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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: The Love of Rightness

A Teaching Article On Overcoming

We love to be right. We love to be right even when we’re wrong, even when it hurts ourselves and others. This problem sits deep in our hearts. It’s rooted in pride. Our problem is not that we want to be perfectionists, so therefore we don’t like being wrong. Our problem exists in our fallen condition: We like to be right because we don’t like to admit we’re wrong, which comes from a lack of humility and a lot of pride. As someone once said, “The human heart is a factory of idols.” Let’s look at overcoming the idol of pride, particularly manifested in our love to be right— even when we may not be.

 

Before we begin, allow me to give an example of what this looks like practically. Suppose you and your child get into a fight over something that you know you’re right about (which in our eyes happens all the time!). But later you find out that it was miscommunication on your end; you just didn’t quite understand what they were trying to tell you (which happens all the time!). A lot of times we simply tell them that we now recognize what they were getting at, but we never go beyond that. And depending on the situation, it can be really hard to sit them down and explain that mommy and daddy are sinners and they too constantly need the grace and love of Jesus to help them admit their wrong. Unconfessed sin—i.e. not admitting we’re wrong—can cause damage to our relationships and weaken our spiritual appetite for Jesus and His Spirit.

The contrast to this is the person who quickly and readily admits their wrongs. We will look at four reasons why a Christian should possess a heart of humility by pointing out their mistakes, failures, and transgressions. Always looking deep inside the heart that has the conflict of wanting to do right but failing to carry it out (Rom. 7:18) is not an easy practice. But as we will see, a person in love with Jesus will have no choice.

1. Admitting Your Wrong is the Mark of a Knowledgeable Person

“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning” (Prov. 9:9 ESV). Both clauses say the same thing. Hebrew parallelism is a literary device that the writer of Proverbs often employs in order to cement truth. When we are confronted with what we have done incorrectly, we are faced with the reality of getting instructed by that person, whether it’s a child, an adult, a teenager, or an illiterate.

The idea is that the wise person will heed the instruction, and this would involve taking an honest look inside themselves and openly affirming that the instruction is needed and will be obeyed. The result is rewarding: they will increase in learning. Another way to express this is to say that admitting your wrong is the mark of a teachable person.

2. Admitting Your Wrong is the Mark of a Wise Person

“The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise” (Prov. 15:31 ESV). This mark (characteristic) closely parallels with the last one. A wise person doesn’t go on their way thinking they are right. They listen. Often times what is spoken can be a harsh reality to the person who was convinced of something else. We love to be right! It’s in our nature. The Hebrew word for “reproof” (תּוֹכַ֣חַת ) is a severe reprimand, a stern rebuke of correction or discipline given to change the course of action for that person.

To some extent, even the secular world sees this as a mark of someone who is wise and/or humble. (I am not using humility and wisdom synonymously, but they are related.) In fact, in a lot of cases we see that those outside the body of Christ like to be labeled a “humble” or” wise” person because they have been quick to realize your correct position and therefore confess they were mistaken. But often times this is a façade. A wise person is someone who fears the Lord (Prov. 9:10).

3. Admitting Your Wrong is the Mark of a Meek Person

“The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel” (Isa 29:19 ESV). Although it is not expressly stated that a meek person is one who admits they are wrong, we can infer this from the definition of a meek person. A meek person is someone who views themselves rightly and then expresses that attitude towards others.

Some translations render the Hebrew word here (עָנָו) “meek” (ESV), “afflicted” (NAU), “humble” (YLT), or “downtrodden” (NET). This same word is used to describe Moses, which stated he was the meekest person in all the earth (Num. 12:3). And it is not hard to conclude why he was the meekest in all the earth. Moses is referred to as the one whom God talked face to face (Num. 12:8), as a man talks with his friend. He understood himself in light of who God was. A meek person understands their low position as a human being and expresses that attitude towards all people. That person will readily admit they’re wrong and humbly rejoice in the God who reigns over them.

4. Admitting Your Wrong is the Mark of a Person in Love with Jesus

“I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy” (Ps. 116:1 ESV). The Psalmist loves Yahweh because He is merciful. When the Lord answers our cries for mercy, He responds to our pitiful condition. Mercy is God’s goodness given to a people who are in a miserable plight. Our response to accept that we are wrong in any given circumstance shows our love for Jesus because we are ready to call on His name to receive mercy for our failures.

A person enthralled with the love of Christ is not looking to themselves; they are not finding every reason to remain correct. Rather, they are finding every way to point to Jesus as the only perfect human being and as someone who they are constantly striving to imitate. If we never admit we’re wrong, and yet are constantly saying, “ Look to the only perfect Savior!” how do we expect others to not see our hypocrisy in our religion? We love Jesus, therefore “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30 ESV).

In closing, I would like to bring one more thing to your attention. Admitting you’re wrong does not mean that you never evaluate another’s correction, reproof, or counsel. A knowledgeable, wise, meek, and person in love with Jesus will always test and use discretion in all situations. A Christian is filled with the Spirit of God to be led in life in order to be made fit for eternity. Remember, even though our sinful nature loves to be right even though we may be wrong, seek to be a Christian marked with knowledge, wisdom, meekness, and, most of all, someone who is deeply in love with Jesus.

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