Not a single woman was listed among David's mighty men but that doesn't mean God doesn't use women mightily in warfare. Of course, in modern times we aren't wrestling against flesh and blood like the Joshua generation, Israel's many judges or David's mighty men. But the battle is just as real in the spirit realm.
Deborah the judge and prophetess offers a strong example spiritual warriors can draw from in modern battle—and so do Jael and Rahab. Whether you are spiritually mature enough to lead the spiritual warfare campaign or are just entering into the truth of spiritual warfare, you can glean lessons from the brave actions of women in the Old Testament.
First let me stress this point: As a believer in Christ, you have spiritual authority. If you are a disciple of Christ, Jesus promises you this: "I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Luke 10:19). Jesus also said, "In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover" (Mark 16:17).
The devil always overplays his hand and, ultimately, the devil always exposes himself in the end. Although there's no Scripture and Verse in the Bible that says that, there are plenty of examples in the Word that prove the point.
When I listened to my voicemail I was absolutely shocked. An angry young man on the other end line spewed, "How dare you, Jennifer LeClaire, tell Michael you don't believe me. Don't you know that I get every message you send and receive on your phone? How dare you!"
Yes, apparently someone I know found a way to hack into my smartphone's messaging system and intercept every text message I sent or received. This person was reading personal details about my life, as well as the lives of those I was ministering to, for months. It was beyond creepy.
Of course, when I realized this I immediately signed out of my messaging account and changed all my passwords. But when the dust settled I was reminded of a lesson: the devil always overplays his hand and, ultimately, the devil always exposes himself in the end. Although there's no scripture and verse in the Bible that says that, there are plenty of examples in the Word that prove the point.
Religious spirits are nefariously nasty. The spirit of religion works to murder reputations, pervert the revelation of who we are in Christ, put us in bondage to legalism and much more. But I've discovered in recent years that all religious spirits aren't created equal. Yet the do have one thing in common. Click the headline to get to the next page and watch the video.
Religious spirits are nefariously nasty. The spirit of religion works to murder reputations, pervert the revelation of who we are in Christ, put us in bondage to legalism and much more. But I've discovered in recent years that all religious spirits aren't created equal.
Actually, a more accurate way to state it may be that all religious spirits don't manifest in the same way. Or, put yet another way, religious mindsets express themselves through manifold methods. I've often said you can't put a prophet in a box. Well, it turns out you can't put a religious mindset in a box either.
What do I mean?
Well, practically speaking, "religion" doesn't like a woman to preach. A man may support his wife completely in ministry, defying the spirit of religion that would keep her in bondage, yet offer prophetic words of judgment and cursing that stem from a Sons of Thunder mindset.
By the same token, a woman may not think of speaking an ill word against anyone—even if she doesn't agree with them—but nevertheless hold them to a set of rules and regulations to which she cannot even live up. That's called legalism.
The point, again, is that the religious spirits—or religious mindsets—manifest in different ways. We need to discern the operations of this wicked spirit in whatever form it reveals itself and resist it. Make no mistake, the religious spirit wants to keep you from entering into the fullness of the kingdom of God, which is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17).
You’ve probably read the story of Willie Myrick, the 10-year-old boy who didn’t have a lot of discernment but packed a powerful punch with praise.
As the story goes, a kidnapper in Atlanta wooed little Willie with cash until he walked close enough to the car for the criminal to abduct him. Like I said, the little boy may not have discerned the kidnapper’s evil motives, but he certainly knew where to turn when he realized he’d been taken captive in a criminal’s car.
Willie starting singing Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Hezekiah Walker’s song “Every Praise.” Some of the lyrics go like this: “Every praise is to our God/Every word of worship with one accord/Every praise, every praise is to our God/Sing hallelujah to our God/Glory hallelujah is due our God/Every praise, every praise is to our God.”
Willie didn’t just sing high praise to God once. No, the little boy did it over and over and over and over again—for three hours. He later told news reporters that the kidnapper went into a cursing fit and eventually stopped the car and tossed him out (thankfully, no worse for the wear).
"He opened the door and threw me out," Willie told Atlanta television station WXIA-TV. "He told me not to tell anyone."
Do you know what the blood of Jesus does for you? Do you know how powerful the blood of Jesus is? There's nothing more powerful on earth! In this week's radio broadcast, I discussed the power of the blood of Jesus and His resurrection with Pastor Greg Young on Chosen Generation Radio. Click the headline to get to the next page and hear the broadcast.
God made the Israelites a promise to bring them into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites and the Jebusites—all the “-ites,” as some say—into the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey (Ex. 13:5). Fulfilling this prophetic promise, then, meant engaging in a battle to dispossess all the so-called “-ites” from the land in which they lived. It meant going to war with the enemies.
Unfortunately, some of the Israelites moved in presumption against the Amorites and felt more than the sting of defeat—they felt the sting of death in the wake of disobedience. As you read this article, remember this: Presumption can be deadly.
In fact, while the King James Version of the Bible only mentions the words presume, presumed, presumptuous and presumptuously 11 times, it almost always leads to death. So it stands to reason that wisdom cries out against entering into spiritual battle presumptuously. It’s not likely that you’ll die, but you could get smacked around by the enemy of your soul. So let’s learn this lesson from the Israelites and learn it well.
Demons are real—and sometimes Christians need deliverance from spirits of seduction, rebellion, fear, rejection and more. In this week’s Chosen Generation segment, Jennifer LeClaire and Pastor Greg Young discuss witchcraft, Jezebel and deliverance from demon spirits. The enemy tried to derail this broadcast more than once, but we press through with a spiritual warfare prayer in the middle. Click the headline of this article to find the link to the radio broadcast.
Every year about this time there’s an onslaught of witchcraft attacks against me—and many people I know. This year the enemy used a different tactic. Since the spiritual forces of darkness could not slow me down by day, the attacks are coming at night.
First, let me explain what I mean by witchcraft. During Lent, some people have a tendency to exalt Mary, the mother of Jesus. But we know that's not God's will. God has "highly exalted Jesus and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee must bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that He is Lord, to the glory of the Father" (Phil 2:9-11). Let me be clear: I am not Catholic-bashing here. This is not about a religion or a denomination. It's about spiritual practices in which some are engaging.
Where Mary is exalted, I believe it empowers the spirit of Jezebel and her witchcrafts. Some people in some religions refer to Mary as the queen of heaven. But Ashtoreth, the chief pagan goddess of war and sex mentioned in the Old Testament, is also known as the queen of heaven. And it’s the Ashtoreth spirit that’s behind Jezebel. The Lord speaks of the queen of heaven in Jeremiah 7, noting that the people of Judah were giving offerings to other gods and provoking Him to anger. The Old Testament Jezebel’s father, Ethbal, was the high priest of the goddess.