Lately I have been faced with issues that I know the enemy is trying to put his hand upon. Usually when attacks from the enemy rises, we instantly back down and breakdown. I refuse to allow that to happen. God has so much in store for me and there are promises that are remained to be fulfilled.
Prophesy is so important because it is The Word of God being released and in timing be active in the atmosphere. Prophesy is for the believer to edify and uplift one another. God has given all believers the ability to prophesy at some level (Numbers 11:29).
I wanted to cancel hearing prophecy over my life because at one point I was receiving so much prophecy from others and when I saw it come to pass, it was a decoy! I followed the whole prophecy from the beginning to end. I was so hurt and discouraged that I said out of my mouth, I never want to hear another prophetic word from anyone. I was that mad. I told God that if it is not from God or my pastor, I do not want to hear it. God told me to think back to every word He has said to me from this last year and follow that. I read in 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20 says that, “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. So I prayed to God asking if the word was given through someone you was from You or an evil spirit.
Every word you receive, it must be tested. in scripture it says that, “Beloved, do not believe every Spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).” Even those you may respect might be under the influence and do not know it. Test everything. No matter how credible the source may be, all given word must be tested. This is through praying and asking God for discernment. I believe The Lord allowed to go through this to increase my discernment and hearing from Him.
Here are some points when receive a word from God (source: BLB)
- Remember a prophet must not contradict anything God has previously revealed.
- A prophecy must always points back to Jesus Christ.
- A prophet’s life must be consistent with the prophecy he or she gives.
- Because someone meets the above criteria does not necessarily mean that the message is from God. The leaders of each particular assembly should be the ones who make the determination.
- Prophecies should be tested, and if they hold true, they should not be despised.
I am known in my church to do declarations. Usually I would read them from a book or The Lord would give them to me hot off the wire. For this current situation I am facing, the word of The Lord began to bubble up inside of me and I began to declare. I encourage you to used the declarations over your life.
How do we recognize these satanic agents? By discernment.
I command all organized forces of darkness against my life to receive commotion, lightning and thunder, in the name of Jesus.
All demonic organized network against my spiritual and physical progress, be put to shame, in the name of Jesus.
I command all demonic mirrors and monitoring gadgets against my life to crack to pieces, in the name of Jesus
I command every agent of frustration to loose its hold over my life, in the name of Jesus.”
I cancel the assignment of spiritual spies that try to take spoken prophesy and manipulate it in the name of Jesus
I cancel the assignment of decoys that are trying to enter our lives in the name of Jesus.
We cancel backlash from this declaration in the name of Jesus.
We confuse the assignment of the satanic agents in the name of Jesus.
I command all evil records planted by the devil in anyone’s mind against my advancement to be shattered to pieces, in Jesus’ name
O Lord, catapult me into greatness as You did for Daniel in the land of Babylon.
O Lord, help me to identify and deal with any weakness in me that can hinder my progress.
I bind every strongman delegated to hinder my progress, in the name of Jesus.
O Lord, despatch Your angels to roll away every stumbling block to my promotion, advancement and elevation.
Let power change hands in my place of work to the hands of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus.
I receive the mandate to put to flight every enemy of my breakthroughs, in the name of Jesus.”
I shall receive the prophetic word of the Lord and test it against what the Lord has told me and the Word of God.
I shall use discernment and follow the voice of the Lord
And it is so in the Name of Jesus
(This week I am stepping away from Praying and Fasting and talk about an experience I had recently)
Have you ever sat in church and ask yourself, what I am doing? I had that moment months back. I began to analyze what we were doing as church. Are we being effective in the world? Are we living up to what God wants for the church to be? Looking at the state of the church as whole, I outright said I hated the Church! I got so frustrated with the Church that I was ready to leave. But how could I hate the church and love God at the same time?
