God Is Clearing Out Your Spiritual Enemies

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Make no mistake about it. . .if God promises us something. . .makes a covenant with us. . .it’s going to happen . . . unless we ignore His instructions or give up or in first.

Our circumstances don’t matter. . .the problems that we’re currently facing don’t matter. . . but our obedience to His Word definitely matters..

Having said that. . .let me tell you there are going to be times when you wonder what’s going on. . .simply because you may not be able to perceive that God is working in and through your life to manifest His precious promises.

During these times. . .it’s critical to understand there is definitely an enemy waiting in the shadows hoping to knock you off course. . .frustrate you. . .so you NEVER manifest God’s promises.

God miraculously delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage.  His promises were confirmed through signs and wonders and finally the persistence paid off and the children of Israel were marching out of tyranny into freedom. . .destined for the Promised Land as His promises were manifested.

The children of Israel encountered some adversity in their journey to freedom and abundance.  They may have felt dismayed but nothing they did altered the promises of God.  His goal was the same as in the beginning. 

They may have wondered. They may have wavered. They may have disobeyed.  They may have limited and frustrated God.   But God never wavered when it came to His promises.

Exodus 34:10says:

“And God said, "As of right now, I'm making a covenant with you: In full sight of your people I will work wonders that have never been created in all the Earth, in any nation. Then all the people with whom you're living will see how tremendous God's work is, the work I'll do for you. Take careful note of all I command you today. I'm clearing your way by driving out Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. Stay vigilant. Don't let down your guard lest you make covenant with the people who live in the land that you are entering and they trip you up.”

We’re entitled to the same blessings as the children of Israel. . .because we, too, are heirs to the promises. . .the covenant God made with our forefathers.  His desire is for us to march out of debt (Egypt) and into the Promised Land (financial independence).

God promises to accompany us on our journey if we obey His instructions and stay faithfully on the right path.

The children of Israel had to deal with the six peoples (spirits) listed in Exodus 34:10.  Each sought to prevent them from manifesting the covenant promises of God.

What the Children of Israel experienced in the natural stands as our spiritual example.  I Corinthians chapter 10 is written about the many things that happened to Israel in the wilderness and verse 11 says:

“Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition.”

It’s time for us to expose and deal with these six spirits whose purpose is to hinder you from entering your Promised Land.  If you’re dealing with financial stress. . .it can be traced back to these six spirits.

First, the Canaanite Spirit wants to keep you mentally depressed, financially busted and without hope.

The ultimate intent of this spirit is to keep you from achieving what God has planned for you.  This spirit wants you humiliated by debt and addicted to the spirit of greed . . . a spirit which likes to keep people from receiving their rightful inheritance.

It’s time to get real.

Every time you spend less than you earn, follow your budget/spending plan, refuse to fall for seductive advertising. . .you fend off the spirit of greed that’s circling you like a hawk about to make a dive for your wallet or credit cards.

The spirit of greed knows how to entice your flesh to buy “stuff” that you don’t need and may not even be able to afford.

Greed is addictive. . .it has an insatiable appetite and its end game is to humiliate you financially.

With God’s help you need to break the spirit of greed out of your life. . .along with the spirit of debt and lack.

I’m always amazed that the children of Israel developed a “what’s in it for me” attitude on their journey from bondage to freedom.  Talk about ingratitude.   Every time their circumstances wavered, so did their faith.

The enemy will do what he can to lure you back to a lifestyle of debt and lack.  He wants you looking to everything and everybody else but God.

Deuteronomy 7:25-26 in the Message Bible says:

Make sure you set fire to their carved gods. Don't get greedy for the veneer of silver and gold on them and take it for yourselves—you'll get trapped by it for sure. God hates it; it's an abomination to God, your God. And don't dare bring one of these abominations home or you'll end up just like it, burned up as a holy destruction. No: It is forbidden! Hate it. Abominate it. Destroy it and preserve God's holiness.”

Galatians 5:16 in the New Living Translation says:

“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.”

Galatians 6:7 in the Amplified Bible says:

Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mockedby mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.”

"You Canaanite Spirit, I bind you. I bind your powers from operating against me to steal from me or to block creative money-making ideas or to block creative thoughts from reaching me. I command you to loose every money-making thought that you have stolen from me or blocked from me, in the name of Jesus. Proverbs 6: 31 promises that if the thief be found, he must repay sevenfold. I claim seven ideas for every idea you stole from me and I bind you and cancel every attack against me now in Jesus’ name, amen.*

Second, the Hittite Spirit is one of dread and fear.

As a child of God and rightful heir to a financial inheritance. . .you’ve got to know that the enemy will try to tempt you. . .spiritually, emotionally and physically to take you off track.

