Cast It Out

My eldest son had picked up some kind of cold or flu bug,
And two days ago, I sensed it trying to attack me as well.

But

I knew I could fight it off, Just like I had all the other times,
By asking my Lord and Savior for His directions,
Using select pieces of the Scripture as a spiritual sword,
To fight the evil off, going to bed early, while asking, claiming,
In Jesus name, that all lying symptoms
That satan was trying to convince me to accept as my own,
Would be gone by morning.

Had I been successful in going to the Lord at every turn,
Then the door that satan uses to try and attack me
Would have been slammed in that demon’s face.

Alas

I sensed from the Lord to check the pre-filter on my air purifier
Before going to bed, and that it would help to keep the air clean.

It was discovered that the pre-filter was indeed dirty,
(with cat hair and dust bunnies,)
To the point that it was hampering air flow.

I couldn’t remember if I had purchased the ones that were washable or disposable,
And instead of researching to find out, or even stopping to ask the Lord,
I went ahead and assumed that they were washable. (Turns out, they were both.)
Hubby went outside and hosed off the filter,
Wrung it out, and installed it back into the air purifier.

Then he went to bed.

Soon after, the overwhelming odor of male cat urine
Permeated the whole upper floor of the house.

Two of my kids remarked on how strong the smell was,
And that they were finding it hard to breathe,
With such an overpowering smell of that allergen.

The odor was soon traced back to the air purifier, so I assumed
That my husband had probably laid the dirty filter down in an area outside
While attempting to spray it clean with the garden hose,
Where a male cat had at one time sprayed his territorial mark,
And some of that scent marker had transferred onto the just-washed filter,
And was now spreading it through out the filter and the house.

We removed the offending filter, and a brand new one was put in,
Yet the smell still remained.

I tried several ways of removing the offending smell, but nothing worked.

At this point, it was close to four in the morning,
And by body was already aching from its need to sleep.
But what was I supposed to do?

I knew that if I laid down to sleep and fell asleep for the night in that room,
That sickness would soon envelope me,
For just less than 30 seconds of being in the bedroom, and smelling that odor,
Caused my nose to swell up so much, that I could no longer breathe.
(Going back out of the room, would cause it to open back up,
So I could breathe clearly, in about the same amount of time.)

But where else could I get good sleep?
(I could think of none that would allow me more than an hour or two at the most.)

I starred at my darling husband, sleeping so peacefully in bed,
And couldn’t help but marvel.

Why had he not yet woken up, sneezing, coughing, and complaining,
About such an offending allergen?
This was unusual for him to remain so unaffected by the dominating odor
Of male cat pee.

I stood there, starring at him, and envying him.
How I wished I could sleep like that despite the odor!

As I stood there, having done all I thought I could do to remove the offending allergen,
The sickness symptoms pressed in on me harder.
And when I glanced at the clock, and noted the lateness of the hour,
Panic began to overwhelm me, and right at that exact moment,
When I was about to start bawling,

I sensed

Almost like a spiritual ‘bucket of water’ being splashed in my face,
Waking me up suddenly, clearly, to the fact that I had not yet stopped
And gone to my Lord with the problem!

!

Immediately,
Just the thought
That the Lord was in control,
Calmed me right back down,
To where even my soul was suddenly at peace.

I turned back with purpose to the resurrected cross that hangs in my prayer area,
Looked up to His image hanging there, and began to pray.

“Lord,” I said to Him, mentally letting go and laying all my failed tries at His feet,
“As Your servant,…who is under Your care and command,…
What would You have me do next?”

“Cast it out.”

“What?!?”

I was bewildered.
To say that I was expecting a different answer would be an understatement.
(I thought He’d tell me where I could go to get some sleep.)
But this answer?!? I didn’t know what to make of it!
Oh, I knew what He meant,
He wanted me to cast it out in His name as if it was a demon,
But it didn’t make any sense to me.

“But it’s just an odor!”

“Cast it out.”

So I gave a sigh and shrugged; and started to cast it out.
“In the name of Jesus Christ-”

“No, ma petite,” my Lord interrupted me, how do you pray away a bigger demon
That is troubling you?”

My heart sunk upon hearing this,
For I was so tired that my mind was having trouble remembering.

“Try to remember the few scriptures that you can…”

And so I began to quote the Word of God out loud,
As I faced the air purifier:

“I know the plans I have for you
Declares the Lord,
Plans to prosper you,
Not to harm you,
To give you a hope and a future…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
And He will direct your paths…

We live within the shadow of the Almighty,
Sheltered by the God who is above all Gods!
This I declare, that He alone is my refuge, my place of safety,
And I am trusting Him!…”

At this point, I sensed I was to now cast it out.

“Demon of male cat pee odor,”
(I can’t even begin to tell you how stupid I felt saying this out loud-)
“I bind you up, loosen you from this place and all that is within it,
And I cast you out,
In the most Holy and perfect name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth!”

Usually at this point, I ask the Lord to send His angels
To encamp around us and protect us from satan’s attacks,
And to fight my battles in the unseen world,
But I felt the Lord’s spirit within me,
Urge me to stop and get out of the room, NOW,
For my head was beginning to swim along with my vision,
My heart was thumping hard and fast in my chest,
And I was struggling to breathe.

I stumbled out of the room, feeling dejected,
As it had not immediately solved the problem.

But the Holy Spirit told me to get ready for bed,
And when I was done, (about five to ten minutes later,)
He told me that I could now go back in.
I figured it was to tackle the problem some more,
But I was wrong.

The smell was completely gone!

I found I could breathe clearly as well.
So I got down on my knees, and said
THANK YOU JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH!
Before climbing into bed next to my husband
And quickly falling asleep.

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