Agents of Change -True Spiritual Warfare

shipA few years ago my wife and I arrived in Galveston to set sail for a fabulous week on a western Caribbean cruise. My wife owns a cruise travel business so we have cruised and inspected these beautiful ships many times. One thing that is apparent from the concept, design and implementation of a cruise ship is that its sole purpose is for fun, for relaxation and for adventure. These are some of the reasons people sail on-board them by the millions each year.

However, on one particular voyage, things didn’t go exactly as planned. We arrived in Galveston around noon on embarkation day only to find that the ship we were to be boarding shortly wasn’t back in port. What could possibly keep one of these mega-machines from being on time? The weather was perfect and the skies were clear with no strong winds blowing.

 We began to hear rumors that the night before the ships’ return, someone had jumped over board and the ship had spent about four hours in a search and rescue effort trying to recover the individual. All efforts to find them failed and the ship finally returned to port.

We were upset at first for the inconvenience of the delay since it causes such chaos to the already hectic process of getting everyone off the ship with their luggage, clearing out the parking lots so the arriving guest can be accommodated with out delay.  Eventually, late that evening we set sail in the dark of the evening and we are now on our adventure.

The next day was a full day at sea.  As my wife and I were walking the Lido deck of the ship, I couldn’t help but think about the young man who had jumped off the ship committing suicide the night before. I told my wife, “This ship was made for fun and the company that owns the cruse ship calls their fleet ‘The Fun Ships.’”

 What had happened was wrong! James 1:17 says, “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.” This cruise ship’s concept, design and sole purpose was a good thing bestowed by God through mankind! The inspiration behind it was for pleasure and fun.

The more I thought about this senseless death and the purpose of this beautiful ship, the angrier I became at the devils evil in the Earth. Something had to be done and I was going to do it. I told my wife what was troubling me and that we were going to declare what God’s purpose was for the ship and drive the evil spirit of suicide from the ship.

 We began to walk the deck speaking against the spirit of suicide commanding it to leave the ship and stated that it can’t return. We spent some time at this and then went about our cruise fun. A little bit later, I told my wife, “We’re not finished, we have to go back up on the Lido deck and speak against the spirit of suicide again.”

rail_satan1Once again we walked on deck quietly declaring what this ship was created for and that suicide had no place here and had to go. After some time in prayer I felt a release and that we had accomplished what we as Christians are to do.

That same night the Lord gave me a dream. In the dream I saw my wife and I walking the deck of the ship praying and speaking against the spirit of suicide. As we stood on deck near an air vent pipe, which rose above the deck about two feet, a snake as large as any anaconda on Earth came up out of the air vent and wrapped around my legs in a hideous effort to intimidate and to stay on board. In the dream, I told it to get off the ship and leave now! The snake unwrapped from my legs and darted back down the air vent pipe disappearing from sight. We continued to stand there and pray commanding it to leave. Suddenly the snake burst forth from the pipe and slithered over to the side of the ship and disappeared for good. We had won the battle and rejoiced greatly.

When we awoke the next morning, I told my wife about the dream and how it revealed that the first time we went on deck and prayed the spirit of suicide didn’t leave the ship but only went in hiding. However, when Holy Spirit unctioned us to go back and pray again then the spirit of suicide left the ship.

We rejoiced and to this day no one has committed suicide from that particular ship albeit they have from other ships in the cruise industry. How many lives have been spared due to this righteous act of faith and obedience to the Lord?

Dear saints of God, we must recognize and engage the forces of evil with our faith. Just take the time to look at any situation and see if there is a problem and if it is contrary to the plan and purposes of God. If so, declare what God’s Word says about it and release His will into the situation.

To better understand this subject please read the article “Release My Word Release My Word «” and “Speak My Word God Is Waiting For You to Speak His Word «

In the book of Acts, chapter 26:18, Paul tells of the commission he received from the Lord Jesus, which is to “open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”

sword_wordAs Christians we are to be impacting the world around us, where we live, where we work and yes, even where we travel. God has used me often to directly confront evil forces face-to-face and drive evil influences from the work place, from our neighborhood, the city where I reside and from where I travel, for we have been given dominion in this Earth over evil.

I want to inject that in no way are the cruise lines at fault when someone listens to the evil seducing voice of suicide and jumps overboard. If there is any fault it would be on us…the Christians, who lack knowledge of spiritual matters and allow such evil in our presence. We must recognize that we are a royal priesthood and our commission from Christ is to become agents of change in our time while on the Earth.  In 1 Peter 2:9 Christians are a royal priesthood proclaiming the excellencies of Jesus to the world. 

In conclusion it is vitally important to recognize the original purpose bestowed by the intent and gifts of God for all the things that surround our lives to see if each one of them is functioning according to His purpose. If not, we are to speak God’s word to the problem until we see the matter align back to God’s purpose. This includes our homes, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, our schools, our courts, our governments and the nations.

