Monday, December 31, 2012

Declaring God's Promises Over Your Family, Community and City

31 Days of Devotion  - Declaring God’s Promises
Releasing an Open Heaven for Breakthrough
 January 2013

You are cordially invited to partner with the servants of the Most High God, in fellowship with the Honorable Lord Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit, during the month of January 2013, declaring the promises of God over your family, members in your community and city as we believe for an open heaven, breakthrough and revival.

There is a time for everything under heaven. I can feel the shift taking place. I believe we have reached a time appointed by the Lord to rend the heavens and displace darkness.

We will never have revival if the heavens are shut up. We need an open heaven! Francis Frangipane, in a recent article called The War Over Reality writes, "The war against principalities involves displacement: Christ filling the spiritual territories once held by satan." He continues ... " Ephesians 3:10 reveals God's glorious plan, that "through the Church" God has purposed to make known His manifold wisdom to the principalities and powers "in the heavenly places." You see, as the Body of Christ on earth agrees with its Head in Heaven, the Spirit of Christ Himself displaces the powers of darkness in the heavenly places. In other words, when the Church on earth is aggressive in its agreement with the will and Word of God, then the presence of God increases in the spiritual realm, proportionally displacing the influence of Hell on earth. Shortly thereafter, manifesting in the world of men, we see revivals, healings and miracles. But when the Church is passive, indifferent or carnal, the powers of Hell increase their rule over the affairs of men: marriages break up, crime increases, and wantonness becomes unbridled. We must see that our prayers, attitudes, and agreement with God are an integral part of establishing the reality of the Kingdom of God on earth!" (End quote).

God is very specific that repentance and turning from our old ways can move His heart and His Spirit to bring a fresh wind of the Lord. Prophets identified with the sins of the people where they were stationed. They were not just a voice to the people but they were intercessors as well, and as such, God expected them to identify with the sins of the people in the land where they lived. Each prayer and declaration involves this form of identificational repentance. Prayers of renouncement are incorporated so as to remove long standing iniquity and strongholds, where others have never asked for forgiveness, perhaps for generations. The devotions start with the basics and quickly move into deeper issues, bringing cleansing, healing, and making room for families to be healed and restored. Every prayer is written with the express desire to reach multitudes, shift the airways and tear down strongholds. I do hope you will join us, for I have great expectancy of what the Lord will do in each of our cities and communities through the voice of His servants! Here is the first of the 31 devotions!

Jan. 1. Father, I declare that I am made in the image and likeness of my Heavenly Father. (Genesis 1:26). I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Ps. 139:14). My sins are forgiven.  (1 John 1:9; 1 John 2:12). My salvation has occurred at the cross, before I even asked to     be saved! For by grace I have been saved through faith, (Eph. 2:8) and it is God’s gift to me. I believe in my heart that Jesus is Lord, crucified for my sins, resurrected by the Holy Spirit, and He is seated at the right hand of the Father. I am accepted in the beloved,     Jesus Christ. (Eph. 1:6). I am adopted as God’s own dear child. (Eph. 1:6) I have a Father that loves me! I declare the words of Your truth over myself, my family members  (____,     ____, ) my friends, co-workers, and those in my community.

Thank you, Jesus, for our salvation! I declare you are the Son of God, who died and rose again - for me! The stain of my sin and shame has been taken away by the shed blood  of Jesus Christ. I repent for any thoughts that do not line up with God’s word, for Your word is truth. Not my feelings! I accept by faith what God has said. I am His child, and  therefore greatly loved!

I declare that myself, my family members, (_____, _____,), friends, and those in my sphere of influence - where I live, work and where ever I go - shall know understand these truths. As I declare these scriptures over myself, I also declare them over my family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, and the people in the city of __________ where I live. I declare freedom to those that are captive to any strongholds built around a false belief system. I declare that they will no longer conform their self image  to what the enemy or the world would say about them, but they will change to reflect what God has said about them, for it is written, 'You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free,' in Jesus name.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

31 Days of Devotions, Prayer and Declarations to Release an Open Heaven

I believe the Lord has a word for the body of Christ, and this is it: “You’ve circled this mountain long enough.” The whole scripture is actually found in Deut. 2:3 with an added verse that says, “Now turn North, and command the people.” However you may wish to interpret the verse, I see it as, “You’ve been going around the same mountain long enough. Now get up from where you’ve been and get moving.”

