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Steps to Freedom in Christ

Written by: a Kempis, Thomas    Posted on: 05/12/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

As a Southern Baptist pastor I was surprised when Michael (not his real name) phoned me for a counseling session immediately that afternoon. When he walked into my office I knew immediately that this was to be no ordinary counseling visit. 12 minutes later Michael was gone from my office and I was stunned to now understand and personally see a demonized man. I immediately turned to my churches prayer ministry and to sources I have now found to be of great help. Michael, the following Monday, recieved a complete release from the demons that had enslaved him for some time. The following is the approach we took to this release.                   Jeff Brumlow, Sysop CAB BBS (205) 808-0763

                  Steps to Freedom in Christ*

              Using the Truth of the Word of God                   for deliverance from bondage                       2 Timothy 2:24-26

(*Taken from  _Released_From_Bondage_, by Neil Anderson)

Step 1: Renunciation of Counterfeit Faith

    The first step to freedom in Christ is to renounce your previous or current involvements with Satanically-inspired occult practices or false religions or teachings. You need to renounce any activity or group which denies Jesus Christ, offers guidance through any source other than the absolute authority of the written word of God, or requires secret initiations, ceremonies or covenants. These give Satan a foothold in your life.

    You may not know of any sort of activity like this in which there has been involvement. Ask God to reveal these to you, praying only in the name and power of Jesus Christ.

    When these things are revealed by God, confess your participation in them, ask forgiveness and then renounce the activity or teaching as false.

Step 2: Embracing the Truth

    Truth is the revelation of God's word, but we need to acknowledge the truth in the inner-self (Psalm 51:6; Psalm 32:2).

    Dear Heavenly Father, I know that You desire truth in the     inner self and that facing this truth is the way to liberation     as your word has told me in John 8:32. I acknowledge that I     have been deceived by the father of lies (John 8:44) and that     I have deceived myself (1 John 1:8). I pray in the name of the     Lord Jesus Christ that You, Heavenly Father, will rebuke all     deceiving spirits by virtue of the shed blood and resurrection     of the Lord Jesus Christ. By faith I have received You into my     life and I am now seated with Christ in the heavenlies as     Ephesians 2:6 has told me. I acknowledge that I have the     responsibility and authority to resist the devil, and when I     do he will flee from me. I now ask the Holy Spirit to guide me     into all truth (John 16:13). I ask you to "Search me, O God,     and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and     see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the     everlasting way." (Psalm 139:23-24) In Jesus' name I pray,     Amen.

Choosing the truth may be very difficult if you have been living a lie (or been deceived) for a long time. But faith is the biblical response to the truth, and believing the truth is a choice. The following is a doctrinal affirmation to help you group the truth together.

                                Doctrinal Affirmation

    I recognize that there is only one true and living God (Exodus     20:2,3) who exists as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and     that He is worthy of all honor, praise and glory as the     Creator, Sustainer, and Beginning and End of all things     (Revelation 4:11;5:9,10; Isaiah 43:1,7,21).

    I recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Word who became     flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1,14).  I believe that He     came to destroy the works of Satan (1 John 38), that He     disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public display     of them, having triumphed over them (Colossians 2:15).

    I believe that God has proven His love for me because when I     was still a sinner, Christ died for me (Romans 5:8).  I     believe that He delivered me from the domain of darkness and     transferred me to His kingdom, and in Him I have redemption,     the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13,14).

    I believe that I am now a child of God (1 John 31-3) and that     I am seated with Christ in the heavenlies (Ephesians 2:6).  I     believe that I was saved by the grace of God through faith,     that it was a gift and not the result of any works on my part)     Ephesians 2:8).

    I choose to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of is     might (Ephesians 6:10).  I put no confidence in the flesh     (Philippians 3:3) for the weapons of warfare are not of the     flesh (2 Corinthians 10:4).  I put on the whole armor of God     (Ephesians 6:10-20), and  resolve to stand firm in my faith     and resist the evil one.

    I believe that apart from Christ I can do nothing (John 15:5),     so I declare myself dependent on Him. I choose to abide in     Christ in order to bear much fruit and glorify the Lord (John     15:8).  I announce to Satan that Jesus is my Lord (1     Corinthians 12:3), and I reject any counterfeit gifts or works     of Satan in my life.

