He Completes Me

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Since we are approaching Valentine’s Day, I thought this might be a good time to share how the Lord brought my husband and I together. As I have shared previously, all of my close friends got married either during high school or not long after and I was single until I was almost 25 years old. I dated one young man on and off for seven years (more off than on) and another for two years (during one of the off times). Near the end of the relationship with the one I had dated on and off (it was always “on” on my part, but off and “on” on his part), I sensed the Lord telling me to “let go”.

During this time in my life (of being single), I had went through a lot of loneliness and depression, but this resulted in me seeking the Lord like never before. I started getting up at 5:30 am (and I a not a morning person) and going to the church, so I could have an hour alone to pray and read the word before going to work. While seeking the Lord one morning (a couple of weeks after the Lord told me to “let go”), I opened my Bible to the scripture in Psalm 37:4, which says: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I sensed the presence of the Lord, as I read the scripture, and I felt that He was telling me that He was getting ready to bring the right person into my life. A couple of weeks after that my friend, Pam Burke, called me to say that there was someone she wanted me to meet. She and her husband, Jeff Burke (who is now our Pastor), had been attending Coleman Assembly and serving as youth pastors and had met my (now husband) there. Pam has fixed up about 13 couples (last count that I know of), who have gotten married. She is kind of a Christian matchmaker, so to speak.

My husband later told me his side of the story. He had been divorced for a couple of years (not by his choice), and was ready to meet someone. He had been attending other churches, trying to meet someone and had dated a couple of people, which didn’t work out. They were having a tremendous out-pouring of the Holy Spirit at his church, at the time, and he hated missing his church services, so he told the Lord, “if you have someone for me, send her here.”

One Sunday morning, after going to the altar and pouring out his heart to the Lord and saying, “if you have someone for me, send her here”, as he was going back to his seat, my friend Pam approached him and said, “are you a bachelor looking for a bachelorette? He said “maybe” (as he pictured what I might look like, lol). After that my friend called me and said, “there’s someone here I want you to meet.” So, I went to Coleman Assembly and met my husband, Tim Rowe.

Although I was not entirely over the other person I had dated previously, Tim had the kind of looks and personality that I was drawn to. He had a great sense of humor and I knew that he loved the Lord because He talked about Him a lot. You usually can tell what or who a person really loves the way they talk. We dated for one month as friends and then another month as boyfriend and girlfriend and then he proposed. Although we had not dated for very long, I felt in my heart that this was the man the Lord had spoken to me about. He had all the qualities I was looking for, so three months later, on October 24, 1987, 31 years ago, we got married. No one is perfect, but my husband is a very good man. He is a hard worker and has been a good husband, father and partner in life for me.

Tim is a sanguine (otter) personality with some beaver (melancholy) thrown in. He is super out-going, never meets a stranger and loves to tell jokes and make people laugh. They say that women have more words than men, but my husband is definitely the exception to the rule. He loves politics, history, science and just about any other subject you can think of and can whip out his political soap box and get on a rant in a moment’s notice. I have had to ask him to please not talk to me in the morning until after I’ve had my coffee because he wakes up wanting to talk about all these different things and he doesn’t even drink coffee (and I’m thinking how can he talk that much in the morning without even drinking coffee?, lol) He is very adventurous and likes to go places and do things (he has a lot more energy than me) and he tends to be a workaholic. He’s very driven (a born entrepreneur), but is also very affectionate, encouraging and loving towards me.

I, on the other hand am a melancholy/phlegmatic (beaver/golden-retriever) type of personality. I am an introvert, but I am friendly and talkative with my friends. I’m very introspective and enjoy teaching and writing, decorating, etc. My husband helps me be more adventurous and I help him be more organized. We balance each other. In a way, we do complete each other, but I realize that we would not be as happy as we are together if we both had not allowed the Lord to do a work in our lives prior to meeting each other. My husband used to say: “Two people don’t get married to be happy, two happy people get married and then they are happy together.” We both share the same core values, as Christians, and endeavor to keep the Lord first in our lives and that is what helps us keep walking in love towards each other.

I am thankful, though, for the years that I had on my own, to really get to know the Lord in a very deep way before meeting my husband. I think so many people are looking for someone to “complete” them (another person) and they end up either sucking the life out of someone else or making that person an idol in their life because they are trying to fill a place in their heart with another person that was meant to be filled by God. The Lord is the only one who can truly “complete” us. Another person can be a great blessing and a great partner in our life, but the wrong person can bring a lot of heartbreak and be used by the enemy to try to mess up God’s plan for our lives.

Before the Lord brought my husband into my life, I had reached a point where I decided it was better to be alone than to be with the wrong person. I also told the Lord that I wanted to be married, but if it was His will for me to remain single all my life, I would still serve Him for the rest of my life anyway. I went through a long period of time that I didn’t date anyone. I had decided I didn’t want to be hurt anymore and I didn’t want to hurt anyone else, or get emotionally involved with someone that was not the Lord’s choice for me (although the one I had dated on and off did come back into my life briefly, just before meeting my husband, that didn’t last very long). Although I loved the Lord, I had previously allowed that person to become an idol in my life. Going through this season of my life where I learned to love the Lord above everyone and everything else cured me of that. I made up my mind that I would never again let anyone come before the Lord in my life. He became my “first love”. He is the one who “completes” me. He helped me find my identity in Him, discover my gifts and calling and find His direction and purpose for my life.

If you’re single and wanting a mate, I encourage you to be patient. Seek the Lord with all of your heart and put Him first. When it’s the right time and the right person, you will know it. Let Him “complete you” and be your first love and of course, you could always call the Christian Cupid (Pam Burke), lol. God bless you all. Kelly Rowe

Dealing with Fear and Anxiety

I have noticed lately how many people say they are dealing with fear and anxiety. A lot of people are dealing with very stressful situations in their lives, which can produce anxiety, and for others, it may actually be a spirit of fear. I have also had to deal with this a lot in my lifetime. I went back to school from 2007-2011 and studied psychology because after spending many years learning about spiritual warfare and dealing with that side of things, I still struggled with fear (or nervousness) and intimidation myself, and I wanted to learn more about the root causes of different types of psychosis, the affect of medications, and have a better understanding of how much of it is biological vs. spiritual. I went to a Christian College because I wanted to hear it from the view point of Christian professors.

