Those Fancy Fig Leaves

The “Smarter Than You” Spirit
I’m one of those fortunate/unfortunate people who had the privilege/horror of attending graduate school as a brand-new, spirit-filled (in the traditional sense that I experienced an encounter with the Holy Spirit subsequent to my born-again experience and emerged speaking in tongues) Christian.

Shortly thereafter I was accepted into a graduate-level program at a university. Little did I know that the campus was saturated in the “Smarter Than You” spirit. Or perhaps you know it as the dog-eat-dog spirit which can manifest in environments other than academia, but academia was the place I first recognized it.

Because I was very vocal about my beautiful God and completely lacking in wisdom, my classmates and some of my instructors made me a target to mock.

But the very thing they mocked turned into my shield because I didn’t care one bit if someone was smarter than me. I just wanted everyone—and I mean everyone—to know about my wonderful Jesus.

From this seat in heavenly places I was able to observe how desperately, and often viciously, the campus population competed for the prize of being the smartest. Now, the competition I watched was mostly confined to faculty and graduate students. The staff were viewed as peasants and, thus beneath notice, while the administrators were powerful but considered unimportant.

What did I learn? That the ones so desperately competing were deeply insecure about their value; that they were terrified of appearing stupid; that they were willing to do “whatever it takes” to hide their vulnerability even if it meant partnering with a predator spirit that devoured anyone deemed weak.

Did you know that we inherit fallen behaviors from our ancient parents Adam and Eve? This means that blame shifting comes easily to us. Another automatic fallen behavior is hiding our true selves because we believe that we are shamefully naked and unacceptable.

What that boils down to is this: All the competing and showing off, all the despising another person and thinking ourselves better, smarter, richer and prettier equals fig leaves. My fellow grad students and the faculty were competing over who wore the fanciest fig leaves. Pretty dumb, huh?

Disclaimer: Not everyone competed. Some fought against it and were very kind. But I think everyone was affected by it. Those who were basically secure often felt despised by their peers. Others felt compelled to prove their worth.

Here are some clues that you are discerning the presence of that dog-eat-dog “Smarter Than You” predator spirit.

Do you feel compelled to prove to others that you are smart? Really, really smart?
Do you feel compelled to make others feel stupid?
Do you feel stupid and insecure around certain people, but otherwise feel ok?
Do you feel haunted by feelings of insecurity in certain environments?
Have you fallen into the habit of measuring your worth against the accomplishments of others?

I don’t have a solution for this problem other than this. Bring it before the Lord.

If you are keeping yourself safe by being smart and smarter than everyone else, for goodness sake repent! And ask the Lord to heal your broken heart and to heal the people that you have hurt.

If you are simply discerning this kind of spirit and not in agreement with it, you will feel bad about yourself as if you just don’t measure up. Of course, you may have unresolved hurts in your heart, but those hurts are amplified by this kind of spirit. The problem is a predator spirit—not you.

Ask the Lord how to pray. Ask him to reveal any unresolved hurts that need his touch. And ask for the courage and wisdom to be who you really are without getting caught up in the competition over whose fig leaves are the most dazzling.

These are the only words Jesus used to described his nature (that I have found).
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

Be gentle and humble in heart. Hugs!

Susan
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Spells, Curses and Bitter Words

I have been struggling with chronic headaches and achy sinuses (that hadn’t become bad enough to seek medical help but wouldn’t go away) for a while now. Yes. I have tried the home remedies. No. They haven’t helped. I have felt tired but restless. Guilty about not being productive, but too heavy and fuzzy to be productive.

“So what,” I asked the Lord, “is going on?”
His answer came when I was sleeping: Witchcraft.

A lot has been taught on the subject of witchcraft, some of which has dumbed it down in my opinion. I don’t think Christians praying controlling prayers is witchcraft in its true sense. I think that is the behavior of unbelieving believers, often well-meaning, who struggle with doubt and fear.

I’m talking about intentional witchcraft that involves casting spells and curses with the intent to do harm. Witches, warlocks, Satanists and Luciferians (and only God knows what other groups) actively view Christians as their enemies. As a prayer minister, I have had two Satanic cult members sent to me at different times in the guise of needy people seeking prayer ministry. When the Lord uncovered their true motive, they abruptly stopped their sessions. Which was very sad since both of them appeared to have been groomed from childhood to be tools in the hands of people truly given over to evil.

My point is this: They were sent to destroy my ministry if possible.

Spells, curses and even bitter words are being sent against God’s people—especially the intercessors, ministers and those deeply committed to the Lord—to discourage them, to make it too hard to pray, too hard to continue the good fight of faith.

Evil spirits have no authority, having been stripped by Jesus (Colossians 2:5). So one way they attack is by attaching to the words humans speak, claiming that because a human wants to hurt you that commissions them to carry out the human’s wishes.

