WOOD'S END / WORLD'S END; DELIVERANCE AND OUTCOME - and a little personal history.

Early on, before I had the spiritual maturity to recognize the truth of what I was seeing / living, I would pray and ask Jesus Christ to take certain experiential burdens far from me. I did not want to discern demonic activity in the circumstances around me.  The truth is that we are all designed with unique characteristics and yet, we share inspiring commonalities in traits, personality, and spiritual connectedness that coalesce our God-Gifted humanity.  The outcome are spiritual gifts and godly power that grow out of suffering, are refined in obedience, and overwhelmingly conquer in spiritual warfare. 

It is heartening to hear from so many who claim a calling in the area of deliverance.  Fellow believers who see beyond the superficial constructs to risk engagement.  And I'm so glad they feel this blog has helped to validate their ministry and gifts.  There seem to be more of us in the world; stepping up to the plate to claim gifts of Deliverance and Discernment and Discernment and Intercession.  I'm certain this ties in perfectly with the needs and dynamics of where we are in world history...  at the end of the Church Age... a period when demonic activity has blinded so many.  Our culture is saturated via  film and media in  apostasy; dangerous amalgams of pagan and Christian teaching.  Overwhelmingly our youngest generation is being inundated with demonic themes of witchcraft and the preternatural and they are stepping into this as the church is largely silent.   

I started this blog in 2009 and knew all along that I would be sharing information about preternatural / supernatural experiences and primarily deliverance and prayer related to these topics.  In 2009 I was let go (fired) from a job at a Christian ministry where I found many improprieties.  I had been on the Board of Directors for six years before I was sent in to do a little "fixing" and in my first month had to get down on my knees and ask God to forgive me for having served in that capacity as a board member and not asked more questions.  Some board members had been keeping information from others and there was a preternatural, delusional aura that satanically protected the director.  There was also an enmeshed and unhealthy relationship with the the Director and at least three board members who seemed to think that protecting "their boy" took priority over their relationship with God. 

I had agreed to go in with the condition that I report directly to the board.  Attempting to go through the president of the board and being repeatedly shut down I took proof directly to all the board members.  Not only  funds being mishandled, but stolen.  The outcome... rather than face their complicity and pray for God's forgiveness I was made the scapegoat.   The primary concern seemed to be to protect the image of the ministry rather than do the necessary housecleaning.  To a person they turned on me.  I was a trouble-maker and to this day I still suffer the gossip and misconceptions that swirled around these events.  A year or two after, I was having lunch with one of the former board members.  I was told that they had recently discovered that the Director (who is no longer there) had a ministry credit card he was using for personal expenses and being paid for via the ministry donations.  I was stunned since I had handed over black and white proof of this; along with other, even more serious matters during that fateful board meeting.  

What happened?  The temptation not to know is a very real delusional satanic tool.  Evil people construct their environment and people their associations with others willing to sustain the secret sins or inclinations.  Often when a child is being abused in a home the passive parent will claim he/she didn't know and yet there was very clear evidence of abuse.  This dynamic, augmented by a very real preternatural shield of blindness, impacts all facets of life.   A daily affirmation should be: We have the mind of Christ, ears to hear, eyes to see, hearts to understand and a passion for the kingdom of God and His word...  So Jesus, open my eyes, ears, and mind to grasp the role You have for me to play as an intercessor, a leader, a parent, or... in the area of warfare. 

As Holy Spirit carriers so much more is expected from us.  Sometimes Christian people are offended by my book.  I should not be writing about the supernatural.  And yet, they'll give their grandchildren a Harry Potter book or they'll become engrossed in something like Twilight or obsessively play a fantasy video game that eats time and serves no Kingdom purpose.  There is satanic opposition to Wood's End, because it stands as an informational tool, in a fiction format; and a powerful story that evidences the power of God in overcoming a dangerous cult.  And it shall be in the last days, God says, 'That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams, even on My bondslaves, both men and women I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit and they shall prophesy (Acts 2: 17, 18).  Read through verse 21.     

We are to declare the truth.  Ezekiel was given a vision and told: Son of man, see with your eyes, hear with your ears, and give attention to all that I am going to show you.  Ezekiel lived in a time much like ours. Belief had been relegated to dry tradition and so the people turned away, looking for a spiritual experience via the dark arts and practices.  This paganism blinded the people.  Their complicit partnership in the accepted societal practices; things of satan was not excused because they didn't entirely recognize the delusional demonic spirits that invited this blindness.   (Ezekiel 40: 4)  And it isn't enough to know... the angel or perhaps the incarnated Christ said to Ezekiel...  Declare to the house of Israel all that you see.  We are to declare what God gives us to see.  We are to risk exposing the lie; making a declaration of truth.

And the rest were hardened, just as it is written, God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes to see not and ears to hear not, down to this very day (Romans 11: 7b-8).   God allowed the sin indulged satanic spirit to operate.  It is by choice that Christian people opted for blindness.  Being in this job and suffering the aftermath made me stronger in many ways.  It sharpened my ability to see into the unseen realm without fear and showed me that I could survive the cost. 

