Hi folks. I want to talk about how the enemy will attack us in the workplace. Satan is an opportunist. If he gets the chance he will use coworkers and/or customers to lash out at you. Have you ever had a coworker who was overly hostile towards you for no real reason? Sometimes it’s just a case of a bad attitude but sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s a demon using that individual to get at you. Have you ever had a boss who seemed to have it in for you even though you know for a fact that you are doing a good job? If you’re a Christian and your boss is not there’s a good chance the man is being used as a puppet. The first thing to keep in mind is that your enemy isn’t the puppet it’s the evil thing pulling the strings.
There are two strategies that I have found that work well to combat this situation. The first is prayer. A simple prayer asking Jesus to remove anything that is allowing the enemy to work against you in the workplace is very effective. Word it based on your situation. The Lord doesn’t leave His soldiers hanging out to dry. The second strategy is basic spiritual warfare using the authority of the Lord’s name. In the mornings you can take a moment when all parties involved are at the workplace, that is when the puppet is in the building. Step off someplace where no one else can hear you and take authority over the demons in the name of Jesus and command them to stay out of your business in the workplace. Command them to keep their noses out of anything that you are involved in. You can say it quietly but you must say it out loud so the demons can hear it. They will still hear it if you say it quietly, demons have great hearing. This is also very effective.
I once was stuck working with a man who was under demonic oppression. The demons used him at every opportunity. I’m an HVAC service tech. A few years ago I was working for a local company installing heat pumps and gas furnaces. My helper left the company and had to be replaced. The man that was hired to be my new helper turned out to have some serious doors open which the enemy used to lash out at me. The guy was a professing Christian and I am sure he really was a believer. However he was like a lot of Christians. He didn’t know about demons and how they work behind the scenes to create problems for Christians. The man was a Lumbee indian and he actively took part in tribal religious activities. He didn’t see this as being in conflict with the worship of the Lord Jesus and had no idea that this was a demonic door. I tactfully tried to get at the issue a few times but was unsuccessful. I actually liked the guy but the enemy had their claws in Him. The Lord told me through the Holy Spirit what was going on so that I could deal with it appropriately. There were several times when the man made an effort to stab me in the back and later would be talking to me as if it had never happened. All of his thoughts were not his own including the one causing his hostility towards me. When someone is under demonic oppression and the enemy is implanting thoughts and urges into a person’s mind those thoughts don’t register clearly in the persons memory. They will not realize at the time that the thoughts are not their own and will usually act on them. But later the demonic implanted thoughts will not be clear in the victims memory. Not like their own thoughts will be. The man didn’t have a clear memory of having caused me any headaches. Thanks to discernment of the spirit I knew this and dealt with the man accordingly. I could actually tell when the enemy was manipulating him. Once the Holy Spirit made me aware of what was up I began to take the defensive. Every morning when I said my morning prayer I would make a point to ask the Lord Jesus to remove anything that would allow the enemy to use my co workers against me. When I arrived at the workplace and once my helper was there I would take authority over the demons in the name of Jesus and command them to stay out of my business in the workplace. I did this in the parking lot where other people wouldn’t hear but the demons would. I could then actually get the job done while working with the man and not have issues. I did this for several months every day. I wanted very much to sit down with the man and talk about what was going on but until a victim realizes on their own, what’s going on and wants to break out, all you can do is pray for them. The guy finally got himself fired. I did my best to do right by the man and never told the boss he was a problem. It’s not as if I could say to the boss ‘hey it’s not really his fault he’s under demonic oppression’.
I hope this article is useful to someone. Just remember the person isn’t your enemy, the demon manipulating them is.
Parker Palmer was right when he defined community as “that place where the person you least like is.” What is true for communities in general seems especially true in the workplace.
Just about everyone has someone they work with who drives them nuts. Maybe it is a coworker in a similar position. Harder still when the crazy-making person is a boss or someone “higher up”. These are the folks who can, for a whole variety of reasons, make an otherwise good work day miserable.
In some communities (like church), you can at least make efforts to avoid the people who get on your nerves. But at work it’s harder. Work tends to happen almost every day and unlike volunteer organizations, our assignments can force steady interaction with those we would prefer to avoid. Then we carry them with us in our down time, wasting precious energy on pretend arguments with them in our cars, showers and beds. Nothing makes for a work-weary soul more than a day with a “workplace enemy”.
The Hardest of Teachings
Carmelite nun, Therese de Lisieux, knew much about getting along with others. She writes,
One sister attracts you; another sister – well, you’d go a good long way round to avoid meeting her. Without knowing it, she is your persecuttress… Her behavior to be sure, suggests that she isn’t too fond of me; yes, but ‘What credit is it to you if you love those who love you?’ (from Autobiography of a Saint)
She refers to one of Jesus’ difficult teachings about loving our enemies. On a challenging scale, I’d put this one right up there with trusting God more than money. Just loving your friends is no big deal – anyone can do that, he told his disciples. I’m calling you to love even those people who persecute you. To pray for those who treat you poorly, to do good to those who hate you. (Luke 6)
No problem Jesus. Piece of cake.
