Illustration from Michael McCartney-- A case in point of some one thinking incorrectly.
Last Wednesday night I had an individual come to church. He was drunk and came into the café building being provocative and vulgar with me. He said, “Pastor Mike I have come to get you to beat the devil out of me.” In the café he started calling me things like “Your a tough guy.” He was being nasty, and belligerent towards me but I knew he was controlled by spiritual forces. So I told him we needed to go outside. Outside he said, “I am here to challenge you to a fight and my mind tells me that as you beat me up it will drive out the Devil in me.” “So go ahead hit me!” He adds this warning to me, “I will fight back, but I know you will win!” This man was obviously not thinking correctly and his actions were setting him up for painful conflict. But since I recognized it as spiritual I simply stated, “Satan I come against you in the name of Jesus for the lies you are telling this man and I take authority over you and render you powerless by the name of Jesus.” The man looked at me and said, “Did I catch you at a Bad time?” “You could beat me up later after your Bible Study!” He did calm down after I addressed the spiritual force influencing his mind. We then talked and I continued to address his faulty thinking with the Word and with the Truth he eventually ended up leaving to go home. He decided that he needed to go home and try to think straight so he could act straight.
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