When the Ocean touched the sky
Psalm 149: 5-6, "Let the
saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword
in their hand;"
purpose for writing this post is to emphasize the power of
praise in spiritual warfare, an expression of one of the
highest forms of faith, prayer, and worship, and described
in God's Word as a "two-edged sword" for the saint.
The best way for me to demonstrate the power of praise
in the believer is by sharing my own experience, which in a moment
of praise, opened the floodgates of heaven and delivered me out of
trouble. We can often feel abandoned in this life and question our
faith in the love of God as we witness the exercise of evil in the
world. However, what I hope to be a major source of encouragement to
the readers of this post is to share my glimpse into the heart and
glory of God and to say "yes" as believers, we are seated in the
heavenlies with Christ.
Secondly, there are those who have an affinity towards
Christ, but struggle to understand how sin is a part of their human
nature and for this reason put off their decision for Christ. I
believe this post will also help to answer that question.
The setting from which my story emerges begins at my
workplace. An occult group began to surface and grow, and I believe
their practices opened a porthole of negative influences for the
powers of darkness to operate. For example, there were reports of
strange animal behaviors toward some of the workers. Even a casual
mention of the “blood of Jesus” caused an unnatural reaction in some
of the occult members. Although it is not unusual to hear about
daily tragedies, loss of life, and sickness, this seemed to increase
in frequency for those associated with this workplace, as well as
in-house fighting and backstabbing. Coincidence? Perhaps! However,
it was under these circumstances that led to one of the greatest
spiritual battles of my life, but also to the greatest experience of
the love, faithfulness, power, and glory of God! The promises
of the Lord are true, and I do testify that,
Isa 59:19 " . . . When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the
Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him."
The events I am about to share
transpired (approximately) over a 3-month time span, therefore I
cannot include all the details in this post. This 3 month period
would include the events that led up to my situation, as well as,
during the time of the Lord's intervention, and immediately
afterwards. I will focus on the works of God versus the works
of the devil, especially due to the accessibility of the internet to
various age groups. I would like for those who read this post to
meditate on what God can do versus any fear on what the devil might
do. I will share points of spiritual significance in spiritual
warfare, and hope that this information will be an inspiration and
comfort to many. As God states in His Word,
1Pe 5:9 Whom [devil] resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that
the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in
This post will cover: the power of
prayer in both petition and praise, an unveiling of the heart and
power of God, and important spiritual warfare principles we need to
know in our quest for victory. My story begins with a simple but
earnest prayer to God.
A Prayer of Petition for the Lord’s Help!
I could no longer
suppress an awareness of my unceasing, rapid heartbeat as I went
about my daily routine at work. That evening, a repugnant stench of
dark chaos hovered about, as conflicts arose and people fought. I
closed my eyes in opposition to the cold and demanding ambiance, and
envisioned myself surrounded by the warm glow of a burning hearth.
Recalling the verse,
“The effectual and fervent prayer
of a righteous man availeth much (Ja. 5:16),”
and with an
understanding of my righteousness in Christ, I prayed a very simple
but deeply, heart-felt prayer, “Lord, help me and make a way of
escape, something is wrong.” However my physical symptoms increased
and my heartbeat continued to race. I didn’t feel the hot cup of
coffee slip from my left hand until it landed on my foot, and there
were times I would wake up and didn’t recognize my own bedroom, just
to mention a few of the physical symptoms that occurred during this
time. In addition, I felt very physically drained, that all I wanted
to do was sleep. However, the Lord answered my prayer in a dream by
the end of that week, and showed me in detail a way of escape that
would be presented to me from my current situation at work.
The next day, every detail of this prophetic dream came true, and I was
immediately assigned to a special project, however, my physical
symptoms worsened and a series of medical tests were scheduled.
A Prayer of Praise Opens the Floodgates of
somewhat down, and confused about God’s miraculous answer to
prayer, and yet realizing the peril of my present
circumstances. I turned the radio on to distract my mind and
happened to tune into a sermon already in progress, a
pastor, who was sharing his story of victory over an evil
entity through the power of praise. He clapped his hands and
praised God in a strategic plan to defeat an evil presence,
an intrusion that he discerned to occupy an area of his new
church building. As time went on, the presence of this evil entity became weaker and weaker until it was no more. Inspired by the story, I dug deep into my heart and
rehearsed all the reasons for my faith in Christ, and
decided to openly confess these beliefs in praise. I began
to clap my hands and praise God for His Son, Jesus Christ,
Who suffered the cruelty of the cross and shed His innocent
blood for me, and most significantly, I praised Him for His
glorious and triumphant victory!
An Unveiling of the Heart and Power of God
Suddenly! Like an unexpected squall, the magnificent glory
of God filled and overflowed my entire being, as well as
what seemed to be the entire room. I was amazed and
jubilated beyond measure, His peace so incredibly tangible;
I stood awed and continued to praise and thank Him for His
absolute goodness. Like a gentle spray of healing balms,
this experience continued intermittently for days and weeks.
His power penetrated the right side of my head, my blood,
and on one occasion, it felt as if something shifted in my
chest. His love was so pure and holy, and feeling so
overjoyed by His perfect love, I felt a deep compassion for
the Lord, as I realized my inability to love so completely
and unreservedly. Knowing now by experience that He is
worthy of so much more. His light gave me light, and it is
this experience that impacted me more than all the others.
