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Has Church Become Just a Show? A Conversation with Isaiah Saldivar

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Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with my good friend Isaiah Saldivar to discuss a topic that has been weighing heavily on my heart – the lack of true miracles and the move of the Holy Spirit in many modern churches today. As pastors and leaders, Isaiah and I have witnessed firsthand how entertainment and gimmicks have too often replaced the authentic power and presence of God. In this candid conversation, we unpacked the root issues and cast a prophetic vision for the desperately needed revival of miracles in the Church.

The Crisis of Entertainment Over Miracles  

One of the first things Isaiah powerfully articulated was how “entertainment is the devil’s substitute for miracles.” So many churches have fallen into the trap of trying to attract people through flashy programming, dramas, and constant novelties rather than cultivating an atmosphere of supernatural power through prayer, preaching the uncompromised Word, and contending for authentic moves of the Holy Spirit.

As Isaiah stated, “If the power of the Holy Spirit isn’t moving, church is boring without the Holy Spirit. So if you keep people from being bored rather than taking the time in prayer, fasting, and repentance, we have to bring in entertainment.”

This stance struck a deep chord within me. How many times have we as leaders been guilty of prioritizing keeping people entertained over doing the hard, spiritually-demanding work of travailing in prayer for revival and breakthrough? Have we exchanged our birthright as Spirit-empowered believers for a bowl of “seeker-sensitive” soup?

The Consequences of a Powerless Church

As Isaiah aptly warned, the ramifications of a powerless, entertainment-driven church are dire. We are actively fueling the growth of the New Age movement as people, dissatisfied with the lack of the authentic supernatural, seek to fill that God-given void through unbiblical and demonic counterfeits. 

“So many of them were raised in the church,” Isaiah shared about many New Age influencers. “They got saved, and they didn’t see the power and the presence of God. So they said, ‘I’m going to go look for somewhere where I could fill this void.'”

Ouch. Those words stung because I know they ring true. We cannot afford to raise up another generation of church kids who never witness real miracles, signs, and wonders. If all they see is a watered-down, impotent gospel, can we be surprised when they slip into spiritual deception and apostasy?

Cultivating a Miracle Atmosphere

The solution, as Isaiah and I explored, is to get radical and intentional about creating an atmosphere conducive for miracles – in our churches, homes, and lives. We must return to the Acts model of being a people completely surrendered to the Holy Spirit’s power and devoted to prayer, the Word, and believing God for the supernatural.

Part of this is simply changing the current spiritual conversation. As I shared, “I felt the Lord saying that too many of my people are using conversations to complain…But I heard the Lord say when you change the conversation, I’ll change the atmosphere.” We need to become violent proclaimers of what God has done, is doing, and will do, creating a prophetic atmosphere that invites His miracle-working power.

Another key is being willing to step out in raw faith and obedience. I recounted the testimony of my wife Julie praying for a Muslim woman in a burqa who had an incurable skin disease. This woman gave us permission because she figured, “If your God can heal me, then pray for me.” We cannot let fear, doubt, or man’s limitations constrain us from obeying the Great Commission and daring to believe God for the impossible.

A Personal Commission

As our conversation came to a climax, I felt strongly impressed by the Lord to personally commission and ordain every listener to the work of being His miracle workers and revival harbingers. Too many sincere believers are waiting around for some future prophecy conference or impartation service to finally “get it” and start operating in power. 

But as I decreed, “Consider yourself commissioned. You are ordained…You already know more than they knew in the first century. You knew more than the 72 knew that Jesus sent out…Today is the day.”

We don’t need any more head knowledge or hype to get started. We already have the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the Name that is above every name. The only thing left is for us to start ruthlessly exercising the authority we’ve been given and putting the supernatural on display everywhere we go.

A Call to Miracles at the Movies

With this mandate burning in our hearts, Isaiah and I gladly made a faith proclamation about the theatrical premiere of my film “Miracles at the Movies” and its Holy Spirit outpouring potential. 

We left viewers with this rallying cry: “If you’ve already seen the movie, we still need you to go as a worker, bring a friend and family, but also be ready to pray for people…Go with the mentality that I’m here to work. I’m going to enjoy the movie, but I’m also here to work and to labor and to pray for people and to see deliverances and healings.”

Our aim is to see not just inspired movie-watchers, but tangible miracles manifesting in theaters across America as the ecclesia shows up filled with the Spirit and boldness to minister the Kingdom. No longer will powerless preferences and lukewarm Christianity be acceptable – it’s time to see the miracle-exploits of the Book of Acts realized before our very eyes!

Conclusion

I don’t know about you, but after this powerful dialogue, I am ruined for anything less than the full, radical, miracle-laden gospel of Jesus Christ. Entertainment, gimmicks, and religious games must be abandoned. We were created to walk in ceaseless intimacy with our heavenly Father and put His unlimited might on display.

So my earnest appeal to you is this – don’t be satisfied with anything less than God’s immediate, tangible presence and a lifestyle of consistent supernatural manifestation. Uncompromisingly contend for the biblical norms of healing, deliverance, prophecy, and every spiritual gift to operate freely through your life.

