Friday, May 15, 2015



Source: notes by Selwyn Stevens & others from “Freedom from the Religious Spirit”
by Dr. C. Peter Wagner, (book available from Jubilee Resources,


Life should be filled with the joy of the Father so that we have the strength and faith to worship, walk and work with the Holy Spirit, (Nehemiah 8:10). We need to enjoy life, people, ministry, our families, food and even our own jokes. We need to never let life get stale. We need to practice the key of a godly lifestyle by embracing change as the Holy Spirit leads so we can continually walk in the freedom that Christ has bought for us as children of God. This is the liberty that Jesus has demonstrated for us and has provided for us in His kingdom. When God decides to bring change into the earth we need to lift our hands and say ‘Lord use me I am ready and willing’! In John 5:19 Jesus said, “The Son can do nothing of Himself but what he sees the Father do, for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner”.
Just as our bodies have a physical immune system to combat diseases, so our spirits have a spiritual immune system to combat evil spirits. Just as our physical immune system, when it is strong, heals us from every disease so our spiritual immune system, when it is full of the strength and life we have in Christ, under the direction and empowerment of the Holy Spirit delivers us from evil spirits. But Satan sends diseases to attack and bring death to our bodies and he also sends spirits of religion to attack our spirits and souls, causing us to live lives devoid of the presence and power of God. Jesus has come to bring life and life more abundantly but Satan has come to steal, kill and destroy our spirit, soul and body, (John 10:10).


When Ritual controls our Relationships this is Religion. Ritual minus Relationship equals Religion. The spirit of religion is an agent of Satan assigned to prevent change and to maintain the status quo by using religious devices. There are many spirits of religion as we see in the many types of non-Christian and Christian religions both personal and corporate in the world today.
It is a spirit that is assigned to distract people from the truth by making think that we are okay. The spirit of religion is the meanest, foulest, most ruthless spirit that you will ever confront.
It comes as an impostor, masquerading as the real thing cutting off believers from relationship with God and blocking the work of the Holy Spirit.
The fruit of the spirit compared to the fruit of the religious spirit. The word of God says we can recognise a tree by the fruit that it bears (Matthew 12:33-37).
2 Timothy 3:1-5 lists 19 manifestations of the religious spirit in the lives of people in the church. “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
The Bible describes two kingdoms operating in the world. The kingdom of God seeks to accomplish the will of the Father on earth (Matthew 6:10), which is to bring righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, (Romans 14:17).
In opposition to God’s kingdom, Satan has established the kingdom of this world. Satan’s goal is to resist the progress of God’s kingdom and hinder God’s plan of redemption. These kingdoms are locked in a conflict that will not end until Jesus returns. Satan’s goal is to counterfeit God’s kingdom by offering the world a dead imitation of the true kingdom to hinder the progress of god’s work by vaccinating the world against God’s love. Satan’s counterfeit kingdom is called religion. God’s goal is not to create people who are religious. His goal is to bring men and women into a relationship with Himself and combat the spirit of religion through love.


