Confronting Spiritual Opposition To The Message



Last week I shared a message which I had recently preached. When Moses was between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea, he cried out to God. Yet God told him to stretch out his rod, using his authority to split the sea! And when Jesus’ and his disciples crossed a stormy sea, Jesus expected them not to cry out to him to save them, but to calm the sea themselves! There are some things that we do petition God about, but when it comes to healing the sick and rebuking evil, we are to use our authority.

This message has so much potential to revolutionize the lives of Christians that Satan will do anything he can to oppose it. Today’s post is a continuation from last week. This is what happened one night after I finished preaching that message.

Dealing With Spiritual Opposition To The Message

I had three words of knowledge to share with this small group. The Lord showed me physical problems which people there had, which needed to be healed. For the first two, I knew who the individual was who had the problem. For the third one I saw a vision in my mind of intestinal polyps, but I wasn’t sure who it might be who had the issue.

As I was finishing, a man was already standing up front beside me to speak! He interrupted me before I could share the words of knowledge! It was as if everything I just said had gone in one ear and out the other. He started to go on and on about crying out to God to split the water when we are in front of a Red Sea. Then he began to pray, asking God to rebuke the devil!

You might think that what he did was incredibly rude. It was! But he didn’t intend to be rude by interrupting me. I don’t think he even realized that he was saying anything different than what I had just said. I believe that he actually thought he was agreeing with me!

I have experienced this repeatedly. It is the influence of a spirit that is opposed to God’s work and has a stronghold in a person’s mind. The person is unable to hear or understand what we are saying when we talk about the spirit of Christ dwelling in believers. They interrupt and begin to pray loudly, begging God to do something and going on and on so that nobody has a chance to rebuke the sickness or oppressing spirit.

Another time, recently, I had just shared some testimonies and begun to lay hands on people. Miracles were happening. A lady began to pray very loudly “God, we know that you can heal these people in your way and in your time…” She went on and on, praying as if Jesus had never come in the flesh, as if God was far from us and we couldn’t know his will! It was extremely disruptive. The time was now, and the people were being healed now!

People who do this in church settings are usually very nice and very devout. They are well-meaning, but there is a spirit influencing their minds. It speaks lies and will do anything to take all the attention and disrupt what the Holy Spirit is doing. I am certain that when people are so unaware of what they are doing and so unable to hear what we are saying, it is the influence of a spirit.

Be As Gracious As Possible, But Be Assertive!

If you are healing the sick, some of you may have similar experiences to what I have described. The person interrupting probably doesn’t even realize what they just did. Don’t take offense!

I have learned to be as gracious as I can but to be assertive. I encourage you to do the same. We feel afraid of interrupting or being rude ourselves.  But sometimes you have to interrupt, as graciously as you can! Once God gave a woman a dream telling her she needed to go talk to me. This was so that I could lead her into being born again. But when she came everyone else was talking so much and I didn’t share with her. I didn’t want to interrupt anyone. She left. However, I made a point of finding her again before I left that city, and she did give her life to the Lord!

In that meeting, I had to interrupt. I tried to do it in the best way possible. If I hadn’t, the man would have gone on and on until the meeting ended and everyone was leaving. I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to speak.

I shared the words of knowledge. I asked the first two people if they had pain in certain places. They did, and they were healed. The first one already had about half as much pain before I even prayed for her. The second was completely pain-free after hearing the word of knowledge, so she didn’t need more prayer. I also described my vision of intestinal polyps.

Guess who the third word of knowledge was for? It it was for the man who interrupted me! Of course, his condition was not immediately testable like the others were, but I believe that he was healed as well. And although he didn’t stop begging God to rebuke the devil, I believe that some of the other people there got it! There were excited and encouraged by the message.

Keep Swinging The Hammer!

I remember helping to build a hurricane shelter in Belize, in Central America. We were carving a place out of solid rock to build a septic tank. I was working with a pick and sledgehammer. It was tough work!

I could hit the rock a few times in the same place with the sledge, and it wouldn’t break much visibly. But the structure was being weakened with each blow. After a few blows, the whole area I was hitting would start to crumble.

Jeremiah 23:29 (NRSV) Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

Remember that God’s word is like a hammer that breaks up the rock. Keep swinging the hammer. Keep speaking God’s word. Keep loving people, even when they interrupt you. Don’t be discouraged when it seems like what you say goes in one ear and out the other at first. Don’t stop because it looks like nothing has cracked yet. It can take some perseverance to begin to change religious mindsets that have become deeply ingrained in people’s thinking.

I felt the same frustration when I lived in the US. The Lord helped me to be assertive, yet gracious, in the spirit of love. With perseverance, I saw many people begin to “get it”. I saw Christians begin to break out of mindsets that hinder the church from partnering with the Holy Spirit. I saw others begin to do wonders in Jesus’ name. Now I’m in Brazil. I expect the same.

Next week, I will share more stories of overcoming spiritual opposition. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss anything!

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7 comments on “Confronting Spiritual Opposition To The Message
  1. Jerry says:

    “Not hearing what was being said…”
    Sounds just like what happened with King Saul when he received his instructions from the prophet Samuel. Samuel said one thing but King Saul heard something else. When you compare King Saul’s version of what Samuel said, it is different and King Saul was absolutely certain he heard correctly and did ‘exactly’ what Samuel said.

    What is very interesting about this whole story is the imagery and the types and shadows revealing the source of this ‘distortion’. The story is in 1 Samuel 15. The king of the Amalekites is called “Agag” which means “I will overtop”. The Amalekites represent the works of the flesh as their name means “dweller in the vale; valley dweller; warlike”. In Exodus 17, these same warlike people attacked Israel from the rear and Moses picked Joshua to choose men to go out and fight against them. When the rod of God’s authority was being held above Moses’ head (representing man’s authority), the battle went in favor of the ‘flesh’ (Amalekites). When the battles was finally over with Joshua victorious, God told Moses that He will wipe even the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. This is that epic battle between the Spirit and the Flesh with the flesh marked for defeat and without any legacy of remembrance.

    So, King Saul was sent to destroy all that remained of the ‘flesh’, including the king of the flesh, “I will overtop” (Agag) which is exactly how you can summarize the will of man as “pride”. Yes, pride distorts the truth and fashions it out to benefit the flesh or, in this case, the ‘will of the flesh’ as ruled by the spirit of pride. Bind the spirit of pride and casting it out will defeat its influence and its ability to distort the truth. When true repentance comes from Godly sorrow, this twisting or perversion of the truth also goes with it. (Job 33:27) 27 Then he looks at men and says, ‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right, And it did not profit me.’

    This spirit of pride is still very prevalent in the church and strengthens the religious spirits also present. Remove that spirit of pride and the religious spirits will crumble as well.

    Perhaps the Spirit of the Lord will confirm this to you and show you how to implement in your meetings. I would certainly be interested in hearing more about this. I too have encountered this thing many times in the past and have sought the Lord how to deal with it and as you said, face to face, with much love and patience but in the battleground of spiritual warfare and prayer, I believe this thing can be defeated and removed.

    I would appreciate your thoughts on this. Thanks and blessings to you.

    • Jonathan says:

      Thanks for the comment Jerry. That was an interesting thought about Samuel and Saul. I always thought that Saul was lying when he said he did just what Samuel said. I never thought of the possibility that he actually did think he was doing exactly as Samuel said!

      Maybe we can meet on Skype soon. I’m available most of the time between 9 am and 5 pm EST.

  2. Brenda says:

    This is awesome! Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Jonathan says:

      I’m glad it was encouraging Brenda! God bless you, and may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)