The world is watching, either to be impacted by the transforming power of the Kingdom or to be further inoculated by our man-made religion. The choice is ours – but I pray we would corporately make the only logical decision as sons and daughters who carry the very Spirit of the Living God.

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How to Know If You’re Under Spiritual Attack (Spiritual or Natural?)

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Spiritual warfare is an inescapable reality for every believer seeking to advance God’s Kingdom. The enemy will employ various tactics to try to hinder, discourage, and entrap us. However, we have been given authority in Christ to overcome every scheme of the devil. Today, we’re diving into the topic of spiritual warfare – how to recognize spiritual attacks and break free from ungodly soul ties. Apostle Ryan LeStrange joins me and we’re going to share profound wisdom from our years of experience in deliverance ministry.

Recognizing Spiritual Attacks

Apostle Ryan LeStrange

The first sign of a spiritual attack, according to Apostle LeStrange, is being drawn back into things God has already delivered you from. “If you were once bound by alcoholism, but now find yourself justifying ‘just two drinks,’ that could indicate an enemy attack trying to re-entrap you,” he explains. Other telltale signs include losing your desire for intimacy with God, feeling overwhelmed by lethargy or oppressive heaviness, and having cloudiness where things that were once crystal clear are now uncertain.

Some spiritual attacks manifest as extreme physical fatigue, even when you’re not physiologically depleted. This draining force can be the enemy’s attempt to hinder you from stepping into your next level of assignment and destiny. The more you’re advancing God’s Kingdom, the more resistance you’ll face.

Apostle LeStrange adds, “Attacks can be confirmation of effectiveness, that we are being effective in our momentum, in our movement for God.” So if you’re facing surprising opposition, it could signify you’re making spiritual strides that threaten the enemy’s territory.

The Danger of Soul Ties

One major doorway for spiritual attack is the forming of ungodly soul ties. Soul ties are spiritual connections, often formed through sexual intimacy or other deep bonds of intimacy where “two become one.” Even non-physical sexual ties, like pornography, can create soul ties that need to be severed.

“Intimacy forms a soul tie,” Apostle LeStrange explains. “Sex is covenant language, covenant activity. If you’ve got one guy that’s had 10 sexual partners and each of them has had 5 sexual partners, you’ve got 50 people involved that potentially there’s all these soul ties with.”

These ties can enable demonic access and influence in someone’s life, like “a lock that is allowing that demon to stay there, or a door that’s allowing it and other demons to pass in and out,” as he describes. Soul ties don’t just form from sex either – they can result from any intimate relationship where we entrust part of our soul and emotions to another person.

Breaking Soul Ties

So how do you break an ungodly soul tie? Apostle LeStrange’s advice: “Pray something like ‘Lord, I break any ungodly soul ties with (name the person), in Jesus’ name. I disconnect from them and apply the blood of Jesus over my soul, mind, will and emotions.'” He stresses it may take persistence – keep renouncing the ties until you’re completely free.

For some people, breaking soul ties is an ongoing process of rewiring thought patterns and neural pathways. Sometimes you even need to go to the extent of rewiring your physical brain, which would be the equivalency of getting six-pack abs. It takes time. It’s not an instantaneous thing.

My own testimony highlights this process.  I took myself through a process and I think it kind of makes you more effective. I don’t know who this is for right now, but sometimes you speak with more authority in the realm that you have brought yourself through because you’re basically looking at somebody and taking them on a journey you took yourself on.

The Journey to Freedom

A key encouragement: Don’t be discouraged by the process! Even we face opposition and moments of vulnerability at times. There will still be times the enemy tries to pop up and attack.

What matters is that you persist and stay the course. The greater your effectiveness for God’s Kingdom, the more confirming attacks may come. Some of my most miraculous meetings happened during periods of tremendous weariness and vulnerability.  When I’ve had nothing left to give, God has reminded me that it’s Him doing the ministering, not me.  

Apostle LeStrange reiterated this perspective: “When we are going through that process and be really yielding to God and saying, ‘Lord, I love you and I give you my yes no matter what I feel, no matter what the warfare is like I give you my yes,’ God can breathe on that and use that in a significant way.”

The path to freedom starts with you, then impacts many through you. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that. Jesus says in John 15, “You have not chosen me. I chose you that you would bear fruit that remains.”

Persevering Through the Process 

So how do you persevere through the process of overcoming spiritual attacks and breaking soul ties? Here are some key principles:

1) Renew your mind consistently with the Word of God.  Apostle LeStrange emphasizes, “Meditate on scriptures, speak them, ponder them, pray over them until they get down in your heart and you begin to think differently.”

2) Align yourself with counselors and ministers who can provide supportive prayer and spiritual covering. Sometimes you may need somebody else to pray for you because your own faith level is buried under heaviness.  

3) Persistently break soul ties and cast out demons in Jesus’ name. Don’t be discouraged if freedoms comes gradually.  The devil is really persistent. Trauma is really persistent. But we need to get to the place saying, “I’m in God’s process and my growth comes in stages, my freedom is coming in stages,” and realize God is walking with me through the process.”

