"This Spirit is Rampant in My Church"
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DIVINATION - FAMILIAR SPIRIT - NECROMANCER
RELIGIOUS - HAUGHTY
Let me begin by saying that the spirit of fear and anger are fairly easy to recognize, but this is not true for the Python spirit. Except for when it is manifesting as necromancer and a few times as a familiar spirit, Python has done very well covering its identity. It can manifest in many ways, such as necromancer by having to be conjured up as a "front" to cover what is really happening. I will give witness in this writing of God telling me that the Python is rampant in His church. The reason it is so rampant among people who love God is because we haven't recognized who it is, mainly because we have been unaware of its characteristics, its purpose, and its mechanics.
Satan was depicted as a serpent, a snake, in the Garden of Eden. The Python is a large snake that smothers and crushes its victim, but this really doesn't reveal its mechanics. You will see more clearly the subtleness and sneakiness of the Python as the Holy Spirit paints the following picture.
Necromancer was responsible for splitting a church here. I have seen splits caused by warlock (witchcraft) and haughty (religious) spirits in more than one case. A haughty spirit has been the main player in spoiling many churches that could have become a real force for God. But even more tragic than the demise of churches is the involvement of the Python in the personal lives of God's people and the people of the world in general. It is not my intent to give you all the answers because I don't have them all. It is my intent to shed some light on the Python spirit through scripture, my personal testimony of encounters, and what God has shown me by His Spirit on this subject. Remember to view all of this as a picture, with absolutes in that picture.
On Tuesday, October 17, 2000 the Lord revealed through this "thing of the Spirit" that He was going to illuminate the workings (the mechanics) of the Python spirit in His church.
From my record:
I was on a boat deck or dock with some people. They were struggling with a 50' - 100' long snake. It was a foot to a foot and a half in diameter, a Python. There were some people in the water around the tail of the snake that was still moving. They were trying to do something with it or were somehow connected to it. Anyway, some people were standing with me at the head of the python and I said, "Let me show you how to do this." I took the head by the skull, in the eye sockets, and cracked the huge snake like a whip. The tail snapped like a whip and the people out in the water were suddenly released - they got away. I tried to show the people again but I couldn't get it to crack. It wasn't necessary, as the purpose of the first crack of the whip had done what it was supposed to do.
Then the scene changed and we were all on land in an area that was very distinctively a level plane, meaning: making it plain and understandable. The snake was laid out straight with its head elevated and we could see into the empty skull. I had something white, emitting light, in my right hand. I walked up and deliberately, with a little fear, jammed the light through the right eye socket of the snake, depositing the light inside the skull. I withdrew my hand and immense light was now emitting from inside the skull.
The people with me were excited over the victory and seemed to be starting to take on the glory of the snake being dead. Knowing this, I said, "Praise be to God, He has given us victory," and started to sing, " We've got the victory ... heaven's on our side." End of scene.
You and I cannot take any glory for the revelations the Lord has given so the Python can be defeated in the church. The Lord has instigated the revelations. I didn't know there was a problem. In my original record I didn't know if I were on a boat or a dock. If it were a boat, the boat symbolically represents the church and the lake water was dark, not clear, representing the logos Word of God. Because of what God has taught me I now understand that the snake was taking the people in the water for a ride and they were enjoying it. They were actively trying to climb up on the snake to take a ride. They had no clue as to the danger. You see, in the scene I knew it was dangerous for them to even be around the snake and that is why I cracked the whip.
I have heard tapes and read about how the Python is a constrictor and squeezes the life out of churches. This is most certainly true, but more importantly to understand is that it squeezes the life out of what God is doing; just like the serpent squeezed the life out of what God said in the Garden of Eden. But where and how does the Python function in the church? What are its mechanics? God has shown me through experiences and "things of the Spirit" that we, people who love the Lord, can have the Python spirit operating through us (anyone - big names, etc.) on a daily basis and not be aware of it. The Bible reveals this to be true.
Matthew 16: 21,22
From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Peter loved the Lord but he allowed the enemy to come through him to attack the truth the Lord just revealed. Jesus knew what the source was and rebuked it. Peter didn't know the plan (government plan) of God and Jesus said, "...thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men." The Python plays on the will of the flesh and the ignorance of men, leading people away from the plan of God. It plants a seed, hoping it will grow.
The Python attacks the plan of God. If Jesus had not rebuked what Peter said, you know that the other disciples would have joined in with Peter trying to convince Jesus not to let this happen. Put yourself in the place of the disciples, not understanding the plan of God, what would you have done? Would you have been like Peter? Probably so!
