2 p.m. Thursday June 16, 2022. 102F/39C.
As of today, all the dark splotches of water have evaporated out of the sandy soil. The torrential rains are long past. The creek sends only a trickle of water downstream. The black-eyed susan still bloom, with golden petals lining each side of the walk to the mailbox. There are no horseflies today, only small blue butterflies that spend the fluttering seconds adoring each flower. Three deep breaths are taken under the sweet gum tree. Its bitter sweet fragrance still heals the lungs. The air is hot, but it’s not bad. Cool shade can be found indoors, even after cooking lunch. Another half hour and today’s heat will be only a memory.
The book of Ezekiel, chapter forty two
Abba Father, thank you for pulling me through an illness this week. Please, reveal to us the meanings in your word, the Bible. I pray in the name of your word, Jesus. Amen.
Ezekiel toured a very ornate and odd temple complex. The heavenly being who guided him, took him one way and then another, much like the children of Israel were guided one way and then another through the desert, hundreds of years earlier.
Then he brought me forth into the utter court, the way toward the north: and he brought me into the chamber that was over against the separate place, and which was before the building toward the north.
The heavenly being took Ezekiel to the outer walled court, by way of the north gate. He showed Ezekiel the rooms that were built against the inner enclosure, the ones whose entrances faced north.
Before the length of an hundred cubits was the north door, and the breadth was fifty cubits.
On the north gate side of the wall, the rooms built against the enclosure were 50 cubits by 100 cubits, in total.
Over against the twenty cubits which were for the inner court, and over against the pavement which was for the utter court, was gallery against gallery in three stories.
If you look at the Hebrew, word by word, you will see something like the following: “Against the twenty of the interior court, and on the pavement of the outer court, ledges faced ledges in thirds.”
After some prayer, I believe it means the following: There were three ledges on top the wall. The ledges were architectural or decorative caps on top the wall. It sounds as though the ledges were wide enough to be walkways.
Some questions that I ask in prayer get answers within a few seconds. There remain a few questions that have been stirring for thousands of years. Such is Ezekiel’s temple.
Life in the hollow, Thursday
I’m hesitant to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit today because I’ve been sort of ill. Illness dulls my hearing of the Holy Spirit’s voice.
The illness actually started when I was listening to a video of a pastor teach. He brought up the name of a certain evil-intentioned spiritual being. Every time that name comes up in my studies, speaking his name is as if I called him personally to come and torment me. His name is in the Bible. It comes up during certain studies.
This time I got really angry and I’m researching how to get that being out of my life forever. All I can say is that I’m glad that God already made a decision about his future.
How did I do it? Rebuking the devil is just a matter of speaking it. Here are the words I used:
In the strength and authority of Yeshua Jesus, and by the voice of his servant, I bind you and I cast you out – you king of Tyrus. In the name of Yeshua Jesus I say you will not return here! Get out! Stay out! I belong to the most high God.
Yeshua, in John 14:13 you said, “And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Yeshua, I ask for a hedge of protection around me and the property that you gave me.
In Jesus’ name, I speak a hedge of holy protection around me wherever I go, and whatever I do, I WILL BE protected by angels of almighty God.
Satan, leave here forever!
Holy Spirit burn like fire on that being if he ever comes near me again!
I know this sounds silly, but it doesn’t hurt to holler a little. And even if you live in the wilderness, like I do, you might end up hollering at that one moment that happens every six months when the mail lady is bringing something to your door for delivery. It always happens to me.
If you want to write your own script for rebuking evil spirits, I’ve found the following elements to be helpful:
* Speak out loud
* Establish yourself with God by saying that you are willing to repent of any sin and seek forgiveness, or that you are already forgiven (You might have to fast if the evil being doesn’t leave right away)
* Establish who you are in Christ Jesus by speaking (Read Romans 8:17 and borrow from Paul to get the words you need – I am an heir of God, and a joint-heir with Christ Jesus)
* Use the name Jesus, Yeshua, Yehoshua freely. He said that he wants us to do that. It’s in God’s word in John 14, and 15, and 16. In my experience, I prefer to use the name Yeshua. I once had a demon troubling me whose name turned out to sound similar to the name Jesus, and I want to make it clear which Jesus I’m calling on. He’s the son of the most high God.
* Use the words “I bind you and I cast you out”
* If you know the demon’s name, cast him out by name
* Speak a hedge of protection around yourself
* Do not put breaks in your wall of protection. Get into God’s word – Understand what his will is – Don’t call the devil into your life with sin
* It doesn’t hurt to thank God afterwards
My nagging question is why is he listening for me to speak his name? Why? What did I, or my ancestors, do that I need to ask God to reverse?
Well, after all that, the red wasps and the horseflies have moved away from the cabin, or at least they are no longer troubling me. Things are no longer falling to the floor for no reason. I’m not hearing thoughts that accuse me. In Jesus, I’m free.
Some questions to God get answered in a few seconds. Some questions bug mankind for thousands of years.