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How to Stay Clean
of Unclean Spirits

By Dale P. Kruse

At the end of 2007 Jesus birthed in me and my wife Nenita's heart a message which eventually became our movie What it Means to Trust in God. To trust in God means to trust in His Word. Or to put it another way: to trust in Godís Word means to trust in God. Jesus said in John 8:47 "He who is of God hears the Words of God." Therefore to be of God means to base what we do on His Word the Bible, not on our reason or our feelings. Godís word tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:21 "For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe."

What has happened to the church and government in America? They are no longer basing what they say or believe on what Godís Word states and believes. They are instead basing what they believe on their reason, thus the reason for the late Francis A. Schaefferís book titled Escape from Reason.

About a month ago the Lord had me start going over some basic discipleship principles in our church service. He said to me

"Dale, if a minister teaches something but does not show his authority for teaching it from My Word, he is asking his congregation to trust in what he is saying and not in what my Word is saying. When they do that they are committing idolatry. This is because they are asking their congregation to trust in them instead of in My Word."

In our Church Service we have been discussing basic discipleship principles. We have been discussing how we know from the Word of God that when we come to God through the death and shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross we are forgiven (Rom 5:8-9). Often times we will hear a minister or preacher or teacher of Godís word state "If you ask God to forgive you, He will forgive you for your confessed sins." What is the problem with this? Well my first question to a person who makes this statement is "Where in the Bible does it teach that if I ask God to forgive me for a sin confessed that He will forgive me?" No one has ever been able to produce a verse or passage in the Bible which teaches this. What does Godís Word say is the condition for receiving Godís forgiveness of sins confessed and repented of? First, there is no other way to receive God's forgiveness for sins confessed and repented of except through the death and shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Romans 5:8-9 "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then,  having now been justified by His BLOOD , we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."

Second, when we come to God through Jesus' death and shed blood on the cross, He promises us in  1 John 1:9 that "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." No where in the Bible does God say to ask for the forgiveness of sins we confess and repent of. What He says in His word in 1 John 1:9 is that when we come to Him through the death and shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross for sins confessed and repented of that His forgiveness of those sins is an INSTANT (snapping fingers!!!) automatic fact! This is not based on how we feel either. It is based on Godís promise in 1 John 1:9 that the moment we confess and repent of our sins His forgiveness is an automatic fact whether we feel forgiven or not.

REPENTANCE

Repentance involves 1) confessing our sins to God 2) Making right our wrongs confessed 3) And then bringing forth fruit, continued changed behavior in keeping with Repentance. (Matt 3:1-12, Luke 3:1-14)

Years ago when I was young in the Lord and learned this truth, I said to the Lord:

"Lord, Your word states that the minute we confess and repent of our sins Your forgiveness is an automatic fact. Why then do I still for days feel unforgiven and condemned?"

The Lordís answer to me:

"Dale, what is true in your relationship with Me is only what I say in My Word, and My Word states that the moment you confess your sin you are forgiven.

Matthew 24:35 'Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.'

The reason you still feel condemned and unforgiven is because you are condemning yourself and the devil is condemning you. However, what is true in your relationship with Me is only what I have said recorded in My Book the Bible."

1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

I asked some people in my congregation that if this is true then what happens if we tell a person that to be forgiven of their sins they must ask God to forgive them? The answers I got were that because it is not in Godís word, how then will they know if God forgives them? They also said because it is not in Godís word it will also open them up to be attacked by spirits of unforgiveness and condemnation. Why? Because there is no basis in the word of God for getting forgiven of our sins if we ask God to forgive us. Satan can manipulate our feelings and make us feel we are not forgiven. The end result is a person coming under the condemnation of a lying spirit. Since they do not feel forgiven Satan then goes on to accuse them that they are a failure in the Christian walk. Why? Because they cannot stop sinning and cannot gain Godís forgiveness by asking for it. The problem is that they are basing Godís forgiveness on their asking for His forgiveness and on how they feel instead of on what God states in His Word is the basis for His forgiveness. Godís word states in Romans 5:8-9 & 1 John 1:9 that the only way we are forgiven for sins confessed and repented of is when we come to Him through the death and shed blood of Jesus on the cross and that when we do His forgiveness is an INSTANT automatic fact! whether we feel forgiven or not. We show our faith in the promises of His Word to forgive us when we confess and repent of our sins by thanking Him for forgiving us our sins through the death and shed blood of Jesus on the cross. We must accept by faith we are forgiven based on what His Word teaches, not on how we feel. Feelings are an organ of the soul, our fallen corrupt soul. The Bible teaches that we are not to place our trust in what we feel. The Bible teaches that we are to only place our faith and trust in What God says in His Word the Bible. Jesus said in John 17:17 "Sanctify them in the truth, Your Word is truth." Godís Word is truth, not our feelings.