It is awfully hard to rouse ourselves from where we’ve been sitting, especially when nothing has been happening for a long time. Ever feel that way? I am thankful that I have a great husband that lit a fire under me the other day. He told me to start putting God’s promises around the house, and asked me to post one for each day. So I got out my Bible and started digging. Then it got really fun, and I decided to take it a little step further and make a quick devotional and declaration for each day. And then, lo and behold, God jumped in and told me to start writing with the objective to open the heavens. Yay, God!! So..when He makes that kind of suggestion, I am all in. I am so excited for what He will do as we make these prayers and declarations during the month of January!

They start out from square one, getting back to basics dealing with salvation, identity and dominion issues, then quickly move forward into heavier issues. We don’t want to go to war with any open doors to the enemy, so He is making sure that we take care of some of those issues, too. These are for each one of us, but we will be making declarations over our family members, friends, neighbors, and people in our communities and cities. Because even though we may know who we are in Christ, a lot of other people don’t. And we want to reach multitudes!

What I’m asking for is for you to share these daily devotional articles on your FB pages, send them to those who you know will pray with an earnest heart,  pray them with your family, friends, and share them with anyone and everyone that is dry, weary, needing a drink of spiritual water and is just needing breakthrough in their own life, in their family, maybe a new door of opportunity, etc. I feel that the Lord is up to something and He will bless anyone that takes their prayers serious. Each devotion and declaration can easily be done in about 5 minutes or less. Anyone can take 5 minutes to pray! I hope you decide to join in, and I wish all of you a very blessed and prosperous New Year! We begin January 1st, 2013, so please visit this page for 31 Days of Devotions, Prayers and Declarations to Release an Open Heaven and Breakthrough!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Prayer to Break the Power of Word Curses

 Start the New Year off right. Give yourself and your family a fresh start. Break the power of negative words that can hurt your spirit, damage your faith and leave you wounded. Unhealed wounds are an access way for the enemy!

Father, Your word says in Isaiah 54:17 that “No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue which rises up against me in judgment shall be condemned,” and that this is my inheritance in the Lord. Right now I condemn every negative word that has been spoken over myself, my family and my future in Jesus name.I lift up (____, ____, ___) and I repent for, and I condemn every negative word I have spoken over myself, my family, and our future. I repent for vows made silently or spoken and I ask that You release me and all those affected by those things to be released from any ungodly vows. I repent for speaking any words that are contrary to Your will, O God, and I break the power of them now in the name and authority of Jesus Christ. I also break the power of negative words of others spoken out of their own fear, anger, crticisms, offense, malice, ill will, envy, jealousy, unforgiveness and bitterness. I break the power of false prophetic words. I break the power of prognosticators, physicians, parents, ministers, teachers, peers, and authority figures in our lives that had power to negatively influence us, create fear or harm our self image, self esteem or belief system. I call our belief system back into alignment with God and His Word. I break the power of  negative words, including those that have evil spirits associated with them through the use of conjuring, spells, incantations, potions, and all forms of magic and witchcraft; words and spirit associations that have been assigned to us in order to perpetuate a curse must now be broken and all curses made void. I command in the name of Jesus Christ that all evil spirits associated with these curses to leave me, my family, and all that pertains to our lives, and be sent back to hell immediately. I command all open doors to the enemy that originated with these harmful words to be closed now and the blood of Jesus applied to those doorways. I forbid the enemy from crossing through the blood. I declare that those negative words will no longer ring in my ears, nor in those that have heard or repeated negative, condemning words. I declare that words that have been used as a weapon will no longer ring in the ears of my loved ones and hinder their faith or their future. From this day forward, I declare their ears shall be deaf to condemning words laced with a spirit of death. All shame, insecurity, inferiority, fear, failure, unworthiness, rejection, loathing, rebellion, lawlessness, idolatry and perversity that originated from these ungodly words and their effects is now broken off of myself and all my family members. I declare only faith, peace, joy, love, and confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ shall prosper in their heart, mind and spirit in Jesus name. Let the love of Your Holy Spirit, of Your mercy and acceptance be shed abroad in our hearts. Let there be revelation, truth and understanding be released into our hearts and minds. Let the counsel of Your Holy Spirit unravel every lie and bring us back to the truth that sets us free. Father God, I thank You and Holy Spirit for releasing blessing into my life and that of my loved ones and enabling us to walk with our heads held high. Thank You for breaking every ungodly yoke of bondage and oppression that came as a result of condemning words. In Jesus name, I thank you for a fresh start for me and my family. Amen.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Overcoming a Spirit of Fear

Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear - 1 John 4:18

I would like to share an experience I had with the Lord, dealing with the subject of fear. So many people struggle with fear issues, but fear can show up in less obvious mannerisms so that sometimes people don’t recognize it for what it is. Getting the victory over fear is often just a revelation away!

I faced a very scary dental procedure recently and shortly after entering the surgeon’s office I was hit with a huge wave of anxiety. I wanted so badly to go call my husband and tell him to come back to get me! I told the doctor I was feeling very nervous and felt like I could pass out. He told me he was going to give me a moment to relax and he left the room. The moment he did, I began to pray for the Prince of Peace to come help me manage my emotions. The anxiety didn’t go away but the doctor came back a few minutes later and asked me if I still wanted to go ahead with the procedure. I hesitated, then said yes because the pain was quite severe, but what happened next was incredible and completely unexpected.

The moment the doctor started, the Lord showed up and started talking to me. He told me that He was right there with me, holding me. He reminded me of when I had my children, and when I miscarried, when I had faced other situations that brought fear, and how my husband was there the whole time holding my hand, sitting by my side comforting me. At that moment, the Lord stepped in and was my husband through the whole uncomfortable situation. He held me and kept reminding me to just focus on His voice. It was comforting, and I knew that with Him so close I was ok. Fear didn't have to rule my emotions. He began to explain that He knew I had prayed very hard for healing and that I did not want to go through the dental procedure, but He also explained that if He had just healed me, I would only have received my healing. I wouldn’t have the benefit of the personal experience with Him that He was giving me at that very moment. He told me how He longs to show up and visit His children, but there are times when He does wait in order to give them more than what they’ve asked for. You see, God loves us so very much. How often we just want an answer to prayer, when He wants to give us an experience with Him to remember! Before I go on, let me interject something here on the subject of fear.

 [Note: Generally speaking, fear involves torment in the mind. That which is not of faith is sin, so, we must learn to look at unbelief as sin because the Word says so. Because faith and unbelief and polar opposites with one another, the struggle causes double mindedness, which results in a war in our minds. It's not always just waivering between two opinions but double mindedness causes divided loyalties, and you cannot effectively serve two masters. We are a slave to whichever master we obey, and all spiritual warfare is about deception in order to exercise dominion.  In order to get the victory, we need to resolve the root of the issue that is causing the struggle in our mind and heart. Torment can come from unforgiveness issues but it can also come from several other root causes as well. We hardly like to think about it, but sometimes a spirit of affliction is upon us to help drive out the lusts of the flesh. (Study Deut. 2,3 or The Matthew Henry Commentary on the Book of Deuteronomy has some very good insights on this.) Remember, Jesus had to defeat the enemy in the wilderness, overcoming the lusts of the flesh, before He was launched into effective ministry. The error we sometimes make is thinking that we have already gone through all our wilderness seasons and not recognize when God has brought us into another one in order to continue the work of sanctification. If we are about to enter into a new season or take new ground, a new wilderness season is often a precursor to crossing over into a new spiritual territory. Torment also comes from bearing false judgments against others. Carrying judgments against others allows an open door for the enemy to reproduce judgment in our own lives. These are some common areas to examine when needing freedom from the spirit of fear.]

