Over the past few months the Lord has been showing me some scenes where the enemy has been trying to attack and destroy families, and so I believe it is a time where we need to be alert of the devils schemes and counter attack with the truth and the love of God. Three areas we ourselves as a ministry are currently contenting for breakthrough in are:
1. the unity of the body of Christ,
2. for whole families to come to Christ
3. for mental health issues to be overcome
.... and so of course the enemy wants to come and try and destroy in whatever way He can within churches, within families, in individuals and so I/we need to be alert to the schemes of the enemy. Romans 12:21 "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
One vision I share with you I had before Christmas. I had this vision that was quite horrific as I watched a brother deceive and then murder his brother, I saw evil animals around the house and it was really quite a scene as I watched the murder without remorse, taking place. As I was trying to take others out of there into a place of safety we were pursued by an army of demonic angels on horses trying to attack and come after us as we ran off the property for our lives. As we were running I turned and saw that through the blackness of the clouds, the mass of demonic angels on horses coming after us, suddenly there was like a parting of the seas and an army of white angels on white horses came and cleared the path and lifted us up and into safety.
For me, the murder I saw happening can be both in our natural families and I believe also in the church of God, not necessarily in the physical but in the spiritual, in our hearts.
Another vision I saw was that as I shared testimony to other christians, the weakness in them suddenly overtook them and they tried to kill me. Those weaknesses could be things like jealousy, comparison etc. and when they come up in us we then turn and hate our brother or sister that we are comparing or jealous with instead of rejoicing with those who rejoice.
So from this vision there were two things:
- Firstly we cannot say we love God and hate our brother or sister.
- John 3:14 "We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers. The one who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him".
- 1 John 4:20 "Whoever claims to love God, yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister whom they have seen cannot love God whom they have not seen."
- Matt 10:36 "A man's enemies will be the members of his own household. Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me..."
- There is an army rising up and we do not need to fear as the Lord will lift us up out of the situations that we may find ourselves in.
- Psalm 18 v3 "I called to the Lord, who is worth of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.....
v9 "He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
He mounted the cherubim and flew;he soared on the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him - the dark rain clouds of the sky.
Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
The Lord thundered from heaven, the voice of the Most High resounded.
He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bots of lightning he routed them.
The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, Lord at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place, he rescued me because he delighted in me.
v11 " There is an army rising up!
We need to be a people who are quick to forgive, to release the Love of God into situations, the mercy of God, the grace of God. Its easy to continue to be hurt and walk away, its harder to forgive those who hurt you and continue to walk in relationship with them.
How do we do this? Praise is like a weapon for us. Praise starts to see things from God's perspective. Praise turns our focus back from the situations that are occurring and back to God where we see our God who is more than able to defend us, to protect us, to justify us, when we cannot do it ourselves. Praise is where we remember that God rends the heavens and comes to our aid.
So I encourage you to be alert at this time and to use the weapons the Lord has already given us. To be strong and courageous and to not be afraid or be overcome by evil and to see our families or those people who may hurt us through the Lords eyes. Hurt people hurt people, so chances are those people who are hurting you are actually just hurt people and need the love and healing that you have to give them.
"Strengthen the feeble hands,
Steady the knees that give way, say to those with fearful hearts.
Be strong, do not fear, your God will come,
"Then the eyes of the blind will be open and the ears of the deaf unstopped
Then the lame will leap like a deer and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert
The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs...."