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Markus Braasch


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Increased Discernment for God's Children

May 09, 2009

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When I woke up this morning it was not long before I became aware of some demonic presence in my room. One of the guys was trying to pour discouragement and negative thoughts upon me and the other one was trying it with distraction. The suprising thing to me was that I had similar negative or distractive thoughts previously, but thought they were a bad line of thinking and just tried to get my mind on something else. I did not associate them with demonic activity, most of the time (maybe I had that suspicion, at times). This time I was clearly aware of the demonic inspiration behind those thoughts and that was quite unusual. I could even see the shape of the demons (these ones were rather small) and how they were trying to pour some kind of liquid on me while daring to stand on my arms and shoulders. Of course, when I talked with the Holy Spirit and His manifest presence increased in the room, they took off rather quickly.

This may sound kind of unusual to some of you, but I can say by experience the invisible realm is very real. I am speaking so plainly about these because I believe doing this often times carries an impartation of discernment and it can help us to grow in our understanding of events in both the visible and the invisible realm.

After the morning experience I walked through the city with an unusual heightened spiritual sensitivity. I could sense in the spirit when people I met in the store were carrying some kind of demonic presence with them. Oftentimes those demons would try to do something to shut down my spiritual senses, maybe by trying to attack some heavenly messenger angel who was walking along with me. They even had a certain kind of influence on the people they were riding on and I could sense the demonic influence manifesting through the eyes of people who were walking past me.

When I was wondering about these experiences and sharing them with my girlfriend, I realized that I had read a certain verse of the Bible just the evening before. This verse seemed to have both anounced the experience I would have the folloging days as well as explained it.

"But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.
As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him."

1. John 2:20,27

I love it when Bible verses come alive in our daily reality by the help of the Holy Spirit. Thankfully it was not painful or stressful to be aware of demonic activity which I had not recognised to this degree before. The Holy Spirit was there along with a strong anointing of peace. This made the whole experience really joyful and interesting. It helped me to pray more specifically for the people I met on the streets and to exercise authority over the works of the enemy. What we can see or discern spiritually is what we have authority over in the name of Jesus. This is a clear biblical principle.

We can also use information we receive this way in order to encourage people and release peace and spiritual freedom to them by speaking in the opposite spirit of what they are dealing with. I just practised this on a train ride last week and was greatly encouraged by the resulting conversation I had with my fellow traveller.

Have fun casting out demons in the name of Jesus today and in the coming weeks! This is a very natural task for a child of God and the Holy Spirit will help us with all questions we might have in this area. We can grow in this by taking the "learning by doing" approach. The Lord is with you!