There is a natural fear or warning system that God gave us to protect us from danger. That is why we feel fear when there is a perceived threat, like a poisonous snake or standing too close to the edge of a cliff, etc. This is not a spirit of fear, this is God’s way of helping us stay safe and alive, but sometimes our perceptions can be marred by excessive stress, trauma, PTSD, etc. and that causes the natural fear to become excessive, which can lead to a spirit of fear. The enemy plays on this until our thoughts can become consumed with fearful or anxious thoughts, which is how a stronghold is formed. II Corinthians 10:3-5 says: “For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not physical (weapons of flesh and blood), but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, 5 (Inasmuch as we) refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the (true) knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), (The Amplified Bible). A mental stronghold is set of reasonings or thought patterns that are contrary (or opposed) to the word of God and part of breaking that stronghold is identifying and rejecting the thoughts that are contrary to God’s word and renewing our mind with what God’s word says in that area. So, if the stronghold is in the area of fear and anxiety, once we begin to cast those thoughts down, we have to replace them with what God’s word tells us about this (and speaking it out loud is very powerful). Phillipians 4:6-7 says: “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 7 And God’s peace …which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (The Amplified Bible). Verse 8 tells us what kind of things we should think about: ..whatever is true, just, pure, lovely, of a good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. (NKJV).

I think a lot of what I have dealt with and still do at times, stems from having a melancholy/phlegmatic personality, because people with this type of personality are very sensitive, they are introverts, and tend to be more timid or shy by nature. We can be easily intimidated by those with stronger personalities, especially people who are quick-tempered. Melancholy/phlegmatic personalities are also very analytical and tend to be perfectionists, so we can become obsessive/compulsive, if we don’t stay in balance. Also, because I struggle with low energy, I take daily vitamins, B Complex vitamins, drink a cup of coffee or two a day and/or a small amount of soda and some times energy shots to help give me more energy and I know that this can definitely make me feel very jittery, when I over do it, but sometimes I can’t seem to get my energy level up any other way. With that said, I know that there is also a literal spirit of fear that has to be dealt with using the spiritual weapons that the Lord has given us.

I have come a long way as far as coming out of my shell and being a lot more friendly and talkative than I was when I was a child. As a child, I was very easily intimidated by others and tended to be very quiet around people who had strong personalities. I have been teaching the Bible for over 30 years, but I still prefer one on one or leading small groups or writing. I get nervous when I have to be the center of attention or stand up in front of the church and even though I bind and rebuke fear and intimidation from myself and repent for giving place to it in any way, I still feel very nervous when I get in front of people (sadly, you can cast out the spirit of fear, but you can’t cast out your personality, lol). At those times, I have to do what Joyce Meyer says and just “do it afraid.” In other words, you can’t go by your feelings, you just have to trust God and do what you feel He is leading you to do, even if you have to shake while you do it (lol). I have found that usually, I will begin to sense the anointing, at some point, then I start to feel more confident and the nervousness subsides. I also found out that I am not alone in this, the Apostle Paul also had this problem, at least at times, as he stated in I Corinthians 2:1-5: And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (NKJV)

So the Apostle Paul, who wrote to Timothy in II Timothy 1:7, encouraging Timothy to be bold in preaching the gospel and telling him that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV), also stood before the Corinthians with fear and trembling, and yet the power of God still operated through him. The word for “spirit” in this verse means: spirit, wind, breath or attitude. I think that Paul was not saying that you won’t feel fear or nervousness or anxiety try to come on you, he was saying not to give into it or allow it to control you. He was saying don’t have an attitude of fear, don’t be in agreement with it, but then again, there is a literal spirit of fear that has to be rebuked and dealt with using spiritual weapons.

I remember reading in a book years ago that said that the spirit of fear, doubt and unbelief operate as a team and I have found this to be true, firsthand. Many years ago, I was going through a spiritual battle where I would have a spirit of fear come over me and wake me up at night. I kept having visions or dreams concerning a young teenager that had been murdered in the area where we lived at the time. When I would pray and rebuke the spirit of fear, it didn’t seem to subside, it kept returning. I couldn’t seem to feel faith when I prayed or sense any anointing, but only doubt. Finally, I realized that there was a spirit of doubt and unbelief that was acting like a blanket over my emotions, blocking me from feeling faith or confidence to pray against it. When I rebuked the spirit of doubt and unbelief, then I sensed the anointing and those spirits left. I was then able to rebuke the spirit of fear, sense the anointing, and that spirit went also.

I would also like to share another situation I read about. There was a man who was praying for a breakthrough in a particular area of his life. I think it was for either healing or financial breakthrough. He would pray out loud, speaking what the word of God says over his situation, but he would get attacked by all these thoughts of doubt and unbelief, so he would stop praying and speaking the word of God. Finally, the Lord gave him a vision where he saw that there was a demonic spirit trying to attack him. As long as he was speaking the promises of God concerning his situation, the demon would be pushed back further and further, but when he would stop speaking, the demon would gain ground. After that, he continued confessing the word of God over his situation until he got complete victory and defeated that spirit of doubt and unbelief.

When it comes to the spirit of fear, there are different ways that it may enter a person’s life. It could be through watching scary movies or horror movies or things pertaining to witchcraft, dabbling in the occult with ouija boards, tarrot cards, consulting psychics, etc. If that is the case, the person needs to pray a prayer of repentance, specifically for whatever they have done, or their forefathers have done (in the case of a generational curse). The person needs to ask for forgiveness for themselves (and their forefathers, if it is a generational curse) and then take authority over whatever kind of spirits they have given place to (fear, witchcraft, etc.), and command them to go in the name of Jesus. If they are very strong demons, then the person may need to fast and/or get other people who know how to pray for these kind of things to pray for them. I have helped a couple of people pray through to deliverance who had very strong demons and it was not easy. One lady had several demons and they kept manifesting (this person was not saved at the time and every time we tried to lead her in the sinner’s prayer, the demons would manifest). A team of us prayed for her three different times and every time we expelled at least one or two demon spirits, but it took some time. The person has to really want deliverance and sometimes, the demons can be so intertwined with that person’s personality, that it can make it more difficult (also being on medication (and I am not opposed to medication) or impaired can make it more difficult). Sometimes the demons can deceive the person into thinking that they are their protector, etc. Of course fasting and being really prayed up helps make the process go easier also.

