Month: November 2010
Confronting The Spirit Of Leviathan
The first way that this spirit will attack is with his tongue. (Job 41:1) Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, or snare his tongue with a line?
The lying tongue: This spirit attacks out of his mouth with lies, gossip, accusation, criticism, faultfinding and slander. (Job 41:19) Out of his mouth go burning lights, sparks of fire shoot out.
I asked the Lord about this and he showed me (Rev 12:15) so the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away with the flood.
This Leviathan wants you to be destroyed and carried away with the lies, gossip, slander and accusations he will bring against you and if he can he will carry your friends and those who labor with you in the ministry away in the lie and deception. He wants people to believe the lie and accusation against you. Number one, he wants to slander your character and bring reproach on your name.
If the devil cannot get you in sin, he will accuse you or even make up a lie against you when you are innocent (Prov 6:19 a false witness that uttereth lies} is one of his heads. We need to be sure to respond to these demonically inspired attacks that even can come from those closest to you being used by the devils purpose that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood and we remember to respond in a right spirit. We can not afford to allow Leviathan to operate in us, as we can become offended at the lie and accusations, criticisms or judgments spoken of us and strike back. To strike back or lash out is what Leviathan wants. It is with his tail in (Rev12:4) that he withdrew a third of the angels in heaven.
Leviathan is working today through the body of Christ and we see many churches, ministers and organizations bringing accusation against one another. There is a critical, faultfinding spirit at work in church today judging and speaking against moves of God, ministries and denominations different from one another.
We do not need fault finders and those who feel to be the watch dogs of Christianity but those who will restore the body of Christ (Gal 6:1) Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
Let us not forgot how many have been quick to judge harshly and criticize the body of Christ, find fault and publicly publish Christian dirt have too be over come by the same sins. Lets not let Leviathan work through us but lets operate in the anointing of Galatians 6:1.
Another way we can counter attack this demonic assault of the tongue and lies, gossip and slander by claiming Gods promise. “the mouth of the lies shall be stopped and ( Isa 54:17) No weaponed formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.
We need to start speaking this verse out and acting on it in prayer.
We also want to be sure this spirit has no truth in what it says. We don’t want to give him a foot hold by living in a lie in our lives. We can only effectively counter attack this spirit by living in truth in every area of our lives.
(Job 42: 3 and 5) 3Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge? Or in the amplified: who is this who darkens or obscures counsel without knowledge? Or as in another translation: who is this who seals up counsel?
In Job 42: 3 Job also declares Therefore have I uttered that which I understood not, v 5 I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee:
Job is trying to understand why what is happening to him is happening? God has this lengthily discussion with Job in ch 41 and reveals this principality Leviathan. Job repents in ch 42 and confesses that counsel and true understanding were kept from him. This spirit wants to get between you and the revelation of God and distort the word of the Lord. Leviathan will seek to hide from you true revelation and confuse the true meaning of things.
This Leviathan spirit will hide the meaning behind what is said and cause they’re to be miscommunication and misunderstanding. That’s how this spirit can sow discord among brethren. Have you ever been at the office or maybe in your marriage and something you say is taken the wrong way, someone will say, “you said this” and you say no “I said this” and you both think your right, or you say one thing and they hear it as another i.e.: you said it is black and they hear blue. Leviathan wants to get in between your conversation and hearing and distort or mutter what one is really saying. This can happen between friends, ministry and even children and parents.
When you become aware of this attack on your ministry or in your relationships it is important to simply say “levithan I bind you in Jesus name”
Recently we had a small misunderstanding in our ministry. A woman had given a large donation to our ministry and the church that hosted our ministry failed to let us know one individual had given a certain sum of money. We sent a thank you letter to the donor but we were unable to specifically mention the amount given.
The enemy worked on this woman’s mind and the accuser that he is told this woman that maybe we could not be trusted as a ministry or that because we did not specifically mention the size of her donation in the thank you letter that maybe the church only gave me a honorarium and not the full amount which I said would be entirely used for missions.
This individual who was previously working in another church had seen the church hold back on offerings. Leviathan works in suspicion and mistrust. This woman contacted our ministry and inquired about the gift she gave and again my office didn’t know a woman had given a large gift in the offering. The woman also believed I said I would use the entire missions offering specifically for Somalia. The devil in his lie nearly had this woman convinced that maybe I was truly not up front with my word and cast doubt, mistrust and questions on our ministry.