Because we regularly do evangelism on the field, often times when we meet Christians who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior in the past, they will say something like,

"I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior five years ago. However, not long after I had this problem, a sin problem, I could not get victory over. Eventually because I could not stop committing this sin, I felt condemned and gave up walking with Jesus."

What are they saying? They are saying that they tried to live the Christian life in their own strength and failed. Does the Bible teach us that we are required to live the Christian life in the strength of the flesh? No. In fact the Bible teaches us that it is impossible to live the Christian life through the strength of the flesh:

Romans 8:6-8 "For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God."

We have our eyes on the flesh when we look to our self and our own strength to overcome a problem in our life. Godís word teaches us that the flesh never did obey Godís Law and that it never will. Paul expressed it this way in Romans 7:14:

Romans 7:14 "For we know that the Law is spiritual; but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin."

Romans 7:15-19 "For that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not wish to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that it is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which indwells me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish."

Paul as a Christian expressed that his flesh was in bondage to sin. John wrote in 1 John 1:8 "If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us." In case we did not get it, he repeats it in 1 John 1:10 "If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." The fact of the matter is that whether we like it or not we all sin on a daily basis. Now Godís word does not give us this truth to encourage us to sin, but so we will face ourselves realistically. Yes, we are saved, have eternal life and will go to heaven because we have Jesus living in us:

Colossians 1:27 "Christ in you, the hope of glory."

2 Corinthians 13:5 "Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in youóunless indeed you fail the test?"

1 John 5:11-12 "And the witness of God is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life."

But whether we like it or not on this side of Heaven we are still sinners and whether we want to or not we will sin.

What then do we do when we sin? The moment we are aware we have sinned we then need to exhale the bad air and inhale the good air:

EXHALE according to Godís Promise: 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

After we confess and repent of our sins we then need to by faith thank God for his forgiveness of those sins through the death and shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross according to His promises in Romans 5:8-9 and 1 John 1:9. This is not blind faith but faith based on what God has said and promised in His Word the Bible. What is true in our relationship with God is what He says is true in His Word the Bible, not on how we feel. We are walking by faith with God when we base our relationship with Him on what His Word teaches, not on what we feel.

INHALE according to Godís Command and Promise:

His Command: Ephesians 5:18 "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit."

His Promise: 1 John 5:14-15 "And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him."

After we have exhaled the bad air by confessing our known sins and thanked God for His forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9, we then need to inhale the good air. We inhale the good air according to Godís command in Ephesians 5:18 which is to be filled with His Holy Spirit. To be filled with the Holy Spirit simply means to allow Jesus to be Lord of your life. When you sin you retake control of your life. For that reason after you confess your sin you need to ask Jesus to retake control of your life and you do this by asking Him to refill you with His Holy Spirit according to His command in Ephesians 5:18 and according to His promise to answer any prayer that is according to His will in 1 John 5:14-15.

How does this work? I am driving down the street when suddenly I am cut off by another driver. Out of my mouth come several choice words. I recognize I have sinned. I pray like this:

Jesus, I confess that what I just said is a sin and will to repent of my known sin. Thank You for forgiving these sins through the death and shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross and according to Your Promise in 1 John 1:9. I now ask You according to Your command in Ephesians 5:18 to refill me with Your Holy Spirit, to retake control of my life and to continue to lead me according to Your will and plan for my life. By faith thank You that it is done according to Your promise in 1 John 5:14-15 to answer any prayer that is according to Your will, in Your name, Jesus, amen.

