Resisting the Enemy
Demonic Oppression and Possession:
“Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw (Matthew 12:22, NAS).”
“As they were going out, a mute, demon-possessed man was brought to Him. After the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel (Matthew 9:32-33, NAS).”
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world (I Peter 5:8-9, NAS).”
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:11, NAS).”
“For forty days, being tempted by the devil…(Luke 4:2, NAS).”
1: to have and hold as property: own
2: to have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill
3: to seize and take control of: take into one’s possession
4: to enter into and control firmly: dominate <was possessed by demons>
5: to bring or cause to fall under the influence, domination, or control of some emotional or intellectual response or reaction <melancholy possesses her>
1: archaic: suppress
2: to crush or burden by abuse of power or authority
3. to burden spiritually or mentally: weigh heavily upon
Sometimes (not always) the cause of our black holes is demonic and we need to understand how to recognize when this is happening. Without question, when we read the Scriptures we cannot exclude demonic possession and oppression, but we need to understand the difference between the two.
A born-again believer can be possessed, contrary to popular belief. This can happen from blatant sin or even veiled sin, but it cannot happen to one who is walking according to the Spirit in obedience to His commands. Possession can occur when a child of God dabbles or delves deeply into any form of witchcraft such as Ouija boards, tarot cards, psychic readings, horoscopes, séances, or things of the like. Possession in reference to demons is where a person (saved or unsaved) is controlled by a demon and they need to be delivered from such possession. Possession always comes from sin.
On the other hand, oppression is where a demon is harassing a person but is not controlling them from the inside. In like fashion, the demons can be bound away in the name of Jesus if the person surrenders in obedience to the Lord. Oppression can come from outside sources such as someone speaking witchcraft over you, generational oppressive spirits, speaking negativity into your own life (life and death are in the power of the tongue), blatant or veiled disobedience, and so on; oppression can come from personal sin or the sin of others set against you. Again, He sent His evil spirit to King Saul who was in disobedience; it overtook him only because he was not consecrated unto the Lord.
The best way to come against such oppression or possession is to pray for God’s guidance into obedience and command the spirits to be loosed from their assignment over you in the name of Jesus and then release Holy Spirit as the only spirit active as your life. With possession, often there needs to be deliverance intercessors but with oppression it isn’t as difficult to be released. The bottom line, plainly speaking, is it’s the name of Jesus and surrendered obedience to His commands that release one from possession and oppression.
If the cause of your troubles is oppression or possession, either way, the effects upon your life are detrimental until Christ is released so as to have full governing access to you. God created and owns every demonic spirit; therefore, God through His Son is the only solution. He has given power and dominion to the body of Christ over all demonic spirits. Obedience and surrender to the Great I AM will usher such power to you hence causing the proper effect. Never forget, every problem has a resolution available through Christ.
Isaiah 45:5-7: “I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, the One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these.”
I say again, there is nothing done in Heaven or Earth which is not formed by God. When the demons move in the Earth, they cannot do so outside of the authority of Jesus. When people ask, “Do you think your issues are because Satan is attacking you,” I can’t help but respond, “No.” In no way is it my intention to imply Satan and his demons do not attack, but the greater fact lies in knowing that, when they do, God had to allow it with limitations.
In this understanding, I always go to God and seek His face so as to discover the purpose for the attack. I always seek to know how I can grow in Christ be it deeper levels of humility, exposing and repenting of hidden sin within me, to sharpen my weapons of warfare of faith, to learn patience and endurance, to grow in faith and trust in the Lord more strongly, and most assuredly, to know God is God and, above all else, I will grow in leaning not upon my own understanding, but His. Nothing is for nothing and everything is for something.
In every black hole experience, our purpose must be to seek God, allow Him to reveal what is happening and why, and respond to it accordingly. We are never to place a generic sticker of “it’s always…” assuming every trial is stemming from the same purpose. It isn’t always sin, it isn’t always we’re in right standing, it isn’t always a generational curse, it isn’t always an evil spirit, but it is most assuredly always God at the helm testing us so as to cause us to be strengthened in any area we are weak.
For those who think everything should just be quickly resolved at the binding of spirits and loosening of Holy Spirit into their dilemma is grossly misusing Matthew 18:18 and 16:19. That processing style leaves people feeling completely condemned, shamed and confused when things don’t quickly go away at the binding of demons and release of Holy Spirit. This is why it is absolutely imperative to seek God to know with what you are dealing and how to handle it spiritually and physically.
