WARRING AGAINST WITCHCRAFT: CUTTING THE DEMONIC CORDS
WARRING AGAINST WITCHCRAFT: CUTTING THE DEMONIC CORDS
Some Christians consider witchcraft a spiritual metaphor for evil, but it has a real satanic power, and the Lord warns clearly and definitively against the craft and those who practice the craft (Lev. 19:26b, Lev. 20:27, Deut. 18:10, 1 Sam. 28, among a few passages). Strategies to overcome witchcraft prayers include repenting of malice and manipulation in our prayers and hearts and warring in Jesus’ Name directly against spirits of Jezebel, Athaliah and Delilah, among general witchcraft prayers.
Facing Your Fears
The thought of doing battle in the spiritual realm can be intimidating and the idea of contending directly with witchcraft spirits can be terrifying. My introduction to warfare came early in my salvation. During those honeymoon days, I went to a weeknight worship service at Times Square Church (founded by the late Rev. David Wilkerson), just blocks away from my office at Rockefeller Center in New York City. At this service, a woman sitting behind me punched my arm hard and when I turned around, she hissed at me, “I’m going to get you after this!” I whipped around to look at the front, shaking in my office heels and praying frantically for protection. During that service, the preacher encouraged us all to greet other congregants; I felt a strong press to turn to the woman behind me. I resisted as long as I could. When I finally obeyed the Holy Spirit, I found my threatening neighbor was gone. The Lord had protected.
I continued in my on-the-job training, having many strange experiences along the way as the Lord opened the spiritual realm up to me. Some moments were heavenly encouragements, but most were decidedly not. I confess most of these experiences were so frightening that I didn’t want to continue in the warfare call and even wondered about this whole Christian life. Many times I literally felt the oppression of enemy spirits. But the Lord continued to show me how those evil spirits were quelled and dispelled by the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. One time, I felt so pinned down in my bed by the evil one that I couldn’t speak. I just thought, “Jesus, save me.” And the oppression lifted with His Name.
I believe these times of training were designed to show me how little power (zero, actually) I have against the enemy of our souls, but also how absolute Jesus’ power is in that same battle. Once that was settled, I was ready for the real battle. These experiences were teaching me how to rely on Jesus and the Spirit and how to forfeit my own power in this same fray. Being as I came to Christ as an adult, I especially needed this training because I was very comfortable relying on my own understanding, wisdom, and skills.
Additionally, the Lord was using these experiences to expose and help me repent of allowing fear to inhibit His Work through me. As a trained counselor, I recognize that one of the Lord’s most useful strategies against fear is “exposure therapy!” (Witness the Israelite journeys through the desert and into the promised land!) The Lord walks through the frightful circumstances with us so we can watch Him overcome. The more such experiences, the more we learn He is able to overcome where we cannot. This new learning — confidence in the Lord — eventually replaces the fear learning. In this way, we learn deep in our beings that He is able and willing to overcome the fear of today and the fear of tomorrow, provided we face it with Him.
Over time, my fear subsided as I learned (a lesson regularly renewed by life circumstances) to trust the Lord in the spiritual warfare battles. Recall Jesus’ words to His disciples — you and I — in Matthew 28:18-20: And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Understanding the Battle against Witchcraft
As an intercessor, I did warfare regularly against witchcraft, as the Lord had taught Me, by binding and casting the spirit of witchcraft away from me in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and asking Him to fill the vacated space with His Holy Spirit instead (Matthew 12: 45; Luke 11:26).
I didn’t realize that my understanding of witchcraft was elementary though until the Lord called me to study it — and specifically the spirit of Jezebel — more thoroughly. I had been reading the work of other intercessors; I had learned, for example, about the link between the spirit of Jezebel, the spirit of religion, and the spirit of witchcraft from writings by Jennifer LaClaire. I began therefore to bind these spirits as an evil triad thereafter.
