Demon Possession? Are you serious?

Mark 3:22 “And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He [Jesus] is possessed by Beelzebub ! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons."

 

I am finally laughing right now – you see, I am a threat to the devil because the Lord did an amazing work in me on Sunday, and now he’s "honked off".  I give God all the glory.  I had someone tell me that the stuff I am going through (sickness in my body) is basically because of a demon, and that it just needs to come out.  You’re saying I’m demon possessed?  Are you joking?  Seriously.  I do not believe a Christian can be demon possessed, and I’ll tell you why.  When I said that simple prayer and invited Jesus into my life, He became ruler over my life and came into my heart.  My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  I don’t believe that the two could reside together in my body.  Come on! 

Matthew 12:29 “ “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.”

 

I am listing these things not to brag on me, but to brag on the Lord.  He was the One who chose to use me this week.  I include these to encourage you to be obedient when He asks you to do something.   I Cor. 1:31 “Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."

 

You see, on Monday the Lord allowed me to minister to a homeless woman, and gave her a word from the Lord – I knew it was right on because she began crying right then and there.  On that same Monday, went to a meeting with the senior pastor and elders of our new church, witnessed to them with my testimony and got prayed for for healing, and they (and we) also began praying that the Lord would show Joe and I what our part is at our new church. 

 

On Tuesday, same homeless woman, now says something that lets me know she is a Believer!  Wednesday the Lord allowed me to pray with a clerk in one of the local stores after she told me her dog was ill and in critical condition, and may not make it.  I asked her if I could pray for her.  Praise God, when I talked to her today, the dog is doing better!   On Wednesday I also got an invite to a new group in Snohomish County of Christian legal professionals!! 

 

Thursday, I was in the doctor's office getting checked in for my MRI, and the woman checking me in begins having a heart attack.  They immediately called  911, and then I immediately called my 911.  Jesus Christ!  I asked her if I could come around and pray for her.  She let me, and I felt the Lord totally move.  There were many people in that office today (15-20), and the Lord did a work!  I believe through that witness of Jesus people will come to know the Lord.  By the time the paramedics got there her pain had diminished almost completely.  Also, my step-daughter had been witnessing to a young man about Jesus, and he was at youth group Thursday night!

 

Today (Friday), the local clerk tells me that now she and her husband are now praying!  Dog is still holding on, but not fully better yet.  Praise the Lord!  I told her I would continue to pray for little Susie the dog.   

 

Don’t tell me I’m demon possessed because here’s the thing, the Lord is using me.  If I was demon possessed the Lord would not use me the way He has chosen to this last week after my spiritual breakthrough.   The Pharisees of that day said that Jesus was demon possessed, so I am encouraged that I am more like Jesus now.   The devil meant to use this comment as a tool to discourage and stop me.  I am using it to propel me!

 

No, my body is not cooperating in complete healing just yet, but here’s the thing, I wouldn’t have been at that doctor’s office if my body was completely healed now would I?  Paul had a thorn in his flesh (God says “my grace is sufficient for you”).  Jesus was crucified (God’s will).  John the Baptist was beheaded.  Paul was eventually beheaded, after being shipwrecked, imprisoned, etc.  Peter was crucified (and here’s the thing with THAT, he (Peter) knew that he would be crucified because Jesus told him – also God’s will)!

 

Don’t ever discount anything that you do for the Lord because it is a seed that is planted, and the Lord is the one who waters it.   And don’t let anyone discourage you or stop you from moving forward into all that God has for you or wants you to do. 

 

When I heard that comment I was upset to say the least, and it started to make me want to draw back because my thought was “what if I am demon possessed, I don’t want to get that on someone else.”  Then the Lord started showing me these things.  So, thank you Jesus for using me this week – I give YOU all the glory forever and ever amen! 

 

Oh, so why am I telling you this?  I’ll tell ya, because the same thing may happen to you someday and I want you to be encouraged, and not give up on Jesus because He says He will never leave us nor forsake us.   As to the person who said this, I have forgiven, I still love them, and want to thank them!  Why?  Because I have now grown about a foot more in the Lord this week!  So I pray the Lord blesses the person who is saying this about me because I believe they just know not what they do. 

 

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”   My life is so FULL today!

 

http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-demon-possessed.html –  or another good one http://www.letusreason.org/Pent24.htm  for more information on whether a Christian can be demon possessed.  What do you think?  Can we?  Or can't we?  My vote is no.

