Exposing Hidden Sin
For nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. (Luke 8:17).
On February 10th 1998 I just completed a five-week prophets length fast that consisted of drinking only water and fresh juice after the Holy Spirit directed me. My whole life felt brand-new as I was naturally and spiritually awakened and renewed by the power of God with fresh oil. At that time and season I was preaching under a new prophetic anointing. I was so charged in my spirit that I felt I now had the power and the anointing like Jesus to heal the sick and cast out devils. But something strange happened to me three days after I completed my fast. As I was in my bed resting, all of a sudden I heard a great rumbling noise and my bedroom walls began to shake, then it happened! I felt an evil presence come into my bedroom through the walls and it grabbed me and I felt my spirit leave my body. The evil force took me down to a lower dark region. I saw many small demon spirits dressed in black robes surrounding me in a circle. As I was in the middle of the circle, I began to fight each evil spirit one-by-one I was defeating them. Then I saw and heard a larger spirit dressed in a black hooded robe as he was approaching me say, "Let me get him, he has destroyed my kingdom long enough”. I remember trying to call out to my wife so she could wake me up from this horrifying dream but I couldn't. Then the larger evil spirit started to whip me with his long tail. In my sleep I could feel the awful stinging pain. I was losing strength. I was trying to call on the blood of Jesus, but nothing would come out of my mouth. Then I saw a light and I heard a voice say, "Fight him in your own strength". I remember putting my hands in the evil spirit mouth, placing one hand on the top of his mouth and the other on the bottom, and I began to pull them both apart. As I was pulling his mouth apart it was like I was ripping a bloody coat of flesh from off of me. I remember as I ripped this spirit in half from top to bottom, I stepped out of a bloody coat of torn flesh. When I woke up, sweat was pouring off of me and I was out of breath. When my wife woke up she said, “What happened to you”? I begin to explain the dream I had to her. The next day still shaken by the dream I told only a few people about the dream and my experience. Some of my preacher friends said; that I was going to have great power over Satan's kingdom, but for some reason that did not sit well within my spirit. Three days later, the Lord begins to reveal to me what the dream meant. The Lord said, “When you were down in the lower dark region fighting those smaller demon spirits you were winning, but when there came the larger evil spirit you started to lose”. The Lord then said, “When you ripped the larger evil spirit into two and stepped out of his bloody flesh, that bloody flesh was you stepping out of your own filthy flesh”. The Lord said; “Just because you fasted 40 days that doesn’t mean that you have arrived, there is still some nasty flesh in you that needs to be cut out of you”. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Cor 7:1). You see the real problem with most of us that are leaders in the church we feel that just because God called us to preach His Gospel and we have done great works in the past, we have a special seat in God’s kingdom. We preachers sometimes get puffed up with our theology, anointing, talents, and gifts that pride enter our hearts. We are so quick of judging and pinpointing faults within others, but when it comes down to our own personal lives we are blind to our own shortcomings, failures and faults. Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye. (Luke 6:42). The first step for any preacher to be used by God in a greater way is to first be honest with yourself before you preach to others. The Apostle Paul said, “Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?” (Rom. 2:21).
What this verse means is that; anyone who does not practice what he preaches, Paul says he does not have anything worthwhile to preach about. In my dream, God wanted me to know that even though he uses me in ministry there were still things in my life that Satan has cleverly hidden that I need to be purged from. Beloved I don’t care how good you are versed in the word of God. The Lord wants us to continue to turn the spotlight on our hearts so that he can complete His work in our lives.
These few scriptures below will cause that which is hidden in your life to manifest.
Neither is there any creature (demon) that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. (Heb 4:13) Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. (Matt 10:26). For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. (Mark 4:22).
It is not possible to correct yourself rightly if you do not recognize the evil things hidden in your heart and the evil diseases that proceed from it. If an unrecognized disease remains untreated in the body soon it begins to spread and eventually it can kill. The beginning of good health is a healthy diet, good exercise and periodical checkups. For who having recognized his illness does not seek healing, and who knowing his bondage does not seek deliverance from it?
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, they that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. (Matthew 9:12).
When you recognize the evil that hides itself within your heart like a deadly poison, you can be quickly delivered from it, by the purging of God. Hidden within all of our hearts are pride, self-will, envy, wrath, impurity, and every abominable thing. If untreated these spiritual diseases threaten eternal death.
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