Let's turn in our Bibles to Matthew's Gospel chapter 12. Matthew chapter 12, please, as we look at "Kingdom Freedom". Matthew 12, and we'll begin reading at verse 22. I'm not going to look at all the details of this passage, but just one verse in particular, but we need to read the context. Verse 22 of Matthew 12: "Then one was brought to Him", that's Jesus, "who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were amazed and said, 'Could this be the Son of David?'. Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, 'This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons'. But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: 'Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges". This is the verse I want to focus on tonight: "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God", I think another Gospel says 'by the finger of God', "surely the kingdom of God has come upon you" - and we'll end our reading there at verse 28.
Let's pray together. I want you to pray for yourself just now, that God would speak to you - would you do that? I don't know whether you can identify with Laura's story. Maybe it's not suicide that's your issue, perhaps it's fear that she mentioned, and has been mentioned already in our singing? Or perhaps it's an unrelated issue that you have, but you're starting to believe that the enemy's fingerprints are all over it? That he, in fact, is the moving author behind your issues, and you're, therefore, effectively in bondage somehow to darkness - whether it's thought life, or whatever, emotional well-being, or even a physical condition that you might have. You're starting to realize that it's not just physiological, it's not just biological, it's not just psychological or emotional - there's something, a spiritual force, behind it. I want you to really pray now that God would reveal to you, and open your eyes and your heart, and do something this evening for His glory and for your good. Would you do that? If you've nothing like that, and you're just the finished article and you're wonderful and you've arrived, will you pray for other people who aren't, like myself? Alright, so let's pray together.
Father, we thank You this evening that Jesus Christ is the name over all in hell and earth and sky, angels and men before Him fall, and devils fear and fly. We just want to say tonight, that Jesus Christ is Lord, we declare that over this whole atmosphere, this field, over every life in this place tonight, and we want to put every demonic spirit on notice this evening that your time is up, and that you're in trouble tonight, because the gospel of the kingdom is being preached. We are going to evict you from people's lives, in the mighty name of Jesus, and by the power of the precious blood of the Lamb. So we pray, Holy Spirit, come now, and set people free, mind, body, soul and spirit. For the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.
A third, yes, a third of the ministry of Jesus Christ was deliverance - that is: casting out demonic spirits. Don't misunderstand what I'm saying by that: Jesus didn't search for demons. Sometimes there're people and ministries like that, but the demonic reacted to His presence wherever He went. That's what you find when the kingdom of God is in the midst. Of course, as we've learned these evenings, the kingdom of God is the presence of the King, Jesus. When the King is in the midst, this still happens: the demonic manifests, because it's exposed by the presence of God. Ordinarily, the demonic doesn't want that to happen. They would far rather work in stealth, in the shadows, in the dark corners, and not be found out. There's no message that will draw the attention of the enemy faster than the message of the kingdom of God.
'Spiritual warfare', that you sometimes hear people talking about, is effectively when these two kingdoms come in conflict: the kingdom of darkness, the kingdom of Satan, comes into collision with the kingdom of light, which is the kingdom of God and His dear Son. When we preach the gospel of the kingdom that I spoke about the first night - you can get it, download it off the Internet or whatever - it's the gospel of the atonement, yes, the cross is central to the message we preach. That is that Jesus died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, He was buried, and He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and He died taking the punishment for our sins. He satisfied God, that the sacrifice was enough that we, as human beings, could be forgiven. He then rose again the third day so that we could have eternal life. But we saw on our first evening, Wednesday night, that that's not the whole message of the gospel - because this gospel isn't just pie in the sky when you die. There's something now that is relevant, to change our life, to give us abundance, overflowing life, and a relationship with Father God, power through the Holy Spirit, as we'll see tonight, freedom and even healing. Jesus instructed the disciples to go out and preach the gospel of the kingdom. These are the things He told them to do: heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leper, and cast out demons - freely you have received, freely give.
Of course, we saw, Isaiah 61, the message of the Messiah, the mandate and mission statement that he was given prophetically - hundreds of years before Jesus was ever born, but speaking of Him, was: 'The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; to heal the brokenhearted, to set at liberty the captives, to bring freedom to the oppressed and sight to the blind'. So, central to the message of the kingdom and the mission of the King was to set people free from the enemy. When we preach the gospel of the kingdom, the devil immediately contests it, because it's such a threat to him.