We’re not to be railing against powers, rulers and authorities in the heavens and calling them down. That doesn’t scare or intimidate them in any way. What evil is most afraid of is the saint who grows in the glory of the Lord and the manifold wisdom of God demonstrating to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places the power and authority of each Christian to bring the light into darkness exposing the evil of the devil’s kingdom. That is the church’s assignment and purpose according to Eph 3: 10 “so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly {places.}”

Be dynamic in your faith and become and agent of change!!!

Bro. Bill

Scripture References:

Dan. 2:2 “It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.

Mat. 4:16 “THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED.”

JN 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

Rom. 2:9 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,

Rom. 13:12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

1 cor. 4:5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, {but wait} until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of {men’s} hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.

2 Cor. 4:6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

Eph. 5:8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light

1 Thes. 5:5  for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;

1 Pet. 2:9 “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR {God’s} OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 



  • Seasons in the Word Lead to Victories in the Spirit

    waveI have noticed that God gives us seasons where He leads us into studying His Word. During this season, we seem to have a greater desire to read the Word more than at other times. The Word seems to be more alive to us and the mysteries of God seem to jump off the page. Holy Spirit is illuminating new revelation to us as our faith is being built up in the truths of God.

    These Word seasons last for however long God has determined and then we begin to notice a transition in our walk. Often the change is first noticed during our prayer and Bible study time.

    During “dry” times, the scripture doesn’t seem to be flowing off the page as it was before and can seem difficult to get anything out of the Word at all; the Teacher is silent during the test. God’s silence is a good indicator that the waves now crashing a shore have changed from the Word season of growth and learning waves to spiritual waves and a season of trial and testing.

    Holy Spirit shifts our lives into spiritual seasons so we can walk out what He has been teaching us in the Word. Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “A man with an experience is not at the mercy of a man with an argument.” A spiritual season is to give us experiential knowledge of God’s Word and the applied knowledge truly gives us true understanding of God. Our faith isn’t faith at all until it has been tested under fire. The military knows that a battle hardened soldier is much more effective than a soldier in basic training because they’ve been in battle after battle and have endured because of the training they have received.

    Jesus taught and demonstrated the Kingdom to His disciples before He commissioned them to go out and demonstrate it. Jesus repeated the process of Word seasons and spiritual wave seasons time and time again.

     In Luke 8:1, Jesus is going from one village to another proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God with the twelve disciples following Him. In verse 10, the disciples are told that it has been granted for them to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God meaning that they would begin to understand the Word of God and the Spirit of God and how it must work together to demonstrate the Kingdom of God.  And in Luke 9:1, the disciples are commissioned with the power and authority of Jesus to go out with demonstration and proclaim the kingdom of God. So you see, the disciples had to go and get experiential knowledge for themselves.

    These Word seasons are to build us up in our faith so we can stand strong during the spiritual seasons. Years ago during the night I heard the Father say to me, “For I know the plans that I have for you, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah. 29:11). Then He said, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Num. 23:19)

    genesis manThe Lord repeated Jeremiah 29:11 and Numbers 23:19 all night long in this order. Twice in the night I got up out of bed, once to adjust the thermostat and once to go the bathroom and immediately afterwards, I went back to bed only to hear Him repeat the verses over and over again. This continued all night long, even as I was beginning to wake up and dozing in and out of sleep, I would hear Him cycle through these verses over and over again. The verses were waves and waves of the Word that came to me all night in order to build my faith for the spiritual season which lay ahead.

     Shortly after this wonderful night of soaking in the waves of God’s Word, I entered into the hardest and darkest spiritual battle of my Christian walk. As it got closer I could see it coming yet I couldn’t do anything to get out of the way…the spiritual season was upon me and what a spiritual test it would be!

    The company where I was working was bought out by another company in a merger that placed me under new management with the new owners. I could discern evil coming, but I couldn’t put a name on it, I just knew the spiritual atmosphere had changed and it had changed for the worse. I pressed into God like never before sensing the danger which was coming upon my life and I too wanted this cup to pass from me.

    I wasn’t alone in sensing the danger of the hour as other Christian co-workers agreed that there was an evil and demonic presence in our building which was thick, heavy and intimidating. I knew God had assigned me in the work place ministry and that I couldn’t be fired, layed-off or quit until He released me from my assignment no matter what was going to happen to me.  

     Months passed as the new management transferred me out of my position into another location farther away, making my daily commute two hours round trip thus removing me from where God has placed me to minister. Instead of complaining, I just used that extra commute time to listen to preaching tapes and to meditate on the Word. My pastor at the time, had no information of my work conditions but when he would pass me in the fellowship meetings he would say, “When you come out of this you will be promoted and much stronger.”

    The spiritual attacks got worse but I kept pressing into prayer, studying and petitioning God to teach me what He wanted me to learn through this experience. We’re ultimately tested in order to learn that God is able to bring us through anything the enemy can throw at us if we won’t give up, give in and quit.

    On Sunday, July 7, 2002, Holy Spirit gave me a verse, “His left hand [is] under my head, and His right hand doth embrace me.” (Songs 2:6) This was my rhema word, I read it over and over and meditated on it all week long.

