Spiritual discernment is a must. Demons that are hard to see are masters in every form of deception. Apostle Paul mentions an experience with a demonic power that was a master in every form of deception. He was hard to see. You may come into contact with one too. This is one reason why you must sharpen your spiritual discernment. Apostolic and prophetic intercessors will face more of these evil spirits in the days ahead.
The greatest enemy of the apostolic is the religious spirit. The religious spirit is full of pride, arrogance, legalism, hypocrisy, self-righteousness, need to be in control of everything, and have a form of godliness but deny the power of God.
These religious spirits, demonic gatekeepers, are all over the world. Jesus said, “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in” (Matthew 23:13).
Religious form means these gatekeepers have some common characteristics or qualities. They can even put on a good show, but at the end of the day, polished showmanship is not the anointing that breaks the yoke and removes the burden. Paul wrote, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5).
It is well known that prophets come into contact often with Jezebel spirits, prophetic witchcraft, and python spirits. Jezebel spirits detest the voice of God. They will do everything possible to pervert, block, and even hijack prophetic circles, groups, churches, and networks. How many prophetic groups have been taken over by Jezebel spirits in the last few years?
Not every demonic power is easy to see. Apostle Paul and Barnabas were sent ones. This is one of the major signs of an apostle. When one is sent out of their local church, they enter the apostolic dimension. Many have heard the apostolic message of sent ones, spiritual fathers, sons and daughters (not sheep), all five ascension gifts, building, equipping disciples of Christ to invade, occupy, influence and take dominion. It is one thing, however, to sit in a church and be taught these things, it is another to be sent into the surrounding regions with an apostolic mandate. The apostolic anointing operates in the sent ones, not the seated ones.
When Paul and Barnabas were sent out of the Antioch church, they encountered a high-level demonic guard. We could say it was a territorial guard. There was a sorcerer named Elymas. Apparently, he was a chief political advisor to the local governor. This makes you wonder how many demonic advisors are in the public schools, financial institutions, state legislators, or Washington DC?
Sergius Paulus, the territorial proconsul for the Roman government, wanted to hear the Gospel from Paul and Barnabas, but Elymas continued to interfere. When Paul came into contact with this demon guard, his apostolic anointing kicked in. Here is the testimony.
"But Saul, who is also called Paul, filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit, looked steadily at [Elymas] And said, You master in every form of deception and recklessness, unscrupulousness, and wickedness, you son of the devil, you enemy of everything that is upright and good, will you never stop perverting and making crooked the straight paths of the Lord and plotting against His saving purposes? [Hos. 14:9.] And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind, [so blind that you will be] unable to see the sun for a time. Instantly there fell upon him a mist and a darkness, and he groped about seeking persons who would lead him by the hand." (Acts 13:9-11)
Again, notice this was a high-level territorial spirit. Apostle Paul said this spirit was "a master in every form of deception." The result of this demonic encounter was, “The proconsul believed (became a Christian) when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished and deeply touched at the teaching concerning the Lord and from Him” (Acts 13:12).
These demonic masters in every form of deception can only be discerned and overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit. You must be baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire (Luke 3:16).
When the Church stops drinking spiritual milk, starts eating meat and takes their Kingdom calling serious, then, and only then, can we turn our nation around. High-level demonic spirits have hijacked much in our country and go unchallenged. We can turn it around. Not by looking for political deliverance, but giving God’s Word first place in our lives and families. We must lift up Christ in our nation again. Spiritual discernment is a must. Let us go up at once!
Apostle Jonas Clark
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