Theodore and Isabella

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Lilting underwater sway
With undulating tail
Each footfall fluid and faultless
Easy and serene.
They purr and thrum and bombinate with very satisfaction.
They thrive and croon
Smooch and spoon and serenade,
Supplicate and woo,
Coax, cajole and captivate
And soon
All that is beheld with tawny eyes
Becomes their own.

Two shadows
Following a foot behind
Or choosing then to sprint ahead
And claim the bed.
Not just one cat sized piece
But the whole.
Sprawling deliciously,
Blinking artlessly,
Quick with consolation
For taking your side.
Cold wet nose pressed
With affection against your cheek.

Late night scraps.
Up and down the hallways,
In and out the doorways,
Underneath the table legs
And up the front flyscreen.
Each too nimble to hurt or hinder
One another
And growls and grumblings all a romp
Til zest and zeal is spent.

Endless curiosity
Staring unblinking out the windows
And following a careless insect
Into corners hitherto unexplored
Or explored again.
The unstoppable determination
To win the right
To household domination
And claim the rubbish bin’s delights.
The invisible elastic
That draws them to you
Sitting close by
Or finding space where none exists
Just to be in your presence.

 

Anita Brady © 2017

Preach The Word.

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2 Tim 3:10 – 4:5

10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance,

11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystrawhat persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.

12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,

15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

4:1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:

2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;

4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

This morning there was a post that came up on my Facebook news feed and it went something like this:

EVERYBODY THINKS I AM CRAZY.

THEY SAY, ” YOU TAKE THE JESUS THING TOO SERIOUSLY.”

WELL, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT, WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT CHRIST TOOK ME PRETTY SERIOUSLY WHEN HE DIED ON THE CROSS.

I freely admit that I take my walk and life with Jesus very seriously. My relationship with Him is more important than anything else on this planet or anything this world or physical life can offer. What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?

I felt strongly this morning that I needed to read Paul’s exhortation to Timothy again.

Paul wrote some very strong words to his son in the faith. Here he speaks about what Timothy needed to do in the face of opposition and or persecution, he points out to Timothy this:

‘But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long suffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra – what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.’

Paul started by commending Timothy for taking note of what had been going on, but more than that, Paul says that Timothy had been watching him as a role model and that his life was being influenced by what Paul himself had been through. Paul said to the Corinthians and I am sure at some stage to Timothy, ‘Imitate me as I also imitate CHRIST’ 1 Cor 11:1. Paul was acting as a roll model to Timothy.

Paul then goes on to warn him of potential trouble:

v13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Paul warns Timothy to be aware of these ‘evil men and imposters’ who could come in and deceive.

How does Paul encourage Timothy to proceed? He reminds him to ‘continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures.’

Paul exhorts Timothy to go to the scripture for therein is his safety and protection.

Earlier in this letter Paul had said to Timothy:

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

The Old King James puts it this way, ‘study to show yourself approved unto God’.This is all about studying the scriptures, being able to rightly divide the word of truth. It is scripture and scripture only that we are encouraged to study, why?, because in the scriptures we have the Word of God.

Look at chapter 3:16,

“16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’ Jesus is the Truth.  Jesus is the Word of God. Paul says to Timothy, ‘Preach the Word.’ How could Timothy preach the word if he did not KNOW THE WORD. The Word is life, it is bread to feed on,

John 1:1- 14

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God……

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us….”

John 6: 35

“I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst…”

John 6: 53 – 58

“Most assuredly , I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on me will live because of Me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not as your fathers eat the manna and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”

True life and sustenance comes from feeding on the Living Word, Jesus.

Why were the scriptures given? “That the man or woman of God may be complete”.

Paul was pointing Timothy to the Living Word.

Have a look again at the portion of scripture I started with from 2 Tim. Smack in the middle of two warnings to Timothy Paul writes, ‘Preach the Word’.

Warning number one is in verse 13 of chapter 3, keep an eye out for evil men and then in chapter 4:3 – 5, he warns Timothy of a time when men will no longer endure sound doctrine but we heap up for themselves (other) teachers and will turn away from the truth.

Chapter 4 starts out saying, and may I remind you that there were no chapters and verses in the original letters so this next verse is still part of the theme Paul is addressing in Chapter 3, ‘I charge you, therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ…….

I remember when I was at bible college one of the lecturers saying that whenever you see the word ‘therefore’ used you need to ask yourself, what is the ‘therefore’ there for?

In this case Paul is pointing Timothy back to the previous verse and saying that If men are to be fully equipped for every good work and made complete, they need to be hearing the preached Word of God. Paul says to Timothy, he must preach the Word.

