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.