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CONFRONTING THAT WHICH IS SINISTER

October 27, 2009
This post is in response to a number of ponderings over the course of a very hectic weekend in which the enemy seemed to work havoc in this household. I remember David Meyers once telling about a two week window of intense spell-casting and other forms of sinister activity that preceeds samhain. (halloween) While those who are washed in the blood of Jesus are not in bondage to the threatenings of such activity, we are wise to be not ignorant of the enemies devices and timings. I fear that all too few of us, including the author of this post, fully understand the spiritual battle that we’re in. A significant portion of what transpires under the guise of spiritual warfare appears to be more dramatics than substance; thereby further obscuring an already greatly misunderstood topic. Before going further, the following link is necessary to bring up:
SPIRITUAL WARFARE and DELIVERANCE
I first visited this site almost a year ago when discovering the testimony of Annie Finton, a former witch who is now born of the Spirit, however, I’ve not spent any substantive time on the site since that day. This weekend, however, I breezed through an introductory portion (the site offers an extensive collection of information) wherein it was mentioned that a majority of our involvement in spiritual warfare should not be direct but rather indirect. (Although, it mentioned that, in a case wherein one is demon possessed, the confrontation is more direct.)  Even though I didn’t have time to read further to find out why this statement was made, it did cause me to think about a few things. This is very much a “thinking-out-loud” post that I pray will encourage others to seek the Lord and search the scriptures for further clarity on this topic. First, however, three familiar passages:
II Corinthians 2:11 “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
II Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)
Casting down imagination, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obediance of Christ;
And having a readiness to revenge all disobediance, when your obediance is fulfilled.”
Acts 19:13 “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.”
Each of these could be a post in and of themselves. The first, while spoken in the context of forgiving others (II Corinthians 2:10) admonishes us to be ever mindful of the devices which the enemy will employ in an attempt to derail us. The second passage reminds us of where the true battle lies. It often seems as though we spend most of our time fighting battles on the surface without understanding the spiritual nature of the campaigns. (This has been a major struggle with me concerning the Morgan and Dustin show, along with other goings-on in this family) Physical manifestations are merely a reflection of a much more profound and complex spiritual situation. The third passage reveals the dangers of engaging the enemy head-on when not in a place spiritually to do so. In this case, the vagabond Jews, exorcists did not have a relationship with Jesus and appear to have had a desire to “play the role of hero” so to speak.
Interestingly, Acts 19:13 is the only place in the King James bible where the word “exorcists” appears.
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
So, over the weekend, I wondered what was meant by engaging the enemy indirectly and a few of the following things came to mind.
( 1 ) Phil McAlmond. Many will remember his blogs and the beneficial instruction that he routinely offered up. He once told of a building that he visited on the Scottish island of Iona. The place was dark and an almost overwhelming presence of evil permeated the structure. The Holy Spirit instructed him to just start lifting up the name of Jesus. It wasn’t long afterwards that the sinister presence was banished from the place. He didn’t have to go through any routine or put on a theatrical performance; he just worshipped the Lord Jesus, whose name is above every name, in sincerety. When we go into a place and the name of Jesus is lifted up, the very atmosphere will be altered. A saint can go into the city, stand on a corner that’s known to be a strong hold, and deliver the gospel of Jesus Christ to the captives. The darkness is penetrated and the enemy is reduced to playing defense.
( 2 ) The “opposer of truth” dream. The detailed account can be read “here” and involves a wiccan girl who used to work at the plant. In the dream, we were having a conversation when this entity appeared between us and was determined to “neutralize me.” I somehow knew that he was very proficient in his sinister ambitions and found myself somewhat fearful. As he began an assault, I found myself praying; but not praying about the battle in front of me. I was talking with the Lord about things that were in no way relevant to the situation at hand. While in prayer, the fear dissipated and I noticed that the relentless attack from this opposer was having no impact on me whatsoever. It was just “fizzling” about two feet in front of me.
James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
( 3 ) We are all engaged in this. It’s very serious as the enemy is seeking to hang onto every captive possible, but all who are born of the Spirit can (and do) operate in this capacity to one degree or another. Oftentimes the biggest battles in this realm involve us striving to not submit to the flesh. Not so much the big glaring things, but the little things that can oftentimes beset one for years. A seed of spiritual pride, a harboring of affection for something of this world which is considered innocent because the idol appears neutral, a desire for preeminence, (which is also pride) becoming so “mechanical” that we unwittingly leave our first love, choosing gossip over intercession, and a host of other pitfalls too numerous to mention. These things hinder us at every level; providing the enemy with a platform from which he can keep us in a perpetually defensive posture. This leads toward eventual shipwreck.  
( 4 ) Pray always; faint not. This has been a secondary pondering over the weekend. When we come into the presernce of the Lord Jesus; having confessed any stumblings and are abiding in this sweetest of places, it’s a perfect time to bring forth the names and needs of others in our ambience.  Souls whose sins were paid for at Calvary, but don’t have this relationship and those who are facing various giants in their life. Intercession is not only a time of being in the presence of the Lord, it’s a time in which strongholds of the enemy can be brought to nothing. All of us would be astonished if we fully understood the significance of sincere prayer and would find ourselves no longer apprehensive about goings on in the physical realm.
A lot of spiritual warfare takes place without us giving the enemy so much as the time of day. In the first two accounts listed above, the focus was on the Lord Jesus; not the activities of the wicked one. In the third example, we put on the breasplate of righteousness; not allowing the enemy to have a podium from which he can launch accusations against us. And the fourth involves being with the Lord and interceeding for others. While typing out the last one, Acts 12:1-16 came to mind. This is where Peter was imprisoned by Herod, a group of saints  were at the house of Mary (the mother of John whose surname was Mark) praying without ceasing for him, and the report by a damsel named Rhoda, that Peter stood outside the door was initially not taken seriously. (Perhaps if she had let him into the house first instead of having a blond moment. lol) 
One more example is needful before closing, although it delves into the eccentric. Most of us have heard about the numerous “alien abduction cases” and how those who undergo this phenomenon have their lives turned upside down. Last summer (2008) I heard the testimonies of some folks who began to experience this, but called upon the name of Jesus as the ordeal began. In an instant, the beings were gone, (proving that they are not benign ETs but  are fallen entities) and these would-be-victims were back in their place. Some of these folks attended the annual gathering in Roswell NM in order to give their testimony, but were largely shunned by those who involve themselves with such things. The UFO community preferred to believe the storyline of extraterrestrial encounters instead of embracing the truth that can make them free.
Well I really have to go as it’s after 2:30 AM and I have to get up early. These are strange times; unlike any other, but our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
P.S. Here’s a link to the testimony of Jeff Harshbarger.  This link goes to the Refuge Ministries site and his testimony is on the You Tube at the bottom of the home page. It’s about five and a half minutes long.
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11 comments

