“Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” Genesis 4:6-12 NIV
I have never committed a crime in community a day in my life, but I have always had this affinity towards people who needed a second chance to get it right. I have worked in the criminal justice system, and in acute mental health care with persons with mild to severe mental illness as a clinical therapist. At one point in my career, I was providing treatment service specifically to men who were reentering the community from jails, prisons, or mental health institutions. They had committed crimes, some of which I will not mention in this writing. Let’s just say, they went really low.
No matter what crime they had committed, I would always refer to them as “Mr. _______” when addressing them. It was my desire to model dignity and respect, and to let them know that I honored them. There was an approach that I would take at the beginning of every new group session; I would say, “Listen up gentlemen. It is my pleasure to walk with you on this journey of change, and I am looking forward to your success. In my hand I hold a legal document. It is the document that a judge expects from me every month, and you are going to write your own report for me. I will only put on it what you decide that I need to write.” These men would look at me like, “Say what?” “Yes,” I would say again. “You are going to decide for me what you want on the report.”
“So, if you are not going to participate in treatment, you are going to write that down. If you test positive for any illegal substance, you are going to write that down. If you go out and commit another crime, you are going to write that down. Now, if you have made a decision to give your life a second chance, and work your butt off to do something different with your life now that you have this opportunity, you are going to write that down with commendation, celebration, and graduation for a job well done. There is one stipulation: you can write down lies, but I will not turn the report in. You must only write down the truth. So think real carefully every week and month about what you want written down before I hand over your written document to the judge.”
“This document is your story of a new life or the same old criminal mind. You have a choice. In me, you will have example, support and cheers. I can not teach you how to be a man, but I can teach you new skills to manage your mind, body and spirit, and how to model the characteristics of a human being: kindness, love, respect, dignity, pride, and a spiritual way of being that can translate any where you go, even in your own family. As you think about putting on a new life, remember, a criminal mind will not work in a new spiritual house.”
Demon spirits are real.(Mark 1:21-28) The only way that they are legal to operate in the earth is that they need an open human vessel — a vessel that has opened his or her mind for demons to live out their desires. As spiritual beings living in a body, even the Holy Spirit would be illegal to live within a human heart and mind without an open invitation. (Revelations 3:20) From the point of salvation, through the name of Jesus, as the Father reveals revelation and discernment, I have come to know His heart and mind, and I have a desire to know Him more daily, and to make His heart known to others in order to distinguish His heart from the heart and mind of satan and demon spirits that work within the soul.
Every soul, before coming to the way of Jesus, committed some type of spiritual crime against their own soul, and even some committed crimes by breaking laws in the community. (Ephesians 2:3, Ephesians 4:28) What I so love about the Father is that he is merciful and compassionate in His dealings with humanity. (Psalm 145:8-9) He will take out an old criminal mind, and replace it with a new spiritual mind that is set on righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (I Corinthians 2:16) He will open humans to the second and third heavens to give insight into the cosmic spiritual war for the souls of humanity in the earth. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) As human beings come into this awareness of the cosmic war, there should never be an apology made for exposing and casting out demons whose mission is to kill, steal and destroy. (Luke 10:17, John 10:10, I Peter 5:8, Revelation 12:10)
The assignment and mission of the church is to expose demons and cast them out; however, the church (not all of them) is now in agreement with demons (1 Timothy 4:1), giving them permission and alignment to commit crimes against Abba Father. There is no regard for the damage that these entities will go through to lead a soul to get what they want.
Let’s take a brief look at Cain. A curse came on his family line because his parents (Adam and Eve) aborted the will, way and presence of the Father. (Genesis 3) They had a solid spiritual relationship and understood the Father’s heart and mind.(Genesis 3:8) However, another voice convinced them that the Father was holding out on them, and they needed more, and that the only way to get more was to compete against the Father. This voice that spoke to their mind was subtle and crafty. This is the way that it moves. No matter what body it operates through, it will be crafty. It operates in the dark, but can appear as light. (2 Corinthians 11:14) Cain, I believe, still had a foundation laid in his heart that knew right from wrong. Remember, his parents spent time in the presence of glory daily with the Father. They just walked away from the glory, but they knew the glory. Cains parents taught him lessons, I am sure. They may even have shared how they fell away from the presence of the Father, and how they had to get back in fellowship again.
Cain had a premeditated criminal thought that came to his mind while coming from and living in a spiritual household. The demon spirit of murder was on his mind against his own brother along with some other demon spirits, anger, envy and jealousy that rose up in his heart against his own flesh and blood. Look at what the Father of heaven did. He had a therapy session with Cain to let him know that he could see clearly what was in his heart. He said, “the criminal act that you are about to commit is standing at the door of your heart desiring to take you down. Do what is right and you will be accepted, but if you don’t do what is right you will not be accepted. The demon of premeditated murder is at your door. You, Cain have the power of rule over it and cast it out.” (paraphrased). Cain did not heed the intervention session lead by the Father of the Universe. He continued to nurse his crime within until it was manifested in the murder of his brother Abel.
The Father is always standing at the door of the heart of every human being to provide the therapy that leads to righteousness and truth. There never has to be a need to give into another voice that goes against His counsel. When the Father steps in He will bring a new destiny, a second chance to get it right, and give human beings a house that is full of His Holy presence so that humans become the spiritual power house that they were created to be. (1 Corinthians 6:19, Acts 1:8) The Father does admonish that a criminal mind cannot live in a new spiritual house, the mind must be changed. (Romans 12:1-2) I believe that as a human being, I get the opportunity to write my own legal document that demonstrates my progress in treatment, and when it has to been presented to the highest judge of the Universe. (Revelations 3:5) I want to be able to here that judge say, “ Well done, well done.” How about you? ( Matthew 25:23)
Remember, a criminal mind cannot live in a new spiritual house without contaminating it. You and I have the power to rule over anything that tries to enter the heart and make it right!
I offer some ideas for implanting change and awareness of the reality of demon spirits in the earth, and how to cast them out to keep the heart pure and clean.
- You have to gain knowledge of how demon spirit operate in the mind, by starting with your own. You have the power to cast then out of yourself, and then you are going to see clearly how to recognize, and cast them out of others who want to be free. Not everyone wants to get rid of demons because they benefit from their activity in their lives.
- Spend some time reading carefully the Gospels of Jesus.
- Get support for the broken places in you soul ( Issues: family, relationships, appetites and needs)
- Every 90 days, engage in heart examinations to see what is operating in your life and be willing to release it.
- Seek out professional support when necessary for issues that are difficult to overcome.
- Develop the habit of reading books that will enlighten you by authors who have experienced knowledge regarding demonic spiritual warfare.
- Ask God to break the spirit of fear over your life, and connect you with ethical teachers and preachers who are engaging in deliverance ministry without compromise.
References for Further Study and Reflection:
Maldonado, Guillermo. Inner Healing and Deliverance
Ramirez, John. Destroying Fear