In the case of a Christian, we are not talking about what people call possession, we are talking about demonic oppression or strongholds and this is usually much easier to deal with. I remember being at a party at a person’s house years ago with other people from our church. One young lady (who was a Christian) mentioned that she had been having nightmares on a regular basis for years. I asked her if she had ever watched scary or horror movies and she said yes. I then led her in a prayer of repentance, asking for forgiveness and then taking authority over the spirit of fear and commanding it to go. I sensed the anointing, so I knew the Lord had done something. I saw her again a few weeks later and asked if she had had any more nightmares and she said no. Once you remove the enemy’s right to be there (which was given to him when the person chose to open the door by giving place to the spirit), through confessing the sin, praying a prayer of repentance and asking forgiveness, then it is usually pretty easy to get rid of the spirits. I hope this will help those who may be struggling with fear or anxiety. God bless you all.

Kelly Rowe

Understanding Spiritual Warfare Dreams and Prophetic Words/Unity

On Wednesday night, our small group at church started a series called “Letters to the Church by Francis Chan. We started by watching a video clip of Francis Chan talking about the book he wrote by the same title. He talked about how he went through a process of basically getting rid of all of his preconceived ideas of what church was supposed to look like. He even left a church that he had started, which was doing well, by most people’s standards, and began studying the Bible to see what the early church was like and then proceeded to start a Bible study, which led to founding a church based on these principles. He shared the scripture from I Corinthians 8:1 which says “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” and he stated that we live in a time when many people are “in love with their own opinions”. I thought to myself, that is so true, as I remembered reading comments a few days before that were in response to a dream and a prophetic word that was shared by a man that has been recognized in the body of Christ as a prophet.

The dream the prophet shared was concerning a very important leader and the spiritual attacks that were coming against him. The prophet felt the presence of very strong demons and felt a great sense of fear. After waking, it took him a few minutes to get himself free and then the Lord gave him a word saying basically that the church (to a large degree) was slumbering and not realizing that we needed to have a greater prayer covering to meet the attacks that were coming against this leader. As I read the comments on messenger, I was amazed at how many critical remarks there were, some criticizing the leader, but many were criticizing the prophet and his dream. It seems like so many people have become “experts”and they are to busy criticizing to be concerned with actually praying or if they are praying, they are probably defeating their own prayers with all the strife, division and negativity. One of the  remarks was saying that this particular person followed the prophecies of (gave a list of prophets). It reminded me of what the Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 1:12 “Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,”or “I follow Peter” or “I follow only Christ” (NLT). Paul goes on to say in verse 13 “Is Christ (the Messiah) divided into parts? Was Paul crucified on behalf of you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? (The Amplified Bible).

One of the criticisms given was that the dream was promoting fear. I just want to say, as someone who went through nine years of encountering some very intense spiritual warfare, that when you encounter very strong demons, you often do feel fear, but you rise up and use the weapons of warfare that God has given us to do battle with and you get the victory anyway. These types of warning/spiritual warfare dreams show us the enemy’s intent and the potential of what can happen, if we do not pray against it. Also, in a spiritual warfare dream, the person having the dream often feels a demonic presence or attack of the enemy.  I have had many dreams like this, often at the end of a fast or prior to getting the breakthrough, but as I persevered until I got the breakthrough, God’s anointing would come on me when I began to pray against it and the enemy would be put to flight.

I want to say that when a prophetic word is given, the enemy will always try to war against it. The enemy tries to drain us, to weaken our resolve to get us to give up without completing our mission. II Kings 13:14-19 tells the story of how King Joash was concerned about the future welfare of the nation of Israel, since the prophet Elisha was near death. In verse 15, Elisha tells the king to “take a bow and some arrows.” Then the prophet tells the king to put his hand on the bow and Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. He then told him to open the east window and shoot and he did so. Elisha then said “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them.” (The King James Version says thou shalt strike the Syrians in Aphek till thou have consumed them). In verse 18, the prophet instructs the king to take the arrows and strike the ground, so the king did so three times and stopped. Then, the prophet was angry with the king and said “you should have struck the ground five or six times and then you would have totally destroyed Syria, but now, you will strike Syria only three times.” What this scripture tells me is that Elisha prophesied what the will of the Lord was, but the king’s lack of resolve and determination meant that he would not fully carry out what God’s will was at that time and it would be left for someone else to do.

I think that we need to remember that a prophecy declares God’s will or intention, but a lot of things are conditional upon our obedience and cooperation with what the Lord is trying to accomplish. We are His hands and feet and He uses intercessors to pray His will into the earth (See Ezekiel 22:30) and there are spiritual battles going on to try to prevent God’s plan from being carried out. He gave the church His authority, and weapons of warfare, but we have to use them, it doesn’t just happen automatically.

With regards to leaders, the scripture tells us in I Timothy 2:1-2 to pray for those in authority over us that we may lead quiet and peaceable lives. Also, Romans 13:1 says “For all authority comes from God and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God” (NLT).

