A quick Primer On Spiritual Warfare Copyright John Edmiston 2003 but may be copied & distributed for non-profit use



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Area

From God

From Inferior Source

Freedom

Increases

Decreases, becomes obsessive

Need for control

Gradually lessens

Increases dramatically

Quality of work

High – benefits society

Low – often socially deleterious

Personality

Integrates, peaceful

Coarse, clamant

Social

Increasingly loving

Increasingly divisive

State between visions

Healthy, disciplined

Desperate, addicted to visions

Grandiosity

No

Often

Predictions

Fulfilled

Not fulfilled

Selfishness

Lessens

Distressingly ego-centered

Nature of rebuke

Specific, brings growth & healing

General, vague, condemning

Integration

Increases

Decreases

Creativity

Often very creative

Exacts conformity

Money

Unimportant

Often demanded

Food

To be enjoyed

Lists of forbidden foods

Sexuality

Enjoyed in marriage

Seen as sinful or central

Salvation

Of all who believe

Of the leader and his chosen few

Dependency

Decreases, discouraged

Increases and encouraged

Fear

Lessens

Central to the faith

Magic & superstition

Renounced

Often included


Conclusion

Not all mental illness is demonic, nor is it all purely organic or even psychological in nature. Neither are all voices, dreams and visions a sign of mental illness. They may be a hallucination, but they also may be from a spiritual source and a vast quantity of religious literature in many cultures attests to this. The themes of religion can intrude into mental illness and psychiatrists should be aware of common religious metaphors ad ideation and be able to enter into the world-view of their more religious patients. Furthermore pastors and religious professionals may at times be called into help those who problems may stem from spiritual factors. Similarly pastors should respect the professional diagnosis and treatment regimes of the medical community.



Cleansing of Houses, Lands and Property

  • Destroy all objects that bring a curse on the house. (Deut 7:25,26)

  • Get rid of all idols and wicked images (Psalm 101.1,2)

  • Renounce all wickedness and violence for the house of the wicked is cursed. (Proverbs 3:33, 12:7, 21:12) This may have happened in past generations – but it still needs to be dealt with. (2 Samuel 21:1-14)

  • Make restitution for any property crimes against the helpless and the poor. (Proverbs 15:25)

  • If you have treated people unjustly and rewarded evil for good, then evil cannot depart from your house, (Proverbs 17:3) and this must be fixed first.

  • Be wise and diligent, fear the Lord and be righteous and your house will prosper. (Psalm 112:1-3; Proverbs 12:7, 14:1, 15:6, 24:3, Eccl 10:18)

  • Once you have done the above take olive oil and go through every room of the house prayerfully anointing the doors and the windows, (Exodus 12:27-33) rebuking casting out all demons and creatures of darkness in the name of the Lord.

  • Then bless the house with protection, peace and prosperity.






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