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In the Light

Bring Everything Into the Light

If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 ESV)

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. (1 John 2:9-10 ESV)

...at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.” (Eph 5:8-14 ESV)

Example of Christians Bringing Their Evil Practices to The Light

The Sons of Sceva

11 And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” 14 Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15 But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” 16 And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. 18 Also many of those who were now believers [saved children of God] came, confessing and divulging their practices. 19 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily. (Acts 19:11-20 ESV)

Exposing and Renouncing Our Past

Early Christians in the times of the "The Acts of the Apostles" often publicly renounced there sins moments before the time of their water baptisms. They understood that baptism was a very important time in which legally, in the sight of God and therefor in the sight of demons and fallen angels, they would be counted dead to their old CONFESSED, RENOUNCED and REPENTED OF sins. Demons and fallen angels have no hold over a dead person. And the new person coming out of the waters, in God's eyes, is a new creation - the old has passed away; behold the new has come (2 Cor 5:17).

The Apostle Paul himself wrote how he counted EVERYTHING as a loss in order to know Christ (Phil 3:7-8).

God will not set us free from the consequences of hidden and unrepented of sin. That is why in preparing for getting set free we want to bring EVERYTHING into the light, both bad and good, because some of what we might consider good often has a bad/ungodly influence in our lives (Prov 14:12, Isa 55:9). The best way to accomplish this is to create lists of EVERYTHING. These lists are prayed through, item by item, renouncing and repenting of any sins or lies believed and asking the Lord to remove any and all spiritual attachments that should be removed. To help you break this into a manageable task please consider the following partial outline.

 

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  • Lists That Contribute Toward the Defeat of the Strong Man
    • Names of all Places Lived
    • Names of all Schools Attended
    • Names of all Churches Attended
    • Names of all Organizations
      • Fraternities
      • Sororities
      • Etc.
    • All Jobs and Skills
    • A Confidential Sin List
      • Pride
      • Rebellion
      • Covetousness
      • Lying
      • Hiding
      • Stealing
      • Fears and Anxieties
      • Occult
        • Ouija Boards
        • Magic 8 Ball
        • Levitation games
        • Seances
        • Fortune tellers
        • Tarot cards
        • Astrology
        • Horoscopes
        • Fascination with books about magic
        • Physics seers
        • Harry Potter books
        • Pokemon cards
        • Fortune cookies
        • Etc.
      • Religious (like the OT pharisees)
      • Social Lawbreaking
      • Lust
      • Tongue
      • Violence
      • Manipulation
      • Rage
      • Laziness
      • Breaking Covenant
      • Breaking Promises
      • Breaking Marriage Vows
      • Fantasy and Imaginations
      • Financial Sins
      • Excesses
      • Addictions
        • Alcohol
        • Drugs
        • Pornography
        • Sexual
        • Eating
        • Etc.
    • Names of Influential People
      • Family
      • Ancestors to Fourth Generation (if known)
      • Teachers
      • Friends
      • Coaches
      • Co-Workers
      • Public and Fantasy Figures
      • Media Stars and Role Models
    • Bitterness & Unforgiveness
      • Persons we have not forgiven
      • Have we forgiven ourselves?
      • Have we forgiven God?
    • Possession of Objects Devoted to Destruction
      • Occult objects of any kind
      • Cult objects of any kind
      • New age religion books or artifacts
      • Eastern deities books or artifacts
      • Native American books or artifacts
      • Wiccan books or artifacts
      • African shaman books or artifacts
      • Crystals
      • Etc.
  • Lists That Contribute Toward Healing of the Brokenhearted
    • All Materials Read
    • All Broadway, Movies, Television, Videos, DVDs and Computer
    • All Music, Lyrics and Musicians
    • All Natural and Spiritual Predictions
    • All Names and Personal Labels

A key point to remember is that you probably, on your own, won't be able to remember everything all the way back to your childhood days. But there is one who does know. Ask the Father in Jesus' name to help you remember, by His Holy Spirit, things that are important which you have forgotten about. He is faithful and He will do it for you if you are asking in humility and if you sincerely desire that everything be brought into the light of God.

Steps to Freedom in Christ by Dr. Neil T. Anderson of Freedom in Christ Ministries