Yesterday evening I met up with friends in the house of prayer in Utrecht. We shared about the dynamics of discouragement and intimidation - how satan aims to make us give up, withdraw from relationships and lose our faith and expectation in God. Often he uses our own and other people's weaknesses, blind spots and sinfulness. He's also a master in disturbing communication. It was a 'feast of recognition' to hear each other's stories. At the end of the evening I felt really encouraged.
It's a given that prophetic people will encounter attacks from 'Jezebel'. This demonic spirit aims to silence the prophets by all means, if necessary by 'killing' them. Tonight I realised that one of her disguises is a humanistic spirit that comes with reasoning and 'common sense' instead of the word of the Lord. She discourages prophetic people from moving freely in the Spirit. In order to bring God's word uncompromised, we have to overcome 'fear of man' and get used to rejection. This is a difficult paradox: to be sensitive and vulnerable on the one hand, and discerning and confronting on the other.