The Lord began to talk to me about fear. He kept reminding me to just let the doctor do what he was there to do, but to focus my thoughts on the fact that Jesus was there holding me, comforting me, at that very moment. He explained how a spirit of fear cannot stay in the presence of the Lord! The more I listened to the Lord, the anxiety became less and less, until finally I was at peace - in spite of the circumstances. I just wanted to get through the procedure, but God chose that moment to have a conversation about fear. He explained that fear comes in many forms. Some of it is obvious, like what I felt sitting in the dentist chair.  Other things come well disguised so that we don't immediately attribute it to a spirit of fear. He told me there were some things He wanted me to be able to recognize about the spirit of fear, because it would keep my heart free. I also know there are many people that need this understanding, too. The Lord explained how a spirit of fear causes people to feel inferior and when they do, one of the by-products of fear is a critical, fault-finding spirit. He explained that when people feel inferior they also feel shame, and shame makes them feel insecure. Those feelings cause them to want to reflect those feelings away from themselves and project them onto others because the very nature of any unloving spirit is to reproduce itself in others. Fear turns into offense, offense becomes anger, and whatever a person dwells on can easily become a door for the enemy to manipulate a person’s thoughts and actions. Fear always comes with accusation and that spirit of accusation will accuse us to God, and speak accusations against God in our minds. Fear is at the root of many works of evil. It is the very opposite of Love.

Friends, we have all seen what can happen when people’s minds are not in alignment with love and truth. We’ve seen hate crimes. We’ve seen innocent people slain at the hands of those that can only be described as demonically energized to carry out evil. We  see an unstable world that has put their hope and confidence in the philosophies of man and other religions, yet they have no real peace. They have fear. Fear that the world will end, fear that they won’t have enough to take care of their families; fear that says they are unloved or unwanted, or inferior in some way. Fear has a loud voice and we must learn to silence it by the word of truth. We live in a world of chaos because of so many people that have put their confidence in the wrong things. Of all the religions in the world, of all the false gods and religious creeds, there is only ONE GOD that keeps the world running by His very word. The stars remain in the sky, hung in perfect balance, because the Lord spoke it so. The oceans do not overflow their boundaries, because the Lord set the limits. The blueprints of nature, the animal kingdom and a human embryo are knit into the DNA of each cell in a living organism, creating life as God designed it. No other God has done this. The proof of God is even in nature. No one even has to preach the gospel if our heart is open to truth. No philosophy of man releases complete peace, order and clarity of mind as the truth that is found through God’s own Holy Spirit. No one else is called the Spirit of Truth, and no one else has the capacity to make one free simply by knowing the truth. It is not wisdom to put our confidence in anything that is based on the thoughts and philosophies of another person, because that can be as unstable as water and as changeable as the wind. Man re-writes philosophies as he goes and false gods demand penance and sacrifice from their followers - but only One God sacrificed for all mankind, and that is Jesus Christ. Only One God lived a pure and sinless life and could offer a holy sacrifice on behalf of the sins of all the world that was acceptable in a sinless heaven. Only One God speaks truth. All the others simply try to counterfeit it by smooth sounding words. All the other philosophies and religions of the world try to achieve a place of enlightenment, self made righteousness and peace -  but without the Prince of Peace. False religions and the philosophies of man try to obtain what can only come through the God who created us and created this world. They are only counterfeits to the Divine. Accept no inferior gods that will reproduce that feeling of inferiority and insecurity into your own life! That is why we hear the commandment, "I am the Lord God who brought you out of Egypt...Thou shall have no other gods before Me," (see Exodus 20:3). Put your confidence in the One that loved you enough to lay down His life for you and pay the penalty for your sins. Let your conscience be cleansed and your heart renewed by the truth that is found in Jesus Christ. All you have to do is ask Him to receive you as a child of God and confess your belief in the Lord Jesus Christ as God’s only begotten Son. (Rom. 10:9). He was crucified for you, and He lives to receive you unto Himself. Let His perfect peace order your thoughts and the rest of your life will follow suit. This is God’s perfect plan.

