Intercessors tend to connect well with the spirit realm. Did you know that it is possible to hear and see things that are not from the Holy Spirit? If it is not from Him, then it is not to be entertained, period! Jeremiah 23:28 admonishes us, “… he who has my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff compared to the wheat?” Jeremiah is saying that if the “word” we have is not coming from God, it is not revelation to be desired. It is as worthless as chaff.
I have known intercessors who have been so eager for revelation that they were willing (albeit subconsciously) to hear it from doubtful, even demonic, sources. What was behind this error was an inner need for recognition for their prophetic abilities. They were good people who loved the Lord, but they had a spiritual problem.
We all “hear” and “see” things from time to time that are not from God. We’re pressing toward 100% accuracy in hearing God only, but we’re still growing. The enemy sometimes tries to mimic the Lord’s voice, usually pandering to what our flesh wants to hear. Our own imaginations can fool us as well. As we mature in the Lord, we become better at discerning which is which. It is easier to discern between God’s voice and demon voices than it is to discern between God and our own imaginations. After awhile, we learn to immediately dismiss the demonic injections into our thoughts – IF we are not harboring wrong attitudes. As we go deeper in our intimate relationship with Jesus, we become better at discerning the difference between God and our own ideas as well. Jesus promises us that we will know His voice and that we will not follow the voice of another (John 10:3-5, 8). We can count on this promise, but the main ways we grow in knowing the difference are through spending lots of time reading the Bible and practicing listening in prayer.
Unfortunately, many of us have past associations with the occult. Some of us have put away the wrong toys and activities, but have not gone through the appropriate repentance/deliverance process. (By deliverance, I mean that you have asked the Lord to free you of any demonic inroads into your life that have occurred through your evil actions. Occult participation always puts demonic hooks in our lives, but, praise God, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered” (Joel 2:32).
If you have ever dabbled in astrology, fortune telling (palmistry, tea leaves, crystal balls, tarot cards, etc.), ESP, mind reading, or Ouija boards, and you have not made the effort to fully repent and seek deliverance from the Lord, you have an open door in your life to be hearing from demonic sources – even if you don’t intend to. Other occult avenues that need to be repented of are TV and movie watching of “paranormal” activities (spooky stuff, UFO’s, magic, horror, etc.), Eastern religion, New Age practices, and yoga. (And by the way, yoga breathing and stretching exercises are intricately connected with the spirit realm, whether you intend to get into that aspect of it or not. Yoga at any level should not be practiced by believers.)
If there is a question mark in your mind, or if you find yourself resisting what I’m saying, let’s just take care of it right now to be sure. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you if you have any open doors to the demonic in your life through past occult activity. Repent of anything at all that comes to mind. Renounce such activity, tell those demons to be gone forever from your life in Jesus’ Name, and trust Jesus from this point on to keep you free of such things. Don’t obsess about it; just take care of it. It’s that simple.
Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual