Ephesians 6:12 (New International Version)12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
The recent post, When Your Spouse Ridicules Your Faith, highlighted the fact that our battle is not against other people (a spouse) but the battle is actually on a grand scale.
I hesitate to post on battling with the enemy because if your spiritual relationship with Christ is new, this post could potentially frighten you. But, hear me now, Jesus Christ is our protector. Jesus defeated Satan’s power at the cross for his children, you and me. Scripture is clear about fear.
2 Timothy 1:7 (New International Version) For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
1 John 4:18 (New International Version) There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
With these scripture passages clearly in our hearts and minds this is my story: Several years ago I began praying differently for my husband. I began to pray, asking God to bind the enemy from my husband. Over the months leading up to this period in our marriage, I felt an impression that an evil spirit was clinging on to him. I could not see anything, of course, but just felt as though this spirit owned my husband and was dangerously mad that I was praying for his release.
In fact, I was praying for his release from spiritual blindness, from oppression, from evil, from the chains of old beliefs. Often at night I would feel the strongest urgings from the Holy Spirit to pray for my husband. I would reach over and place my hand on my snoring spouse, then I would pray.
Little did I understand the effect of my prayers but when I prayed, I believe the heavenlies were called into action and a REAL battle ensued over my husband. Okay, here is the hard part to tell. After months of praying along these lines I woke up in the night. We have a screen door in our bedroom. It was a hot summer night and the screen door was closed but the heavy door we left open to allow cool breezes into our bedroom.
On this particular evening I remember waking and sitting up in bed. I looked at the screen door. I felt something come through it. I could not see anything but knew it was large, black, and mad. It was seething.
It was battle time. This was the spirit that had claim over my spouse for a long time. It did not want to release him. I knew this to be true.
Man, did I ever start praying. I began to bind the spirit by the power of the blood of Jesus. I was praying OUT LOUD. My heart was pounding. I was mumbling just as fast as I could praying against this intruder. It was only a few minutes then I felt this “thing” rush out the door. I sat trembling and praying.
At the time I think I was more confused about this incident but now after years to ponder the situation, I know what occurred and it was real. What I know today is this: the spirit left that evening and has been unable to return to attach to my spouse.
Wild story, I know…….True? Absolutely.
For months I have wanted to share this story, yet I hesitated until now to do so. Some people are unable to understand spiritual matters. It sounds like craziness.
1 Corinthians 2:14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
I share this story with you to punctuate my post. Pray like crazy for your spouse! For your house! For your kids! For your protection.
But remember this: If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:31 (New International Version) What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
We have nothing to fear and only souls for Christ to gain. The enemy has nothing ahead but defeat. Praise God.
Be Blessed, Lynn