The Bible also tells us to honor those who preach and teach the Gospel. “Elders (an Elder in the church is not necessarily someone who is old, but someone who is spiritually mature and called to teach and preach or be an overseer) who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching” (the King James says they are worthy of “double honor”). (I Timothy 5:17, NLT). Now, I am not saying that we should blindly follow everyone who claims to be a prophet and we need to use discernment and make sure that the prophetic words line up with scripture, but I think many of the body of Christ are just way to nit-picky, critical and ready to find fault and judge others, especially those in leadership. I’m sure we have all been disappointed, at times, by people in Christian leadership, but we’re not supposed to have our eyes on them, we’re supposed to have them on Jesus. If you don’t agree with someone, pray for them. Even if they miss it or don’t properly interpret a word they are given, or don’t say it just right, it doesn’t mean that they are not a prophet called by God or that the dream or word they had was not from God. Everyone makes mistakes and I think we need to give others the same grace and benefit of the doubt that we would like to be given to us. I think maybe we’ve got “too many chiefs and not enough Indians” in the body of Christ. A little humility can go along way. Ephesians 4:11-13 tells us that God gave the apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all attain the unity of the faith and arrive at mature manhood. I was raised and taught to respect authority, especially those that God places in authority in the body of Christ.

Jesus prayed to His Father in John 17:21 that we would all be one, …”Just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.” John 13:35 says “By this everyone will all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV). The enemy is trying to destroy our unity, because he knows if we are full of strife and division, we will not be able to accomplish what God wants us to, as the body of Christ.

I think we should look to the book of Acts 2:42-47 as our example of what the church is supposed to look like:  42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together and had all things in, common; 45 and sold their possessions and goods and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart. 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added daily those who were being saved. ” (NKJV).

The word for fellowship in verse 42 in the original Greek language is koinonia (Strongs #2842), it means: sharing, unity, close association, partnership, participation, a society, a communion, a fellowship, contributory, help, the brotherhood. It is a unity brought about by the Holy Spirit. Koinonia cements the believers to the Lord Jesus and to each other. It denotes a deep sense of spiritual unity–of spiritual communion with the Lord and with each other. (New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Word Wealth). This is what the church looked like after the Day of Pentecost, when the believers first received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings unity and love. Spiritual gifts are wonderful, but I  Corinthians 13 teaches us that we can have great spiritual gifts, but if we don’t have love, it doesn’t mean anything. Again, knowledge puffs up (with pride), but love builds up (encourages). ” Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything (without weakening).” (I Corinthians 13:7, The Amplified Bible). May the Lord pour out His Spirit on us again and baptize us with His love and a spirit of unity. God bless you all,

Kelly Rowe

 

 

Understanding Spiritual Warfare Dreams and Prophetic Words/Unity

On Wednesday night, our small group at church started a series called “Letters to the Church by Francis Chan. We started by watching a video clip of Francis Chan talking about the book he wrote by the same title. He talked about how he went through a process of basically getting rid of all of his preconceived ideas of what church was supposed to look like. He even left a church that he had started, which was doing well, by most people’s standards, and began studying the Bible to see what the early church was like and then proceeded to start a Bible study, which led to founding a church based on these principles. He shared the scripture from I Corinthians 8:1 which says “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” and he stated that we live in a time when many people are “in love with their own opinions”. I thought to myself, that is so true, as I remembered reading comments a few days before that were in response to a dream and a prophetic word that was shared by a man that has been recognized in the body of Christ as a prophet named Jeremiah Johnson.

The dream the prophet shared was concerning Donald Trump and the spiritual attacks he was going through in trying to “drain the swamp”. In the dream, Jeremiah was in the boat with Donald Trump that was being attacked by alligators that were trying to sink the boat. He stated that the President kept running into the boats of others, saying he was going to drain the swamp, but did not realize that the swamp was in effect draining him, until it was too late. The boat began to sink down into a pit where Prophet Jeremiah Johnson said there was a horde of demons and he felt great fear. After awaking, it took him a few minutes to get himself free and then the Lord gave him a word saying basically that the church (to a large degree) was slumbering and not realizing that we needed to have a greater prayer covering to meet the attacks that were coming against the President as he is trying to protect our country. He stated that just as our country is in need of a wall to protect it’s borders, that we, as the body of Christ need to build a spiritual wall of protection around the President (through our prayers) to protect him from the demonic attacks being waged against him. As I read the comments on messenger, I was amazed at how many critical remarks there were, a few criticizing the President, but many were criticizing the prophet and his dream. It seems like everyone has become an expert and is to busy criticizing to be concerned with actually praying or if they are praying, they are probably defeating their own prayers with all the strife, division and negativity. One of the  remarks was saying that this particular person followed the prophecies of (gave a list of prophets). It reminded me of what the Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 1:12 “Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,”or “I follow Peter” or “I follow only Christ” (NLT). Paul goes on to say in verse 13 “Is Christ (the Messiah) divided into parts? Was Paul crucified on behalf of you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? (The Amplified Bible).

One of the criticisms given was that the dream was promoting fear. I just want to say, as someone who went through nine years of encountering some very intense spiritual warfare, that when you encounter very strong demons, you often do feel fear, but you rise up and use the weapons of warfare that God has given us to do battle with and you get the victory anyway. These types of warning/spiritual warfare dreams show us the enemy’s intent and the potential of what can happen, if we do not pray against it. Also, in a spiritual warfare dream, the person having the dream often feels a demonic presence or attack of the enemy.  I have had many dreams like this, often at the end of a fast or prior to getting the breakthrough, but as I persevered until I got the breakthrough, God’s anointing would come on me when I began to pray against it and the enemy would be put to flight.

I want to say, with regards to the prophetic words given about the President that he has fulfilled much of what what has been prophesied about him and I believe he will continue to do so, but there is always spiritual warfare involved. The enemy tries to drain us, to weaken our resolve to get us to give up without completing our mission. II Kings 13:14-19 tells the story of how King Joash was concerned about the future welfare of the nation of Israel, since the prophet Elisha was near death. In verse 15, Elisha tells the king to “take a bow and some arrows.” Then the prophet tells the king to put his hand on the bow and Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. He then told him to open the east window and shoot and he did so. Elisha then said “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them.” (The King James Version says thou shalt strike the Syrians in Aphek till thou have consumed them). In verse 18, the prophet instructs the king to take the arrows and strike the ground, so the king did so three times and stopped. Then, the prophet was angry with the king and said “you should have struck the ground five or six times and then you would have totally destroyed Syria, but now, you will strike Syria only three times.” What this scripture tells me is that Elisha prophesied what the will of the Lord was, but the king’s lack of resolve and determination meant that he would not fully carry out what God’s will was at that time and it would be left for someone else to do.

