The Attack Sequel

In the account last week of the demonic attack I experienced, I didn’t outwardly express doubt but I hid it in my heart. The battle was intense and although the Holy Spirit told me He would help me, I had to use all my strength to resist the enemy. Actually, when I thought about it, I knew my strength was not enough to resist and only with the help of the Almighty could I have come out victorious.

For several days after that battle I felt like something between me and my intimate Companion wasn’t right. He hadn’t fully withdrawn but He was offended by my attitude of “Why didn’t You help me?”

“Lord, be plain with me. What have I done?”

“You couldn’t have won that battle if I hadn’t helped you. By denying My help you have grieved Me, and My Spirit is very tender. You have hurt Me deeply.”

I dearly love my gracious Companion and didn’t realize just how hurt He was. Once I realized my denial of His help – accusing Him of failure – I was deeply ashamed. I also understood why the Bible says to offend the Holy One is to cut oneself off, and a fresh comprehension of the seriousness of my unbelief  swept over me.

I bowed down before Him in contrition but even then it took some time to reestablish our beloved relationship of trust. He is a real Person just as we are, only pure and holy and faultless. He experiences joy and disappointment just as we do. Or perhaps I should say, we experience joy and sorrow just as He does. What a precious, sacred relationship we are privileged to have with Him!

To express unbelief in Him is possibly the ultimate insult to the Most Holy One!

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God,

because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists

and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God,

whereby ye are sealed

unto the day of redemption.

Unbelief is great disrespect for God (Isaiah 7:11-13). As faith “gives glory to God” (Romans 4:20), so unbelief casts reproach and scorn upon Him. Doubt and unbelief rob God of the honor He deserves for His awesome attributes and measureless mercy and grace.

An Attack

A lady here in my apartment building knew I had taught English in China for more than ten years. I had admired a Chinese wall decoration with knots on both top and bottom of a metal embossed scene of cranes and clouds, so she gave it to me. What I didn’t notice was a yin-yang circle, until later after I had placed it on the wall. I immediately took it down and placed it on a bookshelf until I could decide what to do with it.

The next evening an evil spirit came to me for sex. I was horrified and called out for the precious Holy One to protect me. He is a jealous God. Sometimes He drives out the interloper, but this time He stood beside me, but I had to resist the enemy. At last the invasion ended in victory for me but I couldn’t sleep for rolling the encounter over in my mind. My love for Jesus is unto death. I would rather die than to deny Him or compromise to escape an ugly situation.

Around 3 am I finally got up and wrapped the Chinese decoration in paper so it couldn’t be recognized and immediately took it to the trash shoot for disposal. The interloper was a false jesus. I lay on the sofa and felt nauseous at the disgusting, filthy counterfeit I had successfully driven out with my sacred  Companion’s help.

During more than ten years in China I had never had such a violent confrontation. I had a team of intercessors but at this period of my life I have no spiritual covering. I can tell you with assurance that the Holy Spirit is continuously with me and He is enough!

Had I decided to keep the decoration I would have been in rebellion. My questioning was fostering fear and that was causing me to subtly slip away from intimacy with my pure and holy Companion. Then He whispered that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He doesn’t need a reason, but the Chinese decoration was a good excuse.

We are heirs of God and fellow-heirs of Jesus – sharing His inheritance with Him; only we must share His sufferings if we are to share His glory. [But what of that?] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us (Romans 8:17-18).

One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 3:19 AMPC: That you may really come to know — practically, through experience for yourselves — the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge (without experience); that you may be filled (through all your being) unto all the fullness of God — [that is] may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself.

Jesus is so worth what He costs! He gave His everything for me. How can I give less in return? When I call He always comes. Time after time He has proven Himself faithful in real time. Experience is the rock-solid foundation of a relationship of love and trust.

Unsealing of end-time revelations

Here is another prophesy from one who occasionally posts here for your consideration.

