Have you Considered My Servant Job?


Could these be descendants of Job’s livestock?

I like to systematically read through the Bible because otherwise there are lots of parts that I would normally skip in favor of my favorite parts.  The book of Job is one of those parts that I would skip.  Let’s face it, Job is a painful book.  God calls him perfect[1], and yet lets the defeated enemy take everything away: his children, his wealth, and his health, leaving only his shrew of a wife[2] and his fair weather friends[3].  And those friends don’t just accuse Job once, they take turns accusing him again and again throughout the whole rest of the book, like tag-team wrestling a defenseless man.  All the while, Job proclaims his innocence because he is innocent, which just brings on fresh accusations[4].

And in reading Job, you can hardly avoid thinking that if God would allow the defeated enemy to do all this to a perfect man, what about me?  The book of Job goes against my pain-avoiding human nature.  If this is how God treats His friends, I’m not so sure I want to be His friend.

But Job has some really amazing stuff in it.  This morning I had arrived at the first chapter of Job.  I have read through the Bible many times in many different translations, so this is all very familiar to me, but this morning as I began to read in the first chapter, the Holy Spirit revealed some interesting things to me that I had not ever considered before, starting with:

And the day came to be when the sons of Elohim[5] came to present themselves before יהוה, and satan also came among them, (Job 1:6).

And the Holy Spirit said, “Why did satan come and present himself before God?”  And if you think about it, there really is only one reason: God had summoned him.  Yes, he is brazen enough to come before God, since he has aspirations of supplanting God.  But to come and present himself before God together with all the holy angels doesn’t sound like something he would willingly do, unless he had been commanded to come that day.  Imagine how galling it must be every time he sees God sitting on the throne that he wants for himself.

And יהוה said to satan, “From where do you come?” (Job 1:7a).

God knew where the defeated enemy had been and what he had been doing.  He speaks like this with His creatures for our benefit, not His.

And satan answered יהוה and said, “From diligently searching in the earth, and from walking up and down in it,” (Job 1:7b, emphasis mine).

This begs the question: what was he searching for?  The name satan is not really his name.  He lost the rights to the name that God had given him: lucifer[6] when he chose to rebel against God.  The title satan means accuser.  The Bible calls him the accuser of God’s people:

Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, “It has come at last—salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ.  For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth—the one who accuses them before our God day and night,” (Revelation 12:10, emphasis mine).

So the defeated enemy had been “diligently searching in the earth . . . walking up and down,” why?  Because he was looking for someone to accuse.  Let’s read on:

And יהוה said to satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a perfect and straight man, one who fears Elohim and turns aside from evil?” (Job 1:8).

God knew where this conversation (and the next one in chapter 2) would go.  He pointed out Job to the defeated enemy as a perfect man.  God knew that the defeated enemy would leap at the chance to attack Job for two reasons: first because he hates all of humanity, and second because he wanted the chance to turn Mr. Perfect against God, thus attacking God, Himself.

Knowing all this, why did God allow—and even invite—this attack on Job?  Because God had it in mind all along to double Job’s blessing.  The defeated enemy would have screamed “Unfair!” if God had merely doubled Job’s blessing.  So, knowing that Job wouldn’t sin even under these extreme circumstances, God invited the attack—and the defeated enemy played right into His hand.  None of this was a surprise to God.

Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man who executes My counsel, from a far country.  Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass.  I have purposed it; I will also do it, (Isaiah 46:9-11, NKJV, emphasis mine).

And was it terrible for Job to go through this?  Absolutely!  He was so upset that he cursed the day he was born[7].  And the defeated enemy took advantage of Job’s misery to entice his friends to accuse him of some secret sin.

When their accusations failed to incite Job to sin, the defeated enemy sent Elihu.  We didn’t even know that he was there or when he arrived, but I suspect that he had heard most of this discourse.

We know that only three friends came to mourn with Job: Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.  These three were real friends.  Upon seeing Job in all his misery, they wept, tore their robes, and sprinkled dust on their heads.  Then they sat with Job for seven days and nights in silence.

One of the defeated enemy’s favorite tactics is to incite your closest friends and family against you.  So when Job cursed the day of his birth, only then did they break their silence and start accusing him.

But who is this Elihu?  We don’t know very much about him except his lineage[8] and the fact that he was younger than the rest of them[9].  I suspect that for the love of Job, his three friends didn’t blast him with all of their accusations—after all, they gave Job a chance to answer and defend himself.  But Elihu was probably still young enough to believe that he knows more than the grown-ups (remember when you were that smart?).  So he vented all of his defeated-enemy-inspired rage and accusations against Job—six chapters worth!

Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end, (Proverbs 29:11, NIV, emphasis mine).

Then God shows up in a whirlwind, challenging the presumptions against Job.  And Elihu?  Well the Bible doesn’t say, but I suspect that when God showed up he ran for his life.  We never hear another word about Elihu.

In the end Job repents for having arrogant thoughts against God.  Repentance is something that the modern churches seem to undervalue.  Some churches promise new converts that God will prosper them and make their lives great, and all they have to do is believe.  All that is great, and God is a generous Father, but it leaves out the most important part:

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.  Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” (Acts 2:38).

Many modern churches downplay repentance because they see it as a negative message.  Let’s face it, being convicted of your sins is a very unpleasant feeling.  And many of today’s pastors don’t want to risk losing people (and therefore tithes) because the message is an uncomfortable one.

But think of it like a root canal: if you don’t deal with the infection (in this case, sin), it’s only going to get worse.  So the convicting message is that all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God[10].  We are all in need of a Savior because the wages of sin is death[11].  That’s the uncomfortable part.  But the Good News is that God sent Jesus to die in our place[12].  That means that He took our punishment and we can take His righteousness.  You take two steps toward God, and He will give you the two most amazing gifts:

Step one – Repent and turn to God.

Step two – Be baptized.

Gift one – Forgiveness of your sins (and eternal life).

Gift two – The indwelling Holy Spirit.

Anyway, back to Job: he repents for his arrogant thoughts toward God.  Then God speaks to Eliphaz, telling him that he and his two friends have not spoken rightly about Him.  Then God tells him to go to Job with offerings and let Job pray for them.

They did as God commanded and Job prayed for his friends.  Then God did what He had in mind to do all along: He doubled Job’s wealth and blessings:

Chapter One Chapter Forty-Two
7,000 Sheep

3,000 Camels

500 Oxen

500 Female Donkeys

7 Sons

3 Daughters

14,000 Sheep

6,000 Camels

1,000 Oxen

1,000 Female Donkeys

7 Sons

3 Daughters[13]


So if you’re going through a trial, it could be because God wants to give you a double blessing.  Remember to do like Job and bear it patiently.  And never forget: no matter what you’re going through, God is good!

[1] Job 1:1, ISR (also KJV).  The version I’m currently reading in my morning devotions is the ISR—Institute for Scripture Research.  So all the quotes from Job will be from the ISR with minor changes (i.e. I will use the common English names, like Job instead of the ISR’s IYOḆ.  I will also continue my policy of not capitalizing any appellation of the defeated enemy, even when quoting Biblical text).

[2] Who wants him dead now that he’s poor and covered in disgusting boils (what the ISR calls loathsome sores [see Job 2:9])—probably so that she can be free marry someone else.

[3] Who accuse him, saying that because of some hidden sin, Job has brought all this upon himself.  With friends like these, who needs enemies?

[4] If anything it’s worse now because on Facebook people can accuse you publicly—even people you hardly know—even friends of people you hardly know.  Gossip and slander have reached a whole new disgusting level.

[5] Whenever you see the phrase sons of Elohim (God) in the Bible, it means angels.

[6] Meaning light-bearer.  There was no darkness in the universe before his rebellion.  Darkness is not even a thing (according to Einstein), but merely the absence of light.  So his rebellion took light from large parts of the universe.  Notice that the defeated enemy is not capable of creating anything, so he takes away from God’s creation any time he can.

[7] See Job chapter 3—he spends the whole chapter cursing the he was born.  Anyone who has struggled with depression can understand how he felt.

[8] i.e. that he was the son of Barakel the Buzite, of the clan of Ram (Job 32:2).

[9] See Job 32:6.

[10] Romans 3:23.

[11] Romans 6:23.

[12] John 3:16.

[13] You may be wondering why the kids weren’t doubled like the animals were.  That’s because God was counting all of his children.  Although the first set were and are as dead as dead can be to Job on earth, to God in Heaven, they’re alive and live forever.  He’s the God of the Living (Matthew 22:32, Mark 12:27, & Luke 20:38).

Witchcraft in the Home

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Many people—including Christians—have witchcraft objects in their house, and they don’t even know it.  Obviously Christians shouldn’t have any witchcraft item in their home: runes, sigil pendants, tarot cards, ouija boards, smudge sticks, magic wands (even toy wands!), illegal drugs, pornography, ritual weaponry (especially Samurai swords), images (particularly idols like a buddha statue), any item of freemasonry (often masons have a ring or a masonic symbol on their car), or books on astrology, horoscopes, “holy” books of other religions (the book of mormon, dianetics, science and health with key to the scriptures, the quran, hindu books, and any watchtower materials[1], etc.), manga, wicca or witchcraft books, spell books, fortunetelling books, masonic books, or books about any other occultic practice.

I have consistently made an effort to keep witchcraft objects out of my house, but the defeated enemy finds ways to get them in despite my efforts.  In my hospitality ministry I have hosted a few families of, um let’s say questionable commitment to Christ.  One family, the Smiths, came to stay with me[2].  They were a mom, four teenage boys and a twentysomething daughter.  Before coming they asked me if I wanted them to bring something from the US.  I told them that evangelistic materials in English would be good, thinking of course that they would visit their local Christian bookstore.  When they came, Mrs. Smith presented me with a thousand glossy, tri-folded pamphlets that she had written about why we should be worshiping on Saturday instead of Sunday.  She had probably spent a few hundred dollars making these.

I looked at the pamphlet in my hand and the pile before me in horror as the boys started loudly wrestling and body-slamming each other in the bedroom.  What could I say?  These were useless[3]!

Then Mrs. Smith asked if they could extend their stay to five nights.  Sorry, no!  I wasn’t sure how I was going to suffer through three with this noisy bunch.  Over the course of their stay, Mrs. Smith told me that her next-to-the-youngest son, Frank, had made a decision for Christ, adding that she hopes the others do, too.  I was shocked: only one out of her five children was a Christian—and being mostly older teens and early twenties, it was less and less likely that they ever would.