As I listened, the Lord went on to explain that it is this very nature of the spirit of Fear that causes people to read God’s word incorrectly. They see things through a lens of darkness rather than light. They read His word and apply judgment rather that mercy, criticism rather than love - and in this they err exceedingly. They take their own personal judgments, offenses, disappointments and experiences and then misrepresent God's character because a religious spirit twisted something in their understanding. It might not be in every area of the Word, but enough that it will wound those that hear rather than heal. People can misinterpret His intent, His personality and His character because a wrong filter is on everything they see, and this is a blind spot they cannot see in themselves. They see a God that is hard to please and difficult to relate to. They find it hard to trust Him. They try to force faith to operate out of man’s will and strength rather than rest in His perfect love, which releases peace and allow faith to flow from a heart of love and gratitude. The Lord went on to explain that a filter of inferiority, shame or insecurity allows offense to grow in the heart of an individual, and this is how religious spirits operate. They cause spiritual blindness, then reproduce pain and offense in others.God wants us to recognize fear at work so that we can take the sword of His word to destroy this work of evil. Friends, God is about to cut off the house of Jezebel and Ahab, and He will use anyone that knows their God (and HIS heart of love) to do it. Boldness is great, and we need boldness to preach and overcome our fears, but humility and love are the only effective weapons against witchcraft. Speak of what God has done for you, how He loves you so unconditionally and picked you up out of your personal ash heap and saved you. God will use the prophetic word, too, but if the prophetic word is not spoken in love and humility divination can easily defile those that hear. God does not want more children of Jezebel and religious witchcraft that propagate fear in the body of Christ; He wants children that understand and will correctly re-present His love, mercy and graciousness towards mankind. It is LOVE that draws people into the kingdom, not fear. It is the kindness of God that leads men to repentance. We have to get the message right if we are to draw people to God through love!

The Lord also told me that the enemy’s tactics will always include some form of fear because he is full of fear. Fear and deception are his biggest weapons. Fear is there to get us to react out of emotion rather than confidence towards the Lord. Deception is there to recreate a new self image, if at all possible. We are NOT inferior; we are NOT to be insecure. We are to have every confidence in our identity in Christ and as a child of God. Please, let me speak a word to you today. Let me remind you of who you are in Christ. Everything about you is SUPERIOR to the enemy in every way. This is why Satan hates God’s children, seeks to destroy truth, and reinvent people’s self image. You are made in the image and likeness of your Creator. (Gen. 1:26). Your sins are forgiven. (1 John 1:9; 1 John 2:12) Your shame has been taken away by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. You have no reason to fear! Those hurtful words from others - whether it is from parents, spouses, teachers, peers or others - have no power to hurt you if you realize that those that said hurtful remarks were operating out of a spirit of their own inferiority, shame and insecurity. They allowed their heart to become critical because someone was critical of them. Then never got the victory over it and you became the target of their pain and offense. It was never about you! Your past, no matter how painful it may have been, has no authority, power or ability to influence your future. Your future does not rest in the hands of your enemies; your future is secure in God’s hands. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. ( Is. 54:17) Understand what this means. NO WEAPON will succeed against you, unless you give it power over your life. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Ps. 139:14). God has put His name over you. (Ps. 106:8) His favor is for life. (Ps. 5:12) Nothing you do can stop Him from loving you. (Rom. 8:38,39) He is your biggest fan. He is your strong tower. (Ps. 61:3) He has put His authority in you, and given you dominion over every manner of evil. (Luke 10:18) As a child of God you have received a commission from the Lord to heal the sick, cast out demons and speak in a new spiritual language given by Holy Spirit. (Mark 16:18) You are to re-present the kingdom of heaven right here, right now, everywhere you are. He has told you to “FEAR NOT!” many times in His word. He understands the enemy’s tactics to try to intimidate you in order to keep you from inheriting your promise land, but He has said, “Fear not!” In other words, don’t pay attention to it! Get in the presence of the Lord. Fear is FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL. Confront it, whatever it is. You are not rejected, condemned or abandoned. Eph. 1:6) You are not forgotten. (Is. 49:14-16). You are accepted, given a pardon of ‘not guilty,’ and you are adopted as God’s dear child. You are a join heir with Jesus Christ. Everything that He has, you do too! Angels are waiting to be put on assignment to assist you, protect you and keep you in all of God’s ways so that you can be successful in life. Let your confidence be renewed today. This is what it means to understand the scripture in 1 John 4:18. When we have a revelation of who we are in Christ and how greatly we are loved, fear has to leave. It cannot remain when we are in the presence of the Lord. It’s not God’s love towards us that needs perfecting; it’s our understanding. It’s our love perfected towards Him. Fear involves torment, but when we get in the presence of the Lord and rest in that love, nothing can touch us. Fear has no power. It has lost it’s voice.

