“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” Luke 4:18.
Rebuking, binding and laying on of hands does not deliver one from sin. If that were the case, Jesus would not have had to die on the Cross. Jesus said to “preach” deliverance to those in bondage and under oppression. The Lord said we should know the truth and the TRUTH will set us free (John 8:32). Freedom from sin is only through faith in Jesus and Him Crucified and not works of man or through man. God will not share His glory with any man.
There are many Christians today who are miserably saved because man has taught them another jesus through another gospel that is of another spirit. My husband was in fact one of those miserably saved many years ago. He talks of going through all of the rituals, doing everything he was suppose to do and being miserable. There was no peace, deliverance or joy – just a struggle with his own will power and the devil. He prayed, he fasted, he attended every church meeting and was desperately trying to obtain deliverance. My husband was pointed everywhere but to the one place where he would find deliverance…the Cross of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. He was never preached deliverance but instead “administered” deliverance through systematic procedures and ritualistic prayers that are in fact another form of law. This type of deliverance appeals to the flesh. It attempts to bring the level of God’s glory down to a level we can comprehend and perform ourselves instead of allowing the Holy Spirit’s work in us to reflect God’s glory.
Many times after Salvation we are taught how not to live for the devil instead of how to live for God. This teaching does not allow the newly converted saint to form a relationship with Jesus. There is no circumcision of the heart by the Holy Spirit which by default causes us not to WANT to live for the devil. We get carried away in self sanctification by binding and rebuking every evil spirit that may oppress us that when we do see those preaching the Truth, the Gospel of Jesus and Him Crucified, we think they are the ones in bondage. It is completely backwards!! All of this is adding to Jesus’ finished work which is an insult to God.
The same Jesus that saved us will also keep us if we keep our faith in Him and His finished works. The Lord did it all on the Cross. Forgiveness is not deliverance, knowing the Truth of the Gospel, faith in His finished work is deliverance from bondage. Preach the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the captives and exhort their faith in His finished work for deliverance, lay hands on the sick for healing and cast demons out of the lost who are possessed. This distraction is deception which is leading the church into another form of works. We are not called to fight sin, we are called to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). The only fight we are called to engage in is the fight of faith and in everything else we stand. We are given the armor of God to withstand in the evil day (Eph. 6:12). Satan’s crosshairs are on our faith in Jesus’ Christ and His finished works. When our faith is misdirected, redirected or all together without direction, our faith is weakened. Don’t add to Jesus’ work, accept that His work was enough. The Lord doesn’t want our sacrifices, He wants our belief in Him and what He did for us. God is raising up a people who still believes in HIS power; His power for salvation, sanctification and deliverance. – Donna Warren