There are things that we do that will bring into our lives a consequence. The consequence can range from seemingly insignificant to astronomically devastating. The things we do may from the outset, look harmless and even good, but in truth be what can bring us to ruin – physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is no small thing the bible, for in it reveals to us the importance of not living flippantly, but in everything we subject ourselves to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and teaching.
I particularly think of how we can make binding agreements in the spiritual without even knowing it. We do not realize that the spirit realm is more real than our physical. That is, what happens in the spirit determines what happens in the natural. One of the reasons why prayer is not optional for us, but to be our daily practice, done not lackadaisical but with purpose in in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In a previous post, When lies become our truth I talked about an aspect of the realm of the spirit through personal experience that I believe is worth repeating. It may be taken as coincidence, but my hope it is not, but as proof that we have more power over our lives then we think.
There was a time when I had extreme stomach pain, came out of nowhere. It was so debilitating, I could not eat, could not sleep could not do anything! I literally rolled in pain. It was a time when I was in deep prayer and communion with the Lord, so I was really perplexed as to what was going on. I asked the Lord what was happening and why I was having such pain. I heard in my spirit, ‘you have this because you received it’ -I immediately knew what God was saying. Because I accepted it, as MY pain, I was experiencing – it was able to remain. In truth, it was nothing more than the enemy’s wiles. God proved this when I immediately said words to this affect, ‘I do not accept this pain, I reject it and will not receive it. I ask the Spirit of the Lord to take the place of this for I receive this.’ It left! From pain on the scale of 1-10, a 10, to nothing! Amazing. Then, as you would have it, it came back about 3 times, and each time I said the same variation. I said this in my head, didn’t even speak it out loud – and with each time, the pain left. Speed up to not too long ago, and I was sleeping and out of a dead sleep, I awoke with an excruciating pain on the bottom of my left foot – horrendous! It shot up my whole leg. I suffered for a few minutes then the thought came to me – to not accept this. So, in my mind, I said, ‘I do not receive this pain, I reject it and command it to leave in Jesus Name.’ – it left!
I am think about how many things we simply accept when it comes to the doorstep of our lives and even make room for it to accommodate it! Our minds are particularly vulnerable and why we must have them transformed, by the renewing in God’s Word. Romans 12:2. Just because we think something, don’t always believe it is our own thought! 2 Cor 10:5. I’m not saying that everything can be rejected but I wonder how many things we suffer or contend with because we simply did not put our spiritual foot down to say ‘NO!!’
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the WILES of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:10-8