Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stop crying and celebrate!

After 70 years of exile in Babylon and Persia the people of God returned to their own land which had been reduced to rubble. They got to work rebuilding, determined to become a nation that honored God once more. When they gathered to hear Ezra the priest read the Scriptures aloud, they bowed their faces to the ground, knowing that what was about to happen was an awesome and holy thing. They stood from dawn till noon, listening to all that had been written, and as the weight of those laws and commandments became clear to them, they wept. They realized how they had offended God, had forgotten Him, had personally sinned against Him, and that the past seventy years of exile were the consequence of their forefathers rejecting Him as well. They were far from God, and knew it. 

Right away, Ezra, Nehemiah, and the Levites called out to the people to stop weeping, because it was a holy day. It was a day to celebrate, not to mourn. Their tears were supposed to turn to joy. They were commanded to go out and celebrate, eat delicious food and drink sweet drinks and be joyful, because God was restoring their relationship with Him! So the people wiped their tears, obeyed what they were told, had a great party in honor of God’s forgiveness and mercy, in honor of their renewed relationship with Him and looked forward to a blessed future. It’s funny that we usually picture repentance as something that involves a long time of grief and slowly working our way back to being worthy of someone’s good graces. But that’s not how God’s holiness works. Sometimes holiness requires tears and sorrow, and sometimes it requires celebration!  

How do we know when God requires either of those reactions? Obviously there has to be repentance – deep sorrow for what we’ve done and actively turning away from that sin, determined never to repeat it again. But the Bible says that weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30). Holy sorrow isn’t meant to be a constant state of feeling unworthy and ashamed. Its purpose is served the moment our repentance is sincere. Then God has no more need for our sorrow. It’s the devil who eagerly shames us with accusations, and if we confuse the devil’s condemnation for God’s will, we will be stuck in a trap of religiosity. Only religious spirits use manipulation to make us feel guilty and afraid of God for days and weeks and months. God wants real repentance (not the fake kind that never intends to change), but then He immediately embraces us with joy so we can return to a loving relationship with Him. 

Take a good look at the emotions that motivate what you do. Have you been dragging yourself to church out of guilt, or out of joy to be in His house? Do you dread reading the Bible because it seems to come true for everyone else and not you? Do you feel even worse after you pray because you have an nagging sense that God is refusing to listen to you? Do you repent and repent, begging God for forgiveness and mercy with no sense of peace? If you do, the good news is that you’ve been listening to lies, and can now be free of a burden you were never meant to bear! Don’t allow anyone – not even a pastor – tell you that you have to live in shame when you are genuinely repentant. God lifts up the humble, and brings low the proud. As soon as you have asked for forgiveness, whether the sin is large or small, God wants you to celebrate, even if you feel like you don’t deserve it! Have a wonderful meal with your family, sing for joy and look forward to the future He’s prepared for you as you humbly live in obedience to Him. Treat the day as holy with the joy of His Spirit.

Then Nehemiah the magistrate, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were teaching the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Stop mourning and weeping.” (This was because all the people wept when they heard the words of the Law.) Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat, drink the sweet drink, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, “Hush! Because today is holy you should stop being so sorrowful.”  Then all the people went to eat, to drink, to send portions, and to enjoy a great celebration because they had understood the words declared to them.  Nehemiah 8:9-12, MEV

Monday, September 12, 2016

Couch potatoes in the Kingdom?

Why don’t people normally associate being a child of God with the word “power?” That’s usually the last word people think of to describe a typical Christian. Sure we’ve marveled at the power of God in a sunset, the stars, the ocean, the birth of our children… but everyone has seen those things whether they believe in God or not. I’m talking about a power that Christians are supposed to personally experience, because they belong to Him. Jesus told His disciples to wait until they received power from on high, which came ten days later, in the form of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. They had walked with Him for years, but only after they received that power were they courageously using their faith to do the impossible, just as Jesus had done. They were still imperfect, but you could most definitely describe their lives with the word “power!” The Bible is clear that the same power is meant for all of God’s people, not to make us superhuman, but to make us more like Him in character.  

The simple answer as to why this is happening to so few, is that so few focus on God, the real God. Not the religious image formed by people or groups who are uncomfortable with the God of the Bible, but the God who is right there, front and center, on every page of scripture. If we stopped every time we felt panic or fear and just used our logic, we’d step out in the courage of faith and see the power of God manifest through us so much more. But logic, courage and real faith so rarely go together these days.    

