How do we know if something going on is spiritual in nature? How can we tell if we’re under attack by evil? Many of you are asking me why I keep saying this current situation is from the enemy. Today, let’s look at examples in the Word so that we can observe how the adversary works. We can see very specific, telltale signs that point to demonic attack. God says we must be on guard against the schemes of the devil and today, we’ll put on the armor together! Seeing these attacks for what they are help us know how to handle them in our daily lives. Listen in! I think you’ll be encouraged.
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Hey you guys, this is Heidi St. John. Welcome to the podcast. Today is Monday, June 15th. This is episode 937. I’m glad you guys are here. Today is Mailbox Monday, and I’ve had a lot of questions come in about what’s happening in the culture today. And so rather than to answer your question specifically, well, I’m going to tackle probably one or two. But rather than spend the whole show doing that, I’m going to talk today about the signs of spiritual warfare and how you can know something is spiritual rather than emotional or physical, man-made, or does it come from the spirit world? This is going to be a great discussion. Stick around, I think you’re going to be encouraged.
So I’m glad you guys are here today. I continue to just be praying about what’s happening in our country right now. I’ve been asking the Lord to show me what he wants me to do. When should I be quiet? When should I speak? I’m feeling actually a whole lot stronger. I took a little bit of time with my family. We spent a couple of days on the Oregon coast and I just tried to hit the reset button.
Because honestly, I think there’s a lot of exhaustion happening in the culture right now. And I’m getting questions from you guys coming in. I mean, they’re coming in fast and furious. And I love your questions, and if you’ve got a question that you want to send to me, go ahead and go to Heidistjohn.com/mailboxmonday. And remember like I’m always telling you guys, short and sweet and to the point. That’s how your question is going to make it to the top of the list of questions that will actually respond to you here at the podcast.
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I can’t wait to hear what’s going on with you guys with regard to education. I keep saying this. I think the only silver lining in the Rona is parents taking their kids and homeschooling them. You’ve been hearing me talk about the indoctrination that’s been happening in our schools. It is no joke what’s happening in our schools. Our kids are being assaulted emotionally. They’re being assaulted mentally. They’re being assaulted spiritually. Absolutely.
In our schools, this has been going on for a long time. It’s a very radical agenda here in Washington state. We’ve been fighting Senate bill 5395, which I and several other people, lots of people actually, went to our Capitol many times over the last year, trying to fight, trying to say we don’t want this. Parents by and large do not want it.
And what are we getting? We’re getting Governor Inslee and a whole bunch of radical leftists who have basically strong armed the teachers, who also don’t want this by and large, into teaching this. And they passed this bill into law. So they pass it into law. I think this happens, I don’t know, in February. And in March, what happens, the Rona comes. And so it shuts everything down.
And now we’re trying to get a referendum on the ballot. For those of you are not familiar, a referendum means that we have to collect signatures so that we can put it to the voters. In other words, we get to say to the voters, “Do you want this sexual indoctrination where they’re teaching your kids,” I’m not even going to tell you the terminology because I forgot to give you guys a warning and I know your kids are listening. Believe me, when I say it’s vulgar on its face.
And so we got behind this referendum and many, many, many parents, who I would call modern day heroes, have been out for the last two months. They needed to collect, I think it was 150,000 signatures in the age of the Rona, meaning you can’t have large gatherings. We couldn’t do that, and so they have been setting up little tents on the corner of roads, going to parking lots, going to church parking lots, school parking lots, trying to collect signatures.
And you guys, they blew it out of the water. Praise the Lord, Hallelujah! We have had enough signatures now. We’ve collected enough to get referendum 90 on the ballot, which means voters in Washington state are going to get a chance to say, “Oh, heck to the no. No, no, no. Governor Inslee, you cannot do this to our children. We will not give you permission.” And so praise the Lord for that.
So you guys, if those of you who are in Washington state, referendum 90 got enough signatures to put it on the ballot. And you can be assured that as November gets closer, I’m going to be talking more and more about this. We need to come out in force this year, actually all across the country because our nation is being hijacked by a leftist, anarchist ideology. We see this in our cities. In Seattle, Washington last week, we saw a Capitol Hill in Seattle, literally the police left there and they left it to the anarchists, who are literally burning things in the streets, putting up cardboard signs that say, “You have left the USA.”
You guys, we need to start talking about what’s happening in this country. More and more and more of you start standing up and saying, “No, we’re not going to let this continue. And we’re going to stand up against it.” And that’s what the brave men and women and persistent men and women who have been out there collecting signatures for referendum 90. And we see that there’s movement.
If we can do it here in liberal Washington state, in Crazyville, you guys can do it where you live. Do not allow this stuff into your schools. All right? And whether you homeschool your kids or whether you don’t, this should not be in our schools. Every single parent that has a conscience and cares about children should be standing up against this and refuse to allow our education system to be hijacked for even one more minute.
