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Declare War in Prayer

God’s Word is a legal contract of promises, and there is power in it. It tells us who we are, what we can do, and what we can have. God views His Word as being holy, and He exalts His Word over His own name (Psalm 138:2). I want to talk to you about doing battle in prayer using the Word of God. Work the Word, because the Word of God works!

God does not move from His place. He is always there for you. He will never falter, never fail and never be late. He will never drop you. You can always trust God.

God’s Word is a guarantee of the end result. His Word never returns void, but it accomplishes that which He sends it to do. That’s why it is so powerful to pray and speak the Word of God over yourself and those for which you are interceding. When you do this, you are invoking the law of God over your situation. When you speak the law of God over a situation, sooner or later that situation has to “match up.” What do Scriptures specifically promise when it comes to your situation? Which Scriptures do you know you need to pray over yourself and those God has you interceding for?

Get into the Word. Find a Scripture that specifically applies God’s perspective. Pray it over that situation. Speak it over that situation. Stand in faith on that Word. Ephesians 6:17 tells us to “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Put on the armor of God, take the sword of the Spirit – the Word of God – and use it to fight the enemy! Active God’s legal discourse for your situation! Declare it over yourself and your loved ones!

When you begin to pray and speak Gods Word over a person or situation, you activate and release God’s power. You break the power of previous unclean spirits operating in that realm and displace the “strong man” assigned to that person or situation. Declaring the Word of God over a person or situation is warfare at its best! The kingdom of God is within you and it is released when you open your mouth!

"Is not my word like fire,"
declares the LORD, "
and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?
(Jeremiah 23:29)


The Word of God is alive and sharper than any sword! (Heb 4:12) It will accomplish what it is sent to do. His Word cuts through chaos and establishes order. If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can tell the mountain to be cast into the sea and it will happen. When you pray and speak God’s Word over your situation, you are telling that mountain to move!

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing comes by the Word of God. Some of the things we face in life require supernatural faith to overcome. If you want to overcome, you’ve got to pray and speak God’s Word over that situation. Work the Word!

Find a Scripture to stand on and pray the Word of God over yourself and that situation! Get out your sword! When you see your words come to pass by God’s intervention, you experience victory! This is how you must grow as a follower of Jesus Christ. This is what Romans 5:3-4 means:

“…we glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
and patience, experience; and experience, hope..”

The mountain is for you! God already knows what you can do in Him! God tells you to speak to the mountain so YOU can see what you can do in Him. When we view our problems from Gods perspective, we realize that our problems are really our opportunities, and our enemies are really our teachers.

The Bible is a legal, binding contract between us and God. Whatever mountain you face today, you will overcome by praying and speaking the Word of God, releasing power to set up that which you spoke as God’s ambassador. God’s Word is a guarantee of the end result. Refuse to give up praying for that person until you see God’s intervention. Refuse to give up until you triumph in victory in the name of Jesus! Praying, speaking and standing on God’s Word releases the power of God and orders things into proper alignment. If you don’t give up, you will see it come to pass!

God’s Word is a legal contract of promises that are full of power. The Word tells us who we are, where we come from, what we can do, and what we can have. God’s Word as being holy, which is why it is so powerful. God exalts His Word over His own name (Psalm 138:2). Declare war on your trials in prayer using the Word of God – order your situation to come into line with His promises, and stand fast – His word will come to pass!

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Doing Battle in Prayer

We have to engage the enemy that attacks us using the proper weapons. But sometimes we are so overwhelmed we don’t even know what to pray. There are times when words fail and human intelligence fumbles with the articulation of what it is we need. When life knocks the breath out of you, God understands the words contained in a single tear. When words fail, we can rely on the Holy Spirit to pray through us. Relying on the Spirit to pray “builds up” your spirit man in the places where you need it most.

We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Romans 8:26-27

When we pray in the Spirit, the Spirit of God intercedes for us according to whatever Gods will is. Back up a little. The verse says that the Holy Spirit searches our hearts. Since the Spirit of God searches our hearts, He already understands what we don’t even know how to put into words. He knows what we want, we need, how we hurt and what we long for…he searches every feeling we have! Think about that. He is acquainted with every part of you intimately. The Spirit of God also knows His will for our lives. God’s Spirit aligns our heart’s desires and God’s will, and prays that for that to come to pass!

