The Bible labels the armies of Egypt as Leviathan. Satan’s network in the spirit realm, hovering over the Earth, is called by the same name. (Revelation 12:3) When we say an attack of “Leviathan,” we are saying that it is a coordinated attack by the armies of Satan. There are direct and indirect references to Leviathan in the Bible. The direct references are:
- Psalms 74:14, 104:25-26
- Isaiah 27:1
- Job 41
Revelation 13:1 refers to Leviathan indirectly, even though it does not mention it by name. Leviathan has traits, divisions (or heads, leaders), and a purpose which is to use pride to stifle and destroy lives and destinies God has created you for. We can see many of these divisions in the types of attacks he brings upon us.
How Leviathan Attacks
1. With the Tongue
Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, or snare his tongue with a line? (Job 41:1 KJV)
Out of his mouth go burning lights, sparks of fire shoot out. (Job 41:19 KJV)
This spirit attacks out of his mouth with lies, gossip, accusation, criticism, fault-finding, and slander. He will twist communication so the other person hears your words differently than the way they were said, creating much confusion and strife
So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away with the flood. (Revelation 12:15 KJV)
This Leviathan wants you to be destroyed and carried away with the lies, gossip, slander, and accusations he will bring against you. And if he can, he will carry your friends and those who labor with you in the ministry away in the lie and deception. He wants people to believe the lie and accusation against you. Number One, he wants to slander your character and bring reproach on your name.
If the devil cannot get you in sin, he will have others accuse you or even make up a lie against you when you are innocent. We need to be sure to respond the right way to these demonically inspired attacks from people being used for the devil’s purpose, even if they come from those closest to you. Becoming offended and responding in anger will allow Leviathan to have a place in our lives.
Leviathan is working today through the body of Christ and we see many churches, ministers and organizations bringing accusations against one another. There is a critical, fault-finding spirit at work in church today judging and speaking against moves of God, ministries, and denominations different from one another. We do not need fault-finders and those who feel to be the watchdogs of Christianity. We do need those who will restore the body of Christ.
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. (Galatians 6:1 KJV)
It was the Sadducees and Pharisees that riled up a mob against Jesus. We should give correction privately. “Gentleness” refers to a spirit of humility. This is the right way to bring correction.
2. Creating Miscommunication
Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I uttered that which I understood not... (Job 42:3 KJV)
I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee. (Job 42:5 KJV)
God has this lengthy discussion with Job in Chapter 41, where Leviathan is revealed. Job repents in Job 42 and confesses that counsel and true understanding were kept from him after God spoke personally to Job.
This spirit wants to get between you and the revelation of God and distort the word of the Lord. Leviathan will seek to hide from you true revelation and confuse the true meaning of the Word of God.
3. Sowing Discord
Discord is strife, conflict, hostility. As mentioned earlier, this Leviathan spirit will distort your words and cause there to be miscommunication between people. Wars have been started because of the misunderstandings caused by spoken words.
Have you ever been at your job or maybe in your marriage and something you said is taken the wrong way? Someone might say, “you said this” and you say, “No, I said this,” and you both think you’re right. Or, you say one thing and they hear it as another: you said it is black and they hear blue. Leviathan wants to get in between your conversation and what you are hearing and distort or mutter what someone is really saying. This can happen between friends or ministry, and even with children and parents.
4. Suggesting Lies
In the Garden of Eden, Satan said to Eve:
“Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1 NIV)
The purpose of this insinuation on the part of Satan was to divert Eve from the destiny God intended for her and Adam. Leviathan still uses this tactic today; he loves to suggest that something is a lie or untrue to distract. In fact, we must know what the truth is and hold fast to it, even when we are challenged.
He beholds all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride. (Job 41:34 KJV)
God is describing Leviathan to Job in this verse. It shows that the sin of pride is being used to influence and cause the downfall of many in the world. Satan is the leader of the rebellion against God, so let’s take a close look at him. The Bible says Satan was created a perfect being until the sin of pride led him astray.
Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness: I will cast you to the ground, I will lay you before kings, that they may behold you. (Ezekiel 28:17 KJV)
Verses 13–16 describe a being that could be none other than Satan. “Your heart was lifted up” refers to pride that caused Him to fall. He was the first person and leader to fall, and was followed by his rebellious army of angels. Pride is often the thing that gives Satan access to us. For this reason, we must have a clear definition of pride. According to Webster’s, it means:
...an inordinate self-esteem (thinking too much of ourselves); an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others.
Humans who have a stronghold of pride can be used by Leviathan as agents. They will seduce, curse, cast spells, and block finances and blessings from Christians. Many people under this influence are blinded to the fact that they are in Leviathan’s grip even though they were not covenanted or dedicated through a ritual.
