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Connie Hunter-Urban: SPIRITS OF OPPOSITION

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The year 2014 saw many people I know step into new facets of ministry. Those people often came to me, thrilled about how God had catapulted them to a higher place in Him. A short time later, though, they come back discouraged and ready to give up. What caused the change? Unfortunately, along with advancement comes opposition. Joseph experienced it, and so did Abel. Both weren’t attacked by strangers or unbelievers but by their brothers, who persecuted them for selfish reasons—envy, small-mindedness, or many other possibilities.

Along with the terrain of the prophetic landscape come spirits that attack in order to discourage and thus derail your ministry. Whether or not you succumb and give up is your decision, but you should beware that all of us who operate in the prophetic or are called/chosen for God’s work have encountered them and will again.

Expect to encounter these spirits:

• Jezebel (1 Ki. 19) pursued Elijah and other prophets in order to kill their words from God. Now, the Jezebel spirit wants control, ingratiates herself into leadership (or sometimes actually is in leadership) to become indispensible and get her way, persecutes, and tries to destroy the prophetic.

• Ahab (1 Ki. 21) was Jezebel’s husband and wasn’t as evil as she but condoned her actions without actively participating. Every Jezebel spirit needs an Ahab, who is normally in a leadership role. This spirit is docile and lets the Jezebel spirit have free reign behind the scenes because it benefits him.

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• Korah (Num. 16) rebelled against Moses as the leader of Israel. He challenged Moses and tried to usurp his authority. This spirit stirs up others in rebellion against leadership with the end goal of taking over the ministry.

• Absalom (2 Sam. 15) was David’s son who tried to undercut David by gaining the people’s trust and devotion so he could overthrow David. This spirit undermines leadership for its own advancement. It subtly makes others think that it should be the leader. Then it overtly attacks and tries to overthrow the ministry leader.

I’ve never heard these last two described as spirits, but I believe they are. I’ve witnessed them several times in operation against Wade and me and against others, too.

• Hagar (Gen. 16:4) was Sarah’s handmaid. When she became pregnant with Ishmael, she began to despise and disrespect Sarah. This spirit operates through one who has somehow been mentored by a more seasoned Christian. After that person who was mentored brings forth any kind of ministry, he/she feels superior and shows disdain to leaders who have helped along the way.

• Saul (1 Sam. 18:7) was the first king of Israel who, because of his disobedience, was to be replaced by David. He pursued David because he understood that David was called by God to be the next king and his anointing was apparent to everyone. When others began to comment, Saul was jealous of their comparisons. This spirit is prevalent among leadership which operates in jealousy of others who are more gifted or anointed. They are afraid someone else will take their position.

Part of our growth process into ministry is understanding that these spirits want to discourage and derail, so we rise above and destroy them. However, you need to understand that when you are attacked because of your ministry, the opposition is from spirits, not from people (see Eph. 6:12). Most people don’t even realize they’re being used. Be obedient when Holy Spirit gives direction. Sometimes we attack them with prayer and fasting. Some, though, require a confrontation like Jehu did with Jezebel. So whether the situation calls for prayer only or to go on the attack by speaking truth in love, you need to address the situation. Like Korah’s rebellion, these spirits are contagious, and you can’t let them operate in your ministry. God wants us to be victors, not victims, and protect that ministry He birthed through us.

A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..

A word by Dana Jarvis

I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.

Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!

You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.

However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”

I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!

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Author Connie Hunter-Urban has a desire to be about the Father's business. Her father pastored a Full Gospel church, so she learned early about operating in the Gifts of Holy Spirit. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in secondary education from Miami University in Oxford. She taught high school for 33 years, retiring in 2009. Connie and her husband Wade have pastored, evangelized, and taught. Now they speak at churches and retreats, conduct workshops, write, and preach and minister in the gifts of Holy Spirit. They minister with frequent words of knowledge and prophecy and see many miracles in their services. They also write and publish a free ministry newsletter, articles, blogs and books. Her first book, God’s Plan for Our Success, Nehemiah’s Way, was released through Destiny Image Publishers in March 2012. Her next book, The Elijah Anointing, discusses how Elijah's life relates to the prophetic today and was released in December 2014. Her first book co-authored with her husband, Our Holy Spirit Arsenal, was released in April 2015. It explains the gifts of Holy Spirit through Scripture and experiences. If you would like for Connie to speak and minister to your church or organization, you may contact her at 765-825-2030 or [email protected] Her ministry address is Restoration Ministries, PO Box 634, Connersville, IN 47331. Website: restormin.org