The Mortal Enemy and How to Overcome Him

Sunday September 9, 2012

The serpent, also known as the devil or Satan was present in the beginning (Gen. 2:24-25; 3:1). At the end of the Bible in Rev. 12:7-9 and Rev. 20:2-3 we are told about the serpent of old, the devil, Satan. Satan wants to take us out (1 Peter 5:8, 9). We are in a spiritual battle against him (Eph. 6:10-13). He is in the form of principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places. There is a demonic spirit called the Python Spirit that attacks ministries, churches, nations, leaders, and individuals (1 John 3:8). The symptoms of an attack by this spirit are: the church grows and then people start leaving; people start moving from church to church, not putting down roots; finances are attacked through strangulations or money schemes. A python kills by a slow process of constriction, wrapping itself around the person so the person can’t breathe.  In Acts 16:16-18 it was seen as a spirit of divination. It produces false prophesies and tries to make a profit. In Acts 19:24-32 the Python Spirit brought confusion, wrath, and division as people feared financial loss. From the meanings of words and names in the Scriptures, LaVere explains how this spirit is identified when the ten spies brought back the negative report and unbelief, causing the people to be held back for forty years from going into the promised land (Num. 13); how it was behind Israel’s wanting a king to replace God and Saul’s torment (1 Sam. 12, 14, 15, 16; 1 Chron. 10:13-14), and why God sent the flood (Gen. 6:5-7). Right now our nation, churches, families, and finances are being attacked by this spirit. It has the power to take down nations. How do you attack the Python Spirit? The Blood of Jesus!! Use the blood and your authority over it.