I’ve been getting, like I said, lots of questions lately from you and a lot of them stemming around the issue of what’s happening in the culture and how do we know that this is, one lady said, “Hey, Heidi, you’ve said that this is spiritual. You don’t believe in the Rona, and you don’t believe social distancing.” So let me just, I want to clear something up. I believe that there’s a virus. I never have said I don’t believe that there’s a virus. I believe that there’s a virus. I also believe in H1N1. I also believe in the swine flu. I also believe in Ebola. I believe that there are viruses and really dangerous ones, ones that can actually kill us. As a person who travels for a living, I’m always telling people, “Go swab the escalator at the airport at any given time and you’ll find all manner of horrible little microbes on surfaces and even in the air.”
Does that mean that we should put a bubble around ourselves like the people are doing at Chick-fil-A right now? Have you guys seen the pictures of these poor kids out there in 95 degree heat, literally with cones on their heads. It’s bananas, right? I think they’re trying to bring a little levity to it. Hopefully the employees won’t die in the process, but my point is we’re living in fear, and that’s what I don’t like about the Rona. This is a virus with a 99.9% survival rate. So I’ve been telling people for two months now, take off your mask. Stop listening to this ridiculous narrative about social distancing.
Have you noticed that the narrative went away when the rioting started? Because apparently the Rona doesn’t affect rioters. It’s disgusting on its face, and it’s so obvious now that we are being played and manipulated, and I’ve been telling pastors, “Open wide your churches.”
This is not about a virus. This is political, and it is spiritual in nature. It is spiritual in nature. So I want to spend a couple of minutes today just talking about how we can know. So how do you know? So this is the question I’m getting from a lot of you. How do you know that this is spiritual in nature?
Well, first of all, everything is spiritual in nature to a degree. Right? The Bible teaches us in Ephesians 6, we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood. So the narrative right now is trying to pit white people against black people. And you just heard my friend, Marlene, this last Friday, my precious friend, who also happens to be on my staff, who also is a person of color, which so funny because we’re laughing. We never talk about each other in these terms.
Now suddenly I’m the white girl, and she’s the person of color. And the only reason we’re even having this discussion is to highlight how ridiculous it is for you guys because it is ridiculous. But she was on the show last week with me, and she was saying the whole point is to divide people. And this is what the adversary loves to do.
Paul said in Ephesians, you don’t wrestle against flesh and blood. This is a spiritual battle. This is not a racial battle. It’s a spiritual battle. The pandemic in this nation is not racial. It is sinful. All right? Do we have racists in the nation? Yes we do. Yes we do. But are we a racist nation? No, we are not. But they would like us to believe that. They want us to fight with each other.
So how do we know that what we’re dealing with is spiritual in nature? Well, we know because we can take a look at God’s Word and see how the enemy has always worked. From the beginning of time, if you go back to Genesis, how did the adversary, what was the first thing he did to cause the fall and the destruction and the chaos that followed? He lied. The Bible says in John, that he is the father of lies, that he is a liar on his face. And so we know that the adversaries behind something, when we see lies happening, we are surrounded.
A constant lie, I’m not talking about the occasional light, which we all know that’s wrong. I’m talking about the constant lies that we’re facing. Satan schemes by using lies. So look up John 8:44. Boy howdy, we’re being lied to right now. Church, wake up. Wake up. Wake up from your slumber. Seek the Lord. I said this on my Facebook page of the day. Open your Bible, get on your knees. This is a spiritual battle.
Another way that we can tell this is spiritual is our constant struggle with fear and worry. The devil is at work when we are constantly afraid. Rona, is that you? Rona, right? Look around you. What do you guys see? God says He is not the author of confusion, but of peace. God says we have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. And I don’t see much power from the church right now. I don’t see much love as riots have overtaken our cities in the name of reconciliation. What? A riot’s not going to bring about reconciliation.
I was disgusted, frankly, at listening to Al Sharpton say in front of thousands of people that this will not get better until somebody pays. Well, how much should they pay? When will it be enough? Who exactly should pay? No, this is wrong. And somebody, I hope someone in the black community calls Al Sharpton out for the pretender that he is because that is not the Lord. That is not the Lord. And so I don’t see much love. And I don’t see sound minds. Right? Our constant struggle with fear is not from the Lord. 2 Timothy, right? God has not given you a spirit of fear but power, love, and a sound mind.
Another way is that our constant struggle with feelings of discouragement. Are you guys discouraged? The devil is behind this. Look around you. Think on how many people you know who are living under a cloud of discouragement and depression. This is demonic at its core. Another way that we know it’s the adversary who wants us to feel like we’re hopeless and the battle has been already lost. And we need to learn to fight from a place of victory instead of a place of victimization. We fight from a place of victory, not to victory, from victory. We have been given victory through Jesus.
