Freedom from the Religious Spirit (Discipleship 101 series)

 

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Discipleship 101 Albert L. Oberdorfer July 9, 2014 RS the Freedom Spirit Religious from

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2 The Religious Spirit is a Satanic Spirit of Condemnation And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:9-11) The religious spirit is a lying spirit of condemnation. It’s from satan. He wants to make you feel condemned. So satan will try to whisper into your ears, “You are not good enough. God is not happy with you.”But the truth is that God has declared that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. In other words, God has perfectly justified you (once and forever) through what Jesus Christ has done for

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3 you on the cross. To overcome the satanic spirit of accusation, you need to boldly say, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ. The blood of Jesus has washed me clean.”

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4 No Matter What, the Religious Spirit Will Always Try to Condemn You But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. (Matthew 11:16-19) The religious spirit will always try to condemn you, no matter what. If you have made a mistake, Satan will try to condemn you for making a mistake. If you are doing good, Satan will try to condemn you for not doing enough.

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6 Jesus revealed how the spirit of condemnation operated through people. It will want to accuse you no matter what. What you do is never good enough. You are always falling short: “You have not done this; you have not done that.” So when John the Baptist appeared and lived an ascetic lifestyle, people that were under the operation of the spirit of religion criticized him severely saying, “He has a devil.” When Jesus came and did exactly the opposite by being more outgoing they criticized him just as well saying, “Behold a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.” So, no matter what, people who are under the operation of a religious spirit will always criticize. You need to know that you can never do them right. You may do something a certain way, or you may do it the exact opposite way, they will always criticize. You need to know that satan’s business is never to encourage you. He is out to criticize you and accuse you—no matter what.

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7 We Overcome the Spirit of Condemnation by Pointing to the Cross of Jesus When satan comes and says, “You have not ...,” we need to point him to the cross, by saying, “Jesus has done it for me. I am righteous in Christ. The blood of Jesus has washed me clean. I am justified. I am no longer condemned. Now you go satan!” satan tries to make you feel condemned because he knows that by making you feel condemned, he is able to block the flow the miraculous in your life. (We will look into that in the next scripture.) That is why you must fiercely resist the satanic spirit of accusation by pointing satan to the finished work of Jesus on the cross, through which you are justified. satan has no more legal rights to accuse you because Jesus has paid for you sins to the full.

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9 The Spirit of Religion is a Spirit of Witchcraft which Tries to Make Us Believe that We are Not Yet Good Enough through what Jesus has Done for Us O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if [it be] yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, [doeth he it] by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (Galatians 3:1-5) The religious spirit is a spirit of witchcraft that tries to tell you that you are not good

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10 enough. This witchcraft spirit wants to get you into self-effort. When you are under this witchcraft spirit you will be tempted to think, “I need to do this or that so that God is happy with me,” or, “I need to do this or that in order to get ...” The main aim of the this witchcraft spirit is to make you take off your eyes of the finished work of Jesus on the cross (‘You are justified by what Jesus Christ did and not by what you do. Full stop.’) and make you feel that you still need to do something. As I have said before, it will want you to get into selfeffort. But, if you are under this satanic spirit, you won’t see miracles. Miracles and the workings of the Holy Spirit don’t come through self-effort (works of the flesh) but by the ‘hearing of faith.’ In other words, you hear the word of God and believe. You hear that you are justified through what Jesus has done for you. You hear that you have been made righteous through the cross and that there is nothing that you can do to justify you any more than you already are through Jesus Christ. As you hear this word of faith, you will

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11 see the workings of the Holy Spirit and miracles in increasing measure manifesting. This is exactly what the devil does not want and that is why he wants to get you into human effort.

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12 Self-Righteousness Leads to Self-Effort and Frustration but the Gift of Righteousness Leads to Miracles and Joy The devil wants you to take your focus of the cross. So, he insinuates to your mind that you are not good enough and that you still have to do something so that God is happy with you. If you yield to this satanic thoughts, you will get into the area of self-righteousness and selfeffort. This means, you will start to do something that you think will make God more happy with you. This all leads to frustration and human effort, but it produces no supernatural miracles and the workings of the Spirit. In contrast, in order to see miracles and the workings of the Spirit and joy spring up in your life, you need to keep focusing on who you are in Christ, and that through the cross, Jesus has perfectly justified you once and forever. As you keep focusing on the gift of righteousness

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13 (God has declared you perfectly righteous through Jesus Christ), miracles and joy will naturally manifest and flow out through you, in an ever increasing measure.

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14 Summary The religious spirit is a satanic spirit of accusation. Satan’s aim is to accuse you and never to encourage you—no matter what you are doing. Don’t expect Satan to be kind to you. His only agenda is to accuse you and make you feel condemned in order to stop the flow of the supernatural and miraculous in your life. He is out to condemn you (if you are in Christ) day and night. But you can overcome him by pointing him to the finished work of Jesus Christ for you. If Satan whispers into your ears that you are not good enough, you need to point him to the cross and the fact that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. You are perfectly righteous and justified in the sight of God through what Jesus has done once and for all. The religious spirit also operated in the days of Jesus. It always points out what you haven’t done. But now matter what you are doing, the devil will always find fault. John the Baptist lived an ascetic lifestyle whereas Jesus

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15 was outgoing and associating with everyone. Yet, people that were under the operation on the satanic spirit found fault with both of them, even though Jesus and John the Baptist behaved in exactly the opposite way. You need to fiercely resist the spirit of condemnation because if you get under this spirit, it will dry up the flow of the miraculous and the operations of the Holy Spirit in your life. The spirit of condemnation will want you to get into the area of self-effort by making you feel that you are not good enough and that God is not happy with you. If you fall into this trap, it will dry up the flow of the miraculous and the operations of the Holy Spirit. The only way you can counteract the devil is by getting established in the gift of righteousness. You are justified through what Jesus has done for you. You are no longer condemned. Satan has no more right to accuse you. If he does, you need to point him to the cross, and fiercely resist any feelings of condemnation, which are actual signs of self-righteousness. You have received the perfect gift of righteousness. Jesus’ righteousness and obedience is credited to our

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