Three Stages and Strategies in Dealing With Demonic Attack
Have you ever been in a situation where you knew you were in the will of God, yet circumstances suggested the opposite? Have you ever been surprised by a demonic backlash?
In Mark 4, Jesus finished teaching to a really receptive multitude. His grassroots movement was on fire! Afterwards, He sent the crowd away and entered a boat with His disciples—and in the exhaustion of His schedule, the outpouring of virtue, and rigorous prayer life, He fell into a deep sleep. As He slept, a furious storm arose with waves that overwhelmed and beat against the ship. As it took on water the disciples in near panic awakened Him crying out, “Lord, don’t you care that we’re perishing?” (Mark 4:38)
Jesus arose, quickly discerned the situation, and did something that up until now they had only observed Him do when casting out demons—He rebuked the wind! Immediately the wind subsided. Then He spoke to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And immediately there was a great calm. Then He turned to His traumatized disciples and said, “Why are you so fearful? Where is your faith?” (Mark 4:40)
So how did Jesus deal with the drowning contradiction? Here are three principles you can apply.
- Don’t accept the situation. Use your authority to change it! Sometimes you need to combine spiritual authority and discerning of spirits to deal with a high-level attack. There are several storm stories in the Bible and each one reveals a different strategy. For instance, Paul did not rebuke the storm he got stuck in because God was using it to his advantage! Instead, he used his faith to deliver himself. (Acts 27:39-44) Mark 4, however, is my favorite storm illustration. When God gives you a clear direction and a big contradiction shows up—rebuke the hindrance and keep moving.
- Rebuke the spirit. Never forget—the force behind your battle may be a spirit assigned to keep you from crossing over! God has called you to go somewhere. Don’t be surprised if the devil wants to stop you! In this passage, Jesus stands up in the ship and directly rebukes the causative spirit behind the storm. Note: the waters are not rebuked. He speaks calmly to the condition that was created by the agitating spirit and says, “Peace, be still.” There was a demonic fury that came up against the vessel that Jesus was on. It’s a two part formula. 1.) Rebuke the devil. 2.) Speak calming words to the agitated elements. Again, how do I know this spirit was demonic? Because Jesus rebuked it. Jesus’ rebuke was evidence that there was an intelligent force behind it that was resisting His will and acting out of alignment with His authority.
- Speak peace. In prophetic language agitated waters or seas symbolize people being stirred up. This shows up especially in the book of Revelation. Likewise,“winds” refer to spiritual forces. In your church or business or family you will need to deal with the devil directly in intercession. Follow it up by speaking wisely and peaceably to the agitated congregation, clients, employees, or family members who were unsettled and destabilized by the attack.
Question: When have you declared peace to the chaos around you and seen circumstances change before your eyes? Comment below!