Paul tells him/us to be ready in season and out, in other words, when it suits and when it doesn’t suit. Be ready, preach the word, convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and teaching.

These are tough words from Paul. He is not pulling any punches. Why? Because the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires (lusts), because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth.

We are in days like this. Have a look at chapter 3:1-5,

‘But know this, that is the last days perilous times will come; For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, u thankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.

Hello? We are in those times now and Paul was not talking about the unsaved here. He was talking about believers, those who were considered christian but betrayed by their own actions.

Paul said to Timothy that there was only one way to deal with this issue,

PREACH THE WORD.

This dear friend is for all of us.

Are you doing the work of an evangelist? Are you fulfilling your ministry? Are you preaching the word? Or are you hiding behind a world driven doctrine called political correctness?, having a form of godliness but NO POWER?

We must stand up and preach the word because one day we will all give account as to what we did with Jesus Christ and the gospel that has been entrusted to us.

Amen

Steve Brady

Monday Mornin’ Melodies (?)

 

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While music written by Christians for Christians, praising Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord of All Creation, is truly worthy of being sung and spoken by the family of God we need to be aware of how the Contemporary Christian Music Industry has failed true believers. The decline has been gradual but the rot has most definitely set in.  There is no ‘comfort’ setting for Christians.  We can’t lower our guard for any reason, and we must contend for the faith, be instant out of season and in season, and be ready for spiritual battle regardless of the outward circumstances or who may be involved.

We have taken recently to playing a lot of the old 80s albums which are now on Youtube. Yet, as we enjoy and reminisce about the way music used to be, we are discovering that musicians who we previously thought were committed Christians are now in fact leading believers down the broad path to destruction. 

One such artist that I have read some disturbing things about is Michael W. Smith.  I was listening to his ‘Great is the Lord’ song this morning.  It is a wonderfully stirring song, great to sing with your whole heart.  The song is from Michael W. Smith’s album ‘The Michael W. Smith Project’.  OK, at the time that I bought this album in my twenties, I thought nothing of the title, I just liked his music. But if you do some research on Michael W. Smith you will be able to trace how he has incrementally but surely become a supporter of Satanism.  This is not just a fancy or a conspiracy theory, you can see the proof on the internet.  Smith is on record (Inside Music Magazine Jan/Feb 1991) as saying that his inspiration for this first album was Alan Parsons Project.  The Alan Parsons Project is not a Christian group and their very obvious occult imagery and song lyrics are a disturbing influence for a leader in the contemporary Christian music scene. If you go to this article you will see what I am talking about. 

Fast forward to 2009 Michael W. Smith is supporting and encouraging supposed ‘Christian Heavy Metal’ bands who write songs in clear worship of their god Satan, and in total blasphemous hostility to Jesus Christ, the ‘Lord’ that Smith apparently wrote about. This blog article from ‘The New Jerusalem Chronicle’ gives some fairly shocking detail on this.

There are other websites in which you can trace how Smith has moved from placing runic symbols and backwards writing (both characteristics of pagan and satanic religions) to outright and unequivocal support of Satan worship.  We doubt that Smith can be a supporter of Satanism without actually being a Satanist himself.  Obviously we don’t know for sure, but the Bible tells us that we can tell a tree by its fruits.  Looks like Michael W. Smith is now a thorn bush.

When you look back at that great song, you actually begin to wonder which ‘Lord’ he is praising here.  The lyrics are bland enough to relate to just about any religious figure and since Satanists think Lucifer is god, and call him Lord, then it could easily be an anthem to him. On the other hand, if these are Christian lyrics based on scripture we can still sing them even if the author was actually praising a different ‘lord’ in his own heart and mind.  Or can we?  Tough call. Meat sacrificed to idols?

Great is the Lord,
He is holy and just
By His power we trust
In His love
Great is the Lord
He is faithful and true
By His mercy He proves
He is love 

(Chorus)

Great is the Lord,
And Worthy of Glory
Great is the Lord
And Worthy of Praise
Great is the Lord
Now lift up your voice
Now lift up your voice

Great is the Lord ,
Great is the Lord 

So what is a Christian to do?

It’s a good question and I would answer ‘stay informed’.  I don’t suggest for a minute that we remain glued to the internet for the rest of our lives out of fear and concern, but if you are walking in the Spirit and you listen to a praise song which might give you cause for concern, don’t ignore the leading and guiding of God.  He will be trying to tell you something.  For sure, use the internet to check things because it is amazing what people are coming to nowadays.

