Who Controls the Spirits?
I once knew a lady who blamed everything rotten in her life on Satan. I witnessed her scream at her car with over two hundred thousand miles on it, “SATAN, TAKE YOUR FILTHY HANDS OFF MY CAR!” She would take her fist and pound on the dashboard repeatedly when the clutch would slip. Maybe the car was just worn out and old from many good years of service?
Not only did she believe Satan attacked her car, but any appliance that refused to work and furthermore anything that seemed to bring her annoyance. If the line was too long at the store or if she forgot her pin number to her bank card, she would scream, “Satan, take your hands off my mind! SATAN you must BOW under MY authority!” I wondered how long he would stay bowed at her command.
This disturbing behavior also seemed to be present among her close circle of friends. They were forever BINDING something or TALKING TO THE ENEMY. On more than one occasion I overheard the names of different devils that were sent by the adversary to destroy them and sabotage their very day. You would have thought that they were close to being imprisoned like the apostle Paul to be put under such attacks and yet Paul never told Satan to take his filthy paws off of him.
Is everything that goes wrong in our life due to Satan (ha-Satan)? “Ha-Satan is usually translated as “the accuser” or “adversary”. “ha”- translates in English as “the” is used to show THIS IS A TITLE given to a being, VERSUS THE NAME of a being. For instance “The baker” is a title of a man or women who bakes breads, but that is not their name.
There are many stories in the Bible about devils and spirits. Matthew 10:1 KJV states that when Jesus/Yeshua called His twelve disciples unto him that “He gave them POWER against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.”
Paul said, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12 KJV) This scripture has been used as an example of a spiritual hierarchy of demons and devils. However, when we read the same words in Titus 3:1 KJV it says, “Put them in mind to BE SUBJECT TO PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS, to OBEY MAGISTRATES, to be ready to every good work.” Principalities and Powers are not always demons but may be our government leaders, be careful with word translations. We must first ask ourselves what the apostles were wrestling with at that time in the natural. Let me give you some examples. “Now about that time, Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them. And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword.” (Acts 12:1-2 NAS) This Herod was not the same Herod that beheaded John the Baptist, no, that was Herod Agrippa. Also if you are well versed, you may remember another Herod who slew all the baby boys under the age of two in Bethlehem, hoping to slaughter the Messiah.
Perhaps, you may see the pattern I am showing you. We have spiritual wickedness in high places in our own nation of America. We have leaders who support horrific abominations in office right now. At this time let’s go back and reread the scripture above that Paul wrote in a PRISON CELL and see if you see it differently. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12 KJV) Now I want you to picture Yeshua/Jesus on the throne, sitting at the right hand of the Father.
When we read Ephesians 1:19-23 KJV we see even a larger picture, “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, FAR ABOVE ALL PRINCIPALITY, and POWER, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. And hath put ALL THINGS under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church (assembly).” Now, we can see this verse also means Christ is over every world leader, HE IS HEAD over ALL!
Christ is above all PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS AND DOMINION because HE is the Torah or WORD made flesh. John said, “The Word was made flesh”…The word ‘principality’ in the Hebrew is ‘marashah’ and it means headship. When they came to arrest Jesus he said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”(John 18:36 NAS)
Satan is clearly under Christ’s feet because HE OVERCAME EVERY TEMPTATION, but is he under yours? Matthew 4:1 says, “Then was Jesus LED up OF THE SPIRIT into the wilderness to be TEMPTED of the devil.” The devil didn’t come and hunt down Jesus and begin tempting him, no, HE WAS LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. The Holy Spirit of God wanted Him to be tempted in all points. Now the Holy Spirit lives inside of the true believers. Yes, ‘greater is He that is in you’, but some push this too far. We hear many preachers today yelling and screaming that Satan is under their feet, but where do they get that?
“The God of peace will SOON CRUSH SATAN under your FEET. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” (Romans 16:20 ESV) The scripture says that soon Jesus will crush him under their feet. But has that day came yet? If he was clearly under your feet, then why would Peter warn us to stay on alert, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary THE DEVIL, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may DEVOUR.” (1 Peter 5:8 KJV)
Peter went on to say, “Therefore, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Messiah, and also a sharer of the esteem that is to be revealed, I appeal to the elders among you: Shepherd the flock of Elohim which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but voluntarily, not out of GREED for filthy gain, but eagerly, neither as being MASTERS over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. (1 peter 5:1-3 ISR)
Many sing songs about Satan being under their feet and even sing hymns to Satan. This particular song and I quote says, “I went to the enemies camp and I took back what he stole from me. He’s under my feet.” Now, the story they sing of is one where King David and his men find that the Amalekites had invaded Ziklag, burned it and had taken their women and children captive. David’s men were so troubled they were ready to stone their king. King David does in fact recover everything the enemy took from him in Ziklag, but let us look closely at how he did it. The scriptures tell us that David ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD.
“And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? Shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.” (1 Samuel 30:8 KJV)
David used wisdom. He asked God if he should pursue the troops and go and retrieve his belongings! I am not sure that sunk in; you see he didn’t get haughty and proud and say, ‘Well I am going to the enemy’s camp and Satan you are a liar and a thief and I am taking back what’s mine.’ No, He said, ‘God, should I pursue them and recover our belongings?’ OH, THERE IS WISDOM THERE IF YOU WILL PONDER IT!
