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Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Power Must Change Hands Program for March 2019 Edition @ Prayer City
Date: 2nd March; 2019
Topic: The Mystery of Prayer
Anchored Scriptures: Exodus 32:9-11; 1 Kings 18:42; Acts 4:31; Exodus 17:8
Ministering: Dr. D.K Olukoya (G.O, MFM Worldwide)
Sing this song : That God that answereth by fire, You will answer me by fire, today.(2ce)
Three Strange Scriptures:
1. Exodus 32:9-11 – An encounter between Moses and God. The Lord has taken a decision but Moses engaged in the mystery of prayer. Moses engaged in an instrument that seems to tie the hand of God but God says, let me alone: as if Moses tied His hands. The only system that can achieve that is the *Mystery of Prayer*.
2. 1 Kings 18:42 – Elijah had prayed, closed heaven with his prayer, if its now time to open it. The first kind of prayer he prayed was different from the second prayer he prayed.
He put his head in between his knees to pray. It is appearing to me that the people of old understand this kind of prayer but this generation do not understand it. The awesomeness and kind of prayer of old is strange to this generation.
They do not know the geography, science and mystery of prayers.
There are prayers that can open, there are prayers that can close.
When God opens a door, no man can close it.
When God closes a door , no man can open it.
3. Acts 4:31
They prayed to a level that their prayers starts to shake the building.
If prayer is shaking the building, who is the witch or wizard that can stand it?
Prayer can uproot,
Prayer can disable,
Prayed can resurrect,
Prayer can revive,
Prayer can reverse,
Prayer can abolish,
Prayer can terminate,
Prayer can kill,
Prayer can build,
Prayer can destroy,
Prayer can fast forward,
Prayer can reorganise,
Prayer can plant,
Prayer can destroy, after all Jesus came to destroy, for the cause, the son of God was made manifest.
Prayer can recover, it can pursue, overtake, terrify, animate, blind (There are occasions in the bible, that blind prayers were said). Elisha, Paul, prayed blind prayers.
Prayer can pull down, create, recreate.
Prayer can rebrand, it can repackage, prayer can isolate, it can demote, it can reveal, prayer can decode, prayer can constitute, prayer can sanitize, prayer can legislate, prauer can authorize, prayer can dismiss, prayer can raise up, Prayer can dominate, it can judge, it can can acquit, prayer can bury, discern, prayer can dissolve, prayer can withdraw things, it can approve, it can disapprove, prayer can jump, it can incubate, prayers don’t die.
Prayer can echo, prayer can paralyze, prayer can arrest, Prayer can punish, prayer can diagnose, prayer can cloth, prayer can glorify, prayer can polish, prayer can ignite and prayer can activate.
Many pray, many dont understand, a man can be faced with 5 battles becos he does not have a prophet, he cannot discern this is battle 1, battle 2 e.t.c. He prays general prayers and life remains stagnant.
The awesomness of the power of prayer is yet to be revealed to this generation.
The time will come, that the most important thing you need in this world is for God to answer ur prayers.
The tragedy of our days is not unanswered prayers: *It is unoffered prayers!*
Prayer is the greatest power on earth.
Prayer is the key to good treasure house.
Prayer is the only thing that we do in church the devil cannot do.
Prayer don’t die
A man who prays has nothing to fear.
Prayer is a unnatural activity.
Gods’ power can only flow to people who can pray
Exodus 17:8 – Moses prayed while joshua fought.
God’s prevailing power is released through prayer.
Prayerless people are overwhelmed, prayerless people are over run, prayerless people are pushed around and defeated by the enemy.
Nothing is too great to pray about.
Nothing is too hard to pray about.
Prayer has won victory over the earth.
Prayer obtain a thing that seems impossible.
Prayer makes the sun to stand still.
In the bible, prayer brought fire from the sky.
Prayer never perish.
The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much. There must be righteousness in your prayer.
Prayers by Daddy D.K Olukoya:
1. Raise ur two hands to Heavens:
Power to pray and get result, fall upon me now in the name of Jesus.
2. By your name *JAH*: my heavens, Ephratah in the name of Jesus
3. By your name *JAH*, my way, Ephratah in the name of Jesus
4. Any battle, born with me: die in the name of Jesus.
5. Battles older than me and my parents, I am not your candidate: die in the name of Jesus.
6. Sorrow, tragedy, taken place in my dream: die in the name of Jesus
7. Any good thing in my life collected from my dreams, I recover them in the name of Jesus.
8. Washer man of darkness, washing my glory, what are you waiting for: die in the name of Jesus.
9. The battle of *”you shall become nothing”*: backfire in the name of Jesus.
10. Hold your head with your two hands –
Shout: My head my head my head, Thus saith the lord – Arise and Shine in the name of Jesus.
