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Spiritual Warfare

The Hooks and Roots of Sin
By Sherry Shriner

     Sin is more harmful to us then most people think. A lot of people have the impression they can sin and not worry about it because Yahweh will forgive them for it. So they have a license to sin mentality. Sin and then ask for forgiveness, sin and ask, sin and ask, sin and ask. It's an endless cycle. For many, a routine cycle. In fact, they don't even bother being conscious of their sins, they just take for granted that every night before they fall asleep they can just ask the Lord to forgive them for their sins and that's the end of that.

     Let's take a look at what Jesus says about sin.

     "Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee" John 5:14

     Sin produces results. Negative results. Just because we are forgiven, and this man was healed, we are not free from the results of the sin that we performed. We reap what we sow regardless of having been forgiven. And based on that reaping, worse things can happen to us as an affect of sin. If you're an alcoholic, you could reap cirhosis of the liver, if you're a smoker, you can reap lung cancer. If you're obese, you can reap heart problems, and so on. We reap what we sow, even here now, not just later at judgment for reward or loss.

     "Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin" John 8:34.

     Being a servant implies someone or something is your master. We cannot serve two masters. We have to choose to love ONE and follow ONE. Matt. 6:24b No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other:

    You can only have one God of your life if you are His. He is to be the Lord of your life. He's a jealous God and He won't share you with anyone else. So it's all of Him or nothing at all. He won't settle to be second. If He is second, then you are lukewarm, and He will spit you out of His mouth. It may sound harsh, but that's what He says,

     "So then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth" Rev. 3:16. What exactly does lukewarm mean? "the condition of the soul wretchedly fluctuating between a torpor and a fervour of love." You're back and forth. One minute you love Him and seek Him, and the next you're off doing your own thing putting Him second, third, or fourth place in your life as a priority and in danger of being spit out of His mouth.

     And there's other reasons, besides just reaping health affects and being in danger of becoming lukewarm with God:

Darkness and Negative Energy

     "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. I John 3:8. Sin is not the realm of the Lord's and if we're in sin we're going to suffer the consequences for it. Whether they are physical or spiritual.

     Sin creates negative energy around us. Darkness. How can His light shine through you if you're surrounding yourself with darkness? You know what happens? You become a magnet for the forces of darkness. Evil attracts evil. Darkness attracts darkness. So whether you're a born again believer or not, if you sin you place a shield of darkness around you to become a magnet for the forces of Satan to infiltrate and attack until you remove that shield by true repentance.

     This isn't new age or karma dogma, this is the Lord. Who do you think they get their information from to begin with to then use for their own man made doctrines and cults? Sometimes it's apparent that some of these pagans are more in thought of Scriptural teaching than most believers are even aware of themselves. The teachings may be similar, but it is of none affect if they or you are not serving the Most High God. Good, bad, evil, righteousness, dark, light, negative energy, positive energy, these are all things of the Lord and we need to learn them, and embrace them, so we can become aware of the things around us and empower ourselves with His Word and the techniques of His Warfare, who He is and how He operates.

     So let's say we wait a few hours, days, weeks, to seek forgiveness of some sin we've committed. What's happened during that time? You've surrounded yourself with darkness and negative energy and during that time you've opened yourself up for legal attack against the devil. So much for safety in sin. It doesn't exist. Even though you are a believer in the Lord's, when you sin against Him, you are in direct opposition to Him because you have just served sin in direct disobedience to staying Holy in Him. 

     Some sins, like lack of real forgiveness and love towards someone who has hurt or wronged us, can bury itself within us. If we repent, but still resent, we haven't truly repented at all. Bitterness takes hold of us, then it takes root within us. And we just ignore it. Because we're still resenting that person for having wronged us and we think that since we already 'technically' forgave that person that the situation is over and done with.

     That is not so. It just becomes a lingering sin.

Hooks and Roots

      Lingering sin will produce hooks and roots within us. These hooks and roots are like demonic magnets that take hold of us and become a part of us until they are dealt with and cast out.. Unconfessed sin enters us as hooks. A hook or a root is a spiritual manifestation of a sin of the flesh. These hooks and roots latch into us and stay until we deal with them through prayer and get them out.  If we allow a sin to stay within us and a part of us it will become a hook, if we don't deal with that hook then it will bury itself in us and become embedded as a root. A root will become firmly planted and then begin to grow. Often a demonic entity will take hold of the hooks and roots and become the boss of them allowing more of their friends to join them in which they will all work together to lead you into many more sins and oppression.  These hooks and roots become places where the demonic can latch onto and have a legal right to stay within.

     Any sin can become a lingering sin and turn into hook and then eventually a  root when we refuse to take care of it quickly and completely and get rid of it. Addictions, bitterness, rage, unforgiveness, anger, resentment, lusts, perversions, lying, or defiling our flesh or spirits in any way that is in opposition to being Holy and walking in His Spirit.

     Sin is of the realm of the devil. So he's allowed to attach himself to sin and your sin no matter who or what you are. The good news is, through Jesus's blood and righteousness we have the power to conquer sin, and if we have done things to cause roots and hooks to take hold within us, His blood can cleanse us and take these roots and hooks out. It will just take some work on our part since we didn't do it right the first time by keeping them out to begin with.

