I believe the first step in Spiritual Warfare is knowing what it means to war. This is a lesson in terminology written by Prophetess DeBrah Felder .
You know the Word says to study and show yourself approved. (2 Timothy 2:15)
So here is something you definitely need to study before entering into warfare.
RENOUNCE: to forsake, forgo, forswear, leave, quit, resign, abdicate, disclaim, reject, disavow, deny, to give up voluntarily: as in to renounce a worldly pleasure.to give up by formal declaration, to renounce a claim, to disown.
DENOUNCE: to condemn or censure openly or publicly: to denounce a politician as morally corrupt, to make a formal accusation against, as to the police or in a court, to give formal notice of the termination or denial of (a treaty, pact, agreement, or the like). Archaic: to announce or proclaim, especially as something evil or calamitous.
REBUKE: a sharp rejection, disapproval; reproof; reprimand.to beat back, scolding, to hack down, to not allow accusation of said action.
DECLARE: to affirm, assert, protest imply making something known emphatically, openly, or formally. To declare is to make known, sometimes in the face of actual or potential contradiction: to declare someone the winner of a contest. To affirm is to make a statement based on one's reputation for knowledge or veracity, or so related to a generally recognized truth that denial is not likely: to affirm the necessity of high standards. To assert is to state boldly, usually without other proof than personal authority or conviction: to assert that the climate is changing. To protest is to affirm publicly, as if in the face of doubt: to protest that a newspaper account is misleading, disclose, to publish, to make known or state clearly, especially in explicit or formal terms: to declare one's position in a courtroom, to announce officially; proclaim: to declare a state of emergency; to declare a winner, to state emphatically: He declared that the allegation was a lie, to invoke something to manifest; reveal; show: Her attendance at the rally declared her political allegiance, to make due statement of, especially goods for duty or income for taxation.
DECREE: to make formal and authoritative order, especially one having the force of law: a presidential decree, to make int a law. a judicial decision or order; to order, adjudge, or ordain by decree.
BIND: to forbid, to disallow, to fasten or secure with a band or bond, to encircle with a band or ligature, to swathe or bandage, to bind up one's wound (bind the word of God to hurt, wounds, etc.) to fasten around; fix in place by girding: Put a spiritual hand-cuffs on the devil), bound his hands behind him, to tie up (anything, as sheaves of grain), to place under certain constraints; govern, to place (someone or something) under obligation; to impose legal obligations or duties upon (a person or party to an agreement), "to tie up with bonds or words" (literally and figuratively), also "to make captive.
LOOSE: to release from, to free up or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end, to free from anything that binds or restrains; unfettered, to unbind
something that has been bound together; to release, to break out of confinement, cuts loose, to release from domination or control, to unbound, untie, unrestricted, unconfined, to liberate, to dissolute, to licentious, to loosen, to unbind, to liberate.
Prophetess DeBrah Felder
KINGDOM WARRIORS UTTERING BREAKTHROUGH MIRACLES MINISTRY
Witchcraft is trying to influence others for your own benefit. It does not matter if it is for a good cause or not. This is about self-promotion and using your influences to receive it. Many that have been affected by this spirit are pastors and leaders in the Church. These are people who whole heartedly love God, but because of their actions have allowed certain demonic spirits to inhabit their Churches and it is likely that they do not realize the transformation that has taken place. The product of this spirit is domination, intimidation, manipulation, and emotional blackmail. There is help for these Churches, but not without acceptance of the truth of what has happened.
It is important to know the doorway in which this spirit is allowed to enter the church. While there are many ways I want to touch on the one that I have knowledge of. The key to entrance is leadership. This spirit desires to control the leaders so that it may control the Church. So it will start at the top where the anointing begins, and work its way down to the congregation. Its method is through the Ahab and Jezebel spirit. These spirits have the ability to inhabit both males and females. The weaker spirit is the Ahab spirit. This can be a humble and trusting person. This person has no ulterior motives other than teaching others how to follow Christ. The Jezebel spirit will hone in on Ahab and will use whatever methods it takes to gain his trust and devotion. Once this is gained her new goal is to gain the power in the relationship. Jezebel can be very deceptive and very bold believing that she cannot be stop. She is very prideful and believes that she is deserving of so much more. She is adept at throwing her power in the face of man while still maintaining it under a sudden false sense of humility.
Jezebel never gives up ground without having a plan to gain it back. She can confess her wrongdoing while planning the next step to gain back control. She is quick to devise schemes. She is adept at taking the Word of God and twisting it into a weapon of submission. Once she has gained full power she will not let go easily.
Some pastors have used selected verses in the Bible to control and manipulate their members. These pastors yield the word as a weapon. They call for you to submit to their authority, which is claimed to have come from God. This is the operation of a witchcraft spirit. Godly submission does not need to be ordered or persuaded.
