This post just couldn’t wait for the New Year’s. It wouldn’t be too late, but God is always on time. I wanted to add some words of wisdom to the blog for December. Wise women will seek Him.
This can be a hectic month, filled with falalala, but we want to keep our focus on the Lord as believers, to keep Christ in Christmas. We all love and desire gifts, but Jesus would have us seek His wisdom and ask for gifts of the Holy Spirit. The gifts are found in Corinthians, keep reading after the love chapter.
We will get into some of those later, but all the gifts that come from the Father of lights are perfect, timely. We sometimes miss them altogether. Many times we are protected in the spirit realm and don’t even realize how close danger was. I saw a program where a man was stalking another one, offering him a lot of money to work for him and was actually planning to kill him and he and his wife make off with millions of life insurance. On his way there, to go to work, this man’s mother called enticing him with southern beans and cornbread. That call saved his life. Unfortunately , the killer found another victim.
Jesus speak of this, ” When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, ( or woman ) it roams through waterless ( or dry ) places looking for rest, and not finding rest, it then says, I’ll go back to my house where I came from.” Luke 11:24
What have we been studying? Rest! Resting in His peace. Demons have no rest. they don’t want us to have his rest. I know, I’ve been driven by worry and fear, oppressed by sickness, plagued by people who aren’t interested and confused. I understand people being concerned of being labeled, stereotyped. The mental illness stigma.
But depression, oppression, is far from possession. I read of a woman who stated that mental issues were frowned upon in the black church she attended. That is a shame, because pastors and teachers should be aware that people are overworked, overwrought, it is not necessarily a lack of faith, maybe they are praying. The devil’s attacks are personal, vicious and vile. The enemy goes after sensitive people. And he goes after children. And he will use what works. Fear oppressed my family.
I encourage you to realize that most if not all afflictions are demons with names. Depression, cancer, hate, violence, murder. They tend to graduate, escalate, I’ve seen, lies turn to stealing, and stealing into drugs and promiscuity, into having children, child abuse. And I’ve seen those children suffer, be neglected, defiant, lie, steal, fight. The cycle is endless unless we as believers start lifting up each other in prayer. Of course, we were meant to help sinners. Jesus came to save the lost.
But He came to *completely save us. His desire is to give us shaloam peace. His rest. The devil is a thief, a liar, he has no right to accuse me or you, no right to stand where the blood of Jesus is. It’s not lie in the days of Job.
Our minds, wills and emotions are our souls. Let’s start sweeping. If you dream of sweeping, mopping, painting, even going to the bathroom, they are good dreams, cleaning and eliminating. You may experience these dreams as you pray, and make changes to your life. The Holy Spirit uses dreams and visions, sometimes open visions. I urge caution in who you put trust in, trust Jesus, the Holy Spirit. Not just anyone.
I don’t know about you but I have made every effort to keep my mind and heart filled with the love of Jesus. I have prayed the protection of the blood over my family. You’re not crazy, if the attacks appear to be personal, they are. If God has a blessing in store, a gift a calling, the devil will try to thwart your efforts to add to the kingdom, to attack your body to prevent you from blessing the body of Christ. Maybe, even bringing healing to it. Jesus took punishment, the devil dishes it out.
Let’s give lasting gifts this year, encouragement, uplifting prayer, a word of praise for a job well done, even a thank you. Let’s spend quality time, instead of money on those we love, and appreciated, and sometimes fail to tell them so. Let’s give gifts that will take us into eternity. Let’s give the devil, a kick in behind, sweep him out of our house, literally and spiritual. I look at clutter around and I’m making progress. But as my real house has doubled with those needing my help, I find it all the more important not to allow spiritual clutter. I invited them into my peace, not their problems into me.
I have experienced chaos and confusion. But have the spiritual authority to deal with it. To be a wise woman, never argue with the devil, or those in his camp. They always want the last word,will try to usurp authority, and more than anything, humiliate you publicly. No, your patience possess your soul. In still, quiet obedience to God, you are already victorious.
Draw near to Him, ask Him to help you sweep out the cobwebs, I see one now in a corner. Help us Lord to sweep out the enemies lies, to lean into your love and rest. And let the demons go and roam, stay filled with the Spirit. Submit to God and they flee. We’re no match for him on our own, don’t even try to out quote Scripture, he’s been around a longtime and will try those mind games. Use the Word on Him, but don’t fall into his traps, Adam and Eve were perfect and he tricked them. We should know better but do we?
Father, in Jesus name, I lift up my friends in Christ. We have a better name than those of anything else, we have your name above names. So I ask you to help us sweep our souls, and fill us with your grace and truth, and shaloam peace. And we as believers, cast out those demonic influences, and bind them, loose them from their assignments. They can flee to chains in outer darkness, or where Jesus sends them, never to return. Your words are spirit and life, may the fill our mouths. And let the living water of your Spirit bubble up in us with praise. Even if my house is a little overloaded and overwhelmed, my spiritual house is clean and sparkling with your goodness and grace.
It won’t wait for New Year’s, it won’t wait for spring. Let’s clean house now. And let the Prince of Peace reign over our holidays. We are wise to seek Him. Rebecca Jones
- Therefore He is able to save completely those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25
- In keeping with Holley’s theme, But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. Proverbs 1:33