Category Archives: prayer

Bruises as a Visual Reminder

I got out of the shower today and was getting dressed. I notice on my right forearm a quarter sized bruise and wondered where did that come from? I do not remember smacking my arm against anything recently or anything hitting me with that kind of force, what it takes to leave a bruise. I touched it with my pointer finger and did not feel any pain. Hmm deep enough to leave a mark but no pain when pressure is applied that’s odd. Our past life experiences are sometimes like that. We have some hurts that left a scar but by the grace of God and the blood of Jesus Christ they don’t hurt anymore. We may see or remember these bruises from time to time. Often we refer to them as our testimony. Maybe it was abandonment, divorce, abuse, neglect, addictions or whatever the case may be. Somehow by our act of laying these down before the cross the pain has been removed. We have walked through the healing process and moved on and see that there is life after such a tragedy. For others when they see the visual reminder the pain is immediately there! The agony of the hurt inflicted while going through the divorce or abuse lingers and they have not let God heal them. They are so used to wearing the pain and have become a victim of the action that they seem to not know any other way to respond. I hear it from time to time as I minister to people. The victim tone. My husband and I were facilitating a time of worship and Bible study recently for a group of men recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. One man came up to us afterwards and asked for prayer, but in his asking did more wining than confessing. He was being wrongly accused and set up. Now it is true that this happens, but it was his tone in the describing of the events that caused concern. Do you know what I am talking about? Think about it for a moment. Is it not true that sometimes we so love the attention and concern that we get when we wear our bruise or badge as a horrible accusation or infirmity that only we have ever had to bear! The ole woe is me story and no one else has ever been through this like I have! I am not assessing judgment here just pointing out the difference of allowing God’s healing verses continuing to wear the bruise. The choice is up to you. What are you going to do?

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The Black Houses

The Black Houses

We went to visit a church pastored by some friends of ours in Olympia, WA.  Their church is surrounded by several all black houses.  The houses are painted all black, doors, window sills, roofs, etc.  Finish is matte or glossy.  Eerie feelings as you drive by.

We had been told that the story is that a Satanist owns the homes and wants to have them placed in such a format as to create a pentagram (the symbol for Satan worship).  If this is true then that explains the sense of oppression and fear you can feel as you near them.  One of the homes we saw was painted the black matte finish and then had blood red paint accenting and just as ominous a feel to it.  I don’t go looking for a demon under ever rock, but wow what a sense of evil we experienced, makes my stomach queasy.

Rod and I felt the need to just stop and pray in front of one of them to pray against the demonic forces working against God’s people within this body of believer’s and the rest of the Kingdom.  So we did.  I have never wanted to run so fast as I did while he prayed for God to bind the forces of evil and to release God’s blessing and hope over the area.  You may find me crazy but sincerely I was afraid.  I could not look about me for fear of seeing a demon.  I could not concentrate for fear of being caught by one.  My mistake was not stopping to pray for protection before I/we engaged in spiritual battle on the borderline between heaven and hell.

Now whether or not these houses really are owned by Satanists (or a slumlord as some of the blog posted info states) really isn’t the issue.  What is more important is the understanding of what happens when you take a stand for Christ.  When Rod and I pulled up to the curb next to the “Black House” we were in essence pulling our spirits up next to Satan’s domain and saying hey buddy we are sitting outside of your home and praying for your defeat in Jesus name hope you don’t mind and even if you do, we are praying anyway.

Rod felt a demon pressing against the window on his side of the vehicle.  I could not look.  I am a visual learner and know better than to place my eyes in a direction that will present a vision I don’t want impressed in my brain.  I just wanted out.  I was so proud of my husband for praying so boldly and not so happy with myself for lacking that same boldness.  I drove the vehicle and parked it there, but he confessed the words and God provided the protection.

It was an experience we will continue to pray over.  One we would like to follow up on.  To pray more boldly and effectively for salvation for those oppressed and misguided and for the times we are in.  For such a time as this….we are praying….

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:14 NIV

“How could one man chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the Lord had given them up?”  Deut 32:30 NIV