Sunday, 27 October 2013

Our fight is not against flesh and blood

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Once I recognised and acknowledged that there was a spiritual battle going on, I think I may have rattled the beings that have been oppressing my family. A friend came over and I was chatting with her about how my eyes had been opened to the fact that our diseases had spiritual roots, and how I now had renewed hope again for my healing and the healing of all of my sons. We can partner with the spirits of darkness with our words and thoughts unknowingly. We can invite them into our lives by holding onto unforgiveness, self-hatred or being fearful.  As I spoke, I immediately started getting a headache. She asked if she could pray for me and  I welcomed it. As she prayed, I felt the headache stop and then start again. It was almost like I could feel something put their hands around my head and squeeze my head, and then loosen their grip.

The headache remained after my friend finished praying. She encouraged me to keep praying myself and reminded me that I had the authority in Jesus over spirits. My friend left and as the day continued, the headache remained. I spoke under my breath (so as not to freak my children out) to the spirit that I believed was causing my headache throughout the day. I decided to look up Scriptures on authority and searched on Biblegateway.  Three scriptures stood out to me and I wrote them on a blackboard and on glass in my home:

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross-Col 2:15
  • Spirit of wisdom and revelation
  • eyes of your heart may be enlightened 
  • That power is the same as the mighty strength  he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him in heavenly realms
  • far above all rule and authority, power and dominion
  • every name that is invoked
And Jesus summoned to Him His twelve disciples and gave them power and authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of weakness and infirmity.-Matt 10:1
My husband arrived home curiously watching me, as I was madly writing the Scriptures up. When I finished writing them, I had a revelation of my authority over the spiritual realm and the headache vanished.  I turned to my husband and told him what had happened. That night after the children were asleep, we went to the boundary lines of our property and to every room of our house. As a couple, we anointed our home with oil and told the spirits that they had to leave. We asked Holy Spirit to dwell in our home and His angels to protect our family.

Over the following days, the battle continued. The boys behaved unusually more rebellious and argued with each other more. I whispered prayers under my breath and told the spirits they had to leave. It was evident they were not going to leave without a fight. One night as I was talking about God as I tucked one of my sons into bed, he put his hands over his ears and refused to listen to anything I said about God or the Bible. I had never seen this before and immediately started praying quietly. After a while, tears rolled down my son's cheeks and he fell into my arms. I asked him why he was crying and he said, "I don't know." I knew in that moment, that the spirit that was tormenting him had left. Since that day he out of all the 3 boys, has been the most open and enthusiastic about hearing and talking about God.

Over the last few weeks, if I thought of someone who had hurt me, and I still had that horrible feeling that can accompany hurt, I immediately stopped what I was doing. I forgave the person for the hurt that they caused me, and thanked God that He gave me forgiveness for all the hurts that I cause people. As I did this, I released and let go of the hurt that I had been holding onto, asking Him to heal my heart.

Over the weeks that have passed since my initial headache, I no longer experience the heaviness or feeling of absolute exhaustion after a big day. I still have fatigue, but I believe that it is normal fatigue from a full life homeschooling 3 boys. I am able to keep going the next day after a huge day beforehand. I have never been able to do this in 10 years.

So am I healed? I don't believe so. Not yet. But something has been broken over my life, and things are starting to change. I will continue to be aware of the spiritual battle we are in and fight with the authority He gives us as Believers. Not in the "there-is-a-devil-under-every-rock" mentality, but acknowledging that  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.-Eph 6:12. I will use wisdom and continue on my prescribed medication and supplements, eating healthy, exercising, resting and giving my soul space. 

Still taking lessons from the King,

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  1. Thanks Jo. I really needed to read this today. I realised yesterday that I need to proclaim God's power over my home and life. That I need to focus not on the world (verses confirmed that this morning) and its woes but lift my thinking to God's level. I am going to anoint our boundaries tonight and pray God's peace over our lives. With J away at her dad's for 2 more nights, now is the perfect time to do that. I need a major shift in focus, and a renewed peace and determination for what God desires! Thank you! xoxo

  2. Praise God that you are coming out of bondage, when you said about your boy covering his ears, whew I almost cried, that happened in our home, my little four year old used to have a melt down when ever I even touched my bible. We are about to have the elders of our Church anoint our home. It is necessary. Thank you for speaking out about this. Have a blessed day and I look forward to hearing more of the glory of God in your healing progress. Tara.

  3. Amazing. Princess WARRIOR! Thanks for your thoughts...I've never quite seen it in this way before, that God put us over the evil spirits. That we are the bosses. I knew we have power, but couldn't wrap my mind around the authority piece. So..,thank you!

    I do struggle with unforgiveness. Of my parents. I mean, I guess I've forgiven them, but they want reconciliation...without having even recognized the need for reconciliation. They think I'm making things up about past abuse, being a problem, overly sensitive. I feel I could let it all go if either they were willing to work on things, or we parted ways. But I feel stuck in this middle place where they won't work on things and I'm afraid to break up (fear of judgement, fear if my parents retaliating, fear of hurting them, fear of making the wrong choice, not doing the thing Jesus would do...). Anyway. Not sure why I'm leaving this on your blog lol. Would love to chat more about it if you'd be up for it (and it's ok if you're not). I'm so grateful that the power of sickness and oppression is braking for your family!!


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