WARNING: Long post, but very needed during this time. 🕛
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." ~ I Peter 5:8
➡ If you are not aware of the witchcraft that is going on during this season, you can be taken aback by the intense warfare, division, strife, confusion, anger, rage, fear and overall craziness that is going on! 😣 This year, many have been sharing with me that they are feeling it stronger than even usual during this time.
When there is heightened witchcraft, the enemy is trying to gain the upper hand, because you will not be aware, and will simply think there is some crazy circumstances going on, or crazy drama taking place in your life and the lives of those around you. I have seen this happen again and again, year after year, in so many people's lives...and it used to even happen in my own before I was aware.
SHOULD WE REALLY FOCUS ON THIS?
Many people ask why we even need to focus on what the enemy is doing, especially this time of year...well, this is the reason! 👇
If we are aware of what he is attempting to do, the witchcraft that is being sent out, and the plan that is being set up, we are more able to fight against it in the spirit and gain the upper hand against his plans and schemes.
"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil." ~ Ephesians 6:11
The greatest asset and tool of the enemy in warfare is for you to not recognize that it is him, and then you simply think it is your own mind, your own (and/or other peoples) drama, and simply life's crazy circumstances. When we recognize it is a spirit or spirits at work against us, when we realize that witchcraft is being sent out in a high level and it is affecting us, then we know better how to fight! ⚔️🥊🏹
Does this mean we focus more on the enemy than on the Lord?? Absolutely not! We focus on the ememy just long enough to recognize what we are dealing with, and what his scheme is...THEN, we take it to the Lord for His instruction, ask the Holy Spirit for His strategy, and pray in the Spirit to receive instruction on what our battle plan is. And believe me, He will always give it! Does that sound like focusing too much on the enemy?? 😉
ISN'T IT JUST OUR OWN MINDS AND FLESH?
Many say, "well the battle is simply in our minds"...and yes it does affect us in our minds, but we are at war with the enemy, and he is pulling out every stop against us.
Do we have to cast down thoughts and vain imaginations that we know are not in alignment with the Lord? Yes...but even in that, we need to recognize that the enemy is many times the one sending those thoughts to harass us, to taunt us, to cause us to stumble. He is warring against our minds, and where our flesh has not been submitted to the Lord, or where our soul has not been completely free and healed, that is where he will gain an upper hand, and be able to affect us. These are the fiery darts that are spoken of in Eph.6 - "above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one".
If we recognize that the enemy is the one throwing those thoughts of insecurity, fear, heaviness/depression, perversion, jealousy, lies, etc, then we are able to look up and say "oh no you don't devil...I'm not listening to your lies any more!" That is a part of "casting down vain imaginations".
WON'T THIS JUST BRING MORE FEAR?
Some feel that it brings on too much fear if we discuss and train people about the enemy and about spiritual warfare, but I beg to differ. Many in the body of Christ are already functioning under fear and bondage, so equipping them on what they are really dealing with, and how to war against the enemy, is not going to bring more fear. Instead it brings more freedom, and more confidence of who they are in the Lord, and what they can do to overcome all of his evil schemes against them and their lives! Once they are trained and aware, they become stronger in the Lord, and they know how to fight the enemy without fear. They begin to know their authority, and how to use it!
Darin and I have seen this time and again in teaching on spiritual warfare, so the argument that it brings on more fear is not the reality we have seen at all..quite the opposite in fact!
THE INTENSE SEASON...WHAT DO WE DO??
This time of year is intense, most especially for those who are prophetic in nature, and for those who have a heightened sense of discernment and the gift of discerning of spirits. The longer I walk with the Lord, the more I am aware of the enemies devices, and the more I recognize how to fight back against him with weapons that are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of every stronghold! 🙌💪
In finalizing, I simply want to say...be aware that some of what you may be going through, in this time of year especially, is not simply "life" or "drama", and it may not just be "sickness and/or mental fatigue" etc. Because of the high level of witchcraft that goes on this month by those in alliance with the evil one, many believers who are more aware of the spirit realm will sense this witchcraft and onslaught on a very intense level. Sometimes, we may notice attacks in our relationships, family, people acting crazy around us, extra strife between husbands and wives. Not to mention, mental and physical fatigue and illness...pronounced headaches, mental fogginess and confusion, feelings of depression and heaviness, overt sicknessess, etc. Some will experience a number of these things coming against them. All of these can and usually are a result of this season. 😷😖😵😩
So, does that mean we simply have to put up with the enemies attacks against us??
By all means, NO!! Once we are able to recognize and identify what is going on, we are then able to strategically fight against the enemy that is coming against us, and drive that devil out!! We begin to understand that we must be more "sober and vigilant" at times like this to keep the enemy out, and give him no place!
Apply the blood more often, take communion more frequently, pray in the spirit, praise and worship, and be specific in coming against the demonic forces that are warring against you. Is it a spirit of fear, a spirit of heaviness, a spirit of rage? Is it a python (witchcraft) spirit that is bringing a squeezing in your life, bringing confusion, mental onslaught, and weariness to yourself and your family? Be specific, tell it that it has to go in the Name and by the Blood of Jesus...take your authority over those spirits and cast them out! Don't simply sit back and allow the enemy to run roughshod over you and your loved ones! Don't let him push you back into a corner and have his way!
It is time we become more trained and equipped to fight the enemy that is at war with us. As we move into new levels in the Spirit, we are going to need to know how to strategically and skillfully win against our adversary. We are going to need to come into seasons like this, with our shields held high, and our swords drawn! It is time we become skilled warriors in the Kingdom of God, and push back the kingdom of darkness ! 👑 ⚔️🥊🏹🛡️
Victory in Him,
Amanda Shiflett - Prophetic Reformer