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The Nountaineer

 

There is a spirit world that is just as it is described in “The Word Of God” and I have first hand experience with it! Do not think that there is a little guy in a red suit trying to get you to do bad things because he would rather just divert your attention from God’s truth and allow you to do what ever your heart desires as long as you avoid “Faith in Christ”!

The Spiritual Gifts from The Holy Spirit are provided to believers when they receive Eternal Life through Faith in their LORD and Savior, Jesus The Messiah or The Word of God who set aside His Prerogative to remain seated on the Throne of Glory, at the Right Hand of The Father. He then Chose to be born a human being, who are created in the image of God. It was Love that caused Him to do this and pity for this vast sea of humanity who were like sheep without a Shepard, wandering to and fro without hope. Mankind had been cursed along with all of creation and without a sinless Savior to become the Final and most complete sacrifice, there was no hope for mankind. After Our LORD paid the Great Price for our salvation, He then returned to Glory and 10 days later He sent the promised Holy Spirit at the time of Pentecost which meant that Jerusalem was filled with those who chose to worship the God of the Jewish people. This was the beginning of the “Church” which is the body of Christ, Also known as the “Bride of Christ” who will someday be snatched away to meet The Lord in the air or upper atmosphere which is called the “Second Heaven”. Actually, it could be anywhere, from where the clouds are to the outer atmosphere or “space”.

Now back to the “Gifts of The Spirit”. Each “true believer” receives at least one spiritual gift and these are available in the books of 1st Corinthians chapters 12, and 14, 1st Peter chapter 4, Ephesians chapter 4, Romans chapter1,verse11,  and of course in the book of Acts which describes the coming of The Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Today is a time like no other in the history of the Earth. The battle is raging for the hearts, minds, and souls of our children. The enemy of all mankind has conceived all manner of traps, snares, and deceptions to keep or prevent as many human beings from knowing the Truth which is God’s Truth and no other. The battle is on Earth yet the primary players are in another realm or dimension. This takes an incredible amount of “Spiritual Discernment” as well as caution when defending against an invisible enemy who hates all of humanity because we are created in the image of God and God is their primary enemy. That which makes it even more difficult to understand is that the battle has already been won by “The Word of God”, when He died on the cross and paid the sin debt for all who will believe a simple yet astonishing truth. “We are “Saved By Faith”. All other religions are in one form or another, “works based” in their understanding of what is “good” and what is needed for atonement, of one sort or another.

The description of this spiritual battle in the Bible has proven to be absolutely true. I know this from personal experience yet it has taken decades for me to even begin to understand why I have seen and experienced all that I have. I finally turned to the Bible after God personally stepped into my life at the age of 30. There was a long interval where I was like a ship without a rudder because I received Christ as my Savior at the age of 6 and for a variety of reasons why, it took a long time for me to look to “The Book” for some answers. It is now like daily food that is every bit as important as food for the body. The better the nutrition for the body then the healthier will be the body, and it is the same for our soul and spirit! Without daily feeding on God’s word, we become not only malnourished but leave ourselves open to attack by “the enemy”. This does not mean that we are not attacked daily any way, it means that we are better prepared to resist the attacks. I have found that for me it is necessary to listen to the audio Bible daily if possible and listen every evening to as many of my favorite Bible expositors as possible. Since I live alone it is possible for me to spend most of my waking hours filling my mind with God’s truths. It is something like an immunization. The enemy still tries to get a foot-hold in my life but when his attacks happen, I know why and do not turn and run but stand my ground with the addition of spiritual armor from God and can even use the LORD’s offensive weapon which is God’s Word! Do not allow anyone to even try to convince you that there is no devil or demons or even Holy Angels for that matter. I can say that with confidence because I have seen and experienced the spirit world. I have even seen God’s hand at work! Be prepared, for the battle in the heavenly places is underway as you read this!

The Nountaineer

Today is a time like no other in the history of the Earth. The battle is raging for the hearts, minds, and souls of our children. The enemy of all mankind has conceived all manner of traps, snares, and deceptions to keep or prevent as many human beings from knowing the Truth which is God’s Truth and no other. The battle is on Earth yet the primary players are in another realm or dimension. This takes an incredible amount of “Spiritual Discernment” as well as caution when defending against an invisible enemy who hates all of humanity because we are created in the image of God and because God is their primary enemy. That which makes it even more difficult to understand is that the battle has already been won by “The Word of God”, when He died on the cross and paid the sin debt for all who will believe a simple yet astonishing truth. “We are “Saved By Faith”. All other religions are in one form or another, “works based” in their understanding of what is “good” and what is needed for atonement, of one sort or another.

The description of this spiritual battle in the Bible has proven to be absolutely true. I know this from personal experience yet it has taken decades for me to even begin to understand why I have seen and experienced all that I have. I finally turned to the Bible after God personally stepped into my life at the age of 30. There was a long interval where I was like a ship without a rudder because I received Christ as my Savior at the age of 6 and for a variety of reasons why, it took a long time for me to look to “The Book” for some answers.  The main reason is, my parents were not saved and soon afterwords stopped taking myself and my siblings to church. Then not long afterwords, they divorced and I was never properly discipled. The “Word of God” is now like daily food that is every bit as important as food for the body. The better the nutrition for the body then the healthier will be the body, and it is the same for our soul and spirit! Without  feeding daily on God’s word, we become not only malnourished but leave ourselves open to attack by “the enemy”. This does not mean that we are not attacked daily any way, it means that we are better prepared to resist the attacks. I have found that for me it is necessary to listen to the audio Bible daily if possible as well as listening every evening to as many of my favorite Bible expositors as possible. Since I live alone it is possible for me to spend most of my waking hours filling my mind with God’s truths. It is something like an immunization. The enemy still tries to get a foot-hold in my life but when his attacks happen, I know why and do not turn and run but stand my ground with the addition of spiritual armor from God and can even use the LORD’s offensive weapon which is God’s Word!