The Spirit of God prays for what we need and aligns our hearts with His own. We don’t have to be afraid of God’s will. If we desire something that really isn’t Gods best, then the Spirit gives us the ability to let go of what we think we want, so we can receive something so much better.

Spiritual Warfare

When you pray in the Spirit, no demon can understand you. This gives you the advantage in the battlefield. Praying in the Spirit is communicating directly to God – you are speaking mysteries. When you pray in the Spirit, you are getting out the big guns!

For anyone who speaks in a tongue[a] does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues,[b] but I would rather have you prophesy….For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15


So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding
(1 Corinthians 14:2-5, 14:14-15)

This verse is saying that in our repertoire of spiritual warfare, praying in the Spirit has an important place, along with prophesying and praying so that people can understand. This verse also says outright that praying in the Spirit is the same as praying in tongues, and that praying in the Spirit (or tongues) builds you up. Like a house built on the rock that stands when the storm comes, we should pray in the Spirit to build up our spiritual “walls.”

An Example

But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 1:20


Many theologians feel that Hannah was praying in the Spirit in 1 Samuel 1:12-16. Her lips moved, but no sound was heard, and the man of God, Eli, mistakenly thought she was drunk.

Hannah was in such distress that she didn’t know what she should pray for. The Spirit prayed through her. Her heart’s desire was for a child, and God’s will was to give her one. That’s why we never need to be afraid of God’s will. If God ever tells us no…. its only because He has something better. Sometimes He says “not now.” Hannah asked specifically for a boy and she received one. The promises of God are yes and amen. Everyone who asks, receives; who seeks, finds; and who knocks, it is opened to them!

Hannah was being attacked in every way. She had been torn down as a woman and as a wife – the very fabric of her identity. She desperately needed God. She needed a way to pray directly to God without Satan being able to intercept what she was saying. So her method was to pray in the Spirit.

We have been equipped with an arsenal of spiritual weapons for our victory! Prayer is not only fellowship with God – it is spiritual warfare! Praying in the Spirit is direct communication with God in the moments when we need Him the most. We can pray in the Spirit to be edified and built back up when we have been hurt or wounded. When you don’t know what to pray, do battle in prayer – let the Spirit of God pray through you. He will proclaim the victory for you!

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The Test and Process

Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag,
on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag,
attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire,
 and had taken captive the women and those who were there,
from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way.

 So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire;
and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive.
 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept,
until they had no more power to weep.  And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess,
and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive.

 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him,
because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters.
But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
I Samuel 30:1-6

There is no doubt that we are living in the most exciting time of church history. The verse above tells us several things, but what I want to focus on is that first, you are part of a prophetic purpose that is bigger than you. The biggest battles are always fought right before the biggest breakthroughs.

To walk in cutting edge vision, you are required to have an understanding that will both promote and govern change. I have found that a crisis doesn’t make a person. It exposes them for what they are.

When faced with the battle of Ziklag, the first thing David does is “lifted up their voice and wept” until they had no more power to weep.

David always prays before he moves! But here, you still see his humanity before his spirituality.


Yes, I love God.
Yes, I am anointed.
Yes, I tithe.
BUT, THIS HURTS!!


Have you ever been there? Your heart is breaking and bleeding – the breath knocked out of your body from traumatic blows of life. “I hurt so bad.”

When you hurt, it is okay to cry. In fact, you need to cry. It’s part of the process. Who can wipe a tear that does not fall? Your tears have a language all of their own that speak to the heart of God. Psalm 39:12 tell us, “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry, hold not Thy peace at my tears…” Only God can interpret the pain that you cannot articulate. Pain has its own universal, ageless voice that speaks to us all. Like David, we all know what it is to hurt.

David is not only hurting, but his pain is provoked by a double dilemma. His city, Ziklag, is destroyed and all the wives and children taken captive. The Bible declares, “it’s the Amalekites” that have done this.

If we back up in history a little, we see in 1 Samuel 15:3 that Saul is commanded to go and “smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have and spare them not.” Saul was disobedient and now as a result, David is dealing with the fallout of Saul’s wrong decision.

If Saul would have destroyed the Amalekites as God commanded, David would not be in this dilemma – Ziklag.

Have you ever had to deal with pain that were consequences of other people’s choices? Some real-life examples are a husband had an affair. Now there’s an illegitimate child, child support, a stalker and psycho woman who have entered into the picture. Maybe someone has become a grandmother at 35 due to a fifteen year old son’s raging hormones. Or maybe, like the people affected by Enron, due to illegal actions, you have no retirement.

