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Phantom Menacings

July 19, 2009
The information presented in the documentary suggested that none of the family members were in Christ. Subsequently it served as a reminder that precious souls are hanging in the balance and that the enemy doesn’t go on holiday. (even when we do) The program wasn’t something that I would normally seek out, however, I came across it unexpectedly late in the evening of July 17 while waiting for Matthew to go to sleep. (Matthew is autistic and sometimes he’ll be awake late into the evening. One of us always stays up with him when this happens) Scrolling through some obscure channels (on the television that I would actually like to get rid of)  I came across a documentary about a haunting in Corpus Christi Texas. As the story unfolded I began to ponder a number of things relating to the fact that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against monsters. Fallen entities which seek to destroy those bearing the image of God for whom the gift of salvation is still within reach. 
Luke 10:18-20 “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven.
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
Before going into the thrust of this post, some elaboration concering this passage.  Jesus tells the disciples not to celebrate over the authority granted to them but to rejoice in their salvation. If it were not for the blood of Jesus that was shed for us, we would all be lost and without hope in the world.  If I had passed into eternity in August of 1983, I would be in everlasting torment right now instead of typing out a somewhat controversial post.  Our focus must always remain upon Jesus; lest we unwittingly open a conduit for spiritual pride to enter the picture.
The family in the documentary consisted of a man, his wife, and two daughters; the oldest having a son who also resided with the family and the younger being in high school. They moved into a house in which, unbeknownst to them, had been the scene of a drug-related murder twenty years prior. Soon after moving in, it became apparent to the mother and two daughters that there was a sinister presence in the house. The husband had no regard for anything of a spiritual nature and catagorized the events as the products of imagination. (until he was presented with undeniable proof; including an encounter as they were fleeing the property) The entity began to focus on the younger daughter, almost like an obsession. The ladies in the house were becoming increasingly fearful and the entity was becoming stronger in relation to the level of terror generated.
Although I initially questioned pausing on such a story, (not exactly a profitable use of time) I soon began to fathom the significance of a family who was being harassed by a demonic entity and was at a complete loss as to how to deal with it. Even though the footage was merely a reenactment of the actual events; coupled with reflective commentary by the victims, it was heartbreaking to observe. Heartbreaking because these folks seemed unaware that this enemy was defeated 2000 years ago at Calvary. Heartbreaking because This oppression wouldn’t have had to continue unabated until the family was driven from the house, if there had been a discerning saint in the vicintiy. One who was in a place, spiritually where they could be used of the Lord in this situation. 
Matthew 10:8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” 
And finally heartbreaking because one would naturally think that the church would be the first place to look for help in a situation that’s clearly a spiritual campaign. Instead it became a matter of last resort; and that, after a paranormal investigator recommended a cleansing. (This investigator likewise had a terrifying encounter with the thing) And one can only wonder what kind of church had been contacted; whether it was a body of saints whose affections were steadfastly on Jesus, or the nearest branch office of “United form of Godliness Inc.” Whoever it was, they explained that it would be a week before this case could be addressed. (A lot can happen in a week and they ended up leaving before this call was answered.) The story then took a heartwrenching turn as the mother; in a state of absolute desperation, tried to cleanse the house herself. If she was not in Christ, this was an Acts 19:16 moment in the making and sadly, it led to another terrifying confrontation.
This begs the question “what kind of gospel are we presenting to the world around us if we’re viewed as a last resort; even under such terrifying conditions?” (In one incident, if I remember correctly, this entity was, as it were, “trying to suffocate” the younger daughter as she was lying in bed.) When we, as ambassadors for Christ, travel amongst our contemoporaries with our Christian banner flying, do they associate this with the power of God to deliver from sin and transform lives or do they conjour up images from the “your best life now” crowd; more intersted in getting stuff than being a vessel fit for the Masters service? It’s quite possible that this family knew folks who professed Christ, but never went to them concerning their ordeal. (this is speculation as such information didn’t come out in the report)
I Corinthians 4:20 “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”
All around us, souls are being afflicted by the enemy and we have the words of eternal life. We know Jesus; the one who can deliver from any bondage, heal any broken heart, deliver from any affliction, and transform the chiefest of sinners into future citizens of the New Jerusalem. It’s imperative to be ready, at the drop of a hat, to address situations as they arise; being mindful that there is oftentimes a very fine line between gathering and scattering.
As the documentary ended, Matthew was finally asleep and I stepped utside, awash in prayerful cogitation. Thoughts about the range and diversity of the ongoing spiritual battle that rages 24/7 all around us. Thoughts about how many saints are focusing in on political issues that cannot offer deliverance or piercing themselves through with many sorrows as they bow to their golden calf.  Thoughts about how many times I’ve been awol over the years when souls in my ambience were at critical junctures. Thoughts about the tender mercies of God and how, despite this household being spiritually divided, he’s kept us safe. Thoughts about how many times the enemy has tried to break up this household and how, on a number of occasions it would have been easy to throw in the towel. The fact that we’re atill together is, in itself, a miraculous thing.
Thoughts about Morgan and Dustin; two souls who are in desperate need of Jesus and how I’ve not always responded to their situation properly. Thoughts about how I need to be praying for this family more diligently. Thoughts about the perilous course that I was on prior to coming to Jesus. There were no saints in my immediate ambience until I met Teresas aunt and uncle in the summer of 1983. With the mindset that I had as a youth coupled with the eccentric cast of characters with whom I associated, I could well have ended up in a plethura of contrary circumstances. Circumstances that may well have resulted in an untimely demise.  It all but defies explaining, but before I was born of the Spirit, there was like an invisible barrier that seemed to prevent me from embarking on courses which, at the time, had an almost magnetic attraction to them. There are so many things that could have happened, or perhaps even should have happened, but didn’t. The Lords mercy is beyond our most profound imagination.  
Well it’s after 2:30 am and this is Sunday which means I’ll not be getting a lot of sleep tonight. This is probably in the top five on the listing for strange posts, but the account concrning the family in Corpus Christi caused stirring. When one sees the enemies methods of torment being employed; be it an addiction, depression, oppression, possession, uncontrollable lustings, or what have you, it opens the eyes to what’s truly at stake. Priceless souls in need of deliverance. Someone to stand in the gap, interceding much, loving them with the love of Jesus and looking forward to the day when their eyes are opened, their name is recorded in heaven, and the shackles fall to the ground.
Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath annointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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4 comments