After I started this blog in 2009... with time on my hands to finish my book, I often blogged about personal matters and especially through the loss of my marriage to a man I loved very much.  At that time I felt the prayers that were lifted up for me and I return this blessing in that I pray for my blog and book readers.  Thank you!  At heart I'm a private person and so I didn't intend to share as much as I did.  My husband relapsed into addiction after thirteen years of sobriety.  This began a journey into one of the darkest periods of my life.  The grief and loss I felt, so fresh on the heels of the betrayal of my previous position, at times, felt like more than I could bear.  But God is good; so faithful.  I learned much from some wonderful friends via Al-anon and AA and God showed me more clearly the supernatural constructs of deliverance in the area of addiction.  

At this time I began attending a very small church because I could not plaster a smile on my face and "play Church."  The pastor and these people didn't care if I sat and cried, as I often did in the very beginning.  I can't say I left there and even heard the sermon half the time.  I just needed to be in a place where other Holy Spirit carriers were assembled.  I was, much of the time, operating in a field of grief and so I stepped into what I knew from scripture and from life... to practice obedience.  This was healing for me because there were times when I was so grieved and depleted that I could hardly communicate.  Every day with the addict in my life was a day fraught with the temptation to be part of the problem.  I felt pretty shell-shocked as I began my own personal recovery in realizing that my love could not change the decisions of another. God was telling me to, as they say, let go and let Him.   

Then... as I was completing the first draft of Wood's End I heard satan say very clearly... if I would give up the book and stop writing I could have my beloved husband back.  Coming when it did one might think I would be tempted to give in; but I wasn't.  Not at all.  The voice was so clear and the invitation so real that I was galvanized to take up my armour; to rely more and more on Jesus Christ and to accept the tools he was giving me in the midst of battle to become stronger in the area of prayer.  Many scripts running in our head, and especially at times of profound loss, are not from God.

... he was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8: 44b).

And Ezekiel prophetically wrote about satan's end; already decreed by our righteous and holy God: All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have become terrified and you will cease to be forever (Ezekiel 28: 19).

When we lose everything and still have the joy of the Lord there isn't much that satan can do to us.  What I found was an inner strength, deeper experiences and knowledge in the area of deliverance which very much informed my book, Wood's End. There was the joy of hearing God's voice over those of the enemy at those times of intense attack.  I had experienced the preternatural battle on behalf of others and seen victory in house cleansings and deliverance prayer.  I had given others advice about addicted loved ones, but now I experienced this for myself.  I came to see who my Savior is beyond the trappings of the physical world.  When we fight the battle Jesus Christ is faithful within, at our right hand, and we are surrounded by angels. In the book of Revelation John tells us that the angels in heaven worshipped Father Yahweh with these words... 

They said, "Amen!  Blessing and Glory and Wisdom and Thanksgiving and Honor and Power and Strength belong to our God forever and ever (Revelation 7: 12).  In my prayers each day I've learned to stand with the angels and proclaim this same prayer.  God is all this on my behalf and yours. 

I visited the Assembly of God church in Raleigh, TN last Thursday to hear Chuck Peirce and Dutch Sheets speak.  Chuck Peirce spoke about a "new communication hub" which resonated with me since getting tools and clearer information to those called to Deliverance is a mandate from my heavenly Father.  After the event it was pretty busy as Dutch and Chuck signed books at opposite ends of the lobby.  For just a brief window Chuck only had two people at his table and the Holy Spirit said to walk over there.  I gave him a copy of the Wood's End poster and told him about the book and that we were raising investment to make an independent Christian film.  He placed his hand on the poster, paused.  Then he looked up and said something like...  there is opposition to the movie from the Christian community.  And then... "Do you know what this is?"   

I felt, as I often do, the hushed anticipation in the spiritual realm and tears came to my eyes.  But yes...  Pastors are not teaching about the supernatural.  They are letting Hollywood, media, and the entertainment industry do that work and thus we have too many believers utterly confused about what it means to be demonized, can Christians have a demon?  What are ghosts and who are the real aliens among us.  What are these orbs and visions; what exactly are curses, hexes, and spells and do they impact us today.   There is a huge disconnect in the teaching pastors have received and what we deal with in this current epoch of history. 

Thus... God is raising up deliverance to be understood as a tool of the body of Christ.  And not the tepid shadow or conversely the extreme craziness, but the controlled and specific tools that become powerful weapons in setting captives free.   

So yes... there has been intense opposition to my book which conveys these tools and experiences in the practical context of lives lived.  The story of three families develops further in the sequel and then the third book wherein we will pick up the story of Andrea.  Most of the money I make from book sales will go into the film since we are currently raising investment for an independent Christian film. 
If you want to be part of realizing these goals of conveying warfare tools that impact life on this planet, at this time in cosmic history, in ways that evidence the power of Jesus Christ, please  join me in this endeavor.  Read the book.  Recommend the book.  Become involved in reaching out to others with the tools needed to stand in the current avalanche of paganism via the preternatural.  Demons have assignments.  Angels have assignments.  The battle is real and I know that my book Wood's End, a play on Worlds End; has a significant role to play by the authority of God's fundamental truths about such matters.

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But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8: 37-39.)   

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