Mrs. Smith told me proudly that she had homeschooled her all children all throughout school, and all were still living with her.  I thought about her children a moment:

  • Duke was a moody, reclusive nineteen-year-old who rarely looked up from his phone, tablet, or computer—whichever he was engaging with at the moment. She told me Duke is an aspiring filmmaker, thus the need to stay connected.
  • Luke, the eighteen-year-old had a very obvious mean streak. It had probably been him doing the body-slamming.
  • Frank was the seventeen-year-old, newly born-again Christian son. Frank was the only quiet one in the crew, and the only one I ever saw smile.  He was Luke’s favorite target for beating or teasing—both of which he did constantly.  I felt sorry for him, but glad that at least he has Jesus to get him through all this.
  • Jessie, the youngest, at twelve, rarely left his mom’s side, constantly chirping for all of her attention like an ugly-cute baby bird. No doubt he stayed close to mom so that Luke wouldn’t start beating up on him.
  • Sarah, the daughter, rarely left the relative quiet of her room, shared with her mom, and who could blame her? Any sanctuary from those rough boys would do!

They had found a church close to my house that met on Saturday morning, and invited me to go with them.  I did, since it didn’t conflict with my own church’s Sunday service.  They met in the basement of a hotel.  The service was in Italian with English translation, and the sermon was on Mrs. Smith’s favorite subject: Saturday Sabbath.  The pastor asserted that attending church on Sunday would prevent you from going to Heaven[4].  No wonder there were only about twenty people there—including the seven of us.

I suddenly began to have household accidents about a week after the Smith family left.  First I fell and broke my left wrist (you can read about that in Summer in a Cast).  And about two months later I slipped on the wet bathroom floor[5] and fell so hard on my left hip that I thought I had broken the socket as I had done almost 30 years ago.  I fell hard because I didn’t put that freshly-mended left hand down to catch myself.  After hearing about this second home injury, a prophetic friend told me that he had prayed and seen a spirit of destruction that had been assigned to me and was in my house.

Hearing this, I prayerfully went through the house, looking for any strange objects.  What the Holy Spirit highlighted to me was a little device with a USB connector in the bedroom that the Smith boys had been in.  I didn’t recognize this device, and wasn’t even sure what it was supposed to do.  Immediately I thought of Duke, Mrs. Smith’s older son, who was always on his computer.  He must have accidentally left it[6].

You must burn their idols in fire, and you must not covet the silver or gold that covers them.  You must not take it or it will become a trap to you, for it is detestable to the Lord your God.  Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them.  You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction, (Deuteronomy 7:25-26, emphasis mine).

The Bible instructs us to burn idols[7], but of course, I couldn’t do that with a thing made of plastic and metal.  So instead I did the next best thing: I immediately got it out of the house and threw it away in a public trash bin on another street.

When I returned to the house I got some olive oil and went through the whole house, anointing and praying at each door and window[8].  I haven’t had another accident since.

All that is to say that there are objects that evil spirits have become attached to.  Any object used in worship of another god will have evil spirits attached to it.  Why?  Because the demons crave worship almost as much as they crave a body to inhabit.  This could include such things as a buddha statue, for example.  Even though the buddhists claim that they don’t worship buddha, the statue is found in virtually every buddhist household and temple.

A long time ago an acquaintance gave me a little statue of a man with the head of an elephant[9].  I thanked him for it, but felt no peace and got no sleep while it was in my house.  I quickly realized that the statuette was the source of the problem.  I couldn’t burn it, being carved from stone, so I took it out onto the driveway and smashed it to powder with a hammer.  Then I put the powder into a garbage bag and took it to the town dump.  This solved the problem immediately.

Other objects that can attract evil spirits are things like dreamcatchers, the blue glass mati eye symbol, or a gargoyle, for example.  Anything that is supposed to chase away evil spirits can actually attract them.  Some people have these things hanging from the rearview mirror of their car—a really bad idea in my opinion.

And I’m about to tell you something that is going to be very hard for some of you to accept: your electronic devices can also attract demons.  Of course it all depends on how you use them and your attitude toward them.  If you cannot go a whole day without television, computer, phone, or tablet, consider that you might be addicted.  Addictions are almost always a sign of demonic activity.  And what kind of things are you watching or doing with these devices?  Pornography attracts demons, and watching programs about the occult also attracts demons.

Have you ever noticed how your spouse or children seem to zone-out in front of the television for hours?  The television producers and manufacturers deliberately chose to use an electromagnetic broadcast frequency that lulls the viewer into an alpha state.  The alpha state is that sort of dreamlike state when you’re still awake, but almost asleep—somewhere in between.  The reason they do that is to make you more passive and receptive to advertising and worse: social engineering programming.  Yes, there is an agenda to shape a one-world government, and in the process the luciferian elites want the vast majority of the rest of us dead—especially Christians.  And they have been using television to shape society the way that they want things.

If you don’t believe me, think about television in the 60’s and 70’s.  There was sexual innuendo, but it was subtle and went way over the heads of children.  Little by little over the years they added gender-bending comedies like Three’s Company and Bosom Buddies.  Neither of those shows had any gay character for more than a walk-on.  Little by little they started showing more overt sexuality, implicit dialogue and situations, until some show outright perversion.  And it used to be that adult programming was shown only after ten in the evening.  Then they started showing those reruns earlier.  Now primetime shows have people of all ages and genders having casual sexual relations.  Where will it end?

With the reality shows we’re seeing the really mean side of Americans.  In shows like Big Brother and Survivor the producers actually pit people against each other.  Is there not enough hostility in our lives without watching this?  And the Bachelor encourages women to prostitute themselves in hopes of marrying a rich man[10].  Dismissed is MTV’s version of the Bachelor for a younger crowd, and it looks even more heartless (as its name implies).  While I was in the US a couple of years ago I had started watching The Taste, but even this cooking show was harsh and mean-spirited, with one or more contestants leaving at the end of each episode in tears.  These reality shows remind me of what Jesus said:

Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold, (Matthew 24:12).

Perhaps I’m more sensitized to it because I don’t have a television and hardly watch any movies at all.  But it seems like the sex is far more explicit (even pornographic) and the hostility is far more angry and violent.  Anyway the whole point is that what you’re allowing into your living room through the television can also invite demons, and the passive alpha state induced by watching television makes you fair game.  You or your children.  I’m not saying that you have to get rid of the television, but be wiser about it, understand the dangers, and limit television time for children.

Also be aware that today’s smart TVs are capable of watching you—even when they are turned off.  Talk about Big Brother watching you!  How many of you have a smart TV in your bedroom?  Do you want someone watching what you do in your bedroom?

If there is anything in your house that invites the defeated enemy or his minions in, you need to get it out.  As the head of your house it’s your responsibility.  If your child brought something inside the house that is inviting demons, ask the Lord how to deal with it.  Often the best thing is to simply remove the item from the house, like I did with the electronic gizmo.  Other times the thing must be destroyed, like with the statuette.

But Israel violated the instructions about the things set apart for the Lord.  A man named Achan had stolen some of these dedicated things, so the Lord was very angry with the Israelites.  Achan was the son of Carmi, a descendant of Zimri son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah. . . . “Israel has sinned and broken My covenant!  They have stolen some of the things that I commanded must be set apart for Me.  And they have not only stolen them but have lied about it and hidden the things among their own belongings.  That is why the Israelites are running from their enemies in defeat.  For now Israel itself has been set apart for destruction.  I will not remain with you any longer unless you destroy the things among you that were set apart for destruction,” (Joshua 7:1 & 11-12, emphasis mine).

God’s Word has real power, but do not think that you can use the Bible as a talisman to generically bless your house.  This is superstitious practice which has its roots in paganism.  In God’s Kingdom, things absolutely don’t work that way.

The reason why cursed objects bring evil spirits into your house is because the defeated enemy and all his minions will push their way in anywhere where they find even the smallest crack in your defensive hedge.  Any ongoing, unconfessed sin will create a crack in your defensive hedge[11].  Also any occultic practice will create a crack—even occultic practices of your ancestors that haven’t been confessed[12].

God is different.  God will enter (a house, a situation, or a person) only when invited.  So if you put Bibles in every room of your house, but never open them, they’re just another book that you’ll have to dust from time to time.  It’s like having the world’s fastest car in your garage.  Without the key to turn it on, you’ll go nowhere—it’s nothing but a very large and expensive paperweight.

The way to access the power of God’s Word is by reading it and hearing it—getting it inside of you.  The power of God’s Word is inspiration—literally breath—the breath of God.  When you read the Bible you are exchanging breath with God.  He gives you His divine breath (Holy Spirit) in exchange for some of your breath as you read the Holy Scriptures.  Again and again God invites us to come to Him and learn His secrets.  He wants us to know His secrets.  Check it out:

The secret [of the wise counsel] of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He will let them know His covenant and reveal to them [through His word] its [deep, inner] meaning, (Psalm 25:14, AMP, emphasis mine).

I will speak using stories; I will tell secret things from long ago, (Psalm 78:2, NCV, emphasis mine).

For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord, but His secret counsel is with the upright, (Proverbs 3:32, NKJV, emphasis mine).

I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches.  I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name, (Isaiah 45:3, emphasis mine).

Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come, (Jeremiah 33:3, emphasis mine).

That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision.  Then Daniel praised the God of heaven.  Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the Name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.  And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.  He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him, (Daniel 2:19-22, emphasis mine).

But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase. . . . Go now, Daniel, for what I have said is kept secret and sealed until the time of the end, (Daniel 12:4, 9, emphasis mine).

Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets, (Amos 3:7, NKJV, emphasis mine).

You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not, (Matthew 13:11, emphasis mine[13]).

But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit.  For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets, (1 Corinthians 2:10, emphasis mine).

He has made known to us His secret plan, which by His own will He designed beforehand in connection with the Messiah, (Ephesians 1:9, CJB, emphasis mine).

All this witchcraft magic crap is often called secret arts in the Bible.  God’s secret counsel brings blessings with it, but the secret arts will take its practitioners to hell.  I want to be privy to God’s secrets, don’t you?  And as your relationship with God grows more and more intimate, you’ll find yourself in the secret place—living there:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty, (Psalm 91:1, NKJV, emphasis mine).

O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely, (Song of Solomon, NKJV, emphasis mine).

As you cleanse your house of these witchcraft objects, you’ll find that it is much easier to pray.  You’ll find that you have more desire to spend time in God’s Word.

Many who became believers confessed their sinful practices.  A number of them who had been practicing sorcery brought their incantation books and burned them at a public bonfire.  The value of the books was several million dollars.  So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect, (Acts 19:18-20, emphasis mine).

And you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve been hindered in both life and ministry.  So get busy and clean out the witchcraft items from your house.  God is good!

[1] Including their doctored version of the Bible.

