Steps to Personal Freedom
Have you ever wondered why you do the things you hate doing? Why even though you want to do right, you seem to fall into wrong actions? Paul obviously did. Paul struggled with this question so fully that once he attained the answer, he felt it was his responsibility to share it with his fellow brethren in Christ. Apostle Paul wrote,
“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. “I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin, which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:16-25)
Is Paul trying to say that he is not responsible for his actions? Not at all, Paul had come to understand the underlying force behind his battle between the spiritual and the carnal. He is saying, I’m the one carrying out the hideous actions I hate, but I have found that there is something inside of me promoting this action in such a way that I can’t seem to say no? That is why even though I want to do right, my will is not strong enough to carry out my desire for righteousness. He does some further searching within and finds that sin (or an offense) is dwelling (occupies, resides, cohabits) inside of him (it has a certain place or position), in his flesh (inside of the skin). He calls it the law of sin in his members that wars against his mind, bringing him into captivity. Which is it (?) sin, or the law of sin? How can Paul say that sin is dwelling inside of him, when he has repented? Why would Paul need further deliverance from sin? He has been given grace through the blood of Jesus and forgiveness of sin. How is sin still present, and dwelling inside of him so that its law is still in effect and he must war against it?
It is obvious that whatever is living and breathing inside of him produces sin, but it does not possess his whole being. This we know because Paul is still able to delight in the law of the Lord in his inward man, his spirit. He is able to see what he is doing, and understand that it is wrong. His conscience still grieves from actions perpetrated against God, and he feels guilty for them.
Paul is in no way possessed by an evil spirit. What Paul is describing here is an access problem. Evil is present with him, taking access to a certain place through a legal right due to the law of sin. Asking God to forgive you of sin (repenting) is the first step in removing the legal right for an evil spirit to have access, but then you must break the pattern of sin by renouncing (forsake, give up,) any practice of that sin, and break agreement with any evil spirit that has been allowed to have access to your life through that sin. This is very important. Each time an evil spirit’s access produces the same type of sin in your life, you are saying that it has a right to remain.
To break this pattern you must begin to walk according to the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, because it will set you free from the law of sin and death. By setting your mind on the things of the Spirit, you break free from the patterns, strong holds, and mind-sets created by coming into agreement with an evil spirit. You are then ready to take dominion over that spirit and cast it out of your life completely.
“For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.”(Rom 7:5-6, 8, 14 NKJV)
Principality of the Accuser
Definition: To accuse means, “to charge with guilt or blame.” An accusation is a verbal assault, or a “charge of wrongdoing” (Webster). Satan is our chief accuser “judge, adversary, prosecutor, opponent, and plaintiff.” He is also called the “Crown Prince of the South”. He has a “cause or matter of contention” against us (Webster). Since he is not all-powerful, and cannot be present everywhere at once, he parts his work out to accusing spirits, which access humans. Satan is a force we will have to reckon with until God puts him in chains forever, but through the power of God we can be victorious over him and his dominions, thrones, principalities, powers, rulers and spirits of wickedness. “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of has been cast down” ().
Divisions of the Principality of the Accuser
Ø Accusing Spirits
Rogita Seratt is a licensed minister with the Pentecostal Church of God and pastors alongside her husband Craig, who is an ordained minister. Rogita is called, anointed, and established in prophetic deliverance, spiritual warfare, and intercession. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Education, and her love of the Word shows through in her writing. God has allowed her to understand mysteries, and given her great insights that she has openly shared with others. As she watched the wonderful deliverances at the hand of God, and the ease of which it was accomplished, she began to fully understand its value. As people continued to come it did not take long to know that they needed this information “in hand” so they could follow through and maintain their deliverance. They needed sound wisdom in a language that was understandable to the non-theologian. So she wrote as the Holy Spirit directed, and has watched God drastically change and empower lives for His glory. With the help of their Heavenly Father, they have established Healing Rivers Ministry, an apostolic ministry for the twenty-first century.