Prayer for Nigeria:
11. King of peace, reign in our nation in the name of Jesus
Upcoming election next saturday:
12. Oh lord, let your zeal, bring your chosen son to power in Jesus name.
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POWER MUST CHANGE HANDS PRAYER PROGRAMME
O HEAVENS, MAKE A WAY FOR ME
Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 3
Confession: Matthew 11:12
AGGRESSIVE PRAISE WORSHIP
1. O God arise, and uproot anything You did not plant, inside the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, in the name of Jesus.
2. O God, let the fire of revival, fall upon the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, in the name of Jesus.
3. O God, let the power of peace and progress, overshadow this nation, in the name of Jesus.
4. O God, arise and give us God-fearing leaders, in Jesus’ name.
5. Strongman using the earth to curse me. O earth open and swallow them up, in the name of Jesus.
6. Evil powers of my fathers house, using the earth to curse me, earth open up and swallow them, in the name of Jesus.
7. Every concluded work upon the earth and in the heavenlies against my star, O heavens, arise and terminate them, in the name of Jesus.
8. Powers that have determined that my star will not shine, O God, arise in Your anger and terminate them, in the name of Jesus.
9. Every bewitchment fashioned against me, using the earth, terminate, in the name of Jesus.
10. Earth, arise swallow any power asking you to swallow me, in the name of Jesus.
11. Any battle that has grown old in my life, fire of God, pursue them out of my life, in the name of Jesus.
12. My enemies, within and without, die in shame, in the name of Jesus.
13. Any power that wants me to die the death of my enemies, die, in the name of Jesus.
14. Powers, blocking my rain of mercy and blessings, be destroyed, in the name of Jesus.
15. Wherever the enemy has pulled me down, mercy of God, pull me up, in the name of Jesus.
16. I decree that the hands of the enemy will not prevail over my life, in the name of Jesus.
17. O God, arise and give me prophetic dreams, in the name of Jesus.
18. Every evil eye troubling my life, receive blindness, in the name of Jesus.
19. By the covenant upon this mountain, I level my mountain, in the name of Jesus.
20. By the covenant upon this mountain; I kill my problems, in the name of Jesus.
21. Every curse of bad luck, issued against me, break by fire, in the name of Jesus.
22. O God, arise and give me a resounding testimony that will glorify Your name in my life, in the name of Jesus.
23. Blood of Jesus, wipe off all the data about me and my family from the data bank of the enemy, in the name of Jesus.
24. O God, arise and show me the secrets of my life, in the name of Jesus.
25. Dark ordinances of short life, be rolled away by fire, in the name of Jesus.
26. Every curse of ‘thou shalt not excel’, be broken by fire, in the name of Jesus.
27. Every curse of profitless hard work, break by fire, in the name of Jesus.
28. Every curse of ‘you shall not witness the goodness of your children’, break, in the name of Jesus.
29. Every curse of ‘you shall not benefit from your children’, break, in the name of Jesus.
30. Any power that wants my children’s food to be bitter in my mouth, fall down and die, in the name of Jesus.
31. Bondage of suffering, woe unto you. I bury you now, in the name of Jesus.
32. Every unrepentant enemy of my next level, I bury you now, in the name of Jesus.
33. Any problem assigned against my old age, die, in the name of Jesus.
34. Anti-glory power of my father’s house, die by fire, in the name of Jesus.
35. Any power offering the sacrifice of death against me, die in my place, in the name of Jesus.
36. God of this mountain, what are You waiting for? Make a way for me by fire, in the name of Jesus.
37. Any dark power assigned to monitor my life, be disgraced this month, in the name of Jesus.
38. Enemies of my next glory, I command you to expire, in the name of Jesus.
39. Every evil kingdom, legislating against me, I tear you up, in the name of Jesus.
40. Any sacrifice offered to cage my progress, lose your power, in the name of Jesus.
Never in the history of the world has there been an era of war, both physical and spiritual, like this era. This is a tougher era of warfare.
Many people are under bondage now, more than in any other period of human history.
There are cases of deep bondage, uncommon attacks against the family and horrendous occurrences in the lives of individuals. The devil has wreaked a lot of havoc upon humanity. The Bible has described in vivid terms, the activities of satanic agents.
Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. Psalm 74:20.
