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In order for truth to set us free, we are going to be challenged in all ways, spirit, soul, body, and mind. Challenges emerge from people, places, and things, attitudes, and beliefs. The main challenge is linked to our assumptions.” Many of us don’t realize it but we assume God is not in control, and that we need to help Him out with everything. Part of walking in the spirit is to walk by faith knowing that God is ordering our steps. If you’ve had a false conversion and you know it, that was God. God has ordered your steps to know it. The word of God says that God’s people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Now you have some knowledge that you can work with.
Don’t panic and try to figure out “what must I do now?” What you must do now is wait. We need to learn how to wait. If things are going along the way God wants them to go along, then you may not hear from Him. Think about walking a dog. The dog is on a chain, and he’s walking along, and then he moves over into an area or a location where the one who’s walking him doesn’t want him to go, and a tug is placed on that chain. That’s kind of how walking in the spirit is. You’re walking by faith. God has got the path laid out, and He’s even got the trouble spots there for a reason. Don’t just think that because you ran into trouble or it looks like you failed in a particular situation that God was not guiding your journey. With decades to look back on and review, I see God in my failures because in His divine wisdom, He knew that I would learn and retain more wisdom from my failures than from my apparent successes, particularly where my productivity was not a struggle.
Bearing fruit is cultivated and refined by trouble and tribulation. So, when you have a piece of information that doesn’t sit well with you, and you say “Well why didn’t God tell me before? Why is it that I spent so many years in the Institutional Church and I was blind? Why didn’t He come to me before?” when I was finally undeceived, I never asked God such questions. Why not? Well, because I have been blessed with too much respect and fear of the Lord. Not fear derived from panic, but sheer homage and respect. So I am careful not to question Him about His timing. Even though I came into the church without any religious background, God took 28 years before my blinders started coming off. The issue I had to come to terms with is an assumption that the three dreams I had that compelled me to go to a particular local denominational church DID NOT COME FROM GOD. As the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil, the Holy Spirit led me into a a local church to be deceived. As such, He allowed the enemy to send me those three dreams. Why would God do such a thing? Well, He had His reasons. I could not do the work that I am chosen to do if I had no background in the IC. I would not be able to understand what those of you who He is calling out of Her now have been through if I had not been through it myself.
So yes, the enemy is put into the plan by God Himself.
Consequently, I have never asked God, “why did You wait so long?” Nor did I go running around to other people or to other ministries to desperately confirm what God was saying and doing with me. Actually, I never looked for anybody’s approval or disapproval. I just kept moving forward. I simply shook all religious dust from my feet. If people reject what I teach and practice, I leave them alone. I don’t sulk. I am too busy preparing myself for those who WILL hear my voice. . As far as those who don’t hear, I say to myself “Maybe they’ll come back around again, perhaps they won’t.” that is it. My thoughts on those who reject my teachings are brief and impersonal. The problem is too broad, too severe to get stuck on any individual. When I am about the business of moving forward, I don’t challenge my equilibrium by turning around to look back. I keep in mind that God is in control. He is in control of what He will allow the enemy to do to one of His own. He is in control. Period.
Think about Job. The enemy could do this, this, and this, but couldn’t do that. He couldn’t take Job’s life. There was something that God wanted Job to learn from that experience and he learned it. What Job learned was to stop being so religious because his religion was based in fear. After all, the very thing Job feared came upon him. So Job learned to trust God, because He,— God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit— is in control, and He’s guiding our steps.
So be warned that the Lord will resist the proud. Spiritual pride can be our strongest enemy. .
So when you feel and even say things like “how could I have been deceived, how could I have been so stupid,” you should understand this. Present day deception is not new. In fact, it has been going on for centuries. So just be happy when God wakes you up. Don’t get all offended. God resists the proud. So receive your grace by your humility.
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According to Hebrews 4, entering the Lord’s rest is labor or in other words “work.” If you want to overcome the blues, it’s a struggle and you have to “work at it!”
