Yesterday I started to research what spiritually causes relational breakdown when there is really no actual cause for it. The answer I found was the spirit of Leviathan, and before you possibly stop reading due to me bringing up spiritual warfare, let me say “denying the spirit realm doesn’t make it any less real” and “We perish due to a lack of knowledge”. I know there are many who don’t want to face the fact that there are spiritual entities who can really cause interference in our lives but it’s true. Even when we are not consciously inviting them to affect us, they can. When we are living right and following the path to our destiny it is especially true. I don’t believe we should give them any more attention than needed though. I believe we have FULL authority over them. The only authority they have is what we unknowingly give them. I actually only address these things when I am forced to encounter them.
What I found from my research is that Leviathan is responsible for many church splits, divorces, family, friendship and ministry breakdowns. It is the source of gossip and slander. It breeds through murmurings. It’s sneaky and works behind the scenes and not out in the open. It targets those coming together in powerful ways to see the kingdom come and brings division. It has a radar for the glory of God and anywhere that is present, it will try to cause disunity. It causes tremendous communication issues and twists what is heard to cause offenses or what is said will cause unbearable spiritual pain (like a burn) without anything wrong actually being said. It will feel like there is a huge problem and it is utterly unfix-able, in fact, many attempts to fix it will make things worse because of the communication issue. It will feel like what used to be really easy and life giving is now incredibly hard and draining. This spirit will build a case against the person/people that is not founded on any actual truth what so ever, just the illegitimate “proof” birthed out the gossip and murmurings, and we will wholeheartedly believe it. It will make us want to give up and walk away and thus walking away from the divine purpose of the relationships. This is exactly this spirit’s main objective, to make our will more important than His will. I found it interesting that the root of Leviathan is spiritual pride. We all feel that our perspective is 100% the right one but we must always stay teachable and willing to have our minds changed on an issue if God wants to change it.
When I was done reading and watching Cindy Jacob’s video on this spirit I realized that we cannot walk around thinking we are immune or not affected by this spirit, as this is the very definition of pride. Now I’ve known for years that I have the gift of discernment and can usually see what others don’t but this one has evaded my detection for years. I can honestly say that I have not come up against anything this strong in the spirit before. All I heard my daddy say was…
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit says the Lord Almighty”. – Zechariah 4:6
This sent me straight to my knees as I cried out to have Him remove any spiritual pride that is residing in myself. Isn’t that always where it needs to start? Even when we know what we know to be true, if that puffs us up in a self righteous way, it’s ugly to him and He will resist it. We must make sure our confidence does not stray into pride. It’s time for a heart check. We are to set our face like a flint but it’s against the enemy, NOT against the people in our lives if they disagree with us or misunderstand us. We must take a stand to believe the best of people, give them the benefit of the doubt and try to understand their perspective and to discover/rediscover the common ground between us all. We need to fight this on the right realm.
For our struggle 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. – Ephesians 6:12
Before we start pointing fingers in any direction it need to begin with us. As we humble ourselves these things that feed off of pride will lose their grip on us and our loved ones. We need to repent and then take a firm stand against anything running interference in our relationships. There should be no room for anything divisive….just humility and love.