He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him. Colossians 2:15
LOL is increasingly gaining a new meaning for me. Again and again I keep hearing incredible and wonderful testimonies, where the Kingdom of Heaven is invading dark corners of people’s lives.
We are learning the meaning of “Christ in you/me – the hope of glory” and Biblical glory was mostly supernatural invasion – miracles, signs and wonders. The revelation of God’s power in our time and in our lives. So, I laugh out loud, full of joy and excitement, with every new God story and sometimes I cry that I am able to be part of this wonderful move of God, this breaking revival in Europe. A man who knew so much for so many years and did so little with it. A man who despised the work of grace so many times and finally broken and humbled realised that Christ wanted all of me. He wanted a home inside of me and not someone who believes in him.
So my heart was filled with compassion when this week I received an email from a man living somewhere in Germany. “Please help: I don’t know what to do. I am a Christian with a wife and two daughters. When I came to Christ I got set free from drugs and among other things from pornography. But recently I back-slid and consciously returned to that sin. God even warned me in a dream where I saw an evil man entering our house – nonetheless I still went ahead and did and indulged my desires. Shortly after, the character of one of my daughters, totally changed, she started having panic attacks and was disturbingly absent. As if she was lost in another world. I asked them to pray for us in our church. But I was painfully brushed aside. The pastor does not think that there could be a connection between the sin and the change in my daughter. …. I have tasted real freedom. And now I know that I have surrendered that freedom and opened my family to this. I don’t know what to do”
After a clarifying conversation on the phone, I prayed with him for him and his family. The next day I got a happy email. After the prayer, my daughter returned to her normal happy nature. Now we would like to drive down to meet you and really close all the doors. But we can already see a big change.
When I read this mail, I laughed out loud – the laugh of joy and the laugh of victory. We know that Christ has triumphed over all the principalities and powers and made a public spectacle of them. We know that we are in a spiritual battle. We know that the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he can destroy and when he preys upon someone, we don’t want to believe that it is him. We respond with a compromised, psychological worldview instead of taking a clear stand. Leading someone to repentance, revealing the lie and rebuking the demons that are attacking someone.
And to be quite honest; it took me a moment to become conscious of the fact that my prayers would be as effective over the phone as they would be in a face to face meeting. We look forward to meeting this family because kingdom is about relationship and some things take presence. But as far as kicking some devil-butt – distance is no obstacle. LOL !