I’m interrupting this Friday and adding a second post.
Over the past several days I have been in the midst of some powerful spiritual warfare. I know many other who are smack in the middle of warfare as well. On Wednesday morning, I was up early, 5:30 a.m. to read my Bible and pray. As I sat reading, I felt the presence of evil trying to enter our home. I heard noises out back and then something touched the handle on the door to the patio that is only three feet directly behind where I was sitting.
Now, I’m sharing this story not to frighten you but to tell you that spiritual warfare is very real. The Bible speaks clearly to this.
Ephesians 6:12 (New International Version) 12For 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.
I am discovering that so many of us don’t truly know how to fight the devil and his minions and I am determined today to share some of what I know and I have found effective. So onward with the story.
I immediately began to pray OUT LOUD.
Our spoken words result in enormous power in the battle. It is the words we speak into the spiritual realm that have cause and effect. This is true when we are living in the will of God. So, if you aren’t right with God. Get so right now. Confess any sin and ask for forgiveness, turn to God for healing and beg Him to reveal His will for your life. THEN OBEY. Stay in God’s Word, daily. I can’t stress this enough. If you are not in God’s Word every day and you aren’t praying, you are vulnerable.
The words we speak affect every aspect of our lives. I have watch people sabotage their own prayers by saying something stupid later in the day which was counter to what they prayed. The Bible is filled with warnings about how we use our words. And, to stress this further, may I remind you of how the world began?
God spoke it into existence. Whoa!
I began to pray something like this.
I bind the enemy that is trying to enter this home by the power and blood of Jesus Christ. I bind all the works and affects this evil is trying to place upon my home and family. I ask you Father, to dispatch angels this very moment to fight for our home. Let them stand at every door and window with their swords drawn.
Lord, fill this house with light and the power of Your Holy Spirit. Let it glow so brightly that the devil and his minions flee for miles around.
Lord, I bind these evil creatures to the pit of hell, never to return.
Father, it is your will that prevails in this house. It is your home. Place a hedge of protection around it and around my family (I name them by name).
Lord, may our home and our lives bring you all, honor and power and glory and worship. I pray by the name of my Redeemer. It is his shed blood that purchased my life and it is Jesus who holds the keys. In His powerful and life-giving name, Jesus. Amen
Okay, I know this prayer is a little disjointed but God gets me and hears and you know what happened next?
I felt..... or I guess the best way to describe it is I sensed a super-fast motion around the house and almost immediately heard the flap of our dog door on the other side of the house flap loudly like something had speedily thrust threw it.
Then I knew (sensed) it was over. They were gone.
Do I understand why sometimes these things occur? No.
Do they happen less frequently now as when I was weak in my faith? Yes
Would these attacks occur if I was married to a Christian? Yes
Is the devil threatened by me and therefore attacking with more intensity? Absolutely
I can expect to do battle with the ugly one until the day I step into heaven. God expects it. I am part of His Kingdom. I can promise you that I have done battle for so many of you. I don’t say that to point to myself. I am not righteous. I am not even a very good Christian at times. But, I love God’s people and when He sends them to me to pray, I do it.
Now it’s your turn. Take up the battle. You have a family to protect. You have neighbors who are hurting because they are listening to the lies of the enemy. You have Jesus. You have the answer so speak His power into your world. It is by His name we can fight and win and bring much honor the God of the universe.
Praying up a spiritual storm, Lynn
Have a fantastic Friday. Go, Fight, WIN!