August 5th, 2012 – Jesus Sets the Stage

I feel very prompted to let all reading this blog know that this is not meant to glorify satan and his fallen angels. God used these experiences to draw me near to Him, God’s power was glorified through these events. He showed me that He had evil on a leash and there was nothing that could harm His people, He is sovereign. Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”.

I was on my way home from work about 8pm when I received a call from Steven. He asked if I would pick him up and bring him to a hotel for the evening. He was having thoughts of hurting his roommates in a greater way than ever and asked if I would bring him to stay in a hotel for the night. I picked Steven up and brought him to a hotel near my house, I was thinking I would be able to get to him quickly if he needed me…. little did I know I was nowhere near mature enough in my faith for what was going to happen.

From the entire time Steven and I were together he seemed like his old normal self. There was no signs of any demonic affliction. Before I left the hotel room I wanted to pray for a safe night for Steven. I was sitting on the bed and he was sitting on the table just across from me, I begin to pray. After a 30 second prayer I lift my head up and see Steven with his head tilted down glaring at me, you could see the change in his eyes. Steven says, “Travis, you need to go.”, at this moment I realized that I was in over my head and did not have the needed training to deal with a demon.  I left, knowing what I know now I would have stayed and bound the spirit and continued ministering to Steven but this was the most terrifying moment of my life at the time. Ephesians 6: 13-17 – “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”(Side note: There is no reason to be afraid of the enemy but it is never safe to try and actually deliver someone of a spirit totally alone.).

Frantic, I called the pastor we were to meet the next morning asking what to do. His reply….”Pray, let Our Heavenly Father take care of Steven until tomorrow morning.”, so that is what we did. Looking back, if this same situation arose today I would have had no problem comfortably dealing with the situation through God’s protection and wisdom.

I received a call later that night from Steven, he apologize for the situation that happen in the hotel room. He explained to me that the moment I began praying he was doing everything in his power to hold the demon back from lunging onto me in hopes to stop the praying. He felt seconds away from choking me. WOW!! That shows the hatred of the enemy and the power of prayer.

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