I would like to share with you an experience that I recently had that may be helpful and encouraging. For many years I have suffered from what is known as restless leg syndrome. In this last year, it has been a nightly occurrence. Restless leg syndrome, in my case, presented as an aggravating tickling sensation deep in my legs. It would vary which leg and it could be my upper or lower. I have tried to treat this condition with creams, supplements, and nutrition. My last resort was to join a forum, hoping I would find some kind of resolution. Reading people’s stories and daily posts opened my eyes to see how terrible this condition was for others. Medication seemed to be the answer for this group; ironically, through reading the posts, it does not take this condition away without adding many other issues and/or only serves to put you in a stupor of some sort. Expressions of depression were common, and even suicide and insanity! I quickly learned this was not where I would find any kind of resolve.
In pondering restless leg, I always wondered why it only showed up at night, as I never suffered with it during the day, so it got me thinking and led me to ask this question to the Lord. I asked the Lord if he would take it away for three nights if restless leg came by any sort of demonic influence. For three nights, I had the best sleep I had in a very long time. On the fourth night, however, it was like I was met with restless leg on steroids! At that moment, I realized what I was contending with and began dealing with it on a spiritual level. I would rebuke it in Jesus’s name; sometimes it would go, and other times it would not. It wasn’t until I used a different approach that I found relief. Whenever I would feel its presence, I immediately began to worship the Lord, magnifying His name in praise and thanksgiving. To my amazement, it would instantly vanish! Why I have this antagonist (as the Lord revealed) is another story for perhaps another time.
The takeaway from my sharing is twofold. One is we should not forget how God deserves our praise, thanksgiving, and worship. Some things we may suffer simply because this is absent from our regular practice. We don’t have the whole story of what goes on in the spirit realm and why things are allowed access to us. God knows and we can go to Him. Two is, while not everything we deal with is of demonic origin, would we not want to know what is so we may deal with it once and for all and find relief?
I pray the Lord would help us to be rid of the spiritual junk that has us snared, amen.
Ps 50:23 – Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God
Ps 59:17 – To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy
Ps 69:30 – I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving
Ps 99:3 – Let them praise Your great and awesome name-He is holy