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Spiritual warfare, just like any other warfare, will become intense sometimes to the point that you will need help from outside. What will you do when you find that you have been surrounded from every side and all avenues of getting out have been blocked. Well, you can stand still and wait for somebody to come to your aid or for a miracle to happen. The other reasonable thing you’ll do is to make a distress call for help. When help comes from outside, your enemies will flee for their dear lives. At times a child off God will find himself/herself surrounded in such a manner. How will you know that you are surrounded? It will begin with the enemy taking grounds you had earlier on occupied, you become weak and frail and if you aren’t careful, will collapse. The following are tell tale signs that you are surrounded. If you:
 Become very weak in prayer
 Become weak in studying the Word
 Find it difficult to share Christ
 Lose interest in joining brethren in fellowships
 Doors of evil in your life/family/spouse seems to have opened and you can’t close them
 Blessings you had been enjoying and which are rightfully yours and which now have become far from your reach
 Thriving of satanic reports in your life/family
 Etc
If you are in the above and have prayed with very little success, its time you call for help. But from where? Ask the Holy Spirit to put in your heart brethren to call to stand with you. We need to lift one another up, as Joshua did to Moses. One will drive a thousand, two will drive ten thousands, many will drive many more. DON’T STRUGGLE ALONE
YOU WILL NEED A PERSON/PEOPLE WHO IS (ARE) FREE TO DELIVER YOU WHEN YOUR HANDS SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN TIED!

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Let the scripture speak
Jer 1:10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
Mt 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Lu 3:9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
When engaging in spiritual warfare, it is important to know that the enemy will
• Plant mines your way to blow you up. This is because he wants you out of the way.
• Plant evil when you are least aware
• Steal from God’s children peace, happiness, joy and the blessings of being in Christ
• Come when you are sleeping and sow evil in your life, business, job, marriage, family, relationships, ministry, health, neighbourhood, at the gates of your homestead/house, child(ren) etc
• If you allow the evil to grow, it will multiply and eventually it will kill you

It is also important to know that
• Whatever is grown germinates, first to a seedling, a young plant and eventually a tree.
• When mature, the tree produces fruit
• If the tree is good, it will end up producing more good trees, likewise, if bad, it will produce more bad fruits and consequently many more fruits
• If you don’t desire to keep a certain tree, you can only uproot it when young, when it grows old you will require to lay an axe at its roots
• When destroying a weed or any other unwanted plant, you completely burn it so that it goes not either grow again or have its seeds grow again
It is therefore vital to examine your life spiritually. See what is undesirable that grows in your life. Such which does not come from God. You should know that if you allow it to continue growing, it will bring your destruction.
God’s calling to Jeremiah is part of your calling today. God has not only appointed you to be in charge of your life but also of His creation. His directive to him is what He expects from you today. He told him that he is in charge. He has appointed him as his servant. Same happens to you. He charged him to
• Uproot
• Tear down
• Destroy
• Overthrow
• Build
• Plant
Please note that once you have destroyed a kingdom, you can’t leave a vacuum. You must rebuild, you must plant. This is done by words. Speak life, just as God had directed Ezekiel to speak to dry bones.
You need to use the six points above to completely uproot Satan’s work in your life, and plant God’s plan. You can for instance pray like this: “Today I uproot every wicked plantation at the gates of my family/ I uproot every Satanic plantation in my stomach/blood system/ body/ marriage/ business etc in Jesus name. I tear down all that the enemy has erected in my ____. I destroy all his powers and plans in Jesus name. I overthrow his wicked kingdom now in the Mighty name of Jesus. ”
If whatever you are dealing with has taken too long in existence, you should apply the axe of the living God. You should pray like this “I lay the axe of the living God upon every tree of witchcraft/ immorality/ cancer/ divorce ____ (name it)which has existed in my life/family etc in Jesus name. I cast it into unquenchable fire of God in Jesus name”. Pray repeatedly, for just as you can’t fell a tree with a single cut, the same principle applies spiritually. After this plant what glorifies God. For instance you can say “I now plant health in my family/body in Jesus name”
PLEASE NOTE that in one of my examples above I have talked of evil planted in the stomach. I have handled many cases of sicknesses getting into the body through the stomach after being fed evil/ satanic/ unclean food. This can happen in hotels, your place of work, parties, home etc. The devil has many ways of doing it, including using his agents or by buying food that has satanic incantations on it. It has also happened to me many times but it is not something to worry you. A simple prayer of faith uproots it completely. If you let it to continue, it may grow to a worse disease or death.
REMEMBER, YOU ARE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR IN CHRIST JESUS (Rom 8:37). WALK SHOULDER HIGH CHILD OF GOD.

