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The Browns – Tom, Ali, Crescena, Bez, & Ber
May 23, 2013 10:21 am
Published in: Uncategorized

Caution:  This blog post might make you a little uncomfortable depending on your theology as it relates to spiritual warfare, angels, demons, and the like.

Spoiler alert:  God wins.  But you knew that already.

Last night, Ali and I walked through our home here in Nairobi and prayed over every room.  As we did so, we put a dab of oil on every doorframe and every window frame.  Before you get totally weirded out by that, allow me to explain.

Through a series of rather bizarre events, we became aware that there was some measure of spiritual (insert your word of preference – warfare, attack, influence, etc) taking place in our home.  We decided to follow the advice of a more “seasoned” missionary, with whom we were talking about these events, and pray through our house while “anointing” it with oil.

As we all know, there is nothing magical about oil.  In fact, it was just plain old vegetable oil that you buy in the store.  The power wasn’t in the oil itself, it was in the prayers that went with the oil, it was about the symbolism of the oil.  Throughout the Bible and in life we find instances where the physical world parallels theOil spiritual; where things in the physical provide a tangible representation of what is taking place in the unseen.  Some examples are: The first Passover, when the Hebrew people spread blood over their door posts to mark them as God’s so that the angel would pass by and not bring death, and blood that was spread over the ark of the covenant, which covered the law and the condemnation that it brought, and, in its symbolism, represented Christ’s not yet shed blood which spares us from God’s judgment through the covering of our sins.

The oil we spread about our home was a tangible, physical symbol of what we did in the spiritual.  It represented us claiming and anointing our home to be a space free from the bondage of sin, and belonging to God.  Of course we know that “God does not dwell in houses built by man” but that He lives in us.  Yet at the same time, there is an undeniable awareness that physical space can be occupied by, and predisposed to accommodate, spiritual beings, whether good or bad.

Right now you may be picturing us walking about the house flinging oil around and exorcising demons from the couch or table.  Rest assured, it was nothing quite like that.  Instead, what it became was a time of prayer for the activities which happen in those various rooms.  It was acknowledging that each room has a specific and unique purpose and intentionally asking God to be the center of that room’s activities.  It included praying for the people who will sleep in our guest bed, the people who will sit, and the conversations that will happen, around our dinner table, and the children that will play in Crescena’s room.  And as we prayed we allowed the verses quoted at the bottom of this page to soak in our hearts and set the tone; rejoicing in our salvation.  Yes, there was also some intense prayer against any spiritual activity not of God, especially in the rooms that had been involved in the odd events I mentioned at the beginning of this blog.  We prayed that, as we anointed the doors and windows of our physical house, God would guard the “doors and windows” of our family, that evil would not be given root or entrance into our lives.

We owe a big “thank you” to all of you who pray for us; you may not always know, and often neither do we, the impact of your prayers.  I hope, though, that the Holy Spirit affirms in your heart that it makes far more of a difference than any of us can see.

If you find yourself not sure what to make of this, feel free to send us an email, or find a good book on the subject since this certainly is not an apologetic.  Regardless, I hope you allow the Holy Spirit to direct you in discerning what is, or isn’t, truth.  I’ll be one of the first to tell you that experience is not king; nevertheless, I will leave you with this thought.  Last night, for the first night in several, there was peace as we slept.

Luke 10:19-20

“19 Behold, I have given you authority… over all the power of the enemy….  20Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

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