07-08-19-1  Vision: Prophecy for the Body of Christ  [5 Tammuz, 5779]

In the early morning hours of darkness on Monday the 8th of July (the 5th day of the Lord’s calendar of the month of Tammuz), the Father took me into a night vision where I was shown His plans for the nation, the world and the Body of Christ over the next three periods of years.  To be exact, there will be three periods of 82 months each, with each period representing a special dispensational objective of the Father.

The first 82 month period will be representative of “the unsealing of end-times revelation that will be used for the purpose of bringing the nation of the United States of America together as one” — as denoted by our currency which states “E Pluribus Unam” (From The Many, One).  In the beginning of our Judeo-Christian faith  Abraham was our father. “From one came many.”  Presently we are experiencing times like those of Abraham [Lincoln] where “the many of our nation have been separated, but now the many shall become one.”

This signals a unified nation that shall eventually lead the world into unity.  How does this happen?  Through revelation of the Spirit leading to revival, there will be a great awakening.  Therefore, the second 82 month period will be representative of the United States (the one) leading the world through to revival and unity (the many).

The third 82 month period shall be the coming together of the Body of Christ (the many) into one. as the Bride prepares for marriage.

Behind each period, there are many specific details which are still unfolding in the prophetic realm.  For now, however, God is focused upon the first period and the unity which is coming to America.

The identifying characteristic of the first 82 month period shall be “the unsealing” of the secrets of God — secrets which have been hidden from us for a time such as this.  The unsealing will manifest in the individual lives of God’s people, in the civil government of mankind and in the Body of Christ.  The unsealing shall cause a great faith to appear among the Body of Christ that will shield believers from the plans of the enemy and embolden believers to go forth as never before.

This prophecy is condensed and summarized into a brief form for simplicity’s sake.   Do not be surprised at the sudden enlightenments that provide you with new ideas and solutions for problems that have been heretofore impossible to solve.  Do not be surprised when relationships of trust that were previously destroyed are now resolved into  stronger bonds.  God is going to be moving over the waters.

Word studies: Scepter

Do you like word studies? Sometimes how a word is used is a surprise and one can learn more about the meaning of a verse.

Below are several references that show how the words scepter, rod, and staff are related. Isn’t it interesting that we think of a scepter as belonging to a ruling king but a staff as belonging to a lowly shepherd. A rod is generally a weapon to punish someone. It reminds us that we are all God’s children and one child is not more important than another.

One example of this is Moses’ rod or staff. In the Book of Exodus. Moses’ staff was a walking stick. When God called Moses he had that walking stick in his hand that God turned to a snake, then back to a staff. Moses’ staff was truly his scepter. Later, in the desert with the Hebrew people, Moses’ used that walking stick/scepter to strike a rock to bring water to the great congregation.

Scepter Strong’s #7626 shebet shay’-bet from an unused root probably meaning to branch off; a scion, i.e. (literally) a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or (figuratively) a clan:–correction, dart, rod, scepter, staff, tribe.

“scepter”

Ps 125:3 KJV For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest  On the land allotted to the righteous Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.

Ps 125:3 Contemporary English Version (CEV)   3 He won’t let the wicked rule his people or lead them to do wrong.

Psalm 125:3  21st Century King James Version (KJ21)   3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the allotment of the righteous, lest the righteous put forth their hands to do iniquity.

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Psa 74:2 KJV Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod H7626 of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

Psalms 74:2 AMP [Earnestly] remember Your congregation which You have acquired of old, which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your heritage; remember Mount Zion, where You have dwelt.

Psalm 74:2 Good News Translation (GNT) 2 Remember your people, whom you chose for yourself long ago, whom you brought out of slavery to be your own tribe. Remember Mount Zion where once you lived.

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KJV Strong’s H7626 matches the Hebrew שֵׁבֶט (shebet)

Ps 23:4 NKJV Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff 7626, they comfort me.

The Good Shepherd’s staff to comfort is also His scepter of authority and power.