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.

The Groaning of the Spirit

In Romans 8:22 we are told that “all of creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

In verse 26 it says, “in the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

Last night, all night long, I experienced this. My left side hurt me. I was in excruciating pain, as I was diagnosed with bronchitis and my left lung was hurting every time I coughed. Yet I found myself having dreams of sorrow. And I was hearing the wind blowing outside my window, and the Lord reminded me of His own side being pierced and the blood and water that ran out. All the sorrow He experienced at that moment. Everything in his heart as it spilled out from his side. All the sorrow of the world.

Each time I woke up I heard groans from my own mouth and thought this was the Spirit pleading to the Father and tears were coming down from my cheeks. Now this has happened to me before, but last night it was one episode after another. At one point my daughter was walking down the hall and I actually thought she heard me. I wondered what in the world was causing me so much sorrow and at one point I remembered thinking of a man I pray for every night before I sleep. I believe he thinks he has committed the unforgivable sin. I think it was the reason for the confrontation by the two girls the other day. They were in some way, representatives for him.But the Lord has assigned me to certain people within the framework of my own company and uniquely linked me to them. A few of them have been threaded from my past as well. The Lord has used many incidents, both good and evil to knit all of us together in this, ‘coat of many colors’ This is how God works. Some has been identically linked to my father’s death. Nothing in the Lord’s plans are ever coincidental. They are always perfectly orchestrated and in His timing. Everything is meant to bring us to the place of understanding that we are not beyond our need of forgiveness, nor are any of these sins  “unforgivable.” Man has a way of not being able to “let themselves off the hook,” in life. Because of the lies of the enemy and this is what keeps them in the darkness. They seek absolution and it is the one thing that seems out of  reach. They are deceived into a false system of religion until the end. At some point a person begins to buy into the lie that, they always have time to cop a plea at the last breath. Who wants a life like this anyway? That isn’t the ‘abundant life’ that Christ had promised.

This is why I have been linked in the chain to these people. It has been keeping me up at nights, and groaning as verse 27 states, “And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Whatever the Spirit is praying for these people I know  it is breaking them, and it brings sorrow.

I have had many wicked spirits trying to stand as a human shield in efforts to stand in my way and almost discourage me, but it won’t work. I know my calling. I have been through a lot in my life and the enemy deceived me for a while. Yes, he almost made me run in terror, but I won’t forsake the ones I’ve been called to, so he can just flee now.”Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.(James 4:7)

 “He who wins souls is wise. (Proverbs 11:30) So I keep praying, “Lord give us time. Let them know they are forgiven. Let them stop trying to justify themselves and know that you’ve already done that for them.”