About two weeks ago the Lord brought before me Ephesians, chapter six. For the first time I heard the words written there expressed in a way that was different, new understanding. I was moved by the real power residing in those living words. I began to think about all of the readers who stop in here. Many of us are smack in the middle of spiritual battles in our own homes.
Although our homes should be a place of refuge, often it is at home where real battles in the spirit take place. The home front is where we need to focus on how to use these living words to bring our homes under God’s hand and claim His victory.
I know that sometimes I can be intense as I study God’s word. I take God’s warnings about our enemy serious. However, as we move through this study I want us to remember the character of our God. It is important to God that we are devoted to the battle but even more important, God wants us to be delighted by His blessings.
With this in mind, we are going to explore Ephesians six for a few Fridays. I am prayerful God will inspire you to stop here to read and to add your own story.
The Spiritual world is real and exceedingly active, more so, than we probably can conceive. To help get our minds around how prevalent the battle is, I asked Amy to share with us her true-life story.
Amy's story is her encounter with the dark spirit world. Your encounters are perhaps more subtle. I will discuss these battles and how they play out in real life and how we as believers are able to defeat these forces in the weeks ahead.
I am praying God’s blessing and protection upon us as we discover truths that bind the enemy and set the captives free. Be blessed, Lynn
Lynn has asked me to briefly write a little bit on the subject of "Spiritual Warfare". I've been a Christian for 12 years but as a child I was raised to believe in God, that God created the universe and that Jesus was born in a stable on Christmas day but that's as far as the belief went. We didn't know the difference in believing in God and knowing God, if that makes sense. As a result when I became a teenager I traveled down many different spiritual "pathways" trying to find the peace and acceptance that my heart so desperately craved.
My mother and I were told what we were doing was okay and bible verses were shown to us to prove it but little did we know that God has different ideas on how to get to Him and Him only. We practiced tarot card readings, clairvoyance, tea leaf readings, cast spells.
During this time I remember I'd be at high school and hear people calling me or tapping me on the back, I would turn around but there'd be no-one there. I used to watch horror movies endlessly and think nothing of it. I read astrology and new age books and much more. I've learned now that doing even things like this that seem like harmless fun at the time can and will open doorways into spiritual realms which cause a whole lot of upheaval and trouble.
It wasn't until my mother became a Christian about 5 years later that she pointed out a particular bible verse to me:
"Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead."
It was like a light bulb went off my head and I realized how foolish I had been. I believed in God and wanted to please him and I knew this wasn't the way to go about it. Shortly after this I too became a Christian by asking God to forgive what I'd done and asked Him to come into my life and to change it and since then the peace that entered my heart hasn't left, it's still there and proves to me that what I've done is right. I could go more into the different practices I did take part in before this but I believe God has made me into a new creation, looking back into what was the loneliest tumultuous time of my life isn't what's best for me, I would rather go forward fresh and clean (however if you wish to email me privately feel free to do so at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thinking about it now though I realized just how dangerous our dabbling was at the time, just because we don't see those hidden elements it doesn't mean they aren't there. However all is not lost, if you know of someone who is doing what I did prayer is your greatest weapon. From the time my mother became a Christian until I followed her I know she prayed for me tirelessly. Prayer can break through any wall and climb any hurdle. Don't give up, God changed me, He can change others.