God is aware of the high spate of demonic hostilities. Hence, the Holy Ghost has vomited the prophetic revelations and prayers in this writeup to place us in good stead for a unique role in this end times. This engaging platform is well propelled and it exceeds the entire nuclear weapons which have been put together by nations of the world.
This is the apex of deliverance. We are at the threshold of a revival of spiritual warfare. Join me now with a large appetite for prayer arrows that will defeat your enemies in Jesus Name.
Your friend in the school of prayer and deliverance,
Dr D.K Olukoya
The spear is a symbol of divine intervention. It represents the might of the Almighty. When the spear is drawn, evil powers are made to see the strength of the arm of the Lord, the rage of His fury and the resolve of heaven to make your life a no go area for dark powers. (Psalms 35:3).
The spear of the Lord is a weapon of unchallengeable victory. It is a weapon of conquest and uncommon victory over the kingdom of darkness. Joshua 8:18. It is unfortunate, however, when the spear of the Lord is not even known not to talk of being utilized by members of the Lord’s army. It is a tragedy beloved that in this generation, the weapon of the spear of the Lord, has not been discovered.
Only very few know how to invoke the spear of the Lord and draw it against the territory of the enemy. When the Lord’s spear is not utilized, the enemy will continue to have a field day; witches and wizards will continue to swallow the virtues of God’s people. Judges 5:8.
Below are prayer points that send the spear of the lord to the territory of the enemy will usher you into resounding victory and complete deliverance. Please, pray the following PRAYER POINTS with understanding and determination.
The Ocean of Life
And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the Lake of Gennesaret …..
THESE fishermen had toiled all night and have caught nothing; they were washing their net or rather celebrating their failure when Jesus came by.
Going closer, Jesus spotted two ships but he entered just one of them. He picked and entered that of Simon. I want to pray a powerful prayer; let your Amen be powerful ten-fold Amen. The prayer may not be clear to you, but I decree upon your life: Jesus will enter your boat, in the name of Jesus. ‘Come to think of it, Jesus entered one boat and left the other. May the Lord choose you for blessings this year.
In the course of his interaction with Simon, Simon told Him how they had toiled all night but had caught nothing. So, it was a wasted labour,
wasted sleep and time. Not only that they were going home to meet a hungry family with nothing to present to them. This kind of experience is what you call ‘profitless hard work: All night, they caught not a single fish and it was as if all the fishes went on holidays. I’m praying for somebody here: every spirit of profitless hard work, assigned against you must die before you leave this place in Jesus name. Shout a seven-fold Amen! Another seven-fold amen!!
Simon, as a fisher man, knew that more fishes were caught at night and here was Jesus a carpenter and not a fisher man telling him what to do.
However, he obeyed Jesus and when he had done this; they caught a great multitude of fishes and their net break.
I prophecy a net-breaking miracle for you in Jesus name.
When your blessings become explosive, you alone will not enjoy it.
Simon had to call the attention of the fishermen in the other ship to come and help them because of the multitude of fishes in the net that was causing the ship to sink. There were fishes where Simon stood but they neglected his net until Jesus came and upon seeing this miracle, he fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to depart from for he was a sinful man.
This story has a lot to teach Primarily, it teaches us the benefit power of obedience and faith. Faith has no respect for impossibility.
Faith that is against reasoning the different kinds of solution could give is what the Bible is about. I want you to raise your hands, I decree in this meeting this is prophetic. Say, In this year … my hands, hear the word of the Lord prosper by fire, in the name of Jesus.
That is the primary lesson here then the scripture now presents the life of man.
There is something called ocean of life and the bank of that called life stands an array of ten fishermen. As we are all seated here, are the class of those ten fishermen.
The ocean of life is a place of antiques, calculation, manipulations, dishonesty, liars’ empire, emptier paradise, a place where yokes are s
a place of unexplainable loss, a of spiritual palpitations, a place of deception, a place of power playing, place of power clash and very strange stagnancy, a place of very strange limitations and opportunity swallowing, a place of destiny robbing, a place of evil manoeuvrings, a place of profiles sweating, a place of life wastage.
I was going somewhere for a crusade and as we were being led to the plane, I noticed that the pilot out and was standing by the door, everybody was going in. When I got to the door, the pilot stopped me said, ‘Daniel’ and I looked. He said ‘you don’t recognise me anymore I said, ‘oohh; as I recalled him now. We had attended the same school years ago. So, he took me in and put me in a special seat. I was impressed to see him and to know that he is a pilot. He took me to and fro my journey but to my shock, three weeks later, I saw in the newspaper that he had been arrested for carrying drugs and this made me so sad. This is what the ocean of life is like, because we are all basically fishermen trying to fish in that ocean.
