Have you ever noticed after a person enters or leaves a room how the atmosphere changes? Sometimes a person can walk in the room and light it up with joy even if they never speak a word, something about them draws them to you. Other times a person can walk in the room and drain the atmosphere of all peace! Stirring up anxiety and other emotions that weren’t there before that person arrived.
Just as ticks and fleas piggyback into our homes via our animals, so can demonic spirits be carried into an environment via a person who is oppressed by them. Sometimes the residual energy left behind after a person leaves, is so heavy it takes some intense warfare to get the atmosphere clear again. For example, when working with some people in deliverance, they may come into our office with demonic spirits oppressing them. Sometimes these spirits attempt to bring an assignment against us, the ministers. Some spirits are like spiritual snakes that slither their way into a place and deposit their eggs, hoping they won’t be noticed until they are able to hatch and bring forth the assignment.
We have had some spiritual snakes trying to find their way into our lives and ministry as of late. For a couple of days, I felt like I was being squeezed around my rib-cage and I had a hard time breathing. After considering any issues in the natural, I asked the Lord to show me what was happening. I saw a huge snake wrapped around me with its jaws open to bite, but it wasn’t able. This was in the spiritual of course, and after discerning this my husband and I were able to pray and get breakthrough, but it took some time. I then saw spiritually, small white egg-like things in one of our office chairs and heard “demonic eggs.” I believe the Holy Spirit was revealing to us that spiritual snake eggs were deposited into our office in hopes of releasing whatever assignment was attached to it. Thankfully, we prayed and took our authority over the demonic realm, thereby exposing these assignments. It took a couple of days to get rid of these pests completely, but we continued to wage war until we saw the break. It is worth mentioning that we were scheduled to start our spiritual warfare training classes that same day.
To confirm that we were accurately discerning, one of our elders texted me and said he had a dream about variously sized snakes, and on my way to the training class I opened up my email, and there was an article titled, “Fight the Snakes That Are Coming Against You.” I was convinced that these three things in one day were not a coincidence.
However, I was a bit concerned that the snake I saw was an anaconda because they are the biggest snake in the world which told me something very powerful was trying to infiltrate the ranks of our ministry, marriage, and lives. I did some research on this type of snake and found that their eggs stay in the mother until they hatch, then the snake gives birth to live babies. Only 30% of snakes deliver live babies; the other 70% lay eggs. If we allow something to remain in our lives for long enough its eggs will be hidden until they hatch, inside the womb or out doesn’t matter for demonic spirits; they just want to remain hidden.
The good news is that the Bible tells us that everything will be revealed eventually. For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor [anything] hidden that will not be known and come to light. - Luke 8:17 NKJV and For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. - Mar 4:22 NIV
Praise God when we call to Him we are promised He will answer us. Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jer 33:3 NIV These unsearchable things are mysteries and secrets that we can only know by calling out to the Father and searching for answers. There are mysteries that only God is in the knowledge of. He promises that if we earnestly seek Him in faith with the belief that He exists He will reward us (Heb 11:6). The ability to discern spirits is a gift from the Holy Spirit, and He distributes as He wills according to 1 Corinthians 12. There are spirits in the atmosphere that only discerning people can fully see and understand. Everyone can experience atmospheric change, but only those who seek God and ask Holy Spirit to gift them to discern will know what is in the spirit realm and how to handle such things.
Sadly, most Christians are uninformed about the spiritual realm and unaware of their spiritual authority. Along with this lack of knowledge and according to a Barna Research study released in March 2018, 51% of Christians do not know about what is commonly referred to as the “Great Commission.” Twenty-five percent of the people that do recall hearing something about this phrase say they can’t remember what it is. The “Great Commission” as it is often referred to is every believer’s assignment, and yet we see half those attending church aren’t aware of this phrase or the scriptures.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, [even] to the end of the age. Amen. - Mat 28:18-20
If you are one of the 51% who does not know about the charge you are commissioned with by Jesus Christ, let this article enlighten you and give you understanding so you can “go.” Also, important to know that as you go, you are not without the proper authority and power to do so.
I’m only tapping into this subject with the following scriptures. I encourage you to dig deeper into these and other supporting scriptures on the topic of power and authority.
You Have Been Commissioned – Go therefore and make disciples, teach them to obey Jesus, Matthew 28:19.
You Have Authority – 1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. - Luke 9:1-2 NKJV
1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, "The harvest truly [is] great, but the laborers [are] few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. - Luke 10:1-2 NKJV
You Have Been Anointed – "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." - Act 1:8 NKJV
You Have Been Chosen – But you [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; - 1Pe 2:9 NKJV
You are Called to Take Dominion, Rule, Reign – 3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? 4 If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? 5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? - 1Co 6:3-5
Don’t allow the spiritual snakes to plant eggs in your life that will hatch and bring about destruction upon the plans and purposes of God for your life. Learn your authority, ask Holy Spirit to gift you with vision in the spiritual realm and ask God for wisdom on how to navigate in the things revealed to you.
"Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons.
Freely you have received, freely give.” - Mat 10:8
Father God, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to guide, teach, and comfort us. I am so grateful for the life of Jesus Christ given to us for salvation, but also for the authority and power we now have over all demonic spirits. Help me to destroy the spiritual eggs assigned to my life, help me see them and understand how not to allow them to hatch. I ask for discerning of spirits so that I can see the enemies’ tactics and not be fooled by his schemes. I believe I have been called, anointed, chosen, and appointed for a time such as this and I’m ready to put the battle gear and armor on and go to war against the spiritual snakes invading my life, my church, my family, job, marriage, and attacking my children! Teach me O God! In Jesus name, Amen