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Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. (Acts 19:19 KJ20)
Destroying written words is not a new thing. As long as there have been books or even scrolls, there have been book burnings. God commanded people to destroy the written works of any prophet who spoke presumptuously by saying “Thus saith the Lord” and the prophecy didn’t come true. We see this repeated in the New Testament with books that have other spirits upon them: witchcraft books. Why is this?
Many Christians read a book and say they can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit upon the book. Is it inconceivable that the presence of other spirits may be upon books? Perhaps this is why God had His people destroy writings of people who claimed that the information came from God but was later proven not to be from Him. These writings would allow other spirits to influence people who read or own that book.
This was not an easy revelation for me to accept because I am a Kindle bestselling author and a lover of books. I believe that this is why God revealed to our team the power of tainted books in a very miraculous way:
The Lord brought guidance to our team that books could, indeed, hold a spirit other than the Holy Spirit. To our great surprise, even some books about God could hold an evil spirit. When we talked about this in a previous tea & coffee meeting online, we also spoke about contaminated objects. The Holy Spirit led me to bring a picture from my bedroom for testing. Several people were stunned by the level of contamination. They stated what they were feeling in the meeting and said as much. I set the item aside to deal with at a later time.
The meeting continued, led powerfully by the Holy Spirit. The picture sat on the desk next to me. As I began to pray for others, my nose became increasingly stuffy, my eyes itched, and my throat was scratchy. The Holy Spirit told me it was coming from the picture. I got up and took it to the garage and threw it into the trash.This was how I discovered one of the ways that the Holy Spirit brings discernment to me. I had received guidance like this before, but only upon entering rooms where there were hordes of demons afflicting someone. Now I knew the Holy Spirit was continuing to use this type of discernment with me.
A few weeks later, a member of our church asked for help, let’s call her Mary. She was in her 90s and had been collecting books for decades. Confusion plagued her no matter how much of the Bible she read. She couldn’t seem to hold onto the teachings about the Courts of Heaven, often asking the same question week after week.
The Holy Spirit suggested to Mary that perhaps there were spirits attached to her books which were contributing to this issue. I drove 45 minutes to her house on a Saturday to help her discern which books were contaminated.
On the way there, the Holy Spirit said to put the books in my car and throw them away for her. I wasn’t at all surprised when Mary told me that her husband might be upset if he found boxes of books in the garbage: I offered to take care of them for her.
There were four large boxes of books that were tainted, written by well-known men of God. I had an additional 20-30 set aside and called members of our team to double check them for me. All but one of those had to go.
Not long after I got into the car, my eyes began to itch. “It’s probably just the dust,” I told myself. Halfway home, my sinuses were so clogged, it felt like I had a massive weight upon my face. My nose began to bleed and my back ached like I was carrying sandbags on my shoulders for miles.
Stopped at a light a few miles from my house, I began thinking about one of the books in the boxes. It had really helped me understand the power of the blood of Jesus and the name of Jesus… it neglected to mention that I should only use these things with the guidance from the Holy Spirit. Suddenly, a thought came into my head, “Who do you think you are telling people they need more than the name and blood of Jesus?”
The thought was mean, harsh, condemning. This was not my Counselor who had led me to teach on these things just the week before. This was a demonic spirit! Since I get discernment through my nose, that is why I had the bloody nose first: it was a warning from the Holy Spirit showing me there was a strong enemy spirit present.It took a great amount of self-control to not pull over at the next gas station and put all the books into the closest dumpster. If these books could have that effect on me, it’s no wonder Mary was so confused! Oh, and she did let us know that following the cleaning out of her bookshelves, the confusion had left. Since this time, the Holy Spirit has been talking to me about books and gifts. There is danger in both of these things.
Fiction vs Nonfiction
- If they have actual spells in them.
- If they have materials that will train young minds in ways against God.
- If they have dragons on the cover.
- If we focus too much on the things in them.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching [but diminishes or adds to the doctrine of Christ], do not receive or welcome him into your house, and do not give him a greeting or any encouragement; or the one who gives him a greeting [who encourages him or wishes him success, unwittingly] participates in his evil deeds. (2 John 1:10-11 AMPC)
- Purchasing their books
- Subscribing to their blog or YouTube channel
- Being a member or partner of their ministry
- Giving tithes or offerings
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14 ESV)
Keys to Authority for Every Believerby Lynn Hardy
I would not take a thread or a shoelace or anything that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich. (Genesis 14:23 AMPC)
- A rich king had leprosy and tried to buy a healing from God’s people by sending him to the King of Israel. The prophet Elisha heard of this and demanded the man come and see him so that God could prove His power.
- Elisha told the king to go and dunk himself in the Jordan seven times and he would be healed by God.
- The King was upset and angry that Elisha didn’t just wave his hand and have the healing done with. The king’s servant however, convinced him to do as the prophet said.