I think that we need to remember that a prophecy declares God’s will or intention, but a lot of things are conditional upon our obedience and cooperation with what the Lord is trying to accomplish. We are His hands and feet and He uses intercessors to pray His will into the earth (See Ezekiel 22:30) and there are spiritual battles going on to try to prevent God’s plan from being carried out. He gave the church His authority, and weapons of warfare, but we have to use them, it doesn’t just happen automatically.

I personally do not always agree with everything the President has done (but it is in his past and hopefully he has repented for those things) or the manner in which he says things at times. He is not a perfect man, but he has done a lot of great things for the church and the country and I believe the Lord has allowed him to be in office at this time, because He is what our country needs. Regardless or whether you agree or disagree with him, the scripture tells us in I Timothy 2:1-2 to pray for those in authority over us that we may lead quiet and peaceable lives. Also, Romans 13:1 says “For all authority comes from God and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God” (NLT).

The Bible also tells us to honor those who preach and teach the Gospel. “Elders (an Elder in the church is not necessarily someone who is old, but someone who is spiritually mature and called to teach and preach or be an overseer) who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching” (the King James says they are worthy of “double honor”). (I Timothy 5:17, NLT). Now, I am not saying that we should blindly follow everyone who claims to be a prophet and we need to use discernment and make sure that the prophetic words line up with scripture, but I think many of the body of Christ are just way to nit-picky, critical and ready to find fault and judge others, especially those in leadership. I’m sure we have all been disappointed, at times, by people in Christian leadership, but we’re not supposed to have our eyes on them, we’re supposed to have them on Jesus. If you don’t agree with someone, pray for them. Even if they miss it or don’t properly interpret it, or don’t say it just right, it doesn’t mean that they are not a prophet called by God or that the dream or word they had was not from God. Everyone makes mistakes (and I am not saying that Jeremiah Johnson made a mistake), but I am saying I think we’ve got “too many chiefs and not enough Indians” in the body of Christ. A little humility can go along way. Ephesians 4:11-13 tells us that God gave the apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all attain the unity of the faith and arrive at mature manhood. I was raised and taught to respect authority, especially those that God places in authority in the body of Christ.

Jesus prayed to His Father in John 17:21 that we would all be one, …”Just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.” John 13:35 says “By this everyone will all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV). The enemy is trying to destroy our unity, because he knows if we are full of strife and division, we will not be able to accomplish what God wants us to, as the body of Christ.

I think we should look to the book of Acts 2:42-47 as our example of what the church is supposed to look like:  42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together and had all things in, common; 45 and sold their possessions and goods and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart. 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added daily those who were being saved. ” (NKJV).

The word for fellowship in verse 42 in the original Greek language is koinonia (Strongs #2842), it means: sharing, unity, close association, partnership, participation, a society, a communion, a fellowship, contributory, help, the brotherhood. It is a unity brought about by the Holy Spirit. Koinonia cements the believers to the Lord Jesus and to each other. It denotes a deep sense of spiritual unity–of spiritual communion with the Lord and with each other. (New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Word Wealth). This is what the church looked like after the Day of Pentecost, when the believers first received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings unity and love. Spiritual gifts are wonderful, but I  Corinthians 13 teaches us that we can have great spiritual gifts, but if we don’t have love, it doesn’t mean anything. Again, knowledge puffs up (with pride), but love builds up (encourages). ” Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything (without weakening).” (I Corinthians 13:7, The Amplified Bible). May the Lord pour out His Spirit on us again and baptize us with His love and a spirit of unity. God bless you all,

Kelly Rowe

 

 

Understanding Spiritual Warfare Dreams and Prophetic Words/Unity

On Wednesday night, our small group at church started a series called “Letters to the Church by Francis Chan. We started by watching a video clip of Francis Chan talking about the book he wrote by the same title. He talked about how he went through a process of basically getting rid of all of his preconceived ideas of what church was supposed to look like. He even left a church that he had started, which was doing well, by most people’s standards, and began studying the Bible to see what the early church was like and then proceeded to start a Bible study, which led to founding a church based on these principles. He shared the scripture from I Corinthians 8:1 which says “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” and he stated that we live in a time when many people are “in love with their own opinions”. I thought to myself, that is so true, as I remembered reading comments a few days before that were in response to a dream and a prophetic word that was shared by a man that has been recognized in the body of Christ as a prophet named Jeremiah Johnson.

The dream the prophet shared was concerning Donald Trump and the spiritual attacks he was going through in trying to “drain the swamp”. In the dream, Jeremiah was in the boat with Donald Trump that was being attacked by alligators that were trying to sink the boat. He stated that the President kept running into the boats of others, saying he was going to drain the swamp, but did not realize that the swamp was in effect draining him, until it was too late. The boat began to sink down into a pit where Prophet Jeremiah Johnson said there was a horde of demons and he felt great fear. After awaking, it took him a few minutes to get himself free and then the Lord gave him a word saying basically that the church (to a large degree) was slumbering and not realizing that we needed to have a greater prayer covering to meet the attacks that were coming against the President as he is trying to protect our country. He stated that just as our country is in need of a wall to protect it’s borders, that we, as the body of Christ need to build a spiritual wall of protection around the President (through our prayers) to protect him from the demonic attacks being waged against him. As I read the comments on messenger, I was amazed at how many critical remarks there were, a few criticizing the President, but many were criticizing the prophet and his dream. It seems like everyone has become an expert and is to busy criticizing to be concerned with actually praying or if they are praying, they are probably defeating their own prayers with all the strife, division and negativity. One of the  remarks was saying that this particular person followed the prophecies of (gave a list of prophets). It reminded me of what the Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 1:12 “Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,”or “I follow Peter” or “I follow only Christ” (NLT). Paul goes on to say in verse 13 “Is Christ (the Messiah) divided into parts? Was Paul crucified on behalf of you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? (The Amplified Bible).