Yet, the irony is that we enter in by “ceasing from our own works.” I believe that we struggle or “labor” to enter in for one main reason. The enemy knows that in order to keep us defeated, he has to block our way by stealing both our joy, peace and our rest. So strategically, demonic entities have designed three main styles of deception. Demons revel in depression, oppression and vexation of spirit because these three (3) emotional conditions are open doors to relapse during the restoration process.
- Depression is spiritually nurtured by a poor sense of esteem, dissatisfaction, and alienation–each rooted in a lack of patience. Evil spirits thrive on the three “d’s” of doubt, disappointment and despair to lower our physical energy and vitality. Their method is to entangle weeds of negative thoughts, emotions and attitudes into a stronghold or spiritual underground root system that develops into a solid fortress or base of operation from which demons can function unhindered.
Condemnation and accusations are central to the guilt experienced by the depressed. Oppression brings a sense of being smothered or weighed down with the burdens of a troubled, problematic life. In such cases, the demon assigned to oppress you is by metaphor a “monkey on your back”, hovering around and pressing you down with a persistent attack, until your spiritual back breaks and you fall or “relapse” into depression. At both sudden and shocking, the demon will apply a steady and relentless attack with persecution and disarming calamities of all sorts.
Vexation of spirit ALSO takes several forms. Restlessness can lead to a feeling of annoyance or irritability. In this regard, evil spirits will employ sequentially ordered petty harassments to cause worry and a disquieted state, akin to mild or even acute stages of paranoia. In the mental realm, vexation also brings confusion and disorientation. The demonic weapons of choice are fear and intimidation. Demons will use others close to us to create situations that incite our emotions. The agitation we feel may become so intense that we might literally react compulsively and consequently lose control.
Attempting to control ourselves with human will power alone is an exhausting struggle that Satan will ultimately win. We need to humble ourselves to the fact that human will power cannot outlast Satan’s power. However, when we are able to rest in Christ by ceasing from our own works, the Holy Spirit empowers our spirits with strength that exceeds the capacity of our will. Ceasing from our own works will enable us to walk in the spirit and not fulfill the lust of our flesh. You will find that you will enter into peace and rest without much effort because you have sought the kingdom and found righteousness.
The evil spirit’s goal is to take advantage of and condemn you for what you have been trained to perceive as past failures, coupled with worry and fear over the consequences you may face for your actions, causing you to cry over spilt milk. The demons are skilled at maneuvering the perceived failures to motivate a setback. Deliverance counseling can help you to place the past on the dung heap and press forward to the victory that truth brings. You can stat off the New Year right by booking a telephone session by calling 518-477-5759.
However, when you are ignorant of Satanic devices, evil spirits can and DO repetitively and consistently employ the same strategies to defeat you, over and over again=== simply because in previous years, you were ignorant to the fact that whatever failures and mistakes used by the devil to destroy you, God intends to use to employ you! So make 2012 your year of victory.
My word of hope to you for the New Year is to let you know that a perceived failure is just another opportunity to struggle to “enter into His rest.” Once you’ve entered, the struggle is over! Remember this. Satan won’t completely give up on you. However, once you become a overcomer, deliverance counseling will empower you to the enemy consistently “on the run.”So our lines are open for you to book a session. We will help you get a jump on the enemy.518-477-5759
- Minister Kellie Reveals That Depression Is A Demon! (endtimeebooklibrary.com)
- Satan Loves Fear: How Satan Uses Trauma to Enslave (pamsheppardpublishing.com)
I coined the term “counterfeit births.” When a person became born again, it is because he or she understood the expression “raised from the dead” and the Holy Ghost imparted faith into his or her spirit to believe that a dead man lives in a flesh and bone body, never to die again. If you have had a false conversion, help is available at 518-477-5759.