Sometimes these agents have emotional outbursts when Leviathan has taken them over completely. The presence they carry fills the atmosphere. It’s hypnotic and invasive. It may cause headaches, cloud the mind, cause restlessness or the feeling of being held down, or of torment, or cause pain in one’s body. There is usually a heaviness placed upon these agents. It doesn’t matter whether you see them in person or speak to them on the phone, the presence is still the same, and some are stronger than others.
If you respond in a prideful way to situations, then Leviathan may be allowed to take root in your life and become a stronghold. This is why as individuals it is something we must always guard against in order that the enemy does not lay claim to us or become a stronghold.
Another aspect regarding Leviathan that is worth mentioning is the counterfeit holy spirit. The human vessels dedicated to Leviathan are used to impart strongholds so the enemy can move into people’s lives. They do this by saying things people want to hear and by laying hands on them. This will stop the flow of the anointing in people’s lives and keep them spiritually blinded by blocking their spiritual gifts.
These human vessels may be leading a church and can be very friendly, but they can also be dangerous. Typically, they are very ritualistic, and this behavior is made clear by actions that they feel they MUST perform whenever they pray. A couple of examples include:
- The need to take off their shoes before entering “holy ground”
- Consistently wearing one specific item of clothing like a scarf
- Going to one specific place to pray
Anytime there is something that you think you must do every time to enter into God’s presence or to receive from Him, this is a manifestation of pride. Jesus said the highest form of faith was from the soldier who knew He could pray for a child in another city and his servant would be healed. He also never did the same action twice when healing people. Unless the Holy Spirit gives us a special direction to do something, it is only our words of faith that are ever needed.
Someone under the influence of these demons may seem gifted in spiritual things. They may even encourage prophetic acts. However, one key to spotting someone who is under Leviathan’s influence would be:
Their desire to be the solution with their prayers, instead of helping you learn to pray and become free on your own through the help of the Holy Spirit.
Responding to Leviathan
What should we do if we feel Leviathan is coming after us?
Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle [with him]; you will not do such [an ill-advised thing] again! Behold, his [assailant’s] hope and expectation [of defeating Leviathan] is false... None is so fierce that dare stir him up… (Job 41:7-10 AMPC)
God warned Job that attacking Leviathan leads only to regret. Leviathan was removed from the first heaven and resides in the second heaven. This is where Satan and his army operate from until the Lord will cast him out. (Luke 10:18)
The heavens, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men. (Psalm 115:16 KJV)
We do not have authority in the Heavens, only the Lord does. If you challenge Leviathan in prayer then you have wielded unauthorized authority because it resides in the heavens, over which you and I have no power. There will be backlash, which is revenge from Leviathan, if you don’t repent. You have been given power on earth, but not all power like that of the Lord has to engage in heaven’s warfare.
In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. (Isaiah 27:1 KJV)
Our Lord is the only one who can battle Leviathan. We need to cry out to Him to deliver us from Leviathan.
Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” (Jude 1:9 KJV)
When Moses died, Satan, the leader of the Leviathan army, tried to lay claim to Moses. As a son of pride he wanted to take his body when he died, but God did not allow it. Instead, the angel said “the Lord rebuke you” because he recognized that only the Lord has absolute authority over Leviathan and would destroy him at the appointed time. We need to put this verse in proper context to see the fullness of what is being discussed:
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. (Jude 1:8 KJV)
The Greek word blasphēmeō translates as “speak evil,” but means to reproach, rail at, or revile. The word “dignities” is doxa in Greek, and it means that which belongs to God. The people who are attacking Satan wrongly are reproaching or coming against matters under God’s control. The next verse gives the example of how it should be handled, by calling upon the Lord then it provides a warning, “Woe to them!”
We may discern when people walk in pride or have a Leviathan influence passed down to them generationally. They tend to look down on you as if something is wrong with you. If you have a strong gift of discerning of spirits you may be able to tell if someone is under this influence. There are different degrees of it, but God forbids you to judge them with your words. (Matthew 7:1-3)
A covenant may be entered into with Leviathan. This is done most often through impartation (touch) or rituals. This can happen when being prayed for by another who initiates you either with or without your knowledge. The Bible says:
Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. (Psalm 1:1 AKJV)
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:4 KJV)
The enemy can take advantage of our ignorance. Inadvertently, it is possible to come into agreement with Leviathan by your words, by your actions, by the friends whose company you keep, by the places you go to, and by going against the will of God. This is why we must listen to the Holy Spirit and walk through life as He guides us.
Even church leaders may be under the influence or have made a covenant with Leviathan. They do this by sacrificing human lives (some even literally) in search of wealth, reputation, and power.
Characteristics that Appear to be Positive:
- They may have a counterfeit Holy Spirit.
