In the Far East we are familiar with signs of evil spirits that are sometimes called ghosts.
As a travelling auditor who had to travel sometimes by myself, and staying in “haunted” rooms I used to hear the airline stewardesses talk about during their duty breaks on the plane, I knew I could be filled with fear or live in victory in Jesus. There were times when the lights in the room would come on and off in the night, times when I had switched off the lights for the night and found them on in the wee hours of the morning. Some would say it could be the light timers but I knew that when I called on Jesus’ Name, things were made right. There were times when I entered a hotel room and could feel something sinister in it – each time for over 14 years, I called on the name the Name of Jesus and pled for the Blood of Jesus to cover me. I was never afraid or harmed. Praise the Lord! Some of my colleagues would invite me to pray with them in their hotel rooms when they felt afraid or uncomfortable – I sometimes used these as opportunities to talk about Jesus.
Growing up, when we could freely preach the gospel in the streets with open air evangelistic rallies, and healing campaigns, I saw many possessed of evil spirits delivered in the Name of Jesus. Many came from the Indonesian islands around with their sick and possessed, by sampans (local boats) in the early hours of the morning. They would queue up outside the then Singapore Badminton Stadium (one of the few large covered stadiums) waiting for the healing service to begin at 7.30pm and wait some more in the prayer line till the service ended at around midnight. They wanted to be healed or delivered with prayer from the healing evangelists who came from America. We saw the extreme manifestations of shouting, salivating, shuddering, shaking, and attempts to move away, when their relatives dragged them to approach the servants of the Lord for deliverance prayers. Yes, indeed there were and are many testimonies of healing and deliverance from demon possession. It was simple faith and the Word of the Lord, the move of the Holy Spirit and hungry hearts. Today’s cynics will never witness these deliverances because of unbelief and the limitations they have imposed on God’s move in their lives. They are the poorer for it as they live lives defeated and full of fear, filled with depression in their minds, oppressed and many possessed as they would rather invite evil than God into their lives. They choose evil at Halloween and even frighten each other, watch movies to be frightened into nightmares and feel bird dogged by evil when awake.
Growing up , when we passed the kavadi bearing penitants in trances on their way to the temples during Thaipusam festival times, we knew they struggled the more from their faces when the children of God indwelt by the Holy Spirit passed by and so we tried to keep away from them. It happened too when we passed those possessed of the Monkey God and other spirits who were behaving as those they were supposed to personify. It was as we passed their processions on the streets coincidentally, I saw they writhed in agony when they felt the presence of God in us.
Sometimes there was evidence of evil spirit activities at funeral wakes where much money is spent to pave the way of the departed spirits to hell with much chanting and sound of gongs. The burning of effigies, of paper iPods, iPads, mercedes benzs and ferarris. Again we do well not to comment but just plead for the Lord’s protection against evil.
I have seen/heard of many tourists from the west who out of curiosity and naivety have bought spirit charms and brought their detrimental evil activities home. Those beautiful carved antiques could be home to spirits which you never recognized. So it is my suggestion to Faith children to avoid any foreign religious emblems which may look like art. Be very careful. You would not want to waste your money on “unclean goods” that will be a nuisance at home. Do not get involved with fortune -telling as there are those who would hypnotise you through your eyes and rob you of what you have when visiting strange places. In short, be careful when you get involved in spirit activities in the East. Personally, I would not enter other religion’s places of worship if they were included in the travel itinerary and paid for. Not fear, but the thought what business has the Faith Child got with spirits found in such places of worship, which oppose the Holy Spirit? The Lord calls and exhorts to be separate.
Today, if among us there are readers with simple faith based on the Word of God, claiming the Blood of Jesus to wash their sins away and prayer in the Name of Jesus, there is cleansing from sins, healing of body, soul and spirit and renewing of the mind. Yes, power in the Holy Spirit will be ours if we will submit to Him to live holy lives pleasing unto God. Yes, Jesus lives today as He lived so many years ago and He is on the right hand of the Father interceding for us in love. He has sent His Holy Spirit to live in us and among us.
Shall we continue to be afraid? No! for greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world! No ghost is stronger than the Spirit of the Lord.. and there is a verse in the Bible every Faith Child should know .. Isaiah 59:19 “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”
Hear ye, hear ye all ye Faith children of God.. the battle belongs to the Lord! The battle is His.. all we need to do is follow Him and we shall see the deliverance of the Lord and live in His victory! He is Emmanuel and is with us. Let Him into your lives and let Him fight your battles against sin, against depravity, against the spirits of the world which oppress, depress and possess you, even against the big spirit of “I”. He wants to give you the victory. Accept Jesus’ Lordship in your life not ghosts who confound and freeze you with fear while he takes over with confusion.
Let the Lord of peace come in. Life will never be the same again. He is Lord of all and every knee shall bow to Him of heaven and on the earth and under the earth. He reigns and His is the power and the glory, forever Amen.
No one, no spirit can stand against the Spirit of our Living God.
Be free in the Name of Jesus. Be cleansed and protected under the Blood of the Lamb and be strengthened to live powerful lives for Jesus submitted to the Spirit of God with victory over sin today. Whom the Son sets free, is free indeed! Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever. Amen.
For the Faith child the evil spirits cannot harm us for greater is He that is in us than he that is around us. Glory to His Name.
Watch and let the Lord speak to you about this important subject.