4) Invite the Holy Spirit’s help. I love to pray in the Spirit because it releases the help of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit will begin to speak to me and show me how to occupy my freedom.

5) Focus on serving and loving others, not just introspection. I’m trying to OutServe my spouse. We tell hardcore warfare mamas, take all that energy and invest it into their hubby.  Care about what they care about.

The victories in your life will often manifest in the midst of spiritual warfare. God hears your ‘yes’ and God’s going to breathe on you. So keep pressing through the process – greater fruitfulness and miracles await!


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The Power to Cast Out Demons: Walking in Your Divine Purpose

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For part 1 of this blog, click here

As believers, we all have access to the same Holy Spirit power that Jesus operated in to set the captives free. It’s time we walk in our divine purpose as believers and commissioned Breakers [for more information on The Breakers course, click here]

Confronting Sin through True Repentance

The first step in the deliverance process is confronting sin. Merely confessing sins is not enough. We need true repentance that produces lasting heart transformation. Repentance goes beyond feeling guilty – it’s actively changing your mind and purpose when you gain new knowledge of God’s ways. 

This involves renouncing selfish behaviors and anything that partners with demons. We can’t just want freedom from demons – we must hate the sin that gave them access in the first place. Deliverance without repentance leaves the door wide open for demons to return. When we repent, it legally cancels their access.

Breaking Generational Curses 

The next phase in deliverance is identifying and breaking any generational curses that have taken root in our bloodline. Demons gain access through 10 primary sources:

  1. Willful, unrepentant sin
  2. Occult practices 
  3. Inherited family iniquity
  4. Unforgiveness 
  5. Unhealed wounds and trauma
  6. False religions
  7. Ungodly soul ties
  8. Curses spoken over our lives
  9. Addictions
  10. Fears and phobias

As we thoroughly examine our past and family history, the Holy Spirit will bring revelation of what needs to be broken. We must verbally cancel any contracts and renounce activities that allowed demons to gain legal rights. The sins of our ancestors can’t be ignored; they open doors that require active shutting.

Casting Out the Demons

After doing the groundwork of repentance and breaking curses, casting out demons itself becomes much easier. Their legal rights have been revoked! We can boldly command them to leave in Jesus’ name, sending them to the abyss. 

Deliverance is not a special gift reserved for elite believers – it’s the birthright of every Spirit-filled Christian. We all have access to the resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead. There’s no need for more training or to wait for ordination. We develop authority through hands-on practice as we step out in boldness. 

Activate Your Divine Purpose  

God desires to use every one of His children in the deliverance ministry. There are countless people afflicted and oppressed who need freedom – including unsaved loved ones, coworkers, friends, and strangers in public places. Don’t wait for them to come to you; take the deliverance power of Christ out into your everyday world. Hospitals, prisons, schools, streets, businesses – the commission is unlimited.

We have the same Holy Spirit who enabled Jesus to cast out demons with a word. As we repent of sin, break curses, and cast out evil spirits, we fulfill our divine purpose as Breakers and change agents in this hurting world. No matter your background, experience, or education, if you’re a born-again follower of Christ, you have everything needed to confront the forces of darkness. It’s time to walk in boldness, step into your authority, and do the greater works promised in Scripture!

Your key takeaways are the absolute necessity of repentance preceding deliverance, the diverse ways generational curses operate, and our authority as believers to cast out demons through the Spirit’s power. May we apply these insights, stepping into our true identity and purpose as breakers! The world is waiting for the manifested sons and daughters of God to arise.


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Why Do Demons Come Back After Deliverance?

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Have you ever experienced deliverance from demonic oppression, only to find yourself struggling with the same issues again later on? You’re not alone. Many believers have gone through deliverance and casting out of demons, yet found themselves in bondage again soon after. 

I want to provide crucial insight into why demons can return after deliverance. Understanding the reasons why will equip you to stand strong when the enemy tries to regain ground in your life.

Emotional Trauma Gives Demons Legal Ground

One of the most common reasons demons return is unresolved emotional trauma. New York City is known for the critters that lurk in the walls and underground – rats.  My city has a major rat problem, partly because of the garbage accumulation on streets without alleys. No matter how many rats you remove, if the trash remains, it creates a breeding ground that attracts more rats.  

In the same way, casting out demons deals with the “rats,” but if you don’t take out the “trash” of emotional wounds and trauma, it gives demons legal rights to keep entering your life. Deliverance is meant to work hand in hand with inner healing, counseling, repentance, and renewing the mind.  Removing demons through deliverance doesn’t eliminate the need to work through root issues that give them access.

So if you’ve gone through deliverance, take time for honest self-reflection. Is there any unforgiveness, bitterness, rage, rejection, or other emotional trauma you haven’t resolved? These can provide footholds for demons to return. Bring these areas to Jesus, ask Him to reveal roots that need healing, and seek biblical counseling. Removing debris clears out breeding grounds so demons have no place to inhabit.

