Facts and Truth and deliverance from the demonic by Susan Felder and Pastor Don Moore
This Bible study was taught on 9/21/11. Sorry for the format – although I typed this with paragraphs, Xanga is bunching the paragraphs together.
SUSAN FELDER: Facts and Truth
Luke 8:26-39 Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned. Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
Truth sets you free. What’s your legion? The man had a legion – over 5000 demons in him. The demons were frightened of Jesus.
The demon possessed man was in a bad way, but he knew who to run to. He exercised his will and ran to Jesus.
Fact – the man was demon possessed
We make excuses for why we can’t be set free, and the demon wants us to believe those excuses for he needs a body to possess. Demons live through humans and they want us to feel torment. Demons like facts, – depression, divorce, children suffering, etc. The demons want us to stay in the realm of facts.
In our lives facts can be painful but they are not the truth.
You may feel that the fact is you have a migraine or depression, and it may be real on earth, but it is not the truth. It is not permanent. Facts are temporary, truth is prominent.
The Son of God came to set us free, and by His stripes we are healed. We don’t walk by sight, we walk by faith. Facts are so tangible that we forget the truth. We need to focus on the truth and the truth sets us free.
PASTOR DON – continued the teaching
We are a spirit who lives in a body and our body has a spiritual experience.
When we allow our spirit to be subjected to a lower being, we have a natural experience. We have a choice – let our spirits be subject to the flesh, or let our spirits be subject to the Spirit of God.
We all are subject to our feelings. We want to do things on our own but we need to be subject to the Spirit of God. We are trained by the parents set over us and influenced by our feelings.
Jesus spoke to the Pharisees and Scribes, and to Nicodemus. Jesus commented that the nation didn’t understand, even though they were learned men.
The devil took truth of Jesus, copied facts, and fed his lies to the world, to people. People get the facts, but they forget that the source is Jesus. One example is the book, The Secret, which teaches Biblical facts but leaves out Jesus.
What are we going to let lead our spirits – our flesh or the Holy Spirit? The more we want the Lord and Truth, the less the facts matter. Truth sets us free, but it is conditional – it s based on DO YOU BELIEVE.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Do you look at the facts or believe the redemptive act of Jesus? The way the devil dominates us is he makes us think the wire is up when the truth is the wire is down and the poles are ripped up. Pastor Don gave the example of horses who are enclosed in a field surrounded by an electrified fence. After a while the horses know that they will be shocked if they approach the fence, so they stay back from it. Then, if the wires are down, there is no electrified fence, the truth is the horses could run where they want, but they’re still staying within the boundaries of the original fence. They are still caged, even though they are free.
We live our lives still bound by things that Jesus has set us free from.
We are not setting people free because we are not doing the work of the church.
Pastor Don gave the example of the Wizard of Oz – he said that all along Dorothy had the means to go back to her home, but she did not realize it.
Jesus died to set us free and sent the Holy Spirit to help us dominate over our flesh. To be free we need to accept the truth and bind our flesh.
The man was sitting in the tombs, and he saw the boat coming. The demons were having conversations in his head, and here comes the Son of God. If he stayed in the tomb he would have been bound. But, he could only get free by going to Jesus. The demons were probably telling him to run away from Jesus, that the Son of God would kill him, and suggesting to him to hide in the tombs. There were over 5000 demons in his head suggesting what to do. Instead of saying yes to the demons and the conversation in his head, the man ran to Jesus and kneels down, doesn’t say anything. Jesus perceives the demonic presence and asks him what is in his mind. We need to know the oppressive force or what is driving us. The devil drove this man to be naked and to not be able to be near men. But the man wants to know the truth.
The Truth (Jesus) tells the demons that they will have to do what he says. The demons are sent into the bodies of pigs, Jesus did not have the authority at that time to destroy them on the earth, for this is not the time.
Luke 8:30 Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him.
The fact is that they could be sent to hell, the truth is that they can’t be sent to hell until Judgment Day.
Pigs were cursed animals – no Jews were to eat pigs or have anything to do with them, but there were Jews in Gad who did raise pigs. The demons did to the pigs that they got sent into, what they do to many, send them over a cliff and killed the pigs.