    I knew in the Spirit that evil darkness in the earth and the demonic kingdom was trying everything in its power to take my life this week. On Thursday, July 11th while driving back from lunch, an out of control driver raced out of a parking lot headed right at the driver’s side door of my vehicle. There just happened to be a side street where I was able to take evasive actions and I wasn’t even hit. It was so miraculous, that I couldn’t even get mad at the kamikaze driver that was used as a pawn by the devil’s kingdom.

    That same night, I walked out the front door of my house and was praying to God and said, “I present my body to You as a living sacrifice and I trust You with my life, use my body for Your glory.” 

    The very next day, I was riding my motorcycle home after work, a car came rushing out of a side street right in front of me. The driver stopped in front of me as my motorcycle sped toward certain collision at over forty-five miles per hour. I had always heard everything slows down when in a death situation like this and it’s true. It just appears to slow down when in fact the human mind races with thoughts and the adrenal gland kicks in and pumps like crazy.

    cautionThe first thought that came to me was that this wasn’t God’s plan for my life because He had told me all night long that He didn’t bring calamity into my life and that He would give me a future and a hope. It didn’t take a “rocket scientist” to figure out a speeding motorcycle about to T-bone a car isn’t God’s plan for me. I said, “This isn’t God’s plan for me and I shall live and not die, I’m going over this car Lord!”

    As I pressed hard on the front and rear brake levers, my speed didn’t slow down due to the short closing distance to the vehicle. Then “bam” I heard a loud crash as the front wheel of my motorcycle impacted the vehicle and I was airborne flying high over the car in the center lane. I wasn’t wearing a helmet and I was thought I wished I had it on for the impending impact to come. I said, “Lord if I hit my head I’m dead.” All I could see was the concrete road and thinking how much this was going to hurt.

    Suddenly, I noticed that my forward direction traveling down the center lane was being changed. Some external force was moving me from the center lane over to the left lane even though I couldn’t feel anything touching me. I landed on my right shoulder and head in the middle of the far left lane. I tumbled over and over as I could hear the impact of my head on the concrete. Amazingly, I didn’t feel any pain as I thumped along the concrete. Truly His left hand [is] under my head and His right hand doth embrace me.

    After I stopped tumbling, I lay there a few seconds completing my injury inventory. I was awaiting the message of “horrendous pain” to be sent through my body notifying every member that we’re hurt really bad, but it didn’t come.

    I got up to my knees and saw the people in the passing cars starring at me. In every direction people were just as though they had been frozen where they stopped their vehicles. They didn’t know if they had just seen a person die or at best seriously injured. All but two stayed in their cars and watched as a few came rushing to my aid.

     One man ran up to me and said he used to be a paramedic and he instructed me to stay down but I just couldn’t let the enemy have a moment of satisfaction in this. What the enemy had meant for my harm had failed and he needed to see me stand up, and stand up I did! Right in the middle of the devil’s snare, I rose in victory. In some ways this was no different from Daniel in the lion’s den, he was kept safe in the midst of death and so was I.

    Right beside me in the middle lane next to where I had landed was my motorcycle, all 800 pounds of it. It had obviously flipped end over end after colliding with the car and had been in the air flying right behind me. If an angel of the Lord hadn’t moved me out of the way, I would have been crushed to death by that motorcycle.

    I walked away from the accident with a quarter sized road rash on my left elbow, a slightly separated right clavicle and a pulled groin muscle, that was it.  The groin injury was miraculously healed the following Monday night when a minister called out a word knowledge saying that someone had a groin injury.  When I heard him say that word out loud I said, “That for me!” I immediately felt the power of God heal my groin injury.

    doublemanThe traffic officer who investigated the accident asked me three times what had happened, I’d tell him and each time he would respond with, “You shouldn’t be alive! You need to go home and thank God you’re still alive!”  He went on to say that he had been investigating traffic accidents for many years and he had been in a motorcycle wreck himself and he knew this is a miracle.

     The following Saturday morning, while in prayer, the Lord said in an audible voice, “It’s the spirit of Jezebel!” Now I knew what had been the driving force behind all the evil at work and the cause of the attacks on my life for the Jezebel spirit opposes the prophet as it did with Elijah. The light had come and shined in on the darkness to reveal it and how bright the light was, I knew I had the victory!

     Early one morning, before anyone was at work, I went to the office of the person the Jezebel spirit was operating through, and I bound the spirit from manifesting in their lives at work. Always remember that our battle isn’t with flesh and blood (people) but against rulers, against powers, against the world forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:12)  We are still required to pray for those who oppose us and love them regardless of what they are saying or doing to us at the time.

    The individual the spirit of Jezebel was operating through, was on vacation at this time and didn’t return until the next day. When I saw them, they were refreshed, happy and free and they thought it was all due to being on vacation – but I knew different.

    God had built me up in the Word by sending wave after wave of His wonderful Word to sustain me in the coming spiritual battle of my life and He will do the same for you. When you have done all to stand…stand!

    Scripture References:

     

    Then the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand {there} on the rock; Ex. 33:21

    Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 1 Cor. 16:13

    Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Eph. 6:11

    for now we {really} live, if you stand firm in the Lord. 1Thes. 3:8