Steps to Peace with God and How
to be Born Again with
Deliverance from the Powers of Darkness
God loves you and calls you to turn from
your self-directed life and the sinful fruit it produces and be
reconciled to Him through the Shed Blood payment of his Son.
John 3:16-19 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
3:17 For God sent not his Son into the
world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be
3:18 He that believeth on him is not
condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he
hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
3:19 And this is the condemnation, that
light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil.
God's View of Your Inner Nature
Romans 3:10-18 As it is written, There is none
righteous, no, not one:
3:11 There is none that understandeth,
there is none that seeketh after God.
3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they
are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not
3:13 Their throat is an open
sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps
is under their lips:
3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing
3:15 Their feet are swift to shed
3:16 Destruction and misery are in
3:17 And the way of peace have they not
3:18 There is no fear of God before their
Matthew 15:18-20 But those things which
proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the
15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil
thoughts, murders, adulteries (married people engaging in a new sexual
relationship without being Biblically divorced), fornications (any
sexual activity outside of a marriage between a man and a women),
thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
15:20 These are the things which
defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh
(self-directed life) are manifest, which are these; Adultery,
fornication, uncleanness (defilement due to moral sins such as lying),
lasciviousness (sexual excess without shame),
5:20 Idolatry (honoring or venerating icons
and idols for benefits gained), witchcraft (occult practices including
drug use seeking benefits from the spiritual world), hatred, variance
(disputes with animosity), emulations (jealous or malicious rivalries),
wrath, strife (provoking to arguments), seditions (rebellion against
parents and others in authority), heresies (holding false ideas about
5:21 Envyings, murders (internal thoughts
also), drunkenness, revellings (living to party), and such like: of the
which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past,
that they which do (practice as a way of life) such things shall not
inherit the kingdom of God.
Man is born under the power of sin and Satan and is separated from God.
Man is Sinful
Psalm 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine
iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Psalm 51:3 For I acknowledge my
transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Psalm 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I
sinned, and done this evil in thy
sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest,
and be clear when thou judgest.
Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity;
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
All sin is ultimately against God first and
foremost. We have said I will not seek and do your will but I will do my
will! Satan was the first self-willed being who still promotes "do as thou
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own
stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship
with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of
active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant (slave) of
sin. (all of us)
Man is Under the Power and Deception of Satan
1 John 5 v 19 Ö the whole world lieth in
wickedness (or the power of the evil one)
Revelation 20 v 3 Satan was bound for 1,000
years Ö that he should deceive the nations no more
The Bible calls Satanís reign as the "kingdom
of darkness" characterized by everybody practicing sin not even realizing
their lost spiritual condition.
Colossians 1 v 13 Who hath delivered us from
the power (kingdom) of darkness and hath transferred us into the kingdom
of His dear Son! When you are "born again" you are transferred out of the
kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of the Son.
Man Is Separated from God
"The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).
This diagram illustrates that God is holy
and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. The arrows
illustrate that manís efforts to reach God through his own efforts,
such as a trying to be good, keeping the commandments, keeping the
sacraments, following the tenants of one of the many religions; all
these efforts fall woefully short; manís heart is a stony sinful one
and he needs a heart transplant to a spiritual born again heart. John
3 v 1-8
Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give
you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away
the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of
Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit
within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep
my judgments, and do them.
Spiritual Blocks - Under the Deception and
Power of Satan (including demon possession)
The devil has power is snatch Godís word
out of your mind and move your mind on to other things Luke 8:11 Now the
parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Luke 8:12 Those by the way
side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word
out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Given the apostasy or departure from the
born again Christian faith in these last days many are seeking to be
spiritual via different spiritual practices and counterfeit religions.
This can lead to demon possession which of course is a serious
"spiritual block" to getting born again through Jesus Christ. In the
area of the occult and false religion Satan offers power and secret
knowledge. Another area of possible possession is a very strong sin in
your life. Judas worshipped the gaining of wealth and Satan was able to
enter him. Luke 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot,
being of the number of the twelve. This would be known as the "Faustian
bargain" where Satan offered the riches and pleasures of this world in
exchange for possession of his soul. Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil taketh
him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms
of the world, and the glory of them; Matthew 4:9 And saith unto him, All
these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is
written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou
We will see in the next section that Jesus
has the power to cast out demons. But the person who is possessed must
confess their sin against God for seeking the spirit world in opposition
to Godís will and ask for deliverance. That deliverance must be followed
by faith in Jesus Christ in order to be "born again by the Holy Spirit.
You see a demon possessed person has granted that demon the "spiritual
place" in themselves that was only meant for the Holy Spirit to occupy.
If the delivered person does not come to Jesus and be "born again" with
the Holy Spirit things will get worse as the demons will return.
Just a Few Examples of practices that
may/will lead to demon possession.
- Yoga Ė the main Hindu spiritual practice. Trust me it is not
stretching and just physical exercise. Many of the poses are
worshipping/calling upon false deities. At some point as you advance in
Yoga the demonic spirits will ask to come in to be your guide and friend
- Worship or veneration of Icons and Idols as well as praying to
Mary and dead saints. Of course this is classic Catholicism. The first,
the Icons and Idols have a demon behind them (1 Corinthians 10 v 9,10)
and the second praying to the dead is the sin of Necromancy forbidden by
God in (Deuteronomy chapter 18 v 11). The only prayer accepted is
praying to God the Father through the blood sacrifice of the Son of God.
