Lessons from Kenya: Supernatural
After this week’s post, there will be two more for the series, “Lessons from Kenya.” Immediately following, we will be starting a shorter series called, “SEx For This Generation.” Sound cheesy or corny? Yea. But it’s a killer series God has really been working in me for a while – so I hope you’ll read and join in discussion!
This week I want to continue with week 4 of Lessons from Kenya:
Remember: God’s Power
I experienced in Kenya something else that really, really blew me away –
God is real – and so is evil.
And they are both spiritually present in your lives and in mine…
Before I went to Kenya (and I hope you won’t think I’m crazy right here), I had honestly experienced some of Satan’s presence here on earth…and it was honestly scary at first.
In Kenya, however, I experienced way more than I had bargained for – I literally saw a teenager possessed by a demon. I know some people won’t believe me (and I acknowledged that right after it happened), but just let me tell you these two things:
1) The Kenyan pastor who was there with us told us that demonic possessions are common occurrences.
2) Whenever the demon took over the teenager, the pastor (after about 5 seconds) rebuked the demon in the name of Jesus Christ – and it immediately left.
This is the order of events:
The boy is kneeling waist-deep in water, getting ready to be baptized.
He starts to faint (at least that is what I thought he was doing at first), but when the pastors try to lift him out of the water it seems as if he is forcibly pushing head first into the water.
He begins to do something I don’t know how to explain (but I’ll try anyway – it was kind of like his body was convulsing out of the water) and makes a noise I can only describe as “tisking” (the noise of disapproval).
He then screams the Name of Jesus.
(You could see the disconnect he had of control over his body.)
That is when the pastor commanded the demon to leave by the very Name it had just yelled……and it was gone. The room was quiet. The boy was baptized and walked away with teary eyes.
2 things I want you to get out of this:
1) The Devil’s presence and footprint are very real in this world.
and 2) The Name of Jesus Christ still reigns supreme over everything and everyone.
Don’t take these lightly. Read over them again before you continue on…and understand how real the words are…
Jesus Christ is the Lord. He is the King; the Son of God. God is not only my God, but He is also my Lord (Master). I choose to serve Him.
Just knowing God…..I never want to leave His presence. He’s so loving, caring, faithful and amazing.
But sometimes I find myself “waking up” and realizing I haven’t been seeking Him as much as I should have. Maybe you’re in that place right now – and I’d say to you, “Seek Him!!” RUN after Him! Don’t be lukewarm about it, but SPRINT! GO! He IS Life!
The ways of being stagnant and lukewarm come from the Devil – they are tools of Satan. Don’t let him win you over – but RUN to Jesus Christ, to God. Call on His Name again, or for the very first time. Fall at His feet and worship the True King…
God is real…and so is evil. I sure as heck am glad I am with God on this one. I’m praying that you are and/or that you may be today.
I encourage you to read Matthew 17:14-18 and recognize the similarities between the above situation and the one Jesus Christ faced in those verses above. I then encourage you to read verses 19-21 for encouragement J!
Our God reigns! Thank You Lord for our Savior, Sustainer, Redeemer and Freer Jesus Christ!