this. “He that doeth the truth, cometh to the light.” (John 3:21)
- Your Attitude Toward the Present Moment: Doubt can be a good thing, particularly when those fictitious foundations upon which you have built up your pride system become shaky. Doubt of this kind can lead to sincere humility. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Against the enemy, your best weapon is God’s grace. Your worst mistake in judgment is your assumption that because you profess to be a Christian, that God will protect you from being deceived. Not so. It is God Himself who has released strong delusion in our times. So deception is a matter of course. God has given us the weapons and the tools to be un-deceived. Your best weapon is to look around you, and allow your doubt to assist you to question EVERYTHING!
Prison bars and walls in the spirit are a lot stronger and several times more sophisticated than they were in the days of Paul and Silas. In this present complicated age of the 21st century, what we do at Sheppard Counseling Center is investigate, observe and interpret our findings. The purpose of investigation is to unravel confusion and to unfold the mystery by searching for repetitive themes. Through concentrated and intelligent inquiry, we gather the clues as to the hidden reason behind your captivity. Demons do their damage by invitation. We need to find out how you made the invitation to them, and what you must do to rescind it. We also use our knowledge of personality disorders to ascertain the various strategies that your particular personality type will employ to resist your own freedom. We do not waste time on people who use all of their energies to hide crucial things from us or those who become hostile because they are threatened by any real discovery.
We offered you in this post some sound advice on how to begin the process of self deliverance. If you need our help, call us at 518-477-5759. The lines are open.