[2] They found me through A Candle in the Window Christian Hospitality Network.  Candle is a great organization, and I have met and hosted many lovely families through it.  But as with churches, it is likely an organization that the defeated enemy has used to put his human minions into Christian homes.  See also Holy Terrors.

[3] Let’s get people saved before we grind our favorite doctrinal axes.

[4] The church didn’t call itself seventh day adventist, but I suspect that’s what it is.  The adventists are not actually Christian because of what they believe about the divinity of Jesus and how they exalt the adventist writings of Ellen G. White.  They’re an unbiblical sect.

[5] Left that way by a guest—another hazard of hosting.

[6] Though it was no accident for the defeated enemy.

[7] Because of his computer obsession, this was an idol for Duke.

[8] The idea of anointing each door and window is to seal up the house so that no evil spirit can enter.  However evil spirits can still enter a house thusly sealed if they are attached to a person who is invited into your house.  Nevertheless, even if they can get in this way, they cannot stay unless the demonized person stays.

[9] A hindu god that I will not name.

[10] I admit, I’ve never even watched any of these reality shows, but the commercials are explicit enough to understand what they’re doing.

[11] In fact, habitual sin will harden your heart over time so that it ceases to feel sinful to you.

[12] I had to confess and repent for the masonic involvement of my ancestors, and for my ancestors’ involvement with Christian science, that is, the so-called church founded by Mary Baker Eddy, see Called to Rebuke.  I had confessed and repented for their involvement years ago, and that is why God used me to rebuke this heresy.

[13] See also Mark 4:11 & Luke 8:10.

Moving Out – Do the Right Thing!

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Jesus has a beautiful smile.  I want to make Him smile all the time.

I haven’t had much time to write because I’m moving out of my apartment (see An Invitation to Adventure).  But the main thing that I asked God for during this time of packing up house and giving away most of the things therein was for His perfect timing in all of this.  I need to find new homes for things that will bless the other missionaries here in Europe—and do so in an orderly and timely way.  I also need to get everything out in time to do the painting and small repair jobs needed here.

And God has proven His faithfulness yet again by doing exactly that.  Things are falling into place without a whole lot of planning and stressing on my part.  In fact, this has been the least stressful, most enjoyable move I’ve ever made.  I’m sleeping well at night and getting a lot done during the day—and all in God’s perfect timing, just as I had prayed: coming together with such divine precision that I can only exclaim Thank You Jesus!

Yesterday Nina’s son, Michael, called and offered to paint the apartment for me.  I had some people (Christians!) advise me that it’s not really necessary for me to paint because after five years here, the landlord expects to have to paint.

Christians have also advised me that it wasn’t necessary to pay the last quarter’s rent, either, because that’s what the security deposit is for.  But I know that it’s not true in Italy any more than it is in the US.  If the landlady withholds my security deposit, that’s between her and God, but I know that if I do the right thing, one way or another God Himself will compensate me.  To do anything else would reveal a lack of faith in God’s ability to take proper care of me.

Moving is a very expensive business, and so is the travel that will follow.  But I’ve trusted God all along to pay the rent for an apartment that I never could afford in the first place.  I’ve said all along that I never asked my human dad how he was going to pay the rent and all the other bills.  So why would I ask my Heavenly Father?  The how is His problem.  I have trusted Him all along, and I’m trusting Him for these other things that are also too much for me.  Ultimately, my only real security comes from God, and He has never let me down.

This morning I got a beautiful prophecy:

The Father says today, I am the same yesterday, today and forever.  I am no respecter of persons, but I am a respecter of faith.  When you do with your faith what others have done with their faith you will see the same results.  My mind is made up about your healing.  My mind is made up about your increase.  My mind is made up about your breakthrough.  Because I am a covenantal God, I do not decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not I will stand by My promises.  Every one of My promises is yes and amen.  That is not always what you have been taught.  Be a Father-pleaser and accept the testimony of My word and not the fallacious, sense knowledge thinking of religious mentalities who constantly try to reconcile My word to their limited experience.  Reject all such erroneous opinions.  Whatever you choose to rationalize will become the stronghold that defines your life.  I am a good God.  I am faithful to My Word.  Press in to My faithfulness.  Lay hold onto My faithfulness, for you will surely not be disappointed.

This is water-walking time for you.  Others may stand aside and wait for a fair wind, but it is the sluggard who says, “There is a lion in the streets and I cannot go out. . . .”  Those whose lives are defined by timidity and caution are nothing more than careful failures.  That is not your portion and that is not what I have called you to.  Those who know Me will be strong and do exploits.  That is who you are.  You are strong.  Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.  If you are going to do exploits you must be willing to be exploitative.  Others may cower and nurse their victim mentality, but I am calling you to shake yourself loose from the do-nothing opinions of the do-nothing people who have decided there is nothing to do.  Is there not a cause?  Am I not with you?  This is your hour and your time and in nothing shall you be ashamed, says God.

God is faithful and true!  He has never let me down, and He will never let you down!  God is good!

The Power of Words in Witchcraft


Well shut my mouth!

I want to emphasize again that we are not to be obsessed with witchcraft.  We should become more and more familiar with the Bible, instead.  But knowing how witchcraft can work can be an important indicator for prayer.  For example, we’ve seen that witchcraft can be built into buildings and monuments, particularly those in Washington, D.C.  Knowing that should direct our prayers for our country and especially for our president.

It’s also important to understand that virtually every element of witchcraft is a satanic counterfeit of a godly practice[1].  For example, we’ve seen that incantation is a satanic counterfeit to prayer and singing worship songs.

In this post and future posts I am going to show you some common habits and objects of witchcraft that many Christians surround themselves with unawares.  I want to help you understand and conquer the witchcraft in your everyday life.  As long as you continue to allow witchcraft to operate in your life, your walk with God will suffer.  God is not going to bless any witchcraft, and the consequences could be severe:

  • Children rebel and even walk away from God;
  • Marital strife and even divorce;
  • Bills and debt pile up;
  • It’s impossible to get ahead (much less prosper) despite all efforts;
  • Chronic health problems;
  • A life full of drama in all relationships;
  • Little vices (drinking, gossiping, eating, shopping, gambling, video gaming, etc.) become uncontrollable;
  • Chronic depression and thoughts of suicide;
  • Family members suffer chronic depression and thoughts of suicide—and perhaps even attempt suicide; and so forth.

I’m not saying that all of these thing will happen to you, but do you want to risk even a few of them happening?  One key thing is to watch what you say.

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences, (Proverbs 18:21).

Hindrances that you might be practicing with your words

A curse is defined as: “a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power [demon] to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something.  Many Christians unknowingly pronounce curses over themselves and their loved ones because these curses have become popular ways to speak.  For example: “Their chocolate cake [or anything desirable] is to die for.”  We’ve all said this, and of course you don’t mean it literally, but that’s the problem with curses: in the spirit realm our words are what count, regardless of our intention.  Of course you’re not saying that you would willingly die for a piece of cake!  Think for a moment about all the sickness and death words you speak over yourself and your loved ones in a day:

“Mom’s gonna kill me when she sees . . .”

“You look like death warmed over”

“It just kills me when they say . . .”

“I could have killed him when he . . .”

“I’m sick and tired of . . .”

“I’m sick to death of . . .”

“If looks could kill . . .”

You might also be pronouncing other kinds of self-defeating curses over yourself:

“My boss hates me.”

“Every time I go to the mailbox there’s another bill.”

“I never have time to myself.”

“I can win for losing.”

“I never know what to say.”

“I’m always running late.”

“I’ll never understand . . .”

“My kid [spouse, boss, whoever] never listens to me.”

And many people when talking about their health “own” the disease, calling it “my cancer” or “my arthritis.”

How about this cute little song, inspired by Disney[2]: “I owe, I owe, so off to work I go!”  The defeated enemy wants to keep you as a slave to a job you hate.  He invented the rat race in order to keep you spinning that little hamster wheel and going nowhere.  But Kingdom economy is different.  God wants to put you to work for His Kingdom doing something that you love to do.  You know what it is that you love doing.  For me, it’s writing.  You might not get a traditional paycheck, but God will not ever fail to pay you for your service.

Listen closely to what you say.  Consider your self-talk.  How do you talk to yourself?  Many years ago I was shocked to notice how many times in a day I called myself stupid.  Is it any wonder that I found myself doing stupid things several times a day?  It took some real effort, but I stopped saying that to myself.  I repeat: in the spirit realm our words are what count, regardless of our intention.

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips, (Psalm 141:3, NIV).

Another thing that you need to be aware of is speaking the name of any evil being.  Think about it.  When you want to get someone’s attention, you say their name.  Speaking their name gets their attention and often actually calls them.  And even though satan is more of a title, I rarely ever say it.  I also avoid ever pronouncing the name lucifer, the name which he was given in Heaven.  He lost his rights to that name (which means light-bearer) because of rebellion, though he still answers to it.  This is why I have gotten into the habit of calling him the defeated enemy.  I don’t want to call him or catch his attention, but if he’s listening, I want to remind him that he is already defeated.  I also want to remind myself of my position of victory over the defeated enemy.

But there are other names that you might not be aware of (I caution you not to read their names aloud):

Magic Words – abracadabra – There is an Aramaic phrase avra kehdabra, meaning “I will create as I speak[3].”  Though commonly used in magic and conjuring, this is actually the name of a fallen angel[4], identified as an Assyrian god[5].

alakazam – This is a magic and conjuring word that often follows abracadabra.  I wasn’t able to learn much about this spirit, besides its name.  But there is a pokemon character by this name and it evolves from another character called kadabra, which evolved from abra.  You might think that pokemon is harmless, but consider the following:

  • pokemon means pocket monster;
  • they grow and evolve and have all sorts of magical powers;
  • the children who play pokemon develop a relationship with them[6];
  • the idea of the “game” is to become the top pokemon master in the world[7];
  • the children learn to channel the power of the pokemon through the cards and other paraphernalia of the game;
  • the children learn how to cast spells and use psychic powers[8];
  • and all this takes place as a fantasy role-playing game—but it’s very real and really demonic.
  • The creator of pokemon said that he made it up as a way to rebel against his parents’ Christianity. He admits that pokemon is a satanic creation[9].

It’s best not to speak the name of any of the pokemon characters.  And no matter how innocent or silly the “magic words” seem, like the silly and innocent sounding bibbidy-bobbidy-boo, it’s also best not to say them.  Chances are that there is a demon attached to them.