While listening to the old 80’s Hosanna Music albums on Youtube, containing a lot of my favourite hymns and choruses from my youth, I discovered that Hillsong’s Darlene Zschech is a Hosanna Music Alumnus.  Along with Don Moen, one of the many song leaders that Hosanna used in their praise albums, Darlene went to the Vatican in 2015 for a prayer summit. This article in “Christianity Today” documents her involvement and while it is sympathetic to Darlene and her compaints that people were tweeting ‘mean things’ about her involvement, I would like to point out that they state categorically that Darlene was ‘invited’ to go to the Vatican.  So while she might state that she ‘wasn’t there to become a Catholic’, she was there to accept and support the pope’s agenda of ecumenism.  As a Jesuit, his whole purpose, and they take oaths as priests to this effect, is to protect their own interests.  Here is an excerpt taken from the EIPS website which proves that Pope Francis as the Black Pope is the chief dissembler and though he appears as a lamb among lions this is simply an act to gain trust.  Yet so many Christians have no problem supporting the false gospel that the Catholic church teaches.  I remind you of the verses in John’s second epistle warning that even those who greet false teachers share in their wickedness.

My son, heretofore you have been taught to act the dissembler: among Roman Catholics to be a Roman Catholic, and to be a spy even among your own brethren; to believe no man, to trust no man. Among the Reformers, to be a Reformer; among the Huguenots, to be a Huguenot; among the Calvinists, to be a Calvinist; among other Protestants, generally to be a Protestant; and obtaining their confidence, to seek even to preach from their pulpits, and to denounce with all the vehemence in your nature our Holy Religion and the Pope; and even to descend so low as to become a Jew among Jews, that you might be enabled to gather together all information for the benefit of your Order as a faithful soldier of the Pope.

 

I guess this sounds cynical.  I guess you would be right.  I am so completely tired of christian musicians and pastors who gain a following because of their inspiration and encouragement of the christian faith and then turn out to be apostate, and could well have in fact been apostate all along, we will never know will we? We only find out when they decide to come out of the closet as it were.

I think in the end, we have to be willing to give up following whoever turns out to be fallen away. If we excuse and water down the issue of popular christian media figures losing their salvation then how do we proceed as believers in our own walk?  We don’t have a choice here.  If scripture tells us that in the last days men will grow worse and worse and that these people will have a form of godliness but deny its power and from such turn away (2 Timothy) then we need to take heed.  The problem I guess is that in modern society, a ‘form of godliness’ can look different to different christians.  Such are the deceptive wiles of Satan he can transform himself into an angel of light, and since music was literally in his bones and the fabric of his very creation, then we must recognise that music is his tool to deceive and draw away the faithful from following Christ and Christ alone.

It behoves us to both recognise and respond to deception and lies as quickly as possible by denouncing it and walking away from it.  ‘Touch not the unclean thing’ should be a watch-phrase for all Christians.  Unfortunately, the usual response is ‘that’s being a bit extreme isn’t it?’

Somebody said that to me the other day because I complained about the Living Water’s new set of tracts which feature Star War’s characters faces as a ‘collector’s item’.  I testified that Star Wars had led my children into the occult and that our family had had a great battle in righting ourselves and getting rid of all such references.  We were into Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, C.S. Lewis, Star Wars, you name it, anything science fiction and fantasty/occult we were following it blithely thinking that we were Christians so we were all OK because God was somehow protecting us.  Yet, we were being led into darkness.  We have now walked away permanently from all of this stuff.  Yet we are startled to see how many Christians consider that this stuff is harmless. Moreover, when a Christian organisation like Living Waters which has dedicated itself to evangelism and training believers in how to contend for the faith and seen many many people saved and led out of destructive lifestyles now supports the mixing of idol worship and worship of the Living God, where is a believer to go?  I just need to add here that one step in the wrong direction does not make an organisation a contender for a blacklist.  But as we have discovered, what appears on the surface is often only a small sample of what is going on behind closed doors.  And as we have said, a little leaven leavens the whole lump.  We are not denouncing Living Waters, or Ray Comfort who has had a remarkable life as an evangelist and most definitely furthered the Kingdom of God.  God bless him in all he does!  However, this makes it even more of a concern when a mature Christian moves in this direction without any qualms.

It is most definitely a hard road to follow, it is narrow and the way is steep and dangerous.

Truly, ‘he who endures to the end will be saved’, and we must run the race with endurance.  Don’t be surprised when even other believers turn against you for staying true to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and remember all who preach a false gospel are accursed.  There is no room for compromise!

 

 

From Such Turn Away

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Dead Oak Tree – Ansell Adams

God has taught us a great deal about reprobates.  One hard lesson we had to learn was that the leaders of the cult we left were not just false teachers but reprobates.  As such, they are twice cursed, and God himself will reject them ‘Depart from me for I never knew you’.

Not only did we need to recognise that the leaders of the cult we were in were reprobates, but that we ourselves were cursed because of our involvement with these reprobates.  Paul tells Timothy to turn away from them, Paul curses them, Peter tell us that the blackness of darkness is forever reserved for them, and John tells us that if we even greet them we are partakers in their wickedness. I think that these warnings are enough for us to wash our hands of them, shake the dust of their villages from our shoes and walk away.

This is hard for many people to do. 

It was hard for us to do. For a number of years we tried to work out what had happened.  We didn’t know. Were these people knowingly deceiving us, or were they themselves deceived?  Yes and Yes. Were they just led astray or were they truly evil?  Time has proven that one.  Over the years we held hope in our hearts for them. But when one of the elders we had known for a great many  years before the cult took hold of our church left, we questioned him.  His response was to tell us that he was as an innocent lamb.  He compared himself to Jesus who opened not his mouth at those who crucified Him. This man claimed to have been like Jesus when he had preached a false gospel for decades, led others down the path of destruction, taken part in destroying other people’s faith and family and even deliberately destroying people’s marriages.  He was not able to be reached, and he was a very old man.  We do not believe this man will be in heaven, he is too far gone, and as Paul said, ‘men will grow worse and worse’.  He is somebody we need to turn away from.

But for us, the most important question is not ‘how were we dragged into this’, but ‘Lord will you show us our hearts and help us to repent of ever having been involved with this false gospel and its practitioners’.  What is ironic is that the cult members are taught to shun people who leave.  If you see them in the streets, they literally turn away from you.  It is we who should be shunning them, not in retaliation, but in obedience to God, who himself shuns the false brethren and teachers who put heavy yokes on the necks of His people and then say they do nothing wrong.

For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we[b] do not lose those things we worked for, but that we[c] may receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses[d] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.

2 John 2:7-10

12 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, 13 and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children

2 Peter 2:12-14 (see whole chapter)

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed

Galatians 1:6-9

It is all there in black and white, Peter, John and Paul all testify that those who preach a false gospel are reprobates who are cursed by God.  And those who follow the reprobates, support them, give them their money, eat with them, and agree with their teachings are likewise cursed.

I know this is a hard thing to digest, and initially we may not want to deal with this.  But I have to say that when you recognise this fact, repent of your involvement and ask God to forgive you, the blessings and freedom you experience are amazing.  Things will begin to happen in your life that you will find hard to process mentally because God will begin to bless you in the way He has always wanted to bless you before, but was unable. Because although you are out of the way of these false teachers, you are still excusing them, still visiting their websites, still fellowshipping with the ones who agree with them.  You can’t do any of these things and be free from the curse which taints them. Remove yourself from the reprobates, and separate yourself to God, and God will begin to work in your life in miraculous ways.

I wish I could tell everyone who has left our former cult about this, but I know that many of them would simply attack us for being judgemental.  So be it, only the Holy Spirit can open somebody’s eyes and we certainly didn’t do anything except read scripture. Even still, it has taken us 12 years to see the truth.

We trust that anyone reading these words will likewise be motivated to seek out the truth and realise what God tells us.  There are wicked and evil people who trample the truth underfoot and actively seek out innocent Christians to turn them against the true gospel in order to deceive them with the false, take their money and their adoration and make them like themselves.  Don’t do it, and don’t condone their behaviour.  They are cursed reprobates and will, as Paul warns, grow worse and worse with their ‘form of godliness’ which deceives thousands but must not deceive the elect.

Blessings,

Anita Brady

Supermoon Monday -In the Valley of Aijalon

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12 Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel:

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon;
And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”
13 So the sun stood still,
And the moon stopped,
Till the people had revenge
Upon their enemies.

Joshua 10:12-13 (NKJV)

I want to talk about spiritual warfare in this post.  I thought it timely to discuss this on the occasion of the first super moon since 1948.  Especially since that is the same year that the modern nation of Israel was formed!  We are in the last days friends!  It is also interesting that the above quote from Joshua talks about the battle of the Israelites against the King of Jerusalem and his four allies.  This was another stage in the war against the inhabitants of the land which God promised to give His people.  It is also symbolic of our battle against the powers of darkness who come against us in our walk with the Lord. The Lord has the power to make the moon, symbol of occult power, stand still as His people obey His voice, and go into the battle with the Lord going before, and also standing as our rear guard!  Hallelujah!

A super moon is when the moon is closer to the earth in its orbit than at other times, which is why it appears slightly larger.  For the flat earthers out there, peace to you, I wonder how this phenomenon is explained?  We are not  flat earthers but we are curious and do believe we are a geocentric universe, because the possibility of the earth’s rotation has been continually disproved by various and numerous experiments over time.  But that is another post.

Full moons have traditionally been associated with times of occult and paranormal and generally bizarre activity.  Some sources say that nothing out of the ordinary happens on full moons and the urban myths that hospitals and police stations get more business on these times of the month are simply that, urban myths.  My own experiences would suggest the opposite.  If you are a Christian then you are, by definition, a believer in the ‘supernatural’ and recognise that we have a supernatural enemy and we are engaged in spiritual warfare.  So, whether the moon affects others it seems that those who practice pagan or witchcraft rituals are definitely more active during the ‘waxing gibbous’ of the lesser light and they definitely exercise some power as they act in accordance with their gods who cause all kinds of mayhem.

We moved into the house we are in about a year ago, and we have had continual paranormal and bizarre activity, some of it has been quite distressing .  I wanted to focus on our need to stand against principalities and powers and not flesh and blood.  It is very tempting to assume only natural cause and effect in the situations you find yourself.  However, Paul tells us this is not true.

Paul’s famous Ephesians 6 declaration has helped and encouraged Christians for centuries.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints

 Around April of this year we were doing spiritual battle against a particular protagonist on an internet forum.  This forum is a gathering of people who left the cult we were trapped in for 15 years.  There was one visitor to the forum who is still in the cult, and occasionally raises his head to attack, defy and question and criticise these people. His last attack was so outrageous and in fact rude that we felt we could no longer leave him unchallenged. The members of the forum have made the mistake of thinking that because a member of the cult  is on the forum, he must be wanting to know the truth and have been accepting and courteous to the unfortunate point of assuming he is a safe and harmless entity. I am afraid this isn’t so.  He is simply there to attack and destroy, because he is being motivated by the accuser of the brethren, and also he is in a cult, therefore he is cursed.  I know this sounds harsh, but Paul declares that anyone who preaches a false gospel is cursed (Galatians 1) and he points it out twice and with vehemence.  If you are in any doubt, also read Peter’s second letter, second chapter and he will tell you what he thinks of false teachers and their judgement.  Another good passage if anyone is in doubt about cult leaders and, unfortunately, their followers, is John’s second letter wherein he declares that fellowshipping with false teachers means that you are partaking in their evil deeds.

Anyway, this visitor to the forum has been there for years and we have just ignored him, and at the same time marvelled at the fact that people have just welcomed and in some cases praised this demon for having the courage to come to the forum.  There is a serious lack of discernment here, but that is not surprising.  You have to have come out from under the curse yourself in order to see it.  And if you are not aware you are cursed for having both supported, and agreed with false teachers and in most cases propagated those teachings in your own household., then you will end up walking in circles and not understand why.  We were under such a curse for years after we left the cult and when we recognised it, realised what God saw in us, and repented, our lives changed markedly!  Praise God for his mercy and goodness to us!  Our lives have not been the same since.  One of those changes has been our ability to recognise, discern and fight against spiritual forces who have harassed us for  years, and not only that but worked through the people around us.

So, in the power of the Spirit, we came against this cult member who was harassing the forum.  We spoke a very strong word of rebuke and told him to leave.  He tried to come back as somebody else and had a bizarre sock-puppet conversation with himself, and we exposed this and rebuked him one more time.  Finally he left and has not been seen since.  We were not left to enjoy our victory however.

The next day, I was walking the dog around our neighbourhood, and came across a lady up the road from us walking her dogs.  These dogs have gotten out of their house once before and attacked a woman walking her own dog down our street.  The dogs went berserk, there was much screaming and distress, and neighbours helped her, but the dogs ran off.  It was a fairly brief episode.  However, this particular day, the lady walking the dogs had them on a leash.  I recognised the dogs (two bull terriers) a way up the street and stopped to avoid them.  As soon as the dogs saw my dog (a medium sized Labrador cross), they managed to slip their leashes (which were clearly not sufficient to restrain them)  and in a chilling and nightmarish almost slo-mo few seconds one of them had targeted and moved in to latch onto my poor harmless puppy dog. She is a gentle non-aggressive and eager to please animal just minding her own business. These deranged creatures just went for her with no provocation.  It is in fact typical of the way demons work.  You have to be on  your guard continually, as one Christian put it ‘there is no demilitarised zone’ in spiritual warfare.  Demons will attack you, especially when you don’t expect it, so we have to be continually armed.  It is why Paul tells us to put on the armour of God.  It is our everyday clothing, not just for special occasions. We must be always prepared and ready as good soldiers to fight the good fight.

