"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).
There are all kinds of things done in the so called church arena today all in the name of deliverance. The variety of activities termed as deliverance or deemed as religious acts for breakthroughs includes; the endless drinking and rubbing of olive oil, people summersaulting from one end to the other at the waving of the hands of a professed man or woman of God, the endlessly bathing in rivers, washing with one soap or the or other, and shockingly enough recently the eating of grass.
Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but my understanding of the Word of God in its whole contextual form is that deliverance from sins and death is only possible through the atonement and remission blood of Jesus Christ. And what greater breakthrough can there be than to overcome death and sin through the remission and atonement blood of Jesus? (Revelation12:11). One cannot but wonder sometimes as to why people who are already experiencing all kinds of financial hardship are vigorously and readily prepared to purchase all manner of expensive soap and water and often times overly priced bottles of olive oil all in the name of deliverance or breakthroughs when the blood of Jesus is actually freely available and it is in fact the only thing that can do the job they are after.
The truth of the matter is people wants deliverance, blessings, breakthroughs of all sorts but not the holiness and righteousness of God. And to seek deliverance, blessings breakthroughs and so on and so forth outside of will and desire for righteousness and holiness of God is to end up heavily deceived by the devil. If indeed our true desire are all to do with abiding in the righteousness and holiness of God then we will not be chasing or pursuing deliverance and so on away from the atonement and remission blood of Jesus Christ.
The power and blessings of God are not for sale. There are no amount of tithes or monetary seeds we can ever sow that will entitle us to God's power or His true blessings. Our only means of activating God's blessings upon our lives is to desire His righteousness and holiness with a genuine heart of humility. Whilst it is good to support the ministry work of God with money, it is important we understand that the one thing God first and foremost needs from us is actually our hearts so He can circumcise it and make us ready for eternal abiding with Him in His everlasting kingdom, and not at all our money (Mathew 6:33).
The work of God is already finished, done and dusted in Christ. And none can be a partaker of the endless blessings attached to God's finished work outside of blood of Jesus Christ. To try and obtain the blessings of God outside of the blood of Jesus is to end up deeper in sin and in bondage. And to be in bondage is to end up supporting all the wrong causes in gambling mindset of 'if I sow this amount, God will double it shake it all together and give it back to me'. To support anything in gambling mindset is to end up duped by those whose primary intentions are to collect the little you have from you and leave you out of pocket for the sake of enriching themselves and feeding their fleshy lusts.
We will only succeed in sowing the right seeds in the right kingdom soil to the glory of God if our hearts are first and foremost circumcised. Any seed sowed out of greed, lusts, fleshy desires and from an uncircumcised heart is guaranteed to fall into dry land. And as such, impossible of producing any genuine harvests, real breakthroughs or good returns from God for the human sower of the seed.
God Is, Was, and forever shall be the Almighty and All-powerful God. And God indeed has called us to power but this power is something we can only have and operate in if we are in reconciliation with His Holy Spirit through Christ and never outside of His Holy Spirit. Whilst I fully understand the manifested authority of God takes place through the laying of our anointed hands, it is essential that we do not readily consider every act of laying of hands as an act of God. The devil as a counterfeiter has also appointed his agents to lay evil hands on people. And it is extremely important that we do not confuse the devil's evil show business of masquerading the unleashing of demons on people through the laying of hands by his agents with the Father's own laying of hands good business.
God's deliverance power is executed through the power and authority He has invested in the name of Jesus Christ. And if we truly surrender our hearts to Christ as God's holiness and righteousness manifested in the flesh, He will indeed afford us freedom and perfect deliverance from sins and give us complete breakthrough from everything the devil can possibly use to give us a breakdown. The power of God is not for show or entertainment. Anything that is for show is not of God but of the devil. And in this crucial hour of the end times and with the influx of all kinds of show business and entertainment going on in the Church arena that are masqueraded as manifestations of God's power and His genuine authority, it is indeed so important like never before that we operate in discernment power of the Almighty God and thoroughly test all spirits (1 John 4:1-4).
So, help us all God!
"For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us:for after that he had said before,
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin".
Pastor Olabisi was a mother, Senior Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet,Teacher, Psalmist, Author, Writer, Publisher and a Housing Practitioner.
She set up Encouraged by God as a means of encouraging and strengthening the faith of Christians everywhere.
Lived and died in Christ, 06 October 2016, aged 49 years old.