It's interesting to note, when we read the gospel record, that there was no deliverance in Jesus' ministry until His baptism. When He was recognized, as it were, the Son of God, God the Father identified Him for who He was, recognized Him as the Messiah - and immediately, the devil started to contest against Jesus. From that point on the devil and the demonic forces flanked Christ's ministry wherever He went. John Wimber said: 'Wherever there is a church obeying the words, and doing the works of Jesus, there is an outpost of the kingdom of God. The outpost is always in the middle of enemy territory. Count on it: any turf you win, you will have to defend. The forces of evil may fall back, but they won't permanently retreat'. Now, if you're confessing to be a Christian tonight, and you're not experiencing some form of spiritual warfare, I would suggest you should examine your faith - you really should. Because the devil hates Christians especially, we are public enemy number one to him, because we are such a threat if we, like Jesus, understand our identity and the commission that we've been given by Father in heaven.
But what I want to say tonight under this subject of 'Kingdom Freedom' is: encounters with the demonic today are proof that the kingdom of God is in our midst. That's what we read from Matthew 12:28: 'If I cast out demons by the Spirit of God', or the finger of God, 'surely the kingdom of God has come upon you'. So, this very week, some people have been delivered of demonic spirits over here at the front, and some even in the congregation, and that is proof positive that the kingdom of God is here. That's what Jesus said - if you've got an issue with that, talk to Jesus about it. A little talk with Jesus will make it right, I assure you. This should be no surprise, because of what I said from Isaiah 61. Remember, Jesus declared that in His home synagogue in Nazareth; and everybody's eyes were fixed upon Him, because He was claiming to be this One who would bring freedom to people.
If you turn to Luke chapter 4, please, quickly, Luke chapter 4, just where that is in verses 18 and 19. Follow on from it, after Jesus reads this portion of Isaiah the first thing that He does after claiming to be this promised Saviour, is He performs a deliverance. Look at verse 31, this is the first act. Luke chapter 4:31: 'Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority' - now remember that word, you might want to even mark it. 'Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice' - now, just for your information, people who have demonic problems go to church. I know this wasn't church, but it's the equivalent. 'Saying, 'Let us alone!' - so, this is what's happening: the presence of the kingdom is coming with the presence of the King, and the devil can't stick it. And so he has to cry out: 'Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us?' - the word 'destroy' there is related to the word 'loose' - 'Do You come to loose us? I know who You are - the Holy One of God!'. Isn't it interesting that the devil and the kingdom of darkness know who Jesus is? 'But Jesus rebuked him, saying, 'Be quiet, and come out of him!'' - it's interesting that He didn't make a whole show, He didn't even permit the enemy to speak. 'And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him. Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying' - now watch this - ''What a word this is! For with authority'', there it is again, ''with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out'. And the report about Him went out into every place in the surrounding region'.
So there are two words there used to describe what Jesus has exhibited in this deliverance: 'For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits to come out of this man'. Let me explain the difference between those two things, because often they're translated just 'power' in the New Testament. The word for 'authority' here is the word 'exousia', and the word for 'power' is the word 'dunamis', or 'dynamis' that we get 'dynamite' from, explosives. But they're two different words in the sense of the meaning that they carry. Now let me explain it like this, some of you have heard me do this before: a police officer, OK, has both authority and power, because the police officer bears the badge and the arms. So the badge is his authority, and the arms, firearms, is the firepower. But a criminal, a bank robber, he has the power, he's got the firepower, but he hasn't got the authority. So this is an illegal power, a stolen power - but he still has it. He hasn't the authority to operate in it, but he still uses it. OK, now, just for sake of argument, say the police officer decided to go out on a Saturday morning and shoot some geese with his allocated weapon - that's not authorized, is it? So he's got the power, and he's authorized in a certain way, but not to do this.
