There are so many negatives coming up against us all recently that it is hard to focus and concentrate on our daily chores and tasks. We get run down, depressed and tired, losing our energy. One of the main energy vampires is the news, point blank. This election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is robbing people of their joy. Well, today is January 13th, 2021 and Donald Trump said recently that he is giving up, conceding to Joe Biden and that there would be a smooth transition. So, everyone can relax now. Then again, you never know what may happen between now and the 20th right?
I began to notice on Saturday the 9th of January that I began to feel a bit ‘off-kilter’ but I kept doing what I do every day which includes, ministry, household chores, phone calls, prayer with those who ask, etc. Even washing the dishes seemed to be a tiring task and there weren’t many in the sink. That’s when I knew that something is wrong. My daughter lives with me and it is really hard to pretend that you feel ok around someone else when you really don’t feel well at all but I did. Usually when this happens to me, someone needs prayer (I also intercede), or, something is attacking me spiritually and it is physically affecting me. Usually, it’s the latter. Well, Saturday morning, I just couldn’t get out of bed at my usual time between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. depending on how long my prayer time is. I slept until 10:00a.m. it was almost 10:30 a.m. by the time I got washed up and everything. I got up feeling as though a ‘strongman’ had punched me all over and yes, a strongman it was…..a devil. As I laid in bed that past night, I began to hear horrible thoughts in my mind like, “no one likes you,” “stop pretending to be a preacher, who cares anyway?” “no one is listening”, “even other prophets and preachers don’t like you and make fun of you” and the proverbial, “You’re a joke, an embarrassment to your own family!” I then, woke up and shook my head like it was a bad dream. I began to rebuke that voice that was in my head, in Jesus name. It was not normal. I don’t hear voices like that unless it is the Lord speaking to me or one of His angels. Once in a while I even hear them say, “Amen” while I am preaching. I think that is so cool. I love the Lord. Anyway, I rebuked that odd voice and began to cover myself with the Blood of Jesus. I actually had to ‘redirect’ my thinking just like the bible tells us to do. And let me tell you that it works. I was wrestling with that devil so hard that I actually felt my spirit leave my body for a New York Minute (as they say). It was an odd feeling. I felt myself beginning to float or something out of my body. And OBE I suppose. (Out of Body Experience.) I thought that I was dying and just then, I thought of my kids, grown but still mine, and my 7 year old grandson that I barely get to see but I’ll always love him with his Black and Bosnian self. He’s so smart they featured him in the local paper a couple of years ago. His mom is Bosnian and she is sharp. She is no longer with my son but I will always respect her for having my grandchild. No offense to anyone else but when you look at her prom picture you will know which one is her because that girl is sharp, was and still is. I digress.
Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer
Php 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
Php 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things arejust, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Php 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
☞ Now, there are varying ways that the term “strong man” can be taken, positively on our side or negatively such as the following scriptures:
Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strongman’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
Mar 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strongman; and then he will spoil his house.
Luk 11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
☞ See? The intruder cannot do what he wants to do to your mind if you do not allow him to. Be a Luke 11:21 person. Be an armed strong man. Armed with the following that I described in my latest sermon on Blog Talk Radio:
Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Eph 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Put on your riot gear: https://youtu.be/G5XLYI3kX3M
☞ It’s funny how my experience and the topic of my past Sunday’s sermon relate but they do. Sunday came, and no matter how I was feeling, I did my hair, put on some make-up and sat in front of that mic and this Mac and left it all up to the Holy Ghost as what to say. I did it with no notes this time because I was actually too lax to write any. I apologized to God and left it all up to Him which is what preachers should actually do anyway. I preach different ways, sometimes I use skeleton notes, whole notes and sometimes I free style it with Jesus. I love free-styling with Jesus, He’s alright you know? (Hope you know Him.) As Prophet Tracy Cooke says, “What’s the matter with Jesus? He’s alright!!!” Needless to say…..Jesus and I did just fine! I began to feel a little better afterwards as I always do after I preach and the rest of the day went fairly well. The next (3d) morning, I woke up feeling back to normal. That was my last night wrestling with that devil that was sent to oppress and depress me, intimidate and wreck me, but…..IN JESUS, I WON! Don’t accept satan’s junk y’all. He has to try to get some of us in our sleep because we are too strong while we are awake. I pray that you know that about yourself.
🥰 I hope that this post makes someone else feel better and that it lets you know that you have Victory in Jesus!!! Let the Lord fight your battles.
2Ch 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
Are you saved? Now is the time to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. With all that is going on around the world, you need a friend. Jesus can be that special friend if you allow Him into your life. He is your helper and His Holy Spirit is your Comforter.
If you are not saved, just repeat the Romans Road after me: Say “Jesus, I repent of my sins, I am so sorry Lord. I believe that you died on the cross and rose 3 days later from the dead, just for me and I accept what you have done, I accept you as my Savior. Thank you Jesus, amen.” Now go find a bible believing, Holy Ghost filled church and learn of Him, it’s never too late. Your new life starts now. All old things are gone away. God throws them as far as the East if from the West. Now….go live, laugh and love!
Num 6:24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
Num 6:25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
Num 6:26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Thank you for coming on today and I pray that your week goes by Victoriously!
Rev Essie signing off! God bless and have a great day!