Today was a fairly un-smooth day. No great problems, but no flow like we usually have. I didn’t get done the big project that was due today, but nothing seriously went wrong. I figured that was pretty good considering the amount of “static” in the spiritual climate today.
I finished up the day with a short ministry call that went very well and gave us some new revelation, and I was headed out the door, happy to be going home, when God rearranged my schedule.
It was clearly “manipulated” on so many levels that it had to be Him, so I settled into connecting with someone who is a survivor. They have been on a journey for many years, seen many counselors, gotten a lot of help, but I knew from a previous conversation with them that there was a major unresolved issue with one portion of their spirit.
That is a euphemism for it was totally captured and controlled by the enemy, and was afraid of Jesus. Not an easy rumble to engage in.
She was not asking about that tonight — she just needed some help with a fairly immediate problem, not the long term healing journey.
I put my thinking cap on, since this issue was an area I had heard of but had no insight into from Scripture and no experience.
Next thing I knew, I had been drawn deep into the battle and I was going for the portion of her spirit that was most deeply trapped by the enemy.
It was hard slogging, but the careful, tenacious work paid off and eventually that part came out from under the direct control of the enemy for the first time in decades. However, the enemy struck back a few minutes later, and we ended up in a stalemate.
They had enough power to block me from taking the spirit to complete safety, but not enough to take back that portion of the spirit, and I had enough power to block them from taking it back, but I could not get it to freedom.
So “they” and I were glaring at each other with the rather beat up portion of the spirit between us as the pawn in the battle, not able to contribute much.
As I was scrolling through Scripture, wondering what else I had that I could lob at them that I had not already used, the Holy Spirit nudged me and asked, “What about today?”
9th of Av, huh? I seem to remember a blog someone wrote endless hours ago about the 9th of Av possibly having an anointing for breakthrough. And when you don’t have any good ideas left, even a half baked potato gets thrown at the enemy. Got nothing to lose, since I wasn’t winning already.
I spoke out loud and invoked the anointing for victory over God’s enemies and the anointing for breakthrough in a big way on this particular day (since it was sundown and now officially the 9th of Av!). The demons manifested, screeched, threw her around . . . and left!
The anointing on time was enough to tip the scales in my favor and break the stalemate. There was a little more work to do in cleaning up the minions, but right now the hostage is in the loving care of the other portions of the human spirit, and God has tucked them all away in a safe place while they rest and heal from the drama of the day.
And I am somewhere between the adrenaline high of the battle and the post-adrenaline exhaustion that should hit hard about 45 minutes from now. I’ve been here before.
But, the King has prevailed, a portion of someone’s spirit is free, and I am excited about tomorrow. I wonder how many captives will be set free around the world as they engage in the impossible, knowing this is a window of time for victory and transformation — and that the King would gladly redefine the 9th of Av.
So what if next year thousands of deliverance people are prayed up, geared up, and they load their schedules on that one day with the most difficult cases they have — and then they go for victory and transformation! It could be exciting.
It is time to stop treating the day as a threat. God was there first. Humans spurned the treasure He placed on time, so judgment followed, but this was never God’s plan for the day. He does not want us to memorialize all the awful things the devil has done on this day, year after year.
Let’s take back the 9th of Av for the King, and let’s redefine it around original design — a day when time is loaded with power and authority and the people of God can take on the walled cities, armies and giants that the enemy has mustered.
Start in your own life on Tuesday. What is THE stronghold that you have been working around for years, while picking off the easier targets? Maybe it is time for that giant to get taken out!
Copyright July 2013 by Arthur Burk
From home, finally!