We know this thing’s already been won, and this is the adversary, which I very much believe we’re in the last days. This is the adversary before the return of the Lord. He knows his time is growing close. And as his time grows closer, he’s going to do everything he can to stir division, to stir hatred, to keep people from coming to Christ. And the best way to do that is to divide the church. Black against white. Right? Masks against not masks. This is a massive, massive push to divide us.
And when you see this discouragement and this division, the devil is behind it. Another way we know is that we are in a constant battle. Notice I keep using the word constant. Constant battle against lies, constant struggle against fear and worry, constant struggle with feelings of depression and discouragement, and a constant struggle to be at peace with one another.
God is not the author of confusion. He is the author of peace. Peace is not something that we get. Peace is a Person, and His name is Jesus. And my heart is grieved at what the so-called pandemic is doing to our relationships in our families and our churches and even between our races. This is demonic on its face.
The church needs to wake up. Take off your mask. It’s really just a muzzle. It keeps us from seeing each other. The social distancing, you guys, I really am just amazed. Right? The World Health Organization, which whatever, I could take them or leave. And they came out last week and said, “Nevermind, asymptomatic people don’t spread the disease.” Well, isn’t that why they told us that we have to wear the mask because people who don’t know they have it could spread it?
Well did you notice as soon as they did that, the CDC and the powers that be were like, “You’d better take that down.” And so then I shared it, and then Facebook said, “Oh no. We’re going to fact check you right now.” Oh okay, Facebook, arbiter of truth. You guys, we’re being lied to. We’re being played. I’m going to encourage you to pray fervently. We need repentance, and it starts in the church. It starts with God’s people.
So Father, forgive us for our complacent attitude toward your command and your ways. Forgive us for our cowardice in the face of unrighteousness, for allowing the slaughter of our unborn on our watch as we have allowed this to happen, and winking at sin in our churches in the name of tolerance. So many things, Lord, so many things. Please, Father, we need revival.
God, I pray that you would root out and expose the many false so-called reverends, who are daily on our televisions right now and are sowing seeds of division and hate in your name. Father, may not continue. Help us to be strong and courageous. Raise up Joshuas and Esthers in our nation. Give righteous people the courage to speak and stand against this. Lord, I thank you for the men and women in Washington state who have worked tirelessly for the past two months against incredible odds to gather signatures, to protect our children from the sexual indoctrination that is coming from people who do not know your name and are walking in disobedience.
Father, I pray that you’d help us to keep looking to you as your word says in Hebrews 12, you are the author and you are the finisher of our faith. You are the finisher, and Lord, we look to you to be the finisher right now. Maranatha come. Lord Jesus, we’re ready for you to come. And until you do, I pray that you’d help us to stand. Open up our mouths, Lord. Remove the muzzles from our faces and allow us the opportunity to speak in your name. I pray, God, that a move of your Spirit sweep over this nation in the name of Jesus and that we will be part of revival and reconciliation that is born of repentance.
Lord, I pray for so many listeners to this right now who are struggling because they see what’s happening around. They’re struggling with depression. Maybe they’re under financial difficulty. Like me, maybe they have their world kind of turned up on its face. Lord, help us to keep our eyes on you when the world’s upside down. You right the ship, Lord. You right the ship. We pray for our nation. We pray for our President. Father protect him, surround him with godly people who influence him for righteousness. And I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Men and women, we need to cry out to the Lord. Let your voice be heard. Let your voices be heard. I’m hoping that our children will begin to see their parents and their grandparents, their aunts, and their uncles standing for righteousness unafraid. And I’ll tell you what right now, it is going to take strength and courage in order to stand.
We’re living in incredible times, but we also serve an incredible God. He is incredible, and He’s still at work. He’s still on his throne, and he loves you. I want to invite you if you haven’t joined me at Mom Strong International, we’re building a community of women over there who are following God and wanting to learn His Word. And I would love for you guys to join me. You don’t have to be a mom. A lot of even asking, do you have to be a mom in order to study with us at Mom Strong International? No, no you don’t.
The reason that we’re focused on mothers is because mothers are training up a generation of children, but the truth is every single one of us has influence in the life of a child. And so I’m going to invite you to join me over there. I know you guys are going to be blessed and encouraged as we seek the Lord together and we look to his word because that’s where the answers are found. That’s where hope is going to be found.
Hope and change is not going to be found in a president. It’s going to be found in the work and person of Jesus Christ. We are in a major spiritual battle right now, an upheaval that I have never seen in my lifetime. And it will require men and women, the blood-bought men and women of Jesus Christ, to stand in the gap and speak truth. Look around you. There are many people right now who say that they know Jesus who are not speaking on his behalf. And you can tell because rather than speak truth, they sow seeds a division. That’s not the Lord.
And we need to learn to stand for righteousness. You guys are loved. You are loved by your Creator. And one of these days… We’ve already read to the end of the book, right? One of these days, the Lord’s going to come back and he’s going to make it right. And until that time he’s called us to stand.
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