“The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
In this posting, I want to switch gears a bit and speak to recent events with the upheaval in our country. For the past several months I have been praying with a close circle of spirit-filled friends about our country, our country’s leadership and the body of Christ in America. We’ve been asking:
“Lord, what are you doing and saying in this hour? What is the direction for your church – the body of Christ? How can I partner and co-labor with you?”
We’ve all watched as unbelievable scenarios have unraveled dangerously out of control. And just when you think it can’t possibly get any worse, it absolutely does! The point here isn’t to belabor or even review the details, but to better understand what’s happening in our country in the spirit realm and what do we do about it.
Satan’s Threats – Smoke & Mirrors
About a year ago, I had a dream of Satan. He was trying to appear and sound as frightening and fear-mongering as possible. He spoke curses over America, he promised evils of increasing racism, abortion, childhood cancer and all types of sickness and diseases. While he made vile threats blue and grey smoke came out of his mouth.
“Lord, can he really do all this, and what’s with the smoke?!” I asked.
Jesus said, “Watch!”
Satan saw that Jesus and I were speaking together and assumed I wasn’t paying any attention to him for a moment. He took something out of his mouth.
“Lord, what is that?” I asked’
“Look closer.” Jesus said. “He has the ability, but not the authority. Don’t give him any (authority).”
My eyes zoomed in for an up-close examination as one can do in a dream. The device Satan removed from his mouth was a little tiny smoke device used for a magic show. (I just did a search for this, and such a thing actually exists!) He was taking it out of his mouth to refill the blue and grey smoke effect cartridges. The meaning was clear, Satan is using smoke and mirrors to threaten, bully, distract and wear down the body of Christ – the church. The Lord showed me that even the Corona virus was devised by Satan to cloak the body of Christ in confusion and fear in hopes of paralyzing and immobilizing her like prey before the kill.
My notes from October 17, 2020:
COVID is a smoke screen so we don’t actually see what the devil is doing. Distortion of reality is fueled by media who is led by the father of lies (Satan). Most Christians have been hijacked by a spirit of fear and anesthetized by a church whose culture has devolved into a drive-through experience, convenience and entertainment culture.
How do we wake up the Bride?
How do we as Christians raise up an end-time army when the current church culture resists the equipping of the saints? How do we even know to engage in spiritual warfare when it’s not being taught in our churches?
It starts right here, right now with you and me.
David said “Praise the Lord, who is my rock. He trains my hands to war, and my fingers for battle; He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in him. He makes the nations submit to me.” Psalms 144:1-2
If you are a Christian, my friend, you are a fellow warrior – whether you feel like it or not. Whether you want to be or not. When we accept Jesus as Savior at church, we usually get congratulated on becoming part of the family of the Kingdom of God. Awesome. But most churches in America won’t tell you that you’ve just entered the greatest battle of your life. Satan just lost the battle over your soul, and he wants revenge. If your church isn’t teaching your how to war in the spirit, stay plugged in to blogs and other channels like YouTube who will. Let the Holy Spirit lead you to the right connection. (I watch Curry Blake, John Ramirez who’s an ex-Satanist, and Katie Souza to name a few.) Fellow warriors in Christ, let us vigilantly guard our hearts (and minds) now more than ever so that we are laser focused on Holy Spirit – what he is saying, what he is doing, where he is leading, what wisdom and discernment he is imparting.
Satan has the ability to steal, kill and destroy but not the authority – unless we give it to him!
How do we give Satan authority? We come into an agreement with him. Satan is looking for responses and reactions within us like:
- Offense (being offended)
From my perspective, these are the emotional responses Satan is leveraging right now. Demonic spirits have assignments attached to each of these responses. If Satan can get us to come into agreement with him or his attacks, then he gains the authority to continue and increase his attacks. He will use memories, media, entertainment, friends, acquaintances and whomever and whatever he can to trigger these responses.
Media, lots of social media and other devices are available right now, beckoning us to be triggered into any number of these responses. Don’t give in. Cut the news and other triggering outlets out of your life. Satan is attacking marriages and families now too. Big time. Keep your focus on Jesus. Don’t take your eyes off him. That may take some disengagement from several other non-essential areas as well – friends, entertainment shows, or other habits.
Take a moment to reflect on the list above. Do you see an area where the attacks have intensified and elicited more of these responses? Is there an area where you’ve given Satan authority? What now? (Ooo, I know the answer to this one! Just had to do this myself.) Don’t worry and don’t beat yourself up, just take it back! Pray something like:
“Jesus, I repent. I am so sorry for coming into agreement with a reaction and a spirit that is not part of my covenant purchased by your blood. Thank you for your forgiveness and that I am forever the righteousness of God in you, Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit, I need you. I need your wise counsel. Thank you for giving me your spirit of wisdom, knowledge and discernment so I can recognize these trip-lines before I hit them, and for following your leading in Jesus’s name. Amen”
“Satan, you are defeated. You are underneath my feat. I rebuke you. Jesus rebukes you! I curse to death every attack and every assignment over me, my family, my business and the ministry God has created me for. I cast out every demon, every attack and every assignment and interference in Jesus’s name! In the name of Jesus! Go now in Jesus’s name! Amen!”
Do you sense release? If yes, good! If no, pray again. Make sure you are praying out loud; with boldness. Type those prayers, or your version of them into your Notes in your phone. Take them out when you feel the attacks are intensifying. Satan will always attempt a repeat where he’s been successful. So, he’ll try poking an area again where he’s already been successful. (I call those the soft spots.) Keep stripping off his authority and rebuking him when you need to or feel lead to. He will back off! You already are the victor because Jesus has already conquered Satan and Jesus LIVES IN YOU!
He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. Colossians 2:14-15