    I believe that the truth will set me free (John 8:32) and that     walking in the light is the only path of fellowship (1 John     1:7).  Therefore, I stand against Satan's deception by taking     every thought captive in obedience to Christ (2 Corinthians     10:5).  I declare that the Bible is the only authoritative     standard (2 Timothy 3:15,16).  I choose to speak the truth in     love (Ephesians 4:15).

    I choose to present my body as an instrument of righteousness,     a living and holy sacrifice, and I renew my mind by the living     Word of God in order that I may prove that the will of God is     good, acceptable and perfect Romans 6:13;12:1,2).  I put off     the old self with its evil practices and put on the new self     (Colossians 3:9,10), and I declare myself to be a new creature     in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

    I ask my heavenly Father to fill me with His Holy Spirit     (Ephesians  5:18), lead me into all truth (John 16:13), and     empower my life that I may live above sin and not carry out     the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).  I crucify the     flesh (Galatians 5:24) and choose to walk by the Spirit.

    I renounce all selfish goals and choose the ultimate goal of     love (1 Timothy 1:5).  I choose to obey the two greatest     commandments, to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul     and mind, and to love my neighbor as myself (Matthew 22:37-     39).

    I believe that Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth     (Matthew 28:18) and that He is the head over all rule and     authority (Colossians 2:10).  I believe that Satan and his     demons are subject to me in Christ since I am a member of     Christ's body (Ephesians 1:19-23).  Therefore, I obey the     command to resist the devil (James 4:7) and command him in the     name of Christ to leave my presence.

Step 3: Dealing with Bitterness through Forgiveness

    We need to forgive others so that Satan cannot take advantage of us (2 Corinthians 2:10-11). We are to be merciful just as our heavenly Father is merciful. Ask God to bring to your mind those people whom you need to forgive by expressing the following prayer.

    Dear heavenly Father, I thank You for the riches of your     kindness, forbearance and patience, knowing that Your kindness     has led me to repentance (Romans 2:4). I confess that I have     not extended that same patience and kindness toward others who     have offended me, but instead I have harbored bitterness and     resentment. I pray that during this time of self-examination     You would bring to mind only those people whom I have not     forgiven in order that I may do so (Matthew 18:35). I ask this     in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

    Forgiveness is not forgetting. Forgetting may be the result of forgiveness but it is not the means. Forgiveness is a choice. It is a crisis of the will. Forgiveness is also not an issue between you and the offender. It is an issue between you and God. Forgiveness if agreeing to live with the consequences of another person's sin. Forgiveness is costly because you agree to pay the price of the evil done against you without retribution.

    When God reveals the names and experiences from which you need to be released through forgiveness, allow Him to bring them back to your memory even if they are painful. When they are clearly in your mind, pray to the Lord proclaiming your forgiveness to the person and the situation.

Step 4: Dealing with Rebellion

    Rebelling against God and His authority gives Satan an opportunity to attack. The Lord calls us to follow Him where he will not lead us into temptation but will deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:13).     There are two biblical responses in regard to authority figures: Pray for them and submit to them. The only time God permits us to disobey earthly leaders is when they require us to do something morally wrong before God. The following prayer is meant to announce our submission to Christ and to authority:

    Dear heavenly Father, You have said that rebellion is as the     sin of witchcraft and insubordination is as iniquity and     idolatry (1 Samuel 15:23). I know that in action and attitude     I have sinned against You with a rebellious heart. I ask Your     forgiveness for my rebellion and pray that by the shed blood     of the Lord Jesus Christ all ground gained by evil spirits     will be canceled. I pray that You will shed light on all my     ways that I may know the full extent of my rebelliousness, and     I now choose to adopt a submissive spirit and a servant's     heart. Amen.

Step 5: Dealing with Pride

    Philippians 3:3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh--. Humility is confidence properly placed. We are "strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might" (Ephesians 6:10).

The Scriptures state that spiritual conflict follows pride.

James 4:6-10 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

[7] Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. [8] Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double- minded. [9] Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. [10] Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

1 Peter 5:1-10 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: [2] Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; [3] not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. [4] And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

[5] Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." [6] Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. [7] Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

[8] Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. [9] Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

[10] And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

    Dear heavenly Father, You have said that pride goes before     destruction and an arrogant spirit beware stumbling (Proverbs     16:18). I confess that I have not denied myself, picked up my     cross daily and followed you (Matthew 16:24). In so doing, I     have given ground to the enemy in my life. I have believed     that I could be successful and live victoriously by my own     strength and resources. I now confess that I have sinned     against You by placing my will before You and by centering my     life around myself rather than You. I now renounce the self     life and, by so doing, cancel all the ground that has been     gained in my members but the enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ.     I pray that You will guide me so that I will do nothing from     selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind I will     regard others as more important than myself (Philippians 2:3).     Enable me through love to serve others and in honor prefer     others (Romans 12:10). I ask this in the name of Christ Jesus     my Lord. Amen.

