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.
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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.
Etsy has made a name for itself as a marketplace where people around the world connect to make, sell and buy unique goods. It's a platform for 1.4 million creative entrepreneurs (and a good number of business-minded witches) who sell what they make or curate to shoppers looking for things they can't find anywhere else.
On Etsy, you could even find spells and hexes—until the company cast the devil out just like eBay did back in 2012. I found the headline interesting, especially given how the spell casters recently started invading my prayer room and how the Lord has been speaking to me about a revival of the devil's witchcraft rising.
Etsy's new rules states, "Any metaphysical service that promises or suggests it will effect a physical change (e.g., weight loss) or other outcome (e.g., love, revenge) is not allowed, even if it delivers a tangible item."
Etsy's move is a victory for intercessors who are laboring to push back darkness. Many young people flock to Etsy for cool crafts, T-Shirts and trinkets and don't need to be exposed to witches and warlocks peddling love spells and Voodoo dolls. But the witches and warlocks are up in arms, even organizing a petition to force Etsy into a policy change.
When my daughter was about 13, she was interested in taking self-defense classes. Because she was too young to go to the training center alone—and too old for the children's classes—we decided to take the training together.
We managed to work our way up to green belts before she ultimately lost interest. (For the record, we did not engage in any spiritual practices that are part of some martial arts training.) But I learned some mixed-martial arts lessons that apply to spiritual warfare—and those lessons have served me well.
Put another way, while I was practically learning sidekicks and roundhouse kicks and back kicks, I was also discerning new ways to put my spiritual enemies strangleholds. Point blank, I discovered how to use the enemy's momentum against him. Instead of wearing myself out, I learned how to wear the devil out.
Every year between Lent and Resurrection Day, Jezebel's witchcrafts wreak havoc on believers and unbelievers alike. After Resurrection Day, the spiritual climate clears up—until May.
If you live in a region where false Mary worship is rising, you'll notice that Jezebel's witchcrafts rise again in May. That's because of the traditional "May Crowning" ritual that takes place to honor the Virgin Mary as "the Queen of May."
Essentially, this means there is a hyper focus on devotions to Mary. There are two problems with this. First, Mary doesn't want or expect our devotion—she wants and expects us to worship the Son of God, Jesus. Second, by treating Mary as an idol we're empowering the spirit of Jezebel.
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).