  1. Last Trumpet is out if you didn’t know. Will be praying for you!!


  2. Last trumpet is out!


  3. Spiritual warfare is a really interesting subject. I’ve been wondering about it. Resist the devil . . . what does this consist of? Saying, “I resist you in Jesus name?” Seems to me this is a bit simplistic, but I don’t know enough about this subject to say. I’m looking forward to checking out the site you sent.

    The story about the wiccan girl (Cindy!) that you posted is also really interesting, and seems to demonstrate that at least one way of resisting the devil is to ignore him and to place one’s attention on Jesus. Thanks for posting this–you’ve given me a lot to think about.

    Love, Cindy (not THAT Cindy, BTW) 😉


  4. HGi Code. Thanks so much for keeping us in prayer. I continue to remember you and am praying for the manager and your household. And I took copies of the Last trumpet newsletter in to work today. This has become amonthly event and folks seek after the information contained therein. I still haven’t e-mailed, but will when I can.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  5. Hi Cindy. It’s been a few years since I last saw the other Cindy. Her dad still works at the plant, however, I haven’t taken time to ask how she’s doing. So I keep her in prayer. David Meyers once mentioned a friend of his grandmother who prayed for him daily during his season as a witch, and the Lord did a work suddenly.

    Here’s another site. http://maxthedog-jeff.blogspot.com/ This is Jeff harshbargers blog site and it’s kept very current. I’ve also placed it on the blogroll. I found it a short while ago.

    Thanks for taking time to stop by. I was attempting to leave a comment on your site earlier this afternoon, but the computer wasn’t being cooperative. (Where’s that computer hammer? lol)

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  6. Thanks, Timbob

    Great site–I’ll enjoy exploring it. 🙂

    Cindy


  7. In my experience, it is important and scriptural to be aware of satan, as there is a lie out there… a lie above all lies, the satan does not exist and it’s human nature that’s evil.

    With that being said.. If we focus on the crap we’re dealt in this life, do nothing but fight these demons, then it IS satan who wins. The best battle fought? Stare him in the face of adversity and simply say, “get behind me satan.”

    Then move on. I’ve been gone a while from writing and the blogosphere, glad to back, even if it will only be for today… thank you for the post, keep your eyes on the prize in these MARVELOUS times!!!!


  8. Hi Cindy in SD. This site has a plethura of information. I only wish that I had more time to read through the material presented there.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  9. Hi Cindy Hanson. It is important to not become “consumed” by a foe which has been defeated. It’s important to be aware of his tactics, and as you mention, getting us to spend all of our energy focused on battling the wiles of the devil is a clever tactic. But if we recognize his devices and “resist him,” he has to flee.

    Thanks for taking time to stop by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  10. I agree with timbob.And funny whats happening these days. You might find afew articles on my blog helpful
    http://7drizzles7.wordpress.com/


  11. Hi Acidri. Thanks so much for stopping by. I visited your site and the top post is very insightful; revealing the need for each of us to be in close to the Lord and to be continuously searching the scriptures. These are indeed strange times.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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