Fresh Manna December 2014- 1

Conquering Controlling  Spirits- Understanding

There are controlling forces that are constantly seeking to bring men into the captivity of their lusts which can be sinful pleasures, anger, greed, adultery, addiction, depression, possessiveness etc.  These are organized demonic forces that come heavily on people to oppress, to drive them to do evil.  These wicked spirits work legally by a spiritual law:  the law of “sin and death” Romans 8:2.  It is a law that is activated by sin to bring about destruction.  An angry man has no control over himself.  He is constantly overwhelmed by anger!

Romans 7:18: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Romans 7:19: For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Romans 7:20: Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me.

Romans 7:21: I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

An unregenerate man is bound to be self-seeking to do evil.  He cannot help himself!  We may try to educate, to program, to discipline but the root of the problem: “self”, is still there.  The law of “sin and death” can only be superseded by the law of “the spirit of life in Christ Jesus”.  The “spirit of Christ” comes when one dies to self and be resurrected by the life of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.  That is: to live not by your self-will, thoughts and emotions but by the life of Jesus Christ in you, through the Word and the Holy Spirit.  “Self-centre” is the footstool for demonic activities, but when we give the control of our life consciously and habitually to Jesus Christ, the forces of darkness are shattered and broken and we release the overpowering law of the Spirit:  the Law of Life in Christ Jesus.  This law exalts and upholds the name of Jesus and releases angels to bring all demonic activities into subjection.

We should never neglect “the study of Spiritual Warfare”.  Keep up with this series on Spiritual Warfare!

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