HOW THE SATANIST HAD AN ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS

By Steve Peace Harmon

Two years ago I posted a healing testimony of a Satanist who I met on Haight/Ashbury in San Francisco where the start of the hippy movement began. God taught me a lot about that experience regarding the process on how people get set free. It basically works with three components and it was these three components that Jesus used in His ministry.

In a nutshell, I met this guy on the street who was a Satanist. I wanted to pray for his shoulder but he wouldn’t let me. He hated Jesus. I didn’t engage with him and argue all of his outlandish ideas of Jesus and the Father. I ignored it, changed the subject and told him about the love that I saw in his heart. I kept hitting that point and he finally softened. I got to pray for his shoulder and then it got healed. I then got to pray and prophesy into him, while he got to feel the presence of God, which made him intensely weep. The guy changed from a hardened Satanist to a sensitive puppy dog. The way it worked is this.

Love brings down the walls. Power brings validity to truth. Truth sets the person free. When I first met the guy and he found out I was a Christian, he immediately put up a wall to me. My goal was to get truth into the man, but I couldn’t because of that wall. So what did I need? Love. Love brings down the walls. It makes the person feel you’re not a threat. Once the wall was down, he let me in and then I could display God’s power through the healing. Once the power was shown to him, when I spoke truth, he was more open to believe it because the miracle testified of the truth.

Many people have walls up and it’s because they’ve been hurt. Trying to display God’s power and speaking truth to them can be difficult. Love should always be the thing that starts out and goes through all ministry. For some people, love is all you can do for a long time without even having a chance to display God’s power or speak truth to them. It’s because their walls won’t come down easy. At the same time, you can’t ONLY work in love and expect that everybody will change. Mother Teresa did a lot of loving throughout her life and yet thousands died in her loving arms, scared, depressed and fearful. When love and truth is shown, minus the power, then you can have a person who believes in the existence of a supernatural God, but has very shallow faith that is shaky and can waver. Moral of the story: A person needs all three.

SAYING “GOD LOVES YOU” IS NOT ALWAYS THE LOVING THING TO DO

By Steve Peace Harmon

A lot of times, we as believers want to say the good stuff to people that are going through difficulties. What I mean by that is we will say things that act more as a band-aid than an actual solution. For example. Saying “God loves you” can at times be a solution, but saying it at other times can actually be a band-aid. “That doesn’t make sense,” you may be saying to yourself. One would think that saying that phrase would work every time. The reason why it doesn’t is because every person’s problems are different.

I remember when I was in my depression, a person telling me that God loved me would basically go in one ear and out the other. It would have no effect on me whatsoever. Why? Because I had walls up towards God. Telling me that God loved me, laying hands on me, or hugging me wasn’t going to work. What I needed to hear was somebody who actually heard from God, telling me about God’s specific nature and how he works relating to the lie I believed about Him. That is what actually got me free. “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

When I heard Christians give me the same ol’ spiel “God loves you, and is holding you” it would just make me more and more angry. Sometimes I could not be around Christians because they were simply talking from ignorance. They were making my problem worse because I was feeling hopeless based on the idea that the same cliché was all they could offer me in my time of distress. It’s important that we ask the Father what we should tell people and not just give them what we think they should hear or what will sound good.

I knew this guy who would go around giving everybody these amazing words and prophecies. Everybody would clamor to this person. After a while, they would find out that the prophecies and words were wrong and were only to make them temporarily feel good. The people would get discouraged and feel jaded. The guy was basically giving out words, in the name Jesus, from his self that wasn’t from God. He did it because he had wounds and getting people to come to him for encouraging words or prophecies from God made him feel good. In his world, he was a superstar. Obviously, he was using the wrong method in making himself feel good because it was at other people’s expense and he left a trail of heart break behind him.