Did ha-Satan (The accuser) point out Job to God when he walked into God’s throne room? No, God said, “HAVE YOU CONSIDERED MY SERVANT JOB?”(Job 1:8 KJV) Did Satan steal from Job anything that God did not allow? “And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold all that he (Job) hath is in thy power only upon himself put not forth thine hand.” (Job 1:12 KJV) Did Job put Satan under his feet and take back what he stole from him? Did Job talk to Satan and curse him? No, he REPENTED and PRAYED for his FRIENDS and then the Lord RESTORED HIS HEALTH AND HIS FAMILY.
I have heard ministers say that Job opened a door and tore a place in the hedge of protection that God had placed around him. They say it was fear. They use the scripture found in chapter 3, verse 25, “For the thing that I greatly feared is come upon me.” They say that Job by letting fear in, made a gap in the hedge of protection, but when we read the whole chapter we can clearly see Job is talking about death.
So let’s back up before we ponder that famous verse and start with verses twenty and twenty one of chapter three. These two verses talk about how light is given to him who longs for death, it goes on to say, “Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave? Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?”(Job 3:22-23 KJV) See, Job is still hedged in, he is just longing for death and fearing he will not find darkness and escape, but will only find light. His fear is he will not die but continue suffering! He didn’t sin as some have said by fearing and not trusting in God, no it says he was perfect and upright and feared God.
The Bible says something else about Job that many Christians have overlooked. It says that all Job’s brothers and sisters and acquaintances came and ate bread with him and comforted him, “Over ALL THE EVIL that THE LORD had brought upon him.” (Job 42:11 KJV)
I was at a church recently where they sang, “Satan the blood of Jesus is Against You”. The whole church lifted their voices in unison and yet I wasn’t aware we were supposed to speak to Satan or against Satan, let alone sing to him. Now I love this church and its people. They are some of the best people I have ever met, but as they sang the Holy Spirit spoke to me about this song. We find nowhere in the New Testament of a believer other than the Son of God talking to Satan or praying to him. And even Yeshua/Jesus only answers him with the Word, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written.” (Matthew 4:10 KJV)
We however, do see Paul speak about how Satan prevented them from coming sooner to a destination; we also hear him speaking to the church to turn certain ones over to Satan so that they may be saved in the last days. “Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.” (1 Thessalonians 2:18 KJV) But we don’t see any scripture where an apostle or disciple is screaming and yelling at Satan and commanding him to obey them.
In Matthew chapter 4, that famous chapter where Jesus is tempted in all points, each lustful desire was brought forth before Him just like our own earthly flesh is tempted daily. If you have ever fasted for forty days, let alone one day you will get hungry. I am sure His flesh man, because yes he was God and flesh, wanted some bread! “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” (Matthew 4:1-2 KJV)
The tempter came. You can call him Satan or ha-Satan or the devil, regardless of what you call him, THE HOLY SPIRIT SENT HIM, LED HIM EVEN.
When Paul says, “Deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (I Corinthians 5:5 KJV) He does not mean literally knock on a red tailed, horned, evil being’s door and say, “Hey, it’s me Paul, I got a live one for ya!” We have taken the scriptures too literally. We have not read them in order or to completion.
I believe this type of teaching in the charismatic church today is one type of ‘doctrine of devils’ and I will show you with God’s word why I believe we need a wake-up call. The men and women in the Bible didn’t converse with Satan. We don’t read about them binding Satan anywhere in scripture and yet many a man in front of a pulpit today will speak those very words rather haughtily. What does the word of God say about this?
“Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the ARCHANGEL, when contending with the DEVIL he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, THE LORD REBUKE THEE. But these SPEAK EVIL of those things which they KNOW NOT: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves” (Jude 1:8-10 KJV). Are many of us speaking things we have no knowledge about? DO YOU DESPISE DOMINION?
The body of Moses wasn’t his literal body, it wasn’t his flesh man. Think about this for a moment, who was Moses’ body? He brought the whole ‘Body of ISRAEL’ out of Egypt. We go to church buildings and we say the body of Christ, well, this was the body of Moses.
Peter has this to say about them, “But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas ANGELS, which are GREATER in POWER and might bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak EVIL of the THINGS THAT THEY UNDERSTAND NOT; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption.” (2 Peter 2:10 KJV) Dignities are defined as angels, or lofty spiritual beings placed in high ranking orders. Some of the scriptures like the one above I will repeat and go into more detail on in a later chapter.
Yes, Jesus rebuked the spirits, and we have power to as well, but should we be talking to Satan, singing to Satan, or yelling at Satan? Angels bring no accusations to those principalities and powers; so according to this scripture, neither should we. So why do many in the church say “Satan, you must bow, we take authority over you.” Or, “Satan, you can’t have my children or my family members.”
Ever think about Satan on a deeper level? Have you ever noticed he is our adversary, but doesn’t God use him? Have you ever wanted to know your enemy? According to scripture Satan walks right into God’s throne room and they converse together. Satan isn’t red with scales and horns and a pitch fork, no, that is what men in ignorance portray him to be. I LONG FOR HIS BODY TO OPEN THEIR EYES AND LOOK AT SATAN AND GOD WITH A NEW LIGHT!
The Bible says my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. LACK OF KNOWING HIM. It is time for the church and I mean the whole body to wake up, start reading their Bibles, stop listening to every wind of doctrine blowing through, and learn the TRUTH, because the truth will set you free. We must get back to our Hebrew roots and learn what the text means. I speak this in love, because the days are evil and the time is at hand. It is almost midnight. We must wake up. “They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.” (Isaiah 29:24 KJV)