To this point, I had not necessarily looked into witchcraft as depicted in the Bible. Nor did I have any plans to do so. But the Lord called me into a deeper study in many ways. One notable way was through a dream I received in 2019 featuring a popular older actress dressed as a witch and appearing on a fifties-style, black-and-white television set. I knew this actress had been in a long-running popular murder mystery show. When I prayed about this dream, the Lord gave me a formal call, saying:
The long inculcation of witchcraft. This is a problem of long duration. Yet — can a country be made in a day? Yes, I can tear down all idols with one sweep of My Arm. You are to repent, dreamer, for the millions exposed to witchcraft in overt & other ways. This is a mighty cleansing & will be a prayer of some duration. Yes, your thoughts [that Bible studies are warranted] are correct. My Word will lead. Do not be concerned of the time — It is time well-spent. I shall advise as we go. Amen & Amen”
I tested this word, as Scripture commands (1 John 4: 1-3), confirming it and then embarking on the study of witchcraft as discussed in the Bible. I repented for myself and the millions exposed to witchcraft at each reference to divination I found in the Bible. Beyond the mentions of witchcraft, sorcery, and magic arts, I began to see how witchcraft worked through individuals in the Bible. I began to focus on the spirit of Jezebel.
The Spirit of Jezebel
Jezebel, queen of Israel by way of her marriage to King Ahab, was very religious, following the demonic entity Baal, who was the spiritual entity worshipped by the Canaanites (I King 16: 29ff). As queen of Israel, she influenced the king and the entire nation to worship Baal. The worship was often done via and at places known as Asherah poles, tower, altars, or trees. Asherah — also a Canaanite goddess — was associated with Baal — his wife or mother, depending upon the source material.
Jezebel was more than a worshipper of false gods, however; she was an all-out promoter. She funded the temples of Baal and Asherah, providing for hundreds of priests and practitioners. Baal and Asherah worship included incantations, sexual immorality, child sacrifice and various witchcraft practices. Many of these ancient rituals reminded me of current practices in the United States: Chanting in various forms of religion, including yoga and Buddhism; the ‘normalizing’ of sexual behavior outside of Biblical marriage; and — most grievous — the killing of millions of babies in the womb.
In overt ways, during recent years, we’ve seen the rise and “coming out of the closet” of those who actually call themselves witches and warlocks and their ceaseless curses, hexes, and spells cast upon their political enemies (i.e., President Trump) and those who stand for Christ. This is also consistent with the practices and spirit of the biblical Jezebel. She began a systematic extermination of the prophets of the true God Yahweh (I Kings 18:1-4) while seating priests and prophets aligned with Baal in positions of influence.
The Evil Triad of Religion, Witchcraft, and Jezebel
This study confirmed for me the link between the spirits of religion, witchcraft, and Jezebel; I redoubled my efforts against this evil triad. But I had more to learn. I continued to read the Bible and learn from others in the Christian world, including many articles from IFA’s Headline Prayer. As I studied and prayed, I began to discern that witchcraft was a webbing sort of spirit, with roots in several areas.
These witchcraft spirits seek to manipulate and control through demonic spiritual power to gain political, spiritual, economic, social, relational, and financial power on earth. This evil triad is not contained to a single realm in the United States; it has reached out with its spirit of control into boardrooms, staterooms, and marketplaces. It has burst forth from the internet with the shouting of Baal as seen in the “cancel culture,” attempting to silence every voice raised against it and its agenda. Appealing to fear and death has been an effective strategy against its enemies for millennium and of course, is illustrated in Jezebel’s systematic murder of true believers in Israel.
In fact, these witchcraft spirits seek to gain power to compete with the Lord God’s ultimate power! This seeking is an ancient temptation, stemming from Adam and Eve’s desire to be like God, as they defined it. Horribly, the unholy triad is a perversion of the beautiful Trinity of Father, Son, and Spirit, and seeks to usurp God’s Truth and Kingdom through its harnessing of demonic power.
One thing is clear: Attempts to harness evil for human purposes always end badly for those engaged in such practices. Just as Adam and Eve’s attempt at working with the snake ultimately brought death into the world, so too, modern day attempts to control evil also result in death. For example, among the “fruit” of America’s love affair with sexual immorality: More than 60 million dead babies; fruitless, sterile “marriages,” and relationships; obsessive use of pornography; the abuse of children for the expiation of perverted sexual urges.
The spirit of Jezebel — like the Biblical queen — works best with an enabling spirit. In the Bible, this is the King Ahab, who — through his marriage — brought the witchcraft spirit in and allowed it reign over his kingdom. And so, in conjunction with the unholy trinity of religion, witchcraft, and Jezebel, I also now bind all enabling spirits, including the spirit of Ahab.
In the war with witchcraft, the Lord’s justice ultimately prevails. In her rage against Elijah following his victory at Mount Carmel against the prophets of Baal, Jezebel speaks a curse against herself (I Kgs 19:2), which was fulfilled when the all-powerful Word of the Lord (1 Kgs 21:17-24) came to pass (2 Kgs 9: 30-37). In the end, the Holy Trinity is mightier than this evil triad.
How Our Prayers May Be Like Witchcraft
The more I looked at the Trinity in comparison to the unholy triad, the more I was convicted in my prayer life. I also began to understand that some of my prayers and perhaps the prayers of other Christians have been attempts to “control,” “manipulate,” or “harness” the power of the Lord God to compel others into conforming to my desires.
Yes, my desires were often — I pray, mostly — holy, but my methods, my motives, and my heart posture were not always pure. Too often they sprang not from the Love of the Triune God, but from frustration and anger. I would seek to call down fire from heaven on the enemies of the Lord (Luke 9:54). Many times, I failed to distinguish between the humans deceived into and operating in witchcraft from the demonic powers behind them. For this, I deeply repent.
I have learned that those prayers springing from such heart position and motive to control were almost mirror images of the witchcraft prayers about which I was learning. Prayers from this heart position and motive were not in the spirit of Christ, but in the spirit of the world. In such way, witchcraft webs its way into the Church. And so the first call of the intercessor against witchcraft is to repent of malice and manipulation in his or her own prayers. This repentance not only unleashes us from the heart position that poisons our prayer but also places us back in right relationship with our Heavenly Intercessor.
The Spirit of Athaliah
The Lord had told me that my study and prayer against witchcraft would be of “some duration.” Indeed, I continue to learn. Recently, I was directed to study the daughter of Jezebel — Athaliah. She married the king of Judah and brought Baal worship into the southern kingdom and from there into the temple itself. Athaliah’s ambitions were overtly political. After her husband died and the son who succeeded him was killed, Athaliah murdered all of her grandchildren, except for Joash who had been hidden away from her. In doing this, Athaliah attempted to exterminate the line of David — the line that would ultimately lead to the Messiah Jesus Christ — so that she could usurp the throne (2 Kgs 11: 1-3).
We can easily see where a usurping witchcraft spirit seeking to manipulate and control has been unleashed in many realms in the United States, including government and education. I began to bind away this spirit of Athaliah, as well, from America and its place in the Kingdom of Christ.
The Spirit of Delilah
I had not reckoned much with the spirit of Delilah, however, until I delved into some of the work of Dr. Sandie Freed who taught on the entwining nature of the spirits of Jezebel, Athaliah, and Delilah (www.FreedRevolution.com). Once aware of this triad, I learned through Dr. Freed’s teaching and through direct biblical study that each of these spirits is a seducing spirit. Delilah, in particular, is a temptress who operates for a price (Judges 16). Operating together these spirits seek control and dominion over people.
The Lord began to instruct me directly in my prayer to “stand against the unholy triad [demonic 3-cord strand of spirits of Jezebel, Athaliah and Delilah]” and cut it by “the Spirit and the Blood.” These spirits all call upon witchcraft, secret knowledge, manipulation, control, and deception to obtain their goal of dominion in all human realms, while relying on greed and a lust for power to motivate their human vessels.
The Vital Importance of Praying from a Right Relationship with God
Ultimate power rests in the One True Power, the Creator and Redeemer, the Mighty Father, Blessed Son, and Holy Spirit. We who are in relationship with the Triune God by virtue of receiving and living in the forgiveness of sin rendered through Jesus of Nazareth’s life, death, and resurrection have access to the Lord’s power, for greater is He [Holy Spirit] within us than he [satan] who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
Because of our access to the throne of God where Jesus Himself intercedes for and with us, we have the honor of victory over the forces of evil, specifically the spirits of witchcraft, by whatever name. In fact, only those who are in relationship with God through Jesus can have any real impact on evil. Human efforts to contain and redeem from evil are helpful, but hardly adequate. The real war is conducted from our war rooms as we move into the fight.
I — like most of us — am learning how to heed the instructions and battle plan of my Commander-in-Chief. While every prayer should be Spirit-blown, there are some basics I can share, with the admonition that each intercessor should be attentive to the Lord’s personal instruction. Rituals and recitations are not the desired outcome of my sharing these basics, for as the Lord has said to me in the past, “Recall in the Sword that warnings are made against many words in prayer.” And one of the disciplines of any believer is to test the words he or she receives regardless of source — the prayer closets, other believers, even these very words you are reading now — to confirm they are from the Lord (1 John 4:1-3).
I usually begin by confessing my sins to the Lord, for it is important to allow Him to clean our feet from the sin of the day or the moment (John 13:10). Sometimes, I need to confess fear or weariness because, as we know, the unrelenting nature of spiritual warfare can erode one’s strength. But those who wait (continue to do what the Lord has called them to do) upon the Lord will rise up on wings as eagles, run and not fall (Is. 40:31)! This strength renews even before we get our armor on. Often, I also need to confess any malice, manipulation, control, rebellion or resistance to His Will.
Next I don my battle garments — the Spiritual Armor (Eph 6:10-20) — and often the garb of the High Priest (Ex. 28) as I enter into the role of intercessor. For more information on the high priestly garments, see www.WestchesterChapel.org/HighPriestlyGarments.
Ready for battle, I will ask the Lord to guide my intercession through the revelation of particular enemy spirits. The battle is direct; just as Jesus instructed in Matt. 12:29, I will bind up the strongmen in order to steal back from the enemy what He has stolen from the Lord — namely the souls of the lost and the territory on earth that belongs to the true King. During His earthly ministry, Jesus also named evil spirits while He expelled them (i.e., Mark 5:1-20, Mark 9:25).
In my prayers these days, the Lord usually raises the spirits of which I have written above (Mark 5:1-20, Mark 9: 25, among others) and then I will — in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ — bind, gag, cripple, blind, defang and declaw all spirits with the name or function of Jezebel, spirit of religion, witchcraft, control, Ahab, Athaliah and Delilah, anti-Christ, sexual immorality, manipulation, control, deception, temptation, prostitution, Baal, Asherah and the spirit and specter of death.
Furthermore, I cut — by the Blood of Jesus and the Power of the Holy Spirit — the webs of witchcraft and anything blinding the people of the Lord; the ungodly cord comprised of the spirits of Jezebel, Athaliah, and Delilah; and the ungodly cord comprised of the spirits of religion, witchcraft, and Jezebel. I will — in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ — gather these cords up along with the spirits already bound, gagged, crippled, blinded, defanged, and declawed and I will cast them into the abyss or wherever the Lord chooses to send them.
I will ask the Lord to fill all spaces vacated by these evil spirits with His Holy Spirit and to replace the evil web of witchcraft and the cords of evil spirits with His Holy Presence — Father, Son, and Spirit — and His bond of Agape Love. All in the Name of the One who is the full expression of the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen.
Thank you, intercessors, for your faithful pursuit of the Kingdom through your relationship with the Father through Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit. May you gain His victory over the enemy of witchcraft in all its forms. For the glory of the Kingdom and the salvation of millions.
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Thank you!!especially for the part, “our prayers may be like witchcraft”. I have seen a lot of what I call “white witchcraft” in the Body of Christ. We do need to know what is our sphere of authority and what must be left to “The Lord Rebuke You” as we are instructed in Jude 9. That whole letter is one of proper humility in Christ. Yes we hare warriors in a huge battle, but Yeshua is The Lord of the Heavenly Hosts, we are not.
Heavenly Father, please make us aware of the unseen forces of evil that acts against Your people and purposes. Equip us to push back and fight against evil forces that are rampant in the world. May Your Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven! In Jesus Holy and Precious name, amen!
Thank you for the encouragement to keep praying against evil spirits. I repented of being so overwhelmed that I’m not motivated to pray about it much. I looked up all the Scripture references, and will be checking out the resources cited (& I’ll download IFA’s document on praying against witchcraft).
Thank you, IFA, for your wonderful resources and for your constant reminder that the first work of God’s people is PRAYER!
Thank you for your article! It was very insightful and different from anything else that I’ve read. Like it or not, we are immersed in spiritual warfare. Events of the past 21 months should confirm this to even the most undiscerning. Denying it and burying our heads in the sand is counterproductive, ineffectual, and dangerous. Indeed the enemy waits for an opportune time to attack Believers. (See Luke 4:13) If you don’t mind, I’d like to interject a few more thoughts about spiritual warfare in the comment section.