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Obedience Brings Blessings

Psalms 119:32 "I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free."

I am so excited.  As many of you know, Joe and I made a change in our lives and one of them was leaving our home church.  We knew the Lord wanted us to leave, but just didn't know where He wanted us to go.  Well, we finally jumped ship, stepped out in faith and went to the church we believe that He wanted us at.

He is now beginning to open doors like I have never seen before in my life alone.  It has been absolutely amazing.  More ministering to the homeless.  Hearing of a man who had received one of my water bottles, and he told our new pastor.  Our new pastor did not know who it was that gave it to him.  The man told the pastor that I told him I would pray for him, and he said "and I knew she would."  That so encouraged me. 

On Sunday I had one of the worst headaches ever, but I knew the Lord wanted us at church on Sunday.  I didn't want to go to the ER, so we prayed, and I got up and moved around continuing to pray in the spirit.  The Lord did a change in my mind and my heart about whatever this illness is that is attacking my body.  I am no longer going to be a victim to it, but I am going to be victorious in Christ Jesus! 

Even though my body still hurts, and at times I just have to rest, and I still don't know what it is, I have a different mind set thanks to the Lord.  Even though I felt like crap that morning, I went out and bought more water bottles, granola bars, and fixings to make my family breakfast and dinner AND we got to church.  At the end when they prayed for everyone, I felt the Lord move during that time and do more healing in my heart.  It was awesome and amazing. 

On Monday, the senior pastor invited Joe and I to come to the pastors/elders prayer meeting so they could pray for us, and they wanted us to share.  We were so honored.  They let me share what was going on in my life, and whatever else I wanted to share.  It was awesome to be able to share my testimony again, and the new additions that the Lord has added.

I also set up a facebook site because I had joined a knitting group at my new church, and she had information on her facebook.  Well, that opened up a whole new opportunity.  All these people that I had gone to school with in high school are all connecting with me.  It is absolutely the coolest thing ever! 

I don't know what is next, but I know that the Lord is with me every step of the way.  His word says He will never leave us nor forsake us, and I am holding tight to that.  I continue to pray for healing, but am embracing this journey in my life and excited about who and what He wants to bring next.  May Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

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Request for Prayer

Hello all you in blogsphere,

If you pray, I am requesting prayer for my husband's boss — he is in his 80s and he fell and possibly broke some ribs.  We are praying that he heals quickly, and that this doesn't turn into pnemonia or anything life threatening.  He is a good man — I don't believe he knows the Lord (yet) — so please also agree with us in prayer for his salvation.  His name is Lowell. 

Thank you!  Michele & Joe

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Movie Reviews

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I have seen a few movies lately, and wanted to share my reviews of them.  Marley and Me with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson was awesome.  I won't tell how it ended, but I can tell you that there were many times throughout the movie I was laughing so hard that I couldn't breath.  This is an absolute must to see — the acting was great — the dog was adorably cute and funny, and you won't be disappointed if you watch it.

 

Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood — another great movie.  There was a bit of language in the movie, but there were no inappropriate sex scenes, and the violence was tolerable.  The language was due to the fact that there were gangs in the movie.  I would recommend it, but not for the younger kids.  I took my teen to it, and was okay throughout it while she was watching it.  There was no language on it that she doesn't hear at school (unfortunately).  It had a good story line, and the ending was a surprise.  Great movie — you won't be disappointed.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Brad Pitt.  Very good movie. I saw this last night with my girlfriends, and we all enjoyed it.  Of course, cried at the end, but the story was very good.  It is about a man who is born old, and as his life goes on he becomes younger and younger.  It is mainly the story about his life, and how he adjusts in an old man's body as a child.  Very great story line, and great love story.  There were a couple of scenes that had intimacy in them, but they were covered and so it wasn't really offensive, and they were brief.  I don't recall any language, so if there was some it wasn't much.  I wouldn't take kids to it, but older teens would be fine to see it.  Very good story — would recommend.

The Mall Cop movie.  I was a little disappointed in it.  The funny parts were mainly the ones that they showed on the previews on television.  I would recommend that you wait until it comes out on DVD to watch this one.  It had its funny moments, but was really just okay.   