Most of us are subject to religious spirits to some degree. Paul exhorts us to “test ourselves to see if we are in the faith”, (2 Corinthians 13:5).
Go through the warning signs below and check the ways you behave because you might have a religious spirit in that area of your life. Remember religious spirits are seven times stronger that other types of spirits as demonstrated in Daniel 3:19. Remember that religious spirits hold people in spiritual slavery. The battle against this spiritual slavery can only be won by unconditional love, in living the Christian life focused on Jesus and the Word of God and being filled with the Holy Spirit. So use this checklist to set yourself or others free to worship, walk and work with the Holy Spirit.
1 The tendency to see your primary mission as tearing down what you believe is wrong. This person’s ministry will produce more division than lasting works.
2 The inability to take a rebuke, especially from those you judge to be less spiritual than yourself.Think back on how you responded the last few times someone tried to correct you.
3 A philosophy that will not listen to other people – “only to God” Since God usually speaks through people, this is an obvious delusion and reveals serious spiritual pride.
4 The inclination to see more of what is wrong with other people and other churches than what is right with them. John saw Babylon from the valley, but when he was carried to a “high mountain: he saw the New Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:10) If we only see Babylon, our perspective is wrong. Those who are in a place of true vision will focus on what God is doing not on any human achievement.
5 Overwhelming guilt that you can never measure up to the Lord’s standards. This is a root of the religious spirit because it causes you to base your relationship with Him on your performance rather than on the cross.
6 The belief that you have been appointed to fix everyone else! The self-appointed watchmen or sheriffs in God’s kingdom are seldom involved in building anything; they keep the church in a state of annoyance and agitation and may cause serious divisions.
7 A leadership style that is bossy, overbearing and intolerant of the failure of others. As James said: “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace”, (James 3:17-18).
8 A sense that you are closer to God than other people or that your life or ministry is more pleasing to Him. This is a symptom of the profound delusion that we draw closer to God by who we are rather than through Jesus.
9 Pride in your spiritual maturity or discipline, especially as you compare yourself to others. True spiritual maturity involves growing up into Christ. When we begin to compare ourselves with others, it is obvious that we have lost sight of the true goal – Jesus.
10 The belief that you are on the cutting edge of what God is doing. This includes thinking that you are involved in the most important thing that God is doing. Again this is spiritual pride, self-centeredness, even if it were true. Those entrusted with the truly important missions have the grace to fulfill them because God “gives grace to the humble”, (James 4:6).
11 A mechanical prayer life. When you start feeling relieved that your prayer time is over, or when you have prayed though your prayer list, you should check your condition. You will never feel relief when your conversation is over with the One you love.
12 Doing things so people will notice. This is a symptom of the idolatry of fearing people more than we fear God, and it results in a religion that serves people instead of God.
13 Being overly repulsed by emotionalism. When people who are subject to a religious spirit encounter the true life of God, it will usually appear excessive, emotional and demonstrative. Remember how David danced when he brought the ark of the God into Jerusalem? And remember this repulsed his wife Michal and she was barren from that day on, (2 Samuel 6:23). Such a critical spirit will lead to spiritual barrenness.
14 Using emotionalism as a substitute for the work of the Holy Spirit. Do you think that weeping and wailing must accompany repentance? Or that one must “fall under the power” to be truly touched by God? Even though both of these can be evidences of the true work of the Holy Spirit, you are beginning to move in another spirit if you require these manifestations.
During Jonathon Edward’s meetings in the First Great Awakening some of the toughest, most rebellious men fell on the ground and stayed there for up to 24 hours. Such seemingly strange manifestations fuelled the Great Awakening, since these men were truly changed. Even so, Edwards stated men who faked these manifestations brought an end to the Great Awakening more than the enemies of the revival.
15 Keeping score in you spiritual life. Do you feel better about yourself because you go to more meetings, read your Bible more, or do more things for the Lord than other people do? These are all noble endeavours, but the true measure of spiritual maturity is getting closer to the Lord.
16 Being encouraged when your ministry looks better than others’ ministries. This includes getting discouraged when it seems that other ministries are looking better or growing faster.
17 Glorying more in what God has done in the past than what He is doing in the present. God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The veil has been removed. We can be as close to God today as anyone in the past. A religious spirit always seeks to focus our attention on making comparisons rather than simply drawing closer to Jesus.
18 The tendency to be suspicious of or oppose new movements or churches. This is an obvious symptom of jealousy, a primary fruit of the religious spirit or of pride that asserts that God would not do anything without going through us. Of course, the Lord rarely uses people with such a mentality.
19 The tendency to reject spiritual manifestations that we do not understand. This is a symptom of pride and arrogance that presumes our opinions are the same as God’s. True humility keeps us teachable and open, patiently waiting for fruit before making judgments. That is why we are exhorted to “prove all things, hold fast that which is good”, not what is bad, (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
20 An overreaction to carnality in the church. Far more carnality likely exists in the church and a lot less of the Holy Spirit than even the most critical person would think. We must learn to be delivered from our carnality and to grow in our submission to the Holy Spirit. But the critical person will want to annihilate those who may still be doing things in the flesh 60 percent of the time, instead of helping them along the way.
21 An overreaction to immaturity in the church. The Lord tolerates a certain amount of immaturity. A four year old is immature compared to a 14 year old, but that is okay. In fact, they may be very mature for a four year old. The idealistic religious spirit only sees the immaturity without considering the other important factors.
22 The inability to join anything that you do not deem as being perfect or near perfect. The Lord joined humans here on earth and even gave His life for the fallen human race. The apostles that he called and released to build His church would probably have made most people’s list of “The least likely to succeed”. Such will be our nature, too, if we abide in Him. We will not just see people as they are but also for whom they can become.
23 If while reading theses signs you were thinking about how they applied to someone else, you may have a serious problem with a religious spirit.