I never said that I was using any money for Somalia and the tapes and transcript of that nights service also verified we had never said that. The seeds of mistrust, lies of the enemy, and misunderstanding nearly cost me a dear partner. I met with the lady later and we prayed together and cut the devil out of our business.
I knew when I was in India and I received this bad report that this was the work of leviathan and we began to pray immediately. There was opportunity for us and this lady to be offended and accuse one another and the devil nearly cost me money for souls and a crusade but the Lord showed me in the midst of this attack the spirit of Leviathan and his accusation.
Leviathan will attack prophetic word
In (Gen 3:1-5) the serpent ( leviathan) is wanting to distort and hide the true word of the Lord from Eve. Leviathan wants to cast doubt, mistrust and suspicion on Gods word.
1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
The famous Has God said? Or is that really what he meant? Leviathan wants to twist God’s truth and rob us of our promise.
When this happens just simply bind this spirit from your prophetic promises.
I believe It was the spirit of leviathan that was keeping Job from the true counsel of the Lord and hiding from Job his own small areas of pride and self righteousness in is life.
When God brings Job to chapter 42 he is no longer the one who justifies himself but confesses that he had not really known God by revelation. Lets be sure to give all these areas of any pride or self-righteousness to the lord and ask for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in our life and ministry.
3. Sons of pride (Job 41: 34) He beholds every high thing; He is king over all the children of pride.
This spirit carries an attitude of superiority, haughtiness, boasting and arrogance. He not only works in this kind of environment but attacks ministries and individuals with the temptations of pride. Can you hear this spirit smooth and deceptive whispering in your ear? Who do they think they are? They do not move in the power like you do. Who gives them the right to speak into my life? The bible says too not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to.
This spirit promotes self and self-serving agendas. We need to watch out for a false confidence, and keep a humble trust in the Lord. When God is using you mighty there is a constant temptation to play the name game or measure yourself with another and feel like were more successful because of how much money we raise or how many come to our church or how many miracles we see. How big are your meetings?
Power, numbers and what looks like God’s favor based on power. miracles or healing and success in casting out demons does not always mean we always are right with God. We need to guard ourselves from the “well I am to good for that attitude” I will only do this or that is you do this and that. This spirit wants to set you up with a false confidence and getting your identity out of what you do, rather than who you are.
Egypt and Leviathan
Lets look at Egypt for some insight on how Leviathan operates and what he did in that nation. In Ezekiel chapters 29-32 we have a series of prophetic utterances against Egypt and pharaoh.
One of the first sins of Egypt was its pride and boasting out of a false confidence in things rather that intimacy with God. Egypt puts its trust and confidence in its wealth, how many horses and chariots it had and the numbers of its people. This Leviathan Spirit wants to promote you ahead of the Lord’s leading and move you into a place, where you no longer totally depend on the Holy Spirit but on your gifting, charisma, finances, or denomination, traditions or programs.
There can come a place in ministry where we can get it done without Him, email lists, mailouts, websites, who you know! or monthly partners, lets go to the investors. We can begin to lose sight of Jesus and hearing his voice and getting our inspirations, visions, initiative or new ideas from his presence. Sometimes the devil will give you a ministry machine if he knows it will move you out where it all started in the secret place, if he can distract you and keep you busy and feeling like all is well because the marketing tools and infrastructures are in place, God is blessing me, the machine is running well.
There is nothing wrong with all these things that God uses, our ministry is a large ministry with all the tools, many staff, partners, huge infrastructure and were growing more every day. All these are vehicles to help me fulfill the blessing of God, but I need to keep my eyes on Jesus and remain broken daily before him.
There can be a place where we put our trust in the wrong things and this spirit will be your best cheerleader. In (Rev 12:4) it was with his tail that he withdrew a third of the stars, the angelic hosts who cast their lot with the devil we need to watch for the tail of leviathan.
Here is a small list of attitudes we can ask the Lord to show us any of these in our lives.
Condescending Attitudes towards Others in the Body: We are to esteem others as higher than ourselves. If we catch ourselves thinking of another as less than ourselves in any way, especially in regards to spiritual gifting, understanding, etc. must repent quickly.