But the truth is this: That another human wants to harm you does NOT give demons a legal right to attack you. (I question any legal right claimed by the devil since he is a criminal himself.) We, as the children of God, are not subject to demons or to people who partner with demons. Look at Luke 10:17-19.

The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”

Demons are subject to us. Even if a human being orders an evil spirit to harm you, you are not subject to that. Now, there is nothing we can do about a person choosing to use their free will to hate, criticize, judge and curse. But we can stop the demons from piggy backing on it. Persons who hate without demons attached are annoying but generally harmless.

Now there are levels of cursing, ranging from the bitter words of grumbling, disgruntle people to systemic and ritualized cursing and spell casting. Both are handled the same way.

(You might want to print this out for future reference. Also, please share it with your friends).

First: Tell any and all demons partnering with any human words spoken against you, your family, your prayers, your ministry or anything that your life touches that they are not allowed to attack. In other words, tell them no.
Like this: “Demons. You will not use the words of humans to hurt me or anything my life touches. In the name of Jesus, I forbid it.”

Second: Once you have forbidden the attacks, sever the partnership between human and demonic.
Like this: “I forbid any demon from partnering with any human to harm me or anything my life touches.”

Third: Commission your angels to go forth and destroy all such partnerships.
Like this: “Angels. I commission you to destroy all human and demonic partnerships that have formed in order to harm me or anything my life touches. I send you forth in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Fourth: Break assignments.
Like this: “I break all demonic assignments against me and anything my life touches in the name of Jesus. I reassign all demons to the feet of Jesus. Angels, take them there now.”

Fifth: Send the curses to the cross.
Like this: “I send all curses to the cross of Christ to be destroyed.”

Last: Clean up.
Like this: “Lord, please cleanse me and mine from all demonic defilement and remove any demonic devices that have been placed on us. I ask in the mighty name of Lord Jesus.”

I think that covers it. Demons do just as much as we allow. And sadly, we allow too much.

Oh! My headaches are gone. My sinuses are better. And you can see that I am able to be productive again.

Many blessings to you! And I exhort you to be joyful! The devil hates joy 🙂

Susan
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It is NOT too late. Honest.

Here is a shift in perspective for you. A shift that powers down a particular attack of the evil one. First, how many of you have had distressing thoughts about time running out? How many of you have agonized over the thought that you are too old and its too late in life for you to be useful in the kingdom of God? How many of you are sad because you desperately wish that the truth you understand now is something you had understood back then (when you were younger)?You can put your hands down.

Here is what the enemy is up to. He is pressing your buttons in order to get a painful emotional response from you: disappointment, regret, anger, self-hatred, shame and so on. Why does he bother pushing your buttons? He wants to suck down the life energy that flows from your heart when you are miserable (Proverbs 4:23).This “energy”—for lack of a less New Agey word—has been measured by scientists who call themselves neurocardiologists. Neurocardiologists call this negative energy emitted by the heart when a person feels upset a discordant heart sine. Let me suggest that this energy is what the adversary is seeking to devour. Consider that he is cut off from the life of God and stripped of all power. From where does he get life and power?

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

These same neurocardiologists call the harmonious heart beat that results when a person is at peace or grateful or in awe of something amazing and beautiful a coherent heart sine.

I have set the Lord continually before me … Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices. Psalm 16:8-9

Let me suggest that the evil one is NOT able to prey upon the positive energy produced by a heart at peace. What does this have to do with the painful belief that the time you have left on earth is too little and too late? Let me answer that question.

Such thoughts about the meaning and purpose of your life being over are not God’s thoughts. They are a ruse by the devil to produce in you the distressing emotions that result in negative energy.

This prophecy came forth in Little Church a few meetings back. The one prophesying saw an old car on the side of the road and buried in weeds. From the look of things, this car was never going to be useful again, but then the motor roared to life (after a few cranks of the key) and a tow truck with a huge hook arrived and pulled that old car back onto the road. Here is the gist of the words prophesized:

You thought it was over. That you have been sidelined because you are old and useless, but that is not true. This car may be an Old-s-mobile, that was abandoned on the side of the road, but now it is a priceless antique, a showpiece, restored and ready to go.Don’t be fooled by that roaring lion. God knew from the beginning the course of your life. If you have a day left on this earth, rejoice and follow the Lord. If you have 60 years left, rejoice and follow the Lord. Don’t let time sit on the throne of your life.

Let’s pray: 
Father, God, Creator of heaven and earth and time. Forgive me for listening to the lies of the devil. He tricked me into focusing on time instead of You. Whatever time on earth I have left Lord, doesn’t matter. Help me follow You. In the beautiful and majestic name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray.

(To learn more about Neurocardiology and the research that supports their findings, go to https://www.heartmath.org/research/science-of-the-heart/details/).

Hugs and blessings, 
Susan
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