Score yourself on this test. Just remember that Paul did not tell us to test our neighbour or our pastor, but to test ourselves. Every one of these issues has applied to each one of us and probably a number still due because we have not come fully into maturity in Jesus. Also remember that all these are the fruit of having eaten from the spiritual Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and it takes a process of having our minds renewed to get free of the religious spirit influence.


We not only need to keep from being infected by a religious spirit ourselves but we also need to protect ourselves from someone who has a religious spirit. The following are five forms of a religious spirit: a counterfeit gift of discernment, a spirit of Jezebel, self-righteousness, the martyr syndrome, and some self-help psychology.


A religious spirit gives birth to a counterfeit gift of discernment of spirits. This counterfeit gift thrives on seeing what is wrong with others rather than seeing what God is doing to help them along. If you checked 4 and 6 on the self-test, you tend to have a counterfeit gift of discernment. Its wisdom is rooted in the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and thought the truth may be accurate; it is ministered in a spirit that kills. Suspicion, which is motivated by rejection, territorial preservation or general insecurity, causes this counterfeit gift. However the true gift of discernment can only function with love. In 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, Paul warns them about those who minister in a religious spirit that they try to place a yoke of legalism on the believers. Religions that are based on works will tend to become violent easily, especially when confronted with those who live by faith. This includes “Christian Religions” where a doctrine of works has supplanted the cross of Christ. Those who are driven by religious spirits may try to destroy the true Christian by onslaughts of slander.


The Spirit of Jezebel is a combination of the religious spirit and the spirit of witchcraft that is the spirit of manipulation and control. This spirit is often found in deeply wounded people. Every trial in our lives will either make us bitter or better, and the cross will heal every spiritual wound if we will turn to it. Those who are deeply wounded who do not go to the cross can open themselves up to this evil spirit. The Jezebel spirit is one of the enemy’s most potent forms of the religious spirit that seeks to keep the church and the world from being prepared for the Lord. This spirit attacks the prophetic ministry through which the Lord wants to give timely, strategic direction to His people. Jezebel knows that by removing the true prophets, the people will be vulnerable to her false prophets, which always leads to idolatry and spiritual adultery. When there is a void of the true prophetic word, the people will be much more prone to the deception of the enemy. A religious spirit produces religious pride so that God will not communicate with those who are proud. In Matthew 15:14, Jesus called the religious leaders of the day “blind guides”. A primary strategy of the religious spirit is to get the church devoted to sacrifice in a way that perverts the command for us to take up our crosses daily. This perversion will have us putting more faith in our sacrifices than in the Lord’s sacrifice. It will also use sacrifices and offerings to try to get God to manifest Himself. This is a form of the terrible delusion that we can somehow purchase the grace and presence of God with our good works.


We do not crucify ourselves for the sake of righteousness, purification, and spiritual maturity or to get the Lord to manifest Himself; this is nothing less than conjuring. We are “crucified with Christ” by faith, (Galatians 2:20). If we crucify ourselves, it will only result in self-righteousness. This is pride in it most base form because it gives the appearance of wisdom and righteousness. In Colossians 2:18-23 Paul warns us about pride about how well we are doing compared to others and not on God’s glory. This results in our putting confidence in discipline and personal sacrifice rather than in the Lord and His sacrifice. It is the motivation behind everything that we do that is important – driven by the Holy Spirit or a religious spirit. A religious spirit motivates through fear, guilt or pride and ambition. The Holy Spirit motivates through love for Jesus the Son of God.
In Colossians 2:18-19 Paul explains that people who delight in self-abasement will often be given to worshiping angels and taking improper stands on visions they have seen. A religious spirit wants us to worship anything or anyone but Jesus. God does not give us revelations to prove our ministry or so people will respect us more. The fruit of true revelation will be humility not pride. A religious spirit will always feed our pride, whereas true spiritual maturity will always lead to increasing humility.


To be a true martyr for the faith is one of the greatest honours that we can receive in this life. When this is perverted, it is a tragic form of deception. When a religious spirit is combined with the martyr syndrome, it is almost impossible for that person to be delivered from his deception. At that point any rejection or correction is perceived as the price he must bear to “stand for the truth” which drives him even farther from the truth and any possibility of correction. The martyr spirit can also be a form of the spirit of suicide. It is sometimes much easier to “die for the Lord’ that it is to live for Him. Those who have a perverted understanding of the cross often glory more in death than they do in life. The goal of the cross is the resurrection, not the grave.


The self-help psychology movement is a subtle attempt to replace the power of the cross in the church. This humanistic psychology is “another gospel” and another form of the religious spirit. In Colossians 2:6-8 Paul warns us about digging up the old man and trying to get him healed. We need to kill the old man and leave him. The way to heal our spiritual wounds is not a procedure or formula but simple repentance and forgiveness and taking all negative conclusions and behaviour to the cross where we will find the perfect love of Jesus to wash away all the bitterness and resentment. In 2 Corinthians 11:3 we see salvation is simple. Healing is simple. Deliverance is simple. We are not to add or subtract from the Word of God like Eve did when Satan talked to her. Many “Christian” philosophies and therapies seem wise, but they attempt to substitute for the Holy Spirit in our lives. Some people do need counselling and genuine Christian counsellors do lead people to the cross. (There are some counsellors who describe them selves as “Christian” who have never been to the cross themselves. They cannot lead people where they haven’t been themselves.) But others are simply leading people into a black hole of self-centeredness that will consume them and try to suck in everyone else around them. This philosophy is an enemy of the cross of Christ.


In Ezekiel 37 the prophet was taken to a valley full of dry bones and asked if they could live. The Lord then commanded him to prophesy to these bones. As he prophesied they came together, came to life, and became a great army. This is a test every true ministry must pass. The true prophet can see a great army in even the driest of bones. He will prophesy life to those bones until they come to life, and then become an army. In Jude 12-16 we see the false prophets as “grumblers and fault-finders”.
The world is becoming increasingly repulsed by religion. However, when Jesus is lifted up, everyone will be drawn to Him. Because the whole creation was created through Him and for Him, we all have a huge Jesus-size hole in our soul. Nothing else will every satisfy us or bring us peace but a genuine relationship with Him.


The main order for deliverance from a religious spirit is intercessory prayer that will soften the hardened heart of those who are in bondage to the religious spirit so they can in humility be changed. Then the religious spirit must be confronted in a process to repent, to renounce and to break all behaviour patterns influenced by this spirit. Here is a list of statements that can be used for deliverance as the person(s) with Godly sorrow speak them with sincerity, humility and submission to:


Entry Points
 I repent and renounce every opening, known or unknown in my generations that I have given to a religious spirit in my family line even back to the 10th generation.
I repent and renounce every opening, known and unknown in my personal life that I have given to a religious spirit, and every work of darkness connected with it.
Character of God
 I repent for not fully receiving Your love, compassion, mercy, grace and forgiveness and I renounce any belief that You, Father are distant and judgmental. I choose to embrace all aspects of Your character and to intimately know You.
I repent for allowing myself to be led by any other spirit than the Holy Spirit.
 I repent for relying on my own intellect in worship, praise, prayer, reading of the Word and spiritual Warfare.
I repent and renounce all legalism, traditions and religious formulas.
I repent and renounce all participation in dead works.
I repent and renounce all dullness to the things of God.
I repent and renounce hardness of heart
I choose for the oil of Your Holy Spirit to flow across my heart.
My Behaviour Patterns
 I repent and renounce placing man’s opinion of me above Yours.
I repent and renounce compromises of the truth, of my integrity and of my purity.
I repent and renounce all compromises in my attitude toward sin.
I repent for my lack of transparency for covering sin, for not confessing sin, for not receiving correction for being defensive and quick to justify and rationalise my sin.
I repent and renounce all deception and hypocrisy.
I repent and renounce all pride, arrogance and self-righteousness.
I repent and renounce all comparison, judgment, criticism, gossip, jealousy, covetousness and anger.
I repent and renounce all persecution and slander of those moving in the Holy Spirit.
I repent and renounce every act of rebellion that has reinforced the spirit of religion in my life.
I choose to have obedience as my heart attitude.
I choose to no longer partner with the same spirit that killed Jesus and that continues to attempt to kill the work of the Holy Spirit today.
I choose to no longer oppose God.
 I break every hex, curse or vow, every spell, incantation or ritual.
I break every covenant and blood covenant, every sacrifice and blood sacrifice.
I break every ungodly soul tie, every ungodly generational tie in my family line.
I break any other legal right, known or unknown, for the spirit of religion to stay.
Spirit of religion, as the Body of Christ, I and those with me come against you:
We refuse to allow you to steal our intimate relationship with our Lord.
We refuse to allow you to kill the flow of the Holy Spirit in us.
We refuse to allow you to destroy the anointing of others through us.
We choose to receive the anointing to break the power of the spirit of religion in the Church of Jesus Christ in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
 Pray this prayer to invite Jesus to be the Lord and Master of each area of your life. Even for some mature Christians, the only reason that the demons are still present in their lives is that Jesus is not Lord of one or more areas of their life. Meditate on this prayer for each area of your life and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any hidden sin(s). Repent and confess these sins thereby closing the door to these evil spirits. Then these spirits have no legal right to remain and they must go from you, (James 4: 7-10). Then a time of refreshing shall come upon you, (Acts 3:19-20).
Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned and I acknowledge my need of You. I thank You for dying on the cross for me and I accept You as my Saviour. I invite You now to be Lord of every area of my life:
  • Lord of my spirit, all of my worship and my relationship with You;
  • Lord of my mind, all my thoughts, all my attitudes and all my behaviour;
  • Lord of my emotions, all my feelings and all my reactions;
  • Lord of my will and all my decisions;
  • Lord of my body and all my physical health;
  • Lord of my eyes and all that I look upon;
  • Lord of my ears and all that I listen to;
  • Lord of my mouth and all that I speak;
  • Lord of my hands and all that I do;
  • Lord of my feet and everywhere that I go;
  • Lord of my sexuality and all its expression;
  • Lord of my family, my entire home, all my pleasure and all my relationships; Lord of my time, all my work and all my service for You;
  • Lord of my material goods, all my possessions, all my finances and all my needs.
Thank Jesus that Your blood was shed that I might be set free. You and You alone are my Lord and Master, Amen.
Now that you have repented, renounced and broken all relationships with the spirit of religion and have proclaimed Jesus as Lord of every area of your life, walk in freedom with the Holy Spirit.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Asking for Jesus to Come Into Your Life - The Sinner's Prayer