An examination of whether or not the fruits of the Holy Spirit are being manifested in your life is one of the primary ways to examine whether or not you are truly saved or if you have been deceived into a false conversion. When you consider a decorative bowlof fruit as a centerpeice on a dining room table, sometimes a plastic apple or orange looks so good from a distance, very often even better than the real thing. You don’t find out that it is fake until you pick it up. It is dead andd light weight, without the genuine smells and other qualities of a juicy peice of real fruit. So too with spiritual fruit. So to examine and test whether or not you are really born again, we need to focus on the Lord’s own words. He said simply “you shall know them by their fruit.As recorded by Matthew in the 13th chapter, Jesus defined how we become born again.
We hear the word.
We understand it.
We receive it into the good ground of our soul and our spirit.
We receive the fruit of the Holy Ghost and
We become “fruitful.”
Therefore we need to know what fruit IS so that we can objectively test whether our fruit is of the Holy Spirit or if it is fake fruit.
Here is where most professing Christians go wrong. We read Galatians 5 and we say to ourselves “Oh, I’m a loving person so I have the fruit of love. I don’t gossip or backbite and I am usually understanding and kind. I am also patient and peaceful, much more since “I accepted Jesus” then before, so I know I am saved. I don’t commit sins of the flesh so I am born again. This is error. People of other religions often do not fornicate or indulge in the obvious sins of the flesh. Yet, like everyone else without Christ, they are lost sinners, separated from a holy and righteous God/n fact, ALL have sinned by their very nature, whether they actually DO the sinful act or not. As Jesus said, if a married man even looks lustfully at a woman without having sex, he is still an adulterer in the eyes of the Almighty.
What we need to understand is that the fruits of the Holy Spirit are not natural, human qualities. Since the seeds of these fruits are imparted to us at the exact moment of conversion, they are supernatural and they are divine.
Here is a personal example.
When I got saved, I hated white people. I was a racist. There were two little white boys that chased my 8-year-old daughter from the school bus to her door every day. These kids called her “nigger” every day. It was a Monday, March 29th, 1977 at 4pm. I had just gotten born again about 10 minutes before, so I was not standing at the bus stop waiting to protect my daughter as was my custom. I heard my daughter banging on the door and there were the same two boys right behind her. I scooped them both up in a hug, smeared my kisses on their cheeks and invited them in to have some milk and cookies. That ended the problem of those 2 little boys trying to hurt my child. Then there was the time that the woman who stole my first husband from me was pregnant. She was the worst enemy I have ever had in my life, but in my heart was complete forgiveness and love for her and her unborn child, a supernatural love that was beyond my human nature to even approximate. I went to her baring gifts for the unborn and sincerely asked her how I could help. Everyone who knew the former, unsaved Pam thought that I had lost my mind. I did not. The love of God, the first fruit of the Spirit was shed abroad by the Holy Ghost into my spirit, empowering me to manifest the fruit of divine love for an enemy.
What you may be counting as fruit for Jesus Christ may simply be a work or ability of your own soul. Human beings have the power to change our attitudes, behaviors and even our personalities without God being involved in the change. We can stop using drugs by the power of our wills. We can pull ourselves up by our own boot straps. I know for a fact, because this is what I had done BEFORE I was saved. I turned a streetwoman into an educated, prospering lady. When the Holy Ghost got a hold of me, He said “Pam, you took yourself out of the streets and ghetto life, but the streets and ghetto life are still IN you. You changed yourself from the outside in. I will change you from the inside out. Only I can turn you into a sinless, justified, sanctified virtuous woman. What you did was without ME. Not good enough. For without Jesus Christ, you can do nothing.”
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In order to fully understand how to be crucified to the world, the terms need to be defined.
First of all, the world is not the earth. The world is an invisible group of “systems” that the enemy of our souls is still the god of. So in simple terms, if Jesus Christ of Nazareth is not Lord over a particular system, that system is a part of THE WORLD. Put another way, if Christ is not the head of it, it is “the world.” That includes people, places and things. For example, if Christ is not the head of your family, then your family is “THE WORLD.” If Christ is not the head of your school, then your school is “THE WORLD.” If Christ is not the head of your career, your sport, whatever, it is THE WORLD. If Christ is not the head of your church, SHE IS THE ALL religious systems are a part of THE WORLD, if Jesus Christ of Nazareth is not the head of them.
