Are You OK?

It’s an Alabama winter day. The temperature has risen dangerously high, and everyone has battened down the hatches in anticipation of the severe weather that often results when cold fronts crash into warm fronts. I am tucked inside, thinking about you, those that read my writings, and wondering if you are ok.

This season is a tough one for many of us. It’s the time of year when the enemy brings up what is missing in our lives. I know that he keeps that “one thing we most want and seem to never get” in our faces all the time, but he pushes extra hard during the holidays. It’s one of his most effective discouragement tools. How do I know this? Because I haven’t gotten what I want the most in the whole world. I want my son free from mental retardation. Such a thing is not too hard for God.

The enemy knows what I want, and he knows that I have been waiting and believing for a long time. I don’t think that I am special in this. I think most of us long for an answer to that one prayer that is the most important of all. And I think we are all subject to despair when the enemy taunts us with reminders of how long we have waited for that answer.

Now, I can’t get your prayers answered. But, I can help with putting the devil back in his place. And that helps with the despair.

First, realize this. The enemy comes in on what we believe. If we believe that we have to have something in order to be ok, then guess what? All the enemy has to do to make us miserable is remind us, and keep reminding us, that we don’t have that one thing. Instant misery.

When we believe that we MUST have something – whatever that something may be – in order to be ok, hasn’t that one thing become our god?

Paul said this in Philippians 4:11. “For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in.”

Paul suffered. He was rejected by his people, beaten until he was crippled; he was imprisoned, betrayed and abandoned by his friends. And, in the midst of all of that suffering, he somehow learned to be content. He went on to say that the secret lay in being strengthened by Jesus.

Well then. God is no respecter of persons. If He strengthened Paul, He will strengthen us, too. If, in that strengthening, Paul learned to be content, so can we.

I pray for us all right now. Lord, strengthen us so that we can learn to be content!

Here is how I responded to the enemy’s taunts this time around: Lord, You have given me everything I need pertaining to life and godliness, so into Your hands, Father, I commit my spirit. (2 Peter 1:3; Luke 23:46).

No. The devil didn’t go away immediately. There was a struggle with my emotions. But, this time around, when the enemy’s cold front crashed into my warm front, I did not allow him to whip up his usual tornado of weeping and begging until I ended up, soggy and beaten, in the pit of despair. Because Jay’s healing is not my god. Not anymore. I don’t have to have that one thing to be ok. I have everything I need in my beautiful Lord.

Are you ok?

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2

Blessings upon your new year,
Susan
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Do not let the world pull you into fear. Stay in joy!

Written 2/15/2018

I wish I had shared this with you before the recent shooting in Florida. Here it is now. Please pray as the Lord leads you.

The Lord has been talking with me about three high-level evil spirits that have recently been super empowered to do great harm here in America.

Here they are:
1. The spirit of unexpected, sudden, premature death. (Usually violent).
2. The spirit of extreme division (Remove a person or group of persons at any cost – violently if necessary – and everything will be ok).
3. The spirit of obfuscation. (Intentionally obscuring and making unintelligible the truth. This goes beyond confusion. It makes the truth incomprehensible).

Whenever a group of people agree that certain evil actions are necessary to protect themselves AND when that group of people is willing to do whatever it takes to keep themselves safe, these kinds of high-level spirits become empowered to do great harm.

My intercessors think that this empowerment is coming out of Washington D.C. (and possibly Hollywood) as people scramble to escape the consequences of their actions.

Our first strategy to counter this evil spiritual activity is basic repentance. Pray like this:

Father God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, I repent for myself and my ancestors for ever cooperating with, agreeing with or empowering the above spirits, knowingly or unknowingly. Forgive us for ever being willing to do anything, no matter what it is or who it harms, to hide our actions and escape the consequences of our actions. Please forgive us. In Jesus’ name I ask this.

A second strategy appears to be this:
Offering the Lord childlike, joyous praise when asking Him to destroy the plots of these evil spirits.

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32

Stay in joy, dear ones.

Hugs,

Susan
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Forget You. I Have Your Office.

Written April 2017

Have you ever noticed that good people will get put in an office – any position that includes leadership responsibilities along with the authority to fulfill those responsibilities – and then BOOM they start doing really bad things, things they would never ever have dreamed of doing before assuming that office?

For example, an honorable man steps into the office of pastor and the next thing you know he is sleeping with the music minister or savagely berating the congregation for not supporting his newly hatched scheme for building the next Heritage USA. This kind of about face isn’t confined to offices within the church. Take, for example, the governor of my state. Before he was elected he was a solid Christian with a solid marriage and of an age to know better (to quote my mama), but here he is having an affair with his senior political adviser, a much younger and married woman.