No matter what issue we may have (spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, or financial), it is of the utmost importance to know God’s ultimate desire is for His glory to be made known so lives will be transformed into His image. Never give way to the voices surrounding you as there will always be someone to veer you away from what God is doing. Don’t allow the ridicule of naysayers convince you your problem is this or that because your reaction will be emotionally charged instead of from the Spirit. What they assume is causing your dilemma may be far from the truth and will alter the proper effect. Sound, godly advice is one thing; ridicule and condemnation are another altogether.
Author Alexys V. Wolf
Navigating the Fiery Black Holes of Life, chp 2
Chapter Three: Cause and Effect, Part I
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned (Romans 5:12, NAS).”
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you will go, and dust you will eat all the days of your life; and I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you will bring forth children; yet your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you will eat the plants of the field; by the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
Genesis 3:13-19 (NAS)
For every action, there is a reaction; for every cause, there is effect. This applies to both the physical and the spiritual and it’s up to us to seek the Creator so as to understand what action occurred which caused the reaction we’re experiencing. The action can be from us, from Satan, from others or from God directly. Ultimately, it all is grounded in God, but we need to know God’s purpose in each individual situation so as to be properly equipped to respond.
For example, the original sin of pride (action) exerted first by Lucifer and then man, caused a curse (reaction) to come upon all mankind. Notice the last line of Genesis 13:19 above. It states as a promise and guarantee, “for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We read in the New Testament where Christ eradicated the curse of death as Jesus became a curse for us. We see this in Romans 5:20-21 where it is plainly stated, “The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Christ died (God’s action) so mankind can experience salvation from hell and this perverse generation as well as have eternal life (reaction). Cause and effect; you can’t have one without the other.
So many teach that all illnesses should go away at the name of Jesus and that, if it does not, the person who is ill must be in sin. As someone who has had an enormous amount of sickness in my life, I can attest to the fact some have been demonic, some from my own personal sin, some from generational patterns, and some simply to serve as a thorn in my side. My daughter, since the age of five, has experienced copious amounts of illness in her body, yet there was no sin.
I have had prayer intercessors anoint us with oil and pray over our bodies while they would plead the blood of Jesus. I have repented of any sin in my life and declared the perfect health of Jesus over us both. I have individually and in prayer intercessory groups bound every demonic spirit known to man and released Holy Spirit to be the only spirit active as our life breath. I have broken every generational curse by the blood of Jesus and released the holy blood line of Jesus to us. I constantly speak words of life and not death over myself, my household and this ministry. I rebuke the devil and his legion of demons on a regular basis.
Nevertheless, with all the spiritual and physical actions I have taken according to the Word of God, some of the illnesses in our physical bodies remain; yet I am a firm believer of supernatural healing. I walk in faith believing the Lord can at any moment remove all sickness from our midst. God is my life and my only true source of healing which brings me to this book and the reason for publishing it for the public. As a result, the reaction to my actions, I stand more firmly in faith than ever before. Having done all, I stand. There’s no room for a reaction of, “doesn’t God love me?” or “maybe I’m not good enough for God to heal” or “maybe God is punishing me for past sins” or anything of the kind. My only reaction can be to stand unrelentingly, unflinchingly in the truth of God’s promises.
Navigating the Fiery Black Holes of Life, chp 3, part 1
Alexys V. Wolf, author
To Order: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1511891378
Yes and Amen!
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. (II Corinthians 1:20, NKJV).”
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace (James 3:17-18, NAS).”
Though we are pressed on every side, though we experience sorrows and disappointments of various kinds, we will not be distressed because we know we are one with a God who will not be mocked. God’s wisdom as stated in James 3 allows us to remain at peace in the innermost part of our being. I heard such peace likened unto a deep well. The various storms such as hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, and blizzards will cause ripples, even waves, at the top of the well’s water, but in it’s deepest part, its core, it knows nothing of the storm.
The heart of the well is the same as our peace that passes all understanding. Though the storms of life cause topical tossing and turning, turbulence and wounds, our spirit, our inner man, remains undisturbed. Knowing the nature of our amazing God and walking in His wisdom allows such untouchable peace.
From the beginning, God strategically planned every move He made from materializing the physical from the spiritual, creating Lucifer knowing he would defect, creating Adam and Eve knowing they would fall prey to temptation, all the way to your present situation and beyond. He knows who will die young, who will faithfully remain in the Vine, who will fall away like an exposed seed in the hot sun, and who will flourish in the Earth expanding the Kingdom of God through faith and obedience.