The Bible clearly states that: God loves us with a passion stronger than the love we have for our own children; the same power that formed the universe and raised Jesus from the dead is available to us now; God hates the devil and his attacks on His children; and God wants to be seen through us as we step out in faith. Based on those facts, He’s ready to rescue us from the problem we’re presently facing, and through it, to bring us closer to Him. But how do we act in faith, because Gideon and Joshua and David used swords, but that definitely doesn’t apply to us today. At least not literally. But we do have risks to take and swords to swing in dealing with our daily struggles.  

What if your problem was unfair treatment on your job? Your boss is too busy to talk, your coworkers are backstabbers, and you deserve a promotion, but it seems like you’ll be passed over one more time. The first sword to swing is the sword of prayer, tying up the demonic forces manipulating thoughts and emotions in your office or job site, and even trying to manipulate you to give in to fear and apathy. You have authority over them, and can bind them up, so begin doing that night and day, every day. Next, pray for the presence of God, for His holy presence to fill your workplace, and to fill you with God’s thoughts and desires. Get rid of any fleshliness, grudges or resentment towards the people on your job because your enemy is spiritual, and you can’t fight evil with evil. Then fill your mind with thoughts of God, meditate on His promises, fill your mind with faith instead of doubt and despair – who He is, His goodness, His power, what He did in the past for others, the fruit of the Spirit – as you do this you will notice that He will fill you with the courage to take action. Just like Queen Esther walked into the presence of the king who could have had her killed on the spot, have the faith to boldly walk into your scary situation knowing that you are clothed with God’s protection. 

God’s power manifests only after we act, but the first, crucial actions start in our inner self: cleaning our hearts, spiritual warfare, learning to trust in God, obedience and being willing to make any sacrifice that He asks of us. Too many Christians are couch potatoes when it comes to God’s power. They’d rather read about it, talk about it and even preach about it, but don’t make the effort to live it. Others want to jump straight to the miracle without taking the necessary inner steps to see God move, and when their prayers don’t get answered, they switch right back to couch-potato mode and conclude that miracles are only for the chosen few and not for them.  

This week, today, or even within the next hour, you may need to refocus on the God of the Bible and on the power that He is making available to you. Take the necessary steps to let it happen, right now.
 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes, who is risen, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.   Romans 8:31-37 - MEV

Monday, September 5, 2016

God’s furious, passionate love

The 7th point on our list from last month’s post, Developing a Healthy Image of God, is one of the most clich├ęd and misunderstood: God is love. The truth of those three words is so powerful that it transforms lives. Unfortunately, most common interpretations are false. Here are a few examples: 

  • God loves me for who I am, so I don’t need to change a thing.
  • God loves the whole world, so all religions lead to Him.
  • God is love, so all humanity should embrace each other as friends no matter what any of us has done.
  • Love covers a multitude of sins, so the more we love each other, the more the sins of the world will disappear.
  • God is love, so if a sexual relationship I’m in involves love, it must be from God.
  • God’s love is so big that it overcomes all evil, which means He forgives everyone, which means no one will be sent to hell – not even Satan.

God’s love is inseparable from all His other qualities – His holiness, His goodness, His hatred of evil, His justice. You can’t love your child and then welcome his schoolyard bully into your home to continue attacking him. Love requires boundaries and limits, and at times requires a furious battle to defend the ones you love. God is passionate about rescuing us from enemies who only want to steal, kill and destroy, and that means fighting entities that live inside of us who convince us that they are us, and we are them.  

God passionately loves the real us, the real person He created the moment we were conceived. God hates the abuse of the devil that deceives us into believing that He isn’t really there or that He doesn’t care. He hates the evil that screams in pain every time we hear the truth, and tries to convince us through powerful emotions that obeying God will only hurt us. Imagine the child you love with all your heart rejecting you, as if you were a monster who only wanted to destroy him. Instead of living in the safety of a loving home, your little child follows a voice in his head to sleep on the streets, eating out of garbage cans, and constantly running from you whenever you come near. It would break your heart to live that nightmare. You would give your life to rescue your child from that evil inside of him. And that’s exactly what the love of God has done for us, on a massive, eternal scale. 