Foreign or Music Words – abraxas – People from my generation will probably remember this as the title of Carlos Santana’s most popular album[10].  Written abrazas, the word means embrace in Spanish, and this is how I understood it in 1970 when I bought the album.  This is the name of a fallen angel, known as the leader of the archon—rulers among the fallen angels—so a leader among the rulers of the fallen angels.

macarena – Do you know the lyrics to the macarena?  To most of us it just sounds like a lot of gibberish punctuated with hey macarena[11].  It’s about a woman named macarena who has sex with her boyfriend’s two friends while he’s being drafted into the army.  And people play this song at weddings!  That’s not a good way to start a covenant relationship.

While we’re on the subject of music, the song Hotel California is definitely dark.  It was written by members of the Eagles[12] about selling their souls to get fame, fortune, and the American Dream, and the disillusionment when they got it.  Think of the final lyric “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”  Check out means commit suicide.

There are many other popular songs with hidden meanings.  Here are some:

  • Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind is about a couple on a crystal meth binge;
  • Every Breath You Take by The Police is about stalking an ex-girlfriend;
  • Slide by Goo Goo Dolls is about a teenage girl who gets an abortion;
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler is a vampire love song, according to songwriter Jim Steinman;
  • Waterfalls by TLC is about promiscuity, AIDS, and illegal drugs;
  • I Don’t Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats is about Brenda Ann Spencer who went on a shooting spree at an elementary school in San Diego in 1979;
  • Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People is about the thinking of an isolated, psychotic kid that leads him to shoot up a school;
  • Poker Face by Lady Gaga is about her bisexuality (wanting to have sex with a woman while having sex with a man);
  • Imagine by John Lennon is “virtually the Communist manifesto,” according to Lennon, himself;
  • The One I Love by R.E.M. is not a love song at all, but R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck called it “savagely anti-love.” While singer Michael Stipe said that he almost didn’t record the song because it was “too brutal” and “really violent and awful;”
  • Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams is about promiscuous sex. The title ’69 is not the year (Adams would have been only ten years old), but about the sexual position.

Within the music industry there is a well-known practice of taking the master[13] recording to a satanic temple.  Former illuminati witch, John Todd, said that every rock musician in America had to become a witch in order to get a recording contract, and that every master recording was taken to a Satanic temple to be possessed by a demon.  Each major record label had its own temple.  Todd recounted a conversation he had with David Crosby after his conversion:

Todd: Do they still bring the master [recording] to the Temple and conjure demons into the master?  Is the purpose of rock music still to use witchcraft, cast spells?

Crosby: Of course.  You know that.

Consider that every time those songs are played (in your car, at your job, in your home), it is calling that demon.  And think about the way these songs program children who hear them again and again.  I wouldn’t recommend listening to any suspect music or singing or dancing to it.  I would rather be in step with God than the defeated enemy.

Biblical Names – Although I said that I try never to say any of these names, the exception is while reading the Bible aloud.  Even then I only speak the name if I absolutely can’t avoid it.  That’s because the Bible is so specific about not speaking their names:

Pay close attention to all My instructions.  You must not call on the name of any other gods.  Do not even speak their names, (Exodus 23:13, emphasis mine)[14].

With that in mind, here are some Biblical and Biblically-related names to avoid speaking:

ba’al and asherah – Many Semitic gods were called ba’al, but particularly among the Canaanites he was worshiped as the god of rain and fertility together with his female counterpart, asherah.  Rites included orgies “under every green tree[15].”  The name ba’al means owner, lord, master, and husband.  Jezebel was a high priestess of ba’al.  Two years ago a replica of the arch of ba’al was put up in New York City.

molech – is the Biblical name of a Canaanite god associated with child sacrifice.  The idol looked like a half-man, half-bull and had a furnace in its belly.  Babies were put into its arms and dropped from there into the furnace and burned alive.  The modern version of molech worship is abortion.  The name is also sometimes spelled moloch, milcom, or malcam.  However you spell it, avoid saying this demon’s name.

dagon – The Philistines worshiped dagon, a fish god, depicted as a merman.  If you’ve ever been to Rome there are statues of mermen all over town[16].  When the Ark of the Covenant was placed in his temple, the statue fell on its face before the Ark[17].

leviathan – Written about in detail in Job 41, this demon has been variously described as a crocodile, a sea serpent, a seven-headed snake, a hippopotamus, and even a brontosaurus.  A survey of the Biblical citations shows that this thing is a demon—a very powerful demon that may be a shapeshifter—that only God, Himself, can deal with[18].  If this demon is too powerful for us, then we sure don’t want to risk accidentally inviting it into our lives.

beelzebub – Mentioned only in the Gospels, this is called the prince or ruler of demons.  It is also called the lord of the flies.  This demon was worshiped by the Philistines.  Many sources equate beezelbub with lucifer.  There is a manga character by this same name.

azazel – This is a fallen angel mentioned in Leviticus and in the Book of Enoch.  He taught humans metal arts to make jewelry and weaponry (swords, knives, shields, and breastplates).  He taught women to use makeup[19], including the use of antimony[20].  During the Feast of Atonement two goats are brought to the temple.  They are chosen by lot: one for the Lord and one for azazel.  The one for the Lord is sacrificed on the altar, while the one for azazel is driven out of town and off a high cliff to its death.

semjaza – This is also a fallen angel mentioned in the Book of Enoch.  He was the leader of the 200 fallen angels that raped human women and fathered the nephilim in Genesis 6:1-2.  He taught the casting of spells, and root-cuttings—so the practice of witchcraft can be traced to this fallen angel.  Enoch states that people brought the giant nephilim all the food they could find, but it wasn’t enough, so the giants started eating the people.  He goes on to say:

And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood.  Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones, (Enoch 7:5-6).

Sinning against the birds and animals probably means that they ate them.  Up to that point mankind only had permission to eat plants[21].  He is called the angel of pride and the angel of Islam[22].  For leading the 200 fallen angels to sin by raping human women and fathering the nephilim, he has been sent to Tartarus, a prison under the earth:

For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment, (2 Peter 2:4).

And now there’s some New Age idiot that is channeling him.

This is by no means a complete list, but I hope you understand that we need to be very careful about what we say.  God is good!

[1] If you haven’t read Witchcraft Unveiled, I recommend that you do.  It will help you to understand how deeply occultic many everyday elements in our culture have become—and more importantly, how to stand against it.

[2] A known member of the illuminati and a freemason of the 33rd degree.

[3] I’ll bet you didn’t even know that this is a name.  Consider the power of words.

[4] Fallen angels and demons are different.  Fallen angels have bodies, and the nephilim of Genesis 6:1-2 were fathered by them.  The nephilim were soulless creatures resulting from the union of humans and fallen angels.  As soulless they have no conscience, and therefore no scruples or morals.  When they died (most of them in the flood), they lost their bodies in death, but their spirits remain.  These disembodied spirits are desperate to get back into a body and enjoy all the physical pleasures they enjoyed in life.  This is why demon possession came about.

[5] Now think of all the Biblical history of the Assyrians: not good!  They were the most heartless and fiercest of Israel’s enemies.  Does this sound like someone you want to call?

[6] You might say it’s like an invisible friend, but an invisible monster friend with magical powers?  These are demons.

[7] In New Age terminology a master is someone who controls spirits.

[8] The satanic counterfeit to signs, wonders, miracles, and prophecy.

[9] See Augmented Reality?.

[10] Which included the song Black Magic Woman.

[11] If you want to hear the lyrics in English you can watch this video, but be warned that it’s not a Christian video, so there is some bad language.

[12] Don Henley, Don Felder, and Glenn Frey.

[13] The original recording from which all copies are recorded.  Note that word master again!

[14] See also Deuteronomy 12:3, Joshua 23:7, Psalm 16:4, & Hosea 2:17.

[15] See Deuteronomy 12:2; 1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 16:4 & 17:10; 2 Chronicles 28:4; Isaiah 57:5; Jeremiah 2:20, 3:6 & 13; Ezekiel 6:13 & 20:28.

[16] I never knew the connection to dagon until researching this post.

[17] See 1 Samuel 5.

[18] See Job 41, Psalm 74:14 & 104:26, and Isaiah 27:1.

[19] Makeup has uses in witchcraft (see Witchcraft Unveiled).

[20] Antimony is a semi-solid metal, number 51 on the table of elements.  Antimony is silvery-white and ancient Egyptians used it as eye makeup.

[21] Permission to eat meat came at the end of the flood when Noah exited the Ark, Genesis 9:1-4.  And the flood, you will remember, was to wipe out the nephilim race and all that carried the fallen angel blood.

[22] This shouldn’t be surprising, since Islam is a witchcraft religion.

Witchcraft Unveiled

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Although they’re dancing with demons, witches are nothing for a child of God to fear.

The new direction in my ministry has been to act as God’s Secret Weapon, and specifically breaking down witchcraft strongholds.  The Lord has given me specialized discernment for spotting witches and witchcraft.

This is most definitely not something that I have ever asked for.  In fact, many years ago I was running away from God, and saw so many demons that I begged Him to take the discernment away—I didn’t want to see them anymore.  In my immaturity and rebellion, I neither yielded to God nor used this gifting for the Kingdom.

On this trip to Texas many people have asked about this new direction, which got me thinking about what it all means.  So I asked the Lord: “Why are You using me to come against witchcraft?”  He answered with the following:

Rebellion is like the sin of sorcery, (1 Samuel 15:23a, CJB).

And explained that I was such a rebel when I was young that it was important to use me to break witchcraft strongholds.  Of course, if I said no, He would easily find someone else to do this work.  God doesn’t need me.  It is I who need God.  The importance of using me to break witchcraft strongholds is not only for the benefit of His Kingdom on earth, but primarily important for me as a former rebel.  Submitting myself, my life, my time, and my finances to serving God in this work breaks all the rebellious patterns of my past.  It is an opportunity to enjoy ever-greater blessing in my life.

It occurs to me that most people know very little about witchcraft.  I am not advocating studying witchcraft or any of the defeated enemy’s methods.  We should instead become more and more familiar with the Bible and everything that God says because God’s Word is the most effective antidote to witchcraft or any other method of the defeated enemy.  Nevertheless, it is useful to understand a few things that the defeated enemy’s minions are up to.

Let’s define a few terms—and notice how many of these are direct satanic counterfeits to something Biblical or holy:

Witchcraft / Sorcery – The practice of magic, and invocation of spirits[1]—let’s call them what they are: demons.  I have checked several witchcraft websites, and they universally state that the difference between witchcraft and sorcery is intent: witchcraft is intended for good, while sorcery is intended for evil.  In reality, intent doesn’t matter.  The Bible is very clear on the fact that it is all evil[2].  And it all opens your life to demonic interference, oppression, and possibly possession.

