It Sounds Like God To Me

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                            Demons Working On Christmas Day


                              By Phil Scovell






          During an hour intercessory  prayer session with Bret,  my prayer
     partner, I experienced  a great deal of emotional healing.  It was one
     of the most  powerful times I have  ever experienced with the  Lord in
     prayer and many exciting things occurred.
          Two  days later,  on  Christmas  day, I  awakened  from having  a
     nightmare.  I dreamed  I was sleeping in a house I  had never been in.
     I was alone.  I heard a window break and was instantly awake.  I could
     hear someone moving  around in another room of  this unfamiliar house.
     Getting up, I left the house and got some help and returned.  I do not
     know who came back to the house with me in my dream but it was someone
     I knew because I could feel that much.  We entered the house and began
     searching each  room together.   We  finally found the  room with  the
     broken window.  Yet, nothing in the house had been stolen.
          I  awakened from this  dream, which  I refer  to as  a nightmare,
     because my heart  was pounding and I  was breathing heavily.   Plus, I
     felt strong raw fear that bordered  on panic.  However, I was  able to
     calm down and even go back to sleep within a few minutes.   After all,
     it was just a dream, right?
          When I got  up that morning, I didn't feel well.  I felt somewhat
     disturbed  by the  dream but  I  felt more  nervous and  anxious about
     something and  I could not  determine the reason for  this uneasiness.
     The anxiety continued to build throughout the morning hours and I felt
     tightness in my chest.  It even  seemed as if I could physically  feel
     my heart.  At my age, you think about heart attacks but you don't talk
     about them.   It is like the  time I visited my sister  and her family
     when they  were living in San Francisco.  I  asked her if anybody ever
     talked about  earthquakes.   I asked because  I was thinking  about it
     every  day we were  there.  She  said, "Well, we think  about them but
     nobody  talks about them."  I didn't really think I was having a heart
     attack Christmas day but one thing I knew for certain and that was the
     fear level was rising and I  didn't seem to be able to figure  out why
     even when I prayed.
          Walking  into the  kitchen just  before noon,  I got  a drink  of
     water.   As I  drank, I  felt my  entire chest  flush with a  tingling
     sensation.  Fear  instantly jumped off  the scale.   I had  experience
     that feeling many  times before  in years  past.  In  my thoughts,  "I
     heard, "I'm  not going to  make it.   It is all  going to come  back."
     This  may have  been in  reference to  anxiety and  panic attacks  and
     nightmares and demonic attacks I had experienced many months  earlier.
     I had a  feeling, however, that it  was that and much  more, including
     all the  Lord had done two  days earlier when  praying with one  of my
     intercessory partners.
          I sat my  glass down on the  counter top and turned  to leave the
     kitchen.  As I turned, I said to the Lord, "Where is this coming  from
     because  I am healed from that and I  am not going back."  Instantly I
     knew what was wrong and the source.
          I want  you  to read  again what  I heard  in  my mind  or in  my
     thoughts before I explain further.  Here it is again.   "I'm not going
     to make it.  It is all going to come back."  Since it was in the first
     person, I logically assumed these were  my own thoughts.  I also  want
     to point  out that  the raw  fear I  felt, which  had already  started
     earlier in the  day, if not actually during the  night, rose instantly
     to a high level of anxiety at the same time the words were heard in my
     mind.  I honestly thought I  was one step away from going into  a full
     blown anxiety attack.   Please note that I keep saying  this was all a
     feeling  I  was having;  I  cannot  stress  that  enough.    You  will
     understand why later.
          As I said,  after sitting my glass  down, I turned from  the sink
     and was prepared to walk out of the kitchen.  This is  the very moment
     I prayed  in my mind  and asked the  Lord where this was  coming from,
     that is,  what is  its origin.   It  was  such a  sudden and  powerful
     response in my spirit, it almost felt like a physical blow to my body.
     By that I mean, I thought I had been physically struck and almost took
     a step backwards to regain my balance.  The awareness of the answer to
     my  prayer was all  there was time  for, apparently, because  I had no
     impression, that I could recognize, or  any thoughts in mind but  one.
