âTake Overâ Spirit
Whenever a prayer ministry or revival ministry in Australia or even in the world rises up, a spiritual principality or force rises up alongside to try and destroy that ministry.
Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph 6:12.
This spiritual principality that comes against the church in Australia is a âtake overâ spirit. Sometimes people refer to it as a âJezebel Spiritâ. It seeks to take over the God given authority that is there and replaces with its own. It uses lies and manipulation to get its own way. Itâs aim is to control. First and foremost these spiritual forces encourages people to try and take over from God. That is why complete surrender and submission to the will of God is the most powerful antidote to this spirit.
In the garden before the fall, there was perfect harmony. However Satan tempted Eve and Adam to take over some of Godâs role in eating the apple and receiving the knowledge of good and evil.
Much of the nature of sin has in its roots taking over and trying to be God in our lives.
Story of Ahab and Jezebel.
When someone âtakes overâ there is no permission waited for. Even if the person, or group or people say ânoâ, ânoâ is not received. They can seem to have good motives, but âhelpâ is forced on the person even if it is not wanted.
First contact between the British and the first nation people began with this take over spirit in full force. (See appendix 1). Even though the first nation people at Botany Bay made it very clear to Captain James Cook that he didnât want them to land, he didnât listen to the ânoâ, and sought to take over the country with âforced entryâ. Often this spiritual force of âtaking overâ will use manipulation and lies to get the control that it wants of the object, person, country or church in sight. Captain James Cook wrote in his journal as he went up the coast that he saw fires along the way which were signs that it was inhabitied. Despite this all along he placed flags to declare that this land belonged to England. He didnât respect his royal leaders who had told him to respect the indigenous people wherever he went. For some reason he obeyed and respected the indigenous people in New Zealand, and that is why in this country we have a treaty. But in Australia, he used another tact. He called the country âtella nullisâ, without habitation, despite him writing in his journal the knowledge to the contrary. Forced entry and lies were the basis of the beginning of the relationship between first nation people and those that came later.
The devil himself seeks to âtake overâ our lives. The ruler of the kingdom of the air is at work in those who are disobedient. (Ephesians 2:1-3). But we werenât made to belong to the devil but to God. But the Lord Jesus Christ has set us free and won he victory over evil upon the cross. However unlike the devil he will not force himself upon any individual or family, church, country. It is by grace through our faith in Christ that saves us from evil and allows the Holy Spirit to fill us. It is not a âtake overâ when permission is given.
Jesus Christ died upon the cross to deliver us from this evil. When we have faith in the blood of the Lamb we are given power and victory over these spiritual forces. We become transformed to lay down everything in us that tries to âtake overâ others in the authority they have been given and we receive power to also to overcome the spiritual forces that seek to take over our own power.
Repentance is the vehicle for this to occur. Sometimes when we as an individual or corporately as a nation have been severely abused, or oppressed we live in fear and shame. The âtake overâ spiritual forces or patterns of sin , lands on these two emotions and causes us to fear facing any weakness in ourself, or our people. We get easily frightened and this can cause us to try and control that which is around us. Our biggest fear can be our fear of shame. We can do everything possible to avoid our weaknesses being exposed. We are then easily manipulated or can easily become a manipulator, or someone who takes over in turn to cover over or hide the shame.
Jesus didnât come to make us feel ashamed. Thatâs the role of the accuser of the brethren, or the devil. He didnât come to condemn but to save. Humility and repentance break the power of the âtake overâ spirit. It is only in Christ that we can be righteous, not in our own strength or action.
It is only in Christ that we can find the peace and faith in God, so that we are not always trying to make things happen in our own strength to fill the ache in our soul. All we need to do is to cry out to the Lord â I have a needâ. Please forgive me. He will come.
When we pray together it is very important that we do not pray in a way that encourages these spiritual âtake overâ forces to become more active. We do that when we pray against other people asking God to help them fall or to confuse them in some way. In some ways that is more akin to witchcraft than Christian prayer. Witchcraft aims to control without permission, it is forced entry, into the spiritual psyche of another. Christian prayer blesses even the enemy and prays for the will of the Lord in all situations. It prays for the Lordâs will to happen. Sometimes we have been given a prophetic word for our life and try to make it happen by taking over events in our life. This only leads to this âtake overâ spirit gaining power over us and those we pray for or against.
A good rule of thumb is not to pray a prayer for another that you wouldnât want prayed for you. In other words donât pray that another person, or arm of the church you disagree with becomes âconfusedâ and they might âfallâ in some way. Pray that they might have clarity to see the truth.
It is not only in our prayers that the Lord wants to change us. He wants us to grow to learn to live a life of faith not fear. It is fear for another that sometimes causes us to take over others lives in little and not so little ways. Sometimes it is our fear of shame. We need to be in control and boast about who we are so we donât have to face our weaknesses or sin.
There are 3 main areas that this âtake over â spiritual principality seeks to influence – our sexuality, spiritual idolatry and rebellion to authority. Captain Cook showed rebellion to the authority of the Crown in England and also to the authority of the local people.
In Revelation 2: 18-29, Jesus judges the church in Thyatira because it tolerates the woman Jezebel. There may have been a real person who was manifesting in ways like Jezebel. In our situation people in life can be influenced, even ourselves. We cry out to the Lord and ask him not to tolerate this in ourselves or others.
The battle is going to be within each of us laying down every last part of the âTake over Spiritâ within us and allowing the Lordâs love to completely immerse us.
This is the where the battle will lie, not in pointing at others even within our church, but looking at our own life.
As John the Baptist said in Matt 3:10-11 âEve now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I baptize you with water for repentance but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.â
John 15 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitfulâ¦. Remain in me, as I also remain in youâ¦.
Ephesians 5 marriage is the key theme for the battle, our battle cry.
Submission to the Lord
1) Pure Love – Cut off every hint of sexual immorality
2) Faithful love – Cut off any idolatry, cut off fear, greed.
Test of idolatry. Am I still anxious, afraid of anything or anyone. Underneath that is idolatry of that which we are afraid to lose. Eg greed, sexual gratification, spiritual idolatry, a person, studies, families etc.
3) Obedient love â cut off rebellion and pride.
No immoral, impure or greedy person â such a person is an idolater â has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
The Lord is ready to cut off the Take Over spirit completely from our individual lives. His axe is at the root of whatever has caused us to act in this way.