So, apart from having a very good net, it is crucial to know when and Where to throw your net. Peter had a good net, a good boat and was experienced too but he arrived at a place where the bible says that the foolish shall be equalled with the wise, they shall be used to trouble the wise.
Life is not calculated by what one is; who has or does not. For those of you who pride yourself with your beauty or handsomeness, life is not like that at all. I went to one of our university campuses to minister many years ago and the students came to welcome m. So, they were coming to meet me then the student union brought a lady to me and said, man of God, look at this girl, she is the most beautiful girl in the campus’ and when I looked at her, indeed she was. I now asked her: ‘I know you are beautiful but have you surrendered your life to Christ?’ And here was her answer, she said, I don’t need Jesus; my beauty can get me anything I want. I said, ok, time will tell. I did not know that that day I was speaking to her was her last opportunity. I forgot about her totally. I now went to United States of America to minister in a place called Detroit, and where I was doing my counselling, some people came and said,’G.O, when you’re going back to your hotel, there is a lady there who says she knows you; so, please if you’re passing by, can you just spare one minute to pray with her. She’s from Nigeria and her situation is very bad.
They painted a very ugly picture of her situation and when I acted like I won’t go, they started crying. So, I decided to visit her. After ten hours of waiting, we left and getting to the hospital, I didn’t see a lady, rather someone looking uglier than a gorilla. I said, hello, ‘I don’t know you. She said, ’you know me sir: I said, ‘who are you?’ She said, ‘do you remember the Miss Campus that you met that time and you asked her to surrender her life to Jesus?’ I said, ‘yes, I do: she said, ‘I’m the one: I asked her what happened and she said a jealous boyfriend poured acid on her head. Where is the beauty now? It is gone!
The other time, they brought a former Miss Nigeria here, she ran mad at CMS Bus Stop and was rushed down here and after prayers, she became well and I said to her, ‘do you see that your Miss Nigeria cannot deliver you?’ So, life is not about what or who you are. Life is not calculated by your strength, certificate, height, fame; instead, it is battle, mission and it is so serious that people say it is not easy.
The lesson of life is always repeated over and over again until it is learnt.
The truth, beloved, is this: there is no true life until you find out who you are. You need to know who you are. Some people came to John the Baptist and asked, ‘are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘no: ‘Are you so-so prophet?’ He said ‘no: ‘Are you the Messiah?’ He said, ‘no: He would have said, ‘you don’t know me? My father is Zechariah, the high priest, my mother is Elizabeth, the wife of the high priest; so, what type of questions are you asking?’ When they persisted, he told them: ‘1 am the voice, the voice, that cries in the wilderness, saying make straight the pathway.
Life is sometimes like a foreign language and all men mispronounce. Life sometimes may seem like a large asylum and those who are giving the prescriptions are the patients themselves. Life is like a football game with everybody offside until Jesus discovers you. Life is fishing in an ocean and whether you catch or not is not the issue. At the back of the large ocean called life is the array of ten different fishermen with their nets and other instruments for fishing in their hands. Some catch fishes and some don’t. Some wanted to catch fishes but caught water snakes and things that destroyed them. This is why I am praying for you this year, that wherever you throw your net in this year, you will catch the fish you want to catch in Jesus name.
The ten fishermen of the ocean of life are: The correct fisherman: They have the correct net and are well positioned and when they cast their net in the correct places, they catch fishes and prosper. Ninety per cent of success is as a result of correct positioning. Unfortunately, the enemy as relocated some people from their place of blessings to the place of dryness. The enemy looks at someone’s desires and goes ahead to give poverty to finish such. That person was supposed to prosper in Lagos because that is where the angels of his blessings have been dispatched but the enemy now gives him an American visa or other visas and then he moves to those places while his angel of breakthrough is waiting in Lagos.
The word of God never changes; for He says that the word which has gone out of His mouth shall prosper wherever He had sent them. He said, ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away but not an iota of my Word shall pass away: When you leave the place your blessing has been forwarded to, you will meet nothing other than suffering, no matter the country you are in. In the end, you will feel embarrassed to come home because people will laugh at you. A Nigerian man came to me for counselling in New York and he cried bitterly, he wanted to stay in America by all means, even though he had a wife in Nigeria. So, he left the Nigerian wife and married a German-American. He said they were sleeping side by side on the bed that night when he felt the bed shake a little bit and he opened his eyes, only to see the body of his wife rise up straight, just like she laid but rising up and he was just looking and was like, “what is this?” And so, he called her name and asked, ‘what are you doing?’ and the body came down and she looked at him and gave him a serious warning and said, ‘be very careful, you’re already in trouble, so not compound your trouble: As from that time, his life, job and ever
went down. Everywhere he went, no favour but the woman was prospering. And he now said, ‘Man of God that thing I saw that day, she was going up, what is it?’ I told him, ‘that is what they call leviational witchcraft.
