Focus: Spiritual authority
Revelation 12:10-11 (KJV) And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
You’ve probably lived with your share of accusations. What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘accuser’? How does that word make you feel? Not good, right? For a lot of us, the thought of being accused goes back to some bully who taunted us and tried to hurt us or get us into trouble when we were young. Bullies are pretty good at what they do. Somehow, they don’t seem to get caught all that often and their victim ends up looking like a loser.
These early schemes are where the devil gets his start in a lot of people’s lives. A child gets ‘hit’ at a point of weakness and they don’t know how to fight back. At least a few experiences, if not more, are in your background if you’re in recovery. But, bullies often end up emotionally bankrupt, depressed, and addicted, as well. No one is really exempt of the works of satan, who is the accuser of the brethren mentioned in the scripture above. It’s his goal to shipwreck the life of every person on the planet. Many people have been deceived by him because they thought his devices would be easy to spot. Sometimes he is easy to recognize, but he also delights in appearing as an ‘angel of light’. He can look a whole lot like ‘the right thing’.
He isn’t in a hurry. He takes his time—slowly influencing people to take just a tiny step off the right track…and then just another. No giant leaps toward hell. Just a little here and a little there. He doesn’t want you to realize you’ve even stepped away…until you’re so far off you might think there’s no way back. That’s how it works most of the time. Even if you begin to wonder and have some sense of his motives against you—defending yourself might not be something you know how to do. I sure didn’t.
Insecurity characterized my life…big time. Even though I was raised in church, I was easy prey for him. I made the mistake of opening some doors I never should have opened. He came right on in. He appealed to my pride and enticed me in all of the ways my ‘flesh’ would be tempted. Tempted I was. I didn’t even resist. Once he had me, it went from fun and games to ‘hard ball’.
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When I got married the second time, I thought my new life would be different and I’d have a chance to start over. We immediately moved 500 miles away to a small town in upstate New York. I didn’t know anyone there. My husband traveled a lot, which left me alone in the big old house we had bought to restore. It had been empty for many years before we moved in. It was a beautiful old place with all the right classic features. Circular stairways to the upstairs and the basement. The maid’s quarters was over the garage, and had it’s own stairway off the kitchen—and a secret passageway from the main part of the house. There were many attics and lots of nooks and crannies. By day, it didn’t seem so bad. By night—it was another story. I felt like I wasn’t alone. Someone or something else was there.
I had an especially bad feeling in the maid’s quarters. Something really wasn’t right. One night I went up there to close some windows because it was raining. When I touched the old metal doorknob, blue sparks flew off it. We had a couple of kittens. As they grew up, one of them spent a lot of time up there. The cat had been friendly and fun when it was little, but it got so it never wanted to leave those rooms. Once, when I tried to pick the cat up to bring it downstairs, it attacked me. Another time, I was standing in the kitchen at the counter reading recipes and the cat jumped on my back. After that experience, the cat wasn’t allowed back in the house and someone else took it home.
Often at night I had experiences that are hard to believe. The mattress would buckle up from below—as if someone was pushing it up from underneath the bed—only there was no one there. I know this sounds far fetched, but it’s completely true. I didn’t know how to fight this thing I couldn’t see. I locked and bolted the bedroom door at night—but, the attacks continued. I was being harassed by a satanic bully. I had no preparation for this.
I didn’t like what was going on—but, I think I asked for it. I thought it would be harmless to go to a couple of movies that were ‘occultish’ when I was 19 or 20. I had a bad feeling when I went to them. I could feel they were really evil. The feeling I had in the house at night was a lot like what I had felt at the movies. My drinking escalated during the years we lived there. I basically drank myself to sleep. But the problem only got worse.
One night as I lay in a fitful half sleep—I knew the awful ugly ‘presence’ was at my bedside again. I could barely breathe with fear. I couldn’t move. The words, “the Blood of Jesus” came to my mind. I tried to whisper them, but it was like I was paralyzed. I kept trying to say them, but I couldn’t make my lips move. I couldn’t speak. I didn’t give up—and after a lot of effort, finally said the words. When I did—the evil backed away. I felt it retreat. I was amazed. It tried to come back a lot. I believe God allowed it to return–in order to demonstrate to me the power that is in the Blood and the Name of Jesus. A couple of years later—I learned more about spiritual warfare. One day, I commanded that thing to go and not come back in the Name of Jesus Christ—and I finally became free.
Declaration: I will find new strength through the power of the Blood of Jesus and in the Name of Jesus Christ. I will command harassing, evil spirits to go and not come back. I will not give them access by opening any more of the wrong doors.
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