It's a whole huge subject here, which we'll not get into in entirety tonight, but what I want to explain to you is: when God created man in the beginning, He gave him authority over all of creation, and He told him, to subdue it, to rule over it. But the enemy, Satan, came into the garden with the subtlety of a serpent and with lying deceit. Effectively what he did was: he promised that Adam and Eve would become like God - that's still a promise that Satan is speaking to people today, whether it's through the New Age movement, other religions, or just 'You live for yourself and worship your own reflection'. It's still the same lie, 'You can become like God', and they believed the lie. This is what happened when they believed the lie: they took the authority that God had given them, and put it into the hands of Satan, and he now had authority to wield his power in humanity. That's why we live in a broken world with so much heartache, trauma and crisis. Now the good news is that Jesus Christ, the second Adam, came; the Son of God in human flesh, as a man, to go to the cross, to die for us, to pay the penalty, and to effectively wrest from the hand of Satan the authority that he had stolen off us - Jesus now has gotten it back. When we preach the gospel of the kingdom, what we are declaring is: Jesus is Lord, and Jesus deserves our lives, and Jesus can set us free. This is this is the crux of it: that when we surrender to the authority of the King of kings and Lord of lords, Satan loses his influence in our lives, and his power can be broken, and a new power - the power of the Holy Spirit - can come and possess us.
This is what Colossians 2:15 talks about: 'Having disarmed principalities and powers', that's the heavenly rulers, 'Jesus made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in His cross' - that's what the 'it' is there. So when Jesus died, and He looked defeated, and I'm sure there was a party going on in the realms of darkness, thinking: 'We've got Him now, we've put Him to death' - little did they know that this was sealing their own sentence, and ripping from their bony, cold, deathly grip, the kingdoms of this world. I want to declare here tonight that the kingdoms of this world are becoming the kingdoms of our God and of His Christ. Jesus is going to reign over this whole world, because He purchased it with His own blood.
So, in His kingdom, we are commissioned now, as His disciples, as sons and daughters of the King, with His authority to deal with the enemy. Now look at Luke here, chapter 9, a few chapters from where you are, verse 1, Jesus says to the twelve disciples: 'He called His twelve disciples together', verse 1, 'and gave them power and authority', there's the two words 'exousia' and 'dunamis', 'over all demons' - what does the word 'all' mean? Just to help everybody here: all! All demons. He gave authority to the disciples over every demonic force, 'and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick' - the gospel of the kingdom we were talking about. Now look at chapter 10, because here we see a larger group of disciples - there wasn't just the twelve, you see, there was also the seventy (some versions say seventy-two). Verse 1 of chapter 10 of Luke: 'After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, 'The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few''. Look down to verse 9: 'Heal the sick there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you'', or 'into your midst'. Look at verse 17: 'Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, 'Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name'. And He said to them, 'I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority'' - there's that word 'authority' again - ''to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power'' - what does 'all' mean, by the way? - ''all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven''. But look at verse 21: 'In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, 'I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight'.
Now, as far as I'm aware, this is the only time we read of Jesus rejoicing. I'm not saying He didn't rejoice at any other time, it's the only time we read of it, but what he's rejoicing over is this: that the revelation that God's authority has been given back to us in Jesus was revealed not to big boffins with a litany of degrees after their name, but to simple people like you and me, and even children, in the faith. But He rejoiced over this fact: that He was devolving His authority to His twelve disciples, to His seventy or seventy-two disciples, and effectively to the world. That's what the kingdom is: the power that Jesus had, He is giving to His twelve, seventy, and to the world who believe in Him. That's what the Great Commission is all about - Matthew 28 - we talked about it last night: 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, making disciples, baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded', which means 'Putting into practice what I have shown them to do'. John 14:12: 'Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father'. Mark 16: 'These signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons'. This is the ministry of the church, because this is part of what the kingdom of God is - but unfortunately, it is almost extinct in the church in our land.
Freedom is the central, legal charter of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is meant to be the atmosphere we live in, the air we breathe, it is for freedom that we've been set free. You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Whom the Son makes free, shall be free indeed. So many people are not free, so many Christians are not free. Why is this? This is what Jesus died for. One of the reasons why people aren't free is that they're ignorant of the spiritual battle that's going on. The New Testament teaches the reality of the spiritual realm, and most of us have grown up and been indoctrinated through our education, our Western education, to a materialist worldview - which basically means: if you can't see it, touch it, smell it, taste it, with the physical senses, it doesn't exist. Now we as Christians don't believe that, but we practically operate in that fashion. Whereas the spiritual realm is an invisible domain.