You Have a God-Given Purpose and Destiny

Another eye-opening reason for demons returning is simply that you have a major purpose and destiny from God. The enemy wants to do anything possible to prevent you from fulfilling your calling.

Therefore, the degree of spiritual warfare and demonic attack you face is an indicator of how powerfully God wants to use you! The devil would not waste time harassing people who pose no threat to his kingdom. But when he sees you have an anointing that could change lives, he pulls out all the stops to discourage and immobilize you. 

Start to see the battles you face as confirmation of who you are and how God wants to use you for His glory. Persevere in the power of the Holy Spirit knowing your struggles mean you are called and equipped to do damage to the enemy’s kingdom through fulfilling your God-given assignment. Lean into Jesus and let Him fight for you as you walk out your purpose. The enemy wouldn’t be bothering you if you weren’t a serious threat!

Some Demons Pretend to Leave

When doing deliverance ministry, we have to remember that demons are deceitful. Sometimes a demon will pretend to leave during deliverance, and the person manifests relief. But upon closer discernment, it becomes clear the demons actually remained. 

As Jesus said, Satan is the father of lies! Demons can put on quite a show and fool people into thinking they left, when in reality they are lying low, waiting for the next opportunity. 

This is why we must rely fully on the Holy Spirit, not just formulas and rituals. Trusting discernment from the Holy Spirit rather than assuming the demons are gone is key. Pay attention to any check in your spirit indicating more work may be needed. Don’t be deceived by demonic tricks – only the Holy Spirit truly knows if they have left.

You Must Resist Demons After Deliverance 

Getting free of demons through deliverance is just the starting point. Maintaining freedom requires learning to stand your ground against them. We must resist the enemy so he will flee (James 4:7). We can’t be passive; we must fight back!

Practical ways to resist include reading Scripture out loud, praying in the Spirit, declaring God’s truths aloud, and renouncing any footholds the enemy tries to use against you. Put on worship music to fill the atmosphere with praise. Don’t give demons any place in your thought life, conversations, or decisions.

The battles won’t end after deliverance; you must keep resisting actively. But the more you fight back, the more victory you will walk in! Submit to God wholeheartedly and keep your sword (the Word of God) sharp through studying Scripture. Embrace the fights knowing you are called and empowered to win them!

Surround Yourself with Others Who Will Stand with You

Finally, we can’t fight alone. We need trusted brothers and sisters in Christ to stand in agreement with us. There is exponential power when even just two or three join together in Jesus’ name.

David defeated Goliath alone, but later he needed help from his mighty friend Abishai to defeat Goliath’s brothers. Humility requires recognizing you need support. Seek out wise, seasoned believers who can fight alongside you in prayer and encouragement.

And know that as you change, God often brings new spheres of relationships with those who can run at your pace. Don’t isolate; God’s army advances together. The enemy wants to make you feel alone, but you have comrades in arms. Stand firm together and victory is assured!

Conclusion 

The next time you face demonic oppression after deliverance, remember these insights. Deal with emotional wounds that give demons legal rights. See the attack as a compliment confirming your destiny. Remember demons lie and pretend to leave. Commit to actively resisting through God’s Word and Spirit. And surround yourself with trusted believers who will fight with you. Jesus is with you, and His power ensures you will walk in ultimate victory!


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The Truth About Faith Healing: Exposing What’s Real and What’s Not

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Faith healers are known for packing out stadiums and captivating audiences for decades with claims of possessing divine gifts to miraculously cure the sick and suffering. But are these grandiose displays real or just manipulative parlor tricks meant to line their pockets and fuel their celebrity? 

As someone who has personally prayed for physical healing for many people around the world, I wanted to take an honest, in-depth look at what the Bible truly says about supernatural healing as well as expose the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to these famous faith healers.

The Biblical Basis for Healing

First and foremost, it is clear in Scripture that physical healing was included in Christ’s atonement on the cross. Popular verses like Isaiah 53:4-5, 1 Peter 2:24, and Matthew 8:17 clearly communicate that Jesus bore our sicknesses, diseases, pains, and sorrows when He suffered and died for us. 

Isaiah 53:4-5 (NLT) says, “Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”

So faith healers are indeed correct in establishing a biblical basis for believing in supernatural divine healing. The problem arises, however, when many Christians choose to downplay, ignore, or rationalize away the clear validity of these verses. 

Opponents of miraculous healing in the modern church will often argue that God doesn’t seem to be doing such things anymore, at least not with the frequency and ease that is apparent in biblical times. Or they will emphasize that we should see sickness as part of God’s sovereign plan for teaching us lessons or humility. Others will contend that divine healing was only meant for the early church and serves no real purpose now that we have advanced medicine and technology.

But limiting God’s manifest power and miraculous healing in our current day and age due to our own theological frameworks or personal experiences (or lack thereof) simply does not line up with what Scripture promises regarding signs, wonders, and spiritual gifts being poured out till the end of the age. It reveals a lack of childlike faith in the supernatural, as well as the influence of Enlightenment rationalism on the modern church.

So as far as the basis for faith healing goes, the famous faith healers are indeed correct in their stance, despite being wrong on other issues, as we will discuss.