In the spirit realm there are God’s holy angels, evil fallen angels, and demons, which are the disembodied spirits of the nephilim.  Nothing else inhabits the spirit realm.  Since they lost their bodies at death (the majority of them in the Genesis flood), they have one overwhelming desire and goal: to find another body to inhabit.  When you invoke a demon you are giving it permission to interfere in your life—any and every part of your life: your health, your finances, your loved ones, everything becomes subject to demonic interference.  And the demon will seek to inhabit your body (possess it).  If that fails, they will seek out the weakest member of your family to inhabit.  The price of witchcraft or any other occultic practice is terribly high and possibly eternal.

In a nutshell, the motivation behind witchcraft is always power, and the means is always through the use of a demon or demons.  The specific power sought is the power to make others do what the witch want them to do—fall in love with them, for example, or make a decision in their favor, or even die.  It’s often effective because demons are master manipulators, whispering suggestions into the ear of the subject.  If done often enough, it can begin to sound like the person’s own thoughts, and eventually they are likely to act upon the demonic suggestion.

All the rest of the following terms are used in the practice of witchcraft and/or sorcery.

Incantation or Spells – The use of spells (verbal charms) are spoken as a part of ritual magic. They can also be a written or recited formula of words designed to invoke the help of spirits (demons).  When these words are recited or sung with rhythmic drums and/or music, the effect is heightened because the rhythm can lull the witch and/or listeners into a trance.  This trance makes it easier for demons to enter a person.  Rock or Rap music is a powerful way that the defeated enemy uses to indoctrinate the youth.

Muslims use incantation five times a day in the “call to prayer” blasted loudly and continuously for over half an hour from atop the minarets each day.

Incantation is the satanic counterfeit to singing worship songs or praying Bible verses to invite the Holy Spirit’s presence.

Sigils – Sigils are magic symbols, and symbology has always been very important in the occult.  Medieval ceremonial magic used the term sigil to refer to occult signs which represented various demon spirits which the magician could summon.  In other words, sigils were used as a way of calling a particular demon by using its written name.  There are magical training books called grimoires that list these sigils.

Common witchcraft sigils are the pentagram (five-pointed star) and the   Sigils are a satanic counterfeit to holy symbols like the cross.

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It’s all satanic–that’s what they either don’t know or don’t want you to know.

Potions – The picture in your mind of a witch stirring a caldron over a fire is largely symbolic these days, and used only in rituals.  However, with or without caldrons, the making of potions remains central to witchcraft.  Potions are sometimes used in conjunction with spells.  They are mixtures formulated to heal, enslave, or even poison people.  This is the satanic counterfeit to natural healing poultices and anointing oils.

The Greek word φαρμακεία (pharmakeia) is the word that the English pharmacy or pharmaceutical comes from.  It appears twice in the Bible: Galatians 5:20 and Revelation 18:23.  It is variously translated as sorcery, witchcraft, and drug use in some of the more modern translations.  I heard a well-known prophet declare that America is under the dominion of the pharmakeia spirit, and I believe it.  There are a few medical doctors that are not in essence pill-pushers, and it’s not necessarily the fault of the doctors, since the major medical journals are financed by the pharmaceutical industry.

There are also vaccines designed not to prevent disease (as they were in the beginning), but to actually spread disease (see Georgia on My Mind).  Vaccines are a form of potion.

I believe that making synthetic seeds (see Meet Me in St. Louis) is also a satanic / witchcraft form of potion.  Why do we need to replace God’s perfect creation with a GMO synthetic frankenseed?  At first I was going to say that the only possible reason is profits, but just two paragraphs ago, I stated that potions are made to heal, enslave, or poison people.  So profits are just the icing on the satanic cake.  Have you ever wondered why so many people have gluten allergies when they used to be a very rare thing?

The abuse of both legal and illegal drugs is epidemic in this country.  I am one of the few people my age[3] who is not taking prescription medication on a daily basis.  All of these different kinds of potions are a satanic counterfeit for prayer and anointing the sick with oil[4].

Magic Wand – A wand is a specially crafted stick to which a demon has become attached.  It is used by waving or drawing circles in order to focus demonic energy and thus empower witchcraft. Waving a wand is called “dirtying the air.”  Pharaoh’s magicians, Jannes and Jambres, had staffs, which were essentially magic wands[5]—satanic counterfeits to the staff of Aaron.

Holy Days – This should really be termed unholy days except that holy means set apart.  In many of the following witchcraft holidays you will see how they have hijacked the original Judeo-Christian holidays.  Whenever you see an eight-pointed star (often inside a circle) it is the witchcraft symbol for the wheel of the year, and includes all of the following except the witches’ sabbath:

  • The witches’ sabbath is a meeting of witches which may include a feast, dancing, and sexual intercourse. It is often at midnight, out in the woods, and may include nudity.  The witches’ sabbath is a satanic counterfeit to the Lord’s Sabbath.
  • The winter solstice (called yule or yuletide) is a celebration of the rebirth of the great horned hunter god—the “newborn” solstice sun. The horned god is depicted as a man with antlers or sometimes the head of a reindeer.  The winter solstice is a satanic counterfeit to the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah), the Feast of Lights[6].
  • Brigid’s Day, also called imbolc or imbolg, is celebrated at the astronomical midpoint between the winter solstice and spring equinox or the closest full moon. The covens celebrate goddesses (female demons) with rites and initiations for female members of a coven.  It is also a time of weather divination much like Groundhog Day in America, and usually falls between the first and fourth of February.
  • Easter, also called ēostre or ostara, is celebrated at the spring equinox. The earth mother goddess (demon) is said to bring renewal and rebirth from the death of winter, and it is celebrated using eggs, flowers, and rabbits as symbols.  This is the satanic counterfeit to Resurrection Day.
  • Modern neo-pagan witches, called wiccans, celebrate beltane or beltain as a May Day fertility celebration—one of the great holy days. There is maypole dancing and a ritual union of the May lord (the horned god, above) and May lady (the pagan triple goddess).  The triple goddess is artemis, the maiden, represented by the waxing moon; selene, the mother, represented by the full moon; and hecate, the crone, represented by the waning moon.
  • The midsummer, litha, or summer solstice is the longest day of sunlight in the year, and is celebrated throughout the world in a variety of local customs. Most include a bonfire.
  • August Eve, lammas, or lughnasadh is the first of the three wiccan harvest festivals. Celebrations vary because not all neo-pagans are wiccans, and there is no uniform theology among them.  Many mark the holiday baking a figure of the owl god (demon) in bread and eating it, to symbolize the importance of the harvest.  Sometimes a square loaf of bread is used and a quarter broken off at each of four corners of a barn.  This is the satanic counterfeit to the celebration of First Fruits in Judaism.
  • The autumnal equinox celebration of mabon is a modern pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the harvest. It is celebrated by sharing in order to secure the blessings of the triple goddess (above) and the horned god during the coming winter months.  This is a satanic counterfeit to the Feast of Tabernacles in Judaism.
  • The high holy day, and one of the four greater sabbaths in witchcraft / satanism / neo-paganism is samhain (pronounced SAW-win). It is considered a time to pay respect to dead ancestors, family members, friends, pets, and other loved ones.  In some rituals the spirits of the departed (in reality demons) are invited to attend the festivities.  It is considered a festival of darkness, and believed to be the time when the veil between this world and the afterlife is at its thinnest, making communication with the dead (in reality demons) easier.  It is typically celebrated on October 31 through November 1.  Most of the elements of halloween came from this pagan holiday: apple bobbing, jack-o-lanterns, costumes, trick-or-treating, and bonfires[7].

Ritual Dancing – Dance is used in rituals as another way to invoke the help of spirits.  The coven (group of witches) agrees on the purpose of the dance, some play rhythmic music or just drums, while the rest dance in a circle.  Often there is a bonfire or a sigil etched into the soil or chalked onto the floor at the center of the dance circle—usually a pentagram (five-pointed star).  This is the satanic counterfeit to holy dancing as in 2 Samuel 6:14 when David danced before the Lord to celebrate bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.

Divination or Clairvoyance – Seeking to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers.  This is the satanic counterfeit to prophecy.

Psychic Powers or ESP – If these demonic powers are not inherited through the family tree, the demons or familiar spirits may have been invited into the person by dabbling in the occult or witchcraft.  These are a satanic counterfeit to words of knowledge.

Necromancy – Speaking with the dead is actually speaking with demons.  They have been around a long time, so they are very clever, and they can mimic your dead grandmother, the Virgin Mary[8], or whoever.  Likewise, séances invoke demons.  There is no such thing as ghosts[9].  Make no mistake, these things are real and what they are is demons.  You will never get the truth from a demon.  Praying to a dead saint is no different from the witchcraft / satanic practice of necromancy.  This is a satanic substitute to praying directly to God, as Jesus instructed us to do (John 15:16).

Numerology – The study of the significance and use of numbers that invoke the help of spirits.  Witches will use numerology to add demonic power to chants or names.  This is the satanic counterfeit to gematria[10], which is used to bring a deeper understanding of God’s Word.

Astrology and Horoscopes – Many of the constellations are named in the Bible, mostly in the book of Job, the oldest book of the Bible.  Understand that there is a big difference between astrology and astronomy: astrology is looking to the stars for guidance, and therefore is sinful[11].  Astronomy is the study of the heavenly bodies, and there is nothing sinful about studying God’s creation.

Here’s something interesting to consider when thinking of astrology and horoscopes: the Bible clearly states that when lucifer (the defeated enemy) fell, he took a third of the angels with him (the stars are called the sons of God—angels)[12].  And in the Revelation, John observed that at the fourth trumpet a third of the stars were darkened[13].  Does this help you understand exactly who astrologers are consulting?  Astrology and numerology are used in witchcraft and satanism for planning dates for events.  Astrology is a satanic counterfeit to seeking God in prayer for help in planning for the future.

Power Places / Ley Lines – There are certain places on the earth that host demonic presences, known as power places.  Most often these power places are found where there is a certain magnetic energy, and often there is a portal to another dimension[14].  These power places have most often been constructed by human sacrifice, and they lie on the earth is such a way that when connected by an imaginary line, they line up to form satanic power grids or ley lines[15].  Power places are the satanic counterfeit to the Temple Mount, which God promised would be His footrest, where His presence would be found on earth[16].

Architecture – There are certain structures that can play host to demons, the pyramid, for example.  There is a lot of satanic architecture built into Washington DC.  Occultic architecture is the satanic counterfeit to holy architecture, like the Tabernacle of Moses[18].

Images – Paintings and statues are images that can also host demons.  Have you ever seen a statue seem to move?  Think about how creepy it is when a painting “follows” you with its eyes.  That creepy feeling is your God-given radar to reveal a demonic presence.  Is it any wonder that the second commandment says:

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them, (Deuteronomy 5:7-9).

Even though you don’t worship the image, God very clearly says not to even make an image.

