Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Sanctification: The way to lasting deliverance

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Matthew 12:43-45 (NET)  “When an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it passes through waterless places looking for rest but does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ When it returns, it finds the house empty, swept clean, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so the last state of that person is worse than the first. It will be that way for this evil generation as well!”

Debo was a deliverance minister who had cast out several unclean spirits from many people over the years. But he always wondered why in most cases, people who were delivered went back to their bondage, and many of them had to keep coming back to solve bigger problems. Because of his experience, he almost got to the point where he was convinced that it is impossible to get a witch totally delivered and she would stay free.

As Debo studied more of God's word on this matter, he discovered where the problem was with his approach to deliverance. Many of the people in his country were not interested in the word of God. They only wanted prayers that would help them receive breakthrough, Deliverance, healing, etc. This was the reason why many could not sustain their freedom. The only way to sustain spiritual liberty is through the sanctification that comes from the revelation of truth-- God's word.

We see in today's Bible text that when a demon that leaves a person comes back and finds the person empty, it would return with more wicked spirits. What is it that can dwell in a man such that there would be no room for unclean spirits to come back? It is the word of God and the Spirit of God. Jesus says if we abide in Him and His word abides in us, then we will be fruitful. When the words of Christ dwell in us richly, we would be filled with the Spirit and it would be impossible for any unclean spirit to come back (see Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:18-21).

The word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). No unclean spirit will want to stay where the living sharp word of God dwells richly. Such an environment is dangerous for it.

Go into today remembering that God's word is truth, and in the New Testament, we are sanctified by the [revelation of] truth (John 17:17). The revelation of truth will shape our lives accordingly. It is the knowledge of the truth that guarantees permanent freedom. "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"(John 8:32).

Prayer Confession: the Word of Christ dwells in me richly. I walk in spiritual liberty and possess my possessions.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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