What About the Failed Healings?

 One of the biggest criticisms and pieces of skeptical “evidence” brought against faith healers is that many people claim they were not actually healed at their events despite the televised proclamations of random strangers being cured. Follow-up stories reveal people still suffering from their diseases weeks later, or even dying shortly after an event.

This is certainly a valid concern, as it can seem quite deceptive if not an outright scam. However, when you understand that ministers are simply praying the “prayer of faith” as the Bible instructs in places like James 5:14-15, then it makes more sense. Nowhere does Scripture promise that everyone prayed for will automatically and instantly be healed.

There are certainly many variables involved: the recipient’s own faith and openness, God’s sovereign timing, the minister’s accuracy in discerning God’s will for that person, etc. But at the very least, they are attempting to operate in biblical healing, even if not executed perfectly with pure motives.

Also, consider biblical examples of healings that were not successful every time:

  • Jesus Himself sometimes encountered people whose lack of faith seemed to hinder their healing, like in Mark 6:5 where it says “he could do no mighty work” in his hometown. 
  • The early apostles saw healings and miracles as well as defeats. Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians 12 enduring some type of infirmity. And his coworker Epaphroditus fell ill as noted in Philippians 2.
  • Even the highly esteemed prophet Elisha did not heal everyone he prayed for in 2 Kings 5. But he kept persisting in faith despite any failures.

So lack of 100% success should not entirely negate faith healers’ motives and sincerity, even if they are overly optimistic or reckless at times when “claiming” healing. Let’s be gracious while still discerning.

What Motives Fuel Faith Healers?

This brings up the next subtle but important point – that perhaps not everything is as altruistic as it seems in the world of televangelists and stadium faith healers. Some may indeed start with sincere motives to see the sick healed and Christ glorified through miraculous signs. But the fame, acclaim, and fortune that comes along can corrupt into selfish ambition over time.

If you track the trajectories of the biggest name faith healers, you will notice gradual but discernible shifts from praise focused on God towards praise designated to their “special anointing.” Claims often become more grandiose over time as well to keep audience excitement and donations flowing.

While only the Lord can judge motives, it does at least appear that greed for money and influence creeps in to cloud the purity of these ministries in many cases. And the actual lifestyle choices of famous faith healers certainly call into question how devoted they are to Christ’s kingdom versus their own comfort and benefit.

Perhaps the church should be wary of placing too much glory on individual people as being “healing superstars” versus giving all praise to God. If the vessel gets full of itself, it damages its capacity.

Again we must use wisdom and discernment when judging motives, not blanket cynicism. Avoid simplistic binary thinking when examining faith healing claims and the complex people behind them.

Does God Still Heal Supernaturally Today?

This brings us to the crucial theological question – does God still heal people supernaturally today? Or are these faith healers relying on psychological manipulation and hype to con their audiences?

From a purely biblical perspective, the gift of healing was considered active throughout the New Testament church era. In 1 Corinthians 12, it is listed alongside other still-functional gifts like teaching, tongues, and prophesy. And there are no clear indications of it ceasing.

However, from a rational perspective, many believers in Reformed and other intellectual traditions would contend genuine faith healing ended with the apostles and the age of miracles. If God still healed so tangibly, wouldn’t it be obvious and even scientifically verifiable?

Yet this imposes a very limited perspective on an Almighty God. Limiting His ability to heal based on its detectability within a naturalistic framework forgets a core truth: His ways are higher than our ways. We cannot presume to dictate how and when God manifests in power.

Jesus Himself marveled in Matthew 13:58 at people’s unbelief hindering His miracles. He healed in unexpected, even seemingly foolish ways like putting mud on blind eyes. He didn’t submit to predictable controlled laboratory conditions. Yet it cannot be denied He supernaturally restored sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and mobility to the lame.

Attempting to intellectually explain away divine healing power robs God of His mystery and wonder. It imposes the arrogance of human reason upon the Creator Himself. 

Throughout church history we see reports of miraculous healings popping up in the most unlikely places and people – obscure monks and nuns, missionary stories from third-world revivals, and everyday believers praying the prayer of faith over sickness. 

Healing evades tidy explanations or formulas. But those with childlike, experiential faith encounter the risen Christ and His literal healing touch even today.

Unconventional Methods

This leads to the next thought – unconventional healing methods used by faith healers. Things like leg lengthening, healing via punching or slapping, strategic yelling during prayer, and so-called “drunkenness in the Spirit” where people fall down laughing or shaking.

At face value, these methods seem highly odd and open to criticism as manipulative. But consider biblical precedent for God working through unorthodox means:

  • Jesus spitting in mud and putting it on a blind man’s eyes to heal him (John 9:6)
  • The pool of Bethesda that God stirred healing waters in (John 5:4)
  • Peter’s shadow passing over the sick and healing them (Acts 5:15)
  • Paul’s handkerchiefs that healed people remotely (Acts 19:12)
  • Prophetic symbolic actions like Elisha instructing Naaman the leper to wash in the Jordan river 7 times (2 Kings 5:10).