God’s love is all about rescuing, saving, snatching us out of the hands of destruction. He created us to be children empowered with His own authority and blessed with all good things to live with Him now and forever. He gave Himself up for us all, He died and shed His blood. He has done everything possible to rescue us. But that screaming voice is so convincing. “Don’t sacrifice, don’t obey, don’t follow, don’t listen… God loves you just the way you are, you don’t need to change... God’s love is so big, there’s no such thing as hell… You’re such a good person… As long as you love everyone, you’re fine… A loving God wouldn’t demand obedience…” We hear this demonic voice every day, but it’s up to us to choose. Will we choose our abuser who feasts off of our misery, or our heavenly Father who loves us immensely and wants nothing more than to bring us to safety and eternal joy? Let Him rescue you today. And if you’ve already been rescued, join the fight to rescue others.  

As the Father loved Me, I also loved you. Remain in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, even as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love.  I have spoken these things to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment: that you love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.  I no longer call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I have heard from My Father have I made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that the Father may give you whatever you ask Him in My name. This I command you: that you love one another.  John 15:9-17, MEV

Friday, September 2, 2016

When we act, He acts

We’re now at point number 6 on our list from the post, Developing a Healthy Image of God.  Have you ever noticed that the last time God performed a miracle without any human involvement, was when He created the universe? Ever since then, He has included us as partners in His work – weak, small, insignificant and seriously flawed partners, but partners nonetheless. Just that alone proves how gracious and loving He is, that He is not a dictator who forces His will upon us, but wants us to know Him and take part in releasing His immense power.  

But for that to happen, our will and our faith has to be linked to Him: Noah had to obey his command to build an ark, Moses had to raise his staff over the Red Sea, Ruth had to seek out the favor of Boaz, Gideon had to chop down his father’s idol and sacrifice his father’s bull, the widow of Zarephath had to offer her last scrap of food, and Elijah had to face down the prophets of Baal. Had they hung back and just waited for God to do everything for them, we would never have known their names. God would have had to use someone else to partner with for His miracles to happen, and their stories would be the ones recorded in the Bible for us today. Every one of the heroes of faith in the Bible had to act, and every one of their acts of faith was scary and risky. The circumstances surrounding their miracles were often matters of life and death, yet always, God came through for them in power. 

Christians who come to God with the mindset of ramping up their faith to get rid of a specific problem so that afterwards they can return to life as usual, have the weakest and most selfish perspective of God. I can recognize that skewed mindset in so many churchgoers I know, because I used to be just like that. Faith for a healing, a miracle or answered prayer, is not meant to stand alone as an isolated effort. Faith is meant to be transforming – a drawing closer in trust so that we can take on more of the character of our huge and loving God. Every request in prayer is supposed to create a deeper bond, a more faithful devotion to Him, and much more than getting a specific answer. But sadly, the quality of faith we usually attempt is cheap and quickly frustrated, like trying to strike a fire using damp matches.   

“Why is this so hard…?”I hear this all the time, knowing that God is probably asking, “Why do you want things more than you want Me?” God knows the quality of our faith, what our motives are, whether we’re hungry for Him, or whether we just want to get our hands on an answered prayer. The devil can sense cheap and selfish prayers too, because he’s the one who tempts us to wallow in our flesh. He plays both sides of the game, getting us to obsess about a miracle just for the miracle’s sake. Even if our request is according to God’s will, our greedy mindset keeps us stuck in a rut and our contaminated faith takes us nowhere. Then the devil happily attacks our image of God and makes us feel sorry for ourselves because we’re fighting so hard. Poor pitiful us!

Faith is action, motivated by a hunger to draw closer to Him. Effective faith develops joy in the process of waiting expectantly for His answer, because even that is an opportunity to learn more and build our trust. The pattern I most often see, is Christians enthusiastically throwing themselves into faith for a while, and then petering out as time passes to the point that they’re convinced God doesn’t care. When your faith can so easily swing from excitement to bitterness, you give God very little to work with. He wants to do much more than you can imagine, and He wants you to build that muscle of trust. He will never demand a level of faith we can’t handle, which means that whatever He asks, we can do because He’ll make us able.

Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.  And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God.  So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.   James 2:21-26, NLT

Sunday, August 28, 2016

If God is good, why am I suffering?

