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Job 42:6 - a good way to repent
Jer. 8:6 - no man repented him of his wickedness
31:19 - surely after that I was turned, I repented
I Ki. 8:47 - repent, and make supplication unto thee
Eze. 14:6 - repent, and turn from your idols
18:30 - repent and turn from all your transgressions
Matt. 3:2 - repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand
3:8 - bring forth fruits meet for repentance
3:11 - I baptize you with water unto repentance
4:17 - repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand
9:13 - come to call the sinners to repentance
11:20 - to upbraid because they repented not
11:21 - they would have repented long ago
12:41 - the repented at the preaching of Jonas
21:29 - said, I will not: but afterward he repented
21:32 - repented not afterward
27:3 - Judas repented himself
Mark 1:4 - baptism of repentance for the remission of sins
1:15 - saying repent ye, and believe the gospel
6:12 - and they preached that men should repent
Luke 13:3, 5 - except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish
15:7, 10 - joy over one sinner that repenteth
16:30 - if one went unto them, they will repent
17:3 - rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him
17:4 - turn again to thee, saying, I repent
24:47 - repentance and remission of sin should be preached
Acts 2:38 - repent, and be baptized every one of you
3:19 - repent ye therefore, and be converted
5:31 - give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness
8:22 - repent therefore of this thy wickedness
11:18 - then had God granted repentance unto life
13:24 - the baptism of repentance to all the people
17:30 - commandeth all men everywhere to repent
20:21 - repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord
26:20 - they should repent and turn to God
Rom. 2:4 - goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance
11:29 - gifts and calling are without repentance
II Cor. 7:8 - I do not repent, though I did repent
7:9 - ye sorrowed to repentance
7:10 - godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation
12:21 - have not repented of the uncleanness
II Tim. 2:25 - peradventure will give them repentance
Heb. 6:1 - foundation of repentance from dead works
6:6 - to renew them again unto repentance
12:17 - he found no place of repentance
II Pe. 3:9 - but that all should come to repentance
Rev. 2:5 - repent, and do the first works
2:16 - repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly
2:21 - repent of her fornication
2:22 - I will cast except they repent of their deeds
3:3 - remember and hold fast, and repent
3:19 - chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent
9:20 - repented not of the works of their hands
9:21 - neither repented they of their murders
16:9 - and they repented not to give him glory
16:11 - blasphemed and repented not of their deeds


The consequence of unforgiveness is the most important lesson that God has taught us about DELIVERANCE. Unforgiveness is a sin against God. The first thing you do is repent to God for having unforgiveness. Jesus Christ gave his life so that you can be forgiven for your sins. You come to realize what someone has done to you is insignificant as compared to what God did for you. God taught us basic DELIVERANCE in the middle of the night in the middle of our bed. DELIVERANCE saved our marriage and daughter, and may have even saved our lives. We use forgiveness as a basic technique in DELIVERANCE. When you think about forgiveness, you are forgiving those who have sinned against you. This is a study about repentance. The subject is so important that it overwhelms me. I feel that my knowledge of repentance is inadequate for this important task. However, few ministers are willing to deal with the subject so here goes. This is a study of the words: repent, repentance and repenting.


Only Almighty God can forgive sin. No human being in any office such as priest can forgive sin. God does not have any representative on earth that He has transferred that authority to. That authority will always be with God.


God forgives sin but we forgive ourselves and others. We have the authority and responsibility to forgive human beings that have hurt us by sinning against God. We forgive ourselves for doing things that hurt us and our loved ones.


See John 20:21-23; verse 23 says Whos soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. We can remit (to send away) or retain (to lay fast hold of) sins of those who have sinned against God and affected our lives. In other words, we can hold on to the sins against us or we can release those sins. When I forgive someone, I visualize that person being released. I can hold on to the sins of others against me and try to get even in some way. When I release others, I am also releasing myself. There is freedom in releasing others from any bondage to ourselves. When we hold others in bondage, we also hold ourselves in bondage. When you retaliate against others, you also retaliate against yourselves. Earline is a good teacher about this area of retaliation.


