ONLY BELIEVE (Ministry of Deliverance teachings) by Min. Gail Faulkner

JESUS’ AUTHORITY:

Jesus cast out demons with His usual ministry of preaching and teaching the Gospel. Mark chapter one verse twenty-one and following, exemplifies Jesus’ teaching with authority in the synagogue and going about expelling evil spirits throughout Galilee.  In conjunction with performing miracles of healing, provisions, governing the powers of nature, and raising the dead, He exercised His authority over demonic spirits. The way in which He dealt with demons was an essential and remarkable part of His ministry.  He pooled His casting out of demons with His teaching in public places.  Read Mark 1:21-26—The story when Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit.

21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him.

Observe several important points below that occurred:

  • Jesus demonstrated the superiority of His Kingdom over the kingdom of Satan. (Luke 4:43, Matt 12:28, Mark 1:15). His ministry is our greatest example of what believers should be doing to build the Kingdom. Jesus spent three years teaching about The Kingdom of God, demonstrating it with power, and training others to follow in His footsteps.  Yeshua Ha Mashiach”, or Yeshua the Anointed One had come and had proven the superiority of the Kingdom of God over the forces of darkness by healing and delivering people from unclean spirits.
  • The man was a regular member of the synagogue and perhaps he was one of the Scribes or Pharisees. As seen in Matthew 8:16 and Mark 1:39, Jesus delivered the ordinary religious Jews from demons.  During this time period, primarily observant Jews met every Sabbath in the synagogue and spent the rest of the week caring for their families, tending their fields, fishing at sea, and minding their shops. These people were mainly “normal,” respectable, religious people.  Yet, some were physically sick and/or spiritually oppressed by demonic influences.  Yes, Jesus cast may demons out of your ordinary, everyday folks.  Today, how many are serving and working in the church and still need some form of deliverance?
  • Jesus opposed the demon, not the man. He was not embarrassed by the powerful manifestations, interruptions, and/or disturbances. He was not afraid of the convulsions, crying out, wriggling on the ground, gagging, tearing, coughing, frothing or foaming at the mouth, etc.  He told those demons to be muzzled and He cast them out!  Dealing with the demon was part of His total ministry.  Many of us would have called for security and ushered or dragged that man right out of the church. However, Jesus expelled the demon from the man, not the man from the synagogue/church.
  • The demon spoke in both singular and plural forms (I, we, and us, see verse 24). Also, see Mark 5:9 when the unclean spirits in the man used the same form of speech: “My name is Legion; for we are many.” “Did you come to destroy us?  History alludes that a “legion” of first-century Roman soldiers consisted of nearly 6,000. It is difficult to comprehend that a large number of unclean spirits ranging from the weakest to the strongest tormenting one man.  It is alarming to think of the horrors this man experienced day and night as thousands of unclean spirits tormented him.  (To grasp the characteristics of a legion see Matt. 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39).
  • The demons recognized the authority of Jesus and were subject to Him. They begged Him to leave them alone because they were not bothering Him. They even called Him by name stating, “I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God,” and identified His place of residence—Nazareth.  They went as far as to ask Him if He had come to destroy them.   The demons recognized that all power was given to Jesus over them.  Praise God! Thank you, Jesus, that through you, we have victory over the works of Satan!   Colossians 2:15 again echoes this truth— “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
  • The anointing with the authority of the Holy Spirit in Jesus forced the unclean spirits out of the man into the open. They came out tearing and crying. The man was marvelously blessed by the Lord.

Act 10:38 affirms that “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”   “At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed (demonized). And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons, and He did not allow the demons to speak because they knew Him. – Mark 1:32-34.


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VERTICALLY ALIGNING YOUR HEART WITH GOD’S WILL by Min. Gail Faulkner

During this decisive season, God is bringing some people into the right alignment and He is realigning others. Those who desire to hear from the Holy Spirit and do exploits must yield to His leading and guiding. Being in alignment is NOT about God putting you in touch with the right people, places, or things to advance you; instead, it is about you growing in a right relationship and intimacy with the Father—knowing when He smiles, blinks, sits, stands, and living through what He sees, smells, hears, and touches. It about being VERTICALLY ALIGNED with GOD and His plan for mankind. Then, your desires will fall into place and be added to you!

So, when you are feeling stagnant, mediocre, or not satisfied with where you are in Christ, see yourself being aligned with God as you grow in Him and wait on Him for open doors.  The Lord is indeed moving in your life!  Keep moving forward and living the victorious life in Him. Praise our God!

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33).

“I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23)


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GROW YOUR FAITH by Min. Gail Faulkner

How do you respond when you are faced with a new but similar trial?  Do you doubt your victory or throw up your hands and say it cannot be done? Do you become worried, perplexed, and discouraged?

Beloveds, there is no excuse for such unbelief. God’s Word never changes and neither should your heart and confidence in Him. Your lack of faith cannot please God. So stop doubting and fluctuating in your faith. Hebrews 11:6 proclaims,

“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Develop true faith and confidence in God.  Start by remembering your previous deliverances and how God brought you out! Your faith is a present substance of the heart. Romans 10:10, says, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Faith is the unseen reality of the Word of God. God spoke and it was created: Hebrews 11:3, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”  God said it and He will bring it to pass! His Word is a sure foundation for you!

So confess your faith, build your hope, and starve your doubts! Believe first, then see. Allow your faith to be tested. “For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness,” (James 1:3).

Remain loyal and committed in your walk with Jesus. GROW YOUR FAITH TODAY BY TRUSTING WHAT GOD SAY ABOUT YOU IN HIS WORD!  Romans 10:17 affirms, “So faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ.” (AMP Bible). God does love you and is intervening daily for you.

Have a “FAITH” FULL DAY on purpose!


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