How are you? I’m well.
I would like to share the latest story of mine on Spiritual Warfare. In January 2022, Sister Margaret Seaward started to teach Spiritual Warfare and the Book of Revelation via Zoom meeting. In all honesty, Spiritual Warfare is my least favorite subject, as I know there would be some demonic attack, if I tried to learn more on this subject. Yet, I know I must not ignore this, and I also wanted to take her class, as she had been faithfully and passionately teaching her students.
Then on January 6th, I had a dream. I felt there was an evil spirit or demon and it was on my side, more precisely, on my cheek. I wanted to move my body, but I couldn’t. I felt as if I were frozen. Finally, I was able to move and wake up. It was around 1:30am. I felt horrible. Then, I felt the room was quite cold, and I felt chilly. I’ve never felt that bad in my body for the past few years. So, for that moment, I had a fear that I would be very sick. Then, I found out my mom closed our bedroom door, which she normally didn’t. As our bedroom is colder than the living room with the heater on, we used to open the door for the air circulation. Anyway, when I saw our bedroom door closed, I opened it. But, my mom, not sleeping, but going to and fro the restroom, she kept closing the door. I became so sensitive and annoyed. As I was utterly gripped by the fear that I had a chill and I would be sick, I bluntly told her not to close the door. But it never helped her understand and be reminded, due to her dementia. And I also felt that the enemy didn’t really want me to attend the Spiritual Warfare class that would start at 10am. Recently, I felt mom very demanding on her breakfast whenever I had Sister Margaret’s class. So, for the moment, on my bed, I debated as to whether I would not attend the class live, but watch it later on demand in YouTube, thinking the enemy would bother me every time.
While my mom kept closing our bedroom door, I lost my temper and I also lost my sleep. On my bed, I also heard my mom talking to herself. Interestingly, she brought up the subjects that reminded me of the bad memories a few years back when I got so weary from the Spiritual Warfare. Yet, I said to myself, “I’m not earth-bound, but Heaven-bound and my inheritance is in Heaven. I have Christ in me, the hope of glory.”
A few hours later, it was around 8am. I was still on my bed, after getting some sleep. Then, my mom opened the curtains of our bedroom, which she normally didn’t. I am the one who open the curtains after mom wakes up. If I sleep in or she gets up early, she doesn’t open the curtains, not to wake me up. But on that day, she did, and I was really annoyed and got angry at her. Later, when I got up, I gave her breakfast, but not feeling good at all nor smiling at her. Then, I picked up my Bible to read out Colossians 1:13~14, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” The Scriptures came into my mind, as I recalled Sister Margaret’s sharing her testimony when she delivered a Christian lady who was under demonic influence. The Holy Spirit told Sister Margaret to read Colossians 1:13 out over her. I thought I had been under the attack since the dream, as I kept getting angry at mom. And I felt this is not against flesh and blood, i.e. my mom, but against the power of darkness. After reading it out loud, I also asked the Lord to give me His love and His heart so that I would be kind and gentle to her. Then, I thought I would go to grocery store and bakery before the class, to get mom’s favorite ice-cream and breads. So, she wouldn’t interrupt me during the class and I also wanted to give her some pleasure and be kind to her. After my prayer and reading the Scriptures, I felt better and I noticed mom also felt my attitude was changed and she became happy and kind, not like earlier in the day.
Later at 10am, the class started. To my amazement, the first Scripture Sister Margaret asked a student to read out was Colossians 1:13. During the class, I felt why the Lord allowed me to go through the situation overnight and in the morning. It was a hands-on training and learning. And everything Sister Margaret taught was simply real.
Friend, I would not write everything I learned from the class, but would like to share some of them:
none are immune to Spiritual Warfare;
the moment we are born-again, we become involved;
satan desires to sap our strength by using people and circumstances;
wrong attitudes toward it is indifference, carelessness, tiredness, weariness, passivity, discouragement, hopelessness. Spiritual apathy is dangerous.
The fear gripped me when I had the dream on the evil spirit and felt so cold and weak when I got up. And I became so angry at mom and talked to her bluntly. It was all the enemy’s attack, but I felt so annoyed at mom. I was grateful, as the Lord reminded me of the Scriptures, helped me understand whom I should deal with, and gave a heart to love her. You know what? My mom was super happy all day long, since I asked Him to pour out His love on me. Not only she didn’t interrupt my class, but she was happy till she went to bed.
You and I are not immune, yet we have good news. We have the whole armor of God, as written in Ephesians 6. And when you feel you or your loved ones are under the attack, I would like to encourage you to read Colossians 1:13~14, as His Words are the Sword and they have Power. While writing this blog, I smiled, as I just happened to hear Pastor Joe Sweet in Lancaster, CA mention Colossians 1:13 during Thursday worship live meeting in YouTube. Over the past few years, the Lord made me smile many times, as He repeated the messages just on time! Friend, I’m being very assured that this is for you, too.
Have a bliss!
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13~14)