Take it to the cross dear. Jesus waits to unburden kyou

Take it to the cross dear. Jesus waits to unburden kyou

Uproot what the enemy has planted

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What goes through your mind anytime you think of speaking in faith when you are praying. The Bible defines faith as a substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1). It also records that without faith you cannot please God, and that whoever asks for anything, he should do it in faith, without wavering (James 1:6). This week the Lord took me through James 1:17 “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit”. Elijah was a man like you and me, yet he prayed an extraordinary prayer. He was able to command rain and it obeyed. Look at the expressions ‘it might not ’ and ‘it gave’ which is the same as ‘it might’.

On another episode, Jesus commented the faith of the Centurion. “And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel” (Matt 8:5-10). The centurion knew a fact that many people are ignorant of, that just as He was in authority and had soldiers under him to serve him, Jesus  also have on our side divine ‘soldiers’ to help him for he was serving in a kingdom. We have angels as ministering spirits to serve us as we live for Christ (Heb 1:14). Any time you send a word, they pick it up and fulfill it.

We are created in the image of God (Gen 1:26). One aspect of Him is that He is a creator. Looking at how he brought to pass his creation, we find that He spoke a word “Let there be .. “ and  there would be (Gen 1). The Spirit of God was there to effect everything He said. It is the power in the Holy Spirit who brought Jesus from the grave, and this power is upon believers (Eph 1:18-20). Therefore, believers should declare with authority and faith and it shall be. Joshua was able to command the sun to stop (Joshua 10:12-13) and it did. Jesus commanded the storm to quieten and it did. He was unhappy with their little faith. Mt 8:26 “And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm”. God has put you in a position to command even the heavenly hosts and they work to your favour.

When God made man, He gave him dominion over his creation (Gen 1:28). He was to rule over it. Before this he had already created the sun and commanded it to rule during daytime while the moon at night (they still do even today, they have power even to smite you Ps 1215-6 but God shields us). But now in came man, he was now even to rule over them as they do their assigned duties. This is why when you wake up you need to declare what you expect for the day, just as the psalmist  would by saying  “ This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it” Ps 118:24.  Joshua was therefore exercising his given authority over the sun.

So what happens when we speak a word of faith? The words we speak are taken by angelic beings that minister to us and effect what we say. However, when we confess defeat, the devil, who is an accuser of brethren, takes the opportunity to accuse and bring the evil we feared. When a witch wants to perform a miracle, she orders demons that are under her and they carry out her duties. With them they perform miracles to the wonder of their followers. We have more than this. Elisha’s servant doubted this powerful provision of help, when Elisha prayed for his eyes to be opened, he saw horses and chariots of fire around them (2Kings 6:17).

I pray that Christians would see this mighty providence from our loving father. I wish they would imagine the mighty angelic beings pushing the waters of the red sea to pave way for the children of Israel, I wish they would see the word of healing they send being taken at a supersonic speed to be effected to the sick, I wish they would have faith to speak without doubting trusting that God takes over the rest. We need to speak faith in our situations, in our places of work, in our family etc. you will eat the fruit of the words you speak. Speak life to your situation. Pr 18:21says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”. Remember “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). Speak it, again and again and again and again. Doubt not. Blessings

 

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Setting the mind free in prayer

 

The mind is the most crucial part where spiritual battles are fought. Advanced Learners Dictionary defines the mind as the part of a person, usually considered to be the brain that they use to think and imagine things. A Christian needs to protect herself from the ‘fiery arrows’ from demonic spirits which continually shoot wicked arrows to ruin our lives. Paul says that we should put on the helmet of salvation. The helmets work is to secure the head, where the brains are. We need to stand with Scripture and use the weapons we have to conquer the enemy.