God’s strategy is for you to know His plans through knowing His heart for (the opposite of against) you. You may not always know specifically what He’s doing, but you can trust that, whatever it is, no matter how difficult the situation, He is for you, always and forever. Operating in God’s wisdom will always conquer fiery black hole experiences no matter the external damage they may inflict. Stand in the promises in the evil day and, having done all, stand (Ephesians 6:13). This is core (Spirit to spirit) instruction. God’s heavenly wisdom is a crucial element in the armor of God. His promises are YES and AMEN!
Navigating the Fiery Black Holes of Life, chp 2, part 3
to be released fall of 2016
Alexys V. Wolf, author
All Things are Finished:
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished” and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost (John 19:30, NAS).”
“…His works were finished from the foundation of the world (Hebrews 4:3, NAS).”
Since all things were in fact finished before the foundation of the world, we too must see everything as does He. Our future is already our past, at least from God’s perspective. What is to be has already been. This is how God sees the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10); He literally sees the end of it before it has begun. Every trial, every heartache; every victory, every triumph – it is all finished. Our purpose is to call the things that are not as though they already are as did Abraham (Romans 4:17) and we do this by walking as one in love with Yeshua and, in such love, walk in total surrendered obedience.
This doesn’t mean we are oblivious to the things we see in the natural but we are to see that and beyond into the spirit realm according to God’s great and powerful promises. Abraham said that he recognized his natural body was as good as dead, but then he went further by accounting the promise that God made: that he would be the father of many nations, as many as the grains of sand. Yes, his body was physically too old to conceive, but because of what God had declared, he kept the faith that the promise would indeed manifest. Awesome! Seeing as does God, we will cease giving the enemy, no matter how strategic, any credit for his attacks because we will know that only God can give permission and therefore God is the one creating everything (darkness and calamity, Isaiah 45:7).
Knowing that God is strategic and so must we be, we can be so only through becoming one with His Spirit and operating in His wisdom from Heaven. In any given crisis, though we feel pain and agony of many shades, we can’t ignore what we see in the natural. But then it is imperative to go beyond that into the spirit realm recognizing the supernatural hand of God. When we know the strategies of God, we will confidently know:
- God defeated Satan before he was created so our foe is a dead thing
- We have defeated Satan through replacing our life with the life of Christ
- We who walk in accordance to the righteousness and promises of God (not whatever we want) have the power and authority to call the things that are not as though they already were just as did Abraham
- We can utilize the proper tools to be victorious in any and every black hole experience that comes our way.
- Because of God’s completed work before the foundation of the Earth, we realize that we are fighting from victory, not for victory
Navigating the Black Holes of Life, chapter 2, part 2
Alexys V. Wolf
Release date, Fall 2016
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation (I Peter 4:12-13, NAS).”
Satan, Divisive and United:
Definition of Divisive: tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people
Definition of United: joined together for a common purpose; mutual action
We have a very strategic foe, Satan, and his sole mission is to destroy mankind. This is his mission because God, through Jesus, removed Lucifer’s authority in the Earth and gave it to mankind. God loves us; therefore, Satan hates us as he always despises that which God loves. He hates us, not because we love God, but because God loves us. Furthermore mankind, unlike Lucifer, was created in God’s image.
Never forget the cunningness of Satan. Just look at the division and derision within the body of Christ with his divisiveness permeating through the spirit realm. He isn’t stupid and neither is he unaware of the natural or the supernatural. He was first in command next to God which means he was “in the know.” He is fully versed in the written Word because he stood by God Himself and in fact, he is bar none, the greatest theologian because of such closeness with the Almighty.
We read in Ezekiel 28 that he was seated on the high mountain of God, he was in the Garden of Eden prior to Adam and Eve and he was full of wisdom. Wisdom does not elude the devil (corrupt though his wisdom may be) but indeed, he uses that wisdom against the foolishness of unsuspecting people. He destroys us because we are ignorant and vastly foolish. Most get a sliver of God and think they know how to overcome in this world with that tiny fragment of God’s Word. Our ignorance and, dare I say laziness, is our downfall.
This isn’t to insult anyone but to state as simply as possible what should be obvious to us all. Hosea 4:6 is well known as it states that God’s people perish for ignorance (lack of knowledge) and it is so because we have rejected (ignored, forsaken, forgotten, neglected) the law (will) of God. The majority aren’t clueless on purpose, but it’s because we haven’t been properly taught how to walk in His provision, Word or love. In our ignorance, Satan has a foothold into our lives even though we have, through Christ, been rescued from such a perverse generation. Once we recognize our error, we can correct our destruction and become the overcomers Christ has accommodated us to be.