Assuming you were going to try to love your workplace nemesis, I have a few thoughts.
I have always been helped by the distinction between liking and loving. Liking means enjoying being with someone, hanging out with them, sharing interests. That’s hard to imagine when thinking about my enemies.
Loving on the other hand has more to do with respecting, valuing, and treating people with justice and mercy. Loving means trusting that, no matter how outrageous the behavior, this person too carries the image of God. It may involve less time around the water cooler but more prayer. When all is said and done, it is possible to treat someone fairly and respectfully, without liking them.
Loving my enemy at work also does not mean being a doormat. Loving may mean confronting or challenging untruths and inappropriate behavior. Think of Jesus. Pharisees seem to push his buttons. They were constantly making his job harder. When they challenged his healing on the Sabbath or tried to paint him into a theological corner, he didn’t roll over. Rather he challenged them, confronted, and generally refused to let them get in his way. Jesus loved the Pharisees, even died for them, but he didn’t let them sabotage his work.
Enemies as Gifts?
At another church, I was constantly irritated by Steve. Unfortunately, Steve had a position of leadership in the church, so I had to deal with him all the time. Like a boat lashed to a dock in choppy water, we were constantly banging into each other. I remember putting off phone calls, avoiding him whenever possible and spending way too much time in pretend arguments. Sometimes it felt like he lived with me, but Steve and I were not buddies.
Looking back on it, I can see that Steve was a gift to me. Pain in the neck though he was, Steve helped me to grow in ways others could not. This is part of the miracle and mystery of faith, that God can use even our enemies to help us grow. Our enemies help us to know ourselves better – they show us things about ourselves we may not want to see. As our buttons get pushed, we can ask ‘why?’ What is this person revealing to me that needs healing in my life?
As Jean Vanier writes in Community and Growth, “We can only really love our enemies and all that is broken in them if we begin to love all that is broken in our own beings.” I have found that if I am willing to take an enemy into my prayer life, and simply hold them there, new insights emerge. My antagonists drive me to pray, as I need patience, courage to confront, or help in letting go of fixing them.
The irony of all this praying is that I often start to feel more compassion and less anger toward them. I can’t say I ever grew to like Steve, but I do feel as if eventually I was able to love him. A little anyway.
Whether You Speak or Keep Silent…
Speak in such a way that you can still hear what the other is saying, and that he or she will still be ready to hear you. Whether you speak or keep silent let it proceed from the peace of the Lord. (Rule for a New Brother, Fr. Dr. H. van der Looy)
We will always run into people who push our buttons. If our workplace enemy quits or moves to a new job, a new one will eventually take their place. Call it Murphy’s Law of Community Living, enemies abhorring a vacuum, or the natural result of our living in a fallen world. Learning how to love our enemies is a lifelong call.
There is no one way to deal with enemies, no template that is always the right thing to do in every situation. The best advice might well be that from Dr. van der Looy, to let whatever we do proceed from the peace of the Lord. That is enough.
Written by Doug Wysockey-Johnson Excerpted from Faith At Work Magazine. faithatwork.com Used by permission. Content distributed by WorkLife.org > Used for non-profit teaching purposes only.
Posted on Tue, January 24, 2017 by WorkLife
1 Thessalonians 4:11, ”And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;”
Colossians 1:10, That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
If you are dealing with oppression or false accusation at workplace, you should know that you have enemies that are planning to sack you in the place of your position.
The rate of this problem is making a lot of workers to lose their jobs due to one thing or the other. To have a verbal confrontation or fight with your co-workers may cause your job.
Physical assaults, threats, and intimidation are severe forms of harassment and bullying at workplace. Many people are battling with threat day by day. This kind of people are under severe pressure. They usually don’t enjoy satisfaction at job performance.
There is an invisible barrier that drives people into mediocrity. It cripples the best of people, paralyses people with the poison of rejection and hatred.
This barrier develop by evil conspiracy at workplace. They gather to talk against a person’s position and make plans to bribe their boss to effect your demotion. You should reject.
When it comes to issues that attached to a job position, obstacles will always arise and should be addressed with prayers and fasting.
Usually opposition at workplace reveals the high degree of hatred. However, the great thing about this opposition strengthens the children of God. If they try to push you the wall, the Lord will give you wisdom to deal with them both physically and spiritually.
1 John 5:4, For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Whenever God want to manifest His power in order to protect your job, He uses people to render that job security for you.
However, the kind of people you work with in that orgnaization will either determine your progress, promotion or even demotion. God has specific plan for you being in that place and wants you to achieve your destiny.
But the moment some people are not creating the enabling environment or freedom for you to thrive at your workplace may lead to serious problems.
The problem can manifest in the areas of severe spiritual attacks. Therefore, having an enemy in your place of work is a normal phenomenon everywhere but when the enemy is blocking your progress or restricting your blessings, it carefully shows that you will not enjoy your place of work despite the money or position.
A lot of people are working hard but unfortunately the enemy is putting holes in their hands thereby making it difficult for them to achieve good things with their hands. When you keep experiencing attack at your workplace is an indication that your enemy did not want you to last long in that same position.