Friend, it’s time to rise up and take a stand against anything that would try to strip you of your coat of favor. Rise up and confront that spirit of fear and intimidation. Tell it exactly who you are, and just rest in God’s perfect peace. His perfect love will cast out your fears!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tearing Down Strongholds

When the enemy of  your soul entices you to do something you know is wrong, how you choose to respond determines whether or not you will get the victory. Strongholds are built in our minds where the enemy has spun lie after lie so that he is able to keep people in bondage.

My hope for each person is that shame and fear of being judged do not keep them in bondage. So many people stay locked up in chains to their secret sins because they are too ashamed to admit to another person their need for help. People already feel disappointed in themselves because they often "know better," but have gotten themselves stuck and in bondage with the enemy. They fear the responses of others and don't want to be a disappointment to the people they love, admire or respect. Sure, we all know better. But sometimes we all need God's abundant grace and someone to demonstrate a non-judgmental attitude so that we can get free. Please let me urge you today to bring your problems to Jesus. He is there to give you the help you need!

No one needs to tell you what your secret sin is. Each person knows if there is something in their life that they have tried to get the victory over. Are you one that still struggles with some area of weakness in your life? Whether it is the gossip that cannot help but disclose the latest news she’s heard, or the person that loves to whisper about others just to get a reaction or stir up trouble; whether it is the addict that finds themselves turning to counterfeit means to alter their mood or escape reality; or the person addicted to sex, pornography or unclean fantasy thoughts; perhaps it is the person that simply cannot get the victory over anger, lying, fault finding, or  some other negative behavior, all of these things have the addictive ability to create strongholds in a person's mind. A stronghold is created when our thoughts and areas of our belief system do not line up with the truth of God's word. The enemy appeals to our reason and emotion so that he can get us to live in the flesh. It may not be in every area of a person's life; but even if it's just a one or two areas of compromise he still has an open door. Remember, the art of all spiritual warfare is based on the ability to deceive. The enemy's lies make a person's thinking crooked, or twisted. He perverts truth in an attempt to appeal to our reason, intellect and emotion. All warfare is simply the enemy's attempt to influence a person to agree with him instead of a spirit of faith. This is how he is able to steal the promises of God and get them to actually agree to enthrone him in their heart and life! The only hope the enemy has is to convince people to listen to their emotions rather than hold fast to what God has said. He can only deceive us if he is able to create a false illusion, wrong mindset or belief system. Shake it off! That is why the scripture in James 3:16 & 17 warns that earthly wisdom is 'demonic and sensual;' it appeals to a person's flesh and emotions rather than elevating them to a place in the Spirit where they operate out of divine wisdom, faith, and obedience to God's word. These "strongholds" may seem relatively inconsequencial, especially if the person that is captivated by these sort of lying spirits, negative thoughts and behaviors thinks they are not harming anyone else; but that is usually not the reality, even if the person doesn't want to acknowledge the truth. I want you to know that anyone can get the victory over these things - IF THEY CHOOSE TO BE HEALED.

That is always the question each person must face. Do we really want to be healed of the thing that keeps us in bondage? All sin has the element of pleasure or it wouldn’t be able to entice a person to keep doing it. And as much as one chooses to give away their dominion to the enemy, God will let them do it. He has given all authority to His disciples. If a person chooses to give it away, eventually sin will increase in a person's life until masters besides God will have dominion in certain areas of their life. But know this: the enemy does not want just you. He wants your family. He wants your children’s future, and your grandchildren. He wants your church, those in your workplace and far beyond even them. A stronghold is a place where the enemy has built a fortress. Imagine it like a castle, if you will. You can't see it, but it's there, and the enemy is flying his flag letting the spirit realm know it's his domain. Every area where we refuse to let Jesus reign is a place the enemy will occupy. He plots his takeover and delights in the thought of displacing Jesus in the life of the believer. Every stronghold is constructed out of lies that go unchallenged and behavior that is allowed to go unchecked. Every stronghold that the enemy occupies is a place where the enemy stands to mock God and reproach you. He gloats, he scoffs at your ability to over throw him and remove him off of his high place. Every place where he is allowed to do this continues to grow and expand as he brings in more and more enemy troops to occupy your promise land. He has laid a claim to it as though it’s his own but in fact he is an encroacher that must be evicted. Isn't it time to dismantle his stronghold?