So gentle man, you have married international witch and so deliverance can help you but remember are still going back to that house.
He is an example of a person who left his place of blessing and went somewhere else and while his angels are waiting at his original address, he could not be found. I’m praying for somebody, if the enemy has relocated you to the wrong business, place or job, receive your deliverance, in name of Jesus.
MFM International Headquarters Sunday Service
Topic: By His name JAH
Ministering: Dr. D.K Olukoya (G.O, MFM Worldwide)
Anchored Scriptures: Psalm 68:3-4, Jeremiah 32:17, Matthew 19:26
God is called by many names in the Bible. Jehovah: Rapha-heals, Rohi-Lord our shepherd, shalom-peace, Sabaoth- man of war; Shamah – God’s presence; El Shaddai – Powerful one; JAH – The General Controller. Because of His name JAH, Jeremiah 32:17 JAH comes to live in our lives. Matthew 19:26 All things are possible.
God is the best interpreter of His greatness. God is an awesome God. He is self existent, He was not elected. No king maker put a crown on His head. Every other king bow to Him willingly and unwillingly. God is mighty to bring you out of every limitation. With God, all things are possible. This means that poverty can suddenly be a thing of the past, along with all other problems.
God is a spirit and the major battle we fight is spiritual. If God is fighting for you in the spiritual and the physical, no power can stop you. Enemies may run after you for years, but just one word from God can suddenly bring their operation to a stop.
God provided light for the children of Israel when there was no electricity.
Those who made exploit with ‘His name JAH’ keyed into the principle of desperate prayer. Many a-times, desperation is the best thing that can happen to us.
Desperation is the last place before manifestation. Desperation is the breeding ground for miracle. Desperation means being reckless, desperation means furious effort. Desperation has no respect for what anyone is saying, it introduce extra energy.
When you become desperate, progress begins.
1. Oh God arise: draw me out of every room of reproach in the name of Jesus.
2. Wasters assigned against me, be wasted in the name of Jesus.
3. Wherever the enemy has stopped me, I get out now in the name of Jesus.
4. Powers confronting me day and night, what are you waiting for? Die in the name of Jesus.
5. Powers assigned to turn me to a laughing stock, your time is up: die in the name of Jesus.
6. Arrows that entered into my life at midnight, backfire in the name of Jesus.
7. Where is the Lord God of Elijah, arise: give me a miracle that will move me forward in the name of Jesus.
8. Any coven harboring my certificate, release it now in the name of Jesus.
9. Power of the grave assigned to punish me, scatter in the name of Jesus.
10. Powers fighting my head, your time is up: die in the name of Jesus.
11. God of Paul and Silas, deliver me from the prison of my father’s house in the name of Jesus.
12. Satanic incantation and prophesy assigned against me, backfire in the name of Jesus.
13. Dust of my foundation covering my glory, clear away in the name of Jesus.
14. Evil voices speaking in my dreams, shut up in the name of Jesus.
15. Powers assigned to make my enemies laugh at me, die in the name of Jesus.
16. Enemies of my next level, what are you waiting for? Die in the name of Jesus.
February 1 , 2019 – DAY 25
Confessions: Psalm 2:1-12
Aggressive Praise and Worship
oppression and affliction in homes, in the name of Jesus (1 Peter 4:7, Matthew 18:19).
January 30, 2019 – DAY 24
Confessions: Psalm 2:1-12
Aggressive Praise and Worship
January 29, 2019 – DAY 23
Confessions: Psalm 2: 1-12
Aggressive Praise and Worship
January 27, 2019 – DAY 21
Confessions: Psalm 2:1-12
Aggressive Praise and Worship
January 26, 2019 – DAY 20
Confessions: Psalm 2: 1-12
Aggressive Praise and Worship
January 24, 2019 – DAY 18
Confessions: Psalm 2:1-12
Aggressive Praise and Worship
January 23, 2019 – DAY 17
Confessions: Psalm 2:1-12
Aggressive Praise Worship
January 21, 2019 – DAY 15
Confessions: Psalm 2: 1-12
Aggressive Praise and Worship
January 17, 2019- DAY 11
Confessions: Psalm 2:1-12
Aggressive Praise and Worship
January 16, 2019 – DAY 10
Confessions: Psalm 2:1-12
Aggressive Praise and Worship
January 14, 2019 – DAY 8
Confessions: Psalm 2:1-12
Aggressive Praise and Worship
January 10, 2019 – DAY 4
Confessions: Psalm 2:1-12
Aggressive Praise and Worship
January 9, 2019 – DAY 3
Confessions: Psalm 2:1-12
Aggressive Praise and Worship
January 8, 2019 – DAY 2
Confessions: Psalm 2:1-12
Aggressive Praise and Worship
Confessions: Psalm 2:1-12: Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break the bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them i his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore; 0 ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
January 7, 2019 – DAY 1
Aggressive Praise and Worship
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December 31st, 2018.