- They may operate in miracles, word of knowledge, and word of wisdom.
- They can see in the Spirit.
God isn’t the only one who can move in spiritual ways. When a church leader has these gifts, they can be used through Leviathan instead of the Holy Spirit. They may be anointed men and women of God who are actively pursuing God, but they are not listening to the right spirit.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (Matthew 7:15-16 KJV)
Trees are usually used to represent leaders or people in general. The Bible says we will know a tree by its fruit. Always look for the fruit of the Spirit in the lives of your leaders: Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness (humbleness), and self-control. Pride is the opposite of being humble. As previously stated, this trait in a leader may indicate the presence of Leviathan.
- Their goal is to have people run to them instead of to Jesus for miracles, breakthroughs, and healings.
- They are prideful and will always want you to acknowledge that THEY are the leader and want to be called by their title.
- There will be gaps in the fruit of the Spirit.
Be careful not to come under this leadership. If you have, you will need to confess, repent (turn away from it), and renounce their spiritual leadership, as well as sever any soul ties.
I have seen people who go to church, pretending to be a Christian, but who are not. They look and sound just like you and I, but they are not. They seek to draw us away from God to self-awareness, which centers around pride that the enemy thrives on. The Lord is saying some of you need to break away from this assignment. He is saying to renounce, repent, and apply the blood of Jesus to what He reveals.
We cannot remove Leviathan if we have given him access to us through pride, which often can be hard to spot in ourselves. Here is a list of attitudes we can ask the Lord to show us that may appear in our lives:
Attitudes Towards Others
- Condescending Attitudes towards Others in the Body: We are to esteem others as higher than ourselves. If we catch ourselves thinking of another as less than ourselves in any way, especially in regards to spiritual gifting, understanding, etc. we must repent quickly.
- Critical and Condemning Attitudes and Thoughts: The heart of a “critic or accuser” is postured above others. The heart of a Christian leader is postured in servanthood.
- Dishonor of Authority: We are to esteem and honor those who are anointed by God and placed in positions of leadership (even if they are NOT under Holy Spirit control, i.e. David’s attitude towards Saul). Attitudes of dishonor towards leaders often indicate pride in the heart.
- Independent Attitude: We are to be united in heart as one, although we may all have different functions. If we ever feel “out there, like we just want to do our own thing” what is the purpose of this need? The Kingdom which is to embrace the whole body of Christ. (An independent attitude can actually be a spirit of rebellion in disguise.)
- Desiring to Control Others: Use of a position of Authority or gift of the Holy Spirit to fulfill our ambition and vision instead of seeking the destiny God has for us. In order to reach our goals, we may seek to control and manipulate others. We should count on God’s favor to open the doors instead of pushing others to do what we feel is right.
Attitudes Towards Ourselves:
- Self-Glory: Although it is good for one to enjoy the workings, dealings, gifting, and blessings that the hand of the Lord brings to us, we must be careful not to think that it is due to our own greatness. All things are given to us as a gift of grace (undeserved, unmerited favor), and all the worship and delight in these blessings must be returned to Him who authored them. Remembering our helpless and humble estate without Him, we can never glory in our own righteousness.
- Self-Confidence: When we begin to feel a confidence in our own abilities to produce the anointing and the fruit of the Kingdom, we must be alert to the tempter.
- Lack of Time in His Presence: Oftentimes this is a sign that a temptation to pride has come. It indicates a possibility that we have become self-sufficient and self-ruled, and we no longer need all that we have and all that we are to flow from His Presence and Counsel. This is dangerous in that in producing a mindset of “self-rule,” it subsequently asks God to bless and serve what man himself has initiated.
- Boasting Over Achievements and Revelation: Most often this is not an outward action but an inward attitude. (Note: this is of the sin nature, not the “boasting in the Lord” as Scripture speaks of.)
- Desiring to be served: Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve. This is the posture of humility. If we want to be seen as a leader or be a leader who is recognized for what we have accomplished, this is for our own glory and not God’s.
- Desire for Reputation: Jesus was a man of no reputation in heart. He emptied Himself. If we have inner desires to be esteemed by others, we need to be watchful. Pride could be lurking. (This is often disguised as focusing on attaining certain “position.”)
The only way we can effectively avoid these traps of Leviathan is to live in humility.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up. (James 4:10 KJV)
Do you notice the verse says, “humble yourselves?” This is something we can choose to do daily, as we might often feel the attack of Leviathan in pride. In fact, we must choose to do this, even though our flesh will be drawn to the opposite. It is not something that happens to us automatically.
If you have been told that Leviathan is attacking you, a better explanation is that you have a stronghold of the sin of pride and a cluster of other sins as well, which allows Satan’s army to work against you. When we know we have sin in our life, we must repent of the sins, cover them with the blood of Jesus, turn away from those sins, and then let the Holy Spirit take care of the rest.
