One of the elements of torment is the torture produced through “illegal interrogation”. Let’s begin this section by explaining interrogation according to United States Law. According to USLegal.com, “interrogation” is, in criminal law, the process of questions asked by police to a person arrested or suspected to seek answers to a crime. Such person is entitled to be informed of his rights, including right to have counsel present, and the consequences of his answers. If the police fail or neglect to give these warnings, the questions and answers are not admissible in evidence at the trial or hearing of the arrested person.
The United States Constitution establishes the legal foundation controlling police interrogation. The Fifth Amendment guarantees the suspect's right against self-incrimination. The Sixth Amendment expressly guarantees his right to counsel in a criminal proceeding.
According to Dictionary.com the word “interrogate” means “to ask questions of (a person), sometimes to seek answers or in-formation that the person questioned considers personal or secret.” Just based off of the two definitions of “interrogate” and “interrogation” you can probably sense where God is taking this.
Let’s look at Acts 22:24-29 (NIV) “The commander ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. He directed that he be flogged and interrogated in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this. As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, “Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn’t even been found guilty?” When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. “What are you going to do?” he asked. “This man is a Roman citizen.” The commander went to Paul and asked, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” "Yes, I am,” he answered. Then the commander said, “I had to pay a lot of money for my citizenship.” “But I was born a citizen,” Paul replied. Those who were about to interrogate him withdrew immediately. The commander himself was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen, in chains.
The key element of this scripture to look at is what Paul said to the commander “Is it legal……” There are two relevant points to examine in this passage; legality and citizenship!
When you are a legal citizen of the Kingdom of God, there are certain rights that come along with that. Many will try to “pay” or “work” their way into the rights of Kingdom but those who are born again through Christ have birthrights that causes the natural and the spiritual to take notice.
Many will feel the need to try to interrogate you without just cause or get you to explain your faith, beliefs or call, but with citizenship comes legal standing, legal provision and legal access. What does this have to do with the spirit of torment? Torment looks for avenues in which the woman believes she had something to do with her own legalization. Meaning, the same way you are born again in Christ, without doing anything but believing, is the same way you have freedom in God’s Kingdom through believing. When you begin to think any other way, torment can sneak its way into the coracles of your mind. When you don’t believe in the truth of who Christ says you are that’s when interrogation can begin and doubt can break the greatest of strengths.
When torment is released upon any individual, there are spiritual and natural elements that begin. In the natural you will have people searching and asking questions concerning your life and personal space. You begin to be put on “display” for the world to look at with critical eyes. A spotlight is shined on everything you do. In this aspect, the interrogation has begun. In the spiritual you have various degrees of spiritual warfare and their agents seeking protocol, broken laws and secret agendas. This is how the inner turmoil begins with a struggle in deciphering between what is true and what the lie is. Let’s take another look at Lisa and Rachel to get a better understanding.
One of the ways Lisa was able to break the spirit of Rachel was to interrogate or ask questions concerning Rachel’s life. She mocked the good Rachel did by making her life look or appear insignificant, irrelevant and wasteful. By continuously searching for elements of inconsistency, Lisa was able to bring a level of interrogation that actually made Rachel doubt who she truly was. It was an “illegal” move on Lisa’s part. Illegal because Lisa had no spiritual or natural jurisdiction or cause to even begin the war of torment on Rachel. However, because there was a level of unbelief in Rachel, Lisa’s attack was equipped to break Rachel. It was the responsibility of Rachel to always believe what God said to her. It was her place of dominion to secure. The constant existence of pure truth will always keep a person free. If Rachel would have “taken” (occupied, engaged, seized, received, secured, overcome, accepted, withstood, abided, contained, housed, supported, managed, studied, learned, taught, considered, examined, experienced, felt, succeeded, worked, rooted, eliminated, adopted, carried, transferred,) the stance of “unmovable trust”, absolutely nothing would have been able to torment her.
Now, how does this apply to women or even to you who are reading this book? Torment must be fed. It is a very hungry spirit yet it is picky with its meals. It prefers to thrive off of fear and unbelief. Fear of what other people think, fear of what other people say and fear of how people relate to you can move you into a place of extreme torment. Unbelief in the plan, action, approval, justification and image of who God already said you are will allow the enemy of your mind and heart to decide for you, who and what you are going to be. If this decision of the enemy is different than what God has said, torment begins! Interrogation from your own doubts will override the truth.
My sister, you got to stop the questioning and totally trust God. Others will always ask you to explain your position and your grace. But you have to remember, at this level of healing, at this level of understanding and at this level of truth, there is no explanation needed. Illegal interrogations don’t get answered because of your legal citizenship in the Kingdom of the Most High God. No matter what anyone tries to say or do, you stand with the ultimate truth. You are free! There is no arrest! Your rights are made clear to you! The constitution of Christ Jesus gives you the right to never self-incriminate. You don’t have to agree to anything that is not the will or the Word of the Lord!
Now, I understand there are times the interrogation gets unbearable because of the torture that tries to come along with it. During this time, you have the right to Godly counsel. Do not seek out people who will campaign for you or even agree with you. But seek out the person(s) who will pray with you and will keep your faith motivated. Find the person(s) who will remind and rehearse with you your spiritual and natural rights.
Finally, remember that your peace of mind is secured by Christ and you. You are the first level of defense against any interrogation. Protect “you” it at all times. If this means you don’t do the things you have always done, then so be it. Make the necessary natural and spiritual changes needed to produce the outcome of victory.