Now whether I feel refilled with the Holy Spirit or not, I am refilled because Jesus promised in His word the Bible to answer any prayer that is according to His will. Because that is true, I can know by faith based on the promises of His Word that I am refilled with the Holy Spirit whether I feel I am or not.

Now since the Apostle John has established that I am a sinner according to 1 John 1:8 & 10, I know, whether I want to or not, that on a daily basis in some capacity I am going to sin. However, when I do I immediately confess and repent of it, thank Jesus for His forgiveness through His death and shed blood on the Cross and promise in 1 John 1:9 and then ask Him to refill me with His Holy Spirit, which is asking Him to retake control of my life, and then thank Him it is done according to His command in Ephesians 5:18 and Promise in 1 John 5:14-15 and go on. Most days I have to do this only a few times. some days a hundred times. What is important is that I know that when I do confess and acknowledge my sin to God His forgiveness is (snapping my finger!!!) automatic! and that I stay filled with the Holy Spirit and in communion with God moment by moment.

Now Jesus has given us these promises in His Word concerning sin in our lives. Why? If we do not confess and repent of known sin right away, what happens? First, the moment we sin we are no long under the control of the Holy Spirit but are back and under the control of our flesh. Second, we are no longer under the control of the flesh and back under the control of the Holy Spirit the moment we confess and repent of our sin and do what was instructed above. However, if we sin and know we sin and do not immediately confess and repent of it, not only are we now under the control of the flesh but also in the enemies camp and that means we will become oppressed by unclean spirits. God only protects us from Satan when we are walking in His Will. His will is that when we sin we immediately confess it to Him as we have instructed above. However, if we do not confess our sin the moment we are aware of it, we do not have God's protection. God only Promises to protect those who obey Him:

James 4:7 "Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

Because this is true we are then in the enemies camp and become oppressed by unclean spirits. We will then find that even though we later do confess and repent of our sins and are immediately forgiven by God for those sins confessed according to 1 John 1:9, that because of the oppression of unclean spirits, we find that we cannot seem to stop repeating the sin we just confessed. That is because it is the unclean spirits which then incite and keep us in bondage to that sin. What does that mean? It means that now not only do we need to confess and repent of our sins and thank God for His forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9, but now we also have to bind the unclean spirits related and command them to leave in Jesusí name. This is why we need to instantly confess and repent of our sin the moment we are aware of it and then instantly ask the Lord to refill us with His Holy Spirit and retake control of our life. When we do that, Satan cannot get a hold in our lives and we will stay clean of unclean spirits. It is only when we refuse to confess and repent of our sins instantly the moment we are aware of them that we then come under the oppression of unclean spirits related which then keep us in bondage to that sin.

What does the Bible say? It says in James 4:7 "Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you." We cannot keep from sinning, but we can immediately resubmit ourselves to God by humbling ourselves and immediately acknowledging our sin to Him so He can forgive us and keep us clean of unclean spirits.

I have to laugh sometimes when a Christian says to me "I donít sin anymore." They mean this literally, that they are without sin. What is wrong with this and what have they just done? They have just sinned. 1 John 1:8 "If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us." The Bible states that we are sinners, so to say we no longer sin is a lie and therefore a sin by just claiming it. I then tell them they need to confess and repent of that sin so God can forgive and cleanse them of that sin with Jesus' blood. What is the real sin here? Pride! God states in His word:

James 4:6 "God battles-against the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

I will never allow anyone to say to me Reverend Kruse. They can call me Pastor Kruse and so I am, but only God is Reverend and only Jesus is without sin. Jesus said about Himself:

John 14:30 "I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me."