A Common and Fundamental Oversight in Spiritual Warfare: So many Christians misrepresent James 4:7 by simply quoting, “Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.” By omitting a key portion of this verse it is not only presumptuous, but detrimental. “Therefore SUBMIT TO GOD. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.” As Joyce said – in our own strength – we are no match for Satan. (See 2 Corinthians 10:3,4; Zechariah 4:6) Truly, without SUBMITTING to God and OBEYING His Holy Spirit we put ourselves in very vulnerable positions.
A Very Disconcerting Vision: Years ago, while attending a Women’s Aglow Meeting, I had a graphic and alarming vision. I feel compelled to share an overview because events of the past couple years indicate to me that it is very relevant for this era.
“I saw a knee-high baby toddling around clad with only a cloth diaper. The infant was in the midst of a gruesome, medieval type battlefield. Swords were being wielded as a frenzied battle waged. Blood was being spilled and soldiers were dying. The little one was in grave danger yet totally oblivious to its surroundings. It was a very alarming site. Distressed, I asked the Lord, ‘What is this Lord?’ He replied, ‘This (the baby) is My Church.’”
At the time, I didn’t understand what it meant, but gradually understanding began to unfold. It was several years later when the Lord led me into spiritual mapping and warfare. At the time, I’d never before heard of such things. As time passed, I became aware that more Christians were being led in parallel directions. Even so, we were met with much adversity and persecution from many in the Body of Christ. I find it alarming that over two decades later, many Christians are still oblivious to this dynamic of our Christian walk, and to the spiritual battles ensuing around them. With the increase in demonic attacks more people’s eyes are being opened. The time is long past due for us to mature and learn how to wage war in the spiritual realm!
The Lord Prepares His People — IF we are willing to OBEY Him and FOLLOW the lead of His Holy Spirit.
Within months of becoming a Christian, the Lord showed me in several very impactful ways that there was absolutely NOTHING, not even Satan himself, that could stand against the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST and His mighty power!
Soon God led me into a situation when I was witnessing to another teenage girl first who wanted to accept Jesus as Savior but couldn’t because of demonic obstructions. While using the Name of Jesus all barriers crumbled. Shortly later, during intercession the Holy Spirit told me of two specific demons that were tormenting another teenage friend. He led me to bind them in Jesus’ name. At the time the person wasn’t present. The next day, I asked him how he was doing. I was shocked when he acknowledged, “I feel great since whatever it was left me last night.” These we’re just two examples of how the Holy Spirit led me even though I was young in my Christian walk and totally lacked teaching and understanding.
Why am I sharing this?
It is important for those who are young in their journeys with Christ and find themselves forced into encounters with demonic opposition, to understand that greater is Christ (yes, even within newborn Believers) — than he who is in the world (satan and all his demons). (See 1 John 4:4) During these encounters, the Holy Spirit rises up from within us and empowers us to bind and take authority over the enemy. Even if you don’t have teaching on how to do this – you can rely upon the Holy Spirit’s leading.
Scriptural study and gleaning and with discernment from others is very important to strengthening in spiritual warfare. In the meantime God is faithful to guide and teach all who are willing. (See 1John 2:27; Psalm 144:1)
Because we are in the throes of escalating demonic attack and warfare — it is prudent for us to learn about spiritual warfare and how to war effectively.
The perilous times that we are now living in bear a striking parallel to the battle in the vision that I saw years ago. God wants to equip us for all our battles, but we must be willing to heed His Spirit and obey Him. Now more than ever, I hope that people’s eyes are being opened and receptive to God‘s leading for their lives and the spiritual battles that lie ahead. We dare not be oblivious to our surroundings like the baby toddling around in my vision!
Your vision of the baby reminds me of the one I had years ago, in the height of the Charismatic Renewal.!! A bunch of babies were sitting in a sandbox happily playing and TANKS were coming toward them over the hill. Again… I knew that the babies were the church, enjoying the gifts from the HolySpirit but not growing up into the fullness of Christ as we are asked to in Ephesians 4:13ff
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones.” (Proverbs 3:5-8). “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10-13). “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
(2 Corinthians 10:3-5). “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” ( Romans 12:1-2). “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
(James 1:19-20). HALLELUJAH and AMEN!