Catholicismís denial of the finished work of Christ alone being
sufficient for salvation makes it a false counterfeit religion
masquerading as Christianity
- Channelling Ė this practices seeks a spirit to speak wisdom
through the human vessel. Of course this is a demonic spirit possessing
the vessel (see all of the occult practices in Deuteronomy chapter 18
which caused God to judge and destroy the Canaanites due to demonic
- Witchcraft Ė white or black Ė is seeking spiritual power and
influence from the spiritual realm to the physical realm, in both types
the spiritual sources of power is demonic
- Drug Use Ė opens up the person to an altered state of
consciousness and the occult and loosens the bond between the mind, the
will and the body, making demon possession a possibility
Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin. Through
Him as Mediator you can know forgiveness, personal freedom from fallen
spirits and experience God's love and will for your life.
God will not grant entrance into heaven by
trying to keep the law. His Law was meant to point us to the payment on
the cross by His Son as the means to entrance to heaven.
Galatians 3:21 Is the law then
against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law
given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been
by the law.
Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath
concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might
be given to them that believe.
Galatians 3:23 But before faith came, we
were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards
Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our
schoolmaster (tutor) to bring us unto Christ, that we might be
justified (pardoned in Godís courtroom) by faith. (the law was our tutor
to show us we could not keep the law to gain entrance to heaven)
Galatians 3:25 But after that faith is
come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (under the law)
Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children
of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
He Died In Our Place
"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had
offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of
God; (full payment for every person who will ever live)
2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are
ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we
pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him
to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him. (substitutionary atonement Ė the infinite
sinless one taking upon himself the penalty for my sin, opening the door
for my pardon)
He Rose from the Dead
"Christ died for our sins... He was buried... He was raised on the third
day, according to the Scriptures... He appeared to Peter, then to the
twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." (1
He Is the Only Way to God
He Sets People Free Mentally and Emotionally
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one
comes to the Father but through Me'" (John 14:6).
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make
you free, ye shall be free indeed.
He Sets People Free from Demonic Bondage
and has authority over them!
Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children
are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of
the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of
death, that is, the devil;
Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through
fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Matthew 8:16 When the evening was come,
they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast
out the spirits with his word, and
healed all that were sick:
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one
God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come
down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain
in his hand.
Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the
dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a
Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the
bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should
deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be
fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Counting the cost
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill
the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is
able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall
confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is
Matthew 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me
before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to
send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Matthew 10:35 For I am come to set a man at
variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and
the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Matthew 10:36 And a man's foes shall be
they of his own household.
Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or
mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or
daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his
cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Matthew 10:39 He that findeth his life
shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
This diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf that separates
us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in
our place to pay the penalty for our sins. There is nothing that needs
to be added to this payment. It covers 100% of the sin of everyone who
ever lived. The word God uses is "propitiation" which means "paid in
full in Godsí courtroom". 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for
our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the
We must individually receive Jesus Christ as
Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and
forgiveness and his will for our lives.
We Must Repent of Our Sins (turning from all
sin and the self-directed life))
Act 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and
also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord
Act 17:30 And the times of this ignorance
God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Act 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day,
in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man
whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all
men, in that he hath raised him from the dead
We must repent of any occult, spiritual
practices or false religions that opened us up to demon deception and/or
See Deuteronomy chapter 18 (witchcraft,
channeling spirits, astrology, praying to the dead etc) as well as
practices such as of Yoga, Reiki, or other practices that seek spiritual
power outside of the Biblical Jesus Christ
We Must Receive Christ
John 1 v 12 As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become
children of God, even to those who believe in His name
We Receive Christ Through Faith
Ephesians 2 v 8,9 By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not
of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as result of works that no one
When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth (Ye Must Be Born
(Read John 3:1-8.) Jesus strongly said to Nicodemus, "Ye must be born
again from above to enter the kingdom of God". Notice he did not say you
must be a better person or try harder to keep the law!
We Receive Christ Through Personal Invitation
Revelation 3 v 20 (Christ speaking) Behold, I stand at the door and knock;
if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from the sinful self-directed
life (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive
our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree
intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the
cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional
experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.
These two circles represent two kinds of lives the unsaved kingdom of
darkness life, and the saved life reconciled and at peace with God:
Self is on the throne
Christ is in the life and on the throne
Christ is outside the life
Self is yielding to Christ
Interests are directed by self, resulting
in sinful behavior manifesting in myriads of ways, lack of inner
peace, discord, frustration
Interests are directed by Christ,
resulting in harmony with God's will and the fruit of the Spirit,
love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness,
Which circle best represents your life?
Which circle would you like to have represent your life?
The following explains how you can receive Christ:
You Can Receive Christ Right Now by Faith Through Prayer (Prayer is
talking with God)
God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with
the attitude of your heart. The prayer itself is not a magic set of words
but is only effectual if sincere repentance and believing on the Son is
present in oneís inner being. Ask God for help to repent and believe if
you need. The following is a suggested prayer:
"Heavenly Father I come to you in the precious
name of your Son, I renounce (name the occult practices or spiritual
practices or false religion I have practiced) and ask your Son to deliver
me from these fallen deceiving spirits that I have let into my life. I
know that I am a sinner by inner nature with a stony heart and that I have
lived my life for myself and not for You. I renounce my life of sin and
self and believe in your Sonís shed blood payment alone on the cross for
my sin. I receive your Son as my Savior and Lord. Take up residence on the
throne of my will and make me the
person you want me to be. Amen"
(Diagrams and parts of this message were used
from the free booklet How to Know God Personally by Campus Crusade for