Topic: WHEN GOD’S PATIENCE EXPIRES
Text: Genesis 6:1-3, Hosea 4:17
Minister: Dr. D.K Olukoya (G.O MFM Worldwide)
Genesis 6:1-3 “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2. That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”
Hosea 4:17 “Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.”
It is true beloveth that God can decide to abandon a person’s case. Woe unto that man or woman whom God has abandoned.
When a man or woman is having a great time; living a way of destruction such a person should be pitied.
When the angels of God do not put a stumbling block on your way of destruction, then there is a serious problem indeed.
PRAY: I fire back, every arrow of death and hell, in the name of Jesus.
God is an unchanging God, “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed”. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, tomorrow and forevermore. Listen beloveth, God’s attitude towards sin is exactly the same today as it was in those days. Be careful because once His patience has expires; no mercy, no minister, no deliverance minister or pastor can help.
Noah announced and warned them for 120 years. As it was in the days of Noah, so it is here now. My fear is that many except they do something here, the personal patience of God is about to expire.
Same way, Jesus warned Jerusalem, they didn’t listen. In AD 70, there came war in the city and there was blood like water on the street.
My fear: we are going to 2019, the way some people lived 2018, if they continue like that, the patience of God may expire.
Many Christians have the wrong idea of God. Many preachers are even preaching the wrong thing about God. God is a God of Mercy. Yes, but that same God is a Just God. He drowned the world in the time of Noah. He rained down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. When His son Jesus Christ carried sin on the cross, He turned His face away.
You need to do something about it tonight. Rise up on your fit now. Begin to tell the Lord your sins and tell him to forgive you.
– Let there be Glory and Honour. Be unto the Lord.
– On the mountain, in the valley, on the land and in the sea.
– He has broken the gate of brass and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
1. I shall sing my song and dance my dance, by the power in the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
2. Disgrace, hear the Word of the Lord, backfire, in the name of Jesus.
3. Every satanic plan, to kill me before my time, what are you waiting for? Die, in the name of Jesus.
4. Powers, that is saying I will not go far, your time is up, die, in the name of Jesus.
***HAPPY NEW YEAR IN JESUS’ NAME***
– You are the Lord, that is Your name, You will never share Your Glory with any man.
– I have a Father that will never never fail me.
– Tu ra ya ya ma ma.
– Onise ara, oni ise iyanu.
– Wa wo, wa wo, oun ti Olugbala mi nse,
1. My Father, cause this year to be my rejoicing, in the name of Jesus
2. This year O Lord, take me from the crowd and promote me, in the name of Jesus.
3. (10 times) It is well with me, it shall be well with me. In the name of Jesus.
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401. Let any witchcraft curse working against me be revoked by the blood of Jesus.
402. Every decision, vow and covenant of household witchcraft affecting me, be nullified by the blood of Jesus.
403. I destroy with the fire of God, every weapon of witchcraft used against me, in Jesus’ name.
404. Any material taken from my body and now placed on a witchcraft altar, be roasted by the fire of God, in Jesus’ name.
405. I reverse every witchcraft burial fashioned against me, in the name of Jesus.
406. Every trap set for me by witches, begin to catch your owners, in the name of Jesus.
407. Every witchcraft padlock fashioned against any area of my life, be roasted, in Jesus’ name.
408. Let the wisdom of household witches be converted to foolishness, in the name of Jesus.
409. Let the wickedness of household enemies overtake them, in the name of Jesus.
410. I deliver my soul from every witchcraft bewitchment, in the name 0 – Jesus.
411. Any witchcraft bird frying for my sake, fall down, die and be roasted to ashes, in the name of Jesus.
412. Any of my blessings traded with by household witches, be returned to me, in Jesus’ name.
413. Any of my blessings and testimonies swallowed by witches, be converted to hot coals of fire of God and be vomited, in the name of Jesus.