The scripture says;

1Pe 1:13Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ

2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Eph 4:23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind

Ro 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Eph 6:16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (KJV)

Signs of a mind that is under attack

  • Unable to carry out prayers/ difficult in prayers
  • Feeling sleepy at odd hours.
  • Mental sickness
  • Severe headaches/ unexplainable migraines
  • Mind blankness/short circuiting of the mind eg You become blank while making a presentation and can’t coordinate
  • Sudden unexplainable drop in performance
  • Not understanding or remembering anything you have learned
  • Inability to concentrate and read the bible
  • Frequent loss of consciousness
  • Feeling ‘things’ crawling or moving in your head
  • Dreaming when your mind is being attacked etc

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (KJV)

 10 The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (MKJV)

So what does the devil do with your mind? His main idea is to do the above: Steal, kill and destroy.

He comes to imprison your mind, demonize your mind, release curses upon your mind, bewitch it, put yokes upon it, surround your mind with bands of wickedness, place evil covenants upon it, plant evil seeds upon your mind, put embargo’s, cause your mind to be averse to scripture, release poisonous arrows, pollute your mind, place padlocks upon your mind, put evil cages, do brain transfer, bring spiritual demotion, bring spiritual downgrading, bring spiritual blankness, bruise your mind, allow serpents and scorpions to terrorize your mind etc etc

Does this scare you? No it should not. We have mighty weapons at hand. God has given us great weapons which are always at our disposal

2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) {through God: or, to God}  (KJV)

 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, (MKJV)

You need to arise and be offensive to the enemy. Repent any sin in your life that might have opened a door to the enemy. You open the door through the five senses: though what you see, touch, feel, smell, hear & taste, and I must add, through your spirit. Have you allowed your spirit to be controlled by the devil, like being involved in Satanism at one time in life?

Secondly, ask the LORD to wash and cleanse you. Craft prayer bullets like the ones below to attack the enemy. Also put on the whole armor of God. This will put you in a defensive mode. You can choose to pray all the prayer bullets below or the ones you feel quickened by the Holy spirit to pray  for.

  • O Lord arise and take over the gates of my mind, in Jesus name
  • I take power and authority in Jesus name, and I destroy every weapon forged against my mind in Jesus name
  • I uproot every evil arrow and every evil seed planted in my mind in Jesus name
  • I wipe every satanic pollution & poison upon my mind in Jesus name
  • I destroy every satanic cage placed upon my mind, and I withdraw my mind from every satanic prison and coven in Jesus name
  • Power of God arise, and set my mind free from every satanic manipulation
  • I destroy all pots of manipulation operating against my mind in Jesus name
  •  I retrieve my mind back by Fire in Jesus name
  • I renounce and destroy every covenant that works against my mind, in the name of Jesus
  •  I have the mind of Christ. Every part of my mind that is not of Christ, die now in Jesus name
  • I cancel every word and every spell released upon my mind in Jesus name
  • I destroy all satanic embargo’s and bands of wickedness surrounding me in Jesus name
  • Every padlock upon my mind, I unlock you now in Jesus name
  • My mind, receive promotion and upgrading in Jesus name
  • I command every snake and scorpion operating against my mind to die in Jesus name
  • I break every satanic hand over my mind in Jesus name
  • Every evil anointing over my mind, melt away in Jesus name
  • O Lord, anoint my mind with the power of the Holy Ghost in Jesus name
  • Arise my mind and love the LORD

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What should be our focus when praying?

Is it to seek God’s face or his hand? We need to seek his face first. If we do so, He will gladly extend His hand. ‘When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek’ (Ps27:8 KJV).

How do you lead prayer?

Is it by coming up with requests? Key principles of prayer are that it should:

  • Be scripture fed
  • Worship based
  • Spirit led

When we gather, the question should not be: Do we have requests? But rather ‘let’s open our Bibles’. Let the word of God shape our praying.

The ultimate purpose of prayer is the glory of God. One powerful approach is 4/4 pattern: Upwards, Down wards, Inwards and Outwards.

