Spiritual Warfare Part I

One of the most common questions I hear about spiritual warfare is “can Christians be possessed?” 

To answer that question, I think we first have to define “possessed.” When scripture talks about the “demon possessed” it uses two Greek words “daimoni” and “zomai.” 

daimon: demon

zomai: possessed, or under the influence of

so the answer is YES. A Christian CAN be under the influence of a demon!

“We are OWNED BY GOD, but we CAN be under the influence of a demon.”

~Pastor Robert Morris

To get a better grasp on exactly what the Bible says about Christians being in bondage, allow me show you the Free Indeed series by Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church.

These are HANDS DOWN the BEST spiritual warfare sermons, I’ve EVER seen! And btw…

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Spiritual Warfare Sermons:

You see I KNOW THAT DEMONS ARE REAL. To explain how I know this, I’ll need to share with you a little of my testimony.

From the time that I was a young child, I knew that I could literally FEEL a supernatural presence, and had ONCE even heard an audible voice tell me to do something specific, that saved my life. But when I sought out guidance from people who had grown up in the church, they told me with absolute confidence that “God didn’t work that way.” They told me that He didn’t really speak to people, and that the spiritual gifts (like healing/prophesy/miracles) hadn’t been active on the earth, since the foundation of the early church.

So knowing that what I had heard was real, but believing those who had told me that their God didn’t speak, I set out to find out more about what I had experienced. If it wasn’t the God of the Bible that spoke to me that night, as I had originally thought, then who or what was it?

I began searching out all the information I could find about the supernatural. I read through the pages of different books and websites about paranormal experiences, and occult religions. I was on a mission, and nothing could deter me. There was something more to reality than this natural world that I could see with my eyes, and I was determined to find out what.

Then one day I read that the voice I had heard that night, (that had saved my life,) COULD have been my spirit guide. This made sense because when I was 11 years old, my father had died. I thought maybe it was him protecting me, from the other side. Maybe this presence was my dead father, and he wanted to help me…

So I started going to see psychics and fortune tellers, hoping they could help me find answers. They lit candles and incense, while reading tarot cards and using pendulums. StockSnap_YBD1S2AW8BSometimes they told me things that they couldn’t have known, which fueled my search.

I tried everything from getting my palm read, to having elaborate astrology charts done. I wanted to know what my purpose WAS on this earth, and why the voice I’d heard that night, had saved my life.

What I struggled with most, was that there was another teenager, (who had a family that loved him, and a bright future,) that had died that night, while I (this kid that nobody wanted) had walked away physically unscathed.

I just kept trying to wrap my mind around what had happed and find peace, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t stop asking the question, “WHY had he died, and not me? AND who was it that spoke to me that night? AND why hadn’t the other kids in the car, heard the voice?”

 

 

Eventually I learned to use the angel and tarot cards myself, and even used an ouija board on several occasions, in an attempt to communicate with my spirit guide. Then I started working at a book store in Las Vegas Nevada called the “Psychic Eye” where I met people from all walks of life, practicing religions that I had never even heard of, in the small towns of Texas. Out of pure curiosity, I went to festivals and ceremonies with people I met at Psychic Eye, not ever really believing that it could cause any harm.

Well I have to tell you that I never really found any answers through any of the occult practices I tried, but throughout my attempts I was finding that there were powerful entities in the spiritual realm, and the things done in these various practices, would change things in the natural.

Then after years of searching, my world suddenly spun out of control. My marriage of 13 years was ending, and it seemed that everything that could go wrong WAS.

Then out of the blue one day, I received a Word from God, through a person I had never met. He said that before I had been born into this world, God had placed giftings and abilities inside me, that I had not yet discovered. Not only was the Presence on this man real and tangible, it was familiar. I knew in an instant that THIS was the Presence I’d known as a child. Tears began streaming down my face. Somehow I had come full circle, and yet still didn’t know what to do about it.

A few weeks after receiving that prophetic word, the giftings and abilities that the stranger had spoke of, came to light. It was a beautiful experience to discover things I hadn’t known about myself, one that I still can’t find the words to describe. But that day I began to reconnect with my Creator in a deep and profound way, and in my heart I said a prayer, pledging to serve Him all the days of my life.

