Last week, I could feel the oppression of Satan trying to attack women who were planning to attend a Many Faces of Love workshop. Then, I received an email from a blog I follow, Kingdom Revelation, by Holly Watson, which started out “While in prayer a few days ago I began to sense a strong spirit of witchcraft maneuvering it’s way through the Body of Christ. I hadn’t identified this particular day as being different from any other day when spending time in prayer with God, yet as I entered into intercession on behalf of the Body of Christ, I began to sense a heavy weight and groaning in my spirit. Strong feelings of fatigue began to weigh me down. I had difficulty concentrating. Confusion tried to overcome me and temptations of giving up began to overwhelm me. I immediately asked the Lord, ‘Lord what are you showing me?’ And I heard the Holy Spirit say, There’s a spirit of witchcraft targeting the Body of Christ”
Wow! That’s what I was feeling for other women. I went to the workshop and brought up the topic. Sure enough, more than half the women, in amazement, acknowledged they had been fighting spiritual battles the past week, leading up to the workshop.
See the contrast? The enemy is real! Even the Lord acknowledges him. But also know that the Lord sent Jesus so that all who believe in Him and acknowledge that Jesus died on the cross and ask that their sins be forgiven, will have LIFE, eternal life. Believers have victory over Satan. We live in a fallen world, with Satan prowling around, but we have been covered by the blood of Jesus! Don’t ever forget that truth. You can claim victory in the fact that as a child of God, you can stand in victory over anything that opposes you. Call on the name of Jesus and He will make a way out for you. It may not look like what our minds think it should look like, but He is faithful. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Behold, 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
I encourage you to read, and perhaps memorize, Ephesians 6:10-18 “The Armor of God”. I personally use this passage in prayer almost every day.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In additional to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sward of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (NIV)