What! A Religious Spirit?
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What! A Religious Spirit?
I called it "Catawalling." It was a drawn out, "oh-h Lord" this and "oh-h Lord" that, kind of rave done in another tone of voice which would ramble on and on. This was happening in our prayer meetings.
On one particular night, as we were all praying and talking to the Lord, a man who was a pastor started into this prayer that I have labeled as "catawalling." He was still standing and praying when the rest of us seemed to be finished. I had sat down and was talking to the Lord about what He wanted us to do next. Then I heard what this man was praying. He was talking about his Christian background and how his foundation was all right.
(It should be noted here that God was in the process of revealing that foundational principles found in His covenants had been lost. This spirit was openly coming against what God was revealing! )
Going on: he said there might be a few minor things wrong, but the L-L-ord had kept him. And he was going "Oh-h Lord" this and "Oh-h Lord" that.
I had wondered about this "carrying on" for quite some time and I was getting tired of the tone of voice. I thought, "There's one way to find out if I'm right about what's happening." I was wondering how to proceed because I knew if I was wrong about it being a spirit, it could cause a problem within the group. I looked at the man and spoke to the spirit, but not loud enough for the man or anyone else to hear. I said, "You foul religious spirit, I charge you to come out of him in the name of Jesus." He quickly stopped and sat down. I thought, "Well, I guess there was nothing to that." We all looked at each other wondering if anyone knew what to do next. (That was normal in those prayer meetings.) Suddenly the pastor's wife got up and ministered to him. As she did this, we all started praying again because we knew the Lord was moving. When she finished ministering to him, the pastor told us what had happened.
He said he had seen "himself" standing in front of himself. He said the Lord told him He was delivering him from a familiar spirit. (I had spoken to a "religious spirit.") The Lord also told him where he picked it up. It was in a church. Then the Lord told him not to minister for a while (until He said he could). In our conversation later, I learned he didn't remember what he prayed and he wasn't aware the others in the room had quit praying. When a spirit of this type is functioning a person sometimes doesn't remember or isn't aware of what happened. This all depends on the type of spirit and the degree of hold it has on the person.
The reason the Lord told this man not to minister for a while was because He wanted to clean the "religion" and all its fruits from the man's soul/mind. The Lord was going to sever some thoughts and rearrange them in his soul. This man had no idea what all the Lord needed to do. We need to understand, the Lord said He was delivering this man from a familiar spirit and he was not to minister. You see, it was just started. It wasn't all completely done in a flash; it is a process. The completed deliverance would take time. I call it getting rid of the fruit the evil spirit left behind in the man's mind. God had a ministry through this man. This is why it was important for this pastor not to minister until the Lord said to do so. The Lord would have to straighten up all the wrong thoughts and patterns concerning the soul. We must understand that each situation is unique when dealing with spirits. The severity of control enters into each situation. The Lord is the only one who really knows what to do, so stay in tune with Him.
When the Lord wants to show you something about which you know nothing, He will often put you in an awkward position. He does this to break up the normal pattern of life and therefore cut the normal train of thought in your soul.
One must understand that complete deliverance takes complete obedience. Remember when the Lord told me not to apologize to those upon whom the spirit of anger had come against? Had I apologized I would not have experienced all the things God wanted to do in my soul. I had to obey God, even when it didn't seem right. Disobeying God lets the enemy back in.
Once the spirit is gone, the wrong thoughts or fruit of that spirit must be eliminated. Sometimes ruling thoughts carried by the spirit go with the spirit. That doesn't mean you can't have those same thoughts. It comes down to, "Do you rule the thoughts or do they rule you?" A person needs to become educated to the thoughts and pattern of the spirit so they won't let it back in. You see, the person was vulnerable to the spirit in the first place (either uneducated about the spirit or a weakness in that area) and the same vulnerability is still there.