Whatever the situation, we come up against this fact: “Your decision directly affected my life.”

This type of test is monumental, because the situation is out of your control. Yet, you are forced to deal with the bad consequences of other’s wrong actions. Do you use your strength to deal with the reality of the situation, or process your emotions toward the person who caused this thing?

THIS IS A TEST OF CHARACTER! Can you look in the face of someone who did you wrong and not be bitter? When you can, you are walking into your breakthrough.

The Amalekites were the first enemy to God’s chosen. They were a band of raiders that attacked from behind. They are eternal enemies of God who attack the feeble and the weak. The Amalekites represent a spirit that came from your past, where you were “feeble and weak. It comes to steal your future.

Agag the king of the Amalekites, lived because Saul did not kill him when God commanded him to in 1 Samuel 15:3. The name Agag means “I will overcome.” That gives me creepy chills down my spine, because what Saul did not deal with came back to kill him.

David cried until he couldn’t cry anymore. Then, the Bible says he was greatly distressed. “For the people spake of stoning him because their soul was grieved.”

Grief is a process. You must know this process for yourself and others if you are going to be effective in life. There are five states to Grief:


  1. denial;
  2. anger;
  3. bargaining;
  4. depression; and
  5. acceptance.


You must give yourself and others a chance to transition their life. We often don’t because we are so pressured to be okay that we don’t allow people the process to heal.

David is amazing. While those around him are in Stage 2 (anger!), the Bible declares, David “…ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD.” David saw beyond their anger and didn’t let himself get down in the dumps about popular opinion! No, he learned to “preach” to himself. You must learn to do the same! You’ve got to preach to yourself.


Speaking to yourself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

Ephesians 5:19


The biggest battles are always fought right before the biggest breakthroughs! To possess cutting edge vision in God’s kingdom, you must have an understanding that will both promote and govern change. You must have an understanding that looks beyond the smaller picture to the larger one operating behind the circumstances. A crisis doesn’t make a person. It exposes them for what they are.

The trials we face give us the vision, the understanding and the character it takes for us to succeed and do “all that God has called us to do” in your destiny! Can you see beyond the opinions of others, be delivered of what people think, and preach to your own self in times of trial? By the power of God, you can! David, in the face of all odds, refused to be moved by other’s dislike of him and encouraged himself in the Lord. In the middle of your trial, when all hell has broken loose and people don’t like you, encourage yourself in the Lord. God is using this test and this process to make you ready for the next level.

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Overcoming Adversity

The plans God has for your life are far greater than the plans you have for yourself. He has significant plans for your life, your church, your city and the nations. The way we choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition are pivotal.

 

On the agenda of God, you are significant.

“For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
[Jer 29:11… NIV]

In order to fulfill the plans of God and become “who” God has pre-ordained you to be, you will go through a “process.” A process can be defined as “a series of actions, changes or functions bringing about a desired result.”

The result is: you will be who God says you are, do what God says you will do, and have what God says you will have.

The entire process of growth and fulfillment of destiny hinges on a critical factor:

The way we choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition.

Like the Apostle Peter who delivers the inaugural speech of the new dispensation on the day of Pentecost, many were standing by declaring: “What meaneth this?”

Many wondered, “How can he be chosen by God to do this?” This is the same person who almost got destroyed by the enemy, and will now stand in the face of our enemy? They had seen him deny Christ, spit, curse, and become an outcast and a loner. Now this man is going to usher in the promise of the Holy Spirit? “What meaneth this?”

If anyone saw you in the “contradiction” stage of development, they usually cannot accept you in your “success stage.” When they are talking about you, repeating lies and gossip, believing for your failure instead of success….that’s when you must learn to stand up and “keep doing,” regardless of what people think. 

“Friends, when life gets really difficult,
don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job.
Instead, be glad that you are in the
very thick of what Christ experienced.
This is a spiritual refining process,
with glory just around the corner.”
1 Peter 4:12-13 MESSAGE

You are being prepared…you are the sermon God will use to preach. Through all these things, you are the light on a hill shining the message of Jesus Christ to those watching.

“You yourselves are our letter,
written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
You show that you are a letter from Christ,
the result of our ministry,
written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God,
not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
2 Cor 3:2,3 

Our lives are the paper that God writes on. Many “sermons” will be born out of the furnace of affliction. People are going to watch you go “through it.”