One of the criticisms given was that the dream was promoting fear. I just want to say, as someone who went through nine years of encountering some very intense spiritual warfare, that when you encounter very strong demons, you often do feel fear, but you rise up and use the weapons of warfare that God has given us to do battle with and you get the victory anyway. These types of warning/spiritual warfare dreams show us the enemy’s intent and the potential of what can happen, if we do not pray against it. Also, in a spiritual warfare dream, the person having the dream often feels a demonic presence or attack of the enemy.  I have had many dreams like this, often at the end of a fast or prior to getting the breakthrough, but as I persevered until I got the breakthrough, God’s anointing would come on me when I began to pray against it and the enemy would be put to flight.

I want to say, with regards to the prophetic words given about the President that he has fulfilled much of what what has been prophesied about him and I believe he will continue to do so, but there is always spiritual warfare involved. The enemy tries to drain us, to weaken our resolve to get us to give up without completing our mission. II Kings 13:14-19 tells the story of how King Joash was concerned about the future welfare of the nation of Israel, since the prophet Elisha was near death. In verse 15, Elisha tells the king to “take a bow and some arrows.” Then the prophet tells the king to put his hand on the bow and Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. He then told him to open the east window and shoot and he did so. Elisha then said “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them.” (The King James Version says thou shalt strike the Syrians in Aphek till thou have consumed them). In verse 18, the prophet instructs the king to take the arrows and strike the ground, so the king did so three times and stopped. Then, the prophet was angry with the king and said “you should have struck the ground five or six times and then you would have totally destroyed Syria, but now, you will strike Syria only three times.” What this scripture tells me is that Elisha prophesied what the will of the Lord was, but the king’s lack of resolve and determination meant that he would not fully carry out what God’s will was at that time and it would be left for someone else to do.

I think that we need to remember that a prophecy declares God’s will or intention, but a lot of things are conditional upon our obedience and cooperation with what the Lord is trying to accomplish. We are His hands and feet and He uses intercessors to pray His will into the earth (See Ezekiel 22:30) and there are spiritual battles going on to try to prevent God’s plan from being carried out. He gave the church His authority, and weapons of warfare, but we have to use them, it doesn’t just happen automatically.

I personally do not always agree with everything the President has done (but it is in his past and hopefully he has repented for those things) or the manner in which he says things at times. He is not a perfect man, but he has done a lot of great things for the church and the country and I believe the Lord has allowed him to be in office at this time, because He is what our country needs. Regardless or whether you agree or disagree with him, the scripture tells us in I Timothy 2:1-2 to pray for those in authority over us that we may lead quiet and peaceable lives. Also, Romans 13:1 says “For all authority comes from God and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God” (NLT).

The Bible also tells us to honor those who preach and teach the Gospel. “Elders (an Elder in the church is not necessarily someone who is old, but someone who is spiritually mature and called to teach and preach or be an overseer) who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching” (the King James says they are worthy of “double honor”). (I Timothy 5:17, NLT). Now, I am not saying that we should blindly follow everyone who claims to be a prophet and we need to use discernment and make sure that the prophetic words line up with scripture, but I think many of the body of Christ are just way to nit-picky, critical and ready to find fault and judge others, especially those in leadership. I’m sure we have all been disappointed, at times, by people in Christian leadership, but we’re not supposed to have our eyes on them, we’re supposed to have them on Jesus. If you don’t agree with someone, pray for them. Even if they miss it or don’t properly interpret it, or don’t say it just right, it doesn’t mean that they are not a prophet called by God or that the dream or word they had was not from God. Everyone makes mistakes (and I am not saying that Jeremiah Johnson made a mistake), but I am saying I think we’ve got “too many chiefs and not enough Indians” in the body of Christ. A little humility can go along way. Ephesians 4:11-13 tells us that God gave the apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all attain the unity of the faith and arrive at mature manhood. I was raised and taught to respect authority, especially those that God places in authority in the body of Christ.

Jesus prayed to His Father in John 17:21 that we would all be one, …”Just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.” John 13:35 says “By this everyone will all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV). The enemy is trying to destroy our unity, because he knows if we are full of strife and division, we will not be able to accomplish what God wants us to, as the body of Christ.

I think we should look to the book of Acts 2:42-47 as our example of what the church is supposed to look like:  42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together and had all things in, common; 45 and sold their possessions and goods and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart. 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added daily those who were being saved. ” (NKJV).

The word for fellowship in verse 42 in the original Greek language is koinonia (Strongs #2842), it means: sharing, unity, close association, partnership, participation, a society, a communion, a fellowship, contributory, help, the brotherhood. It is a unity brought about by the Holy Spirit. Koinonia cements the believers to the Lord Jesus and to each other. It denotes a deep sense of spiritual unity–of spiritual communion with the Lord and with each other. (New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Word Wealth). This is what the church looked like after the Day of Pentecost, when the believers first received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings unity and love. Spiritual gifts are wonderful, but I  Corinthians 13 teaches us that we can have great spiritual gifts, but if we don’t have love, it doesn’t mean anything. Again, knowledge puffs up (with pride), but love builds up (encourages). ” Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything (without weakening).” (I Corinthians 13:7, The Amplified Bible). May the Lord pour out His Spirit on us again and baptize us with His love and a spirit of unity. God bless you all,

Kelly Rowe

 

 

Prayer and Fasting

In the month of January, many churches have started participating in a corporate fast. This is something that has been made popular by Pastor Jentezen Franklin of Free Chapel Church (Kingdom Connection). As a result, some churches have started experiencing tremendous revival, like the revival going on in north Georgia, which started last February following a 21 day fast in January. According to the article in Charisma Magazine, the Pastor had a vision where he saw fire over the baptismal pool. After that, when people would be in the baptismal pool getting baptized, they would have tremendous encounters with the Holy Spirit; some being healed, delivered or filled with the Holy Spirit.

I have not always participated in these types of fast, only when I sensed the Lord leading me to and only for as long as I sensed Him leading me to do so. However, I have done a lot of fasting for many years and would like to share some things I have learned about it.