Last week I have been under tremendous warfare. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong. I was so frustrated the whole entire week. I take online bible classes and my faith and beliefs has been challenged lately. I could not understand how we as church got so far away of where we originally supposed to be. The Lord led me to the book of Acts and I began to read it from the beginning. To see the journey of the apostles and the persecution that they had to endure is not comparable to what we are going through as a church. Are we really stepping out and putting our lives on the line for the name of the Lord? Or are we hiding behind the beautiful edifices that we have created?
The Lord began to show me the original plan of the church. As I began to pray, God began to tell me that our territory will be enlarged through our outreach. It is past time to go outside of the four walls and reach one another. But before we can do outreach, we must do in-reach. We must make sure that we are exercising what we are teaching. And that is the problem. There is not enough sound teaching going on in the church. There is a whole lot of preaching, which preaching is suppose to be for the unsaved, but not enough teaching. So we as believers are receiving salvation messages over and over again and never moving from the place of receiving God to discipleship. In result, we do not know how to conduct ourselves as a representative of Christ. We never move forward to being what God is calling the church to be.
So what is the charge I am faced with? How can we move from the outside to the streets? What is it that we have to do as church to fix what is in the house before we invite people to house? What good would it make If I left the church? If God has shined His light on His word for me to make a change, how many more has He revealed this to and are afraid to step forward. We are stuck going around in circles and are afraid to progress. We may not be able to reach all the churches and show how things are suppose to be but we can start right where we are. I will start where I am and love the church again.
Many situations come in our lives and sometimes we feel that we were blinded by them. Many situations we face we bring on ourselves but do not want to admit it. It is so much easier to blame others rather than looking within and seeing what we have done to prevent the situation to happen. Sometimes we blame others for getting fired from a job. We blame others for blocking us from reaching our dreams and aspirations. We blame others for all of our actions instead of looking at what part we played to cause it. Proverbs 28:13 says that, “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.”
This level of maturity is hard to face and to walk through because it is hard to turn the mirror on ourselves. When the Lord begins to show us ourselves, we have a choice to: Rebel, make excuses and rationalize, or given in and listen to God.
I remember one day I prayed to God to be closer to Him because I knew that I was moving to another assignment in life. When I prayed these prayers, the Lord began to show me myself. He showed me my attitude and my character and it was way out of line. I did not know that I had a bad attitude. I could not believe it. God said that before I am able to help others and help start a church, I must check my attitude.
I am a person who do not like meetings. The Lord is helping me to understand the way people think. So I would easily snap when things do not make sense. I would leave a meeting and get on the phone and begin to blame others about the flow of the meeting. The next morning after meetings, I would wake up still fired up. Then I heard the Lord say, “you caused it. What did you do to cause the meeting to go awry? How was your attitude? What could you have done to ease the situation?” I could not believe the questions that were coming my way! I instantly went on the defense. It was not me; it was them because them… The Lord stopped me and had me to look at myself.
I decided to straighten up and allow the Holy Spirit to fix me. I allowed Him to. When I began to allow the Holy Spirit to work and began to admit my wrongs and faults to others, I felt so much better because it was helping me to become a better person. It was an emotional process because I could not believe I had so much evil and hatred in my heart. When I decided to allow the Lord to work on me, I felt like I was given a new heart.
One of the works of the Holy Spirit is to give us power to witness to one another. You cannot witness to one another with hatred in your heart. Thank God that He loves us so much that He corrects us so we can be influential to those who do it know Him. Revelations 3: 19 says that, “Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude]. [Prov. 3:12.]” You cannot properly receive God’s correction until you understand and know the love God has for you. The way God corrects may not be understood by us but I thank God that He does it.
No more should be blame others of our situations but we need to allow the Holy Spirit to open our eyes and allow us to see what we have done wrong to cause the situation arise. We have choices and we choose to do what we want to do rather than what it is right. God can show you the door of correction but we have a choice to walk through it. His love is kind and we should rejoice when God corrects us. We have should a desire to grow fruit (character) that is plentiful and tasteful for those who need it the most.