Every so often I take a long break from researching the fallen spirits of the threshold and I focus on Jesus and how He healed history. All too often, however, this brings me right around and face-to-face with these former throne guardians once more. That’s because, when we carefully examine the miracles Jesus performed, it quickly becomes evident He was in an unrelenting war against these angelic powers. It might look like He’s healing people, but He’s also at work disengaging their lives from entanglements with these powerful enemies.
Now many theologians and commentators give us the unfortunate impression that, because Jesus comprehensively defeated and utterly despoiled these spirits at the Cross, then we can safely ignore them. Any battle we are in is a mere mop-up operation. The message we’re given, perhaps unintentionally, is: defeated equals dead.
This is far from the case. These spirits are immortal—they will one day become mortal, as Psalm 82 attests, but they are certainly not taking defeat lying down. Paul, as we’re told in the Book of Acts, encountered Python at Philippi, Artemis at Ephesus and warned us against the flaming arrows that principalities, powers and world-rulers launch at us as we reach the threshold.
We don’t want to know about warfare. We want a life of ease and comfort. We want to hide in our false refuges, and let other people fight for us. And although God is willing to fight with us and for us and drive out our enemies before us, He wants us as a partner in that endeavour. He wants us to be alert and vigilant, so that we don’t fall for any of the enemy’s schemes. He’d rather that the battle be easy for us, rather than intolerably traumatic because of the mess we’ve bound around ourselves.
The spirit of wasting specialises in ease and self-satisfaction, spreading out and stretching wide. Jesus told a parable of a man preparing to tear down his barns and build bigger ones and who thought:
‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’ (Luke 12:19 NIV)
Alternatively the spirit can induce stress instead of ease. We can spread ourselves thin, burn the candle at both ends, expand beyond our ability to cope, take territory that our supply lines can’t reach, over-extend ourselves.
God speaks of a strategy for dealing with wasting when He’s telling the Israelites He will send His angel before them to drive out the Canaanites in the land. In Exodus 23 He reveals it will be a slow process, so they don’t neglect to occupy what is taken or leave a vacuum to become desolate.
This is one reason patience is the specific Fruit of the Spirit effective against the spirit of wasting. Because when the Lord wins deep territory in our souls for us, He wants us to persevere in keeping the ground He has taken.
This is Grace Drops and I’m Anne Hamilton. May God mature perfect patience and perseverance in you.
Thank you to Lorna Skinner of www.riversofmusic.co.uk for the background music.
To deal with the spirit of wasting, you first need to be able to overcome the spirit of rejection. To learn how to master it, see Dealing with Azazel: Spirit of Rejection is available as a paperback.In addition, understanding false refuges is the single most important step towards dealing with the obstacles barring you from coming into your calling. Hidden in the Cleft explains false refuges in more detail and is available as a paperback or an ebook.