Jim Daly wrote in Decision magazine, the Billy Graham Association magazine, these amazing words: 'There is a lack of understanding about the spiritual realm and the influence that it has on the physical realm' - watch this - 'The spiritual precedes, influences and, to many degrees, determines the physical realm' - is that how we exist? Cognizant of the fact that the spiritual precedes, influences and, to many degrees, determines the physical realm? 'The better we understand the spiritual and how it relates to the physical, the better we are able to operate as Christians' - and yet many Christians live as practical unbelievers when it comes to the demonic realm. Now, a word of warning, OK? Some people are utterly obsessed by the demonic, and that is unhealthy, because the devil loves that as well. 'He loves you', C.S. Lewis said, 'either to be an unbeliever in these things, or to be obsessed and a fanatic about them'. I'm not wanting to encourage you to be - and some people accuse me of being - a fanatic with the demonic. I can assure you, I am not. I am not. Some people will say: 'When are you ever going to stop talking about repentance, or the demonic, or whatever', when everybody's free, that's when I'll stop talking about it! If that's OK with you.
So we don't want to be obsessed with it, or intrigued in a curiously dangerous way, but we've got to move from this absolute ignorance to the worldview that the gospel has - I'm talking about Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - which seems to be different. As we said on our first evening, what John the Baptist effectively said was - 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand' - is: change your mindset, because the kingdom of God is here.
The word translated 'demon possession' in the New Testament is 'daimonizomai', which effectively means 'influenced by a demon', it literally means 'under the power of a demon'. 'Demon possession' is an unfortunate term in English, it's in every English translation. If you want to read more about this, buy my book, just to put an advertisement there, it's down there. But 'possession' connotates in our minds 'ownership', doesn't it? We hear that saying, 'Possession is nine tenths of the law' (I don't think that's true, by the way, so don't try it), but we often think of 'ownership' when we talk about 'possession'. So when we talk about demons and Christians, people say 'Oh, that's impossible, because Christians can't be owned by the devil' - but we're not talking about ownership, we're talking about influence. In fact, when you look at the Gospels here, yes, you've got a man like the demoniac that we're going to talk about in a minute, who was possessed with many demons - there's no doubt possession was his affliction - but this word, 'daimonizomai', is used in the gospels of physical disease, mental illness, paralysis, blindness, deafness, loss of speech, epilepsy, and insanity. Very often, when Jesus physically healed someone, He cast out a spirit of infirmity, deafness, blindness, dumbness, or whatever. What I want to say to you here tonight is: Jesus has taken the authority of the enemy, and there's no reason why you should be under it in any capacity. You can be set free from the bondage of Satan by the blood of Jesus. The only way that Satan can have a hold on any of our lives is if we have given him the authority ourselves by decisions that we have made, or perhaps other people under whose care we have been have given him authority in some way.
I talk about this in three ways: sins, wounds and demons. Sins are the things we ought not to do, or we leave undone that we should have done. We break God's commandments. When we sin - newsflash to everybody, because very often we think 'There's no consequences to my sin right now, especially if I'm not harming anybody else and just doing something privately'. Listen, the Bible says: 'Sin crouches at the door'. That's what God said to Cain: 'Sin crouches at the door'. God personifies sin, meaning that sometimes when we indulge in certain ways over and over again, there is an actual demonic entity that can get on our backs, as it were, and empower that behaviour. So sin is not some kind of trifle, as Billy Sunday said: 'It's time we stop treating sin like a cream puff, and treat it as the rattlesnake that it is'. When we open the doorway of sin too many times, the demonic can get a grip on us - even as Christians.
Another way the demonic enters in is through woundedness, broken hearts, wounded spirits, fractured minds. Where do we even begin to talk, where that's concerned? But it's interesting: at the fall of mankind into sin, brokenness came into humanity immediately. Brokenness between marriage partners, between brothers, between communities, a brokenness even within himself, man, within Adam - and the devil loves brokenness. Just like when we graze our knees and Mum puts the Dettol on it, and we think: 'What on earth are you doing? That's making it worse!' - she's killing the germs, because a wound is a breeding place for germs. Wounds of the heart are breeding places for the demonic. The devil loves brokenness, we've heard that already tonight, from Laura.
