Ep 66-Addictions Vs Strongholds Pt 2
Welcome again to our second program with addictions versus strongholds and Vicki and I are just excited about getting in deeper into the passages of scripture that can really give us insight on what’s going on with the alcoholism with the drug addiction, with all of the addictions that are going on. And is there any hope? And what does the bible have to say about it? And to understand the spiritual concepts behind all of it? Not just the physical, but even more importantly, the spiritual dimension. So come and join Vicki and me as we discuss it again, addictions versus strongholds. Hi there, we’re continuing our series on addictions versus strongholds with Vicki and tom. And it’s all greek to me. So we try to dig into the greek language and today you’re gonna hear some hebrew words that were translated from hebrew into the septal region 300 Bc. And but you’re gonna see that nine categories of demonic practices and influences. And guess what? Right? In the center, you have pharma Kia again, we were talking about this in our last program and people don’t know Vicki that when they take a drug, when they take, let’s say marijuana or they take, you know, they’re just a very innocent glass of wine or uh Seagram seven or scotch, brandy, whatever it is. Uh, some people won’t really go that route, they won’t become addicted to it. Other people are gonna totally give themselves to it because they’ve opened themselves up to demonic influences. Not just a physical thing, but a spiritual power that is now going to work on them. And that’s what we’re talking about be between addictions versus strongholds. You want to just explain it yourself again one more time in this, in this session. Well, we discussed that addictions were on the physical end of us and the strongholds are of spiritual attacks in our life. Explain that. Explain that? Well, we’re not aware of, we like something, we want to start smoking drinking whatever it is that we desire when we start taking just smoking pot, it seems like something very natural. No big deal. I have control of this situation. Has it become how does it become spiritual? What is the spiritual spiritual is is that you enter into another area in your mind and your spirit when you’re in that level of being under the influence of drugs. The high, the high that you have takes you to a level where your mind is, you’re not really controlling your mind, Your mind and your spirit are more controlling you, but you are controlling it at first, right? But you can look but you lose control, you lose control. It overpowers you the desire of that feeling of good or whatever, your endorphins just kind of pop out and you’re like, whoa, this feels great and you want to get that feeling again. Whether it’s some people get it when they’re gambling, Some people get it when they’re eating ice cream. Some people get it when they’re eating a certain kind of food. Some people, it’s it’s sexual, there’s all kinds of releasing of that endorphin and the drugs and the alcohol absolutely do it right. And, and see here’s the thing too. If you knew that you would die from something that you took, like there are some young people that one time they’ll they’ll shoot up and boom, they’re gone because it’s, it’s laced with fentaNYL there or there’s fentaNYL in it. And you know, I’ve seen this happen. I can give you names of kids just last year and this year who young men 20 for 32 who are gone because, you know, they didn’t never expected to die young. They just were looking to have a good time girls, guys, it doesn’t matter all different ages, all different, you know, educational backgrounds, financial, There are billionaires who are dead today because young men from billionaires that have died because of the drug, the whole drug scene. So let’s continue in this, um, next series that we’re doing to see what the old testament has to say about this whole problem of addictions versus strongholds. But before we do, let’s go to substance abuse statistics again, like we did last time. So Vicky, why don’t you pick it up among americans aged 12 years and older, 31.9 million. Our current illegal drug users Within the last 30 days keep going. 11.7% of Americans, 12 and over used illegal drugs. 53 million or 19.4% of people 12 and over have used illegal drugs or misuse prescription drugs within the last year. And if alcohol and tobacco are included, 165 million or 60.2% of Americans aged 12 years or older, Currently abused drugs used within the last 30 days. It’s incredible. 139.8 million Americans 12 and over drink alcohol. I mean, you know, kids in rural America are, are going out driving their cars going around the circle drinking alcohol, their party and this is their party. I’ve seen it in, in a dozen towns that I’ve visited and I’m like, what are these kids doing? And one of the guys said, oh, that this is what they do every friday night. They just drive around these, these four blocks, they just drive around, they drink cars, they go by, they show their cars off. I’m like, you gotta be kidding me. This is it how the demons have caused us to waste our life away. Not only the dying because of the drugs and alcohol and getting into accidents and overdosing, But 14.8 million or 10.6 of them have an alcohol use disorder. That means they’re alcoholics, young people, 58.8 million people used tobacco. 31.9 million use illegal drugs. 