The Bible clearly teaches that the sins of the ancestors will be visited on their descendants. Earline had heart trouble and sought the Lord about the answer. God told her to look in Exodus 20, Leviticus 26 and Ezekiel 18 for the answer. This is how we learned about how to release ourselves from the sins of our ancestors. Ex. 20:3-5 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. There was a lot of marrying between races of whites and Indians before 1900, so much so, that the writers of Britannica could find few pure bred Indians and very few who could speak the language of their tribe. These Indians worshiped demons, therefore cursing all their descendants for three to four generations. If no one in the family line worshiped other gods until the time ran out, the curse would cease. I am not four generations from my Indian ancestors, so the curse was on me. I remembered at this time that my Dad had practiced a little witchcraft himself. He had our mountain well water-witched and he practiced a little folk medicine to get rid of my brother's warts. Innocent as these things may seem, they began the curse all over. Not only did he and most of his brothers and sisters have heart trouble and some died early deaths, but all my brothers and myself had heart problems. Then I was led to read Ezekiel 18 in which I found it was not the will of God for children to be punished for their fathers sins, provided that the children were not following in their fathers footsteps. Ezekiel 18 discusses how God deals with just and wicked ancestors and descendants: just ancestors and wicked descendants, and wicked ancestors and just descendants. The just soul shall live and the wicked soul shall die. As a Christian, you would fall into the category of the just soul if you are not following the iniquities listed in this chapter. First, we confess our ancestors iniquity, trespasses and contrary walk towards God. Second, we forgive them for what they have done to us. Third, we break any curses brought on us by our ancestors. Then Lev. 26:39-42, When in the land of bondage if you will confess your sins and the sins of you father and how you have all dealt treacherously with God He will remember you, forgive and heal you when your heart is humble. I just followed the instructions and have been healed all these years. First, we confess our iniquities. Second, we confess the iniquities of our fathers. Third, God remembers His covenant. God promises to remember those that repent. Fifth, God blesses those who have repented.


There is a sequence of events that we need to follow depending on the situation that we are in. First, we must realize what that situation is so that we can confess it to God. It could be brought on by ourselves or our ancestors. Second, we must repent of our sins and forgive those that have hurt us. Third, we must break curses and soul ties that have been brought on us by our sins and the actions of others such as our ancestors. Fourth, we must cast out any demons that inhabit our bodies because of our sins or the curses transmitted by our ancestors or others. Fifth, we must discipline our lives to not repeat the sins of our ancestors or the wrong habits of our lives.

Six Basic Steps To Your DELIVERANCE

1. Identify your problems.
2. Forgive, pray and get yourself right with God.
3. Break the curses and soul ties on you and your descendants.
4. Cast out your demons.
5. Pray for healing of your soul and body.
6. Discipline your life by changing your way of thinking and acting. It is easy to cast out demons but hard to discipline your life.


There is a parallel sequence of events that are necessary to accomplish CONFESS - REPENT - BREAK - CAST - DISCIPLINE. First, you need to obtain knowledge. You must have a working knowledge of the Bible and DELIVERANCE. You need to be a workman who is not ashamed of rightly dividing the Word of Truth. You can learn DELIVERANCE from teaching, ministry, counseling, studying, experience, etc. Second, you need to get right with God and get your sins under the Blood of Jesus so that you will be cleansed. Third, now that you are forgiven by God, you have the right to take authority over all the authority of the enemy and break curses and soul ties. Fourth, it is necessary to change your life: the way you think and act.


The greatest need in the Christian life is the need for repentance; forgiveness is a major part of repentance. The basic method we use is to find out what a person or their ancestors or others did that affected their life. Then, we get the person to confess and repent about these actions. Then, demonic ties are broken and demons are cast out. Finally, we counsel the person about disciplining their mind and body. We have used this method successfully in our ministry for many years after God showed us this truth. It is easy to visualize when you realize that God thought it was so important that He died for our sins so that we could be forgiven when we repent. See Matthew 18:15-35 about how to deal with others when they offend us. One of my pet peeves is the ministers who are unwilling to fully confront sin by teaching, ministry and counseling. These same ministers try to confess and repent for others rather than getting those guilty of sin to repent. What good do you think it accomplishes when the person is still guilty of that sin and has not repented or forgiven the one that hurt them? If the demons leave, they have a right to come back because of unbroken demonic ties, and unconfessed sin and iniquity. We have worked with people at camp in mass DELIVERANCE, and then the next day worked with someone in individual DELIVERANCE. We find that person not to have repented in mass DELIVERANCE but repents in individual DELIVERANCE. The demons do not leave in mass DELIVERANCE but leave in individual DELIVERANCE because of repentance brought about by individual counseling.


To repent means to be penitent, to be eased, to comfort self, to turn back. This means to change your heart, disposition, mind, purpose or conduct. If we do not repent, then we are in rebellion against God. When God repented, He changed his mind. He would alter a course of action planned for his people when they repented and changed their course of action. He never changed his mind from punishing sin. I Sam. 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. "Repentance with reference to sin is not so prominent as that change of mind or purpose, out of pity for those who have been affected by one's action, or in whom the result of the action have not fulfilled expectations, a repentance attributed both to God and to man." (Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words).


To repent means to be careful or concerned with, to have another mind, a change of mind, or not to be careful or concerned with. We are not to repent or change our purpose about gifts, calling and salvation. We perceive our sin, and change our mind and purpose for the better in Christ. We regret our sins and repent to God. "The subject chiefly has reference to repentance from sin, and this change of mind involves both a turning from sin and a turning to God. The parable of the prodigal son is an outstanding illustration of this. Christ began His ministry with a call to repentance to the individual." (Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words).