A verse that is frequently used is Luke 7:6-8, “Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.””
In this scripture the Centurion is speaking of his having authority when he makes a request of Jesus, but some pastors will misconstrue this scripture by claiming that this scripture is trying to teach Christians about authority. They will tell you that it was his authority that allowed his servant to be healed from afar. However, this scripture speaks about the Centurion’s authority only in passing. Jesus never put emphasis on the word authority, except when teaching us about defeating demonic spirits, but if we read on to the verse 9 we will learn that the thing that Jesus was trying to teach us was concerning our faith. No need to look for a deeper meaning in these passages. Jesus’ main concern was about the faith of man in our Father God. It was through the Centurion’s faith that his servant was healed.
There are few scriptures in the Bible that implores Christians to have authority over another man. The husband having authority over his wife and household. We are given authority to trample over serpents and scorpions (demons and demonic spirits). (Luke 10:19)
Submit ourselves to our governing authorities. (Romans 13:1) Because it is God that appointed them. And for the young people to submit themselves to their elders. (1 Peter 5:5) Because they are being taught how to be a humble and honest adult.
Even Jesus turned down authority over this world when it was offered to Him.
Luke 4:5-7, “Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
This was His answer in verse 8, “And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
To try and take authority over another man will bring you under the authority of Satan. God only operates in our free will and never meant for us to give up our will to another man, only to Him. To do so opens the door for slavery to Satan. Our allegiance is to God the Father and His precious Son Jesus.
A spirit of Jezebel is usually in charge of this transformation but she cannot operate without the Ahab spirit being present. It is the Ahab spirit that grants her the power to operate. The Ahab spirit can be present in pastors, elders, deacons and politicians. They are easily manipulated to change their way of thinking by Jezebel. It is in the Book of Revelations that we see that spirit will be operating in the churches in the End of Days.
Revelation 2:18-22, “These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 19“I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. 20“Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21“And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. 22“Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.”
A pastor’s job is to train up disciples for Jesus so that they might go out and do the same. He is to encourage teach, bless and release. This is a gift that has been given to them that many are misusing. The misuse of this gift is bringing witchcraft into the church. They are using their gift to instill fear into their congregation that leads to domination and control.
Here are some of the signs of witchcraft in the church:
· An unusually large number of divorces and
· Illegitimate children
· Constant pleas for you to submit to authority
· Saying a person has left the will of God if they leave the church
· Creating a spirit of competition amongst the congregation for favor
· Making the people feel that they are beneath the pastors mentally and spiritually and will always be
· Twisting of the scriptures for their own purpose
· Lack of growth spiritually,
· Lack of humility from leaders
These things have changed the face of churches because of the demonic spirits that have unknowingly been allowed in.
Once control has been gained, Jezebel will raise a wall around the people. This wall is bondage. She/he will begin to instruct on why you should stay at the Church and never leave. Her/his ways of bringing about this manipulation is many.
FEAR is the motivation for people to stay and never question their leadership.
Here is an example. One pastor would hold up members that had left the congregation and returned as an example that God did not want anyone to leave. Stories of how they went from church to church and could not find what they needed because they were not supposed to leave. Next when members would leave they would tell the congregation that they were not supposed to leave. This created a spirit of anger among the members toward the person. That anger was a spirit that came into the congregation through Jezebel. It not only hurt the congregation but it hurt the members that left also. Why did this hurt even the members that finally left?
“When the people left the church they were fearful of many things. They could not function normally in life, they were hurt and rejected by the way they were treated, had pains and illnesses associated with fears, had spiritual pride about being in the only church, had problems forgiving the pastor and congregation about the way they were treated, were deceived about things of God, they felt that God did not love them, they may be losing their salvation, blamed the Lord for what had happened, and were confused and weakened by the experiences."
This interfered with future relationships in their new church. They found it hard to trust their leaders and to build a relationship with their pastors. They became constantly alert and began searching for and expecting faults. This would sometimes cause them to leave in search of another church and they would float from church to church fearful of being manipulated. Some even gave up on the thought of going to church and started slipping back into the ways of the world.
These were the goal of the Witchcraft spirits, to divide and then to conquer your spirit and to separate you from God and His people.
You must completely break free spiritually and physically from the organization and its leaders. You must renounce the organization and its practices spiritually to God. You must ask God to help you in all of these things, and to have faith and trust in God. To do this requires forgiveness for the leaders and followers, asking God to forgive you for your sins of bitterness, etc., asking God to forgive and bless them, breaking soul ties and curses on your family, casting out demons that came in through soul ties, curses and association with the organization, praying for physical healing, and disciplining your mind not to yield to the programmed thinking of the leaders and demons.
"No person should submit their freewill to the leaders and become passive. A passive person is easily demonized because they yield. Both the leaders and the congregation will become demonized." Gene Moody
By Evangelist Cheryl Davies
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