Saying a word to somebody that may not sound amazing at first, will many times be the breakthrough that the person needs. I used to tickle people’s ears too, but I realized that’s just not love. That’s selfishness. It’s selfishness in the sense that you are saying nice things, because you want the person to like you. You’re actually caring about yourself more than the person. A person who truly loves cares the about the one getting well in the long run, more than the fear of the one not liking them. Now, I’m not saying that we are not to tell people the “nice words from the Lord,” because people need them, a lot. I give them out most of the time, but I’m willing to say the things that need to be said for the person’s sake that may not be the thing that makes them super happy at the moment. Nobody with a good heart wants to watch a person suffer over and over, and never getting complete relief.

On another angle, sometimes, people who are in pain would rather get the band-aid words, than actually getting the words that don’t offer fast relief. It’s kind of like the mentality of a drug addict or alcoholic. They want the quick fix, but that fix is again, only temporary, while their life is falling apart or changing very little for the good. They don’t want to confront what needs to be dealt with. They live in an “Ignorance is bliss” world, but on the outside, everybody can see that they are not living in bliss and the only one living the delusion is the person who is too afraid to see the reality of it all. And slowly, things get worse, and then they blame God for not wanting to help them.

I’ll leave it with this.. ” The wounds from a lover are worth it; kisses from an enemy do you in.” Proverbs 27:6

Love Never Fails

The other day I met with a woman who very badly needed to talk.  She is going through a situation of separation and possible divorce because her husband is initiating divorce proceedings.  She has two small children whom she is very worried will be placed into a situation that she does not want them to be in.  She is a believer but her husband is not or at least he has fallen away from any church activity.

As is the case in a marital crisis, there are a lot of emotions involved which can include feelings of fear, panic, anger, desperation, revenge, selfishness, heartbreak and loneliness.  She was experiencing many of these emotions, and was very far from any peace, and at a loss of what to do.

I asked this woman to tell me a little bit about why she thinks her husband wants a divorce.  She admitted that she tended to act out in anger and that maybe she had been too controlling towards him.

I persuaded her to see that these feelings and emotions and actions are not the fruits of a believer, but are instead manifestations of her listening to the enemy who has come to destroy her marriage.

She began to understand that these harmful feelings that she has been giving a place to in her head (and in her heart), are in fact temptations, inviting her to act them out and to fulfill them.  The enemy knows very well that that when we act out on these temptations, our relationships will be destroyed and we will also likely be separated further from God (James 1:15).   Yes, the truth is that we sin when we act out on these temptations.

I went on to expound on 1 Corinthians 6:17 where it says that believers are One Spirit with the Lord.  I said that if we focus on God’s ways and nothing else, if we allow Him to live within us and control us, if we thirst for nothing from ourselves or the world… then these other emotions and temptations begin to fall away.  The enemy begins to give up.  We don’t give his temptations a place in us, so over time he (for the most part) leaves us alone.

I reaffirmed to her that God is Love.  In 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 the Word shows us that love always hopes, it never gives up.  It doesn’t bring up the wrongs of others (it looks past them).  So also love does not return evil with evil, it doesn’t judge, it doesn’t condemn, it doesn’t become angry for the sake of anger.  As believers we are born again to be exactly like God.  We are to follow Jesus, because we are now just like He was on Earth.  We are not to take part in any of the other garbage that the enemy throws at us, which used to control us, and which is a really a form of madness.  We are called to BE LOVE.  When we become love, we cannot fail.  Our situations turn around.  Things become new.

This transformation to love doesn’t usually happen overnight.  It is a process.  But we need to start by understanding what power we have.  We have the power of Almighty God within us!  HE HIMSELF is in us and we are in Him!  We are one.  Listen to Him in the quiet time and know that He is in you.  Let His love consume you and be you and just let everything else go away.

This lady went home and told me that she did something loving for her husband, by making his sandwiches for him for the next day.  Pray that she will continue on this journey of reconciliation with him and that all things become new in her marriage.

How to Punish the Devil

Take the word ‘lived’, spell it backwards and you get ‘devil’

Take the word ‘live’, spell it backwards and you get ‘evil’

Everything the enemy does is designed to make you live backwards.

