5/23/18 1:04 a.m. PDT: Shortly after midnight the enemy came at me. That's the start of the witching hour, btw. They hit me last Tuesday afternoon, too (you can read about that in the post Three Planes).
I was reading my Bible at the time. When I felt the hit - it didn't hurt, it was like a negative version of having Holy Spirit's oil being poured on - I realized whatever was washing over me had a bad emotion attached to it. Again it was Matrix seconds. So I texted Patti Cake at 12:09a and told her the enemy was trying to hit me with depression or sadness or loneliness. I also mentioned it was either a tantrum to distract or an attempt at retaliation because I hit a significant milestone in prayer yesterday and now I'm expecting manifestation of this huge spiritual breakthrough. I couldn't tell which, and I wasn't about to sit under it, receive it or agree with it in order to properly label it.
To overcome this attack I simply returned to reading my Bible and the next thing I knew the demon was - again - discouraged by my inattention and left. Defeated. Again. I can get used to this. I am getting used to this.
It is written: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ~ James 4:7
It is written: We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. ~ 2 Corinthians 10:5
Ignoring demons is a strategy that works for some people, some times. Submitting to God and resisting our enemies so that they flee is a principle that works every time. It's Law. Taking authority over where my mind travels and making my thoughts serve Yeshua is a principle that works every time, too. It's Law.
I think I used a combination of these - a strinciple? A princigy? Anyhoo ... putting my focus on the reading of The Written Word was submitting to God and exercising authority over my thoughts, bringing them into obedience to Yeshua. Principle. Ignoring the demon present instead of engaging it in a legal soliloquy will NOT always work for everyone. Strategy. It's worked for me consistently of late because I've earned authority in the realm of warfare over demons.
Now a demon may creep (so I creep, yeah - I really don't ... you know, words bring songs to mind) up on you and drop sadness, loneliness or depression on you and you may take a tumble. It all depends on where your authority is and your level of understanding regarding that type of warfare. Try it the next time a demon comes calling and see if it works for you. Then let me know either way - firstname.lastname@example.org.
After reading my last post about depression attacks, two people emailed about demonic attacks related to their mothers' passing. That's not what I've experienced. What they're both experiencing is the result of trauma bonds. If you have trauma bonds - depression, demonic attack, theft, etc. - related to specific events in time - you're gonna want to attend #SY5779. Patti and I are ministering as a team (prophet and seer) to bring deep deliverance to those in need. And The Body of Christ needs deep deliverance. Witness. I've been in ministry for seven years now and I just had a nephilim evicted from my brain in February. That's another reason the enemy's negative-thought attacks don't work on me anymore - I'm thinking (and seeing/discerning) more clearly than ever before.
After I finished reading I did do some warfare against demons just in case the attack was sent by a human or a human connection. But I didn't spend more than 10-15 seconds on the whole encounter. Again it was quick because of earned authority; which means anyone can get to that place with practice.
Well, y'all ... I've got a lotta new teachings and courses coming up the next few months because I've grown so much since BitS 2017. I'm telling you ... if you've never set yourself away with The Lord for an intense prayer (aka wilderness) season, I highly recommend you do so. The Lord always whisks me away right after Rosh Hashana each year to learn new things, but I go chasing Him the last two months of every year, and His promises are true:
It is written: You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. ~ Jeremiah 29:13
It is written: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. ~ Matthew 7:7
I sought Him with focus and intention (and some accusation) last year and He allowed me to find Him and said, "Alright ... let Me show you what life is really about, Banks." I haven't been the same since.
Zari Banks, M.Ed
Zari is an author, teacher, mentor, speaker and entrepreneur.