Thank you so much. I was in the New age and fell into witchcraft and Jesus called me to him through a supernatural experience. I was recently listening to and agreeing with a Deliverance Minister on youtube(Fernandez) who calls down fire yet, I was not comfortable with it and questioned it! This is an answer to prayer. I unsubscribed from him. The Lord was showing me it was better to sing to Him and pray to him and the Demons will flee before I read this! And God wants to hear our concerns, as if we are speaking to a best friend, than he moves! I am so grateful to have read this! It is a God send!
This infiltration at the border is a demonic attack against Christianity.
These illegal migrants will vote for the Democrat party which is a godless party. We are not only to bind these demonic forces but we should call our congressmen and senators and demand that our laws be enforced! Just think about it if we all call our leaders that would over whelm and maybe even put fear in the enemy knowing that the church has a voice that has power when we speak. Use your power that Jesus gave you.
This is the first time I have seen a male name included with the usual females. Thank you for exposing the spirit of Ahab.
Thank you so much for this timely teaching regarding witchcraft. The ministry I’ve been involved with from the beginning has unknowingly allowed these evil demonic spirits of Jezebel and Delilah in. Although I and another volunteer attempted to expose them, those in charge were already blinded and deceived. Now, from the vantage point of the outside, I am liberated to pray more effectively. I pray for the truth to be revealed before it is too late .
I really appreciate Joyce sharing her knowledge and wisdom. This will really help “train” me in spiritual warfare. God IS raising up an army, and I want to be part of it.
If we receive Jesus Christ in our hearts with sincerity and keep His sayings a GREAT treasure He gives us is Luke 10:19&20 ” Behold , I give unto you power to tread over serpents and scorpions and all the power over the enemy , and nothing shall by any means hurt you . Notwithstanding in this rejoice notthat the spirits are subject unto you ; but rather rejoice,that your name is written in heaven .”
“Having disarmed principalities and powers , He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over then in it.””
Jesus Christ triumph over sin and evil powers on the Cross of Calvary , His powerful Resurrection defeated the enemy .
Jesus has given us His authority when He says in Ephesians 2:6
“ and raised us up together and made us sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”
“And these signs shall follow those who believe:
In my name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues,
They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover”
We should put an end to wicked ways that prevent us from receiving the abundant life Jesus described.
President Dave Kubel and the IFA staff always do a good job on this subject. I am grateful. As Rabbi Schneider wrote “If we are going to embrace His offer of victory than we need to take the concept of spiritual warfare seriously. I appreciate you are serious about this..
God bless you and thank you for your prayer ideas and scripture references. I too followed Dr Sandy freed & Jennifer LeClaire. My city is infamous for witchcraft. Mystery teams that pass through typically reports the atmosphere as they approach our city limits. I am one of few intercessors/ watchmen here, and even fewer that address this subject. Pastors in my town will rarely mention Jezebel and that’s about it. I’ve been in churches where she’s come in and caused a lot of drama. In one Church I exposed a plant. When pastor finally agreed and gave the person a chance to repent she moved on. I experienced a lot of warfare during that process & membership dropped nearly 80%. It’s real. To this day they don’t promote intercession in that church.
Thank you Lord for this article and for intercessors that are willing to stand in the gap during these times. Thank you for refreshing & greater levels of relationship with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for raising up more prophetic intercessors that will pray and stand against the enemy as led by your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name Amen
I can relate to your article. I felt under attack by a friend who was studying “the course”.She
pushed relentlessly when I resisted the concepts, such as: “we are god”. and “light workers” I resorted to the protection of my Guardian Angel because I didn’t understand what was happening. I felt immediate comfort & relief and pray that my friend sees the error of her ways.
Paul’s writings admonish believers to be clothed in Jesus, our new life. Every Roman soldier wore clothing beneath his armor worn for battle. Even so, believers must be clothed in Christ, which includes death to self and renunciation of the old life, a renewed mind and a cleansing from all that is carnal and worldly. We must be baptized in His Spirit and walk in His power. Ephesians 1-5 addresses this.
Then in chapter 6 we are prepared to don the armor of God for battle against demonic powers and forces in heavenly realms. It is an intentional action to being protected and equipped for battle. The pieces of armor are really God Himself: He is my salvation, He is my shield, His word is my offensive thrust, He is my strength, and so much more. Thus, we don God as a relationship. We NEVER take Him off!
He says we must be ready in and out of season. Even our men who fought in the Middle East didn’t strip down to their skivvies to sleep. Hot as it was, they slept in all their gear to be ready at moment’s notice for battle. Thus, we must wear our armor continuously, ready for the next encounter with evil.
