Galatians 4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
You can produce mighty works using the old Covenant System. When I was in the deliverance Ministry, before I came to the revelation of grace, I used to counsel people through a series of confessions and repentance to break curses and to attain forgiveness of sin, before that person would be set free by the demonic. The thinking was, sin somehow entitled Satan to enter a person’s Life, and therefore we believed the Demon had a right to be there and could not be cast out before breaking the permission.
We had great success, from witchdoctors to porn addictions; we cast out thousands of demons through this method. There were only two problems. First it took hours to counsel through all the issues of persons to find all the hidden permissions and break all the supposed curses. Secondly, the freedom would never last, because many would come back weeks or even days later and they were back in the same condition, if not worse.
The reason was simple, we were using an old covenant method of deliverance, which was reliant on the person’s behaviour and ability to “clean up themselves,” rather on the work of Christ, which is fixed, unmovable and unchanging. If a person gets free by repentance and breaking curses from Sin, then once they sin again, they would believe they had opened the door for these things to come right back in, and Satan would accommodate their faith. Yet New Covenant Theology teaches us deliverance is through the Finished work of Jesus Christ, and that People have already been set free at the cross, we just declare liberty to the captives, the deliverance sticks, because it is based on Jesus Christ.
I’m reminded of the story of Abraham. God gave Abraham the promise of a Son through his wife, Sarah. He waivered at the promise and through the advice of his wife be did have a son, Ishmael, through the bondwoman, Hagar. Thirteen years later, God reminded him of the Promise, and Abraham argued that Ishmael was already on the scene; couldn’t he just be the promise instead? God reaffirms the promise, and Later Abraham and Sarah produce Isaac, the Child of Promise. Abraham was later Justified by the Blood of Christ.
The Apostle Paul saw it fit to quote Sarah’s words to cast out the Bondwoman and her son, Ishmael. This is a remarkable testimony to how we are to treat the Fruit we produce by our own efforts. Not only do we throw out the methods used to produce results, but we also throw out all that we have produced by our own efforts. In Other words, throw out the Old Covenant, and anything that you got by its use. Our efforts to produce cannot be mixed with the inheritance we have in Christ.
Genesis 21:10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
Both methods will produce results. By our own efforts we can produce the appearance of a Holy Life, and Freedom from sin through behaviour modification and even deliverance from sickness and demons for a season, but it will never last, as it based upon our obedience and ability to live righteous. It is far easier to believe in the finished work of Christ and What Jesus has done for us, and receive all things as inheritance by his Grace through faith.
Joshua Tongol, On New Covenant healing
Brook Potter, a native of the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, has been a minister of the Finished Work of the Cross, including the ministry to heal the sick since 2009.