Wrestling Against Spirits


As I prayed last night, felt restless. I couldn’t sleep. My ankle was hurting and I rested it on a pillow. How long will this continue to hurt, Lord? He took me into scriptures to remind me that our afflictions are a direct picture of things taking place in the spiritual realm.

The apostle Paul had told us that, “all things natural, speak to the eternal things of God.” I have always kept this in mind when dealing with things in my life. “What does this mean Lord? Why is this happening? He reminded me of His words to Eve and the Serpent. “I shall put enmity between you and the woman. Between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

Yes, this was always interesting to me. First that women, do not carry the seed, so our Lord was already speaking future tense, to the virgin birth, of Jesus Christ. But the offspring of the serpent and the Lord would be at war. His second part of this scripture is to tell us the outcome. Although the serpent would inflict great pain, with the “striking of the heel, it is not a fatal blow. The “crushing of his head,” is the fatal blow. This happened with the crucifixion. We represent Him on this earth. So we are to walk in His power and authority.

So I know that I am constantly at war. Praying and battling the enemy. Lifting up my loved ones and coming against him in my spirit. He may be relentless, but so am I. The Lord given us instructions in this war. “Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

Many people interpret this to mean, ‘ignore, or turn away from temptation. But this is not the correct interpretation at all. If we look at this in the original language, the word is; anthistemi and it means; to stand against, oppose,  or withstand.

So He’s telling us we will be under attack and to stand against this onslaught. It is a military term. He had already told us that we have the covenant but the enemy of our souls is only going to take what he can. Just as in a war, the enemy tries to take the land. We must occupy and not give in. Not with ourselves, or our loved ones. We must continue to oppose him. When he sees it is not an easy target, he will flee. But note this; he will return. He will never stop trying.

We are told in scripture that, the enemy comes to rob, to kill and to destroy. But Jesus Christ comes to give life, and life abundantly.” So we know the plans the enemy has, and if we lay down and let him, he’ll take our life and the life of our loved ones. So stand firm!

I had a dream last night. My fence in the back came toppling down, like an accordion. Now I just had a new fence put up and I saw it in my dream. It was just what I had seen when the hurricane came through here one year. My whole fence just toppled inward. I ran to bolster it up again. Well, as I said, our Lord speaks to us, if we have ears to listen. In dreams, visions and through people.

Because I felt so unsettled this morning, I began to read the Psalms. I opened to Psalm 62 and I read; “How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down-this leaning wall, this tottering fence? They fully intend to topple him from this lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. Find rest, oh my soul, in God alone.”

God confirms His words. He allowed me to search for the meaning and remind me of the warfare. He reminded me that my hope comes in the name of the Lord. I then thought of my ankle once more. He showed me that although I am in pain, my enemy has already been defeated. He told me that He has given me, All power and authority to trample the scorpions and serpents, and the mighty lion and cobra.” But He didn’t say that it wouldn’t hurt.

He also told us that” we are not wrestling against flesh and blood.” He uses this word wrestle, or ballow-to throw, (more or less violent or intense):arise, cast out, dung, lay, lie, pour, put up, send,  strike, throw down, thrust. We can see this is very serious combat, and in this part of scripture, we are also given our tools to fight this battle. (Ephesians 6)

There is war in the heaven’s, and I’m not backing down. I had a devotional with my son the other day and we were reading about the darkness and the light. We cannot, “throw out darkness.” We can only let the light in, to combat darkness. This is what I see so many people trying to do. On their own strength, they try to battle against the darkness. They try to be good enough on their own merits. It’s impossible. He tells us that “It is not by might nor power, but by His Spirit, that we overcome. We can only surrender to Him, the Light of the World, in order to drive out the darkness. This is what our redemption means. It is not only salvation but deliverance.

So, I stand firm and resist the enemy. I stand for myself and everyone the Lord has in my life. I know what a mess I was until I let His light come in. I’ve been redeemed.

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“He shall be born of a Virgin”


The seed of God

I had a man of Muslim faith sending me extensive emails about the validity of the Quran and why I should believe all that is stated within this book.

He did prove one thing to me. That it is full of contradictions.

It states that anyone that “does not believe in the Quran, is an enemy of Islam.” I asked once again, “who are the enemies of Islam?” He tried to smooth over this portion of the books, which he sent, with flowery words about peace, love and enlightenment.