You have to ask to be in the kingdom.  It is a personal choice made or not made by each person.  This is an example of a prayer you can use if you have never asked Jesus to be your Savior.  The greatest gift is the gift of salvation and everlasting life.  A sense of urgency exists.  Don't put off this decision made by the heart.
The Sinner's Prayer
Dear God,  I know that I am a sinner. I know that you sent Jesus to be my Savior, and that He died on the cross to take the punishment for my sins.  Please forgive me of all my sins, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward.  Please send the Holy Spirit to come into my life and change me. Please help me to follow you for the rest of my life. Thank you for saving me and taking me to heaven when I die.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Like a Little Child - Come to Him

 Many times, it seems that I want to pray with my head instead of my heart.  I have discovered if I come to Jesus in a humble manner and submit myself to him and his will, he answers.  Sometimes it is best to put aside the burdens of life.  To not focus on what is happening in the mind.  Just be with him from your heart and see what happens for you and your loved ones.  Little children find their security, strength and simplicity of life in their parents.  It is easy for them to have faith in their heavenly Father who brings us all our security, strength and peace.  Let Jesus enter your heart and live in you and with you.  Receive him.

Mark 10 - The Little Children and Jesus

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

God's Message about your Tongue-Choose Your Words Wisely

God says we are made in his image so why wouldn’t our words have power? God spoke the world into existence. In Genesis "God said" is repeated over and over.  Your words do have power, so select and use them wisely.  They build up and tear down a person all in an instant. Those words spoken stick with that person for years to come as soon as you release them. You may not have meant what you said, but you said the words and that provides rights for your words to exist and impact yourself and others.  Word curses, ungodly beliefs, covenants, vows, pledges, declarations, and oaths are all easily spoken and result in ramification and instant accountability without knowledge on the recipient party.  I would suggest to never use the word never or always. In my case, I know who said what and some of you meant your hurtful words and some of you didn’t.  You didn’t mean hurtful intention and I have forgiven you.  God named his fallen angels with their God given name and their function.  One can even speak to your disease, ailment or infirmity and command it to GO! in Jesus name. In some cases, you will be healed. The good news is that God is the creator of the Universe and Satan is just a fallen angel.  There is a supernatural realm we are all walking in right here, right now and all around you at this very moment.  Chose your words wisely and be kind to others.  Love your neighbor and love God more.
Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Psalm 15  A psalm of David
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken


Monday, January 12, 2015

Football - No Stadium to Sit In

If you have a choice, what do you choose? There are many things people cannot see, hear or know of to believe in.  Then, you can have faith.  In the spiritual world, there are  two teams and that is it.  You are either in the Kingdom or not in the Kingdom.  There is no void space, not even on Earth.  There are “obstacles” getting in your way of understanding or hearing.  There are doubts, disbeliefs and hindrances attempting to get your attention now. When you equate this to football, which many American’s understand, that means there is no sideline or stadium to go sit in and wait.  What I am suggesting is that a sense of urgency exists. If you don’t know that you are on God’s team, his side, there is a default team who welcomes you and who doesn’t have to fight for your attention. This is why the gates of hell are wide.

