I had a recent dream that caught my attention and gave insight and revelation to what many have been dealing with in this season in the Body of Christ. Dreams, visions and revelations are the language of Heaven. The more we have a grid for the revelatory realm, the more we can understand the things of the spirit and inhabit the realms of the spirit. Many are in a season of transition, movement, and promotion, but have been experiencing great warfare.
Over the last couple weeks I began to have a series of dreams were accusations were being made against me, I was being chased by the demonic, and I felt unusually drained. I began to inquire of the Lord what was going on because it was abnormal. I had a dream last week where I was on a plane with a known Apostle, on the way to somewhere. Planes represent going to higher realms in the spirit. On the plane we were served dinner. I took the cover off of my food, and immediately noticed there was a dead snake in my salad. The Apostle leans over and asked if I liked snake. I replied no I don't like snake or have a taste for it. He begins to tell me there is a way to deal with snakes. The Apostle told me to take the snake and you have to bite the head off first. In the dream it was exaggerated and he actually ended up eating half the snake in one bite. When he was done, he told me this is how its done in the apostolic, you have to take the head off and eat it. What attacks you can become your meal and nourishment.
I didn't realize I was dealing with a python spirit until this dream. I believe many of you have been dealing with this spirit as the Lord has been promoting you, and enlarging you in this season. The python spirit comes to constrict and choke out the prophetic breath in you. In Acts 16 when Paul and Silas where on the way to pray when they met a slave girl who was a diviner, and they encountered the python spirit. The Greek word for divination there is pythos where we get python. (Acts 16:16). She began to boast the men where men of God here to tell the town how they could be saved. What she was saying was right but it irritated Paul's spirit. It irritated his spirit because, that spirit was mocking them. The python spirit is a counterfeit to the prophetic. We see this in the Old Testament as well. In Exodus 8 Moses and Aaron had a showdown of power with Pharaoh and his diviners. The Lord caused Aaron's staff to turn into a serpent. Pharaoh commanded his diviners to do the same. Their staffs turned into serpents but Aaron's staff swallowed up the diviners staff. There is no substitute for God's power. The enemy may try to mimic the power of God, but God's power will swallow it up every time.
The python comes to control regions and choke out the prophetic voice. In Acts 16 the slave girl and her owners had the who city bought, and it prohibited the spirit of God from truly moving in their city, it was a false form of religion. When Paul cast the python spirit out of the slave girl it caused an uproar in the town, because the python spirit had been dethroned. It caused the people to come against them with false accusations and they were imprisoned. They tried to stop what God was doing,
The python spirit comes to constrict you in multiple ways. A lot of times we don't even realize we're dealing with a python spirit. In the natural, a snake will slowly began to wrap itself around a person or thing without much alarm, until it's too late and you can't get out of it's grip. When it has you right where it wants you, it goes in for the kill. Just like the natural, the python is very strategic in its attack, When you feel stifled and constricted in the spirit, its a sign of the python spirit attacking you. I really felt the python spirit constricting your mind in this season, and even using people around you to keep you in a place of constriction because of their words. When the python spirit limits your thoughts, you're not able to think God thoughts, or receive where God is trying to take you. Proverbs 23:7 (TPT) says, "For as he thinks within himself, so is he." Our thoughts and what we think about ourselves play out in our behaviors.
The enemy will also use people to constrict you by releasing word curses, accusations, and lies. Sometimes people can't celebrate what God is doing in your life, and because they have open doors the enemy will come in and use them against you. Remember our fight is not against flesh and blood, but in the spirit (Eph 6). You win the battle when take it up in the spirit. To defeat the lies, accusations, and curses, you must release the word of God. The truth of God's word will break the power of the lies and accusations. The word of God is the sword of the Spirit. Take the sword of the spirit and sever the the head of that python or serpent coming against you. When you sever the head, it has no longer has power.