Now back to the “Gifts of The Spirit”. Each “true believer” receives at least one spiritual gift and these are available in the books of 1st Corinthians chapters 12, and 14, 1st Peter chapter 4, Ephesians chapter 4, Romans chapter 4 and of course in the book of Acts which describes the coming of The Holy Spirit at Pentecost. I can not speak very much in-depth about the gifts that I do not personally have but know that at least one of the gifts that I have  is “Spiritual Discernment”. Spiritual Discernment is a gift that is very important today but not many seem to have it or they do not yet realize what it is or how to use it! I have found that this gift is somewhat threatening to people, sometimes because members are not certain of their own salvation! If a person with Spiritual Discernment was incorporated into every body of believers then the “Chaff” would be recognized for who they are and removed or made to understand that they are at best seekers and are not allowed to take communion or take part in Church leadership at all!

The “Spiritual Gifts” today are more important than ever in my opinion because the church has been invaded by false Christians and it is primarily  the fault of the Church leaders, who for a couple of reasons at least have allowed anyone with money in their pockets to join or simply attend to support all the Church activities as well as because of pride, which is to increase their numbers and become larger than their competing Churches in their area. I know that this sounds harsh and it is, but the truth needs to be made known. The Body of Christ is in trouble for the lack of integrity and for the lack of concern for the purity of  “The Body of Christ”. These children of Satan have infiltrated into the Church , just as they have into our government and worked their way into leadership and are steering the Body of Christ down the wide  road that leads to destruction, just as they are doing to our country! The true believers have been deceived into thinking that all of their church activities are somehow accomplishing Christ’s mission for His Church. The leaders have ignored the importance of the “Spiritual Gifts” that work to keep the “Body of Christ” healthy and protected from the wiles of the devil. Lets face it, the Church is in trouble! Without these gifts being incorporated into the “Body”, we have fallen into the hands and plans of Satan, which is to divert the attention of the Church onto less important things and projects instead of winning souls and seeing that they are properly discipled. One of the main issues that arose  in the “Billy Graham Crusades” was that these people who were making decisions for Christ were not being steered to Godly churches to be properly discipled. Therefore the majority of those who made decisions for Christ, fell away! Many never returned to The Lord.  Some did return, but later in life!

The Primary Purpose of the Church is to worship our Creator with praise and thanksgiving while seeking to obey the “Great Commission” which is to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. The Gospel means “Good News”. That is the good news that our Creator and Redeemer has come and paid the great  price which was necessary to  save us from our sin debt which is owed to a Holy God who must be satisfied by a pure blood sacrifice and only Christ Jesus could pay it! We in the body of Christ need to not only worship God but we are to seek and to save the lost with that same good news. It is actually The Holy Spirit who regenerates our spirit. Our job is to plant the seed of the Word of God and also water the seed that has been planted by others and the Spirit gives the growth. Therefore we are to Glorify God through our personal relationship with Him and enjoy Him forever!

After we have our worship and fellowship, we are to do these very things in our own neighborhoods and at work and even in our schools and government. We are not to fear the repercussions from unbelievers who jeer and ridicule Christians who truly live out their faith and are obedient to God. These things are to be expected and Jesus Himself said”Because they hated Me, they will also hate you”. And they do, especially if you are obedient! The ungodly want us to hide in our churches and our homes and keep the Word of God out of their hearing and to a great degree they have succeeded in browbeating us into submission. When was the last time that you witnessed to your neighbor or someone at work? It takes courage to risk being rejected yet we are commanded to do just that and be prepared for ridicule and scorn! We are also to go into ALL of the world and not just our neighborhoods. There are millions dieing every year and going into a Christ-less eternity. If we are not personally called to missions then we are called to support those who do go into the mission field! We are to GIVE even until it hurts and then give even more. I must confess that I am also guilty! I have plans to support missions in a big way as soon as the Lord provides the mineral wealth that I have sat on for the last 24 years. It is all according to his timing and his timing is not my timing, as I have so painfully learned through these many years, even decades!

The Nountaineer

I have felt unusually down-in-the-dumps lately and I have not understood why. Today, I went to a Super Store whose name I will leave unmentioned, and at the next check-out counter I recognized three women of whom two do not live in my neck of-the-woods normally but I knew why they were in the area. The 90-year-old mother of the two sisters were in town because their mother had suffered  some Type of  heart attack. I had been in the dark except for a brief description about this woman being in the hospital. We finished checking-out at the same time and I was very anxious to ask about their mother. When I did, I was given the bad news that she had passed away yesterday.

I ate lunch with this woman in a semi-public facility a few times each week, and had done so for a few years. I had been very concerned about her because she had behaved in an unusual way, different than in previous months. Her attitude toward me had changed, even though I took very good care of her. I suspected that it had to do with the fact that I had on a few occasions mentioned that I was a Christian and had made brief comments to another person sitting with us, along those lines.  Even though these comments were made to other people seated with us, I suspected that it bothered her somehow. I believe that she was not “Saved”and she had developed hard feelings toward me, because of it, somehow. I am now convinced that The Holy Spirit had worked on her heart but she was resistant. I had waited for an opportunity to witness to her but she never joined the conversation when Christian related comments were made in her hearing. My heart has been very burdened because of her spiritual condition and somehow, The Holy Spirit was causing me to be troubled over her condition because her time was short!

