Less than a year ago I sounded the alarm about a destructive spirit that's rising fast. It's especially deceptive because the one who falls into its snare cannot see it.
That not-so-subtle spirit is offense. I've been witnessing believers getting offended over slight corrections, unreturned phone calls and even the way certain people say "Holy Spirit." I've heard about believers getting offended over new relationships forming, being asked to sit out travel trips, or not being invited into a back room meeting.
There's an actual spirit rising that's causing these unreasonable offenses. It's Satan's plot to divide believers in an hour of church history when it's more vital than perhaps ever before that we unite on our common beliefs.
When I was writing my first book on Jezebel, I got sick six times in the course of a year. Yes, six times! I was hardly over one cold or flu before I got another cold or flu. This was especially unusual since I hadn't had as much as a sniffle in the five years before.
Essentially, I was battling a cycle of infirmity—which I overcame. I'm battling another cycle of infirmity right now and I know others who are facing similar attacks so I thought it wise to dust off the understanding of witchcraft's connection to infirmity so are not ignorant to the devil's devices (see 2 Cor. 2:11). You can read more about Jezebel's tactics in my latest book: Jezebel's Puppets.
In this season of ministry, many times when I do a call an altar call for healing the Holy Spirit shows me to break the powers of witchcraft of people's minds before praying over the infirmity that's attacking their bodies. After this happened a few times, I decided to press in to discern the spiritual connection.
Do you notice that when you set out to execute a God-given assignment for His glory, all hell breaks loose against you? Does it seem like when you try to press in to deeper levels of the Spirit, the enemy works overtime to distract you, derail you and otherwise deny you? Are you watching your kids fall away from the teachings of Christ? Are you working against yourself with the words of your mouth?
Lots of questions, I know, but I'm getting at something here. It could be possible that a particular spirit is behind these attacks that you aren't discerning. We all have our go-to demon hit list—those spirits we discern actively working against us. In my life and ministry, I wrestle a lot with the spirits of Jezebel, witchcraft and religion that are prominent in my region. In fact, I just wrote a new book called Jezebel's Puppets: Exposing the Agenda of False Prophets, which deals with Jezebel, Ahab, the false prophets, the eunuchs and Jezebel's children.
I've been in a season of spiritual warfare since I stepped into the editor's role at Charisma. I've had strange ailments attack my body. Two of my teeth randomly broke over the course of as many weeks. People around me are having emotional meltdowns for absolutely no logical reason. I've been accused, cursed and persecuted.
Of course, this is really nothing new. Although I experience seasons of rest from warfare, I do tend to withstand plenty of onslaughts as I co-labor with Christ to advance His kingdom. Besides writing hard-hitting columns and books that stir up antichrist spirits in the world and Jezebel's puppets in the church, I'm also building the Awakening House of Prayer, launching AwakeningTV and running hard with the New Breed Revival Network to stoke the flames of revival in the nations.
Clearly, I'm a target—and I am sure you are too. Anyone doing anything to forward the gospel message is on the devil's hit list. If you are raising up your children in the way they should go, you're a target. If you are sowing seeds of truth in your workplace, you're a target. If you are making intercession in the secret place, you're a target. You get my point. Every believer is in the army of God—and that brings warfare.
In spiritual warfare circles, we love Deuteronomy 28:7: "The Lord will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways."
I can just hear some of you saying "amen" right now. But what if the devil isn't coming at you just one way? What if he's coming at you seven ways from Sunday in an onslaught that's touching just about every area of your life and working overtime on your mind? What if the good fight of faith doesn't seem so good at the moment?
What if you've done all you can do and you've been standing and withstanding, but feel like you can't stand much longer? What if you've resisted the devil and submitted yourself to God, but the enemy is just not fleeing? What if you have repented for any open doors, confessed the Word of God, decreed, declared, pushed back darkness, exercised the binding and loosing keys of the kingdom, commanded the enemy to cease and desist operations, praised your way through and you are still not breaking through?
"Welcome to witchcraft season. This is the time of year when people start attacking and accusing you for no reason, rebelling against authority, and otherwise walking in the flesh. Take authority over it in the name of Jesus. Don't bow to the intimidation and manipulation. And by all means, don't tap into it! I'll be writing more about this next week."