The Apostle Peter wrote about Jesus:

1 Peter 2:22 "Who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth"

The Apostle John wrote about Jesus:

1 John 3:5 "And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin."

The Apostle Paul wrote about Jesus:

2 Corinthians 5:21 "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

A person who speaks from himself does not point to Godís Word for the proof and truthfulness of what they are saying. This is idolatry and is sin. No man is the answer to anyone's problems: only Jesus and His Word is. The Bible is the written Word of God, Jesus is the living Word of God.

The foundation and object of our faith is God's Word the Bible, not our reason. Politician, if you are not basing the laws you pass and governing God's people based on His Word the Bible you are sinning and committing idolatry because you are asking people to trust in you instead of in Jesus and His Word the Bible. Repent of your sin of idolatry and come back to King Jesus and humble yourself before Him and base the Law on His Word the Bible, not your reason. Only Jesus is without sin. We are not. 1 John 1:10 "If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." What is not in us? His Word. His Word is truth. John17:17 "Sanctify them in the truth, Your Word is truth." Claimed Minister of the Gospel, if you are not pointing people to the Bible as absolute truth, the foundation of the Gospel, you are asking people to trust in you, someone who cannot save anyone, and committing idolatry and sinning and need to repent. Jesus' physical resurrection from the dead proves the Bible is true and that you are a liar. The Bible teaches that only Jesus is Savior and that only His Word the Bible is true. The foundation of our faith is God's Word the Bible, not you. Repent and point God's people back to the Bible as truth, not you. You cannot save yourself and you cannot save anyone else either. Only Jesus is Savior. Jesus said in John17:17 "Sanctify them in the truth, Your Word is truth."

John 2:22 "When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had spoken."

Romans 10:17 "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ."

1 Peter 1:23 "For you-have-been-born-again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding Word of God."

After we confess and repent of our sin and get refilled with the Holy Spirit, how then do we get victory over the sin confessed? Not in our strength, but through Jesusí strength:

Ephesians 6:10 "Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might." And in 1 Chronicles 16:11 & Psalm 105:4 "Seek Yehovah and His strength; seek His face continually."

After we confess and repent of our sin we then get victory over our sin by praying like this:

Jesus, I confess to You that I cannot overcome my problems in my own strength and power and so by faith pray for Your Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to overcome these problems in my flesh. By faith thank You for hearing and answering this prayer according to Your command in Ephesians 6:10 and promise in 1 John 5:14-15 in Your name Jesus, Amen.

Jesus does not command us to overcome our sin problems in our strength, but through His strength. This is because when we try to overcome our flesh by the flesh, we energize the flesh. Paul tells us in Romans 7:14 that the flesh is in bondage to sin. Therefore, when we energize the flesh, we energize it to sin. So when we are having a problem with sin the solution is not more will power, more flesh power, but more Holy Spirit power and we receive this when we ask Jesus for His Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to over come a sin problem in our lives. I pray like this:

Jesus, save me! Please save me from my self and this sin in Your name Jesus. Thank you for Your promise in Romans 10:13 "For whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved."

After praying this way I will find I am no longer having a problem with that sin, but through Jesus' strength, not mine. However, the Bible teaches that the flesh never did obey Godís Law and it never will (Rom 8:6-8) so I can expect this problem to creep up again some time in the future. When it does after I confess and repent of the sin the moment I am aware of it, I will be back again on my knees praying:

Jesus, save me! Please save me from my self and this sin in Your name Jesus. Thank you for Your promise in Romans 10:13 "For whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved."

He does and I go on. This is how we stay clean of sin and unclean spirits and how we get victory over sin.

Zechariah 3:6 "ĎNot by might, nor by power, but by My-Spirit,í declares Yehovah-of-hosts."

When you have a spiritual problem the solution is to ask yourself "What does God's Word say about this subject?" Find that answer and when you do and apply it to your life, you will then be walking in the Holy Spirit. We are walking in the Holy Spirit when what we do is according to God's Word the Bible. The Bible is the foundation of our faith and our instruction manual for the life God created for us and our country, America, to have. Jesus said in John 17:17 "Sanctify them in the truth, Your Word is truth."

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