Weaponry – According to the book of Enoch[19], the making of weapons was taught to mankind by azazel, one of the angels who rebelled against God, raped human women, and fathered the nephilim (see also makeup, below).

Freemasonry – The initiation into the first degree of the masons is virtually identical with the initiation into witchcraft, according to John Todd[20].  Any secret society is suspect: skull and bones, illuminati, masons, witchcraft covens, etc.  Those who are initiated into their secrets often are instructed to call down curses upon themselves and their children if they ever reveal the secrets.  The only reason to hide these things is because their secret is occult (which literally means hidden).  In the case of the masons, the secret that they are hiding is that their so-called great architect of the universe (jabulon) is in reality lucifer, the defeated enemy.

Spirit Cooking – A performance artist who is a disciple of satanist Aleister Crowley has made cannibalistic cakes that she claims are art.  She supposedly had a private session with Hillary Clinton just before the election.  If you’re curious and have a strong stomach, you can watch the video, but be warned: it is graphic.

Magick – Satanist Aleister Crowley used this spelling of the word magic to differentiate it from illusionist’s sleight of hand.  Now there are several famous magicians who are suspected of using demons help to do magic.  This is the satanic counterfeit to miracles.

Makeup and Seduction – In the 1700’s the British Parliament passed a law against women wearing lipstick because of its association with witchcraft.  Women who seduced men into marriage through the use of cosmetics could be found guilty of sorcery.  According to an article I recently read, beauty spells and magical treatments can range from glamour spells, to drawing a sigil (magic symbol) in the eyeshadow, to concocting a bath scrub using essential oils and herbs to celebrate the new moon—like a spa treatment.  According to the Book of Enoch, the art of makeup was taught to humans by the fallen angels that fathered the nephilim.

The most disturbing fact about witchcraft is the infiltration of witches into the Church.  Some are people who don’t realize that what they’re doing is witchcraft—unwitting witchcraft.  Derek Prince said that anywhere that you see manipulation, intimidation, and domination in the church, that’s witchcraft.

But there are others—many others—who have been deliberately planted in their local churches by their covens with the express purpose of destroying the church.  Most often the target is the pastor, specifically his or her marriage.  Two years ago I wrote a series of blogposts on witchcraft in the church: Projection, Witchcraft and the Jezebel Spirit, The Spirit of Offense, and Satanic Moles.

We in the church tend to believe that most, if not all of the other regular attenders in our church are saved and like us are “working out their salvation with fear and trembling[21].”  This naïveté has opened the church to many abuses by witches and satanists.

The list of terms above is by no means a complete or comprehensive list.  And the idea behind defining these terms is so that God’s people can be aware the next time they see something that somehow doesn’t quite “feel right.”  That feeling is your Holy Spirit early warning system, and should never be ignored.  If you feel that about someone in your life or in your church leadership, perhaps someone who is especially close friends with the pastor, prayerfully consider that witchcraft could be afoot.  If you suspect a witch in your church, pray.  Do not talk about your suspicions with others in the church.

The best and safest response in all cases of witchcraft is to take it all to the Lord in prayer.  And ask the Holy Spirit for prayer strategies for your particular situation.  A former witch told a friend of mine that it takes about thirty witchcraft incantations to build a certain satanic “atmosphere.”  And it only takes one Christian prayer to break it.  Never forget that we are on the winning side, with everything working to our advantage.  God is good!

[1] Dictionary.com defines invocation as:

  1. The act of invoking or calling upon a deity, spirit, etc. [demon], for aid, protection, inspiration, or the like; supplication.
  2. An entreaty for aid and guidance from a muse, deity, etc. [demon], at the beginning of an epic or epiclike poem.
  3. The act of calling upon a spirit by incantation. [These are always demons.]
  4. The magic formula used to conjure up a spirit; [demon] incantation.

[2] Witchcraft is condemned throughout both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible: Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 19:26, 31, 20:6 & 27; Deuteronomy 18:10 & 14; 2 Kings 9:22, 17:17, & 21:6; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Isaiah 2:6, 3:1-9, 19:3, 47:9-15, & 57:3; Jeremiah 27:9; Micah 5:12; Nahum 3:4; Malachi 3:5; Acts 8, 13, & 19:19; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 9:21, 18:23, 21:8, & 22:15.

[3] At this writing I’m 62.

[4] James 5:14.

[5] Exodus 7:10-12, 2 Timothy 3:8.

[6] I don’t mention Christmas here because Christmas is an invention of the Catholic Church, designed to hijack Hanukkah from the Jews and to give the pagans a winter solstice substitute holiday.  Many theologians believe that Jesus’ actual birthday would occur during the Feast of Tabernacles in autumn.

[7] I have written extensively about the many reasons why Christians should not celebrate halloween, and although I have gotten a lot of push-back from Christians who don’t want to “deprive” their children, there is really only one reason for Christians to join in on these festivities: to share the hope of our faith in Jesus with the lost.  But how many are actually doing that?  Here are links to my posts about halloween: halloween, Unfriendly Fire, and A halloween Story.

[8] Sorry, that’s not her!  The real Virgin Mary would never accept your worship.  Instead, she always pointed people to Jesus (John 2:5).

[9] The reaction of the witch at Endor to actually conjuring Samuel is very revealing: 1 Samuel 28.

[10] Gematria is the study of the numerical value of each of the letters in the Hebrew alphabet, and what the numerical values of the resulting words reveals about the Scriptures and God, Himself.

[11] 2 Chronicles 33:3; Psalm 148:3; Isaiah 3:3, 47:1-48:14; Jeremiah 8:2, 10:2, 19:13, 50:35; Daniel 3:8; Zephaniah 1:5; Acts 7:42;

[12] Revelation 12:4.

[13] Revelation 8:12.

[14] These portals have been used for millennia as ways for fallen angels to invade our world.

[15] There is a whole grid of ley lines covering the globe, but an interesting one runs from the Mayan ruins of Mexico, through Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Salem, Massachusetts to stonehenge.

[16] Now do you see why the defeated enemy wants to keep Jews and praying Christians off the Temple Mount?

[18] In Exodus 25:9 the Lord tells Moses to carefully follow the pattern that He would show him—following the pattern of the Tabernacle in Heaven.

[19] Although the book of Enoch is not included in the Bible, it is quoted in the Bible by Jesus’ half-brother, Jude (Jude 14-15).

[20] John Todd Secrets of the Illuminati.

[21] Philippians 2:12.

Meet Me in St. Louis

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The Gateway Arch–Masonic or not?


I’ve had a great day here in St. Louis.  Just after breakfast I got a call from Cat and Rob, a couple I met in Italy.  When they told me that they were from St. Louis, I knew that I had to come here, but I thought it was going to require a special trip.  I took a look at Google Maps and saw that a detour to St. Louis only added two hours to the trip from Asheville to Paris, Texas.  So I had no excuse not to come.  I had told them that I was coming to St. Louis, and we set a time for a visit.

But first I needed to take care of God’s business.  Tim and I agreed to go to the Gateway Arch this afternoon.  What I had found on the internet was the Cahokia Indian Mounds just outside of town.  The mounds are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Almost all of UNESCO’s sites are ancient blood sacrifice places, so there’s motive to pray.  But as I was programming it into the GPS, the Holy Spirit changed the plan.  He wanted me to go pray at Monsanto.

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The Mounds look like the Mayan pyramids.

Monsanto is the inventor and producer of Genetically Modified seeds (GMO), which I believe are very harmful to the body.  And Monsanto has such a strong lobby group that they have all sorts of weird laws that work in their favor: laws that require farmers to buy seed from them year after year, laws that do not require labeling to identify the use of GMO products in packaging, and so forth.  I believe that these things are not only a really, really bad idea, I believe that it’s actually satanic.  And the only reason that I even knew about Monsanto being based in St. Louis is because one of my ex-husband’s colleagues was offered a job here.

As I left the hotel it was raining.  I started to pray for the rain to stop, but instead I felt led to actually thank God for the rain.  I realized that God was allowing the rain for my advantage.  So I began thanking Him for the rain.

At the Monsanto headquarters I discovered that the place is huge.  Led by the Holy Spirit GPS, I didn’t go in the first gate I came to, but went around the corner to the second gate.  There was a guard station.  I dutifully stopped because there was a stop sign.  But the guard station was unmanned—probably because of the rain, thank You Jesus!

Upon entering the gate, I went to the center of the campus and found a reflecting pool.  Reflecting pools are a satanic symbol for their belief “As above, so below,” which you can also see depicted in a lot of satanic art.  The statue of baphomet[1] is an example of this reflection belief.  This reflecting pool one has three artificial trees at the end of it.  Immediately I understood the three plastic trees to represent the three crosses of Calvary.  The fact that they are plastic reveals how they believe that man can be his own savior.

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Of course in winter the reflecting pool doesn’t reflect so well.

After praying there to break the spirit of humanism, the Holy Spirit instructed me to drive around the whole campus.  Monsanto has other campuses, but this one is the headquarters, and it is huge.  The buildings are all lettered, and the highest letter I saw was W.  So I drove around the campus, praying in the spirit, and sometimes praying in English.  When I prayed in English I was praying for the salvation of all the people that work for Monsanto.  After all, Monsanto employs a whole lot of people, and God is primarily interested in saving souls.  Besides, most of the people that work there don’t know a thing about the witchcraft being practiced by upper management.

From there I went to Cat and Rob’s house.  Since we hadn’t had a lot of time to get acquainted at our first meeting in Italy, we spent some time getting to know each other.  I had met them in Italy through a close friend whose ministry I support: Samuele.

When Rob heard that I am heading to Texas from here, he asked where, exactly.  I told him: Paris, Dallas, Abilene, Austin, and Houston.  He asked me if any of that is near Midland.  Abilene is the closest, being about two hours from Midland.  He said that they know a young couple that live in Midland.  Immediately he took out his phone and called Gil.

After a brief introduction, he handed me the phone.  I didn’t really know what to say, mostly because Rob hadn’t really told me anything about Gil.  I could feel the awkwardness on Gil’s end as well.  But we muddled through and Gil told me that he might be coming to Abilene while I’m there.  As I handed the phone back to Rob, he was beaming with the accomplishment of having put us together.

Then Rob excused himself because he had an appointment.  Cat invited me to lunch.  We had lunch at her favorite place, and I took her recommendation, eating the same dish that she ordered.  We had a really nice visit over a lovely lunch.  In the course of conversation, I told her that I had two weddings to attend in the spring.  I needed to find something elegant, but lightweight, and I told her that I don’t want to wear a dress.  She invited me to go shopping after lunch.  I shook my head no on two counts: I have to meet my son, Tim, and I absolutely hate shopping for clothes.