Then there's the satanic itself, the demonic, the occult, that whole realm of Spiritism and New Age that we talked about a little bit through the book. So the enemy's just looking for a foothold to get in. We need to repent of our sins, we need to get those wounds healed, and we need to tell the devil to get out of our lives in the name and authority of the Lord Jesus. As I often say: you can't repent of a wound, and some people are trying to do that. You need healed of a wound. You can't repent of a demon, you need a demon cast out. Do you understand? You can't heal a sin, 'Lord, please heal me of my lust' - you repent of your lust! Maybe there's healing needed there, but repentance needs to come when there's sin involved. But spiritual warfare, effectively, is about what authority you've given the enemy in your life - and very often that comes from the lies that we've been listening to, maybe other people have spoken that over us. We listen to the lie, and what happens is: it filters down from our minds to our hearts, and we start to not just think that way, we start to feel that way, and then it affects our behaviour. As you see from the screen: you empower whatever authority you submit to. You empower whatever you give rights to. The demonic, just to demystify it for you tonight, is simply the devil's empowering force, his enforcement agency, and the only way you can be set free from that tonight is to submit to the King of the kingdom - to say 'Jesus Christ is Lord'. The ancient Christians used to say: 'I renounce Satan and all his works', and that's what we need to do.
You need to do that tonight, whatever your problem is? That's where covering comes in, the subject of that book I advertised. The principle of spiritual covering is: when you stay like this umbrella, the wee man staying in the realm of submission and safety, it's under the covering of God's kingdom. But, even as a Christian you know, you can step out of that in disobedience into rebellion - and that's a dangerous place to be. There's this evangelical lie that 'I can just sin away all I like, and there's no consequence' - that is rubbish! It's nowhere in the New Testament! I'm not saying you're going to go to hell, but I am saying that you're exposed to the dangers of Satan if you step out from under the covering of the authority of the King through disobedience. That's why believers in the Bible are warned so much about the devil. Have you ever thought about that? That everything in the New Testament warning us about Satan and his kingdom was written to Christians - not to non-Christians, to Christians! To you! 'Resist the devil, and he will flee from you'. He's 'like a roaring lion, going around seeking whom he may devour'. We're not to wrestle flesh and blood; put on the armour of God; beware of Satan's schemes, do not be ignorant of his devices.
Let me introduce you to a man in Luke chapter 8, in Mark chapter 5, and Matthew's Gospel as well. This man is known as the demoniac of Gadara, the maniac of Gadara - lovely names aren't they? The reason he's known that way is: he was an outcast of society, they had given up on him, no one had an answer. So they had put them in the their equivalent to the padded cell and thrown away the key. He lived on the mountainside in the graveyards, and he run around naked, demented, cutting himself, self-harming with stones, crying out like an animal. One day, Jesus decided: 'It's his time to be set free', because Jesus is the answer. He went through a storm - and I haven't got time to get into all this, but it was a satanic storm, the word used for Jesus rebuking that storm is the same word that is used of Him rebuking spirits, dark, demonic spirits. That storm was trying to drown Jesus from delivering this man that was like a lightning rod in this area for satanic hold and stronghold over a whole people. But Jesus overcame the storm - and maybe there has been a storm trying to disrupt you coming here tonight? But you're here, because Jesus wants to set you free. Jesus got to this man, and the demons started speaking out of this man. They'd already stripped him of his dignity he's stark naked running around mad. Maybe Satan has stripped you of your dignity? I don't want to go into that detail, but maybe you are covered in shame tonight for the things that you have done or have been done to you? He was also stripped of his personality, because if you had went to school with this fellow, you'd never have recognized him now, after what the devil had done to him. I don't know how his relationship started with the devil, whether he started dabbling in the occult or witchcraft, or whether it was through immorality or something like that, I don't know. But there was a doorway, and it was a downward spiral. He didn't wake up one day and say, 'I'm going to be possessed' - but it was choices that he made, as he gave authority increasingly over to Satan by the decisions in his life, until he actually became unconscious. He lost his sobriety. He didn't know who he was anymore. This was the ultimate identity theft, and this is what Satan is into today. So that, when Jesus spoke to him, and said: 'Who are you?', the demons spoke out of him and said, 'We are legion. We are many'. A legion in the Roman Army was something between 3000-5000 soldiers, and it might be that there were that many demons in this man!