The definition of the word fast means to abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink, especially as a religious observance. There are different types of fasts, water, juice, liquids, fasting one or two meals a day or until evening and the Daniel fast (mentioned in Daniel 10), which consists of abstaining from meat, sweets (or pleasant foods) and wine (which to me equates to sodas or sweet drinks).

Let me say first that fasting is not just abstaining from food, it is dying to self, crucifying our sinful nature and drawing near to the Lord, putting away the things that distract us from Him, that we may have allowed to take precedence over seeking Him, anything that might have become an idol in our life.

Isaiah 58 talks about a fast day acceptable to the Lord. In this chapter, we see that the Israelites were abstaining from food but their attitude and actions showed no change of heart, no repentance, no compassion for others, etc. They were carrying on business as usual, mistreating their workers, full of strife and contention, etc. The Lord said in verse 4, “fasting as you do today will not cause your voice to be heard on high.” Fasting is not merely mechanical, it must be accompanied by a repentant heart, one that is truly seeking the Lord and willing to be the Lord’s hands extended to show mercy and compassion to others.

Also, as I said before, fasting is dying to self. Verses 13-14 says “if you turn away your foot from (traveling unduly on) the Sabbath, from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a (spiritual) delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and honor Him and it, not going your own way or seeking or finding your own pleasure or speaking with your own (idle) words, 14 Then will you delight yourself in the Lord and I will make you to ride on the high places of the earth, and I will feed your with the heritage (promised for you) of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.”

In the New Testament, we are told by the Apostle Paul, that the Sabbath day is no longer something that we have to observe in a legalistic fashion, it can be whatever day you choose to set aside to pray and spend special time with the Lord (See Romans 14:5). What I want to emphasize here is what Isaiah 58 says about “not going your own way or seeking or finding your own pleasure or speaking your own (idle-careless, inoperative, non-working) words. When I fast, I don’t watch much TV, except for spiritual-type programing and I try to stay off of social media. I also usually sense a quietness that comes over me so that I don’t want to talk very much or spend much time on the phone, instead I spend a lot of time reading the Bible and praying.

One of the ways I usually sense the Lord is leading me to fast is that I will start to feel very dry spiritually and will often start to feel a demonic oppression, which the normal prayer, rebuking the enemy, etc. does not seem to alleviate or not entirely. Also, when I spend time in the word, I will often begin to read scriptures about fasting or entering into battle, etc. When I reach the end of a fast, I will feel that dryness or demonic oppression lift and begin to feel more of the presence of God. Also, usually when I get in the word, the Lord will give me scriptures that confirm what I am sensing in my spirit.

When it comes to what kind of fast I do, I go with what I feel the Lord is putting in my spirit, what I feel peace about. When I was in my early twenties, I used to fast religiously every Tuesday and in the beginning, I would really sense God’s presence and blessing on me doing that, but after a while, it became a dead work. I no longer sensed God’s anointing on it, so I stopped doing it and instead only did it when I sensed the Lord leading me to do so.

When I first began fasting, I did very stringent fasts, usually for 1-3 days with only water and juice, however, I almost blacked out in the parking lot coming out of work one day, so I recommend really praying about what type of fast you do and if you are working or have a medical condition, you may need to do a partial or Daniel type of fast instead. As I have gotten older and tend to have very low energy, I usually do a partial or Daniel type of fast, only for as long as I sense the Lord leading me to do so.

With all that said, I would like to share with you a particular fast that the Lord led me to do and share with you the tremendous outcome we saw as a result of it.  When my husband and I were newly married, our Pastor, at the time, asked us if we would take on being the Children’s Church Pastors, as the people who were doing it previously had left the church. My husband was already helping with Children’s Church (as that was something he had done previously at the church he went to before we got married), while I was teaching the young adult Sunday School class. He shared with me that some of the kids they were picking up on the bus and bringing to Children’s Church were cussing at them, spitting, kicking, etc. There was one particular family of kids they were having a lot of problems with, whose parents I believe were on drugs.  I remember going over to the gymnasium, where children’s church was held and it felt so dry, like there was an absence of the Holy Spirit. I told my husband and another lady who had volunteered to help that I felt led to fast and they could join me if they wanted to.

I started out the fast having one slim fast a day for the first three days. However, I did not feel like I was having a breakthrough, so I went to just water for the next three days (and it was not that hard for me, surprisingly). Every night, after work, I would read the Bible, pray and seek the Lord for a word about if I was to continue fasting or not. On the evening of the sixth day, I was thinking to myself, I must be going to go seven days because seven is the number of the Lord, the number of completion, etc., but the Lord spoke to my heart that “on the seventh day God rested.” It was like He was saying, you just rest now and see what I’m going to do. That night, my husband fell asleep on the couch. I tried to wake him up to go to bed, but he wouldn’t wake up, so I went to the bedroom to go to bed. A short time later, I heard my husband crying out like he was having some kind of bad dream. I sat up in bed, stretched my hand towards him and began to pray in the Spirit. Within a short time, he woke up and said “you’re not going to believe the dream I just had”. He proceeded to tell me that he dreamed that he was in a large barn when Jesus walked up. He said he only saw Him from about the waist down, he saw His robe and sandals. He said Jesus told him “this barn is not big enough, I’m going to fill it up”. He said immediately after the enemy heard that word, there was a demonic presence that attacked him and was suffocating him. He was trying to say the name of Jesus, but was having a hard time getting it out (I believe this is the point where I heard him crying out and began interceding) and then finally, He shouted the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit came in, like a rushing mighty wind, and swept out the demonic presence. Clearly, we felt the Lord was showing that there was a demonic force that had been fighting us over the children we were trying to reach in the Children’s Church ministry and through prayer and fasting, that force was broken and the Lord was showing the potential for the harvest.