Step 6: Finding Freedom from Bondage to Sin

    The next step to freedom deals with habitual sin. People who have been caught in the trap of sin, confess, sin, confess may need to follow the instructions of James 5:16 "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." Seek out a righteous person who will hold you up in prayer and to whom you can be accountable. Others may need only the assurance of 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

    Dear heavenly Father, You have told us to put on the Lord     Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in regard to     its lusts (Romans 13:14). I acknowledge that I have given into     fleshly lusts which wage war against my soul (1 Peter 2:11).     I thank You that in Christ my sins are forgiven, but I have     transgressed Your holy law and given the enemy an opportunity     to wage war in my members (Romans 6:12-13; James 4:1; 1 Peter     5:8). I come before Your presence to acknowledge these sins     and to seek Your cleansing (1 John 1:9) that I may be freed     from the bondage of sin. I now ask You to reveal to my mind     the ways that I have transgressed Your moral law and grieved     the Holy Spirit.

    If you are dealing with habitual sexual sins, ask the Lord to specifically reveal every occasion where you used your body sexually as an instrument of unrighteousness. As God reveals each incident, renounce each specific use of your body and ask the Lord to forgive you. If your body was used by others for sexual purposes, then just renounce each use of your body in this way. The deeds of the flesh are numerous. You may want to open your Bible to Galatians 5:19-21, and pry through the list asking the Lord to reveal the ways you have specifically sinned. Confession is not saying "I'm sorry"; it is saying "I did it". After you confess sin, pray:     I now confess these sins to You and claim through the blood of     the Lord Jesus Christ my forgiveness and cleansing. I cancel     all ground that evil spirits have gained through my willful     involvement in sin. I ask this in the wonderful name of my     Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Step 7: The Sins of the Fathers

    This last step to freedom is to renounce the sins of your ancestors and any curses which may have been placed upon you. In giving the Ten Commandments, God said:

    "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of     anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in     the waters below. [5] You shall not bow down to them or     worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God,     punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the     third and fourth generation of those who hate me, (Exodus     20:4-5)

    Demonic strongholds can be passed from one generation to the next. This is not to deny that many problems are transmitted genetically or acquired from an immoral atmosphere. All three conditions can predispose an individual to a particular sin. When you tear down a demonic stronghold which has been established in your family, you may have some resistance. In order to walk free from past influences, verbally make the following declaration, and then pray the following prayer:


    I here and now reject and disown all the sins of my ancestors.     As one who has been delivered from the power of darkness and     translated into the kingdom of God's dear Son, I cancel all     demonic working that has been passed on to me from my     ancestors. As one who has been crucified and raised with Jesus     Christ and who sits with Him in heavenly places, I renounce     all Satanic assignments that are directed toward me and my     ministry, and I cancel every curse that Satan and his workers     have put on me. I announce to Satan and all his forces that     Christ became a curse for me when He died on the cross. I     reject and every way in which Satan may claim ownership of me.     I declare myself to be eternally and completely signed over     and committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. By the authority that     I have in Jesus Christ, I now command every familial spirit     and every enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ that is in or around     me to leave my presence forever. I commit myself to my     heavenly Father, and to do His will from this day forward.


    Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You as Your child, purchased     by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. You are the Lord of the     universe and the Lord of my life. I now ask You to fill me     with Your Holy Spirit. I submit my body to You as an     instrument of righteousness, a living sacrifice, that I may     glorify You in my body. I commit myself to the renewing of my     mind in order to prove that Your will is good, perfect and     acceptable to me (Romans 12:1-2). All this I do in the name     and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Resources for help:

Doug Shelton, Home Mission Board Consultant, SBC SHARE MINISTRIES 1-205-341-8338 Mobile, Alabama

Share Ministries is a ministry to those demonized and as an excellent resource for this area. Doug brings first hand knowlede to this ministry.

Books by Dr.Neil T. Anderson: _The_Bondage_Breaker_ _Victory_Over_the_Darkness_ _The_Overcomers_ _Released_From_Bondage_

Dr. Anderson brings personal knowledge and insight into the Scriptural approach of the Truth Encounter. These books are highly recommended and provide much more insight than this short text file contains.

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