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Author: Todd Bentley <todd@freshfire.ca> http://www.freshfire.ca
Editor: Teresa Seputis & Elvi Glass

The Deaf & Dumb Spirit

Second Edition

by Todd Bentley

Lesson 5
The Spirit That Makes Men Deaf

God completed the revelation that He gave me of the deaf spirit in October 2000, as I was ministering in Nigeria and Ghana. I shared it for the first time in January 2001. I have shared it since, in many different places. The Lord first showed me the deaf spirit as I prayed for the deaf. I wanted the deaf to hear. Just about everywhere I went I asked for the deaf. I wanted to believe God to open up the ears of those who could not hear. I committed my life to believing in miracles, but beyond anything else I wanted deaf ears to be opened. I prayed for hundreds of deaf ears. Every once in a while someone would have somewhat of a partial healing, but I was not having the victory that I believed that God had promised me.

One day the Lord Jesus spoke to my heart about the deaf spirit. About the boy in the gospels that was deaf and mute. He was possessed with a spirit, but he was deaf and mute. And when Jesus commanded the spirit to come out of the boy, he both heard and spoke. I said, "That is the key. It is a spirit that is possessing them and making them deaf and mute."

So I began to pray. I asked for the deaf, but this time I did not pray for their hearing. I commanded the devil that made them deaf to come out of their ears. I went from 2% to 75-80% of the deaf being healed in the meetings. I thought, "hallelujah!"

More times than not, it is a spirit that makes people deaf and mute. When you command that spirit to come out, the lord opens their ears. That is when the Lord Jesus began to show me that it is a spirit that makes you spiritually deaf. The Pharisees and Sadducees had that spirit. The Lord referred to it as a spirit that made them dull of hearing.

Ezekiel 12:2 "Son of man, you live in the midst of the rebellious house, who have eyes to see but do not see, ears to hear but do not hear. You do not have the understanding that I want you to have in your heart. Had you had the understanding, having an ear to hear, you would turn in your heart from your wicked ways, and I would have healed you. I am not talking about your natural ear. It is the ear to hear the spirit of wisdom and revelation. You would have the understanding that I want you to have."

The bible declares, let him who has an ear hear what the Spirit is saying. Do you think the devil wants you to hear the voice of God? Do you think the devil is going to have demons such as epilepsy, infirmity, sickness, pain and torment and every other devil in hell and not have a counter-attack? Don't you think he has a spirit that will war against the message and spirit of faith?

Without faith it is impossible to please God. Whatever you ask for, praying and believing, you will receive it. The devil does not want you to have faith. He knows the power of faith. He knows the kingdom of God operates by the law and principal of faith.

Romans 10:17 says, "so faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." God wants to get your hearing.

You will read the word, but you do not "hear." No matter how many times you read, you will be a hearer only and not a doer. You want to be a doer but you do not know why you are not a doer. You do not know why you do not believe what you say you believe. You confess it, but you know you do not believe because nothing is happening. What is the problem? Faith comes by hearing. And there is a spirit that makes you dull. Every time the message of the word of the kingdom comes, this spirit comes to rob you of those seeds of revelation, which can give you faith. We must get the revelation out of our head and into our heart, but we cannot because of the spiritual assignment; the principality called the deaf spirit.

Casting Out The Deaf And Dumb Spirit

The Lord Jesus began to show me the power and strength of the spirit that makes people deaf while I was in Africa. He began to show me the revelation of the dumb spirit. It was in October, during our crusade in Ghana. We had restoration of hearing to 23 of 25 deaf people whom we prayed for, as well as their speech. I do not even know how many deaf people were healed between Ghana and Nigeria. Many times when we go overseas, unless you are deaf and mute, when we pray, we do not even talk about the healing. For example, if you were deaf in one ear only, many times we do not include those healings in the statistics. Most times we only talk about the healing of deafness if you were deaf and mute.

When I begun to command the devil that made them deaf and mute to come out, and I began to break generational sickness in the area of deafness, the Lord opened deaf ears all over the place. We were casting out devils. Thousands of people were getting saved. I was reaching 3 to 4 million at one time. There were over 10 radio stations that were broadcasting the crusades live in order to reach many. We were excited about what God was doing.

We went to a leper colony in the hospital. I prayed for every leper I could get my hand on and led the entire leper colony to Jesus. Every one of them got saved except for one who was already a Christian. The Bible says to cleanse the leper. I cannot do it in the Americas. We went where the lepers are. Africa.

In the middle of the evening crusades, young people began to come in their school uniforms and ask me to pray that they would get good marks in school. I was casting out devils, healing the sick, and cleansing the leper, "the real ministry". All these students wanted me to pray for the blessing of their mind. I said, "Come here. Laid my hands on their head and said bless that mind Jesus. I prayed a courtesy prayer with little faith. Come on, let's get back to the real ministry of Jesus, and give me some more deaf and cripples." But when the other students saw me pray for one, they began to line up for me to pray for their minds too. I do not know how many; maybe 20 a night.

Every one of them wanted me to pray for their studies, mind, reading, concentration, or good marks. They wanted a grace and anointing to study and learn and be filled with wisdom and knowledge. So, I said, "OK (reluctantly). After all, God did fill people with the Holy Ghost and give them all kinds of skills and understanding." Even though I had no practical skills at all with my hands. All I could do was lay hands on the sick. I got a grade 8 education, was raised in poverty and welfare. When I did go to school, I was the D, E, and F student. I did get a B in French once because I cheated. I cannot use tools. So, I reluctantly agreed to pray for their minds.

I prayed, "Oh, hallelujah Lord, bless their minds", over and over. And before I began to pray for one specific person after having prayed for several others, I thought to myself "Man, there are a lot of dumb people in Africa!" Then I began to pray for this girl and she began to manifest a demon. Then I thought, "Cool, a demon!" ("The real ministry of Jesus") And I cast out that demon. Immediately another young man manifested a demon the same way when I blessed his mind. I thought, "Something is happening here." The young people were all beginning to line up.

Finally the Lord spoke to me and said "Todd, this spirit is a dumb devil." I said, "What's a dumb devil?" He said, "The dumb devil affects your ability in the natural to understand, read, focus and concentrate. It is the root of all sorts of learning disabilities.


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