Navigating In The Spirit

Demonic Territorial Oppression & Dominion

There is so much confusion and many questions in the spiritual world. Many people can’t see past their own natural eyesight when it comes to spiritual oppression.  What do we mean when we say spiritual oppression anyway?  Well for one, it means there is a force; a power that can control people including Christians.  What?  Wait a minute…you mean a christian can be controlled by demonic influences?  Yes we can and tragically, many are being controlled to the very moment I am typing these words.  A child of God cannot be possessed, but we can all be controlled; or oppressed by evil spirits.  Secondly, spiritual oppression a lot of times is territorial; meaning spiritual strongholds can grip cities, regions, and entire countries holding those under them in the same bondages.  Examples of these oppressions are things such as ideologies, idolatry teachings, sins that are popular in certain areas, etc.  Most of the mainstream Christian fellowships and assemblies will count articles such as these, as fanatic or extreme, but these things are true regardless of whether they are popularly accepted or not.  In a generation where the popular christian doctrines are accepted, they are also unbiblical and powerless.  We’ve got to get back to spirit-filled, spirit-led living, and spirit-led walking.  The only way we can do this is to be alive in the spirit!  Galatians 5:25,  1 Corinthians 2:14.

I wanted to share something very sobering that happened to me quite a few years ago that opened my eyes to very deep spiritual strongholds. I have discussed this subject of demonic territorial dominion with a lot of preachers and other Christians who are Spirit-filled, about different areas we live in and have been told by others that had said words to the effect that it was very dark up there where they live.  Before  I continue with this article, I would like to explain a few things.  At the top of every governing body, barring none, there is a spiritual attachment, whether good or bad.  There is no spiritually neutral ground.  Even your home.  It is either under the dominion of God; or of satan.  Egypt , who ruled the world at one time, was a hotbed of spiritual influence.  Ancient Babylon was the womb and mother of all harlots, the habitation of all demonic influence.  Babylon has enjoyed a wealth of world domination due to the attachment of demons who rule her cities.  Even in American cities like New Orleans, Las Vegas, New York City, etc., each of these cities, although hid from the spiritually lost, atheists, and unsaved, reside in an atmosphere that many of God’s people recognize as satanic spiritual strongholds.

Personal Testimonies

A few years ago, my mom and dad took a trip out west to see the typical western sites: the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Old Faithful, Redwood Forest etc. They went with another older couple who they were friends with.  The couple said they wanted to go see the lights of Las Vegas.  Mom and dad were not too thrilled but went along with their request.  My mom has always been close to the Lord.  She lived and continues to live a wonderful example how a christian should live.  She walks it everyday.  She told me no one had to tell her when they started getting close to the city.  She described it as depressing, evil, wicked feeling, etc.  She said the spiritual environment changed.  There was a spiritual change in the air.  She said it was like driving into a pit of demons.  She said the holy spirit was so grieving inside of her and she could not wait to get out of there.  I was amazed at the words she said because I was so young in the Lord at the time and had never, to my knowledge, experienced that.  But I believed her.

A few years later in 2004, I took a quick road trip up to Massachusetts from Tennessee. Something strange happened while I was on my way up.  I was totally fine in the spirit until I reached Harrisburg Pennsylvania.  When I got there and started heading up northeast bound on I-78 toward New York City, the atmosphere started changing.  I knew I was entering into a spiritual canopy where evil was brooding over the cities and regions.  When I finally got to Springfield Massachusetts, it was worse than ever.  I’m not sure if it was the fact that it had just been in it for enough time that it started wearing on me or if it was in fact a worse oppression.  Either way, I knew I had to get back home asap.  I stayed in a motel that night in Springfield and got up the next morning, got my business done and headed home.  Again, once I got to Harrisburg PA and started heading south from there, the atmosphere changed again.  I was so thankful to be out of that spiritual environment.  I was then reminded of what my mom had said to me.  Looking back on it many times since then, I have come to realize that I had travelled in and out of an area of demonic territorial domain.  Once the Holy Spirit had opened my eyes to this truth, I started questioning how the kingdom of darkness is able to accomplish this, and more importantly, how to conquer it.

I have noticed that certain communities even have different feels to them. Some are nothing more than religious strongholds.  Since then I have realized that we enter different spiritual environments all the time.  Some are community wide strongholds.  Some are neighborhood environments.  Some are single home spiritual atmospheres.  In Luke, we have an amazing revelation that Jesus shared His disciples.