The enemy has no power over a born again believer that the believer doesn’t give him, but he does have three abilities. . . the ability to deceive, accuse and tempt.

If you check the caller ID before answering every phone call to determine whether or not a bill collector is calling. . .then you’re living in fear and doubt.

If you pray before opening the mailbox dreading more past-due bills, then you know what I’m talking about.

Fear and dread. . .don’t want to leave your life. . .they desire to be your constant companion. . .however, you’ve got the Word and the power over every attack of the enemy.  You must continue to resist this spirit and it will have to flee.  When it comes back, make it plain that it is not welcome and can no longer torment you.  Stand strong and it will have to leave. 

We are not to have the spirit of fear.

Romans 8:15 in the New International Version says:

”For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father”

According to the Word of God we don’t have to live in dread. . .because we live in hope of His glory.  Quote scripture to the spirit of fear until it leaves you alone.

Romans 5:5 in the Amplified Bible says:

Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.”

Trusting in God’s plan for your finances takes you out of hopeless.  The Hittite spirit wants to entrap you mentally.  When you are bombarded with negatives –start rejoicing.

First, it means you are breaking free or the spirit would not be telling you “you can’t!”  Second, God inhabits the praises of His people and the spirit of dread and fear cannot stay in that environment.  God will never disappoint you regardless of your financial circumstances. Remember, Joseph was in the prison one day and the next he was in the palace as second only to Pharaoh himself.

You Hittite spirit, I bind you and your powers from operating against me to break me or to cause me to fear. The activities of doubt and unbelief are bound in my life, in Jesus’ name.  I command you to loose me from fear and the spirit of fear.  All your assignments for my life are brought to naught. And therefore I am free, in Jesus’ name. *

Third, the Ammonite Spirit is a false voice. . one that is accusing and speaking against you.

Revelation 12: 10,11 says:

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

Scripture confirms we do have an adversary to contend with.

1Peter 5:8 says:

“ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

The enemy will seek to destroy your finances so he can render you ineffective for the Kingdom of God.

The enemy will tempt you into making unwise purchases . . .  he will deceive you into believing you can afford the purchase . . .  but once you’ve messed up. . .he will accuse you of not having any will power. . .trying to convince you that there is NO way out of your situation.

The devil cannot devour the faithful in Christ Jesus. Those who flatly resist him as the Bible directs, cannot be touched by the devil.

1 Corinthians 10:13 says:

“Therehath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Those who battle with the devil as children of God, are more than conquerors(Romans 8:37).  We can defeat him every time he tries to slither into our lives.

The only way the enemy will defeat you financially or any other way is if you allow him to. The devil can’t destroy your future once you dismiss his presence in your past.

Luke 10:18-20 in the Message says:

“Jesus said, "I know. I saw Satan fall, a bolt of lightning out of the sky. See what I've given you? Safe passage as you walk on snakes and scorpions, and protection from every assault of the Enemy. No one can put a hand on you. All the same, the great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God's authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you—that's the agenda for rejoicing."

You Amorite spirit, I bind you and your power from operating against me and causing me to slander or to entice me to babble and rebel and talk about other people, in Jesus’ name. You will cease and desist from sowing thoughts of discord and division into my mind. You will not bring condemnation to paralyze me in Jesus’ name. I am free from your slander, from your babbling and talking and rebelling and bitterness and division and sowing discord, in Jesus’ Name. *

Fourth, the Pezzerite Spirit is a squatter spirit. . .one without walls. . .that will seek to dispossess you from what belongs to you.  It’s generally a lack of discipline that opens a person to this type of attack.

 Unfortunately, when it comes to financial planning, even on a daily basis. . .most people lack control over their money and for that matter, their lives.

Sadly, in the last 40 + years, we’re witnessing an unprecedented surge in bankruptcies, ruined credit reports, and foreclosures.  There was a time when people were prudent about managing their finances but now they spend more time juggling their payments and credit card balances. 

I want you to write down this next sentence and repeat it over and over until it becomes engrafted in you.

“My financial destiny is directly affected by how I manage my money today.”

When it comes to financial discipline. . .it’s taught at home. . .one way or another.  Children will either learn to save, refuse impulse buying and emotional spending. . .or they will face continual financial ruin.

Most people who end up in financial trouble have not realized that saying “no” to spending is saying “yes” to a better, peaceful and more financially successful future.

Lack of discipline in any area of life will shorten and diminish what could have been – it will rob your spiritual inheritance right out from under your nose.  Short term gratification should never be traded for long-term financial success.

Job 5:17 in the New Living Translation says:

“But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin.”