1. Upwards focus – ‘Our father who art in heaven …’Matt 6:9. Open the Bible, read the passage, ask what it tells us about God and his character. Interact with each other in these truths. Worship the Lord for who He is.

2. Downward focus. Yield to Him ‘Thy kingdom come’ v.10. Surrender. Ask the Holy spirit to control us. Align your heart with his. The spirit will at this moment give you the requests.

3. Inwards – Bring requests to God. ‘Give us this day …’ v. 11. Ask Him what you need.

4. Outward focus – Readiness. ‘And lead us not …’ v.13. Now prepare for battle. Stand with the sword of the spirit. Claim promises. End with the upward stroke – ‘For thine is the kingdom …’ v.13. Glorify God. End with worship.

Adapted from The Herald of His coming, December 2011 article

MYTHS ABOUT PRAYER

This is an edited version of The power of praying together by Daniel Henderson.

  1. People in the church already know how to pray. You Must however, lead people in learning how to pray through exhortation and example. What moves the heart of God? Look at Jesus’ and Paul’s prayer model. Be passionate and teach people to pray.
  2. We do not need a culture of prayer to have a significant ministry. Effective ministry is not about what we do, but why, how and for whom. We need to spend time in God’s presence. We need to be Acts I leaders devoted continually in prayer.
  3. Private prayer is more important than corporate prayer. Both are essential. The greatest tool the devil can use would be that which would make Christians not to pray together. The early church prayed as one.
  4. Prayer ministry will grow without leadership. You cannot point the way, you must lead the way. The prayer level of the church or your group seldom rises above the personal commitment and example of the leader/senior pastor. Pick/appoint people to assist you. The devil will not work to destroy you but to distract you. Set your priorities right.
  5. A pastor/leader must be a prayer giant. You do not need to. Just start doing it and keep doing it. When you start praying with others, you start praying yourself.
  6. Because it is prayer, my motives will always be pure.  The main motive in prayer should be GOD IS WORTHY TO BE SOUGHT. Other motives like praying out of guilt, for church growth so that we may have a name, revival for the sake of excitement etc should never be tolerated. Seek his face, not his hand.
  7. Because it is prayer, my methods will always be effective. They may not; you need a balanced biblical approach to lead prayer. See notes on the prayer leader.
  8. Additional prayer leaders will automatically emerge. We must train confident leaders for growing prayer ministry. Train them and help them to feel confident in prayer.
  9. People will flock to prayer if I just lead the way. Do not expect a big crowd when God is the only attraction. Because it is prayer, many people may not turn up, but do not give up.
  10. Prayer ministry will always be easy and enjoyable. Though prayer can bring joy and intimacy with God, it can also bring battle with the enemy. Beware of the pride divide ie, looking down on prayerless. Let us desire to lead people into his presence.