Matthew 7:13 NIV The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
The Earth is Satan’s realm with God’s kingdom on Earth.  One has to ask to be included in the Kingdom of God.  You are always welcome because God gave his only Son for your sins.  This knowledge should provide one with much comfort if eternity matters to you.  I didn’t know all of this information either, but I do now and it gives me great peace.

Matthew 7 (NIV) Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
To Pray Daily: The Lord's Prayer

Friday, January 9, 2015


Fear.  It has left me.  And fear can leave you too. Fear is one of Satan’s greatest weapons because fear is the opposite of having faith.  Fear can be paralyzing and can keep a person bound.  A person who feels unloved or rejected may have a great deal of fear. Abaddon (Hebrew) or Apollyon (Greek) is the ruling spirit of fear-Destroyer (Revelation 9:11).  These spirits torment and can represent Scorpions. Having fear can keep you from being fully free.  I lived a lot of times afraid.  I was afraid of rejection.  I was afraid of being left out.  I was afraid of dying or being hurt.  I was afraid of being left alone, ridiculed or mocked.  I was afraid of failing. I was afraid of not being good enough. I was afraid that I didn’t matter.  I was always looking from the outside in. Now I am on the inside looking out.  It is a wondrous feeling to not have fear.  I am not afraid.  Death has lost its sting.   I can stand my ground in the knowledge of the truth.  The truth is that was how I saw me, not how others saw me. You have to find your identity in Christ and understand how he sees you.  Now, I know that I will be ok.  That I am ok.   That I have been ok, but just didn’t know it at the time.  It’s your choice whether you are afraid, decide not to worry or be anxious.  Those thoughts of fear do not come from God.   He is not the author of them. Cast your cares on him.  He is right there with you, right now, waiting.
“In the name of Jesus, by the authority given to me as a believer, I confess that I have felt fear-fear of man, fear of rejection, fear of death, fear of trauma, childhood fears.  I ask for your forgiveness, forgive myself, forgive you Lord Jesus if I have ever blamed you, forgive x for these fears. I also forgive my ancestors for any inherited fears on both my Mother’s and Father’s side back to Adam.  I ask you to forgive them and them to forgive themselves and forgive those who hurt them. I repent, renounce these sins and rebuke fear.  I ask for your blessings; including faith, healing and deliverance. I bind all spirits and their functions and separate them from the rest.  I call up the head, and bind all others to the head.  I cast them now to the pit in Jesus name. Jesus, I ask you to fill these places with the Holy Spirit, put everything back into perfect order, cover these sins with the shed blood of Jesus.  I ask you to heal me in Jesus name. Amen.”
Isaiah 41
I took you from the ends of the earth,
    from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
    I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11 “All who rage against you
    will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
    will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies,
    you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
    will be as nothing at all.
13 For I am the
Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

To Pray Daily-The Armor of God Prayer-Ephesians 6:11-18

Going out into the natural world without this is like going out "naked" in the supernatural.

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. “

First—Put on the Armor of God

The Helmet of Salvation

Thank you, Lord, for my salvation. I receive it in a new and fresh way from You, and I declare that nothing can separate me now from the love of Christ and the place I shall ever have in Your kingdom.

The Breastplate of Righteousness

And yes, Lord, I wear Your righteousness today against all condemnation and corruption. Fit me with Your holiness and purity—defend me from all assaults against my heart.

The Belt of Truth

Lord, I put on the belt of truth. I choose a lifestyle of honesty and integrity. Show me the truths I so desperately need today. Expose the lies that I am not even aware that I believe.

The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

I do choose to live for the gospel at any moment. Show me where You are working and lead me to it. Do not let me become slack in my walk.

The Shield of Faith

Jesus, I lift the confidence that You are good against every lie and every assault of the enemy. You have good in store for me. Nothing is coming today that can overcome me because You are with me.

The Sword of the Spirit

Holy Spirit, show me specifically today the truths of the Word of God that I will need to counter the snares of the enemy. Bring them to mind throughout the day.


Finally, Holy Spirit, I agree to walk in step with You in everything. Amen.