The Teen Years and Recovery – by Aaron McClaskey

I wasn’t a Christian in my teens, but when I was in my twenties, I went through something similar to this. I was taught a lot of similar teachings. This is why I don’t attend a church now. It’s not that I wouldn’t go if I found somewhere that was great, it’s just that my belief system is somewhat incongruent with Christian church teachings.

There’s only one thing about this article that I disagree with. The author says that “Jesus wasn’t of any religion”. That’s patently false. Jesus was a Jew and practiced the Judaism of his time.

The Teen Years and Recovery – by Aaron McClaskey.

Demonology and the Armor of God

Someone asked me today, via a Facebook group I’m in, if I had ever “seen” demons and how would I cast them out of a person since I am not Catholic.

This is a tricky question since I have not seen evil spirits with my naked eye. I have, however felt their presence and on occasion smelled them. I have seen their effects. On one occasion, I was praying with two other women for another woman who had just escaped a dangerous cult. I had my hands on her shoulders as did one other of my friends. The other friend was holding her hands lightly as you do sometimes when you pray for someone. As we kept praying for this woman, my friend who was holding her hands began to get very uncomfortable. I could tell that she was in pain. This was about 20 minutes in. We continued to pray for this woman for another 20 or 30 minutes. Afterwards, I could tell that she had been set free from at least one evil spirit. However, upon speaking with my friend who was holding her hands she showed me her wrists, whom no one had touched. The insides of her arms were black and blue from her wrist all the way to her elbows. So we went across the street (we were at an outdoor venue) and prayed for her. After about 10 minutes, her skin was back to normal.

On another occasion, I was praying with another friend over a teenage boy who we knew was being oppressed by evil spirits. After several long minutes of prayer, we took authority over the spirit in Jesus’ name and it literally fell off him and landed with a thump in some loose dirt near us. We heard the thump and saw the dirt fly up. We could also see the shape of the spirit who had fallen off of him in the dirt.

On yet another occasion, I was with a group of friends at a park in my hometown. It was after dark and we had all previously agreed to go there just to get together to pray, fellowship and worship God. At one point during the night, we all sat down in a circle holding hands and began to pray. On my right was a twenty-something man I had come to know through the ministry I had been working with. I knew he was troubled and probably had at least one spirit attached to him, but at this moment, I really wasn’t thinking about that. I just wanted to pray and worship. After we all joined hands and began to pray, I felt a burning sensation starting at the bottom of my arm (at my wrist) and slowly moving up towards my neck. To say that it was uncomfortable would be a massive understatement. It felt like my arm was on fire, but to the naked eye nothing seemed amiss. I remember I kept thinking, “I don’t want to touch him,” and I wanted to withdraw my hand from his, but we were all still praying so I endured it. A few moments after that, the girl on my left (who was a friend of mine) abruptly got up and left the circle. She went a few yards away in the dark and sat on a bench and began to cry. I left the prayer circle to see what was the matter with her. The bench was rectangular shaped and narrow so we were both straddling it sitting across from each other so that we could face each other. I touched her hand and got that burning sensation again, but this time I did not mentally or physically pull away. I got closer to her and began to pray taking authority in Jesus’ name over any evil spirit that was controlling her. She began to cry harder and I felt her try to start pulling away from me. I held on to her hands and closed my eyes repeating my statements that this spirit had no authority over her because she was in Christ and that in Jesus’ name it had to leave and go wherever Christ sent it. I also began to pray for the Holy Spirit to come fill each of us and to bring us peace. I also asked for our angels to come be with us to protect us.  This went on for the next hour or so. Finally, I physically felt the spirit leave. It left through my body and rocked me backwards. I felt as if I had been punched in the gut and I could not breathe for several minutes. When we both recovered, I took one look at her and knew in my spirit that she had been freed. Despite her tears, she was smiling, hugging me and had a light emanating from within her that I knew and felt was the Holy Spirit.

