This story is adorable. A pair of blue tits managed to get into a church and nest right inside the lectern! I quote:
Daily life at St Thomas à Becket church in the village of Sourton, on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, was put on hold after maintenance man Tony Batten noticed the birds flying around the decorative stand.
When he shone his torch inside the carved holes he was amazed to discover a family of eight newly-hatched chicks inside.
To avoid disturbing them the church was immediately shut to the public and bell ringing was stopped.
Some services went ahead but were cut short and the organ was also put out of use.
Members of the church community blessed the blue tits after each service and waited anxiously for news.
To everyone’s relief they were all freed and flew away about two weeks after they were first discovered.
We don’t seem to have deliverance ministries in the UK as such. In fact most denominations here deny the need for deliverance at all. When I asked a local pastor for help many years ago, his attitude was that I wasn’t really saved if I had this problem. This denies the simple truth of Matthew 15:22-28 where Christ shows us that deliverance is the children’s bread.
If deliverance is our bread then it sounds like we need it at least fairly often! I mean, its bread, right!? But pastors in my country don’t want to deal with demons at all. They would rather blame the victim (not entirely unfair, as I’m sure you’re aware – we have doors open for them to oppress us through our sins) and provide no escape from the torment.
Another church said to me to “hang out with us” – they wanted me to get involved in their church before they would do anything to help my torment. I took them up on it, but deliverance never came. I only know one person who has ever been through deliverance as administered by another person in this country. Maybe I’m just not getting out enough? Maybe not.
Eventually I got myself a couple of books on self deliverance, and they really helped. They were first hand accounts of a method which I used with great effect. But since then I have found a better way and I want to share it with you.
So first of all, why do you need deliverance? Maybe you don’t – but if you are around the public, or hands on with people (or they are hands on with you!), you need to pray off yourself things you may be picking up day by day.
But from time to time you are going to open a door through sin and something is going to take advantage of that. Perhaps you’ve been feeling very angry lately and you’ve not been so nice, or maybe you’ve even acquired a cursed object and this has opened a door in your life and self to oppression. I don’t think you can be oppressed and not know, but it’s easier and easier every day in this world to deny spiritual oppression and pretend it’s something else. Most go to the doctor and end up on anti-depressants etc. I say take it to God first, and if in doubt, call it out!
You’ll note from the title that I say this is for Torah believers because this method only works if you know what sin is, in my view. Sin is transgression of the law, so begin with asking yourself if you know of any open doors to the devil through sin. Maybe you are not aware of any.
You can sit down in prayer and ask God to reveal to you through His Holy Spirit if there is any sin you have committed which has opened a door to this or any other spirit to oppress you. When you realise the cause, you can repent of it. Always ask God to strengthen you against repeating sins – He will help you!
So repent first.
Then pray as follows:
Heavenly Father, if there is any spirit oppressing me which is not there due to any unrepented of sin, please, I ask you to rebuke it and cause it to come out of me. I ask this in Yeshua’s Holy Name, Amen.
You need to start to deep breathe, and just “get out of the way” – God will do the rest.
You may find your breaths becoming ragged, or your face contorts – just go with it, it will pass very quickly. This part should take no more than one or two minutes.
There’s no tussling, no arguing, and no battle to get them to leave, because when you have repented of the sin, you can do as the Archangel Michael did, when disputing the body of Moses, and ask God to rebuke them. That’s why this is so powerful. God does it, and you just have to grimace and get them out.
It’s both the easiest method and the one which keeps you most well aligned with God and His Torah, because you will quickly find that this helps you to see where you are not walking right with Him.
I know many of you are Torah observant already, but some of you may not be. This question should help you to decide what you need to do!
Do you believe in God, or do you believe God?
Do you believe what He put down in writing and preserved for two thousand years so that we could walk rightly with Him? Walking in obedience requires us to not just believe that God is real, but to believe what He says!
Perhaps it’s time to walk away from church doctrine, and to get into the word of God? He preserved His word for you so that you could know how He wants you to live.
I grew up in the University City of Cambridge in England. Cambridge, like Oxford, has a somewhat rarefied atmosphere. The separation of “town and gown” was fairly clear even in the 80’s during my teens.
As my teenage years went on I heard from my older brother about something called “Reality Checkpoint” – I asked him what it was. It was an old Victorian, cast-iron lamppost in the middle of a green space called Parker’s Piece. Parker’s Piece was divided by two diagonal paths, and in the centre, where they crossed, was the only source of light – the lamppost named by locals Reality Checkpoint.
How it got this name, it is not clear, although one theory is that it related to the problems of crossing Parker’s Piece in the dark or in the fog, and being unsure of your whereabouts without the lamppost to guide you. The name stuck though. Other theories are postulated, and the post now has its own Wikipedia page (Link).
In my youth the words Reality Checkpoint were continually scratched into the paintwork of the base, as you can see here:
Every time it was painted over, some wag would do it again. Eventually the council renovated the lamppost fully (it now being, believe it or not, a Grade II listed structure), and when they did, they clearly decided to honour all those rebels, and whoever it was who first named the post, and now its name is there, picked out in gold paint for all to see.
It looks great. I am rather fond of Reality Checkpoint, having passed it many times on various nights out in Cambridge.
But why am I telling you all this?
There is another Reality Checkpoint – one which we must have if we are to cross the dark, to navigate in the world: The bible – the very word of God!
In 1 Corinthians 13:12 we are told:
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
The glass there is a mirror, but it’s the verse which sprang to mind when thinking of crossing the fog, the dark – we struggle to see our way without Reality Checkpoint.
Everything that is going on in the vile darkness of this world has to be navigated by us. The evil is so prevalent – and we have to know our way.
When we doubt what is real from what is fake we need our Reality Checkpoint. We need to refer to the word of God to see if these things be so: [emphasis added]
Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men. Acts 17:10-12 NKJV
We need to cling – not drunkenly to a lamppost in the fog, but to the word of God in these last days. Our bible should be with us!
The story of Reality Checkpoint is an illustration of what we, as people, do when we cannot find our way – when there is little to point the way safely for us we invent our own way – we lean on our own understanding, as we might rely on a cast-iron lamppost in the fog.
The bible is there to be a lamp unto our feet:
“Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 NKJV
This show was really fascinating, and held my attention more than many do! The information here is amazing, tying together the biblical with the practical, and giving insight into what God really meant and intended in His word. Until you have worked with animals, it’s clear you are missing out on the real understanding of some of God’s word. His explanations will give you insight and a new understanding of the simple practicalities of what God is telling you and showing you in the bible.
This psalm has particular relevance for me at this time in my life. We all have around us unbelievers who are used by satan to cause us difficulties. Let us always remember to rejoice in the LORD, and to be aware of those around us and the deeper intentions of sweet-seeming unbelievers! Seek the LORD that He will guide you safely!
1 Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; Preserve my life from fear of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, 3 Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words, 4 That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear. 5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter; They talk of laying snares secretly; They say, “Who will see them?” 6 They devise iniquities: “We have perfected a shrewd scheme.” Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep. 7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; Suddenly they shall be wounded. 8 So He will make them stumble over their own tongue; All who see them shall flee away. 9 All men shall fear, And shall declare the work of God; For they shall wisely consider His doing. 10 The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and trust in Him. And all the upright in heart shall glory. (NKJV)