Listen, you Perizzite spirit, according to John 10:10, the thief cometh not but for to kill, to steal and to destroy. Proverbs 6:31 says if I find a thief, he must restore to me sevenfold what was stolen. You have been found. You will no longer cause me to dwell in an un-walled city. You will no longer steal or dispossess from me what I have built up in Jesus’ name. So I take back everything you have stolen in the name of Jesus and I declare that I am prospering and everything in the Book belongs to me.*

Fifth, the Hivite Spirit is one of wickedness and deception.

The children of Israel were deceived into taking their eyes off God just because things weren’t going the way they planned. They reverted to rebellion and trusting their own timing, their understanding of how things should go. Like children they looked to what had been comfortable in the past not to the promise of the future.

As long as things were easy and God was miraculously moving them ahead, they would follow.  But if their journey slowed a pace or two, so did their faith.

We may go through a financial test of faith and turn to God for answers.

If we hear a good sermon on stewardship or if the economy takes a dive, we head for spiritual safety and beg God for help.  When things balance out and we gain a financial hold, we can’t afford to turn again to trust in our own abilities.

Truth is, good circumstances are only an illusion of security and bad circumstances are only an illusion of insecurity. Trusting in what we see or feel is standing on shaky ground. Standing on the Word is rock solid.

We cannot be swayed by daily circumstances. Romans 8:28 says:

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Romans 4:21 in the New International Version says:                                          

being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”

You Hivite spirit, I take authority over you in the name of Jesus. You will not bring deception or wickedness to me any longer.  You will not seduce me to part with my money or some get-rich-quick scheme or some wrong deal. I command you to cease your activity in my life, in Jesus’ name and I claim every dollar that I have spent or invested in schemes and wrong deals to come back to me, in Jesus’ name.*

Sixth, the Jebusite Spirit is one of heaviness, negativity, of being trampled down.

Debt is evil. . .strangling God's purpose and potential right away from us.  We become slaves to the debt and stuff.

Debt leaves a legacy of defeat and impotence while it squanders the potential success and effectiveness of your life as a Christian.

And, after all, isn’t that exactly what the enemy wants – he offers the enticement of better things only to leave you in the desert looking around for anything that has any power to sustain your life.

Stop the working of the Spirit of Debt now.  Follow me and we will build your prosperity one day and then another day until you are debt free.

Deuteronomy 1:21 in the New Living Translation says:

Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged!’”

Are you ready to enter into a new dimension of your covenant with your Heavenly Father?  Consider the words again of Exodus 34:10:

“And God said, "As of right now, I'm making a covenant with you: In full sight of your people I will work wonders that have never been created in all the Earth, in any nation. Then all the people with whom you're living will see how tremendous God's work is, the work I'll do for you. Take careful note of all I command you today. I'm clearing your way by driving out Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. Stay vigilant. Don't let down your guard lest you make covenant with the people who live in the land that you are entering and they trip you up.”

Matthew 11:28:30 says:

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] 29Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.30For My yoke is wholesome (useful, [f]good--not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.”

 Here is a confession to deal with the Jebusite spirit.

You Jebusite spirit, according to Matthew 11:28-30, I take authority over you. You spirit of heaviness, you will not operate against me any longer. You will no longer tread me under your feet or attack my emotions with negativity. You will not attempt to sap my confidence or my strength any longer. I command you to cease and desist from instigating the feeling of resignation or quitting in my life, in Jesus’ name. Your powers are broken now, in the name of Jesus.*

God is ready to do tremendous work in and for you. . .He will clear out all the “ites” but you must stay vigilant. . don’t let down your guard. . .don’t get lured into debt or unwise expenditures. . .put Him first. . He will clear a path for you. . .on your journey to the debt-free lifestyle.

In reviewing this teaching. . .I came up with seven things for us to do. . .as God clears out our spiritual enemies.

First, visualize your life as you want it to be. . .not as it is.

Second, create a confession for the kind of life you want to live.

Third, stay in the Word.  When trouble strikes. . .stay in the Word.  When doors of opportunity open. . .stay in the Word.

Fourth, create a mental iron shield over your mind. . .to deflect negative, sinful and self-defeating thoughts.

Fifth, give no place to past failures or sin. . .preventing them from building new strongholds.

Sixth, in addition, to the Bible. . .read books, listen to CDs and podcasts that will re-inforce what you’re thinking and where you want to go.

Seventh, journal the ups and downs of your journey and how you overcame every attack of your spiritual enemies.

*Nine years ago, I read six prayer confessions about the six spirits listed.  The confessions were written by Pastor Bill Wilson and they prompted me to write this teaching.