I trust you had an exciting weekend. How are plans coming along for Friday? ???? ????
Today, we continue on the Series we started a month ago on Learning to Soar with The Holy Spirit and what a loaded teaching series this has been. When you refer to The Holy Spirit, you’re not just talking about a force or influence, you refer to an actual Person, who is more real than anyone you have ever met. You need to let the truth of His reality sink into your consciousness, for only then will you be able to lay a demand on His relationship with you.
He is only as useful to you as your awareness of Him.
We have shared in detail about His Identity as Diety and as the Third Person of the Trinity and we began to explore the dimensions of His Assignment as detailed in John 16. First, about how He reproves the world of sin and convicts them of their need for a Saviour and then He will reprove the world of the standards of God via righteousness. Now, Jesus gives the reason why He will reprove the world of righteousness, He says it is because He is going to His Father, and they will no longer see Him… what that means is that once Jesus leaves the earth, the only hope of the world experiencing the righteousness of God is the presence of the believer. So the Holy Spirit will empower the believer to show and demonstrate the righteousness of God upon the earth. Praise God, I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!
John 16:8-11 (AMP)
And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment: about sin [and the true nature of it], because they do not believe in Me [and My message]; about righteousness [personal integrity and godly character], because I am going to My Father and you will no longer see Me; about judgment [the certainty of it], because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged and condemned
Now what does it mean for The Holy Spirit to reprove the world of Judgment? He is to show the certainty of the judgment of the devil and how He does that is simply by empowering the believer to cast out devils and dispel darkness. That is the way to show victory over the enemy. The enemy is already judged! God is not fighting Satan, while the earth watches on to see who emerges as the Victor… No! Jesus with the Resurrection Stroke of Genius, spoiled principalities and powers and made an absolute mockery of a show of them, triumphing over them right on their hell turf.
Colossians 2:15 AMP
When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.
Now make no mistake, those supernatural forces of evil operating against us are still very much operational on earth. They keep looking around, looking for someone who was absent at the public show Jesus made of them. They are seeking one who they can devour, someone who is ignorant and unaware of his divine privileges and authority. When they find such a person, they will execute their satanic protocol on such a one… to steal, to kill and to destroy! But blessed be God who has not given us as prey to their teeth, if is were not for the mercies of the Lord and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we would have become prey to their teeth. But what God did was amazing, He delivered us from their hands like a bird out of the snare of the fowler, and then Jesus didn’t just deliver us, He broke the snare with which they held us captive under sin. He destroyed their merchandise and got them bankrupt.
Praise God forevermore!!!
The devil is not an offender sitting in a cell awaiting trial, he has been judged and sentenced, and every time the believer gets the chance to reinforce that verdict, we get excited! How do we reinforce the verdict of Heaven over the enemy? By casting out devils and dispelling darkness anywhere they show up.
Jesus has brokered for us, A Name that commands reverence at every level of existence and authority (Heaven, Earth, Hell), when that Name is mentioned, knees bow and tongues confess at those realms that He is Lord. When we go out there in that Name, we can reinforce the judgment of the devil by casting out devils. Hebrews 11:34 makes it clear that by Faith, we have the ability to put to flight the armies of aliens sent from the pit of hell to hinder our dominion mandate on earth. When sickness shows up as an alien, we cast it out in the name of Jesus. We have no threshold to accommodate what Jesus Christ has dislodged for us forever. We are beneficiaries of the spoils of war and we are unapologetic about laying hold on our victory.
About 8 to 9 years ago while on Campus, a brother who had been fasting and praying for “power” got himself into some serious trouble and got possessed by demonic forces. He began to act really strange, he knew things mysteriously and became incredibly strong. No one could bind him (remember that mad man at Gadara?) He would laugh for no reason and all that was very scary. One of his room mates reached out to me and asked me to come. Well, I showed up…
Once I showed up, he started saying “Pastor Dami, hmmmmmn” he became much calmer and started telling me he would be quiet. To be sincere, I was a little scared and fluttered myself. For the period I was there, he was very calm and didn’t “manifest”, but I didn’t categorically cast the devil out of him, which I should have. The demon remained and tormented this young man for another season. Later on, after he lost a few years academically because of this challenge, he got clean and became whole again.
A few years after this incident, another occured, this time it was not a case of demon possession but that of oppression. One of the leaders we were working together suddenly got attacked by the devil, her legs began to ache and she started screaming at the top of her voice in much pain. Immediately, her friend called me and while she was speaking to me, I perceived the other lady was being attacked by the devil, I instantly rebuked that devil and she immediately became whole again. This was very instant! The devil didn’t respond to me, he responded to the authority in the Name of Jesus, which I wielded. Praise God! You’ve got that same Name. You should use it more often!
At another time, I found myself in a spiritual bout with the Ebola virus. I prayed hard and overcame it in the spirit, in the name of Jesus. By the next week, the demonic disease had fled from the shores of Nigeria. Hope I’m not sounding like Africa Magic ????. Listen friends, we have the power of attorney over that Name of Jesus. Dont let the devil plunder you of your inheritance in Christ Jesus. He has been judged but will raise his ugly head every once in a while to see if you know about the verdict… remind him by casting him out. There will come a time when he will be cast into the lake of fire and will no longer be operative on earth, but now, though he has been judged by Christ, he still has a lease (given to him by man) that runs till Jesus returns and he will try to dominate as many as be can while he still can… we are the ones that won’t let him.
The Holy Spirit will provoke you sometimes to cast out the devil and heal diseases, just to reinforce the authority in the name of Jesus and publicise the judgment of the devil. You cannot afford to be sheepish about this, the enemy isn’t shy about his agenda to steal, kill and destroy, why should you be shy to expel darkness and restore light?
Let the Holy Spirit use you to Reprove the world of Sin, of Righteousness and of Judgment. Give Him liberty to use you and boy will He use you!
I trust this blessed your heart.
Let me hear from you.
Have a productive week.