Some have left the world, even the church world, but like Lot’s wife, the cross has not separated them from the longing that remains in their hearts for the world. So I warn everyone who has an ear to hear and an eye to see. There is a religious world in our times which is far more dangerous tha other systems that are obviously evil and a part of Satan’s domain. This religious world consists of professing Christians who deny the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ in more ways than one.
You see the cross symbolizes deliverance from this present evil age (Gal 1:4),—from the powers of darkness (Col 1:13)—from the devils and demons who rule the world under their leader, Satan–(Eph 6:12) and—-on the resurrection side of the cross—WE ARE TRANSLATED INTO THE KINDOM OF THE SON OF GOD! When we plead the blood, we are telling the enemy that we are dead to his world, that he no longer has authority over us, that we walk in that same power that raised Jesus from the dead.
Yet–if we look back—Satan treats us as if we were “Lot’s wife.” The cross and the resurrection loses its victory in our lives. If the world STILL has the power to attract us or to influence our spiritual walk, then we are not crucified. If we are not crucified, then we are open and vulnerable to demonic attacks and the fate of Lot’s wife can be OUR fate.
We arrive on the resurrection side of the cross only AFTER we have been crucified to the world. No crucifixion? No power to defeat the enemy. For we overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb! Pleading the blood is of no consequence to demons if the one who stands as a deliverer of captives is not crucified to the world.
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IS THE SON OF GOD A MYTH?????
There are countless ungodly, faithless historians that have accumulated and shared lots of facts in order to either hide or distort the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ. With the advent of the video clip, the enemy is sending forth a subtle and at times a quite blatant message that the story of Jesus Christ is a fabrication, just because a similar story can be found in Egyptian, Greek or Roman mythology. What intellectual fools!
As the sciptures reveal, real truth about the gospel is foolishness to the intelligent who believe themselves to be so wise and God Himself will cause them to believe what their finite frontal lobes are too small to apprehend about either Him or His adversary,the devil.
Okay. Let’s keep it real and simple for those of us who need a no brainer. Who is behind mythology? the devil. When did the devil find out about the Son of God bruising his head? He found out in the garden as depicted in Genesis 3. So—it is obvious. The devil planted similar stories about the Lord in various Egyptian, Hindu, Greek and Roman mythologies so that intelligent fools would come along in OUR times and say “Look yall, the bible stole from the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans”, all to underhandedly discredit the bible and the power of the cross and the resurrection.
Well, it just won’t work with me.
You see, I was a myth buster from the time I was three and told my family on Christmas Day, “there is no such thing as Santa cause all of YOU brought me these gifts. I don’t believe in reindeer, elves or none a dat stuff.”
I carried my childhood cynicism into my adult life. I said “there is no such thing as heaven or hell. So let me live fast, die young and look good in my coffin. Jesus is a figment of the white man’s imagination to keep my black people in bondage, so in slavery times, they sold us a bill a goods to keep us passive. Then again, if God exists, and I don’t believe He does by the way—I really don’t care because the world is in such a mess, so He must not know what He is doing. Anyway, I prefer to go to hell cause heaven is too boring for me. I don’t want to sit around all day, playing a harp on no cloud!”
Now people, with a mindset like THAT, HOW do you suppose someone like me got born again?
I had never been to church in 33 years, never read the bible, could not stand religious people so I shunned them like the plague, never handed a tract and immediately turned Billy Graham off the TV once I heard his voice or saw his face! I was a myth buster!!! So how did it happen?
Not to keep you in suspense, I had a Damascus Road experience, spiritually knocked off of my high horse by the Holy Ghost. He made Jesus real to me in such a way that my myth bustin, atheistic, faithless days were shot to hell!!!!!!!!