Forgiveness and Release

     We're targets. We always seem to be attacked from the dark side, by the forces of Satan and we can't understand it because we're suppose to be protected Children of God's. Some of us seem to have it worse than others. We decide it's because our callings are different, or because the reason we're always under attack is because Satan is a destroyer and that's his job. And that's true it's his job. But some of us make it way to easy for him to make us his targets. And it's a combination of things we've done, or refuse to do, and a lack of knowledge, that makes us the targets we become.

     We must first recognize the unforgiveness in our lives if we have any and the sins in our lives that we are allowing to linger and have taken hook or root in us no matter what it is. As you pray the Lord will bring these sins to your mind. We must acknowledge and confess each sin and ask the Lord to release us from the hook or root that was planted. Forgiveness and Release. Ask for forgiveness, then ask for release from that hook or root.  This is a process, it won't happen in one day, just keep doing it every day until the Lord tells you are released from them.

     As you start to become released from the hooks and roots you will feel the darkness and the attacks start to leave you. The negative energy placed around you from having these magnets will be replaced with positive energy and God's light. You'll feel more and more empowered by Him as you get rid of the magnets and you'll be able to grow and walk in His Spirit more closely than you could have otherwise. It will also feel like the cobwebs are leaving your head and you'll be able to sleep better if you've been harassed in your sleep.

 

Breaking away from Sin and Becoming Overcomers Through Him

     "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; I Peter 4:1. We are to conquer sin of the flesh and be of the same mind that Jesus was when He was here. Jesus certainly didn't hold to a license to sin mentality, and neither should we.

    "And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin". I John 3:5.  Jesus was all man as He was the Son of God when He was here. He had the same fleshly temptations and desires we do, but He stood against them and refused to sin. Need an example of being perfect? He was. And that's how we're suppose to be, and no excuse of "I was born a sinner" is going to work because you were born again unto Him given the ability to conquer sin as He did. Luke 6:40, "The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master." We are to be perfect as our Master was and is.

    "But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" Hebrews 3:13.  Sin is deceitful in many ways. It leads to more and more sin, it leads to habits, it leads to accepted temperaments that aren't of the Lord, it leads to roots and hooks taking place within us, and ultimately it can lead us to death. We're to encourage each other to stay faithful and Holy in Him.  This doesn't mean to play the judgmental role or the holier-than-thou role, but to just encourage each other in love to stay in His Spirit and seek Him  Sin doesn't have to be the focus, encouragement to maintain Holiness should be.

     I John 1:7, "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.". Walk in the light,  soak in it, drown in it, live in it and stay in it. We're free from the constraints and results of sin and we're empowered in His light. If you sin ask forgiveness, true forgiveness and then don't do it anymore. If you keep committing  the same sins over and over you're going to have to deal with hooks and roots. Stay in the Light and empowered by Him and you will be free from the curses of evil and sin. This isn't a given, it's something we have to work on daily and maintain daily, weekly, and monthly. Sin is a choice. We're empowered not to sin. We don't have to sin at all.

Breaking Curses and Attacks Sent Against You

     Sickness, disease, strokes, heart attacks, tumors, cancers, alzhiemers, a simple flu getting out of control, these can be natural because of our bodies and sin or they can be persistent, perpetrated, organized attacks against you. Satan and his demonic forces want to destroy you. His human servants want to destroy you as well. And they will work together to cause all these ailments listed above and more.

     Witches will send curses at you. Military and Government Psyops Divisions or even Black Operation Projects will send trained Remote Viewers against you to break your body down and cause these ailments to take effect against you through demonic power. It's the most effective and subtle form of assassination tactic they have.

     As believers the Lord will protect us. But He also expects us to learn how to recognize these attacks and break them off ourselves through His Name. Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" Mathew 18:18. That's taking action against the evil forces against us. Whether human or demonic we are in spiritual warfare against the wickedness and darkness and the evil forces of this world.

     The first step is to recognize that you are under attack. All sources of attack derive from the power of witchcraft behind it.

     The second is to bind the witchcraft behind it and its source whether human or demonic and then curse the works and the assignment of the witchcraft itself.

     Bind the power of the source behind the attacks and curse the works and the assignment against you in the Name of Jesus and command it null and void against you. Curse these works back to the point of their origin and command them to stay there. Do everything in the Name and Power of Jesus Christ.

    We don't curse the person, but the works sent against us themselves. Bind the person, curse the works. Pronounce the assignment and works sent against you as null and void and send them back to the source in the Name of Jesus.

Victory in the Name of Jesus/ Yahushuah

     There's Victory in the Name of Jesus. We can overcome and conquer sin in our lives and keep it out. We can overcome demonic and human attacks against us and we can overcome this world. We are Joint Heirs with Him in His Kingdom. Everything Jesus did He will empower us to do as well. Seek Him always in Spirit and in Truth and walk daily in His Spirit. And remember we are to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. We can't fight the serpents if we don't know who or what they are. Yet we are to be as humble and meek, forgiving and loving as our Father is. Be at Peace.

 

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