In May 2014 I received an invaluable lesson in spiritual warfare that I will never forget.
From the day I recommitted to the Lord Jesus I faced spiritual warfare. For many weeks I was terrorized by demons harassing me in my sleep. It got so bad that at one time I never slept for three days. I needed help but was afraid to talk to my leaders. They were so focused on pushing people out of the church that I knew I could not talk to them. After weeks of suffering in silence I finally mustered enough courage to share with a minister who taught Sunday School. To my shock all he did was tell me that I mustn’t be weary in well-doing. The look in his eyes told me he thought otherwise. I couldn’t help but feel condemned. Somehow he felt I deserved what was happening to me.
Thankfully the day came when the tables were turned. I was no longer on the receiving end of being tormented. The Holy Spirit overtook me like the day of Pentecost. All fear left me. I started operating in authority and power. I no longer was afraid of demons. I now waged war on the enemy. I and some friends began going out to pray for people, as the Holy Spirit directed us. We saw people being set free, persons healed and God doing many other things for them. But there was a valuable lesson that I was yet to learn.
In May 2014 I had an encounter that changed my approach to spiritual warfare. One day I attended a funeral that had the heavy presence of evil. It rested heavily on many of the people attended. It was like walking through a swamp. I felt defiled and oppressed. I was disturbed by what I encountered. I knew by word of knowledge that most of these people were involved in witchcraft at some level. What made it worst was when the Holy Spirit revealed their intention for attending. They were not mourning the loss. They wanted to draw power from the dead.
Yours truly decided he was not allowing any of it to continue. So what did I do? I withdrew from them. I didn’t greet anyone. I sat in my little corner and immediately began waging spiritual warfare. I wanted the atmosphere cleared and the funeral filled with the Presence of God. After binding, rebuking the powers of evil and praying profusely in tongues for over an hour, I felt exhausted. Nothing was changing. The atmosphere only seem to get worst.
I looked at my cousin, an Apostle, who was officiating the ceremony. I was incensed that he was not being super serious and dealing with these sinners according to their sins. There was no doubt in my mind that he sensed the atmosphere and knew far more about the people than I did. Yet there he was laughing, hugging and loving on the people.
“How could Apostle, be so cavalier about everything?”
“Why didn’t he respond with warfare? How could he be laughing, talking and hugging on such evil people?”
Towards the end of the funeral I was called on to sing for the second time. I never expected that I would be called on to sing again. I barely made it through the first song. I was clueless about an appropriate song. Closing my eyes I uttered a little prayer for help. The Holy Spirit was asked to supply me with a song. In response I felt a wave of love and compassion for the people fill me. I felt and knew their sorrows and pain. For the first time I remembered that we were there to support the grieving family. I opened my mouth and a song came out. I sang with such melody and force that I knew it wasn’t me singing. Waves of God’s compassion swept through the room. It touched the people deeply. Hearts began to melt. Cries began filling the room. Even one guy who a hardcore gangster began crying. One after another they all began to weep. Apostle led and alter call to pray for the people.
As we drove home, I felt my head pounding. I was having the biggest migraine ever. A heaviness that I had never felt before in my life rested on me. No prayer budged it. My cousin prayed for me and it did not lesson. I knew I was in trouble.
Despite how I felt I wanted to know why my cousin had responded to the people the way he did. He shared an encounter he had while attending a wedding reception, at a bar. The atmosphere of the place became dark and heavy. His spiritual eyes were opened and he saw demons in and around the people. He immediately began exercising his authority to cast them out. That didn’t work. Minute by minute he only felt worse. To take a break he went outside and started talking to the Holy Spirit. In response, he was told to love on the people. God’s love had a power that could defeat any demon operating through an individual. God’s love flowing through Him would be sufficient to turn around any situation. No evil could stand against the purity of His love. Apostle went right back into the event and began loving on the people. The very same thing he did at the funeral.
Although, he had spoken I still didn’t learn the lesson. I felt he had taken the easy way out of warfare. Something that was not effective but I kept my opinion to myself. I will admit it I can be a little dim witted when it comes to spiritual matters.
Later that night, the burden on me became unbearable. I could not sleep. I cried out to God for relief. He immediately began talking to me about every one who attended the funeral. I was shown their level of involvement in witchcraft. Some where high priests, priests, witches, warlocks, apprentices and frequent dabblers. Then He told me something that I will never forget.
I should have followed my cousin’s leading. The people should be loved from a sincere heart. His love would be sufficient to drive the demons away. I felt deeply convicted of being self-righteous and repented. I began praying for them. As soon as I did the burden left me.
Love is a very powerful force is spiritual warfare. When we allow the love of God to flow from us to people We will be able to overcome any devil that controls them. Just by showing love we can drive the spirits away.
Yes! We have been given power and authority by the Lord Jesus. We can cast out demons. My I tell you this? That show of force is not always the best approach. We must be careful that we do not get drunk with power. Force shouldn’t be shown simply because we have it.
Displaying the love of God never fails. Demons hate it. It torments them far more than being commanded to come out of someone. They may not go immediately but eventually they will leave. God’s love flowing through you will be sufficient to drive away all demons from people.
Please consider the weapon of love. God’s love will set captives free. Jesus did that! So should you. Be blessed!
1 Peter 1:22
Since you have purified your souls by obedience to the truth so that you have a genuine love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from a pure heart.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love one another deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].
1 Corinthians 13:8-10
Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth]. For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect). But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).
1 Corinthians 13:13
And so faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
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