On Oct. 2, I offered that simple exhortation on my Facebook page. Of course, I was flooded with responses from the saints—some of whom were battling witchcraft in that moment and some of whom had never heard of spiritual witchcraft. I believe witchcraft is one of the powers in the hierarchy of demons Paul listed in Ephesians 6:12. Just as the Holy Spirit is the power of God, witchcraft is a power of the enemy.
Webster's Dictionary defines witchcraft as an irresistible influence or fascination—and the Bible warns us not to be bewitched: "O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth? Before your eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified" (Gal. 3:1)
We've moved from peacetime Christianity to wartime Christianity. It's time to wake up and run to the battle line to take out the giants in our land! It's time to WAR for awakening and revival.
Join Ryan LeStrange, Joe Joe Dawson and Jennifer LeClaire, the leadership team of New Breed Revival Network, for this special event in Bristol, VA. The conference includes six preaching sessions that will set your heart on fire nd and lots of workshops to equip you to contend for revival in your life and awakening in this nation. Sunday morning we will hold an impartation and commissioning service for those who want to partner with or align with New Breed Revival Network.
Before Azusa Street in 1906, there was the Welsh Revival in 1904. It was one of the greatest revivals ever and perhaps the one with the most tragic end. That's because the spirit of Jezebel cut off the voice of Evan Roberts, a young man God used to set a nation on fire for God.
As history tells it, over 100,000 souls came to Jesus in Wales over the course of nine months. Hundreds of thousands more would come to know the Lord over the next couple of years—and it all started in Moriah Chapel in Loughor, South Wales where Roberts gathered with a few youth and began to pray, "Bend us! Bend us!" and eventually "Bend me! Bend me!"
"It was the very next month that Roberts had his first vision. While strolling in a garden, Evan looked up to see what seemed to be an arm outstretched from the moon, reaching down into Wales," writes Roberts Liardon, author of God's Generals. "He later told a friend, 'I have wonderful news for you. I had a vision of all Wales being lifted up to heaven. We are going to see the mightiest revival that Wales has ever known—and the Holy Spirit is coming just now. We must get ready."
Is there really a revival of the devil's witchcraft? Does the devil really take out all the stops to interfere with the prayers of the saints? Does the devil always overplay his hand?
The answer to all of these questions, of course, is yes. Yes, he does.
Earlier this year, we started our Mornings With the Holy Spirit devotion and prayer calls at 6 a.m. One of my intercessors felt strongly there were unbelievers on the line one morning and some days there is clearly enemy resistance to our prayers. Of course, we always press through and God brings refreshing, inspiration and revelation despite what the devil has in mind.
On the call each morning, I encourage the listeners to leave a prayer request at 247prayerroom.com. Every day, we get a number of prayer requests for healing, reconciliation in marriages, financial breakthrough and more. Recently, though, the spell casters have invaded the site. Indeed, the prince of the power of the air has reared his ugly head at 247prayerroom.com. Thankfully, none of the requests go live since everything is monitored.
Watching old videos of healing evangelists like Kathryn Kuhlman, A.A. Allen, Jack Coe and Oral Roberts is one of my favorite things to do. In the last few months alone, I've consumed hundreds of hours of videos showing the miracle-working power of God and bold revival preaching that makes no apologies for the Rock of Offense.
While watching an A.A. Allen miracle reel my ears perked up when I heard the late Brother Allen declare a revival of the devil's witchcraft. Of course, this was back in the 1950s. What was a revival of witchcraft then has turned into a full-blown movement.
"An awful lot of people are sick, diseased and afflicted under a curse, under a spell because of the present revival of witchcraft around the world," Allen declared. "There has never been a time in history when there has been such a devil's revival of witchcraft."
Think about it for a minute. In Allen's day, there was no such thing as Harry Potter. Allen made this declaration before popular TV shows like Bewitched, Charmed and The Witches of East End—and before films like Rosemary's Baby, The Blair Witch Project and Season of the Witch. Indeed, it was before children's media like Meg and Mog, The Witch Family and Witches in Stitches hit the mainstream.