“No problem!” Cat chirped.  “I love to shop.  I would love to shop for you, if you’ll let me.”  If I’ll let her?  Was she joking?  This was a dream come true!  Having seen Cat’s house and how she dresses, herself, I know that she’s got excellent taste.  Of course I jumped at the chance.  I dug out a credit card for her to use, but Cat pushed it away.  “I insist!  I am a bargain shopper, and I never pay full price for anything.  This will be fun!”

I gave her my Asheville address, and tried one more time to give her money to pay with.  She refused, saying that she loves shopping and is pleased to be able to help me this way.  What a blessing she is!


Ready for the weddings!

I found Tim at the hotel room and we set off on foot to go see the Gateway Arch.  It was drizzly and cold, and as the sun set it got even colder.  I had done no research on the Arch at all, but I believed that it must be Masonic.  Since it was late afternoon on a drizzly gray day, there were only three visitors, besides us.

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The guide told us that the Arch had been built in 1963.  Being old enough to remember, I immediately thought of the Kennedy assassination.  I was eight years old, and it really jarred me to think that someone would actually kill the president.  The Arch probably has nothing to do with the assassination, but if it is Masonic it’s interesting timing[1].

[1] When I checked the internet later, this is what I found: Masonic Astronomy and Saint Louis’ Gateway Arch.

There were lots of pictures of the building of the Arch, which was quite a feat of engineering.  It is the tallest arch in the world and is the tallest monument in America, at 630 feet.  The Arch is second only to the Eiffel Tower in height[2].  I looked for, but didn’t find any Masonic cornerstone or markings.

Since there were only five of us on the tour, we were able to split up and take three of the egg-shaped elevator pods[3] to the top: Tim and me in one, two girls in another, and the man by himself.  The pods have five seats, but not enough room to stand upright.  Even being just the two of us, the pod was quite small and close[4].  I could easily imagine in the summer heat, with each pod filled to capacity that I would not do well at all.  Even at the top, after the slow ride up, the space is small and cramped, with tiny windows.  Honestly, I couldn’t wait to get back down, but not before I got a couple of decent pictures of the city below.



I like the night view of the city that I got from the Arch.

The walk back to the hotel was a lot colder and the wind was really whipping.  Tim told me that he was concerned about the weather front that is coming in tonight.  We want to drive to Paris, Texas tomorrow morning, but black ice is predicted.  So I prayed to the One who is able to calm the storms.


As soon as I woke up, I turned on the TV to check the weather.  The weather map showed all the bad weather happening on the other side of the Mississippi River.  So we had no problems driving today whatsoever.  Thank You Jesus!

And you might be wondering about the Cahokia Indian Mounds that I had mentioned.  I don’t know.  Sometimes it’s not the right time, sometimes God wants a team of two or more to go.  And sometimes God has someone different in mind to go there.  That’s a question for Him.  All I know is that I woke up this morning knowing that I was released to continue on to Texas today, so that’s what we did.

We arrived in Paris just before sunset, and Laurie and Don greeted us warmly.  I’ve known Laurie for over 40 years, and each time we see each other it’s just like we’re still next door neighbors.

And since I had a long drive today, I am going to call it a day.  So far this has been a very successful and fulfilling trip.  I can’t wait to see what God has for me next.  God is good!

About baphomet:

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Apologies for this horrible image, but it’s easier to understand if you can simply see it.

The breasted goat-man with horns is baphomet.  He is pointing up with one hand and down with the other to symbolize the satanic imperative “as above, so below.”  Often he is depicted with an erect penis with snakes like the medical symbol—but not really!  The medical symbol is actually the rod of Aaron with a single snake: the bronze snake that Moses made in Numbers chapter 21—a symbol of Jesus, the True Healer.  It’s called the Rod of Aesculapius.  The two-snaked symbol, the caduceus, is the rod of hermes (AKA mercury).  Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about this mix-up:

It is hard to trust a profession that cannot even get its symbols straight.  Most physicians in the United States think that the symbol of their profession is something called the caduceus.  But this is actually not true.  Historians have discovered that someone in the U.S. Army Medical Corps mistook the caduceus for the Aesculapion and introduced the Medical Corps’ symbol at the beginning of the twentieth century.  Soon thereafter, everyone in the United States was emulating the mistake, (Daniel P. Sulmasy, A Balm for Gilead: Meditations on Spirituality and the Healing Arts).

The caduceus is an especially bad choice as a medical symbol because the Greek god hermes was the patron of commerce and traders, thieves, liars, and gamblers.  And look now at how the pharmaceutical industry, insurance, and hospitals have made medicine into an industry.  What started for most doctors as a calling has become a part of that industry.  And like any industry, the primary objective is to make money.  I don’t believe that the pharmaceutical companies, insurance, or hospitals want to see a cure for cancer any more than the petroleum or automotive industries want to see free, non-polluting fuel for cars.  The status quo is making them rich.  A cure for cancer would put a big dent into their profits.

And how appropriate for Monsanto to blend its symbols so seamlessly with all this nonsense.  After all, Monsanto has been absolutely instrumental in destroying the American family farm so that they could launch agri-business and corner the market with these diabolical synthetic seeds.  The bottom line is that the whole thing is satanically driven and maintained.  Is there anyone out there willing to join me in praying for an end to this evil?

[1] The baphomet is a half-goat, half-man seated on a throne with one hand pointing up and the other pointing down.  I will add more information and observations about the statue of baphomet at the end of this post.

[2] There are taller buildings, but as monuments go, the Gateway Arch is quite tall.

[3] Which they call trolleys.

[4] You can see what the pods look like here: Elevator to the Top.

I Did it Again!

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Why do I do this?  I ran ahead of God again.  And it cost me a couple hundred dollars for a hotel stay.  He pointed it out to me a couple of days ago, but the hotel stay was non-refundable.  Now what do I do?

So I asked Him: “What do I do now?”  He gave me permission to come here anyway.  When I got here I continued petitioning the Lord for permission to act as His Secret Weapon here.  His response was to tell me to fast.  So I’m fasting.  Honestly, I don’t know if this is going to win me the permission that I want, but it does make me feel better about having run ahead of Him again.

The thing is that God has been really sweet and gentle with me over this.  I’ve been the only one beating myself up.  After checking in, I opened my Bible to this:

I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again, (Isaiah 54:9, NIV).

I get angry with myself over this because I should know better.  I spend time every day with the Lord in prayer and Bible reading, and it’s not like I don’t know how to hear from Him.  But sometimes, as in this case, I let the meat between my ears tell me what to do, rather than simply going to God and asking that question: should I go where my friends suggested that I go.

I really enjoy my work as God’s Secret Weapon.  I got wonderful confirmation just the other day about what I did in Boston.  I was listening to an old Derek Prince sermon on YouTube, and he said that the principality spirits for six American cities had been identified:

Hollywood – Sensuality

Reno – Breakup of the Home

New Orleans – Witchcraft

Chicago – Violence

Miami – Political Confusion

Boston – False Religion

In Boston the Lord had me rebuke the heresy of Christian Science (see Called to Rebuke).  I had gone there not even knowing that their headquarters was there, nor that Boston’s principality spirit had been identified as false religion.

You’ll notice that Miami’s principality spirit is political confusion.  This sermon pre-dates the “hanging chad” fiasco of the 2000 election.

On the way here I was pondering these cities, and asking the Lord questions, like why is Reno the breakup of the home spirit, and not Las Vegas?  The Lord said that Las Vegas’ principality spirit is organized crime.  He also told me that New York’s is mammon (money).  And Houston’s is human trafficking.  I was just in Houston yesterday, and my cousin had pointed out that the house across the street from his is for sale because it had been used as a base for a human trafficking operation.  He said that they had found some of the girls, but failed to catch the traffickers.

As of this moment, I don’t know if I’ll be allowed to do Secret Weapon work here tomorrow or not.  The only thing I do know is that if I go out there without God’s covering, I would be putting myself and possibly my family and friends at great risk.  So I fast, I wait, and I seek the Lord.  Whatever His answer is, I know that it will be the right answer.

Stay tuned!  I’ll let you know as soon as I know.  God is good!

The Brokenhearted

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The cross in the middle of nowhere.

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds, (Psalm 147:3).

Do not allow complacency to interfere with the spiritual work being done in your life.  I will bring conviction regarding issues where you must change your mind in order to get on the right track.  Stubborn refusal to give up fleshly attitudes and motivations will result in your getting stuck spiritually.  You cannot progress until you deal with these issues, says the Lord.  Quiet your soul and allow Me to lead you forward.

Psalm 81:12 – So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels[1].

A Few Years Ago

Sadie and her husband, Smitty, are missionaries that I had met at a conference in the Balkans.  When I had told Sadie that I was also from Texas, and most recently from the Hill Country of Central Texas, we spent the day together after the conference, getting to know each other and her ministry.  I usually try to add a day or two onto the end of a conference to rest up or meet with missionaries, so this had been perfect.  I had spent the whole day with Sadie visiting cafes and shops where she has friends.  Sadie and Smitty had been very busy in their two years on the mission field.  They had made friends all over town, sharing Jesus over a cup of coffee here and during slow time at the bakery there.  Then we had gone to their home for a time of prayer together.

It was there that Sadie had told me: “Remember the young girl we saw in the park?”  I nodded.  “She was high.  That’s why she wanted to rush off.”  And Sadie poured out her own story of alcohol and drug addiction—in fact she and Smitty both had been addicts when they met Jesus.  She told me that the girl in the park was someone she has been mentoring through recovery.  So we also took time to pray for the girl.

Sometime later I had heard that Sadie and Smitty had to return to Texas to see to some personal business here, and to raise funds and collect materials for a return to the Balkans.


Of course while I’m in Texas, I had to see Sadie.  I met Sadie for breakfast in her little town on the other side of Austin yesterday.  After catching up on each other’s lives, Sadie asked what my plans were for the rest of the day, and I told her: “I have the whole day free.”  She said: “Even for Celebrate Recovery this evening?”  Yes, I told her.  Celebrate Recovery is like Alcoholics Anonymous, only it’s not limited to alcoholism and drug abuse.  There are people in CR that are struggling with all kinds of other problems, like codependency and other compulsive behaviors.  These things are really just symptoms of deep wounds.  These are a human response to unbearable pain.

In order for a program like CR or AA to be effective, you’ve got to open up and allow yourself to be vulnerable.  So I told Sadie what I had been struggling with on the way to meet her: food obsession[1].  Now, this is not an easy thing to admit, especially when you’re overweight.  Most people want to “fix” you by encouraging you to go on a diet.  But Sadie understood very well that the weight is just a symptom of the problem.  And food obsessed people are not always overweight.  Every single one of the anorexics I’ve ever known were just as badly food obsessed as any fat person—and more than most.  Besides, part of the reason why diets fail is because diets treat the symptom while the root cause remains.

