These are notes I took from some teaching (and revelation) I got back in mid-June. I didn’t know if I would ever actually share them “out loud,” but I think I need to just in case anyone else is like me and needed to be reminded of how terribly divisive the enemy will be if we don’t resist him fully. I LOVED getting the devil’s number on this and warning: I end this blog by telling him to go to hell. Haha!
Most of the work of the enemy is subtle and unknown, uncontested.
We just meander along thinking that weird things are just normal and acceptable, possibly personality conflicts or oddnesses on some one else’s part. But there may be something hidden at work, a demonic force.
Ever had your words twisted or your intentions misunderstood?
In Isaiah 27, God smacks down on the Leviathan, a sea monster that threatens human life, twisting along in the sea. Some believe this is the same creature now sometimes known as the Nile crocodile.
Where the water flows…
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of our God. Ps. 46.4
The move of God throughout history and in the Word is often referred to as a river, streams of living water. That river speaks of life and refreshment. It signifies revival, the flow of God’s work, the power of the Holy Spirit, a washing of the water of the Word, the exalting of Jesus Christ and the movement (like a mighty river) of His gospel just flowing through parched places.
“Whoever believes in Me,” Jesus told His disciples, “out of them will flow rivers of living water.”
In the Book of Ezekiel, we see the ever-increasing, deepening river, representing the movement of God. And life is promised wherever that water flows.
“And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.” Ezekiel 47.9 NKJV
Hard to believe, but true
And right there, in the middle of the flow of God, there is an enemy getting ready to strike. The Leviathan, the sea-serpent (spoken of in Job chapters 3 and 41 and in the Psalms and the Book of Isaiah), that vicious creature that cannot be trusted nor tamed with physical force as it glides and twists through the waters, is looking for opportunity to strike.
The Nile Crocodile is known to lie in the water looking, eyes just above the surface, waiting for the waters to be stirred – watching for schools of fish and the swarms of every living thing. On the river banks, there are trees planted firmly, well-rooted, established. But it waits. Because when the wind begins to blow and the waters begin to move, when life is being unleashed, it will ready itself to pounce.
The spiritual Leviathan operates in much the same way. In the river, where the move of God is about to take place, this twisted/twisting serpent will watch, eyes above the surface, staying very still until it senses a wave of God descending on the waters, and it will manifest itself right then – when God is moving in a powerful way in the flow of the river.
We’ve. got. your. number.
To be forewarned is to be forearmed.
This Leviathan spirit wakes up when there is cursing (Job 3.8). Those who curse instead of bless rouse the Leviathan, and when he wakes up – can you control him? The scriptures tell us we can’t win with our usual strength. We can’t penetrate its’ armor, we can’t tie it down and control it. It has to be dealt with, called out, and killed.
Leviathan literally means to twist.
The twisting serpent. Cruel enemy. A dragon not unlike a dinosaur, a crusher, and spiritually – a beast that is hostile to God’s people.
If the Nile Crocodile gives us a glimpse in the natural of a creature hostile to the life and flow of natural waters, we can understand how a large, but hidden enemy IN the church (in the flow) might also be at work against the life Jesus said He came to bring. He taught us that there is an enemy out to destroy. And we keep blaming each other. That is twisted.
John 10:10 NIV “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. ”
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water ~
A sea-monster or crocodile, something that threatens you is in the water
What the heck has been happening in our relationships, our churches, our families, our business associations? Right on the verge of breakthrough, at the shoreline of a mighty wave of the Holy Spirit being poured out – breakdowns, meltdowns, finger-pointing, self-righteousness, judgements, idle talk or worse yet: mean-enemy talk against each other. MIS-understandings and shattered expectations cause a ruckus – where life was flowing just a few minutes ago.
A twisting, twisted, twister of a Leviathan-spirit, set free by cursing-instead-of-blessing is awakened so that right when revival and transformation are breaking out, right when there is breakthrough happening, with life and abundance springing up, the Holy Spirit is ready to take us (the Body of Christ) to the next level, when all things are about to be made new – it rises up
It is formidable and operates in extreme strength and power. We have underestimated our enemy. It isn’t a pet, and you can’t just hope for the best. This spirit must be put to death and driven from the flow.