These are just a few of the times I have encountered demons or evil spirits. I don’t want to seem like I did this all by myself. I didn’t. I had spent the previous year pretty much hermited away in my apartment in deep daily study of Scripture and I had been going to church. I was also working in a Christian street ministry, teaching bible study and running a battered women’s shelter out of my apartment. I feel like in these instances, and in all of the others I have experienced, that I was in the right place at the right time; had the right knowledge and more importantly was willing to be used of God. There is a saying in Christian circles that I fully endorse which goes like this: God does not call the qualified; He qualifies the Called. Meaning simply this, that if you are in Christ and are willing to know God, willing to learn and willing to be led by the Holy Spirit God will use you to help all kinds of people.

Now on to the second part of the question: if I am not Catholic how do I get the demons to come out or off of a person?

First of all, let me state that I don’t believe the Catholic church has the sole market on demonology. I have nothing against the Catholic church or Catholics for that matter. I used to be one. As a matter of fact, I prefer Catholic churches simply because of their architecture, icons and ceremony. It’s all very mystical. That being said, if you go by Scripture, each person who is in Christ (a believer) is at the moment of salvation placed in Christ and seated with him in the heavenly places with all principalities, powers and princes (these are levels of demons) at their feet because of their belief in Christ. I’m not saying that we should all go around casting out demons and I am not saying there is a demon around every corner. However, I do think that it is vitally important that each believer in Christ know, without a doubt, their position in Christ, what this affords them and what responsibilities they have towards other believers.

Eph 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
Eph 2:5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
Eph 2:6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians is one of my favorite books in the Bible for this reason. It tells us plainly who we were before Christ and who we become after we believe. This is a very powerful teaching, I think, and one that should be meditated on.

The last part of Ephesians also talks about putting on the armor of God so that we may be able to stand against the evil one and evil spirits.

Eph 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Eph 6:15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
Eph 6:16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
Eph 6:17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
Eph 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

This was written at a time when people actually did wear armor and they understood it’s uses and therefore were able to extrapolate from their experiences what this passage meant. Today, we don’t wear physical armor, although we do speak metaphorically of putting up emotional walls and such. In prayer, when you “put on” the armor of God, you do it with your mind and with your belief. Our mind is very powerful and can create a very powerful barrier using this Scripture as a guide. When I pray and put on this armor I visualize a bright ring of white light ringing around me in every place that the armor goes. For instance, when I put on the helmet of salvation, I imagine a that bright ring of white light encircling my head at my third eye chakra. For the breastplate of righteousness, I imagine it going around my heart chakra and so on. When I am done, I mentally connect them all with a transparent shield of light connecting the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the girdle of truth and the shoes of peace. This transparent light not only connects all of these components but encircles my entire body as well. I also visualize a thick golden braided cord going from my crown chakra all the way up to heaven connecting me with God. All of these components of the armor of God also have distinct meanings on their own:

1. The helmet of salvation represents your knowledge, without a doubt, of your salvation and your place in Christ. This knowledge is your mental protection from evil spirits since they will always try to make you believe that you are not good enough for God or that your salvation isn’t sure or that once you sin you become disconnected from God. These things are simply not true. Every spiritual battle begins in the mind and therefore it is important that we protect ourselves in this way.

Rom 8:38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
Rom 8:39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2. The breastplate of righteousness represents our righteousness in Christ. Before Christ, our spirits were dead because of sin, but once we are in Christ, our spirits are made alive and Christ connects with us through the Holy Spirit and lives in our spirits. All of our past misdeeds are gone and we are made new people. God now sees us as righteous through our belief in Christ. Again, this is important since evil spirits will try to convince you that you are not good enough for God because of the things you have done in the past or that you need to “fix” yourself before you come to God. And again these things are not true.

Eph 2:5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
Eph 2:6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

 

Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
Eph 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

3. The girdle of truth represents our knowledge of the truth of Christ, our position in Christ and the truth of what He says about us as believers. The Scripture is a powerful tool in distinguishing truth from lies. Evil spirits lie. That is their nature. What is more damaging is when the truth is mixed with lies so that it makes it more believable. If you feel unworthy or if you feel like you could never be one with Christ or one with God this not true. Christ was made manifest in this reality so that we all wouldn’t have to feel this way. So that we could be free from self doubt and free from the torture of evil spirits.

Joh 8:32 You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

 

1Co_1:30 It is God who has made you part of Christ Jesus. And Christ has become for us wisdom from God. He is the reason we are right with God and pure enough to be in his presence. Christ is the one who set us free from sin.

