Life is not always easy. Ministry is not always easy. When people break their word to you, it's disappointing. When people close to you malign you, it's hurtful. When you are sick and tired and see no rest in sight, it's easy enough to grow weary in well doing and fainting doesn't sound like such a bad thing. At least you'd get some rest.
I've been there more than once—and you probably have too. Daniel 7:25 says the enemy comes to weary the saints but Paul told the Galatians not to grow weary. There's tension between those two verses. The devil really is roaming about like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour (see 1 Peter 5:8) and we a really are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus (see Rom. 8:37).
As warriors, we labor in the spirit to push back darkness and make the paths straight for Christ to have His way. We make intercession to see His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth—or in any given situation—as it is in heaven. But we're wrestling against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age and spiritual wickedness in high places to get the job done (see Eph. 6:12).
We're in a season of war and we need all the spiritual warriors in formation. But the Holy Spirit has shown me that some have broken rank.
I got this insight while on an intercessory prayer call for the "New Weapons for a New Season" conference at City Gate Atlanta this month. The Holy Spirit showed me about spiritual warfare technologies, which I shared with you in part one of this series: Spiritual Warfare Technologies That Take Down Strongholds.
At the end of the call, the prayer leader, Jacquie Tyre, asked if anyone had anything else to share. I hesitated because so much had already been unpacked during the call but I kept hearing the Holy Spirit saying "breaking rank." When Jacquie asked me specifically if I had something to share I decided I'd better be obedient.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds (see 2 Cor. 10:4). God has given us mighty weapons to pull down strongholds over our lives, but sometimes we need new technologies for the battle.
Indeed, the Holy Spirit revealed to me there are spiritual warfare technologies we need to tap into in this new season. This revelation was unlocked to me while I was on an intercessory prayer call for the "New Weapons for a New Season" conference at City Gate Atlanta next month.
While Clay Nash, founding apostle of The CityGate in Southaven, Mississippi, was sharing revelation about the new weapons, the Holy Spirit started talking to me about spiritual warfare technologies. That didn't make much sense to my natural mind as I associate technologies with my computer, my iPhone or my Kindle e-book reader, but it makes strategic sense after I searched it out.
The Holy Spirit called her into ministry with Matthew 10—Jesus gave His disciples authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. The only problem is she was illiterate. When she heard Holy Spirit's instruction she had to find someone to read her the words from the Bible.
Her name is Anna. Both her parents were dead when the Lord called her and she goes down in revival history as one of the most authoritative messengers of awakening in the 20th century. According Dr. Kurt Koch's writings, Anna received four songs from the Lord—gospel messages that caused lost souls to come to Christ during the Revival at Timor.
"She is an excellent 'home' missionary, and as she goes from house to house, she asks the people to bring their idols out and to destroy them," Koch writes in his book Revival in Indonesia. "She has the gift of prophecy, too, and is able to tell people to their faces what sins they have committed."
When I wrote The Spiritual Warrior's Guide to Defeating Jezebel in 2012, I got sick six separate times. I literally didn't completely heal from one infirmity before another one manifested—and I had several out-of-the-blue migraines in the middle of it all.
Given that I rarely get sick, eat organic foods, exercise at least five days a week, sleep plenty, drink lots of water, pray for divine health and otherwise lead a healthy lifestyle, it was abundantly clear that this spurt of various ailments was a spiritual attack. The enemy didn't want me exposing the works of Jezebel and released spiritual witchcraft against me.
The Bible talks about Jezebel and her witchcrafts in 2 Kings 9:22. I believe infirmities are part of Jezebel's witchcrafts. Witchcraft is a spiritual force that the enemy uses to attack us. I don't know if this qualifies as a "fiery arrow of the evil one" that Paul describes in Ephesians 6, but I do know that we're in a spiritual war and it heightens this time of year. The question is, why?
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I had been on the mission field in one-hundred-degree weather in a nation known for its false gospel for more than a week—and battling principalities and powers every step of the way.
Laboring to take the Good News to a nation where the spirit of Jezebel wields an especially wicked influence brings an onslaught against your mind and sometimes even unpleasant manifestations in your body. I was not wrestling against flesh and blood, but it sure felt as though I had been in a heavyweight boxing match at the end of some days.
Granted, I was unprepared for the level of spiritual warfare I would encounter in a nation where the effects of witchcraft regularly make headlines. And I was not yet acquainted with the way the religious spirit impels us into morphing the image of Jesus from One who delivers to One who demands super-human performance to find His favor.
Indeed, I had no idea how Jezebel, the spirit of religion and witchcraft—what I now call Satan's deadly trio—work together to put us in bondage, strip us of our God-given identity and derail our kingdom purpose. But I would soon get a firsthand lesson that I will never forget.
Spiritual witchcraft is real and I've written plenty about it in recent weeks because the spiritual climate tightens in the midst of demonic fall celebrations like Halloween. But there's another type of witchcraft that is ugly in its own right. It's not altogether demonic—but it's certainly carnal—and it still wreaks havoc on the lives of Christians who receive it.
I offered up this post on my Facebook page last week after noticing how much carnal witchcraft is in the church:
"Did you know the silent treatment (which is the stubborn refusal to talk to someone, especially after a recent argument or disagreement) is a form of witchcraft? Witchcraft is sometimes a spiritual force, but it's also a work of the flesh listed in Galatians. Intimidation is a form of fleshly witchcraft. Purposely ignoring people to 'teach them a lesson' can be a form of fleshly witchcraft. Manipulation tactics, like pouting and crying to get people to do what you want or make them feel guilty, are forms of fleshly witchcraft. I can tell you this, folks won't get far with Spirit-led Christians playing those sorts of flesh-driven games. We'll pray for you but we won't bow to manipulation. 1 Samuel 15:23 ... Rebellion to God's Word is as the sin of witchcraft. Trying to punish people with manipulation is rebellion. Can somebody say amen?"
Yeah, I know. What a headline! This may never happen to you, but I got a good laugh this week when some unbeliever—or perhaps someone who has been hurt deeply by the church—launched a miniature Twitter campaign trying to stir up witches against me.
Needless to say, it didn't work.
The flurry of Twitter posts was a response to an article I wrote last week called Wrestling Wicked Witchcraft—and Winning. In the article, I mentioned how the demonic activity that rises during this season can cause people to experience feelings of oppression, fatigue, strong spiritual warfare against the mind that makes them feel like quitting, and even physical manifestations for which doctors can't find a reason.