The Lord gave me a picture recently that describes what many are going through as we are trying to find our way to God’s assignment. Though we feel we are doing everything we know, there seems to be obstructions and obstacles that hinder our ability to find our way and move forward. It’s because there is a Twisting spirit at work, knotting things up, contorting and convoluting our thoughts and plans, and seeking to cut off the life flow of the Spirit.
The picture was that of a garden hose that was knotted up. When there’s even one twist in the hose it will greatly diminish the water flow coming out the other end. Until the knots and twists are straightened, the line is restricted and there will be no flow of water.
This is what is happening in the spirit to many who are pursuing the paths of God. Instead of a nice straight path that is clearly marked out with every step ordered, there is no flow because of all the twists and knots that have been inserted. Things are out of alignment. The enemy is twisting not only our thoughts, plans, relationships, and connections, but our very speech and communications. He is seeking to cut off the power of Holy Spirit and confuse us on our way.
Think of these Scriptures:
Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue (Psalm 5:8-9 ESV).
(Wisdom says…) All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge (Proverbs 8:8-9).
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths (Proverbs 3:6-7).
This Twisting spirit is called Leviathan: In that day the Lord with His hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent (Isaiah 27:1 ESV). The enemy’s purpose is to kill the life flow within us and keep us from reaching our destination and fulfilling our call. He is trying to get things all mixed up in our heads and scatter all the pieces of our lives into chaos. He’s twisting our communications with others and causing things to be misaligned.
When I asked the Lord how to pray into this, He referred to the previous Scriptures and said to PROPHESY THAT THE CROOKED PATHS WILL BE MADE STRAIGHT. Pray that things will come into alignment with God’s plans and purposes and all your steps will be ORDERED of the Lord (Psalm 37:23).
According to Proverbs 3:6-7 and Psalm 107:7-9, we acknowledge that God is in charge – not the enemy! We must begin to thank Him for His plans and purposes that will prevail. We must walk in the fear of the Lord and determine to follow Him at all costs.
If you have felt like your words have been twisted, your plans are confused, or your connections have been missed, you could be dealing with this Twisting spirit, Leviathan. If so, start thanking the Lord for His sovereign purposes and prophesy to your path! Declare that the crooked will be made straight and that the twists and knots have to give way to the life flow of Holy Spirit!
When a hose is unkinked and the water comes through at full force, the hose is so full of pressure, anything that was stuck in the hose will be expelled. This is what will happen when we pray for the Holy Spirit to come. Declare that the presence of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit will put pressure on the enemy to dislodge his lies, his schemes, his strategies, and every obstacle he has tried to put in our way! Prophesy the flow of the Spirit into your path. Prophesy that every plan, connection, relationship, communication, and purpose will be made clear and straight as the glory of the Lord streams down from heaven onto your pathway.
… make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken (Isaiah 40:4-5 ESV).
This not only applies to us personally, but has implications in our nation. The enemy is hard at work to CONTORT AND OBSTRUCT THE PLANS OF THE LORD. This same Twisting serpent is seeking to twist words and communications, stop healthy communications, and cut off the move of God that has been prayed and prophesied over this nation! We can pray these same prayers that will call out this demonic interference and declare that God’s purposes will be made clear and the pathway will be made straight.
In Acts 13: 6-12, the Apostle Paul calls out Elymas, the magician, for trying to obstruct and “…make crooked the straight paths of the Lord.” He prophesies blindness over Elymas so that he would be unable to see the sun for a time. It says a “mist and darkness” fell upon this enemy of God and when this happened, the proconsul (city ruler) believed in the Lord!
We do not have to put up with the enemy’s twisted ways. We don’t have to bow to accusations, confusion, and obstructions. Through our intercession we can prophesy that the crooked be made straight, that every step be ordered of the Lord, and that our path be made clear as we run our race to the finish.
He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail (1 Samuel 2:9 ESV).