Wednesday, April 18, 2012
From very small I was taught about the spiritual warfare. My mom understood it and spoke about it in prayer or about different situations.
I didn’t really have a very good understanding about what she meant until years later as an adult I read the book This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. This book gave me a visual, at least in my mind, of what the spiritual realm is about and how it can effect my life.
Just recently I was reading Hinds' Feet on High Places [Illustratred] by Hannah Hurnard. I started to read one version that was forwarded by Jars of Clay but I just got lost. The book that I am now reading is the Illustrated version.(I am a visual person) I started by just reading it to my children, but found it very interesting. The book talks about things like fear and doubt as people. It gave the spirit of fear a face and sort of opened my eyes a little more to the spiritual world around me.
Now, I don’t see demons and things, I just see that the anger that may come out of nowhere in me or the unexplained fears that rise up in my children, are not just part of life. They are a part of a life that we can not see, but affect us greatly.
The wonderful thing about all of this is that the part of Spiritual Warfare that I did understand as a child, was the fighting it part. I was raised to know that, I as a believer, had power through the name of Jesus to get this evil out of my life.
The demons shriek at just the name of Jesus. (I have not heard this sound. I just read about it in the bible.) If you say “In the name of Jesus, spirit of fear get out of here” it has to leave you or the person you are praying for. We see an example of Paul doing this in Acts 16:18.
I really recommend taking a look at these two books and researching from the word of God, to learn to understand the power that you have over things like fear, doubt and depression in your life and the lives of those in your family.