As I was traveling toward a small town in Oregon, I saw a territorial spirit hovering over it. He had a long banner that read “Deaf and Dumb”. What I noticed more than anything was his attitude. He was arrogant and blissful as if he was well established in his place.
I have learned that understanding doesn’t always come with an experience. I didn’t understand why I was allowed to see this so I prayed about it for a few days in hopes that understanding would catch up to experience.
After a few days I mentioned what I saw to Brad and he encouraged me to continue praying and then asked me to come and share about what I saw and what the Lord has revealed to me concerning the spirit that I saw.
This spirit has many symptoms, but the one that causes the most perverse and detrimental effect is unbelief. Deaf and dumb spirit works at different territorial levels as well as having distinguishing trait in a person.
• The City – As a principality operating evil intelligence for the area by working against regional and city destiny.
• Church Level - By hemming in and defining the extent of spiritual knowledge, wisdom, council and prophetic activity.
• The Individual - A person can experience the effects as a residence of the city or by being tied to it generationally.
• Spiritual Symptoms
• Mental and Emotional Symptoms
• Physical Symptoms
Spiritual symptoms are the most common but the least noticed.
Hebrew 11:5b “Concerning this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your [spiritual] hearing and sluggish [even slothful in achieving spiritual insight].
The scripture doesn’t say they were always dull. There was a slothfulness to rise up. To achieve any level of maturity, it is requires disciplining ourselves. Lazy, slothful people hate spiritual discipline.
A person can be excessively disciplined in the natural, yet, slothful in attending to their spiritual well-being.
If we are confused, disordered and dull in our mental training, allowing our minds to wander without restraints, we are limited in our ability to spiritually grow.
Soundness of mind is vitally important to good spiritual growth – meaning to think clearly, with our understanding ordered and conformed to the scripture.
He Plots – Every Christian is marked in the spirit (by the enemy) to become an object of conspiracy. A scheme of evil is set in motion to cause spiritual sluggishness.
He Plans – There are spirits on assignment diligently working to shut people up in dullness.
He Ploys – Causes frustration and the ability to retain spiritual things in a meaningful manner. (Maybe this is why some can set through years of sermons and messages and never fell convicted of their secret sins.) This causes dullness. Those who are dull in their hearing are weak in faith and slow to believe.
Ephesians 4:19 “In their spiritual apathy they have become callous and past feeling and reckless and have abandoned themselves [a prey] to unbridled sensuality, eager and greedy to indulge in every form of impurity’ [that their depraved desires may suggest and demand].
Symptoms: spiritual Dullness, spiritual lethargy, spiritual slumber or stupor, mental confusion, doubt, unbelief,
Mental and Emotional Symptoms
These are together because emotions will respond to the strong influence of thought patterns and belief systems. Deaf and dumb will block the development of emotions and thought patters to keep us in an immature state. A lot of the blockage is the not recognizing the encased dullness.
Flight – Running away mentally and emotionally to deflect or avoid something. Mental flight can form tracks in your behavior and response system. The mental realm can be filled with programs that we have purposefully or unintentionally downloaded.
When we are careless about our mental development, we are vulnerable to the assignments that are set against us as a person, church or area.
Tuning out - A person with the deaf and dumb spirit influencing their life will tune out conversations, sermons, or even parts of the Bible that they can’t or don’t want to embrace. This increases the deaf and dumb spirit to mask reality and truth.
His goal is to cause fantasy and reality to become mingled and the line between fact and fiction is lost.
It is important that we discipline our minds and emotions to stay in alignment with the Word of God. When we allow our mind to wander around in places, a process unknowingly begins that gradually takes one beyond reality.
2 Timothy 4: 3-4 For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.
Denial – Denial lies hidden in the personal choice to believe unreality, while, refusing to acknowledge the real facts.
Matthew 15; 16 “And He said, Are you also even yet dull and ignorant [without understanding and unable to put things together]?
• Those in denial do not connect the pieces that give them the whole picture.
• Denial is believing a lie and wavering in belief.
• Denial brings comfort and works against awareness, sensitivity, and alertness.
Confusion – Confusion keeps people from landing on solid ground or embracing truth. It causes sluggishness and slow in learning and understanding.
Sorrow or Grief – comes from mental or emotional pain. In the case where deaf and dumb is working some will grieve over perceived hurts that are not real or were not intended to be injurious.