Independent Attitude: We are to be united in heart as one, although we may all have different functions. If we ever feel “out there like we are just wanting to do our own thing” while maybe we are forgetting the fuller purpose of the kingdom which is to embrace the whole body of Christ.
Self Glory: Although it is good for one to enjoy the workings, dealings, gifting and blessings that the hand of the Lord brings to us, we must be careful not to think that it is because of our own greatness. All things are given to us as a gift of grace (undeserved, unmerited favor) and all the worship and delight in these blessings must be returned to Him who authored them. Remembering our helpless and humble estate without Him. We can never glory in our own righteousness; it is as filthy rags.
Self-Confidence: When we begin to feel a confidence in our own abilities to produce the anointing and the fruit of the Kingdom, we must be alert to the tempter.
Lack of Time in His Presence: Often times this is a sign that a temptation to pride has come. It indicates a possibility that we have become self sufficient and self ruled and no longer need all that we have and all that we are to flow from His Presence and Counsel. This is dangerous in that it can produce a mindset of “self rule” that subsequently asks God to bless and serve what man has initiated.
Critical and Condemning Attitudes and Thoughts: The heart of a “critic or accuser” is postured above others. The heart of a savior is postured in servanthood.
Boasting Over Achievements and Revelation, often times this is not an outward action but an inward attitude. (Note: this is of the sin nature, not the “boasting in the Lord” as Scripture speaks of.
Dishonor of Authority: We are to esteem and honor those in authority (even if they are NOT under Holy Spirit control, i.e. David’s attitude towards Saul). Attitudes of dishonor towards leaders often indicate pride in the heart.
Desiring to be served: Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. This is the posture of humility.
Desire for Reputation: Jesus was a man of no reputation in heart. He emptied Himself. If we have inner desires to be esteemed by others, we need to be watchful. Pride could be lurking.
Desiring to Control Others.
Use of a Position of Authority or Gift to Fulfill Selfish Ambition and Vision.”
The only way we can effectively counter attack this assault is to live in humility.
( Jam 4:10} Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up. Do you notice it says, “humble yourselves”, this is something we chose to do daily and in every moment we feel the attack of Leviathan in pride. Choose to go low, take the position of (Phil 4).
The Spirit of the Fear of the Lord
by Todd Bentley
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 9:10). It’s only when the Spirit of the fear of the Lord is upon us that God will trust us with the other manifestations of the Spirit upon us, such as wisdom, revelation, counsel, knowledge, and might (Is. 11:2)
The fear of the Lord is to depart from evil. It’s the guard that keeps us from becoming prideful, boatful, or flippant. It guards us from compromising our holiness, or misusing our authority or power.
The angel that went before Israel’s tiny army carried the fear of the Lord that caused larger armies to tremble and kill each other or turn and flee; this angel even destroyed enemy armies to grant Israel a great victory (Is. 37:36). When this angel walks with us, no gang or devil can get to us. There’s authority and power when this angel comes. He’ll go before us.
The “fear of the Lord” means “dread, awe, or the revere.” My definition would be: “Wow, wow, wow! Over God’s majesty, holiness, and strength.” The spirit bears a strong nature of holiness. He ministries to us and helps us to be holy. We can’t produce it ourselves. It’s grace from heaven. There are times that God comes in His presence or Spirit to impart supernatural grace and power so that we can be free of sin. This can only come out of His glory and presence, and it sometimes causes fear, dread, and terror (Ex. 20:18,20).
As New Testament believers, Hebrews 4:16 calls for us to approach the throne to obtain mercy and grace in time of need. Mercy is for the sins we’ve committed (we don’t get what we deserve). But God also gives us grace, which is an endowment of power to help us overcome sin. Grace even keeps us from the desire to sin. It’s as if we’re in a protective cocoon. The battle tips in our favor. So, when we sin, we don’t just ask for forgiveness but grace so we won’t fall again.
The fear of the Lord brings us into His presence. When we’re in God’s presence, we don’t want to sin. When we’re not in His presence, we sin and then the Enemy makes us feel so guilty that we don’t want to reenter His presence. It’s a catch-22. Guilt keeps us from the glory pillar-the refiner’s fire that can burn the sin tendency out of us. We can’t be holy without being in the glory and being in front of the throne of grace. Without holiness we won’t enter in, and it’s by entering in that we receive the endowment of power.
