Deep Trouble and Distress
Deep trouble and deep distress came upon me. It was one of those times when I felt very troubled in my mind, as though something was bearing down on me – an outside force, that is. On top of this, something which seemed to be in me wanted to lash out at my wife. It was my heart, to be sure, but there was also this “thing” that seemed to be in the air. What was it? I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but I felt its presence. Frustrated, I went outside to the car, where I awaited my wife and little one-year-old boy.
At a time like this, I would have normally been with my wife, helping her to find our son’s shoes. True, we were about to go to church, but right now I felt that the car was where I should be. This thing was bearing down on me, and I felt unnaturally pressured by it. So, rather than risking an upset with my wife, I decided to go out to the car. It was there that I could deal with whatever it was I needed to deal with, and pray to God. He was my Saviour, and my Helper. He would help me now, because He had helped me before, and I knew that He was faithful.
Not First Time
To be sure, this was not the first time something like this had happened. And what seemed peculiar is that I had heard stories like this from other men, as well, with regards to a pressure moment, when they had felt like lashing out at their wives. Often — I had heard — it was just when they were about to go to church or some important spiritual event, when these types of things occurred.
I knew I needed to get away and be alone for a while. Something was having its effect upon me — something which was not natural. For some reason, I decided to begin speaking out into the air, with a type of God-given authority. Yes, I know it was God-given. It couldn’t have been from myself. I don’t speak like that. I was, in a sense, commanding whatever it was to leave me alone. But the way I did it was simply to declare the truth. I never even once “spoke” to the enemy, Satan.
I began to declare the truths found in God’s Word. There was really a power behind these declarations. Somehow, I knew that this was how I could “get free” from my circumstances at a time like this. Powerful declarations like these affirmed the facts. For example, Jesus had complete authority over whatever it was that was trying to bother me, and cause me to get upset with my wife. I knew that. So I declared something like this: “I declare that Jesus is Lord, and has complete authority, and is able to set me free completely. I rely upon that authority right now, to get me free from my present situation. I am not in bondage, but I am in freedom. Christ sets me free, now!” Words like these were powerful.
Of course, I could have quoted verses from the Bible, if I had had the conviction to do so. Yes, conviction was what mattered, and truth. Both were indispensable, if I was to truly be able to get free from my present circumstances. Many people might know the truth, in fact, without really believing it. What good was it to them? Not much good at all. What they needed was the truth of God to be empowered by God. And that was what I now had. It was an exciting moment — but tense, too. There was great pressure being exerted against me. It wasn’t natural.
At the end of it all, I also found myself declaring an unexpected statement, which I had not thought about saying at all. “I declare that as a result of our going to church this morning, a thousand people will be blessed!” I had the conviction to say it.
The Word of God: Powerful & Effective
Satanic warfare had been issued against me. But God had said, in His Scriptures, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11). In other words, the Word of God, properly applied, would do its work. It would have a tremendous effect.
There was power and authority in the declared, spoken word of God. The apostle Paul, who knew all about spiritual warfare, had said, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
I knew that day that something mighty had come upon me. But, as a Christian, something mightier (God) was living right inside of me! The Bible said, very clearly, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them [that is, evil spirits]: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4).
As I began speaking out into the air Scriptural truths which affirmed God’s authority over darkness and Satan’s defeat at the cross, I suddenly let forth a series of sneezes (three to be exact). Now this may sound very strange but, with each and every one of those sneezes, I could feel demonic power leaving my body. And with the last sneeze, I was totally set free from what was bothering me that day. My love for my wife returned, and I was completely able to be myself. Really, I was back to normal. And it all happened in a matter of seconds.