1 Peter 3:18-20 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
Jesus gave testimony and preached the Gospel, and the realms of hell could not hold Him for he was sin-free.
We need to stay filled up so there is no room for the devil to tackle you. We need to get our focus from facts and fear to the truth so the devil can’t terrorize us.
The church is afraid of devils and fallen spirits, nephalim, anakim, and they can gain authority against us if we do not stay filled in the Spirit and focused on the truth.
We have the authority to do like Jesus did. We don’t have authority to command the demons to go to hell, for hell is like a vacation to them and they don’t have to stay there right now – for now is not the day of Judgment. We can cast demons out and command them not to return to the vessel they were inhabiting or the building.
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Demons still have a right to be on earth, we can move them around, but can’t destroy or kill them until Judgment Day.
We can create an atmosphere that is hostile to demons such as keeping praise and worship music on in our houses.
We are the Temple of God, and we want our temples to be so filled with the Holy Spirit that we can walk into an unclean place and maintain our peace. We have the responsibility to protect our garden. To protect what is given to us by God.
If you lay down with fleas, you get up with fleas. So maintain your spirit for a time and be obedient to the Holy Spirit. Go where the Holy Spirit tells us to go and stay away from where the Holy Spirit doesn’t want us to be.
Pastor Don gave an example of someone who was living with a demon possessed person and they had to take some steps to ease the situation.
1. They had to get peace within themselves – not let a person, demon, alcohol, drugs steal their peace.
2. They picked one room at a time to make as their battleground – praying over the furniture, anointing the room with holy oil, etc. The demon possessed person was unable to enter the room when the demonic spirit was on the person.
3. Anoint the doors to the house – the person had to be prepared that the demon possessed person would not be able to enter the house with the demon on them.
4. They anointed the front door, and demon came in the back door.
Each new battle was met with a challenge directed by the Holy Spirit.
For spiritual warfare, we need consistency of authority. We need to examine the facts and look at the truth.
The person mentioned above was able to speak in tongues – so quietly that it could not be heard by another, but tongues held the demon at bay.
She stopped yelling and spoke in tongues. Then she asked the Holy Spirit where the alcohol was hidden and found it in the woodpile in back, destroyed the alcohol.
Then something happened, the person couldn’t drink any more. The person asked his wife, what do you want me to do. She replied – just go to church with me. For five years the person has been alcohol free, delivered, and healed. But there are still demons for her to deal with.
We also need to realize that not everyone wants to change and not everyone wants to be healed, some like the demons they have.
Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible
We go by faith, not by facts. The truth is, God speaks it into evidence. God made the world by speaking the Word. Faith is: I believe it, then I see it. Facts are: I’ll believe it when I see it. We must be faith-filled people.
God does not lead us on the basis of what we see, but on the truth, and we have to come to grips with that.
God speaks the truth and the truth sets us free.
Pastor Don suggested we start hearing our words. We speak a lot of negativity in our lives. He suggests carrying a tape recorder around to see what we are saying to ourselves so we can change what we are speaking.
Demons take us away from the truth. But God is the truth and we want to operate from the truth.
The fact was – Goliath is bigger than David. David had an insignificant weapon (stone and slingshot), Goliath had a sword and shield, David was outnumbered.
The truth was that David spoke of what God has done in his life and what God was going to do to Goliath.
If we are praying God’s will, look up – What is His will for us? His will is for us to change. We always wait for others to change, but maybe God wants us to change.
God wants us to exercise our free will according to His Word. God won’t violate His character of His Word. He won’t force us to do what we do not want to do, but God wants us to change.
Our understanding is by faith. He only gives us enough to understand as far is our faith is.
Take your freedom and use it for the Kingdom. Use our will-power to act out our commission from God. God gives us the desires of our heart – and He puts those desires in place. God does not want us to lust after happiness, but as we walk out His will for our lives, we will find happiness.
David listened to the voice of God who suggested that he take a rock and lob it at Goliath.
We need to ask the Holy Spirit to control our tongues. Don’t let the devil push you over a cliff – run to Jesus.
Like we swear in court – speak the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. And He will.
I hope this teaching blesses you.
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