After that we started working in Children’s Church ministry together and my husband said the children were like different kids. No more cussing, spitting and kicking. In fact, the family of kids that previously were causing most of the problems were some of the best ones in the class after that. I hope this may give some insight to any of you who want to know more about fasting and what it can accomplish. It is a powerful for breaking demonic strongholds. God bless you all. Kelly Rowe

 

 

 

Spiritual Warfare

I have shared previously about how I went through nine years of encountering some very intense spiritual warfare. When I first began having these encounters and for some time, I didn’t have any books on the subject, except the Bible (later on when I did find some books on the subject, I found that they taught some of the same principles that I had learned). Little by little, through trial and error, the Lord taught me many lessons about how to do spiritual warfare. He put me through “spiritual warfare boot-camp”, so to speak. We moved five times when we lived in Dade City and every time we moved, it seemed, I would encounter a new type of territorial spirit or spirits.

One of the first lessons I learned was to pay attention to the types of dreams I was having and to use discernment. I had a few dreams about people stealing from us. When I prayed specifically against a spirit of thievery and stealing, then I felt the presence of the Lord and sensed a release and afterwards I stopped having those types of dreams. I had heard that some of our neighbors had been having things stolen from them and realized that there was a stronghold for this type of thing in our area and the Lord was showing me how to pray against it and the importance of naming the spirit and praying specifically. The way that I would know that I had hit the nail on the head is because I would feel the presence of the Lord and sensed a release from that demonic presence and the dreams would stop.

In one particular house we moved to, there was a demonic presence that would hover over me and wake me up in my sleep. I would get up, go through the house and pray and I would feel it in a different room each time, it seemed. I rebuked the spirit, told it to leave and not come back and it would leave, but then it would return again the next night. At one point I had a dream where a tall young man that was dressed like a farm hand (probably in his 20s or 30s) (the Bible says Satan can transform himself into an angel of light, often demons will impersonate people) knocked at the front door, I opened the door, he ran through the house to the back door, where I opened the door and punched him out the back door. He was light as a feather, it was very easy for me, but the next thing I knew, he was at the front door again and we repeated the process all over again and then it happened again, but this time there was one at the front door and the back. I woke up and said what is going on Lord?  The Lord was clearly showing me that I had power over them, but why did they keep coming back when I told them not to?

At one point, when the demonic presence hovered over me in my sleep, I had a dream where my mouth flew wide open and the Holy Spirit came out of me like water gushing out of a fire hydrant when it is opened up and the demonic presence left (temporarily). Again, it was not a lack of power because I was spirit-filled and I prayed, fasted and studied the word on a regular basis.

I continued to pray for the Lord to show me what was going on and I had a dream where I saw pioneer people on the front porch shooting rifles at Indians who were riding on horse back, also shooting rifles back at them. I thought about the scripture in Deuteronomy 21, where the Lord gave instructions on how the people were to make atonement for the land in the case of an unsolved murder or unjust blood-shed. They were to call for the Priests, the Levites and the Elders of the two nearest towns. The Elders were then instructed to measure and see which was the closest town to where the body was found and the Elders of that town were instructed to go down to the stream and kill a heifer that had not been worked and had never pulled with a yoke. The Elders were to break the heifer’s neck (symbolic of Jesus death for our sins) and wash their hands in the stream and say “our hands have not shed this blood nor have our eyes seen it. Forgive oh Lord, your people Israel, whom You have redeemed and do not hold us guilty for this unjust bloodshed. And atonement shall be provided on their behalf for the blood. So you shall put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you when you do what is right in the sight of the Lord.” (Deut. 21:7-9). Notice, since they were not able to punish the guilty party who actually committed the sin, the job fell to the Elders (leaders) of the nearest town to pray and make atonement for the unjust bloodshed and if they did not do so, the curse would continue. King David encountered a similar situation in his day where there was a drought for three years because of unjust bloodshed that Saul committed (See II Samuel 21:1). I believe, as Christians, now the job falls to us.

I began to pray the prayer of the Elders from memory, claiming that the blood of Jesus paid the price to break any curse for unjust bloodshed on the land and I sensed the Holy Spirit, so I knew I was on the right track. However, the next night, the demonic presence returned again, so I got out the Bible and read the prayer the Elders prayed out loud. I then realized the part I had left out was the part that said, “forgive us Lord and do not hold us guilty for this unjust bloodshed.” As I prayed the prayer, I sensed the presence of the Lord and I felt a release. The curse on the land for unjust bloodshed was broken and the demon spirits no longer had a legal right to be there. The demons did not return after that and I didn’t have anymore dreams about it.

Here is a very important point I want to share about this, demon spirits only have the authority that human beings give them. Adam and Eve were put in charge of planet earth. They were told to be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth. (Gen. 1:28, NKJV). When Adam and Eve chose sin, they opened a door for Satan to become the “god of this world” and “the prince of the power of the air” (II Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 2:2). They gave him authority in the earth, but when Jesus came in human form and died for our sins, he reclaimed the authority for believers. He gave us the keys to the kingdom, power to bind and loose. (see Matt. 16:19, Matt. 18:18-19). We are like spiritual deputies, but we have to use the power and authority the Lord has given us, it does not just happen automatically.

Ephesians 4:25-31 gives a list of sins that grieve the Holy Spirit. In verse 27, we are told not to give place to the devil. The word for place in the original Greek language means locality, opportunity or license (Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, #5117, NT). When we choose sin, especially when we do it repetitively in a particular area, we give the enemy license or permission in that area of our lives. That is how strongholds are formed. Of course, if we sincerely repent and confess our sins, the Lord will forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness (I John 1:9), but we may need to take authority over the type of spirit that has been given place to and command it to go in Jesus name.

So to re-cap: when people give place to the enemy by choosing sin, whether it is yourself, your forefathers (as in a generational curse) or in this case, the people who had occupied the land many years before…

  1. There needs to be a prayer of repentance prayed, confessing the sin, naming it specifically and asking for forgiveness.
  2. Then take authority over whatever type of spirits were given place to (such as a spirit of murder, violence, addiction, etc.) Name them specifically and rebuke them and command them to go in Jesus name.
  3. If you still aren’t getting relief, you may need to fast or get other believers who know how to pray and do spiritual warfare to pray with you.

God bless you everyone. Hope this helps anyone who may be having battles. Kelly Rowe