For months now, the air has been swirling with interference because we are in a season of birthing the new – from new and fresh blueprints, ideas, strategies, and out-of-the-box revelation to direction, clarity, creativity, messages, and movements that all need to be BROUGHT FORTH...from dreams and downloads to the Church breaking out of old mindsets, wineskins, and tired and 'stuck' ways.
The enemy knows how important this PUSH is, and so in this critical moment, he has been trying to hit us on all sides to DELAY or STOP the birth. It's like when you begin to feel the contractions, but then suddenly you are hit with an unexpected emergency that snaps you out of that rhythm. The interruptions have been endless and nonstop. If you are birthing, then you know what I am talking about.
So many of you have been experiencing spiritual bullying and assault for months now, because the enemy is afraid of what you are stepping into and birthing. He's seen that you haven't backed down, even when he tried to take you out in 2021. Now you are ripe and ready to step into your COMEBACK season, so he has doubled down to crash your victory.
His tactic has been simple – to SURROUND you and DISTRACT you with multiple assignments and diversions; and in the last few months, and increasingly in the last few weeks, this has gone to another level.
Some Signs of the Swirl
These are some of the things I have discerned taking place:
• Witchcraft and chatter. This is where the enemy prods people to talk about you, assume your motives and character, or be jealous of you/competition.
• Character assassination. This is where the enemy stirs people to curse you in the spirit, which unleashes a firestorm of problems to come your way.
• Strife and relational disconnect. This comes at core relationships and intimacy/communication in marriage, and wars against you being on the same page.
• 'Fear-bombing' – being hit with foreboding and irrational worries and outcomes.
• Warfare dreams and night disruptions (sleeplessness, anxiety, and tormenting thoughts at the same time every night).
• Repetitive dreaming. God may actually highlight the direction the words are coming from by showing you over and over. (Photo via Piqsels)
• Territorial confrontations. This is where the enemy wants you to step back by enlisting threatened and insecure people to come at you, marking their zone and giving you the verbal 'shove back' into your box.
• Narcissistic encounters and gaslighting. This is where you get hit with encounters where people are suddenly belittling you and cutting you down to cause you to give up.
• Random people popups. In times like this, you'll notice that people who have been famous for speaking against you will suddenly contact you out of nowhere trying to engage in relationship or conversation.
• Information requests. This is where you will suddenly get bombarded with random messages and people who aren't in your inner circle wanting information about your life – what you are doing and where you are going. Don't give it to them! Witchcraft operates on information!
• Information overload. This is where you are bombarded by news, opinions, bad reports, and unnecessary information that seem to affect your ability to think clearly or to spiritually discern and see correctly.
• Surveillance spirits. In the same way that information fuels spiritual chatter, the enemy sends spirits to surveil you – and often through people scrolling and secretly searching for information about you. Shut them out! Ask God to show you who the 'lookers' are.
• Soulish claims made on you. This may sound strange, but I have discerned people who believe they own you, or have some claim of ownership over you in some way. This can often be family, parents, or past leaders. This is a demonic contract you need to tear up!
• Prayers of harm. This is where people straight-up pray words of harm and sickness over you and blindly feel justified in their conviction to do so.
• 'Favor doors' shutting. This is where people pray and speak that God would humble you and close doors. This comes from a place of insecurity, not protection, like they believe.
• Opportunities and sideshows. These are great opportunities that appear out of nowhere and are sent to get your eyes off of what you are birthing.
• Wrong partnerships. This is when the enemy uses manipulative people to convince you to partner with them, but they are just there to steal from you and ride the blessing you went through Hell for.
• Job's friends. This is where the enemy sends friends that are 'earthly wise,' fickle, and will stab you in the back when you are away so that you feel like you can't trust anyone; so instead of having the right people in the delivery room, you have none, and step out lonely.
• Pressures and expectations. These are unexpected pressures and expectations that come at you from every angle to burn you out and steal your energy.
• The silent treatment. This is where you feel a muzzling of your mouth. You have much to say but feel like somehow there is something in the way or preventing you from speaking up.
• Creative block and confusion. This is where your spirit is brimming and ripe with revelation and creativity but the words and ideas just aren't connecting. It feels like you are under a cloud of confusion and heaviness and are getting more and more frustrated as time goes on.
• Red tape and messes. This is where simple processes seem to get held up, tied up, or delayed. It's where you feel like you have twenty messes around you and other time-consuming tasks to do.
• Tech crashes and cyber warfare. This is where computer crashes, website crashes, constant tech problems, trolls, bots, and online situations occur that you don't normally have. This is cyber warfare and a war against your voice. (Photo via Unsplash)
• Strange health issues (back, neck and nerve pain; headaches, vertigo and nausea coming out of nowhere).
• Financial hold-ups. This is where – for no reason – you have issues with things like payment and bank hold-ups.
• The dogs barking around you. This is where the enemy stirs up strife nearby, in multiple places, trying to tempt you to throw a rock in.