The entire fulfillment of your destiny hinges on the way you choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition. When you reach a “breaking point,” will you outlast the adversity?Will you keep going around the mountain, or will you break the chain and pass the test?

You shall be an OVERCOMER… Because of Jesus Christ!

“And they have overcome (conquered) him
(the accuser of the brethren)
by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony,”
Rev 12:11 

The way you choose to deal with your trial depends on where you go next. Calm faith and trust in God receives your deliverance before it ever appears. We keep our connection to God open when we can say to Him, “With all my failures, hurts, and disappointments, God…I hurt, I am angry.. disappointed… BUT HERE I AM.” We are authentic with God – He can handle our feelings!

Jesus feels our pain, our grief, our sorrows, and as our High Priest has a supernatural ability to sympathize with our weaknesses (Heb 4:15). He truly understands the things that hurt us, and is capable of empathizing completely with our conditions and our past wounding. Many of us have been through disaster, life-shattering episodes that changed everything. But God doesn’t want us to hurt, He wants to heal every place and restore us completely!

You must decide to say yes to the future He holds out to you!

When Peter faced the greatest test of his life, Jesus said to him, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not” (Luke 22:31-32). Simon means “flesh, weak, water,” and it is evident that Jesus knew that Peter would fail in his flesh. But Jesus declared that the Word activated on the inside of him—faith—would not fail.

In the fires of the trial, remember that God’s Word will stand, it will not return void. Remember that God works all things according to the counsel of HIS OWN will (Eph 1:11). The battle is not really yours, but the battle is the Lord’s! Having done all you can do, stand and see the salvation of the Lord! You will see the situation change because His Word always produces! When you outlast the trial and come out on the other side, destiny will be waiting for you!

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Overcoming Adverse Influence

When we think of overcoming problems in our life, we usually focus on things like depression, anger, addictions, impulsiveness, hate, unforgiveness, loneliness, lust, anxiety, etc. And if nothing major stands out, we assume everything is all right.

 

For instance, when is the last time you thought to yourself that you should be more loving to others? The tendency is to assume that we’re always loving as long as we aren’t unloving or have blatant hatred in our hearts. Or when have you decided to ask forgiveness for those things you haven’t done? Again, our fallen way is to assume we don’t need to express humility unless we have wrongfully hurt someone.

However, a more subtle deception slowly leaks into our lives; and before we know it, we have to call for help because there is a flood. Culture can be a leaky faucet that slowly trickles into our lives which may end up causing a flood of misconceptions about reality. Culture can also be a good thing. Culture can enrich our lives, giving us heritage and colorful tradition that allows us to take pleasure in what others and ourselves have made up. The way that we “dress” our environment is the culture in which we live. People dress the environment around them, stating what is popular, stylish, funny, rich, dull, meaningful, and even enjoyable.

The negative aspect of culture comes to us when we allow it to influence us contrary to what the Bible says should be influential in our lives. The idea that if Christians don’t accept the milieu around them in order to be persuasive to win others in that environment for the gospel is a common misconception. Christians should transform culture, not vice versa.

When is the last time you thought to yourself that you need to overcome the influence of others? “Well,” you might say, “I know my identity is in Christ, no one will control that. Besides, I’m a leader, not a follower. I’m original. I am my own person.” This may very well be true. And praise God! But there remains a major problem in each redeemed person who is in Christ. The power of sin prohibits us from living free of adverse influence.

We all have made conclusions about certain things that influence the way we understand other things. Our presuppositions about what we already know shape what we are trying to learn or understand. If a person has the presupposition that God does not exist, then they will try and explain the origin of life through some other process than having God as the originator. Or someone who is agnostic—i.e. is not sure—about God’s existence might have the presupposition, based on unknowability, that truth therefore cannot be known because you cannot know anything truly. Our culture forces presuppositions about all kinds of things that greatly influence the way in which we understand our beliefs and ideas, which then make up our reality—the way in which we view the world around us (a worldview). No one can escape this.

The Christian already has the belief that God exists. Therefore when he/she is searching for truth, the solidity of absolute truth is already embedded in their mind. Our culture tries to rob this from us. And this could have serious effects on our Christian walk and maturity if believed.

A common argument that truth cannot be known comes from a certain perspective concerning language. Since we all interpret things differently, how can one know what someone is truly saying? Where does this carry over to our walk with Christ? With this presupposition, one will look at the Bible as an outdated story book with no relevance for today, because no one can really understand its meaning. And for some well-meaning Christians who don’t necessarily take this view, it may affect them to where they believe a part of it, and this will impede on their growth in their understanding of God’s will for their life.

