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Sun 15 Nov 2009 « Back to Top
I want you to open your Bible with me in Ecclesiastes, Chapter 4. We're going to start there. We've been speaking
just over the last couple of weeks, talked about a particular power, spiritual power tha t impacts people, impacts
believers, impacts us by shutting down our gifts and operations. It's a very real power, a very real presence. The Bible
says that there are spiritual powers in the atmosphere that are arrayed against the church of Jesus Christ. W e'd be
silly not to actually realise that's a great reality, and the Bible also tells us that there are strongholds, holds inside ou r
life, or there are places of brokenness, sin or other kinds of things where spiritual powers work through our lives to
manipulate us. So we need to just understand that, and I shared with you just over a couple of weeks about a
particular phenomena called Slumber of Jezebel, where a spiritual power puts people to sleep, and they can't see
what's going on all around them, don't see what's really taking place.
I want to today just share with you about recognising, withstanding Jezebel's attack. Jezebel was a woman in the Old
Testament, but we need to understand that there was actually a spirit power that operated behind her. So it's not
about women; it's about this spiritual power, call it a spirit of witchcraft, and witchcraft is a spiritual power that seeks to
do a number of things. Number one, it attacks your identity, who you are, to try and shut you down so you become
passive. When a person experiences a witchcraft attack over them, they may not see what's going on naturally, may
be uncertain where it's coming from, but what you feel inside you is a number of sensations. You can recognise when
a spiritual attack is coming very, very easily because you'll feel knotted in your stomach with no apparent reason, a
feeling of dread, a feeling of pressure coming on you, or feelings and thoughts coming in your mind you don't belong,
you get out of here, go, you don't belong, you're not wanted.
Those kinds of pressures come out of the spirit realm, into our mind and heart. We can feel turmoil and confusion,
where you can't think clearly. Your mind just doesn't think clearly, or actually you don't even hear things or see things.
You just become unaware, and when spiritual witchcraft works against us, it has several goals. One of the things
when we look into the Old Testament, and look at how this particular spirit power operated, there are a number of
things it did, which it still does. The first thing is it seeks to shut down the prophetic flow, the flow of hearing God, the
flow of the spirit in your life, so when Jezebel got ascended into the throne, what she did then was she immediately
set out to kill all the prophets of the Lord, to actually come against and shut down prophetic gifting. I have seen
prophetic gifting shut down on men of God, women of God. I've seen it shut down in churches, I've seen it shut down
even in whole movements, the prophetic flow literally stripped out by witchcraft attack.