Poor ruby was screaming and yelping, and I was totally terrified.  I have never before felt so helpless and at the same time engulfed in fear.  It truly was a Jobian ‘the thing I feared has come upon me’ event.  In fact, I read an account of another  similar dog attack on the internet after this happened.  It was recounted by a former officer in the British army who had done service in Iraq and Afghanistan.  . He went through exactly the same circumstances of walking his little dog down a beach and encountering these two bull terriers off leash and just running at his dog simply because they wanted to. He said it was the most terrifying thing he had experienced, and he had been in battle AND been kidnapped by rebels at one point, so that is really saying something. It was an encouragement to me anyway, especially since our vet downplayed the whole event as ‘doggies having a bit of an argument’.

I am afraid to say that my first response was not to cry out to the Lord, but to yell at the woman who had lost control of the dogs.  I called her stupid and asked what she thought she was doing.  Not exactly a controlled and spirit-filled response.  A few neighbours came out to help.  There were four of us at one point, eye gouging, hitting, kicking, and doing everything we could to get this dog off.  I was on the ground at one point, believing I would be next to be attacked and felt totally depleted of strength, I have never experienced this before. Perhaps it was the adrenalin, but I have always heard that in these kinds of circumstances adrenalin usually gives you strength so that you CAN fight off a rabid dog. I believe with my whole heart that in fact, this was a spiritual attack, as I will prove. 

As I said, there were four adults trying to get this dog off Ruby’s neck.  Four adults, two of whom were men, and one of those guys was a really big heavy guy.  How is it that four adults in a prolonged attack against one small, but admittedly strong, dog couldn’t prevail. In the previous dog attack they were able to do it no problem.  In the soldier’s account, he managed to get one bull terrier off his dog with his bare hands, albeit requiring stitches afterwards to a large gash in his fingers, and his wife was actually able to get the other dog off.  So what gives that four fully grown humans couldn’t remove this dog.  It seemed to take ages, but in reality it was probably about ten minutes of hitting kicking and screaming. Then the breakthrough actually came from a totally different, but God-centred, direction.

Finallly, I heard the Holy Spirit say very clearly and in a commanding voice (not audibly), cast the demons out!   I have never prayed against demons in a dog.  In my own logical mind at the time I thought it was a bizarre thing to do and in fact I am ashamed to say that I was more concerned about the neighbour’s opinion of me than I was about obeying the Lord. However, I finally realised (this all took only a few seconds mind you) that I had no other choice, and since I do believe demons are real, and that demons can inhabit animals (Gadarene swine), I spoke up.  ‘In Jesus name, I command  you demons to come out of this dog’ I said.

Anyway, after a delay of a couple of seconds (during which time I figured, I am done for now, they are really going to think I am insane), the dog suddenly let go.  But here’s the thing, it slunk off as though I was its master telling it off!  I have lived with dogs my whole life and this dog knew it had met a stronger force. HA!  Take that demon!

The dog’s mate which had been skulking around while we were trying to get the attacking dog off saw its opportunity and then came in for another attack and latched on to Ruby’s leg.  This time however, one of the men managed to grab it and get it off fairly quickly.

I took the opportunity to convey Ruby, who was actually able to walk a little bit, to my house which was just across the road from this.  I told the lady who owned the dogs that I would be sending her the vet bill thinking that they would probably not pay it, but the Lord was with us.  The bill was around $800.00 and later that night Steve and Nick went to front the dog owners with the bill . Nick told me later that they were very apologetic, very subdued in fact, almost fearful.  They paid us the vet bill in cash in front of Steve and Nick via the internet.  We couldn’t believe they actually admitted fault and did the right thing.  We have seen so many people in these kinds of situations just baulk and try and claim it wasn’t their fault.  We believe God was fighting for us in this situation as well. The demons had been vanquished and we had no more trouble from them.  Ruby was as good as gold after about six weeks.

I am convinced that this whole attack both human and canine was the result of the fact that we stood up against the demons in the cult and rebuked them.  Spiritual forces are linked, they are not omniscient, but they clearly communicate with one another and they do what they do without hindrance from time, space or any other temporal force which limits us human beings. Therefore, an internet forum which exists out there somewhere and is able to link people from all the cities in this country is not a limitation to the demonic forces which control the human beings who are part of that cult.