414. I break myself loose from every bondage of witchcraft covenants, in the name of Jesus.
415. Any witchcraft coven where any of my blessings are hidden, be roasted by the, fire of God, in the name of Jesus.
416. (Lay your right hand on your head) Every witchcraft spirit plantation, pollution, deposit and material in my body, melt by the fire of God and be flushed out by the blood of Jesus.
417. Every witchcraft hand planting evil seeds in my life through dream attacks; wither and burn to ashes, in Jesus’, name.
418. Every witchcraft hand planting evil-seeds in my life through dream attacks, wither and burn to ashes, in Jesus’ name.
419. Every witchcraft obstacle put on the road to my desired miracle and-success, be removed by the east wind of God in Jesus’ name.
420. Every witchcraft chant spell and projection made against me I bind you and turn you against your owner in the name of Jesus.
421. I frustrate every plot, device, scheme and project of witchcraft designed to affect any area of my life, in the name of Jesus.
422. Any witch projecting himself into the body of any animal in order to do me harm, be trapped in the body of such an animal forever, in the name of Jesus.
423. Any drop of my blood sucked by any witch, be vomited now, in the name of Jesus.
424. Any part of me shared out amongst household village witches, I recover you, in the name of Jesus.
425. Any organ of my body that has been exchanged for another through witchcraft operation, be replaced now, in the name of Jesus.
426. I recover any of my virtues/blessings shared out amongst village/household witches, in Jesus’ name.
427. I reverse the evil effect of any witchcraft invocation or summoning of my spirit, in the name of Jesus.
428. I loose my hands and feet from any witchcraft bewitchment or bondage, in Jesus’ name.
429. Let the blood of Jesus wash away every witchcraft identification mark on me or on any of my properties, in the name of Jesus.
430. I forbid any re-union or re-gathering of household and village witches against my life, in Jesus’ name.
431. Let the entire body system of my household witches begin to run amok until they confess all their wickedness, in Jesus’ name.
432. Let the mercies of God be withdrawn from them, in Jesus’ name.
433. Let them begin to grope in the daytime as in the thickness of a dark night, in the name of Jesus.
434. Let everything that has ever worked for them begin to work against them, in Jesus’ name.
435. Let them not have a cloth to cover their shame, in Jesus name
436. Let as many of them that are stubbornly unrepentant, be smitten by the sun in the day and by the moon, in the night in Jesus’ name.
437. Let each step they take lead them to greater destruction, in the name of Jesus.
438. But as for me, let me dwell in the hollow of God’s hand, in the name of Jesus.
439. Let the goodness and mercies of God overwhelm me now, in the name of Jesus.
440. Any witchcraft operation under any water against my life, receive immediate judgment of fire, in Jesus’ name.
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*the thunder and lightning of God * unbearable heat * raging fire
*hail and fire mingled with the blood of the Lamb *concentrated acid
* continuous plagues *destroying flood-destruction *failure – confusion
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321, Lord, plant Your warring angels around me to dismantle and destroy evil stronghold of internal witchcraft.
322. Let my enemies make mistakes that would advance my course, in the name of Jesus.
323. Anything that the Father has not planted in my immediate environment, be uprooted; in Jesus’ name
324. Listen to me satan, I plead the blood of Jesus over this environment.
325. Lord, take absolute control over my body, soul and spirit
326. Lord Jesus, I surrendered every part of my life to You.
327. I receive the anointing of the warrior to drink the blood f the enemy, in the name of Jesus.
328. I charge my spiritual battle by the fire of the Holy Ghost, in the name of Jesus.
329. I challenge and destroy every satanic operation against my prayer life, in the name of Jesus.
330. I reject every involvement of the flesh and satan in my prayer, in the name of Jesus.
331. God, arise and let every evil presence around me scatter, in the name of Jesus.
332, Every power blocking me from the will of God, fall down and die, in the name of Jesus.
333. I pull down every stubborn stronghold protecting my enemy, in the name of Jesus.
334. I arrest every spirit of confusion by fire, in the name of Jesus.
335. I bring the blood of Jesus between me and the powers of darkness, in the name of Jesus.
336. Every problem (name it) harassing my life, I break your backbone by fire, in the name of Jesus.
337. I release myself from every evil spirit behind the problem, in the name of Jesus.
338. Let the backbone of the strongman in charge of each problem be broken, in the name of Jesus.
339. Every evil inflame fuelling my problem, be disgraced by the blood of Jesus.
340. 1 command every evil monitoring spirit to leave me now, in the name of Jesus.