  1. Good Morning TimBob:

    It seems that those who understand spiritual attack and are called to be spiritual warriors understand the aspects of how God works in such situations. Before being called to such a thing, I believed people who claimed to deal with demons were indeed prideful and elevating themselves. Then the Lord stepped. I think God’s people who have never dealt with demons are either operating out of fear (God’s perfect love casts it out every time) or just don’t believe it is “for today”, which is sad.

    People don’t understand the authority they have over such things because of and only because of Christ and who we are in Him. There are a handful, but not enough. The enemy sits back and laughs as he is then successful at his attempts to rob, kill and destroy God’s people.

    “This begs the question “what kind of gospel are we presenting to the world around us if we’re viewed as a last resort; even under such terrifying conditions?”

    This is so true…not only as a last resort…but any resort at all. I’m sure it grieves the heart of God to no end. Time to kick it up a notch…

    Thank you for this,
    Debs


  2. Hi deb. This is another topic where it’s easy to get an image that’s not representative of things. A true understanding of spiritual warfare will humble a person as we realize that we’re not doing anything except being a vessel for the Lord. I have seen a few ministers, however, who used this as a “claim to fame” as it were, and in those situations pride may have been a problem. (Or it could have just been an inacrrueate perception.

    One preacher, however, stands out as having a firm understanding. I only heard him a couple of times when I visited his church in Philadelphia. He mentioned that many folks romanticize (I’m paraphrasing) spiritual warfare and the casting out of devils. He explained that nothing could be farther from the truth. He had been used in an excercism before and it physically exhausts you and the entity will put on a terrifying show as it’s being cast out.

    It’s not to be taken lightly, but is something that we all are engaged in to one degree or another. This household; being spiritually divided, is a continuous battlefield and fervent prayer for all is a must.

    Thanks for your input on this topic. The family mentioned in the post was terrified and knew not where to turn. As they were leaving, the youngest daughter went back to her room to get one final box. That’s when the door shut and nodody could get it back open; despite everyone else pulling. The dad finally had her go to a feturn air vent in the closet where they could get her out. Just as she was about halfway out, something began pulling her back into the room. It was a tremendous struggle, but she finally escaped.

    By the grace of God, the thing diidn’t follow them to their new place. (The daughters commentary revealed that the harassment ceased after leaving the house.) I’ve heard of this happening. When an entity latches on to someone and the person moves, the thing may actually tag along.

    So imperative it is to be close to Jesus in this world where such incidents are sure to increase as time runs out. Thanks again.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  3. I see this so much every day, as you can only imagine. I was thinking today, “God when are you going to intervene in this situation.” Where I work can be so dark, demonic and disheartening. I thought about four ppl that are making other lives miserable simply because they are miserable and desperately in need of Jesus. I really really wanted to go home today. I think of the song, “Home Free” and my heart feels desperate. I’m so tired of this sick world. I feel so defeated at times. And yet, so many need Jesus.

    I also thought about a certain senior official where I work who is a great talker. A liar, but a great talker. He is truly the wolf in sheep’s clothing. I thought about Satan and how he has come to steal, kill and destroy dressed up in the same sheep’s clothing. I felt like I was listening to Satan today as this man spoke. I was so disgusted.

    I’m praying for you and your family!


  4. Hi Code. These are definately trying times and it seems as though the enemy is launching everything at his disposal. This reminded me of a department that I used to be in which had a darkness to it. I had to keep remembering “greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.”

    Rachel has a post that I would recommend checking out. The site is http://stirringthedeep.com/2009/07/21/heightened-spiritual-warfare/ This post covers a lot of area concerning the assault’s that are coming at so many of the saints these days.

    Thanks so much for stopping in and for your prayers. I’ll likewise keep you and your family in prayer.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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