Not long after that prayer however, crazy supernatural things started happening and I had to face the reality that demons are in fact REAL, and in my search for truth, I had opened doors that I had no idea how to close. 

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Then one day while walking through the art district of Las Vegas, I came upon what looked to be a group of bikers. The leader of this group stepped over to me, leaned in  and said, “you have demons all over you.” I said “I know, but I don’t know what to do about it.” 

As it turned out this man and his friends HAD ALL BEEN hard core bikers, before coming to know Jesus, and each had an incredible testimony of how God had rescued them from the pit, and given them a new life in Christ. The leader had actually been an upper level member of the “Hell’s Angels” turned born again street preacher, who was now performing exorcisms/deliverances all over Nevada and California.

He and his group of Discipled ex-bikers began to talk to me about God, and what I needed to do to be delivered from these demons. I told them that things would get REALLY BAD when I was at home, so they came to my apartment to take a look, and there they asked me if I wanted to accept Jesus Christ into my life. With unstoppable tears running down my face, I said “yes.”

They prayed over me and cast out the demons, and immediately I felt COMPLETELY different. The darkness lifted and I felt FREE! Then they spiritually cleansed and anointed my apartment, and when they were leaving, they referred me to a  local church for continued DELIVERANCE sessions called “Sozo.” Unfortunately, these sessions cost $50 dollars each, and I was of very modest means, so I was only able to go once. It was certainly beneficial, because I learned a little more about the doors that I had opened, and how to close them…however I was realizing that I had only scratched the surface of all I would need to know, to get out of this tangled mess I was in.

Over the coming months and years, I engaged in many battles with the rulers, principalities, and powers of this dark world. I’d cast them out in the name of Jesus, and before too long, they’d come back with vengeance. I did the best I could, with what I knew at the time, but few people had any answers, so I just kept trudging the road to freedom, one treacherous step at a time.

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It was during that season that I began watching Pastor Robert Morris on my laptop. He was the most amazing preacher I had ever heard speak. He wasn’t at all like the church people I had known. He was funny and loving, yet fearlessly preached an un-sugarcoated version of the gospel. He called Believer’s to change the way they were living, and get ALL IN for Jesus, without coming across as judgmental. He had BEEN a prodigal, and sunk pretty low in his sin, before being saved one dark night, in a run down hotel room.

Now THIS was a pastor I could relate to, and there wasn’t a single sermon that he preached, that I didn’t walk away from profoundly CHANGED!

Pastor Morris taught me that God DOES speak to His children, that I was DEEPLY LOVED and that I could have a close, personal, intimate relationship with my Father in Heaven.

He taught me that I was FORGIVEN for every mistake I’d ever made, through the blood of Jesus Christ, and that I could be in constant companionship and communication with the Holy Spirit. He taught me that I would never have to feel alone again, because Jesus had ascended to the Father and sent the Comforter to live in fellowship with me.

So I started running top speed towards the Lord, with everything I had. I wanted to REALLY know Jesus and understand His plans for me! It was at this point that I became truly BORN AGAIN.

Looking back I realized that although I THOUGHT I had been saved as a child, what had actually occurred was that I had had many ENCOUNTERS with the Lord, and during that time a seed had been planted, (like conception) followed by a long painful transformation (like a pregnancy) that lead to the rebirth experience in my late 30’s. That was when I became truly became a new creature, and all things were made new.

Yet, even after I was born again…I continued to come under demonic attack….why?

I had completely and TOTALLY given my life to Jesus, so why were these demons still able to torment me? How COULD I be in bondage, and when I BELONG TO GOD!

 

 

Fervently I prayed for God to forgive me, intervene in my life and teach me how to close the doors that I had opened. To help me understand how to get rid of the demons that were tormenting me, once and for all.

Over the coming months, God would show up in my life BIG TIME, and answer my prayers.

I now KNOW for a fact, that the voice I heard that night, that had saved my life WAS  the voice of God, and the Presence that had known in childhood, was the Holy Spirit, my Comforter.

I’ll never again let anyone tell me what God can and can’t do. I’ll go to the Source, and you can too!

Here is a sermon series about beginning an intimate relationship with the Lord, and hearing His voice for yourself.