Therefore, being attacked in Brisbane a matter of hours after we stood against a demon which may well have inhabited a person in Brisbane or Melbourne or Sydney or anywhere else is an easy matter for spiritual forces.

As I said, the house we rented a year ago is some kind of a spiritual gateway.  We prayed against any demonic influence when we moved in, anointed the house and property with oil and have been praying all year against spiritual forces of wickedness in high places. In some instances God gave us a name of a demon to pray against.  The neighbour next door is/was married to a particularly nasty and abusive man who was making our lives very difficult.  He was a bully and a drunk and when he was drunk I swear he looked for all the world like he was literally possessed, his eyes would roll back in his head and he would say the most bizarre things.  Worse, he had a demonic smirk which totally creeped us out.  So God gave us the name of the demon controlling him, we prayed against it and literally less than 24 hours later he was gone.  His wife kicked him out, and we have never seen him again.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but He has given us His Holy Spirit and we have the power of God within us, to stand against and speak with authority against those who would, without realising it, make our lives difficult.  We are new to all of this.  We have in theory always believed in the supernatural, but have had little to do with it.  In Steve’s early life, he had experience of preaching and seeing the blind see and lame walk.  When we joined the cult however, all that left.  Then after leaving the cult it took years for us to recover, and then took more years for God to bring us to a place where He could trust us to begin to walk in the Spirit and walk in the ministry God has given us.  We are seeing healings, deliverance, the Spirit filling and blessing those around us.  It is truly an amazing thing, and we have found this all out for ourselves, testing the word of God, believing what we read, what God shows us, obeying His word, and thanking and praising God for His faithfulness in our everyday lives.

We have had failures, or lost battles if you like.  Our beloved cat was ill on one occasion and we prayed against the demonic forces coming against him.  He began to recover to the point of eating food, walking around, actually looking like he was getting much better to the point that we left him alone at night after four weeks of sitting with him and ensuring he was comfortable.  Finally one night, the night of a full moon, he died.  It was a real shock for our daughter Lucy who had done the majority of the nursing.  Now somebody will say he was a 12 year old cat and he was probably going to die anyway.  I say balderdash.  His sister is in perfect health and shows no signs of slowing down. We had seen the Holy Spirit give us wisdom and discernment in so many other issues and seen immediate results.  In fact our cat’s death had interesting repurcussions.  It showed us that if we are not walking fully in the will of God and leaving doors open through sin and disobedience for the enemy to come in like a flood and attack us. All things work together for good and the Lord allows what He sees fit to allow in order to teach us how to walk in the Spirit, and to learn what we need to learn for future and more important battles.

I don’t have all the answers, I do know it was no coincidence we were in a house where we have seen more supernatural activity and downright attacks than anywhere else in our life.  The neighbourhood is rife with strange things going on, we live on a crossroad, the neighbours next door are definitely demonically controlled, and the units on the other side contain some seriously demented and strange human beings.  We are seeing victory in so many different things.  

I just want to say one more thing about spiritual warfare. When the Isarelites led by Jehosophat came against a vast army which they admitted they could not defeat on their own, they cried out to God and he said those famous words ‘the battle is not yours but God’s’, they then set singers and worshippers at the front of the army and saw the defeat of their enemy.  Much has been made of this event, and it is certainly true that God dwells in the praises of His people.  This action was not actually a direction from God, but God obviously gave Jehosophat wisdom and he believed that they should honour God even in warfare. WHo would have thought praise was the answer.  But then who would have thought shouting would bring down the walls of Jericho.  In fact neither of these things in themselves are going to make much difference.  It is the Lord who reigns and fights for His people as long as we give Him the glory, obey His word and remain in the Spirit and don’t try and go ahead of Him.  I have found for myself that in our neighbourhood, playing praise music in our house makes a HUGE difference to the environment.  We get far less ambient noise from other people’s radios or sound systems.  In fact, God showed me that all music is worship of some kind.  People are either knowingly or unknowingly praising their own gods with their music.  All music was made by God and of course Lucifer was the prime worship leader as even his body (if you can call it that) was a musical instrument.  Lucifer when he fell took music with him and as Prince of the Power of the Air he still controls music.  Therefore, when we use our music to praise, honour and worship our God who is Holy, Righteous and Perfect, we are proclaiming both the power of God, and also the presence of God who dwells in the praises of His people.  We can’t lose.  We are encouraged and uplifted and the demonic forces are defeated.

