Philippians 2:9-11 (NASB)
9 Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth,
11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Tonight was an incredible night of seeing the power of Jesus Christ at work through His body. I returned a call from a woman we have been able to minister to since launching Simplicity. Her adult daughter has been in bondage to addiction for many years now and only by the grace of God is still alive today. Today things hit rock bottom for this woman and her daughter, the woman had to make a gut wrenching decision to leave the situation and let her daughter deal with the consequences. She asked if I could come over and pray with her and also indicated that her daughter might be willing to speak with me.
When my wife and I got to the house, the daughter opened the door. Her countenance was dark and tormented. When I asked if she was who I thought she was, she began to say no. It was at this time her mother spoke up and invited us in. The daughter immediately fled to her room and shut the door. She had told her mother that she no longer wanted to speak to me.
After ministering to the mother for a few moments, my wife and I prayed over her in Jesus name. The peace of Jesus began to surround her and she wept as she laid her burdens at His feet. As we were finishing, the Lord prompted me that I needed to lay hands upon her daughter and speak the name of Jesus into her bondage.
I asked her mother, if she would seek permission for me to pray with her daughter. I had her promise that I would not preach, lecture or even ask any questions. The daughter came out and sat down across from me. I asked for permission to anoint her head with oil to set her apart for the Lord’s touch. She gave me permission and I placed my hands upon her and prayed as the Holy Spirit led me to speak. When I was done praying I stepped back, and the daughter’s countenance was visibly transformed. There was a sparkle and life in her eyes and her face was no longer dark, but illuminated. She even began to converse with me declaring her need and desire to once again seek after God.
As soon as my wife and I got in our vehicle to leave, my wife said “I need to tell you something.” She said that as I began to pray she immediately saw the room enveloped in the radiant glory of Jesus’ presence and in the middle of that radiance she recognized the person of Jesus Christ watching over all who were present.
That was exciting enough in itself, but I got to see another display of the power of Christ tonight as well. When I arrived at the home where the Organic Group was meeting tonight the host told me that we needed to pray over the house. He said that his wife had seen a horrific image in her dreams the previous night as the devil tormented her young daughter.
During our Organic Group, the daughter went into the adjacent room and was looking in a drawer when all of the sudden she began to scream. Her mother asked her what was wrong and she said that something had scared her, of course there was nothing in the drawer.
After we had celebrated communion together, the Lord directed us in the following manner. One began to worship in song, one began to read scripture, two began to pray and I anointed the doorposts of each room and spoke in the name of Jesus as the Holy Spirit led me to speak.
As I made my way to the final room of the house it was as though I had walked into a chamber of perfect peace. The others could feel the same change in spirit throughout the house.
We sometimes forget just how much of a battle is waging in the spiritual realm all around us, fortunately for us…”Greater is He who is in me, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)