The God I Never Knew

And IF you think you may be under attack by satan, take a look at this short article. There’s a Deliverance Prayer at the bottom, for casting out demons and then blessing/anointing your home/family.

Is Satan Attacking You?

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Victoria Reynolds, Nicodemus

What Does 11:11 Mean Spiritually?

I have been seeing 11:11 EVERYWHERE and was wondering “what does 1111 mean spiritually?”

  • One day I was praying to the Lord, and when finished, I open my eyes and lifted my head, to see that the clock read exactly 11:11.
  • A little later I went to the market, and the total on my receipt was $11.11.
  • That afternoon while working in Photoshop, the dimensions of the photo had 1111 in them, (specifically 1411.11)
  • Then I ended up stuck in the Dallas traffic for an hour, staring at the license plate on the car in front of me, which also had a double 11.
  • When I finally got home, and ready for bed, I  heard a notification on my cell and turned to see that the time on my cell read exactly 11:11!
  •  Then when I crawled into bed and opened my laptop, I saw it AGAIN on Social Media (in the number of followers on one Instagram profile, then I clicked over to Facebook, to see a post that said it had 11 likes and 11 comments!

Finally I just bursted out in laughter! This had gone from a little weird, to down right CRAZY.

What was God trying to tell me?!?

 

 

I decided to put “what does 11:11 mean spiritually” into the Google search engine, and THIS is what I found:

A website to a church in Australia called “Pour It Out Ministries” had been getting letters and emails from all over the world, asking about this strange phenomena, and so the staff there decided to fast and pray, and ask God what it all meant.

 

excerpt from Pour It Out Ministries website: ”

Awakening, Wake Up Call, fresh spiritual awakening into more, supernatural favour and provision to take possession of promises, transition and alignment, revival.  God is bringing life to the dead things and places.  God is breathing encounters over you to WAKE YOU UP into spiritual clarity, fresh connected relationship with Him, and awakened sense of identity in God and your exciting eternal purpose.

Isaiah 11:11   “In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people…”   God is with his remnant.
John 11:11   “After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”  Resurrection life, God of the impossible, AWAKENING
Deut 11:11   “But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven.

New authority and ownership, coming into promises, tasting promises, supernatural favour and provision where God leads
11 can mean transition and so a doubling of eleven can signify a season of intense shaking as things transition into the new. 11 also means alignment and so the shaking brings alignment to allow for awakening and revival.”

I continued to see NOT JUST the 11:11, but other number repeats like 1234.

 

 

So I started to search out all the scripture verses, that had the numbers I was seeing in them, like I had read “Pour It Out Ministries” do, and THEN… I let the Lord lead.

 

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As the days, weeks and months passed, the strange phenomena continued, so I just accepted it as part of my interaction with God.

Now if I start seeing repeats of the same number, I just make a mental note of what I am thinking about when it occurs, then go into my next scripture study having that in mind.

The Lord has confirmed to me in our quiet place together, that He is guiding me to specific scripture, for a specific purpose; to give me deeper spiritual insight to what I’m going through, while CHANGING the way I think about the Lord, myself and the world around me.

It’s been a profound experience, and one that I’m not alone in.

Many Christians, from every corner of the globe are seeing the number repeats, and many of them are developing a more intimate relationship with the Lord through it.

Take a look at THIS online class by Pastor Bob Hamp, from Gateway Church, when he talks about experiencing this very thing and being lead to:

~Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

and then Pastor Hamp tells how he got a confirmation of what God was saying to him, later in a church service!

In this Freedom Class, he teaches on how to hear God, and then how to discern if it IS in fact God that’s trying to speak to you.

 

 

I’ve come to understand and accept that God CAN and does speak to His children, in a variety of ways!

     ~Acts 2:17-18 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”

 

My personal belief is that this is part of the OUT POURING of the Holy SPIRIT that the Lord talks about in His Word will occur in these very last, of The Last Days.

 

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He’s wooing His Bride, and communicating with us in many beautiful and creative ways! I encourage you to engage with Him more fully, and enjoy the experience!

 

 

Blessings to each and every one of you!

And thank you for reading my blog.

Sincerely~Victoria 🙂