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. (Ephesians 6: 12 NKJV)
Last week was mentally draining. I am always busy and on the go but something was different about that week. I woke up every morning feeling like I had been wrestling in my sleep all night. Some may say, “Girl you just need a break,” which is true, but something was different about this wrestle. Luke 10: 19 says Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (KJV). Even in my sleep the Holy Spirit and the anointing of God were still working on my behalf.
I went to bed fine one night and I woke up the next morning feeling horrible. It takes a lot for me to decide to go to the hospital but I chose to because I literally felt like my room was spinning. I thought maybe because of my weight I had developed diabetes (you know how we diagnose ourselves). However, the doctors ran a lot of tests and they couldn’t find anything. Of course I had enough common sense to go to doctor but I also realized that the devil was attacking my body because he wasn’t winning any other way. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee (James 4: 7 NIV). The devil will try to intervene and make matters worse but if you identify what the sneaky devil is up to he is forced to get off of you.
Later in the week, I started receiving phone calls from people and everything was negative energy. People were angry with me for no apparent reason. All my gossiping buddies were resurfacing. My daughter was acting more defiant than usual and my husband was acting strange too. Even people at work, who I’m usually very girl friendly with, were acting extremely formal with me and there was just an unusual aura in the building. I have learned that the devil will use anything and anyone to distract you. And often, people don’t even realize the devil is using them. God had given me discernment and I identified the devil again and he fled. I thought, “What a rough week,” but the devil wasn’t done with me yet…
The icing was placed on the cake Sunday when I had to preach. Whenever you have to do something for God the devil is angry, but I usually pray and defeat him. However, when it was time for me to speak Sunday there was the worst spirit lingering in the church. I had never felt that in my life. I started praying silently while everyone was singing. When I started speaking the Word, the Spirit was on me and I started speaking so loud and fast that I forgot I was speaking to congregation as I was trying to make the spirit flee. No, I’m not crazy; the devil is indeed real! Someone brought a spirit into the church and instead of me stopping, praying and laying hands, I assumed it would just leave. After I preached, I sat down and started praying. I started to cry out to the Lord and command all of the lingering negative spirits to move in the name of Jesus! Those bad spirits, coupled with everything else I had encountered throughout the week prompted me to put on the whole armor of God. After all that had transpired, I knew that it was bigger than me.
Through that crazy and deranged week I was reminded that no weapon formed against me shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17 KJV). I am walking into my divine purpose and if I wasn’t on track to my destiny, the devil wouldn’t be on my track. I had to go into prayer for God to really speak to me. He told me how the devil wants me to snap but He has the final say. So I am encouraged despite what he throws at me and how it makes me feel. I’ve chosen not to take his attacks personally; He’s just angry that he lost me! I cannot entertain the devil because greater is He that’s in me, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4 KJV). I have realized that this is bigger than me!
Thank You for covering me in the blood of the Lamb! I thank You for protecting me against the evil spirits and principalities of this sin sick world. I am asking You, dear God, to continue giving me discernment so that I can recognize the devil and make him flee. I pray that You continue giving me peace in the midst of all of my circumstances. I pray that You give others around me the spirit of discernment so that they can also identify the devil and tell him to flee. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to identify the devil and make him flee. I EMPOWER you to stay equipped for battle through prayer and reading your Bible because the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. Realize when issues and adversities are coming quicker than you can catch them, THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOU! Remember that as saved women you have more power than the devil!
Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations and Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.