If I’ve seen it once…
Omygoodness, raised in the church, I have seen it a million times, though I haven’t always been able to pin it down or name it. And indeed, it has done great damage in and through me over the course of years. I have watched churches impacting their communities with the love of God destroyed almost overnight needlessly, hearts broken and people running as far from the river as they can in its’ wake. We are out there fishing for men and suddenly, something comes up and twists and turns and destroys what God is trying to do. Something is about to be beautiful and powerful and it gets twisted and turned upside down. And all the living creatures run for cover, pointing fingers and dying in isolation, away from the water of life.
Leviathan is 1/ formidable 2/ hidden 3/ It twists the truth.
Job 41.4 “You can recognize a demonic force in the form of a person in your ministry: [they] won’t live in the covenant of the life of the flow, or under the authority of the pastor and leadership, won’t live in unity to fulfill the vision to support the mission; [they are] always against, always in opposition, always undermining, [might say] “Well I appreciate our pastor, but...” [This spirit] destroys relationships, breaks up marriages, breaks up business partners, church and ministry relationships, family relationships, it breaks up unity.” – Ron Phillips
How to kill the twisting spirit of Leviathan.
Understand that a crocodile doesn’t kill with its teeth, it takes its prey, goes under water and goes around and around and around and drowns it – the prey cannot get a breath of life. Then it moves on to do it again. The twisting has happened and lifelessness is left in its’ wake.
The twisted, hateful, hidden spirit can be defeated. The sword of the Lord will put it to death.
Recognize the spirit. There is a monster in your midst. Always against, always undermining, can’t get along, full of negativity. Truth is twisted. Thoughts are twisted.
In that day, the Lord will punish with his sword —
his fierce, great and powerful sword—
Leviathan the gliding serpent,
Leviathan the coiling serpent;
he will slay the monster of the sea. Isaiah 27.1
This spirit attacks and then flees, causing us to flee, too. It will attack and then move on to the next person. Twisting and lying. And we flee each other rather than resisting it and defeating it. The Word of God defeats this spirit. The Word of God can renew and heal and restore truth. When the unity and blessing returns, the revival will come.
Our answer is the Word of God!
These are just my notes from a teaching by Pastor Ron Phillips from Abba’s House in Chattanooga, TN. His recent book, Everyone’s Guide to demons and Spiritual Warfare, is available. You can actually listen to free podcasts here http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/centerpoint/listen/#Hidden%2c+Hindering+Spirits (drop down box, October 2011, “Hidden Hindering Spirits,” 6 podcasts in the series, the 1st two dealing with Leviathan).
I don’t get everything about spiritual battles and how they affect our lives. I know the Word says to resist the devil and he will flee. And I know there are things unseen that affect us and come against the work of God through us. I sometimes let that go on far too long before I finally wise up, usually because of arrow-blackened skies, and say, “Enough. To hell with the devil.” I am saying it now.
To hell with the foul-twisting-spirit that has suffocated the life-breath of God from my family (both physical and spiritual), ministries and the people I love who are leading them, marriages, renewal, revival, flowing waters-of-life in my path and pouring out through me.
To hell with a hidden spirit that has twisted my intentions and words and heart towards others or theirs toward me. If it can isolate us, it can take us out. Hey, Leviathan – yeah you: You have been identified and are on notice to leave the waters where life flows and to get out as another wave of the Spirit of God is getting ready to be stirred.
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Oh Jeanie!!!! YES! YES! YES! THIS IS IT! (shouts of joy, here!) I know that slimy serpent has slithered its way into my family. OH. HOW. I. KNOW. IT. I know that the armor of God is sooo vital! to protect us, to help us & to defend others in our care!! To SLAY that worm! I stand beside you in AGREEMENT. Leviathan, We are fully aware now. We will NOT stand by and let you twist & distort the GOOD things our Dad is doing in our midst! NO WAY! In Jesus Holy and Mighty name, we bind you! we COMMAND you leave and DO NOT RETURN! Oh Father, please wash us in your mercy and forgiveness for giving place to this vile enemy. Cover us in the blood of your Son, our Jesus. That we may again step into the waters, the holy living waters, without fear. WITH confidence, that You are there with us, and will continue to do amazing and wonderful things in and through us, because You are who you say You are. And we will be wise as serpents, yet gentle as doves, to keep our eyes open to the reality that the serpent wants to sneak back in and cause more havoc. We will be armed, & ready to do battle. In Jesus name, AMEN!