What is behind these shocking behavior changes?

First, let me explain what an office is. Any position of responsibility and leadership within one of the God-created institutions that exist for the well-being of humanity is an office. Husband and Wife, Mother and Father are offices within the Institution of Family. Within the church, we have the five-fold ministry offices: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). Also, in the church, you find the office of intercessor, elder and deacon. There are those who fill the prophetic office as well. The Institutions of Government and Commerce have their offices also. Judges, Police, Military, Business Owners and Employers are filling God-created positions. The preschool teacher, Sunday School teacher, tutor, all the way up to the graduate school professor occupy offices of leadership and responsibility. These Institutions and their Offices are meant to be used for our good. Sadly, these offices are often used as little more than platforms from which corruption and self-serving manipulation flow.

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 1 Timothy 2:1-3

Something has happened to God-ordained offices that is causing people to come under tremendous attack the moment they step into positions of responsibility. Those with high character and maturity will merely suffer continuous temptations and setbacks beyond anything they have experienced before; while those of lesser maturity and character will crash and burn.

Something is Wrong!

Here are three problems that I see affecting the sanctity of offices.

The first problem: The enemies of God have targeted specific offices with intentional curses. I realize that it is difficult to believe that there are people who knowingly hate God and His people. That people exist who chose to worship and serve the evil one and his agenda; people like the ones described in Genesis 13:13: Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord.

We all sin and fall short of the glory of God, but there are people who intentionally and maliciously sin AGAINST the Lord. They are in partnership with, and under the influence of, evil spirits. (I pray that the Lord will separate their humanity from the demonic and restore their free will and right mind.)These people are not stupid. They know that they can harm the gospel more effectively if they use evil rituals and structured curses against the office rather than against an individual. That way, it doesn’t matter who fills the office, because the office itself is defiled by these curses.

The second problem results when a former office holder defiles that office by betraying the trust of those whom he is serving. The next person to stand in that office will be affected by that defilement. This is because the sin was committed against the OFFICE as well as against God and people. Let’s say that a youth pastor uses his position to seduce the youth, telling them that he wants them to experience the love of God. The next youth pastor, the one who replaces him, will be stepping into a defiled office.

The third problem with defiled offices is this: Many of us carry (usually without our knowledge) generationally based iniquity committed against an office that was entrusted to an ancestor or ancestors. When we, as their descendants, step into an office today, the consequences of that iniquity downloads and activates.

For example, all my life I have felt compelled to be in charge, to be the boss, to be the first, the best, the smartest, to be supreme! Now, it is true that my personality profile is the same as that of General Patton and Napoleon. (I know it’s hilarious. You can stop laughing now). But this compulsion exceeded the normal drive of my God-given personality. As I sought relief from the compulsion, the Lord revealed to me that I had inherited a demonic force called a Power. This Power was nagging me constantly to pursue positions of leadership so that it could rule through me. It wanted to use me to lord it over people. Because I am passionately in love with the Most High God, I exhausted myself resisting the thing without realizing what I was battling against. I thought I had a problem with pride. Other people would discern the presence of this Power and feel intimidated or afraid of me.

I want to make it clear that the kind of compulsion I was fighting is different from the desperate striving we engage in when we are trying to prove that we are important enough to be validated and loved. That kind of demonically compelled striving is the result of believing a lie in your heart about your value. (See audio download Healing Starts with the Heart).

During some investigative prayer into my generational line (paternal side), the Lord revealed that my ancestors had stood in the office of leader within the institution of Government for many years. They had used the authority that comes with that office to use and abuse people. They promoted themselves at the expense of those they were supposed to be serving. They excused their pursuit of every evil lust as their right as leaders. They were willing to do anything to get what they wanted. (See Ezekiel 34). After cleansing my generational line of this evil and removing the Power, the Lord showed me what an Office looks like in the spirit.

He showed me a plain wooden platform elevated about one foot above the ground. It had sides to the right and left that rose to waist height, and it was open in the front and the back. There was enough room for two people to stand side-by-side: the office holder and one other. The one other is supposed to be the Holy Spirit. If the office holder rejects the help of the Holy Spirit (as my ancestors did) then another kind of spirit steps into that vacuum and “helps” the office holder get what he or she wants. Because the “help” is demonic, office holders are bombarded with temptations to do evil and satisfy the lusts of the flesh. In the case of my generational line, my ancestors pursued evil with great enthusiasm, which resulted in a Power coming down the bloodline to their offspring.

Ok! There’s the Problem. Let’s Talk about Solutions.

