Deal­ing with TER­RI­TO­RIAL SPIR­ITS

Ter­ri­to­rial spir­its are the en­emy of progress and can man­i­fest in many forms

Move! - - YOUR FAITH - By Zenoyise John

HAVE you ever won­dered why cer­tain evil things are preva­lent in cer­tain places? This place might be un­der evil in­flu­ence of a ter­ri­to­rial spirit, which is a term some Chris­tians use to iden­tify de­monic oc­cu­pa­tion of a spe­cific geo­graphic lo­ca­tion, in­clud­ing neigh­bour­hoods, schools, re­gions, streets or companies.

EN­EMY OF PROGRESS

Ter­ri­to­rial spir­its are the en­emy of progress. They man­i­fest in the form of crime, cor­rup­tion, killings, poverty, drunk­en­ness, for­ni­ca­tion, teenage preg­nancy, il­lit­er­acy, ca­reer stag­na­tion, racism, op­pres­sion, dis­eases etc.

De­monic spir­its also claim ter­ri­to­rial re­spon­si­bil­ity over land, gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions, a fam­ily or even in­di­vid­u­als. The way peo­ple of that par­tic­u­lar area or ter­ri­tory act is some­times the man­i­fes­ta­tion of the spir­its con­trol­ling that ter­ri­tory.

“It is a ge­o­graph­i­cal area the devil claims as his and he is ready to de­fend it against those who try to tres­pass. This is one rea­son churches don’t grow in par­tic­u­lar neigh­bour­hoods and why par­tic­u­lar kinds of evil are on the in­crease in par­tic­u­lar lo­cal­i­ties. For ex­am­ple, ar­eas that have graf­fiti are al­ways used by witches and de­monic or­gan­i­sa­tions to fur­ther their pur­pose. Demons are there to en­force the will of satan over the ter­ri­tory,” says Pas­tor Julius Oluwa­jodu of the House of Mercy Bi­ble Church in Rand­burg, Joburg.

SPEC­I­FIED LO­CA­TIONS

Pas­tor Julius adds that satan as­signs ter­ri­to­rial spir­its to stop the will of God from pro­gress­ing.

“Demons use great power over land, a com­mu­nity or ter­ri­tory be­cause they ac­cept ter­ri­to­rial re­spon­si­bil­ity from the devil. They im­ple­ment their ter­ri­to­rial author­ity wher­ever satan al­lo­cates them. If a de­mon is as­signed over an in­di­vid­ual or com­mu­nity, it will re­sist the will of God and the ad­vance­ment of the king­dom of God there.”

The con­cept of ter­ri­to­rial spir­its comes from pas­sages such as Daniel 10, John 12:31, John 14:30 and John 16:11, while Mark 5:10 and Eph­e­sians 6:12 sug­gest that fallen an­gels have been given some type of author­ity over a cer­tain area.

DEAL­ING WITH TER­RI­TO­RIAL SPIR­ITS

Pas­tor Ngoako Mot­sepe of Light­house Church in Rusten­burg says prayer and wor­ship are the best way to fight ter­ri­to­rial spir­its.

“Psalm 68:1 says, 'Let God arise and His en­e­mies be scat­tered.' Wor­ship is a pow­er­ful and ef­fec­tive tool of de­feat­ing ter­ri­to­rial spir­its. We should have ter­ri­to­rial author­ity over our com­mu­ni­ties and re­move the pow­ers of dark­ness func­tion­ing there.”

He adds that to fight these spir­its, Chris­tians need to en­force the will of God, be bold in their faith and re­ceive the next level of em­pow­er­ment.

Un­rest in a par­tic­u­lar com­mu­nity is a re­sult of ter­ri­to­rial spir­its, which satan is us­ing to stop the will of God

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