     It was not a  physical or emotional attack; it was  demonic.  I almost
     laughed out loud.   Why hadn't I seen it before?   I knew why; because
     it was a  demonic attack from the  Enemy and a spiritual test  by God.
     The Lord was showing  me that I was beyond a certain  point in my walk
     with Him and what He had said to me in prayer two days earlier was His
     truth for me  to live by.   That is, the area  of my life where  I had
     experienced a  spiritual renewal was a  place He had promised  I would
     not be returning to because He, God, said it was so.
          The  split second I realized the truth of what was happening, the
     fear  and anxiety immediately  began to dissipate.   Why?   What I had
     thought I had spoken in my thoughts was not  me speaking but a demonic
     presence speaking lies.  I have had this same thing happen a couple of
     times  before over  the  years, that  is,  a  demon speaking  into  my
     thoughts using the first person.  It is almost always preceded by fear
     or some other negative emotion  such as anger, rage, guilt,  or pride.
     If it doesn't precede  the thought, it instantly follows.  Again, why?
     Demons have feelings,  too, and  they are  not emotionless  creatures.
     Remember, they were once angelic beings ministering in the presence of
     the Creator God.   Now they have no  glory of their own.   They sinned
     against  God and were cast from Heaven; the brightest and holiest spot
     in God's Kingdom.   Now they have  nothing but evil and  unholiness as
     their covering.  They are doomed and without hope.  They are  going to
     burn forever, along  with all those who  reject Christ, and they  will
     never be released from hell.  Their purpose?  It is the same as  their
     master; to  kill, steal, and to destroy.   Their father, Satan, is the
     father of all lies and Jesus the Christ confirmed it, (John 8:44).  In
     short, they never tell  the truth unless forced to do so  by the Chief
     Shepherd; the True  Lord Jesus Christ or  when instructed to do  so by
     the Lord God's servants under the direction  of the Holy Spirit.  This
     means that  they will use  anything to try  and fool even  a Christian
     into believing a lie.
          In  my  case, they  used fear,  which was  jumped started  by the
     nightmare I had, and confusion about events going on in my own life at
     the  time.    They also  used  another  unholy device  in  the  art of
     deception and used the presence of their own evil feelings to place on
     me in order to  make me think I was  going to have an anxiety  attack.
     This  was their way of distracting me.   At that moment, they took the
     opportunity to try and implant  their thoughts into mine which was  by
     speaking in  the first person, "I'm not  going to make it.   It is all
     going to come back."
          When I said, "I have been  healed of this," it was not the  first
     time I had  said it during  those morning hours.   Satan also did  not
     leave our Lord the first time Jesus told him to as well.  If you doubt
     this, read  the account  of the forty  days of  temptation Jesus  went
     through as  recorded in the  Gospel of Luke.   (See Luke 4:1-13).   In
     Luke's account, Jesus told Satan to  get behind him but Satan did  not
     obey this  first command and  continued his assault of  temptation for
     the balance of the forty days.
          Ephesians chapter 6 says  we must stand against the  wiles of the
     devil.   It does not say, by the  way, that we have to chase the Enemy
     down or run  and hide, bind or  loose, command or demand,  threaten or
     curse anybody or  anything.  It says  we just have to stand.   It even
     says we are to stand, above all, taking the shield  of faith.  Why the
     shield of faith?  Because, such demonic attacks will bounce off of you
     as the Holy Spirit gives you awareness of the nature of  the deception
     launched at you.
          So then what is faith?  When I said, more than once that morning,
     "I am healed of that and the Lord told me I don't have to go back," it
     was my faith speaking.  How  do I know?  Because it was  what the Lord
     Jesus Christ told me during prayer two days earlier, that is,  "We are
     leaving this place and  not coming back."  How did I know that was the
     Lord  speaking to me?   There  are two reasons.   First,  my faith was
     given to  me by  the Author and  Finisher of my  faith; the  True Lord
     Jesus Christ, (Hebrews  12:2).  Secondly, "Faith comes  by hearing and
     hearing from the Word of God."   The two words rendered "comes by"  in
     Romans 10:17 which  I just quoted,  means (it comes out  of).  If  you
     doubt  this,  look  it  up in  any  Greek  lexicon.    Thus, even  the
     confession of God's Word brings faith to the  circumstances we face if
     our  foundation is solid, that is,  what we believe.   If we are being
     controlled,  on the  other hand,  by  lie based  thinking through  the
     implanting of  lies into  events of  our lives,  faith  will not  come
     because we have been deceived into believing another word.