Backwards from how God intended you to live.

So…

Whatever the enemy wants you to do, do the opposite.

When you feel the urge to criticize yourself or others, do the opposite and proclaim a blessing on your life or theirs.

When you feel discouraged, tell the enemy you are a creation of God, an over comer with all the blessings of your father.

When you feel the urge to love or help another but that negative feeling tries to stop you, go help and love them more than you planned to.

When you feel the need to pray for a person for healing or encouragement and you feel like you will look silly or be rejected. Do the opposite, go and pray even more, love even more, bless even more.

We all know what a passion filled, bright, breezy, powerful, positive life looks like. Anything that speaks against that, in word or feeling, is trying to reverse the way you live. Go Do It Anyway, do the opposite and do it bigger than you even planned.

Punish the enemy every time he tries to stop you.

Use everything the enemy is using against you, and use it to punish him for even trying to stop you.

Turn everything he tries to do for evil into something for good.

How much longer do you think he will bother you, when everything he tries backfires in his face and then explodes.

YEH!

Do You Really Have a Sinful Nature?

Why do Christians insist on telling themselves they have a sinful nature? I think it’s so they can excuse their mistakes. I think it’s the easy way out and blocks them from the change they have been promised as a gift. This way of thinking makes Christs sacrifice pointless. Are we still under the law? You can choose to live under the law if you like, as for me I will take the gift that Christ gave me. Thank you Jesus!

2 Corinthians 3:12-18
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
12 Since we have confidence in the new promise, we speak very boldly. 13 We are not like Moses. He kept covering his face with a veil. He didn’t want the people of Israel to see the glory fading away. 14 However, their minds became closed. In fact, to this day the same veil is still there when they read the Old Testament. It isn’t removed, because only Christ can remove it. 15 Yet, even today, when they read the books of Moses, a veil covers their minds. 16 But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

17 This Lord is the Spirit. Wherever the Lord’s Spirit is, there is freedom. 18 As all of us reflect the Lord’s glory with faces that are not covered with veils, we are being changed into his image with ever-increasing glory. This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Monty with Knife

The Power of Prayer

 

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On Friday night after a nice evening of serving the Lord at Street Church (see www.StreetChurch.ca), some of us volunteers were having our usual prayer circle just before leaving for the evening.  I saw a man walk over from a ways off and ask us if he could join us in prayer.  He seemed quite depressed.

This story unfolded while volunteering at Street Church Calgary. Learn more about the amazing work Street Church does feeding the homeless by visiting their website.

We brought him into the prayer circle and prayed for him.  He then went on to tell us that he was a heroin addict and was going to kill himself that night.  He asked me to take a knife from him (the one which he was going to use to commit suicide).  We went on to pray for this man and to explain to him his true value in the eyes of Jesus.

We explained that God loves him and has a plan for Him and that the devil wants nothing more than for him to take his own life (and why).  We urged him to seek Jesus with all his heart and commanded the lies and addictions to leave him.  He went on to tell us that we had just confirmed everything his own mother had been pleading with him about.  

Afterwards we realized that he had seen the back of Monty’s coat which shows that “Jesus Is Lord”.  While we were standing there the Lord used this jacket to call him over to us.  I know that this man walked away this evening with hope and much truth which, God willing, will be used to bring him into the Kingdom of God.  Please keep this precious man in your prayers.   

 

Belief and Faith

I was thinking about how belief and faith are related while reading Matthew 17:20  .  It made me wonder after seeing some people healed, and others not healed, why this is.  I believe there may be more than one single reason why a person is or isn’t healed, but most often I think that it boils down to belief and faith.

Here is what I believe believing is:  If someone tells you something, you choose not to doubt what they say, or, if you doubt it at first, you eventually realize that it is true and accept it as being true.  Belief is taking something that you have heard or learned, to heart.  You understand this idea, principle or subject with more than your mind.  In fact, you are thoroughly convinced with your mind and your heart.  So when Jesus says that believers can lay hands on the sick and they will recover… I believe that to be true with all my heart.  I believe in my heart, that what He said is unmistakably true.  There is no argument whatsoever.