So Sadie and I spent the day together.  First, she had a missionary she wanted me to meet.  This young woman had two active little boys, so our meeting was very intelligent and probing questions about missions punctuated by momspeak like “don’t put that in your mouth!” and “let him have his toy back!” etc.  Honestly, I wasn’t able to help her very much, but I put her in touch with someone who can.  And I was able to do what I do: encourage her.

[1] And I am opening up and being vulnerable to you by publishing this.

Next, Sadie took me to her work.  In truth, Sadie has a few part time jobs, mostly doing little things for friends from church.  She is helping a friend with his website promoting a local event.  Also at his workplace there is space where she’s helping another friend make jewelry for her online shop.

We went for a walk on top of a dam.  Sadie showed me where the spillway had flooded a few years before, creating a canyon in a matter of a day.  With a flood as big as Noah’s you can see how the Grand Canyon didn’t need millennia to form.

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The spillway as seen from the dam.

Then we had lunch at the house where Sadie and Smitty are housesitting and dogsitting for friends.  It’s way, way out in the country.  We played with the dogs and then prepared ourselves a good meal.  Sadie also made a nice fruit salad to take to CR.  Afterward we took the dogs out for a walk, and Sadie showed me a cross near the house, but not on their property.  It was just out in the middle of nowhere, up on a hill with a bench nearby.  We climbed the hill and sat for a bit.  The scrubby, rocky Texas countryside is not what most people would call pretty, but it has a rough beauty that we Texans can appreciate.

When we returned to the house the question we had to ask ourselves was: “coffee or a nap?”  I pointed out that if I have a coffee, I will most likely not nap.  Sadie agreed.  One of the little errands that we had run earlier had been to go by their place and pick up their coffee maker and several pods of coffee.  Knowing that we had the ability to make great coffee, we each opted for a cup.

Before too long it was time to go to church for Celebrate Recovery.  On the way Sadie asked me if I knew the protocols for a Twelve Step Program.  I had to admit that I didn’t.  So she went over them with me:

  1. Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings. Limit your sharing to three to five minutes.
  2. There is NO crosstalk. Crosstalk is when two individuals engage in conversation excluding all others.  Each person is free to express his or her own feelings without interruptions.
  3. We are here to support, not “fix” one another.
  4. Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group stays in the group.  The only exception is when someone threatens to injure themselves or others.
  5. Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered recovery group.


Texas sunset.

When we arrived at the church the sun was setting, turning the sky golden before staining it purple.  The group was larger than I had imagined (about 30), and there were about twice as many men as women.  The men occupied a few tables, and the women a couple of different tables.  One-by-one each member of the group came to introduce themselves to me—first name only—and welcome me to the group.  We helped ourselves to the potluck offerings: shredded BBQ meat and buns, BBQ beans, Sadie’s fruit salad, and various cookies and cakes.

The program opened with prayer and worship, then watched this video in which a girl named Hosanna performed spoken word poetry about her new names as a child of God.  In the beginning she says all the bad names that the world has called her (ugly, unloved, unworthy, etc.), then finishes by proclaiming all her new names[3].  All was done with lots of energy and enthusiasm.

Then we went through a Bible-based lesson and before breaking into groups.  Since there were many more men than women, we went into another, smaller room, and this is where it got real.  We went around the circle introducing ourselves by first name and our struggle: “Hi, my name is Alisa and I struggle with food obsession.”  That part was easier than I had thought.

Then the facilitator asked us to respond to the lesson: “What resonated with you?”  For me it was the word escape.  All my life I have sought escape as a way to deal with problems, either by physically running away or running away into my mind.  I happen to be an expert escape artist.  I’ve always had an excuse ready just in case I feel rejected (“Oh!  Look at the time!  I’ve got to go!”) or uncomfortable (pretend the phone is ringing on vibrate: “I need to take this call!” and excusing myself to hurry off on some emergency).  I have hosted countless dozens of missionaries, but I’m very reluctant to risk asking someone for hospitality.

Then I said that what had really gotten to me was all the names in the video.  I have been called all of those names, but the one that hurt the worst was the one that was not in the video: mess.  My grandmother used to shake her head, smile and say, “Alisa, you’re a mess.”  I can’t explain how badly it hurt for her to say that, even though she said it with affection in her voice.  If you asked her, my grandmother would have said that she loved me.  But deep down I have never believed it.  I would have an easier time believing that a snake would make a good pet.

If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from Me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you (Isaiah 54:15, ESV).

I didn’t say all of that, mostly because I was crying.  I thought that I had already dealt with all this.  But the video that should have left me soaring in victory had instead found me in a pit, unable to hide all my brokenness.  And it had all snuck up on me.  If we hadn’t had to talk about it in the group, I would have gone home dry-eyed and craving nachos.

Why nachos?  Because the creaminess of the cheese comforts as I crunch the anger and frustration back down.  And in the process my brain and its complicated emotions shuts down.  That’s how I escape: in the glorious oblivion of food.  It’s messed up.  I know.  No one is more aware of my mess than I am.  I guess that’s the reason why it had caught me off-guard: because I’ve gone through all this before.

We ended the evening by holding hands and reciting the Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time,

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;

Taking, as Jesus did,

This sinful world as it is,

Not as I would have it;

Trusting that You will make all things right

If I surrender to Your will;

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with You forever in the next.


This morning during my prayer time I went to God and confessed the sin of food idolatry because that’s what it really is.  I confessed it as sin.  I have run to food to comfort me instead of running to God.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed, (Isaiah 61:1, emphasis mine).

Sadie told me that there are meetings all over the country, and really, all over the world.  She suggested that I find a group near me.  I will.  I understand now that I can’t run away from this.  But with God’s help I will beat it.  God is good!

[1] From prophecy newsletter, Small Straws in a Soft Wind by Marsha Burns, http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101176124184&ca=2509a4f0-6264-4d41-8035-f489b20be828.

[2] And I am opening up and being vulnerable to you by publishing this.

[3] Along with the Biblical citations.

Step One: Rejoice

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You can buy this or a similar painting from my friend, Dorothy at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DrippyDot

We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us, (Romans 5:3-5, RSV, emphasis mine).

There are a lot of people that I’m praying for: people with grave physical issues, people with grave family issues, people facing all sorts of problems and challenges in their lives—you know who you are, and you know that I’m praying for you.

Often as I’m praying I will open the Bible for guidance in prayer.  This passage in Romans is what came up this morning, and it really blew my mind.  Step one is rejoice in suffering.  I have personally done that and found it to be amazingly effective.  It doesn’t always change the situation, but what it always does is change my perception of the situation, and that makes the whole thing bearable.

Often we think that we have to go running to God with our problems like toddlers running to a busy, distracted mother.  God is never too busy to know exactly what you’re going through.  He knows all about it.  He knew that it was coming (and why).  He knows the pain that it is causing you (whether physical or emotional).  He knows what you need far better than you do, and He knows exactly what to do about it.  In other words: God is always in control of your complete situation if you’re His.

That’s not to say that God allowed your suffering, necessarily.  In the vast majority of cases, our suffering was caused by something we or some other human did.  God doesn’t step in and save us from ourselves.  He doesn’t always save us from the bad choices of others around us.  When God gave us free will, it was irrevocable and inviolable—even while He knew that people (believers and unbelievers alike) would continue to make bad choices.  Sometimes we ignore the Holy Spirit’s warning about trusting someone.  Or we buy convenient or junk foods instead of things that we know to be healthier choices.  Over time these bad choices are going to cause us to suffer.

Suffering is not—absolutely not—a punishment.  Jesus took every bit of the punishment for us to the cross.

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus, (Romans 8:1, emphasis mine).

So why do we suffer?  Suffering does have a purpose.  Read that passage again:

We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us, (Romans 5:3-5, RSV, emphasis mine).

The first step is to rejoice in sufferings, and you’ll see changes in yourself—changes that help you to follow God’s leading better, to make better choices in life.  And in all of this, God wants to build you and grow you and make you truly fit for Heaven.  In the end, it’s all going to be worth it.  So start rejoicing now.  God is good!

Giving an Inheritance


My grandson liked his jacket so much that he put on a tie for the occasion.

I have always enjoyed collecting things.  When I was a child I collected ceramic horses, dogs, and cats and Beatles pictures.  As an adult I have collected pigs, pottery, and always books, books, books.  When I started missionary work in 2010 I began collecting flags from all over Europe.  I also began collecting patches from each country I visited.  I didn’t have any idea what to do with the patches, I just liked collecting them.  Then in 2011 I became a grandmother, and now I have two grandchildren.

Last year my grandson (now six years old) began to show some interest in all the countries that I’ve visited.  We talked over the Europe placemat that I had given him, and marked the countries I’ve visited in dry erase marker.

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Detail of the back of the jacket.

So for Christmas I got him and his little sister a jacket and poncho, respectively.  I began to put the patches on them, but had to stop because of a severe eyestrain headache.  I suffered eyestrain because I was putting reading glasses over my glasses—an imperfect but cheap alternative to bifocals or progressive glasses[1].

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The jacket front.

The next day I removed my glasses to sew the patches, but then my right hand began to go all carpal-tunnel-numb from all the sewing.  So again I had to stop.  But Christmas was coming, and I needed to finish their presents.  So I asked a friend to pray for me.  I didn’t specify what the problem was, I just asked him to pray for my hand.  He did and the following day I was able to finish both the jacket and the poncho.

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Detail of the back of the poncho.

When I prayed about these gifts, the Lord gave me Isaiah 54:3[2]:

You shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited, (NKJV, emphasis mine).

Suddenly I understood why I had been attacked with eyestrain and numbness in my hand: the defeated enemy didn’t want me to get these gifts done because they represented my grandchildren’s inheritance.

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The front of the poncho.

Now, most children don’t like gifts of clothing.  They would rather receive toys.  I did give them each a small toy, but they were thrilled with these gifts—far more than I had dared to hope.

God has sent me on assignment in Europe, and my work there is producing an inheritance for my descendants.  Simple gifts that I had thought might be more for me than for them turned out to be important keys to my investment into their future.  God is good!

[1] I can’t wear bifocals anymore because I kept tripping over curbs and stepping in dog mess.  Progressives are just bifocals without the line, so that wouldn’t solve the problem of not properly seeing where I’m walking.

[2] The entire chapter of Isaiah 54 was given to me as a rhema word in 1992 when God reclaimed me.  I often re-read it, finding fresh understanding of my inheritance—and that of my children and grandchildren.