 

I think out of all four of these movies — my favorite was Marley and me — definitely one to see again, and definitely you need kleenex with this one.  🙂

 

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Stand

Psalms 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

 

Psalms 16:8 “I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

 

When you've done all that you know to do, and there is nothing else to do, stand.  I've spent countless hours in prayer asking the Lord for forgiveness, confessing my sins, etc, because I have read and heard that sin can cause illness in our lives.  I try to make a point of confessing often anyways, or immediately after I sin, but I like to spend extra time with the Lord and ask Him to reveal to me those things that He wants me to confess — to create in me a clean heart.

 

I've gone through and made inventories of all that I've done or not done, then confessed after that.  I am to the point now that all I can do is stand.  The Lord gave me these two scriptures this morning, and I believe He has healed my body and continue to confess that belief.  I also see a greater purpose for this trial I am in, and that is touching those who may not come to church and getting to witness to them about the Lord's goodness in spite of how I may be feeling at the moment.

 

Honestly, I'd felt like a failure as a Christian when I went to the doctor many months ago, and asked for help.  I'd needed help for well over 2 years, but refused to get the help because I'd felt like if I did that I was a failure as a Christian or that I didn't have enough faith that the Lord would heal me, or that I wasn't praying hard enough, etc.  All of that stuff.  When I was living by myself it was easy to hide how I was feeling because if I felt crappy, I could just go away for a while until it passed, but when I got married, I could no longer hide it.  I needed medication to help balance out my body.  There — I admitted it.  I've been taking this anti-depressant now for over 8 months.  I'm not 100% yet, but am also dealing with all this pain in my body — which is something I've dealt with for over 4 years — but has just gotten worse over the last year. 

 

When I had to get the medication, the Lord reminded me of a time that a woman came to me in CR and told me she was struggling with depression, and how she knew that the Lord had healed her, but she still felt bad.  In looking back on that I don't think I was as compassionate as I should have been.  Sometimes I wonder if I'm going through all of this sickness for an even greater purpose.  I know one good thing that has come from it is that I have grown to have an even greater compassion for those who are sick.

 

Over the last 4 years, I have had such GREAT victory over so many things — alcohol, codependence, sex addiction, love addiction, financial recovery, etc., that I think it is possible that I started to get prideful and would wonder why when people were struggling why they wouldn't have immediate victory — and would think that they need to pray more, or whatever.  Being sick this long with no victory in this area has helped me to see that sometimes it doesn't happen immediately, and it doesn't mean that you're doing something wrong. 

 

In 2006, the Lord told me in a dream that He was taking away His protection of me much like He did with Job.  I found that journal recently, and in my dream I was screaming "NO."  The Lord also told me in 2007 that it would get worse before it got better.  I even got confirmation of this from my husband after the Lord told me.  I didn't like that, but told the Lord that I trusted Him and His plan and purposes for my life. 

 

Sometimes when you've done all that you know and can do, sometimes you just have to stand.

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This is good encouragement

 

My Mama sent me this this morning as an encouragement for some trials I am currently facing and going through.  I'm sure I'm not the only one, and wanted to share it with my blogging friends.  God bless you all today!  With love, Michele

 

One day I decided to quit…
I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality… I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
"God", I asked, "Can you give me one good reason not to
quit?"
His answer surprised me…
"Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the
bamboo?"
"Yes", I replied.
"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of
them.
I gave them light.
I gave them water.
The fern quickly grew from the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor.
Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.
He said.
"In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit.
In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would
not quit." He said.
"Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared
to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant…But just 6
months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.
It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave
it what it needed to survive.
I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle."
He asked me. "Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been
struggling, you have actually been growing roots".
"I would not quit on the bamboo.
I will never quit on you."
"Don't compare yourself to others."
He said.
"The bamboo had a different Purpose than the fern.
Yet they both make the forest beautiful."
"Your time will come", God said to me.
"You will rise high"
"How high should I rise?"
I asked.
"How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return.
"As high as it can?" I questioned.
"Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you
can."
I left the forest and brought back this story.
I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.
Never, Never, Never Give up.
For Prayer is not an option but an opportunity.
Don't tell the Lord how big the problem is,
tell the problem how Great the Lord is!

Heavens door open this morning, God asked me…
"My CHILD, what can I do for you?"
And I said, "Daddy, please protect and bless the one reading this
message."
God smiled and answered, "Request granted."

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