The fear of the Lord keeps us in check so the rest of the Spirits can work through us. What does He demand in exchange? Consecration, holiness, and separation from sin- simple to say, harder to walk out. Pray for that grace from the Lord, through the Spirit of the fear of the Lord which removes our desire to sin and gives you power over it.
– Todd Bentley
Positioned in Quietness
by Todd Bentley
Positioned in QuietnessThe Bible says that Mary sat at Jesus’ feet. Do you know what Mary was doing? She was listening. Because she positioned herself in a place of surrender and quietness, she learned to hear His voice. I can just picture her looking on the Lord’s face and thinking: Oh, You’re awesome. You’re so wonderful! She sat gazing into His eyes and listening to His voice. Soaking is also about positioning ourselves in prayer at Jesus’ feet as Mary did. I want to reposition you in your prayer time. Do you know Mary’s position—that position of quietness and yielding? Are you touching intimacy with Jesus, or are you more like Martha with her “to do” list?
I often tell the Lord, “Your presence is good enough. I just ant to be with You. I don’t want to talk to You about my cares or my needs. You know the things I have need of anyway.” Jesus said, “Your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things (Matt 6:30). If you can grasp this truth your needs will be met more frequently and won’t be dependent on your asking. Yes, one aspect of our relationship with God involves asking. But God wants to bring us to a new level of relationship that of lovers. In the natural, lovers often want to do things to bless their beloved, whether they’re asked to or not. God wants to draw us into this same intimacy.
Sometimes all I do is sit at His feet and bask. That’s it. Almost every teaching and revelation found on my audio and book table has come out of those soaking times. God has dropped revelation on me so fast that sometimes I’ve written four sermons at once. It had nothing to do with me; God would just burn the revelation inside me. Oh that’s where God wants to bring us! God is calling the church back to intimacy and friendship with Him. What does the Bible say God wants of us? “He has shown you, O man what is good; and what does the Lord require of you…to walk humbly with your God.” (Mic. 6:8). O, how the Father longs for you to walk with Him, to enjoy fellowship with Him. The Father longs for your presence more thank you long for His.
The Four “R”s of Meditation and Contemplation
Par of waiting in God’s presence involves contemplation and meditation on Scripture until the Holy Spirit gives us revelation and understanding of God’s heart and mind. Here are four steps you can take to practice meditation:
- Read the Word quickly and out loud so you hear it.
- Respond to it with your heart and mind. Respond to the passages that were most meaningful and reread those.
- Recollect or meditate with an open mind and heart to god’s will.
- Rest in His presence.
Following are some powerful scriptures to kick-start your meditation and motivate you to continue with this life-changing way of connecting with God and His Word:
With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:10, 11)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16)
My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20, 22)
Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.
Being in the Presence of God
by Todd Bentley
If someone told you that you could experience increased intimacy with God by lying on your bed, relaxing, and listening to worship music, what would you think? To some that suggestion might border on blasphemy. Do you equate pleasing God with working your fingers to the bone, serving on twenty committees, or having a regimented quit time? If so, you probably feel guilty when you don’t measure up to those self imposed standards, don’t you? Many Christians are trapped in the Martha syndrome when they should be like Mary- sitting, resting at Jesus feet, and listening to his voice.
Through soaking, or the “contemplative life,” we get more of God and His presence in our lives. I’ve found more power and revelation in quietness than in any other form of prayer. I believe the silent prayer of the heart is the highest form of prayer. Some Christians seldom enjoy this place of prayer because they never learn how to silence their hearts, minds, and emotions and enter into true communion and fellowship with the Lord. I’ve heard from a great many prophets who say that when we learn to silence our thoughts, we have discovered the true secret to seeing in the spirit realm.
Through church history we can find a long trail of people who loved God’s presence and passionately sought after him. A group of these God Chasers were called the “Christian Contemplatives.” They understood the biblical practice of meditation Christians need to realize that the words meditate and meditations were in the book of Psalms long before the New Age movement existed. The Bible was the forerunner of meditation. Our ancient forefathers practiced meditation, as did the monks in the 1600s and 1700s. If the word meditate makes you uncomfortable. Try substituting “to think about over and over and over again.”