{10:3} Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. {10:4} Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. {10:5} And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace [be] to this house. {10:6} And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. {10:7} And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. {10:8} And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: {10:9} And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. {10:10} But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, {10:11} Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. Luke 10:3-11

If you notice from this passage of scripture, Jesus gave His disciples (and us) insight into the spirit.  He revealed if the son of peace is there, then we would know it.  If the son of peace is not there, we would know that as well.  He said “first say, Peace be to this house.”  This is a spiritual declaration!  There is a knowledge of spiritual dominion in each and every child of God.  We may have not always understood what we’ve felt in the spirit always, but the Holy Spirit is faithful to reveal and to guide us into all truth.  Brothers and sisters, we must get back to the things of the Spirit.  We may indeed be harmless as doves, but the Lord has given us enough instruction so as to be wise as serpents.

We had a dear lady in our church who moved here from Maine years ago. She left us to move back up to Maine for about a year.  She has recently said that she has put her house up for sale and is moving back here to stay and can’t wait to get back. She told us months ago that Maine is a horrible place to live.  She said that we don’t know how good we’ve got it down here.  I asked her what she meant.  She said it was very dark up there.  I suddenly realized she was referring to the spiritual climate of the area.  I asked her what she thought was the reason.  She said there was no doubt why.  She asked me if I had hear of the Salem witch trials, and events in Bangor Maine.  There are even local stories of where she lives of continual demonic influence.  She said there are no churches to speak of that have the power of God in them like we do down here in TN.  She said people ask her why she smiles so much, she tells them because Jesus is her Lord and they laugh at her.  She said it is so dark.

In Acts chapter 16, one of the most vivid accounts in scripture of how that the apostles wrestled principalities. We read of how a territorial spirit inside a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us… Paul was about to come face to face with the biggest problem in the entire city.  It was not the woman, but the spirit of divination that was inside her.  We know this was a territorial spirit because the city thrived on the continuance of her message through soothsaying.  Her masters had struck it rich by the demonic power flowing through this woman.  Once Paul cast the demon out of the woman, the rulers all the way to the magistrates saw what had happened, they cast Paul and Silas in prison.  In the spirit, the territorial spirit of divination had been displaced from the city.  The only means of retaliation was to cast the apostles in prison to try and stop the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Years ago now, I went to work up in Cumberland City, TN for a few months. While there, I reached out to a cousin I dearly love but is in extreme spiritual bondage to this day.  He was attending a local college at the time.  He was gracious enough to invite me to stay with him.  I reluctantly agreed.  The entire night I was there, I wrestled in the spirit.  I could not rest.  I could not sleep.  The Holy Spirit grieved inside me all night.  I discerned so much evil in his residence that I had determined that I would not stay there another night.  At the time, I had no understanding about how to deal with devils.  I also felt I had no authority to deal with them.  I felt powerless and as if I was only to tolerate anything and everything they desired to do.  Since that time, the Lord has revealed to me that every believer, young or old, big or small; all of us have been given authority to use the name of Jesus.  In addition, devils can not only be cast out of people, but they can also be cast out of homes.

So when I hear people speak of darkness, I know what they mean. It will take a brand new move of God to spearhead into the principalities who have taken back over the areas.  But to those areas who still have the light, we must hold fast what we have so that we lose not the things which we have wrought. 2 John 1:8 and also Be watchful, and strengthen the things that remain, that are ready to die. Revelation 3:2

The book of Acts is forever the attack strategy of the kingdom of God spearheading the kingdoms of darkness and how they are accomplished. Churches are losing the power of God due to dwelling in a condition of sin; thus being out of fellowship with God.  The error of Balaam is the culprit.  Balaam is true to God until there’s profit in it, but then he sells God’s people out.  Balaam taught Balac how to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel so he could defeat them.  He taught Balac that the power of Israel was in maintaining their love and commitment to God.  Once he caused them to commit whoredom and run after other gods and idols, he had succeeded in defeating them.

Balaam must be removed from the pulpits. Balaam does not what spirit-filled, spirit-led preachers in it.  The darkness would be removed and God would take back control of the pulpit, thus taking back the pews, thus taking back the communities.

The church today is doing a poor job of maintaining what has been wrought by previous generations. If the pulpits loose the light, then the pews will.  If the pews loose light, then the communities they live in…so on and so forth.  It starts at the pulpit.  This is why preachers, bible teachers and others in spiritual leadership are fought tooth and nail.  This is why demonic oppression is so hard with genuinely anointed men of God.  You are the last thread of hope.  If satan can pound down another God called preacher, then he has successfully snuffed out another burning and shining light.

As Christians, we must beware of the spiritual climate where we reside. We must also beware of the environments we pass through.  As we continue to walk with the Lord, He will reveal, not only the good or bad of a particular environment, but give you insight as to what spirit or condition is at work.  The gift of discerning of spirits is what this is called.  Once we understand the type of spirit behind it, then we will understand better how to pray and asks the Lord to give us the spiritual wisdom to overcome it. 

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