This last year God opened many new doors for me to go teach on spiritual warfare. I consider it a blessing–and an honor. (Please contact me at Steve@PrayerThoughts.com to schedule me in, and I don’t charge.)

One week was spent at a small church in North Texas. It had a membership of a little over 100, and was situated in a small community that focused on agriculture. The people were wonderful, friendly and responsive. I stayed with one of the church leaders at his home a few miles from town. He had a construction business, a horse farm, and lost of family. You could feel the love in their family, in this church, and even throughout the community. I really enjoyed my week there.

I taught the Bible class on Sunday morning: “How God Works By Covenant.”

I preached at their morning worship: “Spiritual War in a Physical World.”

I taught Sunday evening: “Satan’s Tackle Box & Prayers He Hates.”

Then I taught on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings: “Following God Through Tough Times & Difficult Circumstances,” “Demonic Harassment In Today’s World & Things That Hinder Your Prayers,” and “Thinking Like The Enemy.”

The response I’m getting everywhere I get to teach is astounding. It’s so much fun to feel like I’m right where God wants me and also to feel like I’m helping people; giving them hope.

After I returned home from this trip, I got a text message from a single mom that made my dad–and scared me for our children at the same time:

“Hey steve. This is Tammy. I wanted to tell you our long story.

“My son Paul just turned 8 two weeks ago and is so sweet. Sunday night after you spoke we came home and he and I were working on his pinewood derby car for cub scouts. He wanted a flame on the top of his car. I searched for one and then drew it for him and even cut it out (I did most of the work on it.) He did paint it, but that was all.

“My boyfriend told me that Paul should do it on his own, and I agreed so we decided to start over. I got Paul’s iPad out to search for flames again so he could do the work himself this time. There were a lot of tabs at the top and I started closing them out when I realized that several of them were porn websites.

“I asked Paul about them and he admitted that he had watched some. He had just done it, and had never been exposed to that kind of thing before this experience. I had no idea what to say or do. We both broke down crying and were so upset. He felt awful because he knew he was wrong and how upset I was. We prayed about it together and I told him about forgiveness, explaining that looking at that is wrong. God intended that to be between a husband and wife, not for the rest of the world to see. Also that it was fake.

“Monday I felt like I needed to delicately ask more questions about it. He had specifically said he had searched for them, so I asked him why did he did that. He told me it just popped in his head, and now he thinks that it was the devil who did that. I knew right then (because of listening to your lessons) that we had to do something right away.

“So Monday night we bought stakes and walked around the house with my mom and dad. We staked the property and prayed, casting the demons out and into the pits.

“Tuesday morning I woke up like a new person. I felt so refreshed and ready for the day. I knew there had been a spiritual change in our house and that god had won that battle. Little did I know that Paul was having the same kind of day. He was a different child. There was no whining when he was asked to do something and he was even did things that I didn’t asked–like wash dishes!

“I couldnt believe it (I really can though because it happened).

“Tuesday night we go to hear you again and Paul looked up at me when we got there and said ‘the devil is gone mom.’

“I asked him how he knew and he said he just felt it and he also felt so much better.

“We have been blessed by you being here. I know that gods timing was the key because had this come to light a week ago, I wouldn’t have had the faith to handle it the way we did. I believe it’s nothing short of God at work putting you here and allowing me to find the porn when I did. I am so grateful and thankful and excited and on fire for God. I just had to share with you!”

Thank you, Tammy, for sharing that with me. It made my day and reminded me why I’m doing this even though it isn’t easy and some are going to make fun of me. I choose to be a fool for Christ.

Steve Hemphill, author / inspirational speaker
“My Search for the Real Heaven”
(Also Available In Spanish)
“My Search for the Real Heaven Workbook”
“My Search for Prayers Satan Hates”
“What Are The Stakes?” (God Markers On the Land)

“Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT

God is still on the throne. And prayer still works. Never forget that.

We staked out the city of Longview on January 7th, 2017. The very next Thursday, on January 12th, there was an article in our local paper with some good news for our citizens. It was a press release from our local police department:

“The Longview Police Department has received the approval of the City Council to provide one officer to the East Texas Area Safe Streets Task Force. This Task Force is under the direction of the FBI. The mission of the Safe Street Task Force is to identify and target for prosecution criminal enterprise groups responsible for drug trafficking, money laundering, alien smuggling, crimes of violence such as murder, aggravated assault, robbery, and violent street gangs, as well as the apprehension of dangerous fugitives where there is, or may be, a federal investigative interest.”

I reposted the article on my FaceBook wall with this comment: “See, the stakes are already working.”

God’s Name is on the line; HIS Word now surrounds the city. Good things WILL happen… and are already happening…

I will venture to predict that crime rates will drop. Watch Longview and see God at work here. Watch the churches fill up (that’s what we prayed for). Watch the gangs disintegrate. Watch and see all the good things that will happen.

If you say, “I’m going to pray about that, but it won’t do any good,” then don’t pray, because it WON’T do any good. Jesus Himself couldn’t do many miracles where there was no faith. Over and over He told folks that their FAITH had made them well. How I wish you could see the power of God’s Word and how powerful your prayers are.

You can pray here and change something in Africa. You can pray now and change something in the future. You can pray if you are 8 or 88 or 108 years old. You can pray if you are deaf, dumb, and blind and on your death bed. PRAY, because it works and it matters.

“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11 NLT

Lord, open our eyes to the power of prayer and the unstoppable power of Your Word. Remind us that You spoke the world into existence, and that as Your children we can speak Your Words of power to change our own reality. May it all be to Your glory. In Jesus Name…

Steve Hemphill, author / inspirational speaker
“My Search for the Real Heaven”
(Also Available In Spanish)
“My Search for the Real Heaven Workbook”
“My Search for Prayers Satan Hates”
“What Are The Stakes?” (God Markers On the Land)

Staking Longview Texas

Ray Coates is an active Christian minister and teacher. Although he isn’t a pastor, he helps tear down walls between groups and races. He speaks at all kinds of churches, often teaching classes on becoming debt-free. Everyone who knows Ray loves Ray. He is part of the Longview Clergy Coalition and also part of the Longview Area Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. Dr. Glen Stone, lead pastor of Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview, got me connected with the local ministerial alliances. This is where I met Ray.

Ray had been trying for over two years to get the local pastors he was associated with to realize the importance of doing spiritual warfare. Nobody seemed to listen or understand. He decided to wait on God. Then I showed up.

I was invited to meet with two of the local groups that Ray is a part of, telling my story of the spiritual warfare stakes and explaining how I was now involved in spiritual warfare seminars. The next thing I knew, they had formed a Spiritual Warfare Committee for Longview, and I was being asked to help with it.

Ray coordinated beautifully, and I was the teacher for several area training sessions. The focus was on the power of God, of prayer, and of the Bible. Many different churches were involved, and word slowly got around that we were planning an event.

Everyone understood the need, since the crime rate has skyrocketed. (Sound familiar in your town, too?). Murder, rape, and robbery was way up, and gangs now infested our once-quiet city. Many live in fear. (Just the way Satan likes it.) We wanted to do something pro-active, Biblical, and personal.

There are 30 “gateways” or entrances into the city limits of Longview, TX, and we decided to put a spiritual warfare stake at each and every one.

Satan was doing everything he could to stop us. Some people planned to come, but simply forgot. Some who were very excited about this event were out of town. Some misunderstood the plan, showing up too late. Some had kids involved in special events. And to top it off, the weather turned cold–very cold. Would 19 degrees keep you away?

The plan was to meet at 9 a.m. and divide up into 30 teams. All the teams would leave at the same time and put out the stakes around Longview all at once. We didn’t want anyone to be alone, so that required at least 60 people–a monumental task when the weather had even turned against us. What happened? God delivered. Here is the group picture of the 80 who came!

Each team was given a packet containing a photo of the location including detailed directions and a red dot on the spot where the stake should be placed. There was also a page with all the verses printed for easy reference and sharing. Each group put the stake all the way in the ground–as far as a mallet can drive it, read the verses out loud, and prayed together. The prayer focused on protection for our city, the declaring that Jesus is Lord here, and an invitation for the Holy Spirit to fill Longview, preparing every unsaved person to receive Jesus and the gospel message.

Get ready, churches of Longview, because you might just be filled to the brim with visitors and new Christians!

Let’s watch and see what GOD does here now!

Steve Hemphill, author / inspirational speaker
“My Search for the Real Heaven”
(Also Available In Spanish)
“My Search for the Real Heaven Workbook”
“My Search for Prayers Satan Hates”
“What Are The Stakes?” (God Markers On the Land)

The Campus Ghost

ouija_board

I recently had a booth displaying my materials at a Christian college lectureship. It’s always fun to reconnect with old friends like this, but it’s also a great way to make new ones!

I always give a prominent place to my Spiritual Warfare Stakes, and this often causes folks to come take a closer look and ask questions. I love to share the incredible stories of good things happening in the lives of folks after they have staked out their place for God, reading the embossed verses out loud and putting the stakes in place.

One man walked up and started asking questions about the stakes, and we struck up a lengthy conversation. He asked me, “Do you believe in ghosts?”

“Well,” I began, “I think that in reality these are demons who disguise themselves as ghosts of people who used to be alive. If Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), then I think it’s no problem for them to pretend to be the dead relative of someone. I think they do this because if they didn’t use this explanation, then people would realize they were demons, and want them to leave, but if people feel these spiritual beings have a reason or even a right to be there, then we will just accept them and not command they leave in Jesus’ Name.”

“That makes sense,” he responded.

Then he told me this story:

“It was common knowledge when I was in school here many years ago that we had a campus ghost named Gertie. Gertie had been murdered in a building near the campus here, and later on that building and property were purchased by the college and added to the facility. The structure was torn down, but the bricks were salvaged and used on the new building. That building had a large auditorium inside.

“We had a Ouija Board in our dorm room, and played with it from time to time, asking Gertie questions and laughing at the answers she spelled out as our fingers lightly touched the pointer and gave her responses. We thought it was just a funny, harmless activity.

“One day, one of our friends suggested we ask Gertie to meet us somewhere. So we got the board out and asked Gertie if she was willing to meet us somewhere on campus. The pointer spelled out her answer: Y-E-S. Where? S-C-I-E-N-C-E A-U-D-I-T-O-R-I-U-M was her answer. What time? 1-P-M.

“The next day were were all excited to go meet Gertie in the science building right after lunch, and we laughed at the fact that the science building had been built with the bricks from the original building where Gertie had been killed.

“We got there at about 1:15 pm, and didn’t see anything. This really didn’t surprise us, as we hadn’t actually expected to see anything. Another round of laughter.

“Later that day, we went back to the room and got out the board to ask Gertie why she didn’t show up.

“How are you, Gertie, we asked. M-A-D was spelled out in response.

“Why are you mad? we asked, laughing. L-A-T-E.

“We were all shocked. We had been late.

“We threw the board in the trash and repented of our naive sin of using something that connected us to evil.”

Yes. Evil is real. Evil has power. And Christians shouldn’t dabble in it.

“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.”
Ephesians 5:11 NLT

Steve Hemphill, author / inspirational speaker
“My Search for the Real Heaven”
(Also Available In Spanish)
“My Search for the Real Heaven Workbook”
“My Search for Prayers Satan Hates”
“What Are The Stakes?” (God Markers On the Land)

evil demon vase from Honduras

After spending several years on the road speaking on demons, prayer, and spiritual warfare, It’s quite common for me to get a text or an email asking a question. One such question came yesterday:

“I am reading your books and have ordered several sets of your stakes. Question: I have this vase that I purchased on mission trip to Honduras this summer. Just looked at the figures on it and wondering if they are Satanic. Linda” (Pictured above.)

Here was my response:

“I don’t know enough about the Honduras culture or gods to tell you for sure. Pray about it and ask God to reveal to you whether it’s OK or not. He is good at that… Be sure to tell him you will destroy it if it dishonors Him in any way. Let me know what happens…

Your Servant,

Steve

P.S.: thanks for all the orders! I hope they bless your life greatly!”

I got a response back from Linda right away:

“They are blessing my life already. I have staked out the condo property where I live. Our church meets in a school so we staked that out, as well as an office building where we rent space to have other meetings during week, and our preachers house. I also staked out my sons house in NY … Ordered the others to take to Michigan and Indiana where my other children live. I try to talk to them about the reality of demons, not sure how successful I will be. I raised them in very conservative, legalistic church so …”

I understood that completely. I was also raised much like that, and really struggled with this concept when it first began happening around me.

Early this morning I got another message from Linda:

“I prayed as you suggested and in couple of hours God answered me. I was visiting friends and happened to show them the picture of the vase. He said right away that was a god they worshipped and could be used by Satan. He recommended I destroy it. This is without knowing what you had told me. Thank you. Our God reigns!!!!”

God is good. All the time.

Lord, thank You for your goodness and mercy and for answering our prayers when we are focused on pleasing You and destroying all of Satan’s back doors into our lives and homes. Open our eyes to all the activities and objects that allow evil in. We are willing to destroy these things to honor You if You will only reveal them to us. In Jesus Name…

Steve Hemphill, author / inspirational speaker
“My Search for the Real Heaven”
(Also Available In Spanish)
“My Search for the Real Heaven Workbook”
“My Search for Prayers Satan Hates”
“What Are The Stakes?”