This goes back to other posts that I have written about “Spiritual Gifting”and It was the gift of “Spiritual Discernment” that through God’s Spirit, had troubled me for this past week or longer! Now she is Gone and I am convinced that she is not in a good place because of her stubbornness and now she will have to endure an eternity of punishment. I can not tell you how saddened I am over this situation and wish it had turned out differently.

If you have anyone close to you who you suspect that he or she is not saved then make every effort to talk to them, privately, if possible because you may not have another chance, which was the case in my life. It is too important to allow an opportunity to witness to pass by!

The Nountaineer

 

It is quite evident to me through much study and experience that we are in the battle for our souls like never before. I have been under Satanic attack for decades and have even seen Satan face-to-face when I was 18 years old. Scary? You bet it was! My younger sister saw It appear right before my face from across the room and when it was over I looked to see an expression of terror on her face. She was 15 at that time and although I tried to get her to tell me what exactly that it was that she saw, she would always change the subject because it was a reality that she did not want to deal with. She knew exactly what she had seen but it was not until late in 2009 that she finally revealed to me that she had seen the Devil in person from across the room. Even then she cut me off when I tried to talk further with her about it because she was still living an unholy lifestyle and did not want to face the fact that the Bible is true! This originally happened in 1972 which reveals my age and how long that I have been on the receiving end of Satan’s harassment. The Satanic attacks continued in one form or another throughout my adult years although I did not understand why I was having such a miserable life. I am finally coming to grips with the negative events and attitudes from unsaved or even demonic controlled individuals although it has taken more than 20 years of studying the Bible and listening to some of the best Bible teachers, alive or now dead. I have simply been Satan’s target because of The LORD’s  plans for me and my life. It is still not even close to being easy but I at least now know why these things have happened. I just need to make sure that I am not personally the cause of future problems apart from God’s will.

I have also learned that all those who truly belong to The LORD by faith are targets to some degree but we all need to become aware that we have spiritual armor available to us which is for defensive purposes and the only offensive tool at our disposal is the Word of God itself. We also must realize that we have individual tools or “Spiritual Gifts” that are meant to be used for the edification or to build up the body of believers. I do not have much personal experience with most of these gifts except for my primary spiritual gift which is some type of “Spiritual Discernment“. I see things! Besides having seen Satan, I have seen unclean spirits that appear as human spirits but are not! A demon tried to possess me in a dream on Mount Diablo in California. On another occasion a demon appeared in my room one evening. Actually it was just the head of an elderly looking man hovering near the ceiling. Once a “Guardian Angel” saved my life from a snowstorm in the mountains when I was camping although I did not actually see him. I was planning to spend one more night in my tent even though the winter weather was foreboding. It had snowed about an inch the night before and I felt that I was tough enough to handle another night. It snowed 2 or 2 and a half feet of wet heavy snow that night and my flimsy nylon dome tent would have and actually did collapse under the weight of the snow. I would have been trapped in the tent and died of hypothermia. About 4:30pm a gust of wind slapped my tent twice and then an angry sounding voice said “is that plain enough for you?”. Then he said  “it is going to get a lot worse tonight”. When I heard that, I grabbed my backpack, jumped into my ’66 Chevelle and got out of their as fast as I could. It happened that a wall of sleet was coming up the gulch as I was heading for my travel trailer which was a couple miles away on a bad mountain road.

Some Christian scholars believe that true  “Born Again Believers” only have one spiritual gift but there is much debate and some confusion as to which “Gifts” are still in effect today since “Tongues and Prophesy” were for the early Church as “Sign Gifts” to authenticate the fact that the Gentiles were also to be included in the “Body of Believers’ therefore it was necessary for the Holy Spirit to do a repeat of the events that took place during Pentecost. “Tongues of Fire” is one such miraculous occurrence that is no longer necessary since the consolidation of the Jewish Body of Believers with the Gentile believers which has long been shown to be a fact according to the events that took place at the residence of Cornelius. Then came the visit of The Apostle Peter, at the command of the LORD in a Vision at the home of “Simon the tanner” at Joppa by the sea shore.

As we get closer to that day when the Holy Spirit is taken out-of-the-way, we will see a continued downward slide toward the “Days of Noah” which is a comparison to how mankind on the earth degenerated into a very unholy and violent people, much like the way that Sodom and Gomorrah had become so very corrupt and an abomination in The LORD’s eyes. This event is also associated with “Jacobs Trouble” or  the “Great Tribulation” which is when the anti-Christ will be revealed, deceive Israel into thinking that their Messiah has arrived at last to set them free with a promise or covenant of peace but to no avail because 42 months into this covenant he will break it and defile the “Temple”. The first 42 months is simply called the “tribulation”. When the “Temple” is defiled, it is then that all  hell breaks loose and terror and judgment will occur like never before in the history of the Earth. This is the “Great Tribulation . Since the last temple was destroyed in AD 70, a new one will have to be rebuilt first. Jesus predicted this destruction of the old one because they rejected their Messiah at his coming.

 

The Nountaineer

 
Our lives consist of the many desires, needs, cares and disappointments that form who we are especially in our formative years.

After this we strive to understand who we are and what we should do with this life that we have been given by God. This is of course referring to those who believe in The God of Creation. Those who do not, lack the basic moorings necessary to achieve true joy and peace within their lifetimes. Very few that do not receive the Gift of Eternal Life when they are young, ever do so later in life. This unfortunately encompasses most of humanity. They have what is called a God shaped void within their soul that can only be filled by God Himself. People try to fill that spiritual void with every conceivable form of fulfillment including all things sinful which I will not try to enumerate at this time. Most people, deep in their soul know what sin is. God has given all of us a conscience that tells us that something is wrong. After a person suppresses these pangs of conscience over and over, their conscience becomes calloused and is no longer sensitive to their God given inner warning system and then eternal life is not likely in their lives.. That is the way it is and no one can force an adult person to do what is right, nor should they, apart from the criminal justice system. All we can do is witness to them or simply set an example of how we should behave and act, like a Christian should act, in their presence, and pray for them. It is quite often not wise to witness because of their hostility toward Christianity therefore our behavior and especially our love for our “neighbor” is all we have to show the way of “Eternal Salvation“.We need to ask God for His Holy Spirit to give us discernment for each and every situation.

When we pray, we are to pray for specific needs, wants or intervention. We should get out of the bad habit of just asking God to “Bless” this person or that situation. The Lord wants us to develop a truly meaningful prayer life with Him as part of the “Personal Relationship” that he not only wants but also commands us to develop with Him.

As for those who are true believers, we are to direct our focus upon The Lord of our Salvation and try our best to please Him through obedience, which is empowered by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. We need to seek His perfect will for our lives on an individual basis. We need to ask The LORD to reveal to us how we are to use our Spiritual Gifts for the edification of the Body of Christ. What is your Gift or Gifts? How can we be sure what they are? It takes prayer and the study of God’s Word to discover our Gifts and then put them into practice. I am trying to learn to properly use the gift of “Spiritual Discernment” , which is properly called “Discerning of Spirits”, that He gave to me. I did not ask for this gift nor would I have asked! I say this in retrospect because it has been a great burden for me.

 

The Nountaineer

 

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This is my attempt to share the very unusual life occurrences that The GOD of our universe has so graciously allowed me to experience, even great pain! I will also try to share what HE has taught me through my pain and study of HIM.

The Holy Spirit Today / Spiritual Gifting /Revised

Through years of intense study on my own as well as with some of the best Bible teachers available, I have come to the stark realization that I have been “Spiritually Gifted” with the “Gift of Spiritual Discernment” or “Discerning of Spirits”. It is the only way to explain all of the spiritual/supernatural things that I have seen including demons and the Devil himself. I do not seek to have these experiences but I now know that The LORD has allowed these realizations, for the lack of a better way of describing what has happened to me, to prepare me for a great task that he has already began. After decades of spiritual oppression with Satanic attacks through wicked people, in my dreams and in ways that I still do not fully comprehend, GOD has been preparing me for an even greater battle ahead. The LORD has also made great promises to me many years ago otherwise I would not have had the strength to continue with the mind-boggling events that I have endured. I am a great threat to the Adversary who is the Devil otherwise he would not be so interested in harming me. This has encompassed the first half of my life to toughen me up for the later stages in my life.
The later stages began at the age of 30 in a very unusual way. It has been an even more challenging set of circumstances than the first half of my life and even harder to describe, although I will try my best to inspire you to believe even unto “Eternal Salvation” if at all possible.
After years of great hardship, both physically and psychologically, The Lord stepped into my life by sending an elderly man who I had just met a couple of days earlier. It was in the evening at a van customizing shop that virtually had no business and an owner who preferred to develop his country western band. This was his uncle. I manned the office in exchange for a place to plug-in my camper van and a place to sleep. His uncle presented himself with the exclamation that he had just had a “vision” about me personally. Even though I had been a believer in The LORD since I was 6 years old, I had not become grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Life had been too intense and I had not found anyone to mentor me from a Biblical point of view. This elderly man said that this, as well as previous visions included color similar to a stop light, red, yellow and green which told him whether or not to share the vision. My vision was green which told him to tell me. It simply consisted of three numbers, 7, 9, and 18, as I recall. He also gave to me 3 airline tickets that were for a flight that was departing in a day or two. I had to make a decision to trust God with this because it was around the holidays and the destination was Baltimore from Tucson and I was broke except for 8 dollars. I prayed about it and then on the next afternoon, I was on my way even though there were blizzard conditions in the Northeast USA and I would be hitch-hiking back. Thankfully, the plane landed at the Dallas / Fort Worth airport for a brief layover. I decided that it would be best for me to start hitch-hiking back from there.
This was the beginning of my choice to start trusting my LORD and Savior in a big way. I did not really have many other choices available and it was time for me to start to follow Him where-ever he led me by faith! IT was because of this major choice that made me become a major target for the adversary (Satan) and he has been relentless except for periods where he tried to get me to let my guard down. My thirst to study the Bible has been ever-increasing since then! Great pain and suffering has had a way of  forcing me to focus on Him as well. It has been this great increase in Bible study that has helped me to understand that all of these spiritual encounters were directly related to Spiritual Gifts that The LORD has given to me and in particular “Spiritual Discernment”. I have seen spirits apart from  human beings and have learned to recognized those people who are controlled or have allowed themselves to become influenced in a variety of ways. There are certain traits or  characteristics that I will notice after getting to know a particular person. The Devil and his minions are very deceptive so a person (believer) needs to be very careful who they allow into their lives. “The Body of Christ” has many parts similar to the human body and and to a certain degree “Spiritual Gifts” correspond to the parts of the body such as the head for example, has two eyes, two ears, a mouth, nose and the nose has two nasal passages. I can not say how far this comparison is extended to the various gifts but we at least have more visible gifts such as the eyes for seeing. Therefore we have outward gifts such as the eyes and inward gifts that are not visible but are every bit as important as the visible gifts when it comes to sustaining the body. An example of an inward or inner gift might be compared to the liver which works quietly yet the body can not operate without it! I have a type of “Spiritual Sight” that needs to work in conjunction with the rest of the”Body of Christ”.

There are a number of other “Gifts” that are enumerated in the New Testament. These can be found in 1st Corinthians chapters 12 and 14, 1st Peter chapter 4 and Ephesians Chapter 4. and of course the book of Acts. You can glean other information about the working of the Holy Spirit throughout the bible. It is the Holy Spirit who primarily works within us and “Gifts” us as he sees fit for the edification of the Body of Christ.
I am not prepared at this time to delve into the other “Gifts” in detail because there is still much discussion and many differences in opinion concerning which gifts are still active today and even whether we can have more than one spiritual gift per person. There is one thing that I do know from personal experience and that concerns “tongues”. There are “Cults” who specialize in tongues as well as the Occult and this is straight from Satan, whose people also do this kind of “babble” which is dangerously deceptive. Mediums or those in the “New Age Movement” dabble with the spirit world in ways that are not at all New”, but actually have rehashed those same occultists traditions including contacting the dead, or so they think! If any true spiritual contact is made, it is made with demons who masquerade as deceased souls! People such as Shirley McLane have their “spirit guides” who do a variety of things such as perform tasks like  possibly to try to manipulate an adversary for them. My ex-neighbor bragged to me about how her spirit guide caused her employer to change his attitude toward her because she expected to be fired soon. This woman was very deceitful and also pretended to be a Christian and said that she was saved at a Benny Hinn healing service or what ever he called what he did. ABC had done an investigative report on Benny Hinn and followed up on those who were so-called  divinely healed. It is my understanding that ABC exposed him as a fraud. This woman was a deceiver and had previously admitted to being neurotic and  proved to be even worse than that.

There are  many in the “Church” that are planted by Satan. They are known as “Tares” or false believers who pretend to be “Saved” but are not!  To be fair, they may very well believe that they are true Christians but do not understand what is truly necessary for their salvation to take place. Many practice what I call “churchianity”, they lack the true humility and willingness to admit that their condition is hopeless apart from the Great Work that Christ accomplished on the cross,  who died a horrible death as the final sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the whole world. Many indeed think that their church activity and throwing a couple dollars into the offering plate will somehow buy their way into heaven! They are relying on their good works to get them into heaven. Our works are like filthy rags in the sight of God for we are sinful and no good thing can be presented before The Lord of all creation because we and our so-called good works are defiled because we are sinful. Read the prophet Isaiah to confirm these things.

One of my friends

One of my friends
 

  • I am amazed by all of God’s Creation but dismayed by all of the evil that has corrupted it ! I have seen God’s hand at work in my life and because I am actively seeking His will, I am also a target for Satan’s attacks and have been attacked for decades! I am willing to share as much as I can to those who are honestly seeking the Truth!

The nountaineer

Arizona USA
 

This is my attempt to share the very unusual life occurrences that The GOD of our universe has so graciously allowed me to experience, even great pain! I will also try to share what HE has taught me through my pain and study of HIM.

Through years of intense study on my own as well as with some of the best Bible teachers available, I have come to the stark realization that I have been “Spiritually Gifted” with “Spiritual Discernment” which is properly called “Discerning of Spirits”. It is the only way to explain all of the spiritual/supernatural things that I have seen including demons and the Devil himself. I do not seek to have these experiences but I now know that The LORD has allowed these realizations, for the lack of a better way of describing what has happened to me, to prepare me for a great task that he has already began. After decades of spiritual oppression with Satanic attacks through wicked people, in my dreams and in ways that I still do not fully comprehend, GOD has been preparing me for an even greater battle ahead. The LORD has also made great promises to me many years ago otherwise I would not have had the strength to continue with the mind boggling events that I have endured. I am a great threat to the Adversary who is the Devil otherwise he would not be so interested in harming me. This has encompassed the first half of my life to toughen me up for the later stages in my life.
The later stages began at the age of 30 in a very unusual way. It has been an even more challenging set of circumstances than the first half of my life and even harder to describe, although I will try my best to inspire you to believe even unto “Eternal Salvation” if at all possible.

 
After years of great hardship, both physically and psychologically, The Lord stepped into my life by sending an elderly man who I had just met a couple of days earlier. It was in the evening at a van customizing shop that virtually had no business and an owner who preferred to develop his country western band. This was his uncle. I manned the office in exchange for a place to plug-in my camper van and a place to sleep. His uncle presented himself with the exclamation that he had just had a “vision” about me personally. Even though I had been a believer in The LORD since I was 6 years old, I had not become grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Life had been too intense and I had not found anyone to mentor me from a Biblical point of view. This elderly man said that this, as well as previous visions included color similar to a stop light, red, yellow and green which told him whether or not to share the vision. My vision was green which told him to tell me. It simply consisted of three numbers, 7, 9, and 18, as I recall. He also gave to me 3 airline tickets that were for a flight that was departing in a day or two. I had to make a decision to trust God with this because it was around the holidays and the destination was Baltimore from Tucson and I was broke except for 8 dollars. I prayed about it and then on the next afternoon, I was on my way even though there were blizzard conditions in the Northeast USA and I would be hitch-hiking back. Thankfully, the plane landed at the Dallas / Fort Worth airport for a brief layover. I decided that it would be best for me to start hitch-hiking back from there.

 
This was the beginning of my choice to start trusting my LORD and Savior in a big way. I did not really have many other choices available and it was time for me to start to follow Him where-ever he led me by faith! IT was because of this major choice that made me become a major target for the adversary (Satan) and he has been relentless except for periods where he tried to get me to let my guard down. My thirst to study the Bible has been ever increasing since then! Great pain and suffering has had a way of  forcing me to focus on Him as well. It has been this great increase in Bible study that has helped me to understand that all of these spiritual encounters were directly related to Spiritual Gifts that The LORD has given to me and in particular “Spiritual Discernment”. I have seen spirits apart from  human beings and have learned to recognized those people who are controlled or have allowed themselves to become influenced in a variety of ways. There are certain characteristics that I will notice after getting to know a particular person. The Devil and his minions are very deceptive so a person (believer) needs to be very careful who they allow into their lives.
There are a number of other “Gifts” that are enumerated in the New Testament. These can be found in 1st Corinthians chapters 12 and 14, 1st Peter chapter 4 and Ephesians Chapter 4. and of course the book of Acts. You can glean other information about the working of the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible. It is the Holy Spirit who primarily works within us and “Gifts” us as he sees fit for the edification of the Body of Christ.
I am not prepared at this time to delve into the other “Gifts” in detail because there is still much discussion and many differences in opinion concerning which gifts are still active today and even whether we can have more than one spiritual gift per person. There is one thing that I do know from personal experience and that concerns “tongues”. There are “Cults” who specialize in tongues as well as the Occult and this is straight from Satan who’s people also do this kind of “babble” which is dangerously deceptive. Mediums or those in the “New Age Movement. There are many in the “Church” that are planted by Satan. They are known as “Tares” or false believers who pretend to be “Saved” but are not! Most do not understand that they are truly unsaved but have through generational traditions, they have been expected by their elders to become churchgoers and members of their family’s church. Often, these “churchgoers” have never had the “Gospel” or “Good News” explained to them in a way that leads to eternal life! I hope that if you are not sure if you truly have been “Saved” then I would find a Church Body of  Bible believing Christians that have the Word of God taught to them on on a regular basis. I have found personally that many churches have become worldly and do not truly teach from the scriptures about Jesus and how He paid for our sins when He died a horrible death on the cross, for the sins of the whole world. This applies to those who choose to believe the Bible and what it says about Jesus” sacrificial death and receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit!

 

About Me

 

Davey
Arizona, United States
I am amazed by all of God’s Creation but dismayed by all of the evil that has corrupted it ! I have seen God’s hand at work in my life and because I am actively seeking His will, I am also a target for Satan’s attacks and have been attacked for decades! I am willing to share as much as I can to those who are honestly seeking the Truth, God’s truth. 

Even though I received Christ at the age of 6, it was not until later in life that the The Lord and His Spirit became real to me in a way that I could say that I truly had a personal relationship with Him. This is what I have learned. God had a plan for me and all “true believers” before we were born. I stress “true believers” in my posts because through the “Spiritual Gifts” from The Lord, that I was given, I have actually been able to discern the difference between “the wheat and the chaff” through the gift called “Discerning of Spirits” and have been allowed to see much more than that! Because of the plan that The LORD had, as well as the threat That I would pose later in life, Satan has been attacking me in one fashion or another since I was a child!

It is quite evident to me through much study and experience that we are in the battle for our souls like never before. I have been under Satanic attack for decades and have even seen Satan face-to-face when I was 18 years old. My younger sister saw It appear right in front of my face from across the room and when it was over I looked to see an expression of terror on her face. She was 15 at that time and although I tried to get her to tell me what exactly that it was that she saw, she would always change the subject because it was a reality that she did not want to deal with. She knew exactly what she had seen but it was not until late in 2009 that she finally revealed to me that she had seen the Devil in person from across the room. Even then she cut me off when I tried to talk further with her about it because she was still living an unholy lifestyle and did not want to face the fact that the Bible is true! This originally happened in 1972 which reveals my age and how long that I have been on the receiving end of Satan’s harassment. The Satanic attacks continued in one form or another throughout my adult years although I did not understand why I was having such a miserable life. I am finally coming to grips with the negative events and attitudes from unsaved or even demonic controlled individuals, although it has taken more than 20 years of studying the Bible and listening to some of the best Bible teachers, alive or now dead, to really begin to understand. I have simply been Satan’s target because of The LORD’s  plans for me and my life. It is still not even close to being easy but I at least now know why these things have happened. I just need to make sure that I am not personally the cause of future problems apart from God’s will.

I have also learned that all those who truly belong to The LORD by faith are targets to some degree but we all need to become aware that we have spiritual armor available to us which is for defensive purposes and the only offensive tool at our disposal is the Word of God itself. We also must realize that we have individual tools or “Spiritual Gifts” that are meant to be used for the edification or to build up the body of believers. I do not have much personal experience with most of these gifts except for my primary spiritual gift which is some type of “Spiritual Discernment“. I see things! Besides having seen Satan, I have seen unclean spirits that appear as human spirits but are not! A demon tried to possess me in a dream on Mount Diablo in California. On another occasion a demon appeared in my room one evening. Actually it was just the head of an elderly looking man hovering near the ceiling. Once a “Guardian Angel” saved my life from a snowstorm in the mountains when I was camping although I did not actually see him. I was planning to spend one more night in my tent even though the winter weather was foreboding. It had snowed about an inch the night before and I felt that I was tough enough to handle another night. It snowed 2 or 2 and a half feet of wet heavy snow that night and my flimsy nylon dome tent would have and actually did collapse under the weight of the snow. I would have been trapped in the tent and died of hypothermia. About 4:30pm a gust of wind slapped my tent twice and then an angry sounding voice said “is that plain enough for you?”. Then he said  “it is going to get a lot worse tonight”. When I heard that, I grabbed my backpack, jumped into my ’66 Chevelle and got out of their as fast as I could. It happened that a wall of sleet was coming up the gulch as I was heading for my travel trailer which was a couple miles away on a bad mountain road.

Some Christian scholars believe that true “born Again Believers” only have one spiritual gift but there is much debate and some confusion as to which “Gifts” are still in effect today since “Tongues and Prophesy” were for the early Church as “Sign Gifts” to authenticate the fact that the Gentiles were also to be included in the “Body of Believers’ therefor it was necessary for the Holy Spirit to do a repeat of the events that took place during Pentecost. “Tongues of Fire” is one such miraculous occurrence that is no longer necessary since the consolidation of the Jewish Body of Believers with the Gentile believers which has long been shown to be a fact according to the events that took place at the residence of Cornelius. Then came the visit of The Apostle Peter, at the command of the LORD in a Vision at the home of “Simon the tanner” at Joppa by the sea shore.

As we get closer to that day when the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way, we will see a continued downward slide toward the “Days of Noah” which is a comparison to how mankind on the earth degenerated into a very unholy and violent people, much like the way that Sodom and Gomorrah had become so very corrupt and an abomination in The LORD’s eyes. This event is also associated with “Jacobs Trouble” or  the “Great Tribulation” which is when the anti-Christ will be revealed, deceive Israel into thinking that their Messiah has arrived at last to set them free with a promise or covenant of peace but to no avail because 42 months into this covenant he will break it and defile the “Temple”. The first 42 months is simply called the “tribulation”. When the “Temple” is defiled, it is then that all  hell breaks loose and terror and judgment will occur like never before in the history of the Earth. This is the “Great Tribulation . Since the last temple was destroyed in 70AD, a new one will have to be rebuilt first. Jesus predicted this destruction of the old one because they rejected their Messiah at his coming.

The Nountaineer

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Now back to the “Gifts of The Spirit”. Each “true believer” receives at least one spiritual gift and these are available in the books of 1st Corinthians chapters 12, and 14, 1st Peter chapter 4, Ephesians chapter 4, Romans chapter 1, and of course in the book of Acts which describes the coming of The Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Today is a time like no other in the history of the Earth. The battle is raging for the hearts, minds, and souls of our children. The enemy of all mankind has conceived all manner of traps, snares, and deceptions to keep or prevent as many human beings from knowing the Truth which is God’s Truth and no other. The battle is on Earth yet the primary players are in another realm or dimension. This takes an incredible amount of “Spiritual Discernment” as well as caution when defending against an invisible enemy who hates all of humanity because we are created in the image of God and God is their primary enemy. That which makes it even more difficult to understand is that the battle has already been won by “The Word of God”, when He died on the cross and paid the sin debt for all who will believe a simple yet astonishing truth. “We are “Saved By Faith”. All other religions are in one form or another, “works based” in their understanding of what is “good” and what is needed for atonement, of one sort or another.

The description of this spiritual battle in the Bible has proven to be absolutely true. I know this from personal experience yet  it has taken decades for me to even begin to understand why I have seen and experienced all that I have. I finally turned to the Bible after God personally stepped into my life at the age of 30. There was a long interval where I was like a ship without a rudder because I received Christ as my Savior at the age of 6 and for a variety of reasons why,  it took a long time for me to look to “The Book” for some answers. I was under Satans attacks for most of my life through great suffering and this kept me from being the soldier in the battle that God had planned for my life! I am now in “The Word” daily and have been doing so as much as possible for more than 20 years. It is now like daily food that is every bit as important as food for the body. The better the nutrition for the body then the healthier will be the body, and it is the same for our soul and spirit! Without daily feeding on God’s word, we become not only malnourished but leave ourselves open to attack by “the enemy”. This does not mean that we are not attacked daily any way, it means that we are better prepared to resist the attacks. I have found that for me it is necessary to listen to the audio Bible daily if possible and also listen every evening to as many of my favorite Bible expositors as possible.  Since I live alone it is possible for me to spend most of my waking hours filling my mind with God’s truths. It is something like an immunization. The enemy still tries to get a foot-hold in my life but when his attacks happen, I know why and do not turn and run but stand my ground, with the addition of spiritual armor from God and I can even use the LORD’s offensive  weapon which is God’s Word! The Spiritual Warfare today is raging as much as ever in our country and world and we all need to turn from these worldly persuits as much as possible and turn to The Holy Spirit of Christ to empower us with the filling of The Spirit and the strength to remove the worldliness from our lives so that we can focus on the truly important aspects of this battle. As long as we are distracted by the worldly things like television, sports, personal pursuits such as seeking the pleasures of this life then we are almost useless to the Lord’s work that He has established for each of us personally. We are to have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, and without that relationship then there is little evidence that we are even saved! The Bibe says that we are known by our fruits! These fruits are evidence of our spiritual condition! Are you really saved! If so then we need to show these fruits, first to our Lord in love, worship, praise, thankfulness and by truly adoring Him! If these “Fruits of The Spirit” are evident to the Lord then they will be evident to other “true believers” as well! Before we can truly fight this “spiritual battle”, we need to get right with God and put on the “spiritual armor” of God that is enumerated in God’s word.