Nobody had an answer for him. But this is wonderful: Jesus, with a word of authority, a word of kingdom power, cast the spirits - every one of them - out of this man, and into a herd of swine. It's said that they went headlong over a cliff and drowned in the ocean - and I just love that, because the spirits that were trying to drown Jesus, now Jesus is drowning them in the ocean. Now, you don't drown spirits, but they were in the pigs anyway, near enough. This beautiful verse depicts what you can enjoy tonight, if you tap into the kingdom freedom and the kingdom gospel. It says that this man was sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. Did you hear that? In an instant, this man was sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind.
The kingdom is more than just asking Jesus into your heart. The kingdom is more than asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins. The kingdom is being set free from the bondage of the enemy. The kingdom is being set free from darkness. Romans 14:17, I think it has already been quoted tonight: 'The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy'. Do you know what that means? Righteousness is the opposite of sinfulness. So if you're in the bondage of some kind of addiction, or sinful habit, or some vile thing, Jesus is able to set you free - not by making you a better person through self-effort, but by giving you His very righteousness that's His own. The very righteousness of God to turn you around and to change your life! We said it the first night: 'Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness' - He will give you it, if you come to Him. And peace, that's the opposite of fear, turmoil, distress, trauma. Have you got peace of mind tonight? Have you got peace of heart? Have you got peace with God? What about peace with yourself? What about peace with your past? What about peace with your neighbour? God does not give a spirit of fear to people - and there are so many Christians, I think this is one of the Christian epidemic diseases: fear! We often legitimize it by saying: 'Och, I'm just a worrier, and my Mummy was a worrier, and my Granny was a worrier. It's just my disposition' - poppycock! It's not, that's a lie. God does not give anybody fear. You need to recognize what it is and be set free, and know the peace of God that is beyond comprehension. Joy - that's the opposite of depression, despair, the opposite of self-hatred, the opposite of low self-esteem, lack of value. The joy of the Lord!
That's the kingdom: joy, peace, righteousness. So, tonight, you might need to repent of some agreement you have made with the enemy in your life. You might need to renounce some behaviour or oath that you've taken. You might need to forgive someone that has hurt you. The enemy can so often come in with bitterness and unforgiveness, and bring a bondage there. You might need to receive healing for heart wounds and brokenness - but one thing is certain, listen: if the enemy is in your life and on your case, you need to, tonight, take the authority that Jesus Christ gives you and command him to leave in Jesus' name. You might very well need help in doing that, and we are here for you tonight. You might need long term help, because, for some people, this is not instant. I'm just being upfront with you. For some people, it's a journey, because it's a combination of all these things: sins that need repentance, but wounds that need deep, long-term healing; and then the enemy can be told to go. But all I can tell you tonight is, I've seen this enough to know, over, and over, and over, and over, again and again: that the power and authority is in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ to set people free. There's a power here tonight that can revolutionize your life, change your family, even your community, and this whole nation.
Let me finish with this story. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a Harley Street Specialist, a doctor, and he practiced in London, of course, Harley Street. But then he became a minister and he went to the Welsh Valleys, where his first church was. He later went to Westminster Chapel in London, famously, but he was in Wales first. A few doors down from the chapel where he preached was a medium, someone who claims to contact the dead, when really they're in contact with a demon. But she practiced there in that little house, and she used to notice on a Sunday how everybody went to church, you know, in their fine clothing and their Bibles and everything. She was intrigued with what was going on down there in that church. So one day she decided, 'I'm going to go and see what's happening'. She went in, and Lloyd-Jones was preaching, and this woman came to know Jesus as her Saviour. Afterwards - you know the way preachers are – he wanted to know what it was the affected the woman, and why she had trusted Jesus. So he had a conversation with her, and he said: 'What was it that gripped you? What was it that was said. She said: 'Oh, it was nothing that you said' - and we love that too! - 'It was nothing that you said', but she said, listen carefully to this, 'When I came into your gathering, I sensed a power that was very like the power that I experience in my spiritualism'. Now that might surprise you, but this is the important part, she says: 'The difference was, this was a clean power'. Isn't that wonderful? Clean spiritual power is the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God - and He's here tonight, because this is His kingdom, and this is His work.
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This sermon was delivered at the New Life Conference 2019 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, by David Legge. It was transcribed from the fourth recording in his Kingdom Life series, titled "Kingdom Freedom" - Transcribed by Preach The Word.
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