          In  my  case,  when I  was  shown  by the  Holy  Spirit  what was
     happening, that is,  it was an attack of  the Enemy and a  test of the
     Lord, the demons fled.  Why?  Because they had no right to stay.  What
     they were  trying to do  is to gain  a foothold once  again concerning
     issues in  my life which  the Lord had resolved  with me, and  for me,
     just two days earlier.  Why did the Lord, if I truly was healed, allow
     this attack  against me?   Because,  the  Lord was  testing me,  which
     means, He, the Lord,  was showing me a  very valuable lesson.   He was
     reminding me that  demons will use first person speech  and thought to
     deceive us into thinking we are  the source of such thoughts and  that
     their  lies  are   true  and  God's  Word  should   not  be  believed.
     Furthermore, the Lord  was showing me they were  attempting to fool me
     into believing their lies again  by using both their own  feelings and
     thoughts to confuse me into believing a lie.
          Something  which  I think  is  important  to  point out  in  this
     experience is that no  sin was involved.  I had no  unconfessed sin to
     deal with in my life at that  moment.  So, this demonic attack was not
     due to committed and  unconfessed sin.  Additionally, this  experience
     of the  demonic oppression  was orchestrated by  God.   How do  I know
     that?  Because, if  I had fallen for the  lies of the Enemy, it  would
     have been due to  being drawn away by  my own lust and enticed.   (See
     James 1:14).  The word for "enticed," is the same word use as bait, as
     in to bait  a hook to entice a  fish to bite.  In  my situation I have
     described,   they  tried,   by   trickery,  enticement,   beguilement,
     deception, and  even physical deception,  to make me think  that God's
     Word  was not really  true.  "Yea,  hath God said,"  is what the Enemy
     said to  Eve in the garden.   God does  not, therefore, tempt  us with
     something that would cause us to fall.
          Many think  I place too great  an emphasis on the  demonic realm.
     This often is  due to fear Christians  have concerning demons.   Jesus
     said, however, that we are complete in Him, meaning Christ, who is the
     head  of  all   principality  and  power.     (See  Colossians  2:10).
     Furthermore, we, as Believers of His Word, are joint heirs of  all the
     Lord Jesus  Christ has,  (Romans 8:16-17).   Jesus  said all power  in
     heaven and on earth had been given to him, according to Matthew 28:18,
     and since  we are joint heirs  with Christ, we share in  his power and
     authority.
          It is true I  talk about demons and  how they operate but we  are
     told  not to allow Satan to get an  advantage of us because we are not
     ignorant of  his devices, (2  Corinthians 2:11).  Furthermore,  we are
     commanded in  Ephesians 4:27  not to  give place  to the  devil.   The
     question is, therefore, are  you ignorant of  his devices or have  you
     given place to him?
          My ministry, to which the Lord has  called me, just so happens to
     bring  me into  contact  with  the demonics  more  often than  perhaps
     others.  Regardless, Peter said, Satan walks around as a roaring lion,
     seeking those whom he may  devour, (1 Peter 5:8).  This means  you and
     this means me; no one is exempt.
          I share  my personal  experiences to help  others when  the Enemy
     attacks and attack he most certainly  will.  When he does, where  will
     you stand?   Are you aware of his devices?   Will you believe his lies
     and be fooled by his demons?   Will they gain a foothold in  your mind
     because they distracted you and then implanted their thoughts secretly
     into your thoughts?  Will you know the  difference between their voice
     and that of the Holy  Spirit?  Do you know  God's Word well enough  to
     cut through their evil  trickery and unholy schemes with  the Sword of
     the Spirit?  Is your mind renewed so  the Enemy has no spiritual right
     to come  against you and  when they  do, they bounce  harmlessly away?
     These  are all  important questions  every Christian must  answer lest
     Satan gain the advantage.