Who wants the power of God today? Who wants miracles, signs, and wonders? Those who do, need to learn to be still. Now, think about this- the Bible talks about the Spirits of counsel and might. Might is the Power of God. God’s might does not operate without his counsel. I am going to make an amazing statement: It isn’t that the church doesn’t have enough power; its that the church doesn’t wait to hear his counsel. We don’t take time and wait in stillness to receive visions of what is going to happen in a service. The Spirit of counsel brings the Spirit of might. Waiting releases revelation, which ignites power. In the church today we are workers, not waiters. We are doers, not soakers. We are extremely busy people who can’ silence our hearts and minds. It’s time for God to bring us back to the art of being in his presence, He wants intimacy with us more than we want intimacy with him.
Revelation in stillness
When I want to enter into the presence of God, I listen to instrumental music and lie on the floor on my back in total surrender. My focus is Jesus. I don’t pray in tongues, nor do I make request. I quiet my soul and wait patiently on the Lord. If we can’t overcome the busyness of our minds, we’ll never enter into the Spirit. It’s the first thing we need to conquer.
Psalms 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” The word still means “idle, quiet, and alone,” Here the word Know means “come to Know by experience or through intimate relationship.” It also means “to perceive, to find or to see, to become known, or to be revealed.” God had ordained more revelation.” of him self in stillness than in any other form of prayer.
Think about the power of stillness. The most common hour of revelation in the Bible is 4:00 a.m. – the fourth watch. Jesus rose from the dead between 3:00 a.m. And 6:00 a.m.
God delivered the children of Israel from the hand of Egypt in the early hours, and Jesus appeared near dawn to the disciples at sea. Often God comes when we’re just dozing off or awakening – the quietest parts of the day. I came to understand God and the power of His anointing by lying in His presence in stillness and quietness. I not only received a greater revelation of who he is, but of who I am in Him.
Waiting on the Lord
In scripture the idea of being still before the Lord is also referred to as “waiting on the Lord.” Waiting carries the idea of Hope and expectancy with it, it suggest lingering or remaining in one place, Knowing you are about to see or experience something. We are to wait with our thoughts on Jesus. Many of us who wait on God or “soak,” play music in the background to help tune our hearts to him, though sometimes we wait in complete silence. Either way, our thoughts and emotions become quiet before the Lord and we focus all our attention on Jesus.
As you discover the incredible adventure of waiting on God, you will learn to rein in your mind when it begins to wander. But press in, because after about two or three weeks of setting aside one to three hours a day of contemplation and mediation, you will begin to master your mind. It’s a discipline and it takes time to cultivate this lifestyle of waiting. When you learn to overcome distractions to focus on Jesus, you will have a breakthrough in the spirit unlike at any other time in your life.
Heb 12:2 describes contemplation in another way: “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Yes, the soaking meditation I described involves looking unto Jesus and gazing at him. To gaze suggest turning your eyes away from other things and fixing them on something and staring at it. The word gaze carries the idea of studying intently – “seeing with the eyes and with the mind, perceiving, knowing, and becoming acquainted with by multiple experiences.”
Jesus is the author of our faith, but how does he become the finisher of our faith? I believe we need to have multiple experiences in the revelatory realm. For that to occur, we have to remain in his presence- wait in quietness and stillness. Isaiah 64:4 says that God is a God’ who acts for the one who waits for him.”
In my experience as I soaked and waited on God, He began to act- things got done and prayers were answered. To be honest, for a while I thought, All iam doing is lying around in the presence. I’m not doing anything. I’m not praying in tongues or reading the Bible. But that was exactly what I needed. Isn’t it interesting that the thing that gets God to move is waiting? I get more out of waiting in stillness and quietness than I do out of three hours of prayer.
Some people don’t feel that they truly connect with God unless they are doing something like interceding, praying in tongues, worshiping, or reading the Bible. The minute they stop, they feel that prayer is over and God is gone; they don’t know how to stay in the presence. When I say, “lets be quiet in his presence for half an hour,”
they start speaking in tongues. They are programmed to do something! The Bible says, “but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint” (IS 40:31) It all happens while we’re waiting. Here is another verse for you: “ In returning and rest you shall be saved: in quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Is 30:15). If you want to enter into the Supernatural realm, Practice soaking and meditating for an hour a day- add that to what you already do.