Agitating spirits are releasing confusion, mocking, division and witchcraft. At times, they hide under a religious façade. At other times, they wear a bright smile while they release a barrage of witchcraft against your mind.
What is an agitating spirit? An agitator is one who agitates—they stir up controversy and shake up things that don’t need to be shaken. Someone influenced by an agitating spirit will trouble your spirit, stir up negative emotions in your soul, and disturb your peace.
Agitators are troublemakers. They enjoy stirring the pot, provoking you, distracting you, inflaming you, and getting you worked up. Agitating spirits set you up to get you upset. They push your buttons, egg you on, and burn you up on the inside. The good news is, you don’t have to let them.
Jude Put Agitators on Blast
Jude called out agitators and put them on blast, so to speak: “But as for you, beloved, remember the [prophetic] words spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They used to say to you, ‘In the last days there will be scoffers, following after their own ungodly passions.’ These are the ones who are [agitators] causing divisions—worldly-minded [secular, unspiritual, carnal, merely sensual—unsaved], devoid of the Spirit” (Jude 1:17-19, AMP).
Now notice what Jude says next: “But you, beloved, build yourselves up on [the foundation of] your most holy faith [continually progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], pray in the Holy Spirit, and keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously and looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ [which will bring you] to eternal life” (Jude 1:20-21, AMP).
Here you see a key strategy in dealing with agitating spirits—whether the agitating spirits are solely in the spirit realm or influencing flesh and blood adversaries against you. That strategy is praying in tongues, walking in love, and essentially waiting on God’s ultimate vindication: eternal life.
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Paul Cursed the Agitators
Agitators release witchcraft against your life. Agitators crept into the church in Galatia, confusing their minds with teaching about walking in the works of the law rather than faith in Christ’s sacrifice. Paul wrote,“Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross” (Galatians 3:1, NLT). Some translations say use the word “bewitched” or “hypnotized.”
Paul continued to deal with the issues in the church at Galatia the agitators introduced because he had a burden to see people get free—and stay free—in Christ. The agitators came in to lay heavy burdens on the Gentiles, namely circumcision. What he says next is bold. Read Galatians 5:7-12 (NET):
“You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from the one who calls you! A little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise I am confident in the Lord that you will accept no other view. But the one who is confusing you will pay the penalty, whoever he may be. Now, brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. I wish those agitators would go so far as to castrate themselves!”
Paul’s strategy was two-fold. He decreed the agitators would pay a penalty and suggested castration as a fitting solution. (Woah!) Castration in the less literal sense of the word means to render impotent, to deprive of vitality, strength or effectiveness. So when you are dealing with agitating spirits, decree your payback and castrate the agitating spirit working against you.
David’s Advice on Agitating Spirits
Of course, David dealt with more than his fair share of agitators. Goliath cursed him by his gods. Saul tried to kill him a number of times. His beloved friend betrayed him. His son Absalom rose up against him. It was one thing after another. David gives these words of wisdom in Psalm 37:1-9 (HCSB):
“Do not be agitated by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong. For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender green plants. Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday. Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the man who carries out evil plans.
“Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated—it can only bring harm. For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the Lord will inherit the land.”
Beloved, don’t let the agitating spirit win. Put on your shoes of peace. Pray in the spirit. Decree your payback. Bind the witchcraft. And castrate the agitating spirits, rendering them powerless to wreak havoc on your life. Amen!
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