While we should avoid blindly accepting every gimmick out there, an open heart recognizes that the Spirit moves however He pleases. Methods that seem foolish or scandalous to man’s wisdom may be Holy Spirit-inspired.

Its also true that things like over-excited falling under God’s power described biblically (ex: Ezekiel 1:28, Daniel 8:17-18) can be mimicked deceptively. Spiritual counterfeits do not negate true moves of God that may look similar on the surface.

Again wisdom and discernment are key. Examine the fruit over time, not just surface appearance. And emphasize humility versus hype in doing God’s works (1 Thessalonians 2:6). The goal is drawing all people to Jesus, not a man or ministry.

Stepping Out in Faith for Healing Prayer

In closing, how should all these insights on faith healers impact our approach to supernatural healing today? Here are some key takeaways:

  • Stand firmly on the biblical foundation of Christ as Healer and texts instructing us to pray for the sick. Do not allow modern unbelief or bad examples to sway you from God’s character and promises.
  • When praying for others’ healing, keep the focus on Jesus’ power versus your own methods or abilities. Yield to the Spirit’s guidance in prayers rather than ritualistic religion.
  • Have faith not just for one-time healing events, but ongoing ministry to the sick & suffering. Persist despite any discouragements and trust God’s timing.
  • Avoid the pursuit of personal glory or superficial hype when seeing divine healings. Deflect praise towards God alone.
  • Maintain humility & teachability along with bold faith. Avoid cynicism as well as naivety in discernment. Examine fruit while embracing mystery.
  • Share testimony freely of healings & miracles you witness, both immediate and progressive. This builds faith in others for God’s supernatural kingdom reality.

Divine healing ultimately defies human control or formula. It flows from compassionate surrender to the Spirit’s unpredictable movement. Like Jesus, weep in prayer for those suffering, then speak & command sickness to flee in childlike confidence.

The truth is Jesus Christ is still a healing Savior. His resurrection power did not cease 2000 years ago as some wrongly claim. May we contend in faith and prayer to see the sick made well for His glory.


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Demons: Your Questions Answered

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Pastor Mike recently held an insightful Q&A session after teaching about spiritual warfare and deliverance. His answers provide practical wisdom for engaging in victorious kingdom ministry. Let’s dive into some frequently asked questions believers ask about demons, deliverance, and living free.

Q: What happened to the demons after the pigs drowned? 

Great question! Once the demon-possessed pigs perished, the demons lost their physical bodies. As spirit beings, they aim to inhabit a body to fully manifest their evil intents through a person. 

Without a body, demons wander seeking their next victim. They look for legal rights to inhabit someone, often pursuing people in the same family line or with similar struggles. The passage shows demons’ persistence in finding embodiment. As believers, we must close every foothold so they have no place in us!

Q: When people are addicts, do they have familiar spirits? Are they all the same?

Addiction definitely opens the door to demonization. Mind-altering substances connect to sorcery, giving demons legal access. I believe each addicted person has multiple spirits including spirits of addiction, deception, confusion, and bondage. 

While the spirits target a person’s particular weakness, they operate similarly by compelling uncontrollable, destructive behaviors. To gain freedom, addicts must renounce their sins and cast out the demons influencing them. Deliverance removes the burden of addiction and empowers people to walk in holiness.

Q: I live with an angry, narcissistic spouse. How can I cast this spirit out of him?  

Attempting deliverance on unwilling people often increases resistance and aggression. While you can bind oppressive spiritual forces, the person must personally renounce their sin and evict the demons. 

Focus on being the best spouse possible, praying for your partner, and trusting God to draw their heart. Your love and consistency are the strongest testimonies to win them to Jesus. Let the Holy Spirit convict and transform; He alone can produce real change.

Q: Why did Jesus not cast the demon out of Judas?

Though Jesus certainly could have delivered Judas, He will never override our free will. Judas hardened his heart against Jesus then opened the door to Satan. Jesus always knew Judas would betray Him, but He never coerced or controlled Judas. 

While Jesus ardently desired a relationship with Judas, He allowed Judas to go his own way. We must extend the same grace to loved ones, praying faithfully while refusing to manipulate or force outcomes.

Q: How do I find out what I need deliverance from?  

Excellent question! First, examine areas where you’ve developed habitual sin. Addictions, compulsions, and bondages often indicate demonic influence. 

Also, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal generational sins that created legal access or traumatic events through which demons invaded your life. Renounce inherited sins and traumatic openings so demons lose their footing.

Finally, repent for any occult involvement that gave demons permission to enter, including new age practices, substances, entertainment, and porn. Return to Jesus and renounce activities granting demons access. As we reject enemy influence and align with Christ, He will evict these oppressive forces!

Q: How do I protect myself from my husband’s spirits because he’s addicted to porn?

The best advice I can give you is that you are not responsible for your husband’s sin. You are only accountable for your own vessel, so make sure you are not participating in or giving in to the same sin. Stay holy through the blood of Jesus. Pray for your husband, but don’t enable his addiction. Addicts often hate their addiction and want freedom.