The Python spirit loves to give revelation to God's word. It loves to give interpretations to the things of God. Think about what happened in the garden! Satan, portrayed as a serpent, was giving Eve the interpretation or revelation of what God had said. Satan says (in principle), "God did not mean what He said; this is really how it is." Satan quoted God quite well but with his twist. The Python will do the same thing! This has to do with the Python living in the "dark water" (logos Word of God) in this scene presented at the beginning of the Python section.
Python Contains Necromancer
If you look in Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary for the word Divination you will see this:
... of false prophets (Deut. 18:10, 14; Micah 3:6, 7, 11), of necromancers (1 Sam. 28:8),...
This dictionary brings necromancers together with divination. Necromancering is divination and we know divination = Python, so we see Python also = necromancer.
Here I share how the necromancer played a major role in dividing a large group God had brought together for His purposes. God had brought two bodies of believers together, and you should understand it was no one's idea but the Lord's. There was some resistance in both camps about becoming one unit. No one really understood what God had in store for us.
This story begins in a church service where the leaders had let the wife of a deceased pastor (I'll call person N) speak about a book her husband had not finished. Her husband had written a previous book that was in print. She gave testimony of how she had prayed and was given the rest of her husband's second book. She was emphatic about giving the Lord credit for this and that the Holy Spirit had been so good to her that He had given her the information in her husband's voice. Immediately after the service the pastor/overseer of the group informed me not to mess with the book, not to have anything to do with any of what was happening as the wife was unknowingly involved with necromancer.
Time passed and there was a gradual eroding of the relationship between both groups and there were differing ideas about what was supposed to be taking place. We didn't know how to utilize the Flow Chart correctly at that time and we were in the midst of learning about delivering God's tithe correctly. Soon the pastor left and he told me I was to be the pastor. I was not in favor of this but God confirmed I was to be pastor for a while.
The dissatisfaction was growing among the people, and soon there was a split. A pretty good-sized group went off to do their thing. Some other people just quit, and I was left with those remaining who believed what God had revealed about the Hill God calls "the Place."
When the split occurred, the Lord revealed through another pastor's wife (outside of this group) that necromancer was involved. With a scene in the night (given to me) I came to understand how necromancer (Python) was instrumental in the split. I have made a chart for you to see but I think it best that you finish reading the account and then look at the chart.
We had been delivering God's tithe to widows and the treasurer of the group and his wife delivered it to the deceased pastor's wife (person N) every month. This is what was happening:
Every time the treasurer and his wife would deliver some of the Lord's funds to "person N," "person N" would tell them there was something wrong. In general she would say, "I've been praying for your church and there is something wrong; there is something that is just not right!" The treasurer's wife came to me more than once, telling me there was something wrong and also that "person N" had been praying and said the Lord was telling her there was something wrong. I always admitted that there was probably something wrong as God was leading us into something that has not existed before. I had forgotten about necromancer influencing "person N."
With the dream and the fact that God said necromancer caused the split, it suddenly became apparent to me how necromancer did this. If a person hears, and hears, and hears that there is something wrong, pretty soon they start believing something is wrong and start looking for something wrong. They become more and more dissatisfied and think,"There is something wrong!" When you get enough people thinking this way (even though they don't know what's wrong) it fuels the idea of leaving, causing a split. We could say necromancer fueled the split by constantly introducing the thoughts that there was something wrong. But the full truth is that Python caused the split, manifesting as necromancer, feeding those thoughts wherever it could!
The interesting thing here is that no one ever came up with what was wrong except for individual beliefs. We see this in a lot of so-called prophets (under the influence of Python) of today that are always declaring something is wrong but never giving specific information as to how to correct what is wrong. They have not set in the counsel of God. (Read: But Lord I don't Believe in Prophets.)
This is a simple picture of how simply the Python spirit (in everyday life) can influence, come against, and break down what God is doing. It was done through the mind, through thoughts! Beguiled, just like Peter was in his mind when Jesus said, "Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me."
Here is the chart:
8. Four Faces of Python!