Matthew 10:16 clearly instructs, “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Why does God instruct us in such a way? Serpents, or in other words, the serpent, Lucifer, has so much wisdom that if we don’t tap the wisdom from above on purpose, we are all as lambs who will be led into anything and everything. We must receive God’s wisdom through His Spirit which requires intimacy with Him day in and day out – no breaks in communion.
When we are praying without ceasing (constant communication with God), we are able to have His mind, wisdom, knowledge, and discernment downloaded into us without measure. In this, as we are led by such Spirit who is all wisdom and the epitome of innocence, we will by default become “wise as a serpent, innocent as doves.” It will no longer be something we must muster from within ourselves, but something that happens in and through us supernaturally by allowing Christ’s life to become our own. Yes, Satan is strategic, but he learned from the Master of strategy!
Never neglect the fact that Satan’s kingdom is undivided, a crucial element in success or defeat. Luke 11:18 makes this obvious when Jesus says, “If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.” The reason God’s people are falling prey to Satan’s tactics is because we, God’s Kingdom, are not united. Never do we read where Satan’s demons fight one another. They have a common goal and a common enemy and they’ll purpose to remain united until they see such victory.
When God’s body finally gets wise to the magnitude of the power of unity, we’ll begin to see a paradigm shift. Until then, we’ll coninue down the path of defeat. If our enemy is strategic, so must we be and more so. The only way to become more strategic than our enemy is through the God of Heaven and Earth who has created all things, planned all things, knows all things, provided all things, finished all things.
Navigating the Black Holes of Life, chapter 2, part 1
To be released Fall 2016
Alexys V. Wolf
“In their affliction, they will earnestly seek Me (Hosea 5:15, NAS).”
Myles Munroe once said, “The religious are cowards because they want everything perfect all the time, but those who are Kingdom-minded aren’t afraid of anything!” That struck me to the core because truer words have scarcely been uttered. If you’re a faithful churchgoer yet you remain bound in fear under the pressure of hardships, you have yet to transition from being religious to Spirit-led. Spirit-driven people experience pockets of fear, absolutely, but knowing the secret of overcoming it (walking in faith) is key. Overcomers praise instead of murmur and give thanks for the trials because they know in their inner-most being that God has already resolved the issue and that it will work for good because they love Him.
The Bible expressly states Christ came to abolish religion; therefore we, Christ followers, are not to be religious but Kingdom. In other words, instead of trying with futility to do all the right things all the time so that everything will go our way all the time, rest. Well-meaning religions folks are exhausted, but when we abandon religious traditions made by man so as to control people, we can finally be free. We are then free to understand that we’re living in a condemned world that has zero to offer God’s people; free to endure tumultuous situations without shame and free to praise God in faith through every burden of life. Freedom means we have great expectation that He will be glorified, He has already delivered us from evil, and that His promises will prove themselves fulfilled as the end result.
Only Kingdom-minded people can suffer intense agony and come out better on the other side free from bitterness and anger. Countless people throughout the ages have weathered immeasurable storms: Noah, Jonah, Job, Jael, the midwives who faced Pharaoh at Moses’ birth, Mary, Jesus’ mother, Mary Magdalene, David, Uriah, Paul, Peter, Daniel, and the list goes on and on. Once we begin to see through the looking glass of the King, we’ll see things vastly differently and, in this, we’ll approach them differently with great clarity and the calm of God Himself.
Instead of God’s people trying to make everything fit into a perfect little man-made idea concocted by Satan and exacerbated by religions of the world, let’s look at things with a fresh perspective – with the eye of the King. Let’s stop caving to fear and begin being so Kingdom-driven that we’re afraid of nothing, that we’re no longer intimidated by circumstances thrown our way and stop giving Satan any credit for our attacks. Let us begin again no matter how long we’ve practiced our religion that poses as something Christ-created. Come out from among them and the world’s system and be ye separated unto the King of kings!
Philippians 1:28 reads, “in no way alarmed by your opponents–which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.” Your “opponent” can be a person, place, thing, religion, situation, or anything that causes you fear and anxiety. This book is purposed to assist the body of Christ so as to become so powerful that they no longer give allowance to fear and begin to gird their loins and face every obstacle with confidence in the God who has made us (past-tense) overcomers through faith. We don’t need to become overcomers as religion would teach; conversely, through seeing everything as “already complete” we’ll become awakened so as to respond with the attitude of “I’m already an overcomer through Jesus Christ, our Lord, King and Savior!”
from my new book coming soon: Navigating the Black Holes of Life
Alexys V. Wolf
The Fiery Sword Global Ministries