You are so dead on about the relationship. The Holy Spirit gave me a prayerpoem years ago for putting on the Spirit. I usually give it to Grandmothers and Mothers to send to their sons in the military.
First the helmet of salvation purchased with Christ’s precious blood
Next the breastplate of righteousness woven with His love
Then the belt of truth to keep me safe from satan’s vicious lies
And the shield of faith for from the tomb my Savior did arise
Then the shoes of peace so I may run where others fear to trod
And carry forth my two-edged sword the awesome Word of God
Maynard Beck Sr.
This type of spiritual warfare is genuinely challenging as it requires first and foremost that we keep short accounts with the LORD about our personal sin and shortcomings. I thankJoyce for her dedication and careful description of the process the LORD took her through in these encounters.
ABBA Father we thank You that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through You to pull down strongholds, casting down ALL that exalts itself against the knowledge of GOD. May the Body of Christ myself included come to the level of maturity in our precious faith that would be guided by You and effective in reversing the destruction that the enemy has perpetrated all around us, seeking to destroy Your America, Israel, and the rest of humankind.
Give us Your Wisdom in greater measure as we recognize our responsibility to consistently function as Your representatives in the world. May all the schemes and devices of the fallen ones be revealed and countered by Your Presence & Power working through us, Your children in this wayward world so desperately in need of OUR Saviour, GOD, & King… the LORD Jesus Christ. In His Name we pray, AMEN!
Back in the 70’s, I read a book by Watchman Nee titled: ‘Latent Power of the Soul’. It’s a real eye-opener. Galatians 5:19-21 —
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness [lewdness], idolatry, WITCHCRAFT, hatred, variance [contentions], emulations [jealousies], wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Wow. I’m so thankful for this info. I took notes. Our God reigns!
WARNING! These demons will not lay down and roll over! Watch and listen! They “WILL “ fight back! STAND firm in HOLY SPIRIT!! Persevere! Your rewards will be multiplied! 🙏In JESUS the NAZARENE! AMEN
I nullify the spirit of sabotage, I will not be underestimated or undervalued. I declare that all contaminations are nullified by the name of Jesus, reverse evil decrees. Expose and decrease the enemy in all their plots and plans . Let the destruction be brought to them. expose all evil contaminators. cover them with reproach and shame. Arise oh God and let my enemies be scattered. Let me be led by the fire by night and light by day. In Jesus name, we overturn the tables of schemes and plots of the enemy against our families, against our church, against our towns against our nation. We stand in the sustainability of Jesus and fight off witchcraft and communism spirits that have a plan to take us out. The gates of hell will not prevail against your church. We will stand with our shields locked and stand against every spirit that has been defeated by the power of the cross. Each spirit is powerless against You Jesus and He who is in us is more powerful than he who is in the world. So we take our stand together in heaven in our places which have been given to us to stand before the foundations of the world and we stand fearless because we are covered in the blood of the lamb. We fight with our armor of God and overtake that which thinks it can overtake us! in Jesus name!
ThankYou for sharing that the unseen realm is Real! It is not a Sunday School story, which is what the enemy has pushed at the Church for years in this nation and the world and was bought hook line and sinker. He operated very well in church buildings! As long as we looked good and were dignified all was well, just like Jerusalem before Yeshua entered with His small undignified group of “trouble makers.” Praise God for waking His Body, for teaching, His Truth and for teachers that can instruct and lead. Glory of Zion, Chuck Pierce’s Church presented a powerful presentation along with teaching this past weekend on Cleansing Secret Occult Structures from your Bloodline. It was eye opening, and transformational! Praise You Father for Your great love for Your world, Praise God for His beautiful Son, Yeshua, and the purity and power of His blood! Praise God for His wonderful life giving Holy Spirit!!
God wants us cleaned, healed, whole, and ready to help others who are bound! Shine your Armor! He is preparing His Beautiful Bride!
Thank you for this as I have been looking regarding the way intercessors pray, me included, to make sure I am not praying amiss and have had quite some question regarding praying against spiritual warfare. I decided too that in the bible I just see binding and losing. Although I have seen spiritual warfare prayers from quite a few notable figures that I believed were praying correctly; I have since been at crossroads with my prayers. Thank you I have now I believe had my prayer answered and am on the right tract with praying against spiritual warfare.
