The Attack

Journal Entry – Dream Date 1/23/2013

The Attack

our house attackJae and I were sitting in our home as the forces of darkness attacked it with all their veracity and might. I watched the attack occurring from a God view so to speak. I witnessed the roof and walls tremor slightly as the intensity of the demonic attack strengthened. This kind of attack is continuous against the saints but the Lord has placed angels around us who continually fight off the forces of evil.

As I watched the structure shutter over and over again I saw Jae and I sitting in our recliners all but unaware this assault was ongoing.

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Meaning:

I was unaware of the continuous spiritual warfare that takes place around us on a daily basis. I know at times in the past that the Father would take the hedge down just enough to allow me to sense evil’s attack against me so I would recognize that I wasn’t fully trusting in the Lord. However, I was not aware that we are under attack all the time and without the help of the angels of the Lord, guarding and protecting us, we would certainly be wiped out. This dream is directly related to the angelic footsteps I heard on the roof of our home in late December. That journal entry was published on Jan. 21, 2013 The Footsteps of Angels

What the Lord is revealing to me in this dream that we can trust in Him no matter what we see or what we don’t see happening. He is able to keep us and no one can snatch us out of His hand. That is His promise to us. It is vital to put on the whole armor of God daily and to trust in Jesus Christ with all your heart for in Him and Him alone is life eternal.

I give thanks to my Father whom I trust in with all my heart and I hope you find this dream to bring comfort and high praise for all the Father does for His flock! Amen!

Bro. Bill

Scripture References:

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” John 10-27-29

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them. Ps 34:7 Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress. Ps 71:3 For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. Ps. 91:11

So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 2 kings 6:16

Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? Heb 1:14



  • Spiritual Warfare Expert?

    holiday inn expressIf someone that knows my spiritual walk came up to me ask if I was an expert on spiritual warfare, most likely I would respond with, “No, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night!”

    Let me explain. Several years ago when my wife and I were living in a large metropolitan area, we would go back to our little hometown to visit our family and our spiritual father and mother who served as pastors in a local church. At the time, we were living like heathens and we made this trip many times over the years, we had no room in our hearts for the things of God. However, my wife repented and sometime later, and I stress sometime later, I repented and God began to put our lives on the path which He had planned for us.  

    We made this trip many times over the years, but once we began walking with God, I noticed that when we would make the trip back to where we grew up, I always felt oppressed by evil the entire time I was there. It was nothing short of demonic agitation manifesting itself as soon as we would enter the region.  

    We usually made these trips short due to the agitation I experienced each time, it was very uncomfortable for me. As soon as we would exit the city by just a few miles, the oppression would lift. I told my wife, “There’s an evil power that doesn’t like me there, I grew up here and I feel such an evil spirit of rejection  and every time we go there I come under demonic attack.” 

    One Christmas night a few years ago we made our holiday pilgrimage to visit with family and due to lack of available beds at our parent’s home, we decided to spend the night at the Holiday Inn Express. We would do anything to avoid her parent’s sleeper sofa, just one night on that torture device and you’d be ready to find yourself another place to stay. When I think about it over the years, few of us did spent more than one night more on that contraption.  

    So, we checked into the Holiday Inn Express that Christmas night and went to bed. As I laid there waiting on sleep to come, I sensed something was different. I became aware of an evil demonic attack like I had never experienced before. Evil surrounded and hovered over me as I lay in bed. An evil, dark, satanic power was in the room tormenting me to leave. I was being harassed to leave the city, to get out and don’t come back! If I hadn’t had God in my life I would have gladly packed up and split.  

    waring-in-the-nightAs strong as the evil was, I sensed angels in the room hovering above me waiting to battle…waiting for my words to come forth, waiting to engage the enemy.  

    I began to quote any scripture I could think of under my breath so I didn’t wake my wife. As I would say the verses, I sensed evil pull back as the angels warred with the evil forces which had gathered to drive me away from my future assignment. God watches over His Word to perform it, and the angels await our faith to speak the words to engage and wrestle with the enemy. The battle went on above me like a prize fight with round after round that night. How awesome it is to have God’s Word and know to speak it when we’re in danger. How great thou art! 

    The Lord been showing us that we would be moving in the near future, we just wasn’t sure when and where, but we already had a release from the city we were currently living. Apparently, evil spirits know the power on our lives by the anointing and by the angelic activity that surrounds us. Evil recognized Jesus when He came into a region and I stress the words “came into a country (region.)” What did Jesus first encounter when He entered into the country? He encountered EVIL, evil so violent and threatening that no one could pass by that way.  Satan’s kingdom opposed the plans and purposes of God that Jesus was carrying out and he will opposes you at every turn as well. When you’re a threat to disrupt the kingdom of darkness you will encounter opposition.  

    “When Jesus came to the other side, into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed, met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. {They were} so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way.” Matt. 8:28 

    That night at the hotel, the battle between good and evil raged on all night as evil would rise and attack again and again. I lay there in a fetal position hunkered down, I had to win, I had to win that night!  The enemy was forcing its will and by doing so it had exposed itself just as the demoniacs ran out of the tombs to scare people away each time someone would pass their way. What I was experiencing was evil coming to try and scare me away; evil didn’t want me to enter into that region.  

    I kept putting my voice to any scripture I could think of and immediately I sensed in the Spirit, the angels appointed to me gain the upper hand. Finally just before morning light, the victory was won and I comfortably rested in peace although it had been a sleepless night. Evil had been dispatched but we had won! With the Word of God, His angels and my faith…we won…oh the sweet taste of victory!  I informed my wife when she woke of what had transpired in the night and the awesome victory that was ours in Christ.  

    angels surrounded meI get excited when I reflect on the reality of that night.  As dark and difficult as it was, it makes me think of the scenario of punching a bully square in the nose and he runs off bloody and defeated.  

    Later that same morning we went to a very modest restaurant for breakfast. As we sat quietly discussing the events of the night, a man that was sitting a few tables away, slid his chair around and sat there a few feet away with an angry stare in his eyes. His presence was aggressive and threatening and we knew the enemy was controlling this man, he was possessed.  

    We sat there and ignored the intimidation of the enemy as best we could. We ate our breakfast and after a period of time, the man turned away and went back to converse with his table mates. It seems odd that no one else seemed to notice this man’s strange behavior.  

    Truly the Lord has prepared a banquet table for us in the presence of our enemies. After the events of this night we were able to travel back to our hometown without anymore demonic attack or oppression. In fact, we have moved back to the city where this all took place. We moved back to where we grew up, where we first met, where we fell in love with one another, and where our lives became one together. We are at peace where God has led us to live and we thrive in our spiritual walk. Since then God has even exposed two evil spirits, Poverty and Idolatry, which have influenced the city for years.  

    So if you ask me if I’m some kind of expert on spiritual warfare I will most likely say, “I’m not an expert on spiritual warfare by any means…but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!!! 

    Bro. Bill

     

    Scripture References: 

    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Ps. 23: 4-6 

    “When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. {They were} so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way.” Mat. 8:28 

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual {forces} of wickedness in the heavenly {places.} Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil {one.} And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, Eph. 6:12-18

     



  • 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;”