Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (NKJV)
A few years ago, I was employed by the Salvation Army as a bail supervisor. My work entailed receiving, by court order, individuals who required weekly appointments at our office, and reminding the bail clients of their conditions of release. Opportunities were also there for me to arrange for and/or to provide personal life counselling. There is one experience with a client I will never forget.
A gentleman was assigned to me who was charged with allegedly having sexual relations with his 14-year-old daughter. It was disturbing to me because he was a professing Christian. I could see that he was in deep distress about the whole issue.
The client shared that his older daughter, with whom he had issues, urged the younger one go to the police and falsely have them lay charges against him. He felt that this was an exercise in vengeance from her because of their troubled relationship.
I sensed that there might be evil spirits involved in this situation, infusing into his daughter's mind actions to do damage to her father's reputation as a Christian.
Revelation 12:10b – For the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. (NKJV)
Remembering this Scripture, I prayed with my client that God would hold His hand against all evil spirits that were enticing his daughters to accuse him falsely.
A week later, he brought his two daughters into my office to meet me. They had gone to the police, confessing that they had just drummed up the allegations against their father. The charges were dismissed, and he no longer had to report to me. This procedure rarely happens, but with God, anything is possible.
Not all of our troubles stem from the attacks of evil spirits, but we need to pray for discernment as one of the spiritual gifts.
Prayer: Lord teach us, we pray, to be more effective in our supplications, realizing who the enemy really is. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
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