A song came out in 1995 with the lyrics, “God is good, all the time, He put this song of praise in this heart of mine…” After hearing it for the fifth time, I was already tired of the song. Not because the words aren’t true, but because the message seemed unbalanced. It’s a happy-go-lucky worship song where you’re encouraged to clap and dance and smile. It felt more like a song to sing when you wanted to forget your problems, instead of giving you the focus to destroy your problems. When we state that God is good, we’re not talking about a fairytale. God is goodness in it’s purest form, and goodness repels, fights, and destroys evil.  

I was visiting with some old family friends a few years back, and heard the sad story of the death of a loved one. It was a painful time for that family, and though they loved God, they had no concept of how to identify the attacks of the devil and how to fight back. They had begged God for healing, but that was as far as their faith could take them. They were in anguish, inwardly questioning why God had allowed their loved one to suffer so intensely. I had felt that pain many times in my life before I’d learned about spiritual warfare and the authority over the devil that God has given us. I felt for them as they told their story, wiped the tears from their eyes, shook their heads and tried to smile saying, “Well, God is good!”

It’s heartbreaking to see Christians barely holding onto their faith by a thread because problems have battered and bruised them so badly. But it’s even more heartbreaking to know that they could have experienced so much more of God’s goodness if they’d understood how to use the tools and weapons that are available to us all. But how do you tell a grieving person once their loved one is gone, that they didn’t do enough? That it didn’t have to end that way? It’s practically impossible. But what’s worse, is that for the rest of their lives, their image of God is a being that is distant and uncompassionate. Because they’ve chosen to believe that God is good, they feel forced to conclude that enduring the horrors of death, destruction and loss, even as they beg for His mercy, is part of God’s goodness.

Yes, sometimes God’s time to take a life isn’t always when we expect, and yes, we can go through difficulties that God allows for our good, and yes, God’s people have been persecuted for their faith through prison and torture – yet as it was with Stephen, Paul, Silas, Peter and the rest, God’s glory prevailed through it all. But if we don’t know how to identify an attack of the devil, we’ll never fight it. And if we don’t understand the goodness of God, we’ll accept demonic attacks as if they were the will of God. And that is the travesty of most Christians’ lives.

Jesus didn’t leave us as orphans: He sent us the power of the Holy Spirit, the right to pray in His name and the authority to trample on “snakes and scorpions”… meaning all evil. Jesus never refused blessings to anyone who sought them with faith. He never told anyone to go back home because it was God’s good will that they suffer a long and painful death. Whenever He saw the presence of the devil’s work, He was ready to reverse it and bring glory to God, as long as there was faith among the people. Interestingly, the Bible says that He was unable to do many miracles in His hometown of Nazareth, because of the lack of faith there. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Heavenly lights, says James 1. What is God’s will? That His goodness prevails in this world, that evil be destroyed, and that we stop ignoring His commands to pick up our weapons of warfare and fight.

Start identifying today what the devil has been craftily stealing from you over time. Do you live in a constant state of anxiety and frustration? Are you just tolerating a sickness that you assume God has doomed you to suffer for life? Are you blaming the stress of your family or career on other people without seeing how the devil is trying to manipulate both them and you behind the scenes? Are you just complaining without picking up your weapons, going head-to-head with the devil and determining that God’s goodness has to prevail? If Jesus says that He has come to bring life to the full, let’s honor Him by fighting any spiritual force that wants to steal it from us. Then we’ll see with our own eyes that God is good – all the time!

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any of you who is a father, will you give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will you give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will you offer him a scorpion?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?   Luke 11:9-13, MEV

Thursday, August 25, 2016

So you really think you know God?

I’ve been going through a short list of God’s qualities that I posted recently, called Developing a Healthy Image of God, and if you haven’t read the previous ones, I’d encourage you to do so, because each one builds upon the other. Today is about how personal God is. When He gave Moses the 10 Commandments, it wasn’t supposed to simply be a set of laws, they were guidelines to help His people learn how to relate to Him and to each other. That was how they would learn to love Him and stay close to Him, and experience His love in return. But humanity is weak and they just couldn’t remain faithful to God, even with those simple laws. God instituted more and more laws, but no matter how much He guided them, they failed miserably.  

In the Holy of Holies, God’s glory rested on top of the Ark of the Covenant, on what was called the Mercy Seat, between the wings of the two mighty golden cherubim on the lid. He appeared as pure, unapproachable light. God’s presence was unbearable to look at or come near to. His holiness would kill sinners like us. Only sacrificial blood could cleanse us. So after thousands of years, God did the unthinkable by offering Jesus’ blood in our place. Now, we who belong to Christ are permitted to actually have that same unapproachable light living inside of us! If we die to our flesh and surrender our lives to Him, He turns our dirty, sinful, defiled lives into the Holy of Holies, where His wisdom, power and all the fruit of His Spirit can flourish and manifest. If that isn’t personal, I don’t know what is.

When you are baptized in the Holy Spirit, you begin to experience this amazing transformation, but it’s only a beginning. It grows stronger and starts to permeates your life more and more, according to how you allow it to grow, how radically you obey His voice, and how much you are willing to sacrifice your flesh. It’s up to you. Many Christians have given up a few bad habits, and are living nice, wholesome lives, and are content with that. But don’t be fooled into thinking that this is all there is to being saved or having the infilling of the Holy Spirit. For those of you who don’t yet have the Holy Spirit, and even you who already do, there is so much more than we can ever imagine. (I’m speaking to myself as well!) Some of us have developed a closer relationship, listen to Him and act on His urging much more than others, but none of us are using the authority and power that we have available to it’s fullest. Imagine what we could be doing on a daily basis, if we gave free reign to the Holy Spirit?  

If your failed attempts at faith have led you to blame God for being uncaring, you have much to learn about what real faith is and what it can do. If your idea of a personal God is treating Him like a magic genie in a bottle who’s supposed to do whatever you want, no matter how you live your life, don’t expect answered prayers. God is loving, close, and personal, and cares about the tiniest details of your life, but He needs us to submit to His ways so His light can shine in us. He is always trying to communicate His love and guidance to you if we would only listen. He is speaking to you right now as you read this, and wants to show you how you can develop this personal relationship, and how you can see His power become real and visible in your life today.

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I get up; You understand my thought from far off. You search my path and my lying down and are aware of all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it fully.  Psalm 139:1-4, MEV 

…that the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power,  which He performed in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principalities, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet and made Him the head over all things for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all things in all ways.  Ephesians 1:18-23, MEV

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Warfare from Hawaii to Brazil: God’s justice is universal!

For the past few weeks, we’ve been blessed to get to know and counsel Christian and Cris from Hawaii, who have come to seek deliverance for Cris’ 15-year ordeal of constant demonic attacks. They have gone to every kind of church, deliverance ministry, marriage counseling, seminars and retreats, and have sought help everywhere they could find. Coming to our church for one month in Brazil was their last hope. Though they loved each other, and were trying their best to be faithful Christians, horrible arguments would break out that seemed to have a life of their own. Evil words would be hurled at each other, and they were even considering divorce as their young children suffered under the stress and instability of their home. After starting to read Possessed Believers, they knew they needed a radical faith.

Cris just sent us this message two days ago, after both of them have spent a few weeks of intense counseling and prayer with us. Very controlling evil spirits that hated their marriage and business, and wanted to take possession of their young son, manifested in her during our prayers. Because of Cris’ past of rejection and abandonment, one demon fashioned itself as her “friend” who would “protect” her from ever getting hurt again. Pretending to be her own rational self, this demon would become enraged any time Christian would assert himself as a godly head of their home, or would ridicule and humiliate him if he made even the slightest mistake. It would tell her she was better off alone, and that he didn’t deserve any love or affection because he was a bad husband. Those demons were determined to destroy their family, but because they have been humble to learn, and courageous to fight, God has now turned the tide in this battle. We thank Christian and Cris for allowing us to post her message, as a living example of God’s authority and justice, just as we’ve been talking about in our recent posts.

Hi David and Evelyn!

Last nite I came home, still battling confusion. I was trying to meditate on what you meant when you said that I like that demon that comforts me... Then the same dumb thoughts (my mindset) started telling me the same thing that I had been telling you, “how can I reward evil?” If I do what they tell me to, my husband is going to keep saying he has no fault in anything, and we are in this mess just because of me (that demon of pride was speaking to me).