What a timely article this is, Joyce! This so clearly describes where our true battle takes place- in the heavenlies. The battle belongs to the Lord, but we do , as intercessors, have a part to play. Our greatest weapon is also our greatest privilige as Christians- the power of prayer. We are living in a time where we need to faithfully cry out to the Lord about these Jezebel, demonic forces at work in His Kingdom Lord, please, show us as Your holy remnant, how we are to work with You in overcoming these spirits. We need to , by Your great power, take back territory from the enemy. Please guide and direct us as to our part in this. In Jesus’ name.
I also pray in my prayer language. Holy Spirit helps me pray when I don’t know how to pray.
Mary Ellen, Me too, do you ever wonder how people live without it. I have been praying that way for 49 years. Not only did Jesus leave us a comforter who’s presence is always with us, he also left us a supernatural way to pray. It works fo me.
I am now 73 yrs old and I pray scriptures and with Holy Spirit daily and I have not experienced fear/sickness during this time of confusion in our country.
WOW and AMEN. THANKS FOR THIS CLEAR AND CONCISE ARTICLE ON THE ENEMIES WE FACE (as i quote from a teaching of Derek Prince). As Christians we must battle the powerful unseen realm or be blindsided because of our ignorance or refusal to acknowledge spiritual enemies. Bless IFA and all warriors of the faith. I pray the large shield of favor surround those of us in the heat of the battle, and that God will send his warring angels to assist. In Jesus Name and by His blood–we have the authority and power to win the battle!
This is an amazing article! People should take the time to view its entirety. It is thoughtfully and strategically written by the author and link to another one. God bless the author and IFA for sharing this article. We are living in an amazing time for such a time as this!
I love this article,it helps us understand our prayers are powerful, only, if we pray from a position of humility,He desires all the honor and glory. We are not esteemed higher than others.
Repenting of pride and selfish ambition, increases the power in prayer.
Pray with other believers,the prayer of agreement!!!
Be strong and courageous bride of Christ, fear no evil! Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but principalities in high places. Put on the whole armor of God.
God also calls each of us differently, some are called to step in the battle for certain areas , while others may be called to cover completely different areas. What is important is to understand is what is your assignment from the Lord?
Amen. Lord God, please equip and train up The Bride to set the captives free, bring release to the prisoners and heal the broken hearts just like You did, Jesus, when You walked this earth. Please open the blind eyes of Your children to see into the spirit realm and do heaven’s bidding bringing Isaiah 61:1 to manifest on earth.
In our modern American society for the last 70 years witchcraft often combined with prostitution for these bad results. It started in earnest with the seduction of Marilyn Monroe and her sultry eyes along with Hugh Hefner and Playboy Magazines. Then in the early 1960’s Marilyn Monroe had Kennedy in her pocket as Delilah. Following the late 1960’s the sex witch Xaviera Hollander and the Happy Hooker came out with her book to entice and hook men and women into her witchcraft of nymphomania which later on led to the human sex trafficking network. The spirit of Jezebel is a hybrid cross spirit of witchcraft and prostitution.
Lord teach us to prepare, be equipped and depend on You for the battle belongs to You. Help us Repent, put on the full Armor of God, be prepared for the battle filled with Scriptures and the Holy Spirit before engaging in this battle. Help us look forward to Revelation and the Victory over death and all Evil. May our minds and heart be saturated with Jesus and His coming again. To see people as pawns to the evil realm many oblivious to the control that overpowers them. Thank you that Greater are You than he that is in this World. May Your Holy Spirit go forth and through the prayers of Your children be set free from demonic strongholds, oppression, anger, witchcraft, and all other influences of evil. Bring revival to this realm Lord and prepare the Church for battle. To you be the Glory forever and ever. In Jesus name. Amen
Amen! I totally agree with everything you’ve said and all power and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ and God almighty our Father in heaven!
DEAR DIRECTOR OF IFA
Your insights into the nature of spiritual warfare have greatly increased my confidence that the Lord is using you mightily. May HE continue to protect you since you have chosen to be on the front lines. Till now my spiritual mentors have been Derech Prince primarily – and to some extent Rebecca Brown, but her experiences were so extreme as the Lord led her to help a former witch, that I am still frightened as well as encouraged and inspired by how the Lord has used her in delivering captives.
HIS love and protection and ongoing guidance!