Like unbelief, grief is a ruling spirit under deaf and dumb. It opens the door to death.
2 Corinthians 7;10 “For godly grief and the pain God is permitted to direct, produce a repentance that leads and contributes to salvation and deliverance from evil, and it never brings regret; but worldly grief (the hopeless sorrow that is characteristic of the pagan world) is deadly [breeding and ending in death].”
Depression, hopelessness and despair can also be embedded in a stronghold of deaf and dumb.
The more destructive aspects of the deaf and dumb spirit show up in the physical realm.
Mark 17b – 18 Teacher, I brought my son to You, for he has a dumb spirit. And wherever it lays hold of him [so as to make him its own], it dashes him down and convulses him, and he foams [at the mouth] and grinds his teeth, and he [ falls into a motionless stupor and] is wasting away. And I asked Your disciples to drive it out, and they were not able [to do it].
Here we see epilepsy, foaming of the mouth and gnashing teeth would be considered the mark of madness. These physical symptoms when dealing with deaf and dumb can stem from grief and death. Other physical symptoms are physical deafness or muteness, both physical and mental bruising. Natural and spiritual strength is sapped so they have difficulty rising up.
• Auditory Aphasia - Don’t know what speech sounds like.
• Gibberish Aphasia – Speak words and Phrases that make no sense.
• Motor Aphasia – Know what they want to say but cannot utter the words.
• Amnesic Aphasia – Can’t recall certain words that are familiar.
Mark 7 “32 – 35 “And they brought to Him a man who was deaf and had difficulty in speaking, and they begged Jesus to place His hand upon him. And taking him aside from the crowd [privately], He thrust His fingers into the man's ears and spat and touched his tongue; And looking up to heaven, He sighed as He said, Ephphatha, which means, Be opened! And his ears were opened, his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak distinctly and as he should.”
Unbelief – Principle Fruit
Unbelief is a stronghold of the thought life. However, God also speaks of unbelief as a spiritual sin.
Hebrew 3;12 “[Therefore beware] brethren, take care, lest there be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to cleave to, trust in, and rely on Him], leading you to turn away and desert or stand aloof from the living God.”
Unbelief is a spiritual sin that sets up a stronghold in the mind that causes the person to feel emotionally distant from God.
Levels of unbelief:
General Dullness – Places a system of beliefs, that when analyzed by scripture, portrays the beginning of unbelief. It brings a cloud of oppression over the mind and memory, opening the door for doubt and unbelief.
Doctrinal – Brings deception in clearness to the Word of God.
• God’s willingness to do something in certain realms...Healing, Deliverance, Finances, ETC...
If we live in our experience rather than in the knowledge contained in the fullness of the scripture, then we believe in a partial Gospel.
Hardness of Heart – Deaf and dumb clouds the atmosphere. It attempts to frame within us a faulty belief system toward God and the kingdom.
Unbelief in strong religious forms will use doctrines of devils to support why God will not do things in this day.
Consequences of unbelief:
1. We bring upon our self the displeasure of God.
2. Then comes- estrangement from the Lord.
3. Then a revoking or cutting off from the promises of God.
Acts 28: 27 “For the heart (the understanding, the soul) of this people has grown dull (stupid, hardened, and calloused), and their ears are heavy and hard of hearing and they have shut tight their eyes, so that they may not perceive and have knowledge and become acquainted with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their souls and turn [to Me and be converted], that I may heal them.”
There is a call for the deaf to hear and the blind to see.
Destroying Deaf and Dumb
Start with the spiritual issues. Do these steps in all levels. Person, church and territory.
• Repent for dullness, slothfulness, and the sin of unbelief.
• Pray against strongholds and rulers that work with deaf and dumb. Especially unbelief.
• Release the host of heaven to surround the city, church and people.
• Forbid any outside interference from demonic forces that would come to empower the demons we are fighting against.
• Pray through and ask God to reveal the work of this spirit in the area. As he reveals it do the warfare that goes with the revelation.
Mental and emotional realm
• Deal with grief and sorrow.
• Check for unforgivness or resentment in the heart.
• Rebuke unbelief
• Do a spiritual inventory on yourself and ask God to reveal areas in your life that is influence by deaf and dumb, that have been blinded to you.
• Break every line of agreement that you have come into with this spirit or any spirit working with him. Personally and generational.
• Discipline yourself