Then I started to have some revelations: the only reason I’ve been going to marriage counselings – and what I pretty much expected you guys to do – is to tell my husband that he is wrong, he’s being "irresponsible," he’s "not loving me like Christ does" etc... So it’s been very hard for me because all I have been hearing from you guys is God’s word finally coming alive in my life and forcing me to love my husband even when I think he does not deserve it. Why? Because if I really learn this right, and fight against the demons and not him, I will overcome anything in life! I can easily love "unconditionally" anybody who does not live with me, but my husband and kids have been my biggest struggle.

Last nite, you gave me the most powerful vision I needed for this battle!! When you said: I need to hate the devil and not my husband!! That demon has been there with me since the beginning!! It made soooo much sense.  Because every time my wrong mindset tells me: “He doesn't deserve it,” now I know it’s not me that thinks this, but the devil that makes me believe it.

So now I recognize the devil, and when I think Christian does not deserve it, (which is my comfortable 15-year-old wrong mindset) I know it’s not my thought, but the devil’s, because why would Christian not deserve my love and respect for all the years he has put up with my demonic manifestations? He came to Brazil just to support me to get set free, etc... I finally got it!!!!!!

So when I came home, still battling, I started making a list of negatives of Christian, and "why" he didn't deserve my respect... But later when I had no more negatives to write, then I started writing a list of what God’s truth is about these times when he acts negative... 

For example: Christian puts surfing before God and all he wants to do is surf.
Truth: That is not truth, otherwise he would not be here for me, and the only reason he goes surfing all the time is because I sound like a dripping faucet of negativity and nagging, and he hates seeing me depressed. So he needs to escape.... 

God started healing me with his truth. I had a list of 15 negatives, and God gave me 15 truths about the negatives that proved they were not the truth. Then God told me to write all the positives about Christian. There were 30 positives in the list!!!! And that’s just because I haven’t finished the positive list yet!! It was double the amount of negatives. As I was writing all the things about him that I thought were unjust, God gave me 30 things that were right and just. It was an amazing healing process!!!!! 

Then this morning... I woke up, went to the bathroom and I started having demonic manifestations that started with uncontrollable yawning and distorting my mouth, and I was like: Oh my gosh!!! Leave me aloneee! What should I do!!!!!!!???  I thought about calling you, but then I remembered what you told me yesterday: This is your battle Cris! Only you can win this battle!!!

I got this strength from somewhere and closed the bathroom door because I knew I was going to be loud, so I started my first battle all alone with the Lord against the devil. I was soooooooooo mad!! I even thought the demon was talking through me! But it was me!!!! I sounded like you sounded praying last nite: like mad and over with his lies, I was rebuking, screaming at him in my spirit like never before! I never prayed with so much faith and strength, I really sounded like a bishop at Universal Church!!!

I even said, “you better give me back all you stole from me!” I am not sure if that is biblical, but it came out of my mouth. So I felt 3 big demons coming out... When I was done, came out of the bathroom, I found my family all praying and burning the devil for me - I thought they were all sleeping! But I guess even though the exhaust fan was on and I tried to be as quiet as I could, they heard me murmuring.

We are having a great day so far, I think the family is getting it too, we are all fighting together in this! The angels are rejoicing in heaven!!! Thank you for your precious time and dedication to the kingdom of God! God knows how much I desire to do your job for His kingdom too!!!! 

Cris, we’re so proud of you!! I'm so happy that you took control of those demons by your faith! And your family is right there by your side, fighting along with you – what a blessing you have! So many women are all alone in their fight because their husbands and families make fun of their faith and even try to block them. No wonder the devil hates your marriage! I was thinking about Matt. 18:21-35, how none of us deserves God to even look at us, much less save us. It was so unfair for Jesus to die for rotten sinners like us, when He had never done anything wrong! He was God, why should He lower Himself to live like a weak and puny human being, be treated like trash and then be tortured and killed for us? That's totally unfair, but God understands that this kind of mercy and grace is what destroys the devil! So stick with it! The power of submission, kindness and mercy, joined with your hatred for the devil is now your new way of life!!

“Then his master, after he had summoned him, said to him, ‘O you wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.  Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, even as I had pity on you?’ His master was angry and delivered him to the jailers until he should pay all his debt. “So also My heavenly Father will do to each of you, if from your heart you do not forgive your brother for his trespasses.”  Matthew 18:32-35, MEV