- The king was healed and returned to thank Elisha and offer him all the gold, but the prophet refused to take it. So then the king declared he would only offer sacrifices to the God of Israel.
- Miracles shouldn’t be bought.
- Accepting a gift can bring a curse.
- Jesus' garment heals (Luke 8:40-48)
- Handkerchiefs and aprons of Paul (Acts 19:12)
[Strive to] save others, snatching [them] out of [the] fire; on others take pity [but] with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality. (Jude 1:23 AMPC)
I received a gift from someone, let’s call her Rachel, who hadn’t been in my life for a while. Despite the many miracles associated with my calling, she couldn’t accept it. She actually told me that if God chose me for this job, she believed that He chose wrong. This was her opinion about me and I knew this. I was also aware that the Lord was still freeing her from a Jezebel spirit.
Rachel sent me a Christmas gift and on the same day I came down with an awful cold. The present was in my garage for a couple of days, before it was brought inside the house.
Since I brought it inside my house, my throat became so sore I could hardly swallow medicine. Trying to figure out if I had an open door, I spoke to Lydia, one of the Agape board members. Our conversation flowed to a new topic, directed by the Holy Spirit.
She told me that she was giving away some really nice jewelry. It had been given to her by an old friend who she now realized, was operating in the old wineskin. Lydia was now aware that the Lord was still in the process of freeing this friend from Jezebel when she received these gifts. When they parted ways, this “friend” had cursed her with some negative words. Now, Lydia saw a curse on those objects when she looked at them.
The Holy Spirit brought my new gift to mind and the fact I had gotten sick as I received it. I asked Lydia to take a look at Rachel’s gift. During a video chat, Lydia saw black snakes all over the items and suggested that I call another team member, for verification without telling them anything about the gift.
Within a few minutes of speaking with the Agape Team member on the phone, he looked carefully at the gift and said, “My eyes feel weird and my arm too. I feel the Holy Spirit is saying that these will hinder your destiny, your work for God.”
“You’ve had experience with things like this, haven't you?” I asked, disappointed that there was confirmation. “Shouldn’t the blood be able to take care of this? This is a super nice gift. I don’t want to throw it out!”
“I had a blanket given to me by a family member who was influenced by a spirit and struggled with accepting me. I tried everything, pleading the blood of Jesus and anointing it… nothing worked. I finally had to get rid of it,” they confessed. “I think it has to do with the heart of the person who had given the gift. That is not something we can change.”
“Shoot,” I thought, “Looks like I will have to get rid of the gift.” As soon as I had accepted that thought, the pain in my throat left! It was instantly gone! “Oh no,” I whined, “The Holy Spirit just confirmed that you’re right!"
I put the gift back in the garage. I still felt a little yucky and had a bit of a stuffy nose, but nothing like before: I was 90% healed! I pursued the Holy Spirit and asked about the remaining 10%. He stated that it was the natural sickness and the 90% that was an attack of the enemy was now gone. Who knew that a gift could bring a curse or an attack of the enemy!
Removing the Curse
Father, I take the Sword of the Spirit and I cut all soul ties with (name item) _____ and I renounce all covenants, oaths, unholy words spoken over it, especially if it was used in a ritual. Your Word says 'So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed' John 8:36.
Lord, I want to be disconnected from this item and be holy unto you ‘Be holy just as I also am holy.’ 1 Peter 1:16, I ask that the Blood of Jesus wash me clean, and I ask that all defilement cursing this object be removed and washed clean in Jesus name. Amen.
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Believers' Boot Camp series
Many people think of boot camp as a place you train for combat. Any veteran will tell you that basic training is about three things:
- Knowing what weapons are available
- Learning how to use those weapons
- Receiving orders and following them
Volume 1: Why Doesn't God Speak to Me?
Eager hearts cry out, hoping for a single word to confirm that He hears us. Yet, many times the only sound is silence. Over the years I have heard several reasons why God speaks to some and not to others. One night, as I tossed and turned, I brought each of these reasons before the Lord, stating why each of them did not line up with who I thought He was.
Words rose from my soul, pleading for Him to reveal why He has remained silent when a single word from Him would mean so much to so many. For the next few hours, God used things I learned about years ago and things I had just discovered to show why He talks to some and why He doesn’t, and in demonstrative ways.
In His grace, He also showed me how people could hear more from Him. Basic instructions on how to hear more from God and how to be led by Him are included in this book. Thank you for taking time to consider the answers I received and share with you now.
Keys to Authority for Every Believer
There is untapped power that is easy for every Christian to access in the form of authority. The keys to this authority will unlock weapons we can use to free ourselves from the attacks of the enemy. We must be intimately aware of the bounds and limitations of our weapon if they are to be used effectively.
Find out about your authority:
- Why you need it.
- Where it comes from.
- What you can do with it.
- How to get more.
- Why you need it.
- Where it comes from.
- What you can do with it.
- How to get more.