 The Church today has gotten soft and we are not much of a threat to Satan!  A sure way of knowing that we are “right with God” and “In the battle” in a way that really counts is when we are under attack by Satan! If we are not a threat then Satan is going to focus his attacks on those who are truly a threat!  Are you suffering under Satanic attick? If not, then that is a sure sign that you are not in the battle, and possibly not even saved!

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I have met almost no one who has seen and experienced anything that even comes close to the things that I have, concerning the GOD of the Bible and “the supernatural world”. I started studying the Bible much more intently since I found the great number of resources that are available online. Because of my rural setting Christian radio broadcasts were difficult to come by so now I daily listen to some of the most highly educated Bible expositors in the world both alive and deceased. I also listen to the Bible on tape almost daily as well.

My increased and renewed interest stems from a series of miraculous events that began when I was 30 years old. I had received Jesus (Yeshua) at the age of 6 but was later discouraged from continuing in my Christian faith because my parents stopped taking us to Church and then later they divorced leaving myself, my brother and two sisters without any spiritual guidance at all. Divorce has a way of disorientating  children which then leaves them at the mercy of our secular Godless school systems without the natural guidance that the Christian nuclear family once provided in our culture. Our children are our future and the ones who have the most influence in their lives, (the state) mold them into unbelieving secularists, socialistic humanists, communists,evolutionists or any combination from this list of Godless people.

Many dabble in the occult or variations of primitive religions that are demonic based and lead people into great confusion and deception that is very difficult if not impossible to escape from without the direct intervention of The LORD Himself or a Christian who is operating in the power of The Holy Spirit in prayerful intervention.

During the  years of adolescence and early adulthood, I was like a ship without a rudder, trying to fit in with my peer group yet never  feeling that I fit in at all although I tried very hard. I did what other youth did like drinking and smoking especially since these were things that my parents did but I found no satisfaction.  I left home at 16 then got a young woman pregnant when I was 17 and then the hardship and suffering really began! She told me that she was a Catholic and I was naive enough to think that she was also a Christian. She repaid my willingness to give the child my name through marriage with 4 years of adultery. I married her even though there was ample evidence to believe that the child belonged to someone else.  She basically lied to me to get me to marry her!  She continued to lie about the child throughout the pregnancy and then just before the delivery she finally admitted that the child might belong to someone else! I remained faithful throughout the marriage despite her habitual adultery and only a short time before she finally filed for divorce did I stray once because the marital vows had long since been violated by her anyway.

She did her level best to destroy me psychologically, mentally and emotionally and she succeeded! I went into a tailspin for several years after-wards and should be dead except for the Grace of GOD. I had experimented with a variety of chemical concoctions that were going around but for the most part just smoked pot and drank to ease the great pain that I suffered with. I had some spiritual experiences that convinced me that I was going down the wrong path! I saw Satan when I was 18 and my sister saw it happen to me. I had some other spiritual sightings which were demonic as far as I can tell. I knew that dabbling in these kinds of things were dangerous so I did not seek to have any repeat occurrences.  After I moved to Arizona, I had a temporary job in California with a plumbing company. One weekend in California I went camping and asked at a gas station for a place to camp. This guy pointed at a small mountain and sent me on my way. It was Mount Diablo or Devil Mountain. I did not know enough of the Spanish language to know what this name meant but I was about to find out the hard way! The first night a demon tried to possess me in my dreams. It lasted all night with 3 points where I awoke, wiped the sweat from my brow and then back to sleep with the dream picking up right where it left off before I  awoke. Finally, at dawn, I woke up just as the demon was reaching out to touch me on the shoulder. The demon was bald headed and was coming up out of the ground. I resisted with all of my strength and kept any harm from happening to me. Later, I went to the top of the mountain and discovered a monument that said that the Spanish had surveyed this portion of California from that spot and that the natives had worshiped there for 5000 years. It was the same demon that they worshiped that tried to possess me!
After I  moved back to Arizona with the hope of starting over, I worked off and on because of my deteriorating health and tried to do my best to recover from all of the harm that I had experienced  but it takes more than a change of scenery to get the kind of rehabilitation that I needed! But then at the age of 30 GOD stepped into my life in a big way. I was between jobs and had really reached a point where I could no longer hold a regular job. That is when things started to happen! This narrative can be found at : http://theholyspiritatwork.spaces.live.com Go to the archives dated June and July 2009 and it will be in three parts. I will continue writing about The Holy Spirit’s work soon.

I am again putting my faith in the Holy Spirit of God to give me the words that will bring Glory to Him! I was speaking about the Holy Spirit of God and will continue with the help of the Spirit! I am still growing in the knowledge of God through his Spirit who inspires and reminds us of that which we have read in God’s word and this is but one of the Spirits responsibilities. The Holy Spirit is known as “The Comforter” as well because he came as an extension of Jesus, “The Son Of God” and provides all that the believers need to operate in the “The Body Of Christ”. He came to indwell all believers and to hold the “Body of Christ ” together with all that He does! The Holy Spirit is a mystery! He is known as the “Breath of God”, The Neuma of God. His work is truly mysterious and absolutly necessary as the builder and embodyment of the Church itself! The Holy Spirit also is the One who gives ” to believers when they receive Christ Jesus, “The Spiritual Gifts” to each and every Believer when Salvation takes place!

I again will write as I am enabled to do so!