 

Joh 8:36 So if the Son makes you free, you are really free.

 

4. The shoes of the gospel of peace represent simply our knowledge that we have peace with God through Christ. We are no longer enemies of God, but children of God.

Rom_5:1 We have been made right with God because of our faith. So we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is a theme running through all of this: knowledge. As I said earlier, every spiritual battle begins in the mind and it is vitally important that we protect our minds against the psychic attack of evil spirits and sometimes from our own self doubt and accusations.

This whole set up of the armor of God is held up through prayer (or meditation if you like). Prayer is our direct like to God (the Source). Prayer raises our vibrations through our connection with God. If we don’t pray or meditate daily, chances are we will either feel like crap and/or our self doubts will begin to creep up on us and we will wind up in a bad place spiritually and mentally. The purpose of all of this is to bring us closer to God/the Source so that we can raise our vibrations and in turn connect with our higher selves. Then, we can begin to look outward instead of inward and begin to share what gifts we have been given with others so that they, too, can be closer to God.

Demonology is a very fancy and salacious word and, I believe, that being in Christ is not all about chasing demons. It’s about getting to know ourselves, raising our vibrations and helping others. Along the way, we sometimes encounter evil spirits and they have to be taken care of in a careful and Scriptural way, but then we just go back to worshiping the Source of all things who brings light into the world. Light chases away all darkness. If we are in Christ, we too are lights in the world. Wherever we go we bring that light with us and the evil spirits are afraid of it.

I believe that we should love one another with the love the Christ put in our hearts and I believe that we should help one another get closer to God with that love. Demons are just an aside.

If anyone needs help, please contact me via my main email listed on the sidebar. I also have prayers listed here that you can use to help you rid yourself of evil spirits and to put on the armor of God.

Finally:

Eph 3:14 So I bow in prayer before the Father.
Eph 3:15 Every family in heaven and on earth gets its true name from him.
Eph 3:16 I ask the Father with his great glory to give you the power to be strong in your spirits. He will give you that strength through his Spirit.
Eph 3:17 I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love.
Eph 3:18 And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love–how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is.
Eph 3:19 Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.
Eph 3:20 With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of.
Eph 3:21 To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.

Karma

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I have been meditating a lot lately on the issue of Karma. Actually, it’s been on my mind for several years, but I never really took the time to get into it until lately. A lot of people think that karma is some sort of retribution or punishment for the things we have done (or not done as the case may be), but I don’t think that’s accurate. Also, some people are pleased when they see what they think is punishment doled out on someone who has hurt them or in some other way done them wrong. While this emotion is totally understandable it’s not, in my opinion, advisable for raising our frequencies and getting in touch with our higher selves.

The Source (God, higher power…etc.) has made the universe in such a way that it is always wanting to be in balance. This is the same way our bodies are made to stay in a state of balance or homeostasis. Everything we experience in our physical incarnations in this reality and everything we feel about those experiences is deposited, if you will, into a karmic “bank”. We are not always in line with the desires of our higher selves when we are incarnate here in this reality, however, when we died in our previous lives, we became in line with those desires. It’s like this: When we died in our previous lives we gained the knowledge of our higher selves which we didn’t have while we were in our physical body so that put us directly in line with the desires of our higher selves and with The Source.

In this spiritual state it is my opinion that we are able to choose how we want to live our next physical incarnation. The goal of the The Source and our higher selves is to continually raise our incarnate frequencies in order to be more in tune with the desires of our higher selves therefore being more open to the Source. So with that being said, it is my belief that a being may choose in a next life to be the exact opposite of what they were in a previous life because they know through all of the experiences held in the karmic bank what it will take for them to be more open and in tune with The Source. For example: Maybe a being choose in this present life to be born without much monetary means because in their previous life they had much and knew that another life like that would not lead them to a higher state of being. In this way, there is not so much a punishment associated with karma, but more of a choice. To quote the Matrix movies karma is more about “what I am here to do” rather than “why am I being punished?” I don’t think The Source punishes, but rather we are responsible for the consequences of our own action or inaction as the case may be.

If anyone has any thoughts on this please feel free to share them.

Another Dream of Worms and a Dream of Anointing.