Hallelujah and Hallelujah.

I can’t post the URL of this video but I will attempt to add the address, but it is a Hosannah DVD on songs of spiritual warfare.  Hope this encourages others today, it has certainly been a blessing to us.

Many Blessings,

Anita

 

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Monday Mornin’ Ministration

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A quick word of encouragement this wonderfully wet winter Monday morning…

If you are a genuine believer, every single decision of importance that you will ever make will be opposed by somebody else – especially other Christians.

About twelve years ago when we left the abusive religious group we were part of, we had to re-inspect every element of our belief system.  In fact, we had to recognise that a ‘belief system’ is not what Jesus died to give us.  We have a relationship with Him, and a part of the Kingdom of God and the Body of Christ.  We are united with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

But we had to look at alot of issues we had not previously considered because we had lived in a religious bubble for 15 years. The world was much bigger than we thought.

Did we believe the gifts of the Spirit, miracles, casting out demons, speaking in tongues etc are still active today or not?  Were we cessationists or continuists?  I shake my head as I read that sentence.  We are brothers and sisters.  Thats.  It.  Yet, such is the environment today, there is far more error in the Christian church than we ever thought possible.  Our little cult experience was the thin end of the wedge. We still had to understand the arguments that well meaning believers put forward and understand what scriptures actually taught, rather than what somebody told us they taught.  We had lived in a church which did not practice any kind of faith in God, it was all about faith in men and in erroneous religious traditions.  We had to learn to weigh the arguments and decide for ourselves, a scary thought. So, in the end, we settled in our hearts that yes, we believe the Holy Spirit is the same yesterday, today and forever, and He still heals, still delivers us from the enemy, still sets us free, still heals the brokenhearted!

Then there was the old ‘place of women in the church’ issue.  Did we believe it was OK for women to preach in the church or did we believe that women should ‘remain silent’. Having spent 15 years being told everything that went wrong anywhere was the fault of women, more specifically wives not ‘obeying their husbands or the elders’ and watching women’s marriages and families torn apart by controlling meddlers who claimed the right to separate what God had joined together, you can imagine we were not all for ‘submission to men’ by all christian women or anything like it.  I am not a complentarian, nor am I an egalitarian.  I am a woman, filled with the Spirit, who obeys what the Spirit tells me to do.  I don’t go to a church, so I don’t have to worry about offending somebodys religious sensibilities, if God wants me to preach the gospel to somebody I do, if God wants me to teach somebody something from the scriptures I do, and I don’t get hung up about labels.

But here’s the thing.  After 12 years of having to weigh options, pray through and make choices about what we believe, we have realised one very important thing.  Whichever position you take, you need to take it in faith and you need to cling to Jesus with all of your heart and resist the devil because he will oppose you. He will bring doubts, fears and worries about ‘what other people will think’ to you.  These thoughts, my friends, are the same thoughts which assail the unsaved.  Fear of men is universal.  It is NOT from God!

Whichever belief you hold, you will be attacked for it, especially on the internet.  If you are a Calvinist, you will hate Arminians. If you are a Baptist you will hate Pentecostals.  I am obviously making sweeping statements here to make a point.  I am against siding with any dead white theologian of any stripe, with the possible exception of Paul and the Apostles.  I hate the anger and the hostility and the abuse which is thrown around by some of those claiming to be ‘watchmen’ for the body of Christ. If you believed these men everyone who didn’t believe exactly what they believed would be going to hell. In my experience, they need to be ‘watching’ their own attitudes because these often tend to prove their immaturity and fleshly natures more than any amount of ‘discernment’ that they apparently have in exposing other people’s faulty theology.

Be assured my friends, you will be attacked and opposed for saying what you believe.  Satan is the accuser of the brethren, and he is having a field day out there.

Search your hearts, search the scriptures, spend huge amounts ot time in prayer and hold fast to your faith.  True brothers and sisters will stand together regardless of whether or not they believe the rapture will happen before or during or after the Tribulation. True lovers of Christ will love the brethren in word and deed and will take very great care not to offend another because of their own beliefs.  We no longer have issues over meat sacrificed to idols, but we are going to be held accountable for starting and/or contributing to feuds over whether or not a woman can teach Sunday school to boys over the age of 13 or not.

Come on, lets remember that Jesus died for us, not for our belief systems.  We are one with Him, and preparing ourselves as a Bride waiting for her Bridegroom!

Lets strap that armour on, and pray for one another earnestly and with love!

Anita Brady