Posts Tagged ‘freedom’

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Listening to Ravi speak is often a treat for me. When you listen & get to what happened in a classic eureka “moment of truth” in the life of a very wealthy, but embittered divorced man, you may know what I mean. It’s not a matter of just telling a story, it’s really having the true life tales to tell through encounters with people over many years … and then being able to share those encounters in an engaging way. 🙂

Let My People Think on OnePlace.com – OnePlace.com – What Answer for the Wicked Human Heart, Part 1. Listen to full audio here & Part 2 here.

Also see the bottom of page on the description of Demon Possession from The Moody Handbook of Theology.

The question & three potential answers, each with reasons why the answer might be correct.

Some callers give their opinions, plus some more thoughts…

Closing thoughts…

Line of Fire Radio, listen to full audio here.

DEMON POSSESSION

Definition. Charles Ryrie defines demon possession as

A demon residing in a person, exerting direct control and influence over that person, with certain derangement of mind and/or body. Demon possession is to be distinguished from demon influence or demon activity in relation to a person. The work of the demon in the latter is from the outside; in demon possession it is from within. By this definition a Christian cannot be possessed by a demon since he is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. However, a believer can be the target of demonic activity to such an extent that he may give the appearance of demon possession.

Fact of demon possession. There was a great outbreak of demon activity and demon possession during Christ’s sojourn on earth, no doubt in opposition to His Messiahship. The gospels abound with accounts of demon possessed people (Matt. 4:24; 8:16, 28, 33; 12:22; 15:22; Mark 1:32; 5:15, 16, 18; Luke 8:36; John 10:21). Leaders in the early church such as Justin Martyr and Tertullian make reference to demon possession as does the Shepherd of Hermas.

Nature of demon possession. Demon possession evidences itself by a change in moral character and spiritual disposition. Frequently a different voice, a different educational level, or even a foreign language will reflect a difference in the affected person’s personality. The demons speaking through the man immediately recognized who Christ was (Mark 1:23–24), which meant he had supernatural knowledge and intellectual power. Another symptom of demon possession was exhibited by the man in the country of the Gerasenes with his supernatural physical strength and ability to break shackles and chains (Mark 5:3–4).

Enns, P. P. (1997). The Moody handbook of theology (298). Chicago, Ill.: Moody Press.

MP3 audio links: Section 1, Section 2, Section 3.


“Big Mike’s” Story. Living on the streets & in violent gangs Chicago, even seeing many of his friends killed in the process. Chasing money, fancy cars etc. & eventually found that all these things didn’t bring fulfilment. Now ministering to people, just as broken as he used to be.

Fire School missionary in China. Real existing persecution in China, as also mentioned in the book by Brother Yun. The terrible pain caused by the one-child-policy & the struggle for the Chinese church to even start to counter abortion & infanticide.

Fire School missionary among homeless in Atlanta. How he realised that “following Jesus” meant the end of his live & the start of completely new life in Jesus. Joel carries a big wooden cross around as a tool to witness – which might seem weird & foolish, but it actually draws people to him & it also gets everyone that comes to talk to him right to the topic at hand. Brilliant actually. 🙂

Fire School missionary in Tanzania. Previously suicidal & used to “pretty things & luxury” she made a new life in Africa at age 50.
Fire School missionary in ‘depraved Holland’. The challenges in the culture that are pioneers in legalized same-sex marriage, prostitution, drugs & euthanasia.

Fire School missionary in Kurdistan talks about the countries the gospel took him to & the massive impact the powerful call to the Great Commission had on him – just by a random missionary at a train station.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28


Audio: Mosab, the eldest son of a famous Islamic leader in Hamas, was a keen believer in Islam, but after an intense period of working as a double-agent he eventually realised that Israel was not the enemy after all. He found the Truth in the Bible someone gave him could best describe what he saw people do & was challenged to start his journey of becoming a follower of Jesus.

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas founder and leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, famously converted to Christianity, served for over a decade as the Shin Bet security service’s most valuable source in the militant organization’s leadership. The intelligence he supplied Israel led to the exposure of a number of terrorist cells, and to the prevention of dozens of suicide bombings and assassination attempts on Israeli figures. Mosab was considered the Shin Bet’s most reliable source in the Hamas leadership, earning himself the nickname “the Green Prince” – using the color of the Islamist group’s flag, and “prince” because of his pedigree as the son of one of the movement’s founders.

Get the audiobook here or book here.