Freedom In Christ
Session #1: Counterfeit vs. Real
Today we will begin with a Prayer to God that will prepare the setting and environment that the Holy Spirit will use to work powerfully to breaking up the powers of darkness so that God's light and God's work will be unhindered. The freedom we will be experiencing today and through these sessions was revealed to me through a man names Neil Anderson and his lectures and books titled, "Victory Over The Darkness," and "The Steps To Freedom In Christ."
I have counseled with many in this manner and have been blessed to see many of God's people break free from the bondage of darkness. It is my prayer that your spirit is humble to receive this instruction and let the Holy Spirit minister to you as He sees necessary.
I pray you have found a place where you can pray out load to God and are prepared to renunciate Satan's work, his workers, and their plans to distract, and destroy.
Remember, the battle is for your mind and Satan cannot read minds, just actions. He knows our areas of weakness because he used to be the one we listened to.
Get a pen/pencil and piece of paper as you will be developing a list as we go.
Let's begin with this prayer and declaration. Remember to pray out load. This may be uncomfortable at first, but praying out load is powerful:
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I acknowledge Your presence in this room and in my life. You are the only omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all powerful), and omnipresent ( all-present), God. I am dependent upon You, for apart from You I can do nothing. I stand in the truth that all authority in heaven and on Earth has been given to the resurrected Christ, and because I am in Christ, I share that authority in order to make disciples and set captives free. I ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit and lead me into all truth. I pray for Your complete protection and ask for Your guidance. In Jesus' name, amen.”
“In the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command Satan and all evil spirits to release me in order that I can be free to know and choose to do the will of God. As a child of God who is seated with Christ in the heavenlies, I command every evil spirit to leave my presence. I belong to God and the evil one cannot touch me.”
In this session we will focus on what is counterfeit verses what is real. The first step in experiencing the freedom that God wants for us is to reject (renounce) all past or present involvement with the occult, cult practices, cult teachings and rituals, and non-Christian religions.
We must renounce all activities or groups that deny Jesus Christ or that offer any guidance outside the absolute authority of the Bible. Any group that requires dark or secret initiations, ceremonies, promises or pacts should also find their way to this list and be renounced.
Begin with this prayer and remember to pray these out loud. Freedom in Christ is yours.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I ask You to bring to my mind anything and everything that I have done knowingly or unknowingly that involves occult, cult or non-Christian teachings or practices. I want to experience Your freedom by renouncing all counterfeit teachings and practices. In Jesus name.”
Begin to write down any and all activities that the Holy Spirit is revealing on your paper.
This is list of activities and practices so as not to miss anything to be renounced. Remember, satan is a liar, and the Father of them. He can introduce a lie and have us believe something is good when, in fact, it keeps us in bondage.
* Out-of-body experience (astral projection), * Ouija board, * Blood Mary, * Light as a feather (or other occult games), *Magic eight ball, * Spells or curses, * Mental telepathy or mental control of others, * Automatic writing, * Trances, * Spiritual guides, * Fortune-telling / divination (i.e. tea leaves), *Tarot Cards, *Levitation, *Magic - The Gathering, *Witchcraft/sorcery, *Satanism, *Palm reading, *Astrology/horoscopes, *Hypnosis, *Seances,
*Black or white magic, *Fantasy games with occult images, *Blood pacts or cutting yourself on purpose, *Objects of worship/crystals/good luck charms, *Sexual spirits, *Martial arts (mysticism/devotion to sensei), *Superstitions, *Occult or violent video and computer games.
My friends, this is just a list to help recall anything and everything so you can understand that God does not take second place to anything. He is either at the top of the list or He is not on the list at all. Some of the things in this list are obvious while other activities in this list may have been done innocently. The motivation does not matter. Very sincere and seemingly good people have placed themselves under Satan's yoke, but it is time to break free and experience what God has planned for your life.
This is a list of religions that must be renounce as false which have place themselves against the only True and living God.
*Buddhism (including Zen), *Hinduism, *Islam, *Black Muslim, *Black Hebrew Israelites, *Native American spirit worship, *Yoga, *Hare Krishna, *Silva Method of Mind Control, *Bahai faith, *Rosicrucianism, *any other religion that denies Jesus Christ as God, Savior, and Redeemer or denies the absolute authority of the Word of God.
If you have knowingly or unknowingly been involved with any of the following cults, it must be renounced to experience freedom in Christ.
*Mormonism (Latter-day Saints), *Jehovah's Witnesses (Watchtower Society), *New Age (books, objects, seminars, medicine), *Masons (Free Masonry/Masonic Lodge), *Christian Science, *The Way International, *Unification Church (Moonies), *The Forum, *Church of the Living Word, *Children of God (Children of Love), *Church of Scientology (The works and teachings of L. Ron Hubbard), *Unitarianism (Universalism), *Transcendental Meditation.
Now beloved saint, list movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines or comics that he Lord is bringing to your mind (especially those that glorified Satan, caused fear or nightmares, were gruesomely violent, or stimulated the flesh).
The following lists of questions are designed to help you become aware of things you may need to renounce:
1. Have you ever seen, heard of felt a spiritual being in your room?
2. Do you have recurring nightmares? Specifically renounce any accompanying fear.
3. Do you now have, or have you ever had, an imaginary friend, spirit guide or angel offering you guidance or companionship? If it has a name, renounce it by name.
4. Have you ever heard voices in your head or had repeating, nagging, thoughts such as, "I'm dumb, I'm ugly, Nobody loves me or I can't do anything right?" List any specific nagging thoughts and renounce them.
5. Have you ever consulted a medium, spiritist, or channeler?
6. Have you ever seen or been contacted by beings you thought were aliens? Aliens are not what you think they are or what others would have you to believe; they are deceivers. They are not extra-terrestrial beings; they are inner-dementional demons.
7. Have you ever been involved in a satanic ritual of any kind or attended a concert in which Satan was the focus?
8. What other spiritual experiences have you had that were evil, confusing or frightening? List them on you sheet of paper.
Now you have a list of things that need to be renounced so you can close off these areas in your life that have been an avenue of approach from the enemy. By involving yourself in these activities you have given permission for Satan to have access into your life. This, in essence, is revoking his permit. Access denied.
Take this list, and confess these things to God and renounce each item you were involved in. Remember to pray this out-loud.
I confess that I have participated in (activity, practice, involvement) and it was a sin against you, and you alone. I renounce this (activity, practice, involvement) and ask for you to close this breach with your precious blood and by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Forgive me, Lord
Jesus, and heal me. Thank you that in Christ I am forgiven.”
Repeat this with each item on your list.
You should now feel the healing power of the Holy Spirit in these areas and new light is filling you life. Hope is growing and the joy of your salvation is beginning to grow in strength. The Lord is good. Praise the name of Jesus.
When you have finished confessing and renouncing each item, close out this wonderful time with the Lord by praying this prayer:
I confess that I have participated in these wrongful practices. I know they were evil and offensive in Your sight. Thank You for Your forgiveness. I renounce any and all involvement in these wrongful practices, and choose to believe that Satan no longer has any rightful place in my life because of those involvements. In Jesus' name, amen.”
Beloved of God, It is my prayer and hope that you are now experiencing more freedom and that the light of Christ, and the Holy Spirit are powerfully ministering to your spirit.
Over the course of this series, we will move deeper into the restoring power of God and the glorious redemptive beauty of the Holy Spirit.
In the next session we will explore, with God as our teacher, Deception Verses Truth. May God bless and keep you by the power of His might in Christ Jesus.
As we go through the week, be sensitive to the need for fasting over certain areas of struggle. You may be called to fast through a meal or a day. Remember, fasting shows God how serious you are about what you are praying for. Some things can only come out by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17:21)
This is my prayer for you.
Bless this precious child of Yours. Strengthen them in Your Word, and power. May they grow in the knowledge and understanding of
Your perfect will for their lives. Bless then and keep them strong in your care; may the blessed and powerful name of Jesus be on their lips today and forever. Give them courage and confidence that only you can bestow. And above these wonderful things, give them a heart to love you and others. In the name that is above all other names; Jesus. Amen.”