In the traditional church, there is a tendency to simply get the people to join the church. You can join the church as you would join a social club and with the same effect. In the full-gospel church, there is a tendency to simply get the people to accept Christ on their terms. You have to accept Christ on His terms not on your terms or that church's terms. There is no way to Christ and His salvation without repenting and confessing your sins. The Roman's Road to Salvation: Romans 3:23, 6:23a, 5:8, 6:23b and 10:9, 13 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. For the wages of sin is death. But God commandeth His love toward us; in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. That, if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved. Easy believeism is leading people to Hell. There is only one way to God through Jesus Christ and in accordance with The Holy Word Of God. Easy repentance is leading people to stay in bondage. Unless the repentance is acceptable to God by the Bible, the person is deceived and will remain in bondage although he may think he is free. Many people are being deceived by ministers and lay Christians by telling them they are free when they are still in bondage. The sad part of this charade is that you see people leaving the church and going back out into the world when their lives are not working out as told to them by others who should know better. These former church goers may end up in Hell.


Any sin in your life will keep you from the full blessings of God that you would receive in the areas of mental, physical, spiritual and material. There will be confusion in the mind, disease in the body, problems in the spiritual life, and poverty in the financial area. If you have sin in your life, you have opened the door for Satan and his demons to attack you, your family and your church. Sin is a crack in your armor whether known or unknown to you. You or your ancestors have invited Satan to come into your life and work havoc. The Bible is a book of blessings and curses. Every verse you obey carries a blessing; every verse you disobey carries a curse. If you obey half of the Bible, you are half blessed and half cursed. It is your choice what you do; God didn't make you as a robot. You have a free will given by the Lord. You choose to go to Heaven or you choose to go to Hell. You choose to live the abundant life or you choose to live the life in poverty here on earth. Jesus has finished His work; it is up to you now.


The minister needs to surrender fully to God and throw open all the doors and windows of his/her life to the searchlight of the Holy Spirit. The work of the ministry can be a difficult undertaking. Effective weapons used against ministers are carelessness, pride, immorality, taking God for granted, spiritual weakness, and affliction of wife/husband where the minister refuses to yield to God. The person ministering in the area of DELIVERANCE is in a position of all- out warfare with the forces of evil. Many have fallen by the wayside because of ignorance of Bible and of DELIVERANCE, still having many demons within themselves, women and men ministering by themselves, being lured by false doctrines, etc. SIN IN YOUR POSSESSIONS - You must clean your home and your person (body) of cursed objects. If you have cursed objects, you become cursed and you will have demons living with you. They don't just come to live in your home or on your person, they come to torment you and your family.

Five Steps To Cleaning Your House

1. Seven-way prayer of forgiveness: you forgive your ancestors, descendants and others for all sins; ask God to forgive and bless them with all spiritual blessings; ask God to forgive you; you forgive yourself for sins against your body; and finally ask forgiveness for worshiping other gods).
2. Break curses and soul ties from others (ancestors) and to others (descendants); and break curses of psychic or Catholic prayers.
3. Clean out house of your objects, or cast out demons in objects you do not own.
4. Anoint house and objects with oil, and cast evil spirits out of house.
5. Cast demons out of people that came in thru curses from demonic objects.


The traditional church and most of the other churches (full gospel, Pentecostal, charismatic, glossolalia, evangelistic) believe that the job is finished when the person repents. That is spiritual fantasy. Repentance means that God has forgiven us, and given us the authority to continue to clean our houses: souls and bodies. We need to eradicate, as much as possible, the evidences of sin in ourselves. We must break curses on ourselves and our descendants to keep the curse from continuing and repeating the same sins. We need to break soul ties with those we have had sex with other than our only legitimate mate (which is a godly soul tie). We need to break soul ties with anyone who has exercised an ungodly control over us. We need to get rid of demonic objects in our living quarters and on our being.


Lord, I repent of my wickedness. I turn away from my sins, transgressions, iniquity and idols. I make supplication to you. I do not want to perish in the Lake of Fire and Brimstone. I forgive all others for anything they have done to me. I am sorry for my sins and mistakes. Help me to have faith in God necessary to accomplish this prayer. Help me to have works that follow my conversion. Help me to hold fast to my salvation and be zealous for the Lord. I believe the Gospel and accept it in simple childlike faith. I accept all of the benefits of being baptized with water. I will bring forth Fruits of the Spirit. I will quit being double minded about my sins. I will tell others of my salvation. I will rebuke my brother/sister and then forgive him/her. I will be baptized when I am converted. I will do these things as the Holy Spirit leads and with the help of God. Thank you that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Thank you for your goodness and mercy. Thank you for your gifts, calling and salvation. Thank you that all of these blessing have been provided for me. All these things I ask in the Blessed Name of Jesus Christ, my Lord, Master and Savior. Amen.

The true story above is taken from Dr. A. O. Itiola’s book Delivered from Evil. To buy a copy, click here.

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