Without the Spirit of God, we miss the mark of spiritual
perfection, regardless of how good or righteous we think we
are, and believe that we are without sin. Sin is not just a
wrongful act, it is a nature, a state of imperfection, in
which we were born and have our being. It is only through
salvation in Christ that we are made whole again. We receive
God's Holy Spirit with a new nature, a heavenly birth for
eternal life, and we look forward to our full redemption in
the manifestation of spiritual perfection that can and will
live eternally in the kingdom of God.
1Co 13:12:For now we see in a mirror, darkly;
but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know
fully even as also I was fully known.
The power that
I experienced during this time was not exclusively physical,
but God also protected and empowered me against evil,
spiritual attacks that immediately ensued. This is where the
entire situation becomes suspect. It was not just physical
symptoms that I encountered, but I was thrown into spiritual
warfare, in which these attacks were meant to intimidate,
cause fear, and steal God’s work. Although for now, I will
not be going into the details of these attacks, instead, I
will share the most important lessons that I learned during
these intimidations, and I hope others will find these
useful. However, there were direct, as well as, the more
disguised manifestations of the enemy and yet so spiritually
apparent. But the power of God is greater, and as we put on
the whole armor of God in spiritual warfare, this armor will
become a tangible experience that is beyond our imagination,
and a mighty fortress against the enemy in times of trouble.
Many of these intrusions occurred at night while sleeping,
but the presence and power of God always sent the forces of
darkness running. We need not be afraid because God's power
is greater in us than he who is in the world. If anyone is
experiencing nightly intrusions, pray for God's protection
every night, and get God's Word deep in your heart so that
you are ready to speak God's Word (our sword of the spirit)
in any given situation in faith. To be honest, there was one
particular time it felt as if there was a war taking place
right over my bed. Doesn't the Lord say in His Word,
Psa 34:7 - The angel of the
LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
Important Principles Learned
Aside from verbalizing the name and blood of Christ, declaring the Word of God
and equipping ourselves with the whole armor of God, below is a
summary of some of the most important principles I learned in
1. If you are unsure if God is directing you in a certain
situation, then ask Him for a sign (silently in your mind not
verbally). He always confirms His guidance.
2. Remain diligent and watchful against the schemes of the
devil, especially after winning a victory, this is when you become
the most vulnerable.
3. One remarkable technique the devil uses is to get us in
the flesh. He wins these battles and is his means of distracting us
by catching us in a snare. We cannot lean on our own understanding,
or give in to our emotions, or fight back with our carnal nature.
We need to stay on track and trust God in these situations. We
become more skilled with practice. When we fail we don't dwell
on our failures, but we learn from them.
4. The devil has his minions
all over the world, we may even meet one or two on a bus, a train,
or a street corner. Remember that the eyes are the mirror of
the soul. One might encounter an evil that doesn't reflect
anything we know of a human soul. Pray and praise God for His
protection and move on, and if need be rebuke that presence under
your breath using the name of Jesus Christ.
5. Always look to God and not your circumstances.
6. Don’t be surprised if a
disproportional number of misunderstandings occur in some social
7. Never! Never! Never! tell anyone what the Lord is planning
to do in your life, because then, you just told the devil too!
8. Always be sensitive to the leadings of the Holy Spirit
9. When you feel that you are
under an attack “praise God,” praising God in faith is a two-edged
sword in your hand.
10. When your not sure if you are under attack, or if there is
really an evil presence, then praise God and if there is an evil
presence you will know it in some way.
11. Do your best and trust God to do the rest.
12. Every worrisome thought that crosses your mind, give it
to God in prayer and let His peace rule your heart!
13. Understand that God’s
power is according to the situation at hand, if you are experiencing
great power then you are also experiencing a great task.
Finally, all ended well. The physical symptoms
and spiritual attacks ceased and my health was restored. It
could be possible that I was physically ill and simultaneously fell
victim to a spiritual attack. Could it also be possible
that these entities found an open door to afflict me, both
spiritually and physically, perhaps this was the case; however,
being a seasoned Christian, there was nothing that I could correlate
this situation to, but what is important is to know that God is our
refuge and strength in times of trouble, and that spiritual warfare
is very real, but so is the power of God and our victory in Christ.
Pro 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong
tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
Then, it was as if God took me by
the hand and led me to discover Psalm 149: 5-6:
"Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their
beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged
sword in their hand;"
14. The sword of praise in the power of God will never fail!
The Word of God in the spirit of
praise is a mighty and great weapon in the hands of the saints, and
our means of victory.
Psa 21:13 Be thou exalted, O Jehovah, in thy strength: So will we
sing and praise thy power.
Psa 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied; They shall praise
Jehovah that seek after him: Let your heart live for ever.
Psa 42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou
disquieted within me? Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise him
For the help of his countenance.
Now and then I have heard people say that heaven might be boring;
well, if a small portion of God's glory could bring such overflowing
joy in trying circumstances, then I would think that "boring" is not
a word in God's vocabulary!
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Battlefield of the Mind - Part II: Spiritual Armor of God
Principalities, Powers, Rulers of Darkness, Wickedness
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