Q: Why are disembodied spirits not in hell?

This may shock you, but Scripture shows Satan still has access to heaven. There will be a final judgment, but we’re not there yet. Rather than ask why spirits are not in hell, ask why you are not using your authority to send them to the abyss through deliverance.

Q: How can multiple people have the same spirit like Jezebel?

Demons are persons without a body. They take on a name, just like people do. Many demons go by the name “Jezebel.” It’s like how many humans are named “John.” The Jezebel spirit refers to demons that operate with the distinct characteristics of the biblical Jezebel.

Q: Is it normal for men to have a harder time with deliverance than women?

This is not a gender issue, but rather a pride issue. Men are often taught to suppress emotions and act tough, making it harder to admit they need deliverance. Pride blocks freedom, not male biology.

Q: Can demons hear your thoughts?

Demons are so familiar with human nature that they can discern our thoughts through observing our behaviors. Resist the devil and he will flee. Don’t become overly preoccupied with whether demons can literally hear thoughts.

Q: How do I make a demon manifest?

Deliverance demands personal holiness and obedience to God. Without a life of prayer, reading Scripture, worship, and moral purity, your authority over demons will be limited. Living holy is the key to moving in deliverance power.

Q: Can I perform deliverance without impartation or authority passed to me?

Yes, every Christian has the authority to cast out demons through the power of Jesus’ name. Deliverance comes through the impartation of the Holy Spirit, not a special prayer or ritual. That said, get trained and mentored by experienced deliverance ministers to learn practical skills.  One way you can do that is with my app, The Breakers, which has a deliverance course. 

Q: Why did I wake up at 3 AM nightly after self-deliverance?

3 AM is known as the witching hour, a time of heightened demonic activity. You may be under spiritual attack from occult practitioners. Build up your spiritual armor through God’s Word, praise, and living righteously. Victory is yours in Christ.

 

I hope these Q&A highlights from the deliverance livestream provide biblical guidance and dispel misconceptions. Let me know if you have any other questions! The name of Jesus makes demons flee. Walk in the power of the Holy Spirit within you.


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The TRUE Origins of the Nephilim with Apostle Alexander Pagani

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The mysterious origins of the Nephilim, often debated and seldom explored within the church, have become a subject of discussion in contemporary Christian circles. In a recent exploration of this intriguing topic, best-selling author, digital creator, pastor, and preacher Apostle Alexander Pagani engaged in a conversation shedding light on the Nephilim with Pastor Mike Signorelli.

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Before delving into the discourse, it’s essential to establish that beliefs regarding the existence of a pre-Adamite race do not impact salvation. This conversation revolves around scriptural interpretations, providing an interesting dialogue rather than a doctrinal necessity.

The Origins of the Demonic Realm

Apostle Pagani introduces the discussion by connecting the Nephilim to Ephesians 6, where principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places are addressed. According to Pagani, understanding the Nephilim involves acknowledging the belief that the sons of God intermingled with human daughters, leading to a broader understanding of the demonic realm and multiple angelic rebellions.

Apostle Pagani introduces the concept of hybridization, drawing parallels with the Holy Spirit overshadowing Mary during the conception of Christ. He terms this phenomenon “Theo Anthropo,” emphasizing the dual nature of Jesus as both fully God and fully man. This, according to Pagani, aligns with the idea of angels mating with humans.

The biblical reference to the Nephilim in Genesis 6:4 is brought into focus, describing them as the offspring of the union between the sons of God and human daughters—heroes of old, men of renown.

Angelic Rebellions

The discussion then delves into angelic rebellions, starting with the morning stars rejoicing and the sons of God singing for joy at the time of creation. Pagani posits that this pre-fall state changed with the first angelic rebellion led by Lucifer, resulting in the creation of hell. The subsequent rebellion, as mentioned in Genesis 6, involves the sons of God, also referred to as watchers.

According to Pagani, these fallen sons of God shared forbidden knowledge and technology with humanity, creating a unique second rebellion. He suggests that these angels, originally created to help govern the earth, fell in love with the newly created female species, leading to a distinct rebellion.

The conversation explores the idea that angels possess free will and emotions, emphasizing that their ability to choose to serve is an expression of their love for God. 

Angels Unaware

They then delve into the idea that, according to New Testament scriptures, believers can entertain angels unaware. This phrase, not disputed among theologians, suggests the possibility of engaging in full human dialogues with angels without recognizing their celestial nature.

Drawing parallels from biblical examples, such as Abraham’s interaction with the Lord and two angels in Genesis, the conversation emphasizes the tangible interactions between celestial beings and humans. Even unbelievers in Sodom engaged in dialogues with angels, highlighting the complex dynamics between different realms.

The discourse then navigates into the New Testament, where Paul speaks figuratively about women covering themselves not only as a display of submission but also “because of the angels.” This phrase raises questions about the ongoing free will of angels and the potential for rebellion, emphasizing that angels, including Michael and Gabriel, still retain the opportunity to rebel, although scripture suggests they never will.

