There are places on this earth where a portal into Heaven has been opened, making it easier to rise in the Spirit into the realms of God. (see post from April 15,’13). Conversely, there are other places where quite the opposite is true. Those who have experienced this will need little explanation of it. Interestingly enough, the reasons for this are quite similar.
We saw in the April 15 post that God sometimes opens portals on earth to mark certain places where He has met with man in a significant way. At other times He opens a portal because of all the worship that has ascended from that place. Christians go to these places and are able to receive anointing, healing and blessing.
Other places have been marked by satan because of the great evil that has occurred there, allowing him to set up an evil reign over the area. Those who belong to him make pilgrimage to those places to practice evil and they are empowered by doing so.
Satan is the master of counterfeit. He delights in taking what God does, twisting it for his own evil purposes and deceiving people with it.
The missions compound that I spoke of in the April 15 post was like a glorious bubble in the midst of darkness. There was an open Heaven there where we delighted in the presence of God. But on one side, just across the wall, we heard early morning prayers being chanted to false gods while on the other side the witch doctors banged their drums all night cursing us and our leaders by name. Things would be fine for awhile, then suddenly there would be 10 cases of malaria and several people having odd accidents. We’d give each other the “uh-oh” look and realize we had been lulled to sleep and neglected our prayer cover. So we would once again put on our spiritual armour, plead the blood of Jesus over us, do prayer walks around the compound and break the curses that were aimed against us.
While there are ways of redeeming land in evil places and breaking the curses that are on it, this is never a job for one individual or a few who are untrained. It usually involves finding out what defiled the land there historically, repentance by those involved or their families, tribes or nations and making amends in some way. Each place is unique and only God holds the keys to the deep secrets of restoration. For the untrained, these places are best avoided. There are those He trains and sends to such places and when He does, realms collide and light wins over the darkness.
My purpose here is not to study spiritual warfare in this area but only to contrast the access of Heavenly realms in areas where a portal exists with those areas where great evil reigns. In such places it is decidedly difficult to even feel the presence of the Lord since everything is geared toward the evil one. Sometimes people stumble into a place like this and don’t understand it. They think something is wrong with them. But the problem may actually be the geographical location, or even other people around them who have ungodly spirits. When you feel that something is out of line spiritually, always stop and ask the Lord for discernment and instructions. Putting on your spiritual armour (Eph.6:13-18) and staying alert is mandatory. Remember that Jesus is always with you and will never leave you. The enemy plays games of shadows and darkness meant to deceive you. But greater is He that is within you than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
A word to tourists:
I have travelled much and seen tourists repeatedly invite trouble, whether innocently or not. Remember that you do not understand the customs of the country you are visiting. Most things have spiritual significance that those in the West are ignorant of.
Visiting the “holy” sites of other religions and false gods is a bad idea. You serve the One True God who is very jealous of your love. He is so jealous, in fact, that He says His very name is ‘Jealous’! (Ex.20:5, Ex. 34:14) These verses talk about bowing down or worshipping other gods. Most Christians would never do that. However, any time one goes into such a tourist site, especially into temples and other places where false gods are worshipped, they will be asked to remove their shoes and often cover their heads. This is a sign of honor to the ‘deity’. Satan, who is behind all false gods, accepts this as worship! And it particularly pleases him when it comes from a Christian. Please do not do this. Be wise enough and strong enough to say no to your hosts if necessary and refuse to go. (Mt. 10:32, Rom.1:16) It can open doors of access to the enemy into your life. Often, people don’t know why they become ill afterwards or why many evil things begin to happen in their lives. They don’t even trace it back to the source and things can drag on and become worse over time. In such cases, repentence along with prophetic intercession should be done to pinpoint the problem and break the curses.
This leads also to the matter of souvenirs that people bring home with them. One must use much discernment in gift shops. There are certain things to always avoid. Masks are in that category, and carvings/idols, along with anything that is obviously to be used in a religious ceremony. If it has the look of evil about it … it likely is. Jewellery is another questionable item, especially if there are words or symbols inscribed on it in a language you don’t understand. (When we were on the mission field in Mozambique, babies who were brought to the orphanage always wore a small leather bracelet that had been put on them by the witch doctor. The parents were told that it was a ‘blessing’ but in reality, it was a curse which had to be broken when the missionaries removed the bracelet.) These things are unheard of by those of us in 1st world countries. How harmful could a simple leather bracelet be? Plenty, if the one who made it placed curses on it.
You see, it works like this. Whatever man worships, he empowers. For example, an idol made of wood is only an object and has no power. But when men believe it has power and they worship it, satan uses that to his advantage and begins to work through it, thereby strengthening their belief. When you give an object like this a place of honor in your home, that power comes along with it, even if you were not the one worshipping it. It’s a very foolish thing to do and also falls under the list of things that make your God jealous.
It works in the same way (but opposite) as the aprons and handkerchiefs that the Apostle Paul prayed over and sent out. (Acts 19:12) Those who received them were healed of diseases and even delivered from demons! Unfortunately, the opposite works in the enemy’s realm as well in the form of evil anointings and curses.
This may seem like a rather hard word but please hear my heart. It is not meant to bring fear to you, but wisdom and protection as you heed this advice. If you find yourself inadvertently in a situation or place of danger, do not fear. Plead the blood of Jesus over yourself and ask for wisdom and guidance. And remember that Jesus is always with you to protect and deliver you from evil.