You cannot ‘think’ it down. You cannot mentally determine to conquer a spiritual force with spiritual authority by your own will. Flesh cannot fight spirit and win. It’s also ridiculous to think that one can defeat the enemy without the right weapons. There is only one way to defeat the enemy and that is the way Jesus did it; by speaking out the word of God with authority. Review the temptations of Jesus in the Gospels. Jesus spoke God's Word to combat and overcome Satan and his temptations, and you can too! Friend, what is your area of temptation? You must find the right scriptures to fight with, those that address the nature of the temptation. Then,…

Declare what GOD has said, and stop listening to a liar, thief and murderer. Satan will do everything he can to kill off your good future and keep you from inheriting your destiny! Satan is the Father of all lies. He is the seducer, the adulterous spirit that wants to entice you into a way that is hard to come back from. His words are smoother than oil but in the end it will be as bitter as wormwood. If he is enticing you to commit adultery (spiritual or otherwise), or elevate an idol in your life, Tell him, “Satan, your words and suggestions are those of the immoral woman. They are only intended to lead me down a wrong path and it is written, “Do not go near the door of her house.” (Prov. 5:4,8)  He is the violent one that attempts to lead you in a way that is not good. He is the perverse spirit that twists truth and attempts to appeal to your reason so that he can bring about evil. When he tries to lead you astray, respond with, “No, enemy,  “a man’s heart may plan his steps but it is the Lord that will direct my steps. (Prov. 16:9) You say, "Jesus, direct my steps away from this temptation now,” for it is written, “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil and he who keeps his way preserves his soul.” (Prov. 16:17) “Help me to be one who heeds the word wisely  and find good. I am putting my trust in You."

When the enemy accuses you of giving in to the very thing he tempted you to do, run to God and confess your sin. Don’t let condemnation overwhelm you. He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and cleanse you of all unrighteousness when you come to Him! (1 John 1:9) Declare, “God is my strong tower and a shelter to me. I will abide in his tabernacle forever. I will trust in the shadow of His wings.” (Ps. 61:3). “God is my defense, my God of mercy.” His mercies are new every day. His grace is sufficient for me. I will overcome this area of weakness in my life, in Jesus name.”  God’s grace is big enough to cover your failures and help you back up!

Don’t let the enemy lie to you and tell you that you cannot tear down his stronghold, or that it must take a long, arduous process to do it. Whether it is dismantled brick by brick or God decides to blow it up all at once, recognize it is yet another one of the enemy’s lies. Respond with, “No, Satan. You are evicted this day! Your stronghold will collapse THIS day, for it is written, ‘Nothing shall be impossible with God.’ (Luke 1:37).”  Remember Jericho! The walls fell down flat in one day! The truth is, when we feel weak, frustrated at our own inability to change or conquer what seemingly has us in bondage, that is the time when God has led you to confront the enemy’s stronghold so that it can be torn down. The truth is, “A wise man scales the city of the mighty and brings down the trusted stronghold.” (Prov. 21:22). Who is trusting in their stronghold? The enemy! The truth is, “Our righteous God overthrows the house of the wicked,” (Prov. 21:22). Through God we shall do valiantly, for it is He that shall tread down our enemies! (Prov. 108:13). Do you know what's going to happen? You are going to say, "I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightening!" Declare today, "He is coming down from his high place where he has exalted himself and gloated." Believe it! The truth is, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by the roots and cast into the sea,' and it would obey you." (Luke 17:5,6) Friend, do you have faith even as little as a mustard seed? Of course you do, because Jesus planted it there! So you can name the problem you want plucked up and cast into the sea. Sometimes the problem looks like a giant because it just has such a grip on the person doing it. You can even start with commanding that evil desire for whatever it is to be plucked up and thrown into the sea. If it's a desire that you know God did not give you, or that person you're praying for, then yes, it's evil and needs to go. Take alcohol or drugs, for example. God didn't plant that in your generational line; Satan did. Declare the desire for (alcohol, drugs, gossip, lying, etc.), whatever that thing is, command that evil rooted problem to be plucked up and cast out of the person and thrown into the sea - and it must obey you!! Even if it doesn't happen overnight, keep declaring the problem must be plucked up and cast into the sea. You might not see it happen, and you might not even know when it actually occurs, but trust Jesus to be faithful to watch over His word. It will happen! Then also command a good tree or a holy desire to be planted in it's place. When ever you uproot evil, you must also plant something pure and godly in it's place.