Now, this is what I believe faith is:  If someone were to promise you that they were going to do something for you, you would not only have to believe that what they said will come true, but you would also have to act on that belief.  In other words, you would put your full trust in that person, with actions to prove that you truly believe what they have said and that they will honor their words.  Faith has so much to do with action.  When Jesus tells us that we have the power to heal the sick (through Him), we have to be confident and know that the action that we start will be completed by Him.  We have to act on the promise, believe that the promise is true, and be confident and trust that the promise will be backed up by Him 100%.  If we don’t believe, faith has no place to start.  If we lose our confidence or trust, our faith dwindles.  If we don’t act, there is nothing for faith to operate on.  Me must have all three:  Faith, Belief, Confidence (trust).

The reality is that God cannot lie.  Jesus cannot lie.  The Holy Spirit cannot lie.  But the enemy, Satan, was a liar from the beginning, the beginning of all doubt.  So who do we choose to believe?  If we choose to believe God, and what He said (through the Word of God), then we must also have faith to act out on that belief.  Believing without faith could be compared to a starving man being given free range at a huge banquet buffet, yet choosing not to eat it.  He knows the food is there, but chooses not to act on it and so receives no benefit.  So if we have even a small amount of faith (i.e. stepping out in action), the enemy will flee because the Truth begins to be made manifest in our hearts.  Miracles will happen.  People will be healed.  Hearts are opened to the reality of God.

When I lay my hands on someone to heal them, it is the first part of stepping out in faith.  I am showing that I believe that what Jesus said is true by performing a physical action.  Then I also believe in my heart that He will honor His word.  Finally, I am filled with a confidence (perhaps interpreted as a bold confidence), that He will do what He said He would do.  The more we step out in faith, the more faith grows in us because we begin to see the substance of the things we hope for, and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

 

Man’s Way Has Two options, Rebellion or Religion

Man’s way has 2 options, rebellion from God or religion to artificially make us feel worthy to be with Him, but deep inside know we are not. Fig leafing it.

God’s way has 1 option, receive His love. Jesus death took our sin and allowed us to once again be healed in His presence through His love.

Man’s wisdom looks and says what must I do. Even Jesus was asked this. His response was, believe. Believe on the One the Father sent.

If you are in fear, shame and darkness, come into the light. Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save. Do not be wise in your own eyes anymore, let Him transform you and graft you into His family.

Once you have freely received then you shall freely release. But until we are in His family we can not invite anyone else nor can we give what we have not received. Bless you!

by Christopher Lee Dittemore

The Law V’s Grace

by Nor’west Prophetic.

In our ongoing conversation about the value of the Law in the life of the Believer, someone has pointed out that the apostle Paul declares that “The Law is Holy,” in Romans 7:12.

Let’s look at that.

First, yes, Paul says that. In fact, the whole verse reads, “Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment [of the Law] holy and just and good.”

Context, of course, is everything, when interpreting scripture. This is in the middle of Romans 7, one of the greatest dissertations on how the Law has failed us in the entire Bible.

The verse immediately before, says, “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.” So the Law is not the thing that kills us (it’s sin that kills us), but law is the weapon that our murderer wields. Not so sure I want to be under that law.

And the verse immediately after clarifies it: “Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.” The product of the Law in my life is death, death “through what is good,” yes, but death nonetheless.

This is not the influence I yearn to have in my life.

And it seems that it was for this reason that the law was replaced in our lives:

“The former regulation [the Law] is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.” – Hebrews 7:18-19

So while the Law is indeed “holy” (Rom 7:12), it is also “weak and useless,” and as far as allowing us to draw near to God, it has been replaced by a “better hope.”

The law has been replaced in the lives of the New Testament Believer. Don’t look to the Law to give you direction for what to do. Do not look to the Law to find favor with God.