Peter had not conjured up any spirit and he had been following the Lord for some time. He loved the Lord, yet a spirit was able to instantly enter and function through him. There is no doubt as to this being true, as Jesus said, "Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me:..."
For us to follow the "things of the spirit" (Romans 8: 1 & 5), we must have control of our thoughts. We must know what God is doing, His plan (from a corporate Flow Chart). We must understand this simple maneuver of the enemy that he will use to keep us out of the position God intended for us. We must have the presence of mind to keep the things of the spirit in the forefront of our lives. The Lord's bride without spot or wrinkle will not be controlled and beat around by the enemy. Therefore, we must understand the mechanics of the Python and its involvement in church activities. There was a reason for God revealing to me on April 8, 2005, that He wanted me to bring things that I know about the Python together in a writing for His people. The reason He gave was: "So the Python cannot enter in!" God wants His people to be able to recognize the characteristics of the Python so we won't let him enter in to spoil our lives and the plan of God.
When you read the following information concerning the Python spirit you will see some of its characteristics and its simple involvement in the daily lives of people, affecting what they believe. The Python spirit is the main influence in causing all the different religions of the world and even separate denominations! So you see, I am not just talking about people who unknowingly prophesy or work divination under the influence of this spirit. I am talking about the Python's involvement in our thoughts, and therefore our lives, on a daily basis. Its purpose is to cause us to miss what God has said and, therefore, miss what He is doing. The serpent (snake) did this in the Garden of Eden.
Let's look at some scripture and information before I get into some experiences and "things of the Spirit" that will shed light on the activities of the Python in people's lives today. Starting with divination, look at its definition from the American College Dictionary.
1. the discovering of what is obscure or the foretelling of future events, as by supernatural means. 2. augury; a prophecy. 3. instinctive prevision.
To establish that divination is the Python spirit, look at a portion of scripture. The King James Version translates the Greek word as a spirit of divination.
Acts 16:16 KJV
"And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us..."
The Interlinear Bible, a literal translation of the Bible, uses the word Python.
Acts 16:16 ILB
"And it happened, as we went into a place of prayer, a certain slave girl having a Pythonic spirit met us... "
Python Contains Divination
1 Samuel 15:23 ILB
For the sin of divination is rebellion; insolence is both iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of Jehovah, so He has rejected you from being king.
Divination is a sin. There are people in the church who unknowingly are operating in this spirit of Python (divination). Doing it ignorantly will not cost them their salvation from hell, But it will cost them something in the soul realm and in the Kingdom of God. In the soul/mind realm you will have mind/thought problems; you will be kept from the pure truth, unknown to you. You will experience periods when you are out of control of your actions, and there will be areas where your mind is clouded. The enemy can feed freely into your soul/mind the thoughts he desires. If a person has a Python spirit they can even be tormented through their soul/mind in the night.
God warns us not to seek or have anything to do with any type of divination. Some will say they have never done anything like that. Understand that the sins of the fathers are visited upon the children. If any of your ancestors dabbled in this type of thing, you could have this soul problem and not be aware of it. And most simply, remember, Peter being rebuked by Jesus reveals a spirit had entered in.
IT'S A SOUL THING
Isaiah 47:13,14 ILB
You are exhausted by your many plans; let those dividing the heavens stand up now and save you, the gazers into the stars, making known what is coming on you into the new moons. Behold, they are as stubble; the fire burns them; they shall not save their soul from the flame's hand; there is no coal to warm them; nor fire, to sit before it.
This scripture indicates that your soul will not escape, and those who have indulged in divination or the familiar spirits have had their souls messed with, so to speak. Only God can change what has been done to their souls.
When we do things that open up our soul or do things that have an effect on our soul, we are unaware of it in our souls. The Lord wants us to understand this.
Proverbs 6:32 KJV
But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
The Lord is saying that you don't understand or recognize what you are doing to your soul when you sin. Christians think everything is all right after they have repented and asked forgiveness. But what has happened to the soul/mind must be mended, or it will unknowingly hamper the soul/mind of the person the rest of their life. People who experience these things will tell you that it didn't hurt and they felt nothing in their minds. When you disobey God with sin, the enemy has an opening to attack you or hold you at his will. It is not something God has done, but something that you have allowed.
Proverbs 5:21,22 KJV
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings. His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
Have you ever done something, wish you hadn't, and then wondered why you were so compelled to do it? Is there something holding you back, something you can't quite grasp, and you can't seem to get the victory?
II Timothy 2:26 KJV
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Once the devil has an opening, a cord (door) established to the soul, he and/or his spirits can operate at their will, controlling if need be. We must distinguish between when the spirit of Python is operating and when the Holy Spirit is operating. How do we learn the difference?
