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Take Courage!

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

“It takes courage to hold to truth when lies blur our vision.”  Jo Ann Fore, When a Woman Finds her Voice.

The Scriptures teach that we are engaged in a battle, and it is “not against flesh and blood.” (Ephesians 6)

The week the Holy Spirit made me keenly aware of this truth, I began concerted prayer, asking God to rebuke the demons and deliver me from oppression.  The next Sunday morning, when the weekly attack began in worship, the floodgates seemed to open.  Instead of pleading with the Lord to allow me to make it through the service without an episode, I began rebuking the demons in the name of Jesus.  I began praying against the oppression and asking God to first and foremost “glorify His name.” Right on the heels of that silent prayer, my dear pastor and husband read from the pulpit:

John 12:28:”‘Father, glorify Your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, saying: ‘I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”’

Contemplating that moment still gives me chills.

I began to silently claim that I was property of my Lord Jesus and that the demons had no power except that which was given to them.  They began to rage, and I could feel my body beginning to crumble.  I stumbled to the sanctuary doors to make my escape.  I fell in the hallway and my Nalgene bottle bounced onto the tile floor, causing a very loud noise.  My faithful comrades leapt from their seats to assist me.  They carried me to the carpeted library.

Once inside they began to call on the demons to depart in the name of the Lamb of God. My body heaved and jerked violently each time they prayed.  I was tiny (at the time) and three strapping men were struggling greatly to contain me.  I was told my eyes rolled back and I made deep guttural sounds.

This was the first of several united prayer meetings to pray for my deliverance through the cleansing of my body and mind.  Satan’s scare tactics would have overwhelmed us all had it not been for the power of the Holy Spirit, who was present doing battle in and through us.  As was typical, once the worship service in the sanctuary drew to a close, the barrage began to dissipate.

The minute the service ended, my husband came into the library to check on me.  After learning I had had a long and violent experience, his first response was, “I need to get her up off the carpet.” Since we had believed my “seizures” were being caused by extreme allergens in the church building (possibly the carpet), this was a natural reaction.

My answer to him was, “No, they are leaving.” He replied, “Who is leaving.”

I said, “The demons.”

Sharing this excerpt from my book I am working on, Securely Held: My Journey Through Spiritual Warfare, causes me to tremble.  Reader, will you pray for me to take courage? Will you pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to give me boldness to find my voice?

I am linking up with Jo Ann Fore today.  Check out her book, When a Woman Finds Her Voice.  You will be blessed!

Weapons of Righteousness

Momentary & Light Afflictions
 
In 2 Corinthians 4:17, the Apostle Paul refers to his afflictions as “momentary & light.” 
 
Yet, let’s read a little more about them:
 

“But in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger…” 

2 Corinthians 6:4-5.

 
Wow! Do those sound “momentary and light” to you, dear reader? 
Let’s look at verses 6 & 7 to help shed some light:
 
“….in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right and left.”
 
Paul and others could endure the terrible hardships they faced by the purity, knowledge, patience and kindness of the Holy Spirit.  They didn’t fight their attackers with earthly tools. They had genuine love, the word of truth, the power of God…and the weapons of righteousness!  
 
How about you dear ones?  Will you respond to your attackers, or the hardships you are facing, in the flesh, with fleshly tools?  Or will you respond with the weapons of righteousness?  
Perhaps you wonder, what is a weapon of “righteousness”?  
 
When referring to the relationship between person and person, The New Concise Bible Dictionary, defines righteousness in this way: “An action which conforms to the requirement of relationship and promotes well-being and peace.”
 
Are you feeling like your circumstances are too hard? Too overwhelming?  Too unfair to respond in righteousness?
Listen to all the “yets” in verses 8-10.
 
“By glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; 
regarded as deceivers and YET true; 
as unknown YET well-known, 
as dying YET behold, we live; 
as punished YET not put to death, 
as sorrowful YET making many rich, 
as having nothing YET possessing all things.”
 
Remember, dear ones!  The afflictions are temporary, the glory they are producing in us, eternal!  
 
Will you respond in righteousness today?