I have had another dream of worms. This time, I dreamed I was looking at myself in the mirror yet again, when I saw two horizontal lines of worms crawling under my skin: one going left the one below it going right. I reached up to my eye and pulled one out. This time, it was black with a little white eye. In this dream, I also went to the doctor and asked if these worms could be transmitted via breast milk to my daughter since I was still nursing and the doctor said yes.

I have no idea what this dream means or any other of the worm dreams I have been having lately. If anyone reads this and can enlighten me I would sure love the help.

The night before I had the last worm dream, I dreamed that I was anointed with golden oil from a white chalice. I don’t remember seeing anyone, but I feel like I was kneeling. I remember seeing the oil come out of the chalice towards my face. I don’t remember feeling it on my face or hair, but woke from the dream knowing that it had covered me.

Dream of A Bad Spirit Or Out Of Body Experience

I just had a strange thing happen during my nap with my daughter.

Let me preface this experience by saying that during my meditation today, I feel that I went further than I ever have before towards meeting my spirit guide. During meditation, I believe I heard his voice for a second saying something like, “Do you really want to go back and forth…”. That’s all I got was that fragment. Right after that, I saw a narrow mirror come down in front of my face and I thought I saw my own reflection, but it was more like seeing myself only as a man. A man with long straight blonde hair. Also, I think he was smiling and I think he winked at me.

Ever since I have started the mediation with Lillian Eden, I have felt like my crown chakra has been sort of floating on the top of my head. Like I could take it off if I wanted to. I have felt also like my spirit has been trying to leave my body of it’s own accord. I have to admit, I have been looking forward to the part of the meditation where I feel like my body is floating. However, today, I felt not only like I was floating, but also I got very nauseous as well for no apparent reason.  I did some research on out of body experiences and found out that the floating feeling followed by nausea is common when the spirit is trying to rise from the body.

Moving forward to what happened a little while ago: I had laid down with my daughter for our nap. I haven’t been sleeping very well for the past few days. It has been a really light sleep. It was the same for our nap today. I drifted into a dream of being in an upstairs apartment that was roughly L-shaped. It had two walls that were completely windows from floor to ceiling with one bedroom in what seemed to be a living area (the bed was raised above the living room on a loft style platform) and the other around the L-corner in an actual separate room. There was a low bed on the floor in the bedroom on which I had laid down to sleep. I was laying on my back. I began to get the floating/nausea feeling like my spirit was trying to leave my body when a name came into my head. The name was Peter.

Coincidentally (or maybe not), a few years ago, I had been hardcore praying for a man named Peter. I prayed for him for several years without ever meeting him. I felt as though God had put him on my heart, so I prayed and prayed and prayed for him. This man, Peter, whom I prayed for, passed away a few years ago apparently due to a drug overdose. He had been severely and chronically depressed for many years. I found this out after he passed.

In the dream, I felt that this person, Peter, was the same person whom I had prayed for in my waking life. I called out his name softly, “Peter.”. Immediately, I felt as if my body started to spin and I got really hot. I felt as if the heat was coming up through my back and making it’s way towards the front of my body. It came on suddenly like a hot flash. So during the spinning and the sudden heat I saw behind my closed eyes the words, “HE MADE IT. HE MADE IT. HE MADE IT. “. I told him quietly that I wished that I had been able to meet him while he was still alive. I also told him for some reason that I knew he had enjoyed that playground over by his mother’s house when he had been a boy. I kept seeing the words, “HE MADE IT,” being repeated over and over behind my eyes with the addition of, “HE HAS PASSED. HE HAS PASSED,” repeated as well. I felt as though this meant that the man, Peter, whom I thought I was talking to had passed on to the other side and that this entity with whom I was having this experience was not the Peter whom I had prayed for.

The next thing I did, was to tell this spirit, “You must let me go in Jesus’ name” Then the heat got markedly hotter. As if someone had just turned up the dial to “extra hot”. I started to pant in my dream because the heat was burning me. At that point, I came out of my dream and opened my eyes to find that my body really was hot and I was very dizzy and had that floating feeling again. I felt somewhat startled, but not too scared. Right now, I just feel that I had an encounter with some spirit which did not have my best interests at heart. It could be that I had an out of body experience by accident. This has happened before. It happened with the man, Peter, whom I had prayed for.