• The checkout. This is where the enemy convinces you that it's time to pay the check and run; it's been too hard and too long and you just want to settle and forfeit the call.
Do any of these seem familiar to you? Did you recognize them at the time?
Enough Is Enough!
A few days ago, as I was listening to a crisis phone call conversation, the Holy Spirit interrupted and said, "Enough is enough! I am issuing a restraining order on the enemy! I am tying his hands!"
"I will save you from the hands of the wicked and deliver you from the grasp of the cruel." (Jeremiah 15:21)
A restraining order is a protective order used by a court to protect a person in a situation involving violence, abuse, harassment, stalking, or assault.
As He said these words, I felt the justice and judgment of the Lord against the enemy, and I felt strongly that we were about to see every single area of demonic violence, harassment, bullying, abuse, and assault rectified by the Spirit of God, both personally and globally. God is going to shut down every single access point and blind every single demon oppressing you so that they are unable to do so again.
Then I sensed that this was not just for this particular battle, but justice for those who have been fighting the same warfare for many years – even decades. The enemy has been playing this hand for a long time, and the Lord is right now moving in His power, but He is also equipping us to better understand how this operates in the spiritual realm.
I asked Him for more understanding on how to overcome these attacks, and He said three things:
1. Binding the Strong Man
Mark 3:27 says, "But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house."
The enemy is mad because we are taking back our inheritance and territory, so we must bind him – RESTRAIN him – as we take back what is ours. The word "bind" here means to tie, fasten, and declare to be prohibited and unlawful. This is telling us to CONFRONT the enemy instead and disarm his plans. Also, in a legal context, we are to restrain him according to this Scripture and many others, such as James 4:7 and Mathew 18:18.
2. We Overcome by the Blood of the Lamb
Next, I heard, "My people need to know the covenant I made with them!" He was referring to the Blood of the Lamb at Calvary. We know that we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11), but we do far less to remember this by not taking communion as often as we should – before and even through crazy times. Secondly, we need the testimony. We need the prophetic, pure decree to break through the air when it feels thick. (Photo via Pexels)
3. Keep Your Gates Up!
The next thing He said was "Your gates are down, O Judah!" When I looked up what He was meaning, I found this: "Stand at the gate of the LORD's house and there proclaim this message: 'Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the LORD'" (Jeremiah 7:2).
Judah, which means praise, is our worship, and during times of onslaught, we tend to praise less, but it's praise that ensures the victory! Also, when our gates are down, we are susceptible to the enemy moving in our land and homes.
Changing Our Stance Moving Forward
Lastly, let's shake this off. These attacks are a violation and should never be endured or tolerated. God is stirring up that justice in us to push it back when we sense it. I feel as though, in this hour, God is asking us to take a different stance than we have before. He is arming us so that we will not be taken out by these attacks. I believe we are entering a time where the Church will laugh at these feeble attempts to take us off course. We are coming up higher and understanding our authority more and more.
Also, this just screams one, massive, huge announcement: you and I are a threat. The Church may look messy right now, but we are a threat even when we look like a hot mess. The truth is, we are only getting started, and these are the signs that we have just stepped onto new ground and birthing has begun.
Lord, I pray for every person reading this who has been facing these tactics of the enemy. We partner with You now, Lord, to place a restraining order on the enemy in every area he has been assaulting them and causing them harm. We bind you, strong man, in Jesus' name, and you are bound! We are taking ground and we will not be stopped.
Lord, we ask for recompense for time lost, lost finances, lost joy, lost peace, and everything else that was had been lost in the crossfires of this time, in Jesus' name. Witchcraft and demonic interference – we disarm you now! Surveilling spirits, familiar spirits, and tormenting spirits – we bind you now, blind you, and send you into utter darkness now, in the name of Jesus!
Attacks on the home must stop, and doors to the enemy we close. We forgive those who have partnered with the enemy because we know we don't wrestle with flesh and blood, and we keep in mind who the real enemy is.
Lord, we thank You that Your presence surrounds us, Your angels are commissioned about us, and that greater are You who is in us than he who is in the world! We cover our families in the Blood of Jesus today, and we remind the enemy that in the courts of Heaven, he has no claim on us, in Jesus' name!
Jesus, we are learning; this is our worship. Show us and teach us, and may You get Your full reward.
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Nate Johnston¬†is a prophetic voice and worshiper who has a heart to see sons and daughters unleashed into passionate friendship with God and an effective supernatural lifestyle. Through his ministry school "Everyday Revivalists," he leads people from the basics of the Gospel through to being sent and released into their mission field, as well as championing and raising up emerging prophetic voices around the world. His burning cry and desire is to see the Body of Christ become a beacon for the lost by raising up a generation that walks in the love and power of God, representing Him well. Nate and his wife Christy have three daughters, Charlotte, Sophie, and Ava and live in Redding California.
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