8.1 million of 25.4% of illegal drugs users have a drug disorder, that means they’re addicted. Two million people or 24.7 of these with drug disorders have an opioid disorder. This includes prescription pain relievers or painkillers and heroin. Again, the big doorway is marijuana. People say, Oh man, that marijuana, they’ve legalized it down in the last couple of years. No big deal. It’s the biggest. Widest doorway, jesus said Broad is the way that leased the destruction and a lot of people are going that way. Narrow is the road of life and few there be that find it. I’m telling you, it may not feel like it’s addictive or it may not feel like it’s the worst drug. But when you take just marijuana, I know from experience because I did it for three years every day. I can tell you that you’re opening up your spirit to this high to allow demonic impulses and influences. I used to think I was becoming creative. I was, you know, connecting with the universe. It’s demonic spirits that are controlling you Now. I’m gonna show you from the old testament what the bible says here in Deuteronomy 18 9, Vicki pick it up. Uh, spirit is um, and demon, demon is um are forbidden in verses 9-13. When you enter the land, which the Lord Your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things. Of those nations, there shall not be found among you. Anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire in human sacrifice or one who uses divination. That is the greek word is Mandy’s Ksm is the Hebrew word. They translated it to a seer or divine, to divine something. Uh few fortune telling in Acts 16 16. It happened that as we were going, the apostle paul says to the place of prayer, a slave girl having a spirit of divination. Now, the word here is python python, a mythical serpent slain by a policy or a python. Okay. Met us who was bringing her master’s much profit by fortune telling, Mandy evo make a shear. So this is the first one mentioned on this list in Deuteronomy 18 91 who practices witchcraft. Okay. And the word here in the greek, in the Hebrew is a non and in the greek language again, it’s translated telling fortunes. Uh huh. And uh, like uh analyzing a stellar uh sites, especially cloud formations, uh, Jastrow, uh, said that gathering omens from the clouds are just said that. And the word in the Greek is cleaved own ISO. Menino’s Clintonism. Eno’s one who practices witchcraft. Amazing. Now, these are translated by Hebrew scholars from Hebrew into greek. These were, these were rabbis, one who interprets omens uh nature, uh nature as a primitive root, properly to his whisper, a magic spell of the whispering of suits Ayer’s E Now the greek word is And there are some places in the scriptures that speak of it in Psalm 58 4 through six. They have venom like venom of a serpent, like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears so that it does not hear the voice of charmers. That’s the word there. Or a skillful caster of spells. O God shatter their teeth in their mouth, break out the fangs of the young lions. O Lord and God’s judgment is falling upon people that are involved in this. Vicki read these two verses, Leviticus 1926. You shall not eat anything with the blood nor practice, divination or soothsaying in second Kings 21 6 and he made his son pass through the fire practice witchcraft and used divination and dealt with mediums and Spiritus. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord provoking him to anger. This was King Vanessa. Yeah, continue or sorcerer. Now this one is far Macos, this is the man who is the sorcerer. And this is the word that we are really looking at, surrounded by all these other words that are that are telling us of people who were connecting on purpose with demons. And here you have this word for Macos which literally second, it talks about this in Second Chronicles 33 6 and he made his sons pass through the fire in the valley of Ben him. Um and he practiced witchcraft. Use divination, practice sorcery. That is the word of pharma que vito and dealt with the mediums and the Spiritist, he did much evil in the sight of the Lord provoking him to anger. When people are involved in this, they are provoking God to anger. Especially christians that are thinking well you know, I I could do this. No, you can’t. If the unsaved are provoking gotta anna anger. How much more will his Children provoked God to anger And then this is the greek. I’m not gonna read the greek or one who cast a spell. Epi uddin so read this verse, Isaiah 47 Vicki verse nine. But these two things shall come on you suddenly in one day loss of Children and widowhood, they shall come on you in full measure. In spite of your many sorcery is pharmaceuticals in spite of the great power of your spells. Let’s continue. Isaiah 47 9. And then or a medium august three mythos that is the greek word. Do not turn to mediums or Spiritist. Do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I the Lord am your God. Now God goes down every one of these People that are involved in this activity and condemns it. Leviticus 20 verse 27 says if a man or a woman who is a medium or a spiritist shall surely they shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones. Their blood guilty. Nous is upon them in Deuteronomy 18 11 or one who casts a spell or a medium or a Spiritist or one who calls up the dead. This was condemned by God. Then Saul said to his servants, seek for me, a woman who is a medium that I may go to her and inquire of her and his servants said to him behold there is a woman who is a medium at the end of this is Saul now because God, he wasn’t getting a word from God. He’s gonna now turn to what you’re gonna read the stars. You’re gonna go to somebody who’s going to read your palm, you’re gonna go to a seance as a christian, are you crazy? Are you kidding? And God hated this. And yet christians would do this First Chronicles 10 13. So Saul died for his trespass, which he committed against the Lord because of the word of the Lord, which he did not keep. And also because he asked council of a medium, making inquiry of it now Isaiah 8 19. Vicky if you could read that and when they say to you, consult the mediums and the Spiritist who whisper and mutter, should not a people consult their God. Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? Yeah. And so uh and there are, there are other people here that we want to look at the Spiritist yeti only in in the hebrew and in the greek era. Tosco pose. These words are not used in uh, you know, regularly in modern greek, but they actually are compound words that that are so clear, properly a narrower, a spiritist, a soothsayer supposedly becoming familiar with spirits. Now in the netherworld, familiar spirits, such practitioners would brag about having a cultic powers to know secrets of the unseen world. Now there is also yada, that that’s the word, you know, you’ve heard yada, yada, that’s a person to know in, in in Hebrew. It’s acadian cognitive do means familiar with or to know. It refers to being familiar with the unseen world through the occult. IQ practices these Noah’s claims superior knowledge and use mystical formulas which in effect replace God. Hence they are roundly condemned in the scriptures. And there are many scriptures, Leviticus 1931 and so forth. Uh, and then there is the, this word I want to, the final one here is uh in Hebrew, which is to ask to sneak cruise the dead to ask the dead. Now, what what is this talking about? Some uncle died or some wise person died or some, you know, pastor or preacher died and you’re gonna now go to a seance and you’re gonna now call up the debt. We see Saul doing just that the king Saul in the bible and here the bible says for whoever does these things is detestable, detestable and it’s an abomination to the Lord. Uh, let’s move on. Leviticus 18 22 you shall not lie with a male or one who lies with a female. It is an abomination. That word abomination means that it’s it’s the penalty is death will just go on. Now look, this was tom and Vicky again. We use ourselves because that’s our only story that we can relate to. I mean, I know I’m passionate about this subject because the devil, the demons had me to the point where I lost my mind and I they said I was schizophrenic. It was not that it was that I was on drugs. And whenever I used the drugs, Vicki, you can you can testify to this whenever I use the drugs, the demons had control of me and I did some bizarre and weird things happened to you as well. Why don’t you talk about it? Well, on the LSD trip, I had a terrible experience and um I was very frightened. It was a horrible situation for me on top of that, one of the girls that were with tried to kill herself and tear her clothes off and jump out a window. And then you started seeing me as a lion and a snake. And um you’re not you’re not a lion or a steak. We had to be rescued. Yes, we did. Yes. And and and we were, we went in innocently. Here we are in a peace demonstration in this slide behind us. That’s me and you back in 1967. And then, you know, we’re playing music, we’re having fun. This is bobby and Lorraine and Eugene were just writing songs having a great time and again the picture of me almost dead. And I can tell you this, that if you’re listening to my voice, Those young men and women who overdosed 100,000 plus this last year, 2021 in America did not know that they were gonna die. I’m convinced of it. They were gonna be on a nice trip. They were they were doing it to feel good. They didn’t do it to kill themselves. Maybe some did. But we’re talking the majority of 99.9 of these young men and women, they were trying to find a way to fulfill some passion in their life, to feel good to find happiness. The devil comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. Do not get drunk with wine. It says in in in Ephesians five in verse 19, do not get drunk with wine because that is a sathiah dissipation. You know, a sathiah means that you can’t get saved literally uh, the life of an unsafe person. That would be the thing that you don’t want to do. But what you do want to do is to be filled with the spirit of God. That is the exact remedy for those that are getting drunk for those that are getting high to allow God’s spirit to fill your life and mind and soul and in life so that you might find true joy, true love, true peace, not the counterfeit that satan’s got for you. And uh and you know, I’m so glad that that day when, when I, I don’t know the drugs that I was on actually on this in this picture that I’m showing you, but I know that God was merciful on me and didn’t let me die and go to hell and I was so glad Vicki aren’t we? That he that we are here today rejoicing. But we’re very sad about other people in our lives that are not here And they did die and they because of, of Satan’s lies, he comes to steal and to kill and to destroy John 1010 but Jesus came to give life and give it more abundantly. God bless you tom and Vicky here with it’s all Greek to me until next time. I know personally that there were demons that were on top of me, in me that had controlled my life to such is such an extent where I was in the woods screaming out at God and and thinking I was a reincarnation of jesus christ freaked out on LSD all the drugs I took for three years, I had just come out of a mental institution where they gave me shock treatments