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  1. God has called us to prayer. You learn prayer through praying. We have fellowship with God through prayer. Matt 26:40-41. Watch and pray that you will not get into temptations.
  2. God has invited us to ask, seek and knock. Matt: 7:7. There are times you will ask and God will provide, but other times you will have to seek what seems to be hidden. You need to ask God to reveal what has been hidden for it to be revealed. Other times you will need to engage warfare for the enemy to release your blessings. You need to knock.
  3. God has made us to be kings and priests. Rev 5:10. 1 Pet 2:9. You need to rule where you are as a king. You should also go before the lord to offer sacrifices on behalf of Gods people. You should intercede for them.
  4. Priests offer sacrifices in an altar. Make your home an altar where you can be seeking the lord from. No two altars can operate together. Destroy any ungodly altar in your home/family.
  5. Kings rule. Decree a thing and it shall be established. Job 22:28. Know God’s word. Hide it in your heart. You overcome by the blood.
  6. Kings went to war. You need to put on the full armour of God, Eph 6:10-19. Wage war against your enemies. Ask God for divine strategies. Ask Him to make you wiser than your enemies. Capture what the enemy has taken. Settle for nothing less than see complete deliverance of your people. Ask the Lord to teach you how to fight the battle.
  7. Be disciplined and alert, the devil wants to devour you and your people. Resist him and he will flee. Your brothers elsewhere are also facing the same. 1 Pet 5:7-9.
  8. To fight you must be free. Break chains, yokes, destroy nets, traps and traps. You Fill pits, cancel decrees, break generational curses etc. God wants you free Gal 5:1. Bring all the burdens at the foot of the cross. You can’t fight the enemy when he is on your side.
  9.  For the enemy to attack you, he must have bound you or there must be an open door. Search yourself to see which door of sin you have opened. The door can also be opened by a family member or a prayer partner who is walking in sin. It can also be opened by items in your house which have satanic connection but you haven’t detached yourself from them through prayer. Always sanctify any new item you buy like clothes etc through prayer and disconnect them from any wicked connection. The door can be opened by sins like immorality, gossip, pornography, disobedience, hatred, unforgiveness, bitterness, sexual pervasion etc.
  10. Carry one another’s burdens (as the Lord leads) Gal 6:2, Eph 6:19. Pray for your pastor and friends, no matter how strong they may look. Even Paul says ‘pray for me’. Rescue the oppressed through prayer. An oppressed person cannot fight for himself, he can’t only cry for help. Since you are free, hearken to their cry.
  11. A blind person, deaf or hard of understanding cannot lead others. Ask God to lead you and to open your spiritual eyes, ears and give you a new heart that can respond to him. Don’t allow your eyes to watch what is vile, and don’t allow your ears to listen to what hurts the Holy Spirit in you. Let your ears be full of light, then your body shall also be filled by the same Matt 6:22.
  12. The enemy plants evil especially when you sleep: both physically and spiritually. Remember to pull down what the enemy has planted. Matt 13:24.
  13. There many ways of fighting your enemies. Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you. He can lead you to fast, read aloud the word, sing, give thanks, rebuking your enemies, binding, loosing, declaring a word, laying hands, prayer walking, praying with others etc.
  14. The Holy Spirit is the best teacher. Rely on him always. Seek him to revive you, renew you, anoint you afresh etc.
  15. Eat well. Be strong. Prayer drains a lot of energy. Eat proteins. A weak body is more susceptible to diseases.
  16. God is looking for a person to stand in the gap, are you ready? Don’t give excuses Jer 7:10, Eze 22:30.

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If you were the devil, what would you do to Christians who are fighting you through prayer?

  1. Kill them. The devil wants to see you dead, period. His work is to steal kill and destroy. You however have been given power to defeat every weapon fashioned against you. Read Luke 10:19, Isa 54:17, Eph 6:10-18
  2. Make them fall sick so that they don’t pray but concentrate on their sicknesses. This will steal their joy and peace.
  3. Make them busy. Busy talking about others, busy backbiting one another, busy attending meetings, busy with manual work and new projects, busy, busy till you have no time to pray
  4. Make them fall through sin. Cause them to fall into sins like fornication, pride, theft/embezzlement of funds, disobedience. The devil knows that God opposes the proud, so he will oppose your prayers when you have pride. Any sin opens a door for the enemy to attack you.
  5. Make them tired so as not to pray. Make them give excuses. Release a spirit of heaviness upon them.
  6. Make them doubt.Make them see themselves as failures. God does not reward a person with a shaky faith. James 1:5-8
  7. Break their unity. One person can chase a thousand, but two will chase ten thousand. “Five of them will make all of you flee. You will be left like a lonely flagpole on a distant mountaintop” Isa 30:17 (New Living Translation)
  8. Make them fail to read the Bible. The bible reveals the secrets of God to people, so if they wont read they wont know them. They will therefore be ignorant and will be destroyed, for “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6
  9. Make them fear. Make them see themselves before their enemies as grasshoppers. Remember, the report brought by the spies who had been sent by Moses. These people would not enter the land of promise. God will not give you victory if you don’t trust that he is able to deal with your issues.
  10. Destabilize them by fighting those close to them like their relatives, friends etc. you must pray for your relatives or friends because whatever happens to them affects you also
  11. Make them pray less. Make them too tired to wake up to pray but pray on their beds since it is easy for them to fall asleep.

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