Sherry Shriner is quite popular on the web. In fact, she was a big help to me while I was conducting my research for the book
“The Fake Jesus: Fallen Angels Among Us.” I found her knowledge of the ascended masters to be quite helpful. However, her writings on the Apostle Paul are blasphemous, considering that Paul wrote 1/3 of the New Testament. I won’t go into Sherry’s contentions about this phenomenal apostle because I refuse to spread her point of view. Instead, as a former atheist who had never been to church and no one had ever witnessed to me, Paul has been crucial to my spiritual understanding of what happened to me that strange but marvelous day when I became born again. For when I had my own Damascus Road experience with the Lord Jesus Christ, I knew of no one else who had ever had one.
Even though I got born again before I ever heard of the Apostle PAUL, I would not have understood why on March 29, 1977, I felt “so different.” The newness. The cleanness. The past seemed so far away. No shame or guilt for ANYTHING and I had been quite the sinner in my first 33 years of life. Why on this strange day in March did I feel like “I had JUST been born?” A few minutes after I was “born again,” I opened my brand new bible and it turned to John 3, the words of the Lord, “you must be born again, that which is flesh is flesh and that which is spirit is spirit.” After I read this, then the Holy Spirit spoke and said “Pam, you have just given birth to your new spirit in Christ Jesus. Go run a bathtub full of water, and baptize yourself in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost!”
Wow! Yahoo! I never felt so great in my life!!!
No, Paul did NOT cause me to be saved. No one did but God Himself.
I did not go to church for two years. All I had was the Apostle Paul and the 4 gospels. As a babe in Christ, home alone in my apartment, Paul caused me to understand my faith by confirming to me how and why God saved me. Too many people read Paul’s letters in order to be saved. In other words, they desire to be saved to escape hell, and so they mechanically DO what Paul wrote about. They think that if I SAY a confession, I will be saved and I will go to heaven because Paul wrote, “Confess the Lord with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus was raised from dead, you are saved. That settles it. I accept Jesus. I choose to be saved. I seal it with saying the sinner’s prayer. I’ll stamp it by going forward to the altar at the invitation.
You see, when I read Paul’s words, I said “Ah, that is what happened to me.” I did not repeat or confess words. When the Holy Ghost saved me, I felt like a coin was dropped into me, like I was a soda machine. But Lo and behold, what came out of the machine was not soda, but faith in the resurrection of a dead man that I not only did not believe in, but I claimed that Jesus Christ never even existed, but that He was merely a white man’s myth!!!!” I said nothing from my mouth but “Jesus.” “I am crying for what we did to Jesus!” That was it. I said nothing about the resurrection. I just knew that I knew that I knew that Jesus was dead, got up in His body and walked out of His own tomb, three days later. My belief on the resurrection was the rock or stone that dropped into me and never left in 34 years, not one time! No doubt Jesus is alive in His body not one time in 34 years!!!!
So when Paul wrote that we are saved by grace through faith, I understood the first time I read it because it had happened to me two years before reading Paul’s words to the Ephesians. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that my salvation was a gift from God because I never even sought the gift. On top of that, I was the last person that anyone who knew me would have believed what happened to me. So I could nod my head in agreement with Paul because I knew that my salvation had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH ME.
However, what Paul taught me that I did not already know as a babe in Christ, is that the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the son of God. Without Paul, I would not have known or even understood that I can’t please God with my flesh. Paul has been for me one of the best biblical examples of a spiritually fruitful child of God. Once filled with pride over his scholarly achievements, his heritage and his cultural and religious attainments, Paul taught me how to die and yet live at the same time. He taught me how to stand against the enemy, how to press on to victory, how to walk in the spirit and not fulfill my lust of my flesh. He taught me how to press on to the mark of my high calling in the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
No, Paul did not cause me to be saved. What he did was train up a babe in Christ to become a minister. Once I entered ministry, I had a number of elders and a few bishops that I was mandated to submit to. However, none of them taught me a thing about what it take to be a minister. It was Paul who did that. I thank Paul for that.
In fact, I love Paul the Apostle.
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