The Apostle Paul made this rather forcefully clear:

“Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ.

How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it?

I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.”
Galatians 3:2-5

You have left behind the death and barrenness of obeying the Law, and found life instead. Don’t leave the place of life in order to live in death again. Life is a good thing.

Romans 8

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1 So those who are believers in Christ Jesus can no longer be condemned. 2 The standards of the Spirit, who gives life through Christ Jesus, have set you free from the standards of sin and death. 3 It is impossible to do what God’s standards demand because of the weakness our human nature has. But God sent his Son to have a human nature as sinners have and to pay for sin. That way God condemned sin in our corrupt nature. 4 Therefore, we, who do not live by our corrupt nature but by our spiritual nature, are able to meet God’s standards. 5 Those who live by the corrupt nature have the corrupt nature’s attitude. But those who live by the spiritual nature have the spiritual nature’s attitude. 6 The corrupt nature’s attitude leads to death. But the spiritual nature’s attitude leads to life and peace. 7 This is so because the corrupt nature has a hostile attitude toward God. It refuses to place itself under the authority of God’s standards because it can’t. 8 Those who are under the control of the corrupt nature can’t please God.

9 But if God’s Spirit lives in you, you are under the control of your spiritual nature, not your corrupt nature. Whoever doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ doesn’t belong to him. 10 However, if Christ lives in you, your bodies are dead because of sin, but your spirits are alive because you have God’s approval. 11 Does the Spirit of the one who brought Jesus back to life live in you? Then the one who brought Christ back to life will also make your mortal bodies alive by his Spirit who lives in you.

12 So, brothers and sisters, we have no obligation to live the way our corrupt nature wants us to live. 13 If you live by your corrupt nature, you are going to die. But if you use your spiritual nature to put to death the evil activities of the body, you will live. 14 Certainly, all who are guided by God’s Spirit are God’s children. 15 You haven’t received the spirit of slaves that leads you into fear again. Instead, you have received the spirit of God’s adopted children by which we call out, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 If we are his children, we are also God’s heirs. If we share in Christ’s suffering in order to share his glory, we are heirs together with him.

Life and Death is in the Tongue

Today while volunteering at Street Church (see: www.StreetChurch.ca) I ran into and spoke with many folks.  One young woman whom I spoke with was wearing a T-shirt with a large marijuana leaf on the front.

This story unfolded while volunteering at Street Church Calgary. Learn more about the amazing work Street Church does feeding the homeless by visiting their website.

Being curious, I asked her if she liked marijuana.  She said no and I didn’t ask her any more about this subject.  I did go on to explain however how the enemy (Satan) uses drugs such as marijuana and alcohol, and the things of the world such as music and movies and television, to distract us from a relationship with God.

In fact, I told her that Satan the devil, the ruler of this world, really hates her guts and wishes to see her destroyed in hell.  I told her (and her friend who was starting to listen at this point) that the reason Satan hates her is because she is beautiful in the sight of God, created in His image, and that she has a created purpose to rule and reign with Christ for eternity.  But, I said to her, Satan will do everything within his power to prevent her from accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour.

He wants nothing more but to see her sidetracked from her real created purpose and he will work tirelessly to deceive her into being destroyed in hell.

I went on to say that the price has been paid for her sins by Jesus on the cross.  In other words we are not condemned for our sins any longer, but if we choose to reject Jesus, the Son of God, the payment for our sins, then we are already condemned.

We have chosen our destiny.  This young woman heard me out for about 25 minutes and was so intrigued that she didn’t even look at her sandwich for this whole time.

When these young people hear the truth, perhaps for the first time in their lives, a spark is ignited within their hearts (Matt 13:8).  Perhaps for the first time they begin to grasp the concept of the Truth, that His name is Jesus, and that He is real and that He really does love them with a great and an eternal love.

This story unfolded while volunteering at Street Church Calgary. Learn more about the amazing work Street Church does feeding the homeless by visiting their website.