-Phyllis J. Tarbox, MA
At the "Head of the Year” gathering last week, Chuck Pierce stated: "The superstitious spirit that comes into a family bloodline to keep a person bound from warfare has to go in order for us to prevail in this next season."
I found the timing of that statement interesting, as I had a client recently tell me she felt that superstition was at the root of all her torment. Norma (not her real name) had attended a spiritual warfare conference in the sometime in the 1990's where the topic of confronting the enemy had thrown her into a tailspin of fear.
She had grown up in a very legalistic religion. Prior to that conference, she had found safety in a mechanical prayer life wrought with tradition. Her prayers of protection were predicated on a very real fear of demonic confrontation. The conference she attended focused on prayer strategies of war and it totally overwhelmed her.
After the conference, she became consumed with the fear that something in her prayers had been left out and that there was an open door through which the enemy could attack her. Norma said it was like the veil of protection had come off her eyes and she saw witchcraft in everyone. Years went by and by the time she came to see me, her life was so full of fear that she had become almost housebound.
We are called to be spiritual warriors but fear of warfare, of confronting the demonic realm, will keep you out of your field of anointing and cause conflict in your soul. Norma was comparing herself to the other warriors at that conference. She thought she had to roar, be strong and tough in order to survive the front line.
That conflict, based partly upon her own perceived inadequacy, had also kept Norma out of her abiding place with God and kept her from moving into her mantle as an intercessor with a gift of compassion and mercy. Norma was delicately woven by God to pray in love and gentleness and the enemy had used fear to steal her identity and call her unworthy.
During the course of our ministry time together, I saw the Lord deliver Norma from (as a minimum) the following strongmen (bold and underlined) and tormenting spirits:
Norma left the office that day free from bondage and spiritual torment set to keep her out of her field of anointing. The glow of who she longed to be for God returned. The peace she radiated lit up the room as she came out of agreement with lies of the enemy and embraced the understanding of who she was as a daughter of the king.