341. I renounce satan and his host and declare-them to be my enemies, in the name of Jesus.
342. I exercise my authority over stubborn witchcraft and I pull down their structures, in Jesus name.
343. Listen to me satan, because of the blood of Jesus, you have no more power over me, no more place in me, in the name of Jesus.
344. I place the blood of Jesus upon myself and my family, in the name of Jesus.
345. I draw the bloodline of the Lord Jesus Christ around all my possessions, in the name of Jesus.
346. I draw the bloodline of Jesus around all my possessions and property, in the Name of Jesus.
347. 0 Rock of Ages, smash to pieces every foundation of witchcraft in my family, in the name of Jesus.
348. Let witchcraft powers eat their own flesh and drink their own blood, in the name of Jesus.
349. Every seat of witchcraft, receive the thunder fire of God, in the name of Jesus.
350. Let the habitation of witchcraft powers be desolate, in the name of Jesus.
351. Every throne of witchcraft, be dismantled by fire, in Jesus name
352. Let the stronghold of witchcraft powers be pulled down by fire, in the name of Jesus.
353. Let the refuge of witchcraft powers be pulled down by fire, in Jesus name.
354. Let the network of witchcraft disintegrate, in Jesus name.
355. Let the communication systems of witchcraft powers, be destroyed by fire, in the name of Jesus.
356. Every transportation system of witchcraft powers, be destroyed by fire, in the name of Jesus.
357. Let the weapons of witchcraft powers turn against them, in the name of Jesus.
358. I withdraw my blessings from every bank or strong room of the enemy, in the name of Jesus.
359. 0 altar of witchcraft, break, in the name of Jesus.
360. Every witchcraft padlock fashioned against me, break by fire, in the name of Jesus.
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312. Every cooperation from the spirit of darkness around me, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
317, Every veil of darkness, be roasted by the fire of God, in the name of Jesus.
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241. Every satanic yoke in my life, break, in the name of Jesus.
242. Every evil load heaped on my progress, clear away, in the name of Jesus.
243. Every satanic prayer against my destiny, scatter in the name of Jesus.
244. Every evil hindering force militating against me, scatter by fire, in the name of Jesus.
245. Every witchcraft padlock hanging against my life, be smashed to pieces, in the name of Jesus.
246. Every witchcraft engagement over my success, break, in the name of Jesus.
247. Every demonic claim on my life, break, in the name of Jesus.
248. Every power of stagnation and limitation over my life, be destroyed, in the name of Jesus.
249. Every tree of failure in my lineage be cut off, in the name of Jesus.
250. Every pin-up of witchcraft in my family, be destroyed, in the name of Jesus.
251. Every evil covenant working against me, break, in the name of Jesus.
252. Every witchcraft agenda for my life, be frustrated, in the name of Jesus.
253. Every witchcraft register bearing my name, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
254. Every evil document against my life, be consumed by fire, in the name of Jesus.
255. Every evil informant assigned against my life, fall down and die, in the name of Jesus.
256. Every evil image carved in my name, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
257. Every witchcraft authority-over my life, break, in the name of Jesus.
258. Every evil tree planted against my freedom, be uprooted, in the name of Jesus.
259. Every curse of limitation in my life, be destroyed by fire, in the name of Jesus. _, .
260. Every satanic road block, clear off by fire, in the name of Jesus.
261. Every millipede concoction working against my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
262. Every Beelzebub web cast over my life, clear off, in the name of Jesus.
263. Every satanic prophecy against my destiny, be nullified, in the name of Jesus.
264. Every witchcraft concourse against my life, crush to pieces, in-the name of Jesus.
265. Every backbone of disfavour, break, in the name of Jesus.
266. I crush every witchcraft lion roaring against my favour, in the name of Jesus.
267. Every gate of evil delay, be broken, in the name of Jesus.
268. Every chain and shackle of limitation upon my life, break, in the name of Jesus.
269. Disappeared helpers, reappear to move my destiny forward, in the name of Jesus.
270. I stop my stoppers by fire, in the name of Jesus.
271. 0 God arise and set my feet in a large room, in the name of Jesus.
272. Thou power of vain labour, die, in the name of Jesus.
273. Every power wasting my efforts, die, in the name of Jesus.
274. Power of hard-labour assigned against my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
275. Anointing for turn-around breakthroughs, come upon my life, in the name of Jesus.
276. Thou mantle of divine accelerator, fall upon my life, in the name of Jesus.
277. 0 God arise and confound the wicked, in the name of Jesus.
278. 0 God, arise and ordain terrifying noises against my oppressors, in the name of Jesus.
279. Power-base of witchcraft in my place of birth, die, in the name of Jesus.
280. