Bats (from Hell)
I was brushing my teeth this on last morning of the year when Nara’s screams interrupted my automated routine. By the tone and intensity I knew something was terribly wrong. I dropped my brush and rushed into the bedroom without wiping my mouth.
Her shriek became silent as her eyes and fingers pointed to a black something on the carpet… A BAT! It was that very bat, flying a few seconds earlier, that landed on her foot while she was asleep!
While I know the bat was unmoving because of Nara’s powerful kick (one of wife’s dangerous weapons, smiles), it is a mystery how such a nauseating animal got into our room!?! With closed windows and behind locked doors, in our home we always felt quite safe from Brazilian creatures.
What a way to end 2013, a year full of ups and downs!
Although chiropterologists claim that bats are for the most part ‘good’ for eco-systems, my wife would be hard pressed to agree… and that goes for me too.
Bats are usually associated with evil lore and conjure demonic evilness. Perhaps the negative spin given to bats is resultant of their physical appearance (slimy), their love for darkness (thus invisible) and dangerousness (rabid).
The devil, sometimes depicted nowadays as a bat, coincidentally has the same types of eerie characteristics… along with the added fact: he never hesitates to invade the most inter chambers of our lives, should such a cracked door be found.
The devil’s workings are always slimy, very difficult to firmly handle. Yes, I suppose “slippery” could be a good way of describing his “going to and fro in the earth…” (Job 1:7), but “slimy” (like the path of a snail), is the REAL telltale trademark of his doings. When you see the trail of slim across the paths of your life, beware! Be warned! … The slithering serpent – “which is the devil” (Rev. 20:2) – is not far away!
Lesson: Divine (prayerful) awareness is a KEY factor in all spiritual warfare!
Darkness is the devil’s habitat (bats too)… From obscure, dark, corners of life is where unexpected attacks come from. Wicked deeds and deals are cut in deserted regions of the spirit world, places where bat-like imps reside. Like Job, we are all subject to anonymous, unidentifiable attacks launched by “rulers of the darkness of this world” (Eph. 6:12). But do not despair:
Lesson: God is LIGHT (I John 1:5). So, REBUKE the demonic darkness tightening around you and PROCLAIM/CREATE an aura of True Light. Bats HATE light! Nocturnal Devils do too, especially when the Brightness comes from Jesus!
Regretfully, even as devils flee (defeated!) from the Name, much like bats, they cease not to continually spew rabid contamination all around, indiscriminately. It is a known fact that bat droppings are highly toxic and remain deadly even after the critters are long gone. The same applies to spiritual warfare waged against dark demons: the toxic waste they left behind often causes unexpected casualties among friends and even bystanders. Sad, yet true.
Lesson: spiritual warfare requires EVERYONE even remotely connected to the battle to be on high alert. After all, distant secondary parties often take offense with the smallest issue that, under normal circumstances, would be totally insignificant. Warn EVERYONE in your circle to maintain broad prayer cover against the “wiles of the devil” (Eph. 6:11): It can take a long time to decontaminate devil droppings.
In reality, I am warning you that devils often operate on multiple levels AT THE SAME TIME. It is not uncommon to witness two battles, one INSIDE THE OTHER: often there is more than meets the eye on this low dimension of the spirit world.
John “Brad” Lambeth
Afterword: Nara and I carefully cornered the bat and captured it using gloves, a large can and a solid lid. Are there other bats hidden somewhere in the house? Hopefully not… yet, I suspect we can expect more and more demons from hell before this war ends at Rapture time.