He agreed that the Quran also states that Jesus is a prophet and would be born of the virgin, Mary.”

I asked him, “if you believe that Jesus Christ is a prophet, then you know that a prophet is a messenger of God Himself and He will not lie. Then how can you not listen to the Words that Jesus spoke about Himself? He said, He and the Father are one. He said, He was the Way the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father, but through Him.”

Now there would be no explaining this contradiction except that one would have to acknowledge one of the following:

  1. Jesus was not a prophet
  2. Jesus was lying
  3. Jesus was crazy
  4. Jesus is exactly who He claimed to be

Now, I told this man that he must decide what to do with this information, if he is going to quote all of these statements to me and try to convince me.

I reminded Him that Jesus did indeed say that, He didn’t come to abolish the law, but to fulfill the Law,” as he pointed out in one of his many quotes. I told Him that Jesus was the perfect law, offered up as a sacrifice for all of us.

As He continued He told me that his proof was Jesus lineage, and you “can see plainly that Jesus was not even in the geneology of Adam.”

Well of course that is true and it proves the whole point of the sacrifice and it  is the validity of Gods Word beginning in the Garden of Eden, when he had to hold sin in account. The sacrifice had to be a perfect sacrifice. (Remember the Jews had to offer an ‘unblemished lamb) God is a God of perfection and the sin would be ‘on the books,’ until a time of redemption had come. Because of one man, Adam, the whole human race fell.This is the reason for the grief we bear. The terrible things that happen. It’s not God punishing us, but quite the opposite. He had a plan to restore us. Our God is a loving God, yet He is also Holy, and sin had to be atoned for, in order for mankind to be able to coexist, once again, with God. Up until the fall, Adam and Eve, walked with God. They had intimate fellowship, but now it had been broken.

The Lord had spoken and told the Israelites in Leviticus 17:11, and told them that “the life of a creature is in the blood, I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar;it is the blood that makes atonement for ones life.”

He had known that Jesus, would be God in human form, to make the atonement, one time for all mankind. It is the knowledge and acceptance of this sacrifice that made atonement for us all.

Of course I pointed out that when Adam sinned, God had a plan in place and He spoke to Eve and the serpent; “I will make enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and hers. You will bruise her heel and she shall crush your head.”

Here I told him, is the plan. God knew that the seed of man had been corrupted by sin. He spoke of the war between “the seed of the serpent, and the seed of the woman.” Well, we know that women do not carry seed, so this was God speaking in future tense. The virgin Mary would be impregnated by God Himself and this way the seed of God had now entered the world.So the virgin birth was not just to be a sign as the miracle, but also the amazing and glorious plan in all of its perfection. It is the reason that the Lord was “examined before Pilate and proven to be without sin.” The perfect lamb and also the reason for John the Baptists exclamation, “behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

When the full atonement had been made with the resurrection of Christ, it was the fulfillment of Gods words to the serpent, “you shall bruise her heel, but she shall CRUSH you head.” As we see in scripture, although Satan tried many times to thwart the plan of God(bruise her heel) and he even thought he did this with the crucifixion, it was Gods plan all along to “Crush his kingdom and at this point Jesus Christ descended into hell and took the keys to sin and death. He preached the gospel those held in darkness, “and led captives in His train.” “I am the First and the Last, I am the Living One; I was dead and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:17,18)

Jesus became the second Adam, but not born of his lineage. He could not be born of the corruptible seed. This seed is perfect and we are all part of this lineage when we can put our faith in Him, the one that made the way for us to enter into that fellowship once again. “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of the imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.(1 Peter1:22)

In the end, this man sent about 10 paragraphs of the Quran and many quotes from Muhammad. I had to tell him that you cannot convince someone to faith, through many words. I cannot be swayed in my faith. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.” I cannot except the things that were spoken by someone that I do not believe to be a prophet. And Muhammad didn’t make himself a sacrifice for anyone.

I do believe Jesus Christ is the Lord of all, it is His words that I believe.

The truth is evident to me, because only truth has the power to change a person. I found the truth, He is Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, of the incorruptible seed of God. He took on the flesh and He is the the ” high priest of a royal priesthood and His kingdom shall have no end.”

And this is why all who believe can say, “Oh death where is thy sting, oh grave where is thy victory?”(1Corinthians 15:55)