The Watchers

The logical progression leads to the discussion of angels observing the newly created species—humans, particularly the female, referred to as the “Woo man.” The rarity of this creation increases its value in the eyes of the sons of God. This unique species, capable of procreation in the image and likeness of God, becomes a point of curiosity and, eventually, obsession for the watchers.

The sons of God, captivated by the concept of family and covenant, choose to leave their heavenly abode and descend to Earth. Here, we delve into the idea that marriage, often considered an earthly institution, originated on Earth and was later incorporated into heavenly concepts.

Addressing the Western evangelical view of angels as immaterial beings, the article emphasizes the tangible interaction between extraterrestrial entities and the physical domain. It challenges misconceptions about angels and promotes a Middle Eastern perspective when interpreting scripture.

As the discussion unfolds, Pastor Mike and Apostle Pagani explore parallels between the resurrected Jesus and the potential anatomy of angels, adding layers of complexity to the overall exploration. The descent of the sons of God to Earth becomes a pivotal point in understanding the genesis of the Nephilim and the intricate interplay between celestial beings and humanity.

Giants & Misconceptions

As we traverse through the biblical narrative, we address the misconception surrounding giants like Goliath. Dismissing the notion that these beings could be associated with conditions like gigantism or disability, we emphasize the supernatural characteristics of the Nephilim, distinct from any physical deformity.

The scriptural accounts point to the existence of giants in the post-flood era, referred to as “Rephaim” or “Zuzim.” These beings are considered derivatives of the Nephilim, maintaining a genetic connection but exhibiting variations in their hybrid nature.

The narrative weaves through the descendants of Cain and their increasing darkness, eventually leading to the rise of these post-flood giants. The term “Rephaim” signifies a copy of a copy, indicating a genetic lineage with a majority human composition yet retaining traces of the Nephilim’s divine ancestry.

Examining biblical figures like Ogg, we find the continuation of this genetic strain. Ogg, a giant king, adds another layer to the multifaceted tapestry of Nephilim descendants. His significant stature, combined with references in archeology, suggests a scale beyond the ordinary human dimensions.

Divine Intervention?

God’s instructions to Abraham regarding the conquest of Canaan shed light on the specific targeting of the land inhabited by these giants. The land promised to Abraham was not merely a random geographical area but a strategic strip, a hotspot of Nephilim activity.

The concept of wiping out these beings, often criticized as genocide, is reinterpreted as a divine intervention to eliminate a genetic strain not of earthly origin. The focus shifts from conventional ethical debates to a recognition of the necessity to curtail the resurgence of these hybrid extraterrestrial entities.

The narrative confronts Western interpretations that tend to downplay the supernatural elements, asserting that the biblical accounts speak of an otherworldly species rather than human deformities. The giants, existing as a constant threat to the divine plan, necessitated extraordinary measures to ensure the preservation of humanity’s intended genetic purity.

As we unravel the layers of biblical history, it becomes evident that the giants were not confined to isolated incidents but persisted, requiring divine intervention to maintain the integrity of the human bloodline. The intricate interplay of genetics, divine purpose, and the ongoing battle against these Nephilim descendants forms a compelling narrative that challenges traditional perspectives and prompts a deeper exploration of biblical mysteries.

Going back to the aftermath of the flood, as God wipes out the Nephilim and genetically modified sentient beings, we see the emergence of unregistered spirits, decommissioned and left to wander the earth. These entities, once part of the unauthorized hybrid experiment, become what we now refer to as demons. Their existence is tied to the prince of the power of the air, operating under the rule of fallen angels and principalities.

The term “heroes of old,” used in the Bible, aligns with the Greek concept of demigods. These were beings with a mix of divine and earthly origins, echoing stories found in various mythologies. The Bible, in presenting these narratives, doesn’t dismiss them as fables but underscores a deeper truth behind the myths. It invites us to consider the possibility that similar beings existed, and their stories are reflections of historical events.

Myths Vs. Fables

This exploration challenges us to distinguish between myths (exaggerated truths) and fables (lies). The ancient cities and structures, discovered by modern archaeology, corroborate with indigenous accounts, acknowledging the presence of advanced civilizations predating known histories. The precision in construction and technological aspects suggests a level of knowledge that goes beyond conventional human capabilities.

Conclusion

In summary, the law of only mentions emphasizes the uniqueness of certain biblical narratives, such as Samson’s story, and prompts us to delve deeper into their underlying truths. The existence of demi-gods and advanced civilizations, while often dismissed as myth, aligns with biblical accounts and archaeological findings, urging us to reconsider our understanding of history and the supernatural.

Pastor Mike and Apostle Pagani discuss the supernatural occurrences in Mark chapter five. They delve into the concept that demons could be disembodied spirits of the Nephilim, drawing connections from biblical narratives. The discussion touches on fallen angels, possession, and the unique desires of demons and Nephilim.

As they navigate through the intricacies of the topic, they emphasize the importance of understanding spiritual authority and deliverance. The conversation also extends to the idea that Christians can house decommissioned spirits and the need to exercise authority through Christ. In light of this, we encourage readers to seek deliverance and spiritual freedom.


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