- Prayers Against Foundational Problems
- Prayers Against Strange Woman Attacking The Source Of My Glory
PRAYER POINTS (Ps 35)
INSTRUCTION: Embark on 3 days fasting and prayers between 6am to 3pm.
- O Lord, I give you thanks for giving me a place to work, in the name of Jesus. I am grateful for your protection over this job. Be thou glorified in Jesus name.
- O God, hide me from those (name them) planning to conspire against me and my position, in the name of Jesus.
- Every door of oppression opened against me at my workplace, backfire, in the name of Jesus.
- O God arise, stand up for my help and let the destructive plans of the enemies against my good works, backfire now, in the name of Jesus.
- O God, give me my duely possessions, promotions, position, place, and portion this season by fire, in the name of Jesus.
- Congregation of satanic gossipers at my workplace using their evil thought to stop me, scatter unto desolation, in the name of Jesus.
- Those planning to make trouble with me in order to set me up at my workplace, you shall not succeed, so therefore, i command you to write for your sack in Jesus name.
- Blood of Jesus, protect me and my job, in the name of Jesus.
- Any power using any of my boss or workers to attack me, your end has come, wither by fire, in the name of Jesus.
- I decree by the blood of Jesus, I reject evil report concerning my job, in the name of Jesus.
- My Father, reveal to me anyone that does not want me to be promoted at my workplace; arrest and disgrace such person, in the name of Jesus.
- Let my enemies taking my names to the shrine because of my position at workplace, you will not escape destruction tonight, die by fire, in the name of Jesus.
- Every sorcerer in my place of work/business/studies, I turn the battle against you, in Jesus name.
- O Lord, let the sorrow of those building false accusation against me in my place of work, be multiplied, in the name of Jesus.
- Every power saying I shall not excel in my workplace, you are a liar, die by fire, in Jesus name.
- All my efforts in this organization will not be in vain, in Jesus name.
- Anyone who has vowed to throw me into the labour market, I cancel your evil verdict, in Jesus name.
- By the power of the living God, no witch or wizards shall prosper in my place of work, in the name of Jesus.
- All evil records produced by my enemies to spoil my reputation, My God shall fight you, in the name of Jesus.
- All negative words that have been spoken against me by evil gossipers, be reversed by fire, in the name of Jesus.
- Every power gathered to disgrace me in my workplace, I grind you into powder and scatter you into the desert, in Jesus name.
- My divine provision locate me by fire, in Jesus name.
- Envious witchcraft eyeing after my post, backfire. You shall not steal from me, in Jesus name.
- I am a child of destiny. The Lord shall vindicate me, in the name of Jesus.
- By the mercy of the living God, I shall not miss my divine allocation, in Jesus name.
- Arrow of sickness fired into my life to take me away from this organization, backfire.
- Whatever the enemy is planning against me in this organisation, Holy Ghost fire, destroy them, in the name of Jesus.
- Every satanic letter, go back to the sender, in the name of Jesus.
- Anything planted in me or my office by evil remote control power, come out now, in Jesus name.
- I shake out every curse working my efforts, in the name of Jesus.
- Every power afflicting me in my workplace, be consumed without any trace, in Jesus name.
Praying for Success
Majestic Creator, the LORD of our success, we seek opportunities to exhibit the wisdom, strength and understanding You have bestowed unto us. We humbly seek opportunities that go beyond all the strife, we seek courage to strive and to dare to be divinely different.
When we are successful, let it be according to Your Word. Let our faith and our honor be held high that we may be true representatives of You on this earth.
Philippians 4:19 My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 112:3 Wealth and riches are in his house. His righteousness endures forever.
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Lord’s Guidance To Success
JEHOVAH GOD, our LORD who holds ALL matters of life in His Hands, grant us success in whatever work or business with which You have Blessed us. Help us to give these tools of our trade the careful thought and the strict attention that will lead to Success.
LORD, watch over us and govern our actions, that we may not mar the perfection of Your Plans for us. Show us how to give our very best. Let us not hate the hard work and diligence that is necessary to complete our success.
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your substance, with the first fruits of all your increase: so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
Joshua 1:9 Haven’t I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid. Do not be dismayed, for Yahweh your God is with you wherever you go.
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Blessings in the Workplace
Almighty Father, even if our supervisors, managers, employees or even our customers, are creating chaos and mayhem in our place of employ or business, let us continue performing, as if we are working directly unto You, with cheerful hearts.
Let every challenging duty come to us, as if it is coming directly from You. Father, give us the blessings of Your Divine help and guidance, and suffer us not to fail. LORD, let us remember You when we receive the fruit of our success.
We will bless You with Your tithes and offerings, as it is You who gave us the power to succeed. In JESUS’ Majestic and Mighty name we pray… AMEN!!!
Additional reading: Workplace Worship: How to Practice Your Faith Without Preaching a Word, And Grow Your Career in the Process
Proverbs 2:6-8 For the Lord gives wisdom. Out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
He lays up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity; that he may guard the paths of justice, and preserve the way of his saints.