Another way to defeat the python and serpent spirits is to stay close to the fire of God. We see this in Acts 28. Paul arrives on the island of Malta and starts a fire. As he adds more wood to the fire a viper can't take the heat of the fire, and comes out and bites Paul on the hand. He shakes it off back into the fire to kill, but the people are waiting for him to die because of the deadly venom. Paul was fine and the people ended up revering him because he survived. It's important to stay close to the fire, glory, and presence of God because it reveals pythons and vipers that try to hide, and lie in wait to attack. You don't have to fear the attack. The attack will come, but like Paul shake it back into the fire for the Lord to deal with it. You may have people watching and waiting for you to drop, but your life is going to be testimony of God's goodness and power. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises up against you shall be put down (Isa 54:17). The very thing that's come against you is going to become your meal to your next!.
I prophesy and declare over you every accusation and slanderous tongue that has come against you is being brought down. I take the sword of the spirit and sever the head of the python. I speak the breath of God to be loosed over you and in you. Where the enemy has tried to constrict you bind you its being broken in Jesus name.
~Prophetess Madeline James
Recently during a church service in worship we were singing the song "Way Maker," and the Lord gave me an inner vision. In the vision I saw a person holding a lantern, and walking on this pathway in complete darkness. The Lord spoke to me and told me, "This is how many feel in the Body of Christ right now, that they are walking in complete darkness." Many feel this way, because we have been in a massive time of transition individually, and as the Body of Christ. When we have Christ with us we can never truly walk in darkness. The lantern in the vision represents the word or revelation the Lord has given you to walk this season out with. Psalm 119:105 (NLT) declares, "Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path." It's important to hide and store God's word in our hearts (Ps 119:11). The revelation we store in our "lamps" will guide us and be enough light for every step we take, even when we can't see what's ahead. His word illuminates the way.
The Lord is releasing revelation in this season that's causing your night season to break forth into a new day. As you come out of your place of darkness, the Lord is placing a fresh measure of glory upon your life that will cause many to turn their heads and look. The glory of God will be undeniable in your life. Over the past few days I kept hearing in my spirit the phrase, "It's time to shine," and the Lord began to confirm that word as different people would speak that phrase.
It's time for you to shine Beloved. Isaiah 60:1 (AMP) declares, "Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the Lord]; for your light has come,
And the glory and brilliance of the Lord has risen upon you." I prophesy to you that it's time to come out of the place of spiritual darkness, depression, and oppression, because you're being clothed with fresh glory. This glory is restoring your vibrancy and brilliance where it has been dulled. Even though there is much darkness upon the earth, it cannot stifle the brilliance of His glory upon you (Isa 60:2). You're going to shine even brighter!
Isaiah 60:3-4 says, "Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.“Lift up your eyes around you and see; They all gather together, they come to you.
Your sons will come from far away, And your daughters will be looked after at their side." The measure of glory the Lord is bestowing upon you is going to cause the nations, those, in leadership, and governmental positions to notice. The glory carries influence to govern. The nations need what you have. We become the "leaves" God uses to bring healing to the nations (Revelation 22:2).
It's time to shine and be unapologetic about the glory the Lord is releasing over your life. The glory is not a quiet thing, it will speak for you. The glory will attract the right things and relationship, and will repel whats not of Him. God places His glory upon your life for a purpose and assignment. Isaiah 60:5 says, "Then you will see and be radiant, And your heart will tremble [with joy] and rejoice Because the abundant wealth of the seas will be brought to you, The wealth of the nations will come to you." As the Lord places this glory on your life it will cause every area of your life to increase and grow. You can't stay small in the glory. You must position your heart for the increase.
As the glory begins to increase in your life you're going to begin to see a physical manifestation of it through glory dust, oil, and signs and wonders. Get ready! A few weeks ago I had a dream where I was ministering in a service. The glory of God was so thick there was a cloud in the service, and as I was praying over people they were getting healed or falling out in the spirit. When I woke up I found glory dust all over my body, bed, and the floor next to the bed. The atmosphere in my dream manifested in the nature. As I began to release this to my church members the glory dust began to manifest upon them and within the church. The glory causes everything it touches to come alive!
I prophesy to you it's time to arise and shine and come out of the place of darkness. The glory is increasing upon your life, releasing increase and influence. The glory is attracting kingdom connections and cutting away what's not of God. Embrace what He's doing in your life. Don't apologize for it you've caught heaven's attention. It's time to shine bright!
~Prophet Madeline James
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.