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 Steps to Freedom in Christ

[b]Steps to Freedom in Christ[/b]

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:

Declaration

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.

Prayer

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.


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 Re: Steps to Freedom in Christ

I encourage the saints at SI to go through this list personally or print it out to take some friend that is struggling with sin and spiritual bondage.


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I have seen this stuff before. My wife and I use it regularly to help people through Spiritual bondage. We use a slightly expanded version that people at our church have developed from Neil Anderson's work.

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 2006/9/10 20:48Profile
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When I see stuff like this it seems to just prove to me yet again that we are definately still spiritually asleep.

This is what the Great Commission was for. This is exactly what the Church is meant for. Instead of going out and dedicating our lives to individually serve our brothers and sisters who are lost or hurting we find it oh so much easier to send an email or print out a few sheets and say "check this out...this might help".

We ask Christians need to get out of behind the computer and go out and sit with our brothers at their homes and encourage them ... not with our words but literally with the Word of God.

 2006/10/19 19:40Profile
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 Re: Steps to Freedom in Christ

The article seems fairly solid except for step 7. It seems he is addressing born-again believers here not the lost. This would suggest a believer can be 'possessed' although he probably wouldn't use that word. I don't believe this can be so. And the prayer he would have us pray? His prayer for deliverance from sins of ancestors seems to have no biblical support. Can the temple of God be under demonic bondage?

The Bible seems fairly clear that man sins by himself, from himself. Our sins are like the sins of our ancestors because we share the same flesh inherited from Adam. Sanctification is a process that covers our whole life, there are no shortcuts.

Can we cast out the flesh?
Can a believer be demon possessed?
Should we ever say to a believer, "you have a demon"? We need to watch our words very carefully.

In Christ,

Ron


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I know that we are not really supposed to promote speakers that are not on this site, but if you want to know more about this topic find some sermons by Derek Prince. The ones I have hear were called :
How I came to grip with demons
How to recognize and expel demons
Cult and Occult: Satan's snares

 2006/10/19 22:32Profile
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I have a question regarding point 7. My question is: Where is this weirdness in the Bible? I must be carrying my Bible upside down because this goofiness has fallen out. Thank God.

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Step 7 may sound weird or only applicable to 'the lost', however, Anderson backed it up with a scripture:

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"...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)


For those who think Christ's blood has negated any such curse and that 'the childrens' teeth will no longer be set on edge for their parents' sins', consider these thoughts:

1. When a person is saved is he or she instantly perfect in all ways (spirit, soul, and flesh)? No, while forgiven and our spirit is reborn, we are now to renew our minds and put our flesh to death through the Holy Spirit. If this is the case, any demonic oppression (external or internal, if possible) received from family may need to have the authority Christ has given us exercised over it.

2. The childrens' teeth don't have to be set on edge because Christ has given them the authority to break the curse in His might. We have become enabled where we previously were incapable. We are set free in the sense that the promised land is ours, we just have to walk in and take it. Christ disarmed the powers and authorities, but their old implements may need to be removed.

3. If Step 7 is bogus and you pray it, what's the harm? You can always append, "Lord, forgive me if this is inaccurate."

4. If Step 7 is valid and you ignore it, you may just stay under a curse Christ has given you the authority to get free from.

5. When we find ourselves dead set against a piece of advice in a document we otherwise wholeheartedly agree with, perhaps we should consider if the disagreement may spawn from the very influence upon our own lives of what we think ludicrous.

Hope those thoughts help, at first skeptical myself, I've found Step 7 to be true and incredibly helpful. Discovering that Free Masonry was in my family's past, I received a very powerful deliverance from an associated demonic influence - all this as a believer.

Brian


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