The scriptures tell us that only the Lord can vanquish Leviathan because it represents the army of Satan. Many deliverance ministries do not carefully follow the Word of God. They are naive in thinking they can just safely bind up Leviathan, cast him out, and the matter is over. When we contradict the Word of God, we are disobeying God.
There are many things that may bring an attack of Leviathan into our lives. Many are connected to an issue with pride in our own lives. Let’s break these up into two groups:
- Being linked to Leviathan by ancestry or bloodline
- Dedication by birth or later in life
- Fellowshipping with Agents (leaders operating in pride)
- Friends with this spirit
- Eastern religions
- Coming into agreement with agents who are on assignment–God usually warns us in dreams about their agenda
You must remove yourself from these relationships in order to remove this attack. If it is a bloodline issue or dedication, you may need to handle this in the Courts of Heaven.
- Prideful words or boasting
- Deep anger
- Believing lies
- Cultural practices—if they honor something other than God
- Telling people when you have prayed for them, which draws attention to you instead of God
- Encouraging others to seek us for prayer instead of seeking God
- Dishonoring leaders
- The love of money
- Displaying one’s body parts to arouse the opposite sex
- Lusting continually—focusing on things that are arousing; stirring up lust by always needing to dress seductively
- Sleeping with someone dedicated to Leviathan
- Yoga poses designed to bring your body into alignment with a god
These things may give Leviathan access to you. Before you call upon the Lord, you must confess your sins (see these things the way God does) and repent (turn from them) from these things. After asking for the blood of Jesus to cover these sins, then you can ask for the Lord’s help in removing the attack.
Sometimes we can spot a Leviathan attack by the symptoms associated with his presence. This list of things I have discovered may indicate an attachment of Leviathan in our lives:
- Breathing problems (Asthma, COPD)
- Inclination to do evil
- Feeling of something coiled up inside you—waist, spine, pelvis, ankles
- Pressure at the front and back of the head—indication of a blocked mind
- Struggling to move forward in life
- Marriage delays
- Financial struggles
- Demonic dreams
- Inexplicable marks or scratches on your body appearing after sleeping
- Struggling to read or meditate on the Bible
- Trouble seeing or hearing in the spirit
- Struggling to relate to others
- Feeling of coldness in your body
- Whirlwind sounds in your ears when they speak
- Strong urge to have sex outside marriage and against your better judgment
- Being under so much pressure that you curse the day of your birth or wish for death
Any demonic attack may have the characteristics of Leviathan. The difference between the two is the severity of the attack. If you have stirred up Leviathan by provoking him with unauthorized authority or something else, then the attack may come from many sides at once.
A revelation of the point of entry, the sin in our life, is usually the most effective way to begin to break free of an attack of Leviathan. This allows us to close the doors we have opened so the Lord can remove the attack.
- Humble yourself and cry out to God to deliver you like the Hebrews did in ancient Egypt (Exodus 2:23). This means ask God to forgive you for walking into the sin that initiated the attack.
- Confess and renounce your ancestor’s involvement with Leviathan
- Forgive your ancestors and those involved.
- Break soul ties with ancestors or agents you have been involved with.
- Break covenants or ties that the Holy Spirit specifically reveals.
- Apply the blood of Jesus.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to help you guard your heart (or self) from pride.
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1 Corinthians 9:27 KJV)
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. (1 Corinthians 11:28 KJV)
We must be vigilant and examine ourselves to remove sin and especially pride.
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Volume 1: Why Doesn't God Speak to Me?
Eager hearts cry out, hoping for a single word to confirm that He hears us. Yet, many times the only sound is silence. Over the years I have heard several reasons why God speaks to some and not to others. One night, as I tossed and turned, I brought each of these reasons before the Lord, stating why each of them did not line up with who I thought He was.
Words rose from my soul, pleading for Him to reveal why He has remained silent when a single word from Him would mean so much to so many. For the next few hours, God used things I learned about years ago and things I had just discovered to show why He talks to some and why He doesn’t, and in demonstrative ways.
In His grace, He also showed me how people could hear more from Him. Basic instructions on how to hear more from God and how to be led by Him are included in this book. Thank you for taking time to consider the answers I received and share with you now.
Keys to Authority for Every Believer
There is untapped power that is easy for every Christian to access in the form of authority. The keys to this authority will unlock weapons we can use to free ourselves from the attacks of the enemy. We must be intimately aware of the bounds and limitations of our weapon if they are to be used effectively.
Find out about your authority:
- Why you need it.
- Where it comes from.
- What you can do with it.
- How to get more.
- Why you need it.
- Where it comes from.
- What you can do with it.
- How to get more.