and you know, I was gone from a human perspective, I wasn’t really thinking right, acting right. I could have been dead at any time, but God had mercy on me and he sent someone to tell me that he loves me and that jesus christ died for me, that he arose again from the dead and would forgive me and save me if I would cry out to him and I did. I cried out to jesus christ, I said oh God be merciful to me, a sinner and I sat at the feet of jesus. What I mean by that is I began to read the bible, I took the bible seriously and just devoured the scriptures and that was the most important thing in my life who I was listening to because before that I was I know that satan and demons and all the messages that I was getting were not from God. We’re not biblical. And so there is a fivefold transformation of the demo niac in the bible. I relate to this guy more than any other personally. And as you see it in luke chapter eight verse 35 he went through a five fold spiritual transformation number one, he was spiritually changed but then he was physically changed. He was sitting down rather than cutting himself. Uh he was before that time he was imprisoned away from all the people. Uh you you feel you feel sorry for him if he wasn’t such a pest and a nuisance to everybody, you know, all alone, naked, new terrorizing anyone who went by and pro broke the chains many times the bible says and jesus went there for him, look at how much God loves people that he would go there for somebody that everyone has totally, you know given up on throwing away the key, locked him up in chains and and absolutely living like an animal. And yet jesus christ went out of his way with his disciples for him to love him to talk to him and commanded the demons to come out of him. Only the voice of jesus christ can command the demonic and the satanic satan himself to get away from this one, that’s what he did in my life, that’s what he did here and then he was sitting at the feet of jesus peaceful and he was clothed, the bible says he was he had clothing on the disciples probably took an offering of their clothing and then the bible says he was in his right mind and I just love the scripture, he was changed mentally and then emotionally, you know he wanted to go with jesus christ and uh no, jesus christ told him you go home and tell them what great things god did for you of course he began to brag about jesus christ and and preach jesus to everyone, he came in contact with and he went back home socially, he was changed so these five things happened in his life, he was spiritually physically mentally emotionally and socially changed, I went home and I’m sure he he was reconciled to a brother, a sister, a father, a mother, grandparents, uncles and aunts, they were all you know, wondering what happened to our son or my nephew or here’s a guy now totally changed. And then the bible says, he began and I’ll just read the passage and mark the synoptic on it the same story, but in a different gospel. He was getting into a boat, the man who had been demon possessed was imploring him that he might accompany him. And he did not let him go with him. But he said to him, go home to your people and report to them what great things the lord has done for you, how he has had mercy on you. And he went away and began to proclaim in the cop polis what great things jesus had done for him and everyone was amazed why did he go to the Coppola’s Coppola’s was 10 cities in a broader area of about 75 mile area. 10 cities uh Kanata, Dion, hippos, Rafinha Gandara where he lived, where he actually met jesus in Madara paella de rossa philadelphia and Skiadopoulos all these were actual cities. But see it wasn’t just about him or with just about his mom and dad and his relatives. He believed that his people was everyone who didn’t didn’t know jesus christ and needed to hear the gospel of jesus christ, You see the way he went, he went and told everyone In these in this radius, everyone he could in these 10 cities, deca police, 10 acropolis of what Jesus Christ had done for him. How about you? Are you telling other people of what great things jesus christ has done for you If you know him and if you don’t know him you know how simple it is for you to realize God is looking for you. Like God was jesus christ was looking for this man. He wasn’t believer, he wasn’t in church, he wasn’t dressed, he was crazy, demonic damo, niac, jesus christ was looking for he loved him and he went there commanded the demons away and under this man’s breath he may have been saying oh God oh God I don’t want to be like this, who knows what he was praying, Jesus christ went there heard his prayer and here’s how you can pray father God. Just a simple prayer. Father God I know you love me. If you love this guy, you love me, please please God forgive me for all the things I’ve done And thank you jesus for coming to this world and going to the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, bleeding and dying and exchanging your righteousness for my sinfulness. Would you forgive me? I believe you died for me. I believe you were buried. I believe you are rose again from the dead. Please forgive me, come into my heart and save me. Yeah you pray that prayer and he’ll hear you and he will answer you and you can go to john chapter 12, chapter john chapter one verse 12 where it says, but as many as received him to those, he gave the right to become the Children of God. Even to those who believe on his name, you can claim that promise tonight, john chapter one and verse 12, God bless you with tom and Vicky. It’s all greek to me.