For instance, if Jake believes the Bible is God’s Word, that it’s inspired by God, but doesn’t believe it’s totally true because language cannot communicate truth accurately, then he will arbitrarily pick and choose what to believe in the Bible. This can be a very subjective experience that causes us to miss the deeper things in the Word that are given for our edification and growth in Christ.

It’s true sin has corrupted language, and we therefore misinterpret what is said, but it’s also true that God is the originator of language and has given us this gift so that we can communicate (and relate) to Him and those around us. And it’s true the biblical authors were under the influence of the Holy Spirit so that they would not misunderstand (2 Tim. 3:16). Language is a gift to man that reveals God, His ways, and His will for those who believe in Jesus Christ.

The Bible as a whole is Christ-centered. The redemptive unity of the Bible states that God is accomplishing His purpose for a people who have fallen from His grace. The common thread of grace is realized by a covenant relationship that has been ratified by blood. Its historical character shows that truth transcends culture which has just as much relevance to today as it did then. The Bible is a unified whole that brings purpose, meaning, and truth to life. The Bible as a whole must govern, direct, and redirect our presuppositions that we bring to the table when we sit down to get fed by its food.

What are we overcoming and how does it help me today? Influence can have either a positive or negative affect on our lives. We all know this, because both good and bad influence exist. The world around us can have a huge impact on how we are influenced. If we are encouraged with something that is wrong and believe it, that could have a spiraling collapse on other beliefs and ideas. And more than anything, we don’t like to be wrong, especially in matters of faith and doctrine.

Suppose you knew that there were two roads you could take, but one road had a large detour that led to unnecessary circumstances. The problem is you don’t know which road has the long way around. So you take advice from someone you think you know or someone you think knows the two roads well. They send you off believing that the way you are going is the right choice, until you realize it’s not.

What we know from past experiences, knowledge, relationships, ideas, and assumptions build our presuppositional framework by which we see life. The problem comes when these presuppositions are wrong. The issue with you taking the wrong road was that you presupposed your source was a credible foundation for which you would base your information. You were wrong, as well as your source, therefore the road you took led you down all kinds of places you didn’t want to go and that were unnecessary.

In our American culture, which is not altogether wrong, we have built presuppositions in our mind that cause us to blur the God revealed in Scripture. Let me give you three, and then three things we blur about God because we have believed them.

Americans (not all) believe that they are individuals where life revolves around. Another way to say this is to say Americans our very, very, very individualistic. It’s my life; I will do what I want. I make up my own existence. I perceive what is true. God is concerned with me and those around me. I choose my salvation. I choose my destiny.

But what is wrong with this? What do we miss? We miss God’s sovereignty. We miss God governing and ruling all things for His glory because He created all things for His glory. We miss His everyday protection as we think we guard ourselves from all things. And we miss His unconditional love to choose a people for Himself to love and serve Him.

Americans (not all) believe that what is true for one person is not true for another. This is related to being individualistic people. What do we miss? We miss God’s absolute truth given to lay a foundation of stability in our lives. We miss the grander of God’s knowability as He has graciously given us language to be able to communicate with each other and Him. We miss the definite absolute meaning to life.

Americans (not all) believe that personal experience is more reliable that God’s objective truth. We look for certain experiences to prove or disprove God’s love for us. We think that if we have a subjective special personalized revelation, then God really, really, really is taking notice of us. We think that a supernatural experience must happen in order for me to believe in God. One might ask, “Why don’t you believe in God?” and get the reply, “What evidence do you have that there is a God? Why doesn’t He reveal Himself to me?”

What’s wrong? A lot! But for starters, we miss God’s way of revealing Himself in history. God has given His Word to teach us about Him, His ways, and His will. We miss the blessing of joyous guidance. Why would we look for something we already have? Why should we be mysteriously looking around every corner for God to speak and reveal His will to us when we already have it in His Word?

The Bible is God’s perfect revelation of Himself given to man to know how to relate, serve, worship, and love Him. This could be summed up by saying God’s Word reveals how we must glorify Him. Thus the Bible should build are presuppositions. We should go to the Holy Spirit asking Him to reveal the areas where we have been negatively influenced. The Holy Spirit is our guide to overcoming adverse influence.

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