Growing up in my teenage years, Dr. Martens were my favorite boots. All through high school I wore my 8 eyelet 1460 black boots as did every other punk / rebel kid who was hardcore into rock and alternative music. They weren’t particularly comfortable but they were cool.

I recently purchased another pair of Dr. Marten’s. They were the exact same style and color as my previous 2 pairs that I used to own. Business was booming and my wife and I had recently seen a huge shift in growth and financial prosperity in our business as we had just increased our giving (percentagewise) and we could not contain the blessing. Then, all of a sudden, when the boots arrived, everything came to a halt.

Right from the beginning the red flags started to show. One strange thing I noticed was that they had a weird leather smell. It was very strong. They had an essence. It was a very subtle but very powerful smell. It was like a strong presence of undertones that you don’t really notice when you are distracted. It’s hard to describe.

That night, I had nightmares. I dreamt that I was laughing hysterically / evilly in my dream and I wanted to wake up but if I said ‘Jesus’ out loud, like I wanted to shout I would wake up my family. So in my dream, this is my reasoning (not in real life) but eventually I woke up.

I was convincing myself the whole time it wasn’t the boots in my room, yet I removed them from the room and placed them in the office and prayed over them and anointed them with oil. Over the next few days, I cleaned them well which helped for the most part with the weird smell. I randomly had weird / bad dreams throughout the time I had them.

As much as I know about accursed objects and clothing, this was one thing I did not want to let go. I was reasoning and battling in my mind that the anointing with oil and prayer was good enough. I was praying to God and I asked Him to show me if I needed to get rid of them I would. In reality, I was compromising. I was asking God for a sign. It’s like when God speaks and you know you have to do something and you don’t want to, so you ask God for 5 prophecies, 3 trumpets and a wonder and then we will do what he wants us to do. Or you ask him for an answer the way you want it. We are just lying to ourselves and use those things as reasons to keep living in disobedience because the flesh wants something else. In that same manner we are robbing ourselves of the destiny that God has for us. It’s crazy how these things can blind us. I was asking for a sign, yet my bad dreams, weird feelings, and even getting sick were not enough of a sign.

Business was at a standstill and in the back of my mind, it’s always that thought. “What if it’s the boots?” For there to be even a thought about it, just get rid of it. I knew this, and was not obeying it. It’s not worth the headaches and problems it will bring or the money you will lose. We were still tithing and planting. We have learned that lesson too many times. We will never stop tithing and planting no matter how hard it gets.

I finally wore them to church and immediately I started feeling sick. The next night I got hit with a fever / chills and vomiting. It lasted a couple of days and recovered just in time for next week’s church service. Mind you, I am praying in the name of Jesus, rebuking the devil and anointing myself with oil the whole time to no avail. I didn’t think anything of it, other people were getting sick too and figured it was just a bug going around.

I only wear these boots to church because I don’t really go out anywhere. I work from home so the only times I would wear them was once a week on Wednesday evening service. Just as I recovered, I get ready for service the following week, and put them on. I got sick AGAIN. That very Wednesday night was a repeat of the previous Thursday. That has never happened to me before. First of all I rarely get sick, and for me to get sick twice in a row only when I wore the boots was insane! I’ve had enough. I knew after that second time, that it was the boots. There was the final sign I needed from God, I didn’t like it. I should have just obeyed the Holy Spirit in the first place. Be careful when you ask God for a sign.

 

I tried many things to keep them. I put them in the storage shed outside of my house and did not keep them in the house. I was testing it out to see if that’s really what was causing the financial setback. Nothing improved. I tried to hide them yet technically they were still in my “possession”. The prayer and anointing with oil did not help either. I tried everything I knew to do to allow me to keep these boots. I realized how childish I became. I knew better than this.

After a couple months finally got rid of them. Yes I held on to them for that long, already suspecting from day 1!  The very next day which was a Saturday, I got 4 business calls from clients. Nobody every calls me on Saturdays as far as business calls. It was almost as if the floodgates burst open. Business improved but it took while to recover. All for some stupid boots! Good riddance! The sad part of this is that I knew it from the 1st night. A good friend, we will call him Eli, had shared a similar testimony about the same brand of boots years before all this! Almost identical, from the weird smell to the bad dreams. I knew this! I knew better. How did this happen to me? I tried reasoning with it. Maybe it’s all psychological because Eli told me, and now it’s in my head and of course it’s all mental. No way! Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world, yet I’m inviting him that’s in the world into my house? It’s almost as if there was a spiritual blindness the moment those boots came into my possession.

Some objects in this world are designed for evil by the Kingdom of Satan. No matter how much you pray over them, anoint them, bless them, those objects are designed to be used for evil purposes. In the bible you ready about how the houses that had idols (accursed objects) built into the walls had to be torn down; how the witchcraft and sorcery scrolls had to be burned. You can’t keep a Ouija board in your home for decoration and plead the blood of Jesus over it and anoint it with oil and think it won’t affect your home, you must get rid of it, or better yet, destroy it. My pastor shares a story how when growing up as a kid, he had a green chair in the room and he felt someone was sitting in the chair. His father, a powerful minister of the Gospel didn’t pray over it, he just threw it out. Problem solved.

I am not saying that every Dr. Marten boot is cursed but it can become an idol like anything else. This particular style was part of the punk rocker scene. They represent rebellion. It’s a mark of evil. Sometimes we develop these ties to objects because they were a family heirloom, or expensive. We need to realize that these things we will not take into eternity and can pull us away from the will of God.

The solution to dealing with accursed objects is expelling them from your home and your possession. This reminded me of the story in Leviticus 14 about the accursed objects (idols) in the walls and foundations of the home. They tried praying over them and cleansing them for 7 days and when that didn’t work, they destroyed the house and rebuilt it. Just like I tried praying over the boots and anointing them with oil. The only solution was removing them from my household.

Leviticus 14 33 The Lord further spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 34 “When you come into the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as a possession, and I put a mark of leprosy on a house in your land, 35 then the one who owns the house shall come and tell the priest, ‘I have seen something that looks like a mark of leprosy in my house.’ 36 The priest shall order that they empty the house before he goes in to examine the mark, so that everything in the house will not have to be declared unclean; afterward he shall go in to see the house. 37 He shall examine the mark, and if the mark on the walls of the house has greenish or reddish depressions and appears deeper than the surface, 38 the priest shall go out of the house, to the doorway, and quarantine the house for seven days. 39 The priest shall return on the seventh day and look; and if the mark has spread on the walls of the house, 40 he shall order them to tear out the contaminated stones and throw them into an unclean place outside the city. 41 He shall have the entire inside area of the house scraped, and the plaster that is scraped off shall be dumped in an unclean place outside the city. 42 Then they shall take new stones and replace the [contaminated] stones, and he shall take plaster and replaster the house.

God said that the Hebrews would live in homes that they did not build (Deut. 6:10–11). However, there were things inside the homes that needed to be exposed and dealt with. Thus strange colored streaks suddenly appeared on the plaster walls inside the houses caused by these cursed objects or idols. Once these streaks were visible, the priest was called in to perform a five-phase examination of the house. (See Leviticus 13 and 14.)

The Canaanites, would hide their money and their idols in the walls of their homes. There were no bank vaults to secure your wealth, and coins were often buried in dirt floors. Idols (cursed objects) were often hidden behind the plaster walls and in the foundations of the home. Once the streaks were spotted, the priest would then remove any stones in the house where the streak was visible. If controlling and disciplining our mind and our flesh do not change our situation, then this procedure of the priest removing the stones where the streak was found also has a practical spiritual application.

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and I believe what we wear or put on our bodies can become a stumbling block. Satan has highly influenced the fashion industry and many people are wearing cursed garments, jewelry and more. In proverbs you read about the “attire of a harlot” (Prov. 7:10). Some clothing is designed to seduce whether you realize it or not. You can try to make it work and make it conservative, but the only solution is to get rid of it.

My wife and I make it a regular practice to go through the house and get rid of things we don’t need. Every day we bring stuff into our homes from the outside and it may be easy to lose track of what you brought in. My pastor once said, in a Sunday service, take a trash bag in your hand, go home and ask the Holy Spirit “what do I get rid of”?