Stop feeling helpless. God has given you a transfer of HIS AUTHORITY so that you and others you pray for can live victoriously! Satan is a scoffer and a God-mocker. It is written, “Cast out the scoffer and contention will leave. Strife and reproach will cease,” (Prov. 22:10). Declare today, “Scoffer, be gone in Jesus name!” When the enemy lies and smirks and suggests you are too weak to overcome him, boldly declare, "when I am weak, then Jesus is strong, and greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world!" (1 John 4:4) No enemy, you shall go and go NOW, for it is written, “In my name they shall cast out demons, (Prov. 16:18). Whatever I ask, God will do! (John 14:13). As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15). God has said that when the enemy comes in like a flood, He will raise a standard against him. (Is. 59:19) The word 'standard' actually means a banner, or a flag. It is a symbol of the army rising up to fight the enemy. My friend, when Jesus raises His standard, all of heaven's resources will come to your aid! It's time to take down the enemy's flag out of his stronghold window and replace it with a banner representing the Lord Jesus Christ. Capture the stronghold and reclaim it! Rename the stronghold to mean a place of victory! Pray: Father God, I renounce all idols and all false masters. I re-commit myself to You this day. Please forgive my sin! “So now, my enemy, you liar, thief and encroacher, I bind all the power of the strongman and your house is pulled down. I reclaim all that God has given to me. Satan, be bound in Jesus name! According to what Jesus has already done to overcome you and strip you of all authority, and in accordance with the dominion and authority that He has transferred to me, His blood bought child: “be rendered powerless, paralyzed, silent and impotent, in Jesus name!” I submit to My God, the Lord Jesus Christ and to the authority of Holy Spirit. I resist you and you must flee, Satan. Take everything you have put on me and go now in Jesus name. I command your stronghold to be dismantled now. I raise the standard of the Lord in every place where Satan was once in control. The banner over me is that of Jehovah Tdiskenu, my righteousness. The banner over me is Jehovah Nissi, my banner of victory and He has gone before me in battle. I win!! The banner over me is Jehovah Ra'ah, the Lord is my shepherd and He leads me in paths of righteousness. The banner over me is Jehovah Elohim, and He is the Lord God. The banner over me is El Elyon, the most high God. Jesus is Lord over my life and you shall not be exalted into a place of rulership. Give up dominion now, in Jesus name! The banner over me is El Olam, the everlasting God that will never leave me or forsake me. The banner over me is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals me, and I declare that by His stripes, I am healed, according to Isaiah 53:5.” 

I declare this stronghold to be renamed ABIDING GRACE, VICTORY and PRAISE.

“Lord Jesus, I ask that the glory of the Lord would be my rear guard and protect my blind spots. Let the rear guard of Your army of heavenly hosts blow up every bridge the enemy tries to come across. Come and fill me once again with the power and presence of Your Holy Spirit in every area where the enemy once had power over me. Forgive me for giving over my dominion and letting Satan control certain areas of my life. Thank you for helping me tear down his stronghold, and every time he tries to re-built it with his lies, help me to recognize the lie right away and take authority over it. Help me to cast down all his vain imaginations and suggestions and put them under Your feet. Renew my mind with pure desires and let the power of God flow unhindered in my life. In Jesus name, amen.”