Living so close to the Las Vegas Strip, we’ve noticed that when certain conventions or events come to town, they can have a bad influence on the spiritual atmosphere and it starts to affect us. When lots of people come together to participate in something that’s contrary to God’s Word, their demons get stirred up and they like to extend their influence into the community at large. This isn’t unique to Las Vegas. I’m sure if you think about it, you’ve seen it in your own cities, towns and villages as well.
But the Lord has given us some revelation on how to contain and confine the devil spirits and prevent them from affecting us.
Sometimes we take things too personally. Often when we feel bad, it’s not even us; it’s demons in the atmosphere pushing at us. I don’t know what was here this weekend, but yesterday was so agitated outside, it was dangerous and this morning was particularly heavy, really oppressive. I didn’t feel like doing my hair, didn’t feel like writing and my brain was foggy. It just wasn’t like me. But I’ve felt this so often before on a Saturday or Sunday morning, I finally realized it isn’t me. It’s a group of demons come to town.
The Lord gave me revelation on this by reminding me of Nimrod. In Genesis 10:9 we learn that King Nimrod was “the mighty hunter before the Lord.” When it says “before the Lord,” it means he was in His face, against the true God. Nimrod got the people together and “they said, ‘Let us build a city and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make a name [for ourselves]’” (Gen. 11:4).
“And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. And the Lord said, ‘Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech’” (Gen. 11:5-7). When the people were together, they were united in the words they spoke. It’s like when you agree with someone and you say, “You’re speaking my language.”
The awesome thing here is that when the Lord God confounded their literal language, they couldn’t communicate with each other. When people can’t communicate, especially when it comes to getting a project done, they can’t agree and that brings envy and strife. James 3:6 says, “Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”
So the Lord showed me that we could pray for this to happen with whatever demons had come to town. I prayed that God’s strong angels would surround them and that the agitation, the envy, the strife and the confusion would happen within the confines of the convention or event and that it would not penetrate the angelic walls put up by the Lord to surround them keep them in one place. It’s like putting those devil spirits in detention, so they couldn’t get to us anymore.
Within minutes of praying this, my mind was totally clear and I had plenty of energy to get going on the day. The difference is astonishing and it works every time. It will work for you too.
Another Biblical example of this is found in Second Chronicles 20. It’s the story of Jehoshaphat and his people. Three different nations came together for a type of convention or event in the wilderness of Tekoa: It was called war! They all got together to take what Jehoshaphat had. But Jehoshaphat and his people prayed and “when they began to sing and to praise [for the victory they anticipated], the Lord set ambushments.”
“For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them; and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another” (2 Chron. 20:22-23).
When Jehoshaphat and the people came to see what was going on, “behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped” (v. 24).
That’s the thing about some demons, they are so stupid, they start to fight and kill each other!
So if you sometimes feel the pressure or heaviness of the spiritual atmosphere, or you sense a strong agitation, don’t automatically think it’s something wrong with you. Ask the Lord what’s going on. It could very well be that there is some kind of gathering near you that you can spiritually confine and keep at bay.
Though we would love to deliver everyone from the demons that manipulate them, it’s not always possible. But it is possible to detain the demons, confine them to a certain areas and prevent them from affecting us. Through Jesus Christ we have the authority and ability.
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