Leviathan keeps visiting our ministry. It’s different names and faces, but the same spirit influencing people to tear down what God is building.

After the third time in a year of dealing with Leviathan attacks, I sought the Lord for a new strategy. That’s because even if you’re battling the same demonic powers there is more than one way to skin a dragon. God can shift the battle strategy.

Leviathan is nothing to play with. You can’t put this spirit on a leash or appease it with compromise. Consider the wisdom in Job 41:5-7: “Will you play with him as with a bird? Or will you put him on a leash for your maidens? Will your companions make a banquet of him? Will they divide him among the merchants? Can you fill his skin with harpoons or his head with fishing spears?”

We don’t come against Leviathan directly—and you shouldn’t either. Historically, we prayed against Leviathan’s witchcraft that twists words and drives offense to the foreground of the ministry. Historically, we came against the twisting tactics of this principality and the haughty spirits that speak to the hearts of people who have common ground with the enemy.

Stop Dealing with It

When I sat down to ask the Lord what to do about the latest serious Leviathan attack against the church and against my life, He said something I didn’t expect: “You stop dealing with it and I’ll deal with it.”


“You stop dealing with it and I’ll deal with it.”

Another way to put it is, the battle belongs to the Lord. That’s never more true than when dealing with Leviathan’s attacks. You can’t put a hook in his nose.

A prophet in King Jehoshaphat’s day prophesied this in Israel when they were surrounded by enemies: “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s’”(2 Chron. 20:15).

Moses prophesied something similar when the Egyptian army was closing in on them. The Israelites were facing the Red Sea in front of them and the enemy army behind them. Moses said, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14:13).

David, the worshipping warrior, also understood this. In 1 Samuel 17:47 he said this to Goliath, “Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

Do Your Part

Of course, this isn’t always the right battle strategy. Some believers take this to the extreme and refuse to engage in spiritual warfare at any level beyond praise and worship. While praise and worship are certainly part of the battle strategy, as I write about in my book, 101 Tactics for Spiritual Warfare, often we have to incorporate one or more additional strategies.

Jehoshaphat, for example, still had to prepare for battle. He had to be willing to fight. Moses had to stretch out his hand over the sea before the waters parted so the Israelites could walk out of Egypt on dry land. David still had to run to the battle line with his sling and his stone and ultimately cut off Goliath’s head.

Yes, every battle is the Lord’s. We are his battle axe, his weapons of righteousness. We need to get our marching orders from the Captain of the Hosts.

Waiting on the Lord

Sometimes we take too much of the battle into our own hands. Sometimes we’re not content waiting on the Lord for the strategy so we charge out ahead of Him in our own wisdom and strength. Sometimes we make matters worse by engaging enemies God has not called us to fight (such as Leviathan). Sometimes, the Lord wants to fight the whole battle for us.

In this latest Leviathan battle, the Holy Spirit had one more thing to say. After he said, “You stop dealing with it and I’ll deal with it,” He also said, “Pray for the people.” By “the people,”
He meant those who are puppets in the hands of Leviathan—those Leviathan is using as mouthpieces to gossip, slander and libel us.

So as I pray for the people, He takes down Leviathan. Why does that work? Because it keeps me in a posture of humility, obeying Christ’s command to love our enemies and pray for those who abuse us. And it protects me from the influence of Leviathan who is, after all, the King of Pride.

Check out these prayer videos dealing with Leviathan for more strategies.

Prayers to Crush the Heads of Leviathan

Tearing Down Leviathan’s Hidden Accusations

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