GOD + SOUL (mind) = Revelation (understanding)
GOD IS FOR YOUR SOUL, FOR YOUR ABILITY TO THINK AND MAKE DECISIONS, AND FOR YOUR ABILITY TO REASON AND LEARN. GOD ALWAYS ENCOURAGES THE FUNCTION OF THE SOUL. YOUR SOUL CAN BE IN FULL FUNCTION AND RECEIVE FROM GOD.
The Bible establishes what I have just said.
I Corinthians 2:12&13, ILB
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
How does the Holy Spirit teach? Teaching or being taught indicates the use of the mind. Comparing one thing with another also indicates the use of the mind.
In Acts 10:10, Peter had a vision, and he had to use his mind to figure out what God was revealing. He saw vessels coming down from heaven. This was his first spiritual "thing," a vision he did not understand. In verse nineteen the scripture says Peter thought upon the vision; he was meditating. Peter did not have the second spiritual "thing" to consider until after Cornelius had finished telling Peter what had happened. Then by comparing spiritual happenings with spiritual happenings, in his mind, Peter put two things together and got a revelation. (Remember the formula!) As soon as he got the revelation he spoke:
Acts 10:34 KJV
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
What was Peter's revelation? Cornelius was not a Jew and the Holy Ghost just taught Peter (by comparing spiritual things with spiritual) that anyone could become saved. But Peter had to use his mind to get the revelation.
The basic foundational thought is this: God is for your soul, and the enemy is against it. God encourages the use of it. The enemy wants to stop the correct use of it. There is a certain way the Holy Ghost teaches and gives revelation, which involves using your mind. Yes, God is for your soul.
Other principles that enter into our education about the things of God are: who is establishing, who is giving, and at whose will. In Jeremiah 27: 9-10, 14-15, God talks about the fact that these were established by you; your prophets, your fortune tellers, your dreamers, your conjurers, your sorcerers. In other words, you established these prophets, not God. We must understand that God establishes prophets, not the church. God raises up the five-fold ministries, not the church. The gifts are given at the will of the Holy Spirit, not at our will. In divination, the connection into the spirit world is made illegally, at the will of the person or the spirit (if the spirit has legal right). If God gives you a dream, it is given at His will and is not one you conjured up, or daydreamed, or because of something you ate.
The Holy Spirit establishes the connection to the soul at His will and then releases that connection so your soul can function freely as it was created to do. God gives, with no strings (cords) attached, freely He gives. God is so supreme that everything He does is a form of giving.
IN GOD'S REALM THE HOLY SPIRIT ESTABLISHES; HE GIVES AT HIS WILL OR THE LORD'S WILL.
Python Contains "Familiar Spirit"
From the American College Dictionary we see this definition.
Familiar Spirit: A supernatural spirit or demon supposed to attend on or serve a person.
Some people use crystal balls and others conjure by various methods. They simply have a spirit serving them, usually to make money or to benefit them in some way. We can see this activity in the world today.
In the book of Acts, Paul had to deal with such a person.
Acts 16:16 - 18 ILB
And it happened, as we went into a place of prayer, a certain slave girl having a Pythonic spirit met us, whose divining brought much gain to her lords. Following after Paul and us, she cried out, saying, These men are slaves to the Most High God, who are announcing to us the way of salvation! And she did this over many days. But being distressed, and turning to the demonic spirit, Paul said, In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out from her! And it came out in the same hour.
It is evident from these scriptures that the woman had a Python spirit serving her and her masters were making money because of it. This agrees with the dictionary definition of a familiar spirit.
One basic way of identifying a familiar spirit is by asking a simple question. Will the person gain in some way from having the spirit operate? Even prophets in the church, who operate under this influence, gain from having this spirit.
Looking at this set of scriptures, the first noticeable thing we need to realize is ...as we went into a place of prayer.... the Python likes a spiritual atmosphere since it functions best there. Second, this was not a one time deal. ...And she did this over many days. The third thing to notice is ...she cried out, saying, These men are slaves to the Most High God, who are announcing to us the way of salvation! Sounds like a good deal, doesn't it? Paul was announcing the way of salvation. This was a true statement! It appears to be a good thing for the cause of Christ to have this woman bring attention to Paul and the Gospel. Paul suddenly had a loud speaker and a portable billboard, so-to-speak. It appears on the surface that Paul and those with him could have gained from this situation.
But you see, the familiar spirit (Python) was operating when "she cried out." How do I know that? It's because of a personal experience. Read on.
7. What! A Religious Spirit?