When the office is cursed. I think we should approach all offices as having been deliberately cursed by members of covens and cults. I pray cleansing prayers over any office I stand in and I also pray for the offices others stand in. I have seen good success when I commission the holy angels to cleanse all curses off a particular office. I send them to cleanse the governmental offices of my country. I send angels to cleanse the offices within the Institution of a specific family, and I release the angels to cleanse all curses off the offices within the church I attend. I especially pray cleansing and protection of the offices of the intercessor and the prophetic, because I am very fond of prophetic intercessors.

Here is how I commission the angels. Hopefully, you will not have a problem with me putting the angels to work. They appreciate having something to do and, since they are servants and soldiers, they do not take initiative; they take orders. You are an heir and a son of the Most High God (Galatians 4:7), so you have authority to send the angels. Don’t be worried that the angels will ever do anything counter to God’s will. They won’t.

Holy angels I release you and commission you to remove all curses from (name the office you want cleaned up) and to protect that office from future cursing. Go in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If commanding angels makes you nervous, then pray like this: Lord God, please remove all curses from the offices You have created and that You have ordained to produce good for humanity. Protect these offices from future cursing. For those who have been affected by the curses on the offices they have served within, I ask that you would restore them and cleanse them from the effects of these curses. In Jesus’ name, I pray.

Be specific about the offices you want cleansed.

Are they not all (angels) ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14

When the office is defiled by previous office holders: Angels can remove defilement as well as curses, so I send them to do that in these kinds of cases.

Holy angels I release you and commission you to wash away all defilement on the office of (insert specific office here). Go in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and make that office clean and safe.

Lord God, I ask that you forgive the person who abused the office. Restore the damage they did to the office, to themselves and to the people. Any defilement that transferred to the new office holder, please remove it and wash that person, making them clean.

When you carry a generationally empowered evil spirit: Repent. It’s as simple as that. I go before the throne of grace and all relevant courts of heaven on behalf of myself and my generational line and I repent.

Father God, forgive us for abusing the office of (insert the office here). For dishonoring the office and the institution; for making a mockery of Your design for humanity; for selfishly pursuing our own fleshly gain, regardless of who that hurt, for shirking our responsibilities.

Please forgive us for making formal and informal agreements with evil beings, either knowingly or unknowingly, in exchange for the power to get our way and to advance ourselves. I renounce those agreements and all benefits gained from them and ask that You would utterly destroy both agreements and benefits.

Please restore the offices we cursed, defiled and abused, and cleanse anyone who was defiled by our actions.

Please remove and crush all evil spirits that have attached themselves to me personally and to my generational line. Please extend this deliverance to all my physical and spiritual offspring by removing all Powers or any other evil being that attached through this particular generational iniquity.

I submit to the Holy Spirit, asking Him and Him alone to be my ever, present helper. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I humbly pray.

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

I pray that this insight into spiritual warfare blesses you. Now, let’s get those offices cleaned up!

Blessings to you and yours,
Susan

What’s in it for the Devil or Don’t Be Dinner!

Written April 2017

Have you ever asked what the devil gets out of torturing people? What is the payoff for that kind of maniacal behavior? If you are like me then you have been offered a number of explanations. I’ve been told that the devil is out for revenge against God; that he is out to hurt God by hurting us; that he is angry because we replaced him as God’s chief worshipper; that he is jealous of us because God loves us so much and, one of my personal favorites, that the devil is just insane. I kind of agree with that last one. BUT I’m not convinced that any of these suggestions is what truly motivates the devil to keep up his relentless attack against humanity.

Now, some of you know me personally, and some of you don’t. For those who don’t, I am a prayer minister who has also served as pastor, youth pastor, children’s pastor, and teacher. I’m Elijah House trained and I have studied under Dr. Tom Hawkins (Restoration in Christ Ministries), Dr. Jim Wilder (Shepherd’s House), Dr. Karl Lehman (Immanuel Approach), Dr. Charles Kraft (Hearts Set Free), Chris and Jen Coursey (Thrive Today), Dr. Mark Virkler (Communion with God Ministries) as well as others. I have been praying with people for many years. In that effort, I have seen patterns consistently emerge that expose what I believe to be the real motive behind demonic attacks.

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Someone (I’m sorry to say I don’t know who it is) described how lions capture and devour their prey: “A pride of lions will stalk and attack animals that are larger than they are — including wildebeest and water buffalo weighing thousands of pounds. When lions attack, they do so through multiple attacks from every side. Eventually, one lion gets a grip on the throat of the water buffalo and kills it by strangulation. It is a slow and painful death. The water buffalo goes down, and the lions begin eating it before it is dead.”

Doesn’t this description accurately picture what it feels like when we are under spiritual attack? Our peace and rest, confidence and contentment is hunted down from every direction and gnawed off our bones while we yet live! Our spiritual enemy doesn’t eat flesh like we chow down on a steak or like the lions consume a water buffalo. So, what exactly is our enemy consuming?

Look at John 10:10. Jesus describes our enemy as a thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy. What does the devil steal? He can’t wear our clothes, drive our cars, spend our wealth. What do we have that he wants – or perhaps – needs?

If you look at Genesis, chapter 3, which chronicles the fall of man, you will see that the devil sought out Eve and directed her to consider the forbidden tree as a source of food. As you know, she ate and so did her husband. Now look at verse 14: (Please read the verses; don’t skip over!)

The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you will go, and dust you will eat …

Look at Genesis 2:7:

Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

And Genesis 3:18-19:

By the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

And one more, Psalm 103:14, then we will talk.

For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.

When Adam and Eve fell, it became necessary for them to feed themselves through their own efforts. This is a natural consequence of living outside of God’s design. God is not being mean; it is the result of sin. When Satan fell, it became necessary for him to sustain his own life. What sustains the life of Satan and his horde? Food. Just as food sustains our life. But what kind of food does a fallen spiritual being require?

Let’s look back at Genesis 3. Satan hid himself inside a serpent, slithered into the garden, and suggested to Eve that she needed something else to eat besides the fruit of the gabillion other trees in the garden. Inherent in his temptation was the lie that she needed another source of sustenance other than what God had provided. She didn’t. God had fully provided for her. The being who lacked a food source was Satan.

Satan was desperately seeking a new source of energy, something to sustain him since he was cast down and separated from the life of God. What better option than the newly created image of God? How we must have overflowed with life when we were first created. But Satan is unable to fill himself from the sweet emotional energy that flows from love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. He cannot feed from the harmony that results when we are aligned with God’s design.

But there is another kind of energy we are capable of generating. Nervous, panicky energy that flows from painful emotions such as confusion, hatred, rage, shame, terror, jealousy and despair. Let’s take a break from the biblical for a moment and look at the science behind what I am saying.

According to researchers in the field of neurocardiology, our hearts emit a measurable electromagnetic field that is affected by the emotions we are experiencing. This electromagnetic field is energy that can be measured. When we are upset, our hearts emit dissonant or incoherent energy. Researchers are finding that a coherent or harmonious energy signal can be achieved through gratitude, appreciation and love. In other words, the emotions we experience, our state of inner being, is reflected by the energy our physical hearts produce.

Shortly after I received Christ, I had this experience that highlights what I am explaining.

My mother and I attended the wedding and reception of a high school friend of mine. We had a great time, chatting with the other guests and visiting the champagne fountain. This was my first champagne fountain and I did not know of the power therein. I visited it a few times too many, becoming pretty tipsy without realizing it. We came home, went to bed and I woke up to a vision. It was just like watching a television show. Two men entered the scene; one was very fat, the other extremely thin. Both of them were wearing tuxedos and carrying chairs. They set the chairs opposite each other across from a small table and began to talk. I knew that they had come to feast. Here is some of what they said: “You certainly made a complete fool out of yourself tonight. How embarrassing. You are an embarrassment. I can’t believe you said that! How could you act like that? You’re a disgusting, stupid girl, getting drunk like that. You call yourself a Christian? You’re a laughing stock.”

I writhed in shame while I watched and listened. This kind of self-shaming was not new to me, but I had never before seen what was happening in the spirit realm. I had always thought it was just me hating myself. Then, from off-stage, another voice calmly spoke, saying, “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” My tormentors stopped talking, looked around, and then resumed their accusations. Again, the voice spoke, calmly and firmly, quoting 1 John 4:4 over and over, “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” The two evil beings grew obviously more uncomfortable and agitated until they stood, snatched up their chairs and left! The tormenting thoughts instantly stopped.

These beings had come to feast upon the energy generated by my painful emotions. I am convinced that the enemy of humanity keeps our world in a state of angry, fearful chaos because humans in emotional turmoil supply him and his horde with the energy they need to sustain themselves. Once we are removed as an energy source, he will be reduced to the following: Those who see you will gaze at you, they will ponder over you, saying, ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world like a wilderness and overthrew its cities, who did not allow his prisoners to go home?’ Isaiah 14:16-17

While we wait for the return of our Lord, let us learn how to address our wrong heart beliefs that have wounded us so deeply and produce so much painful emotional energy. Let’s us learn how to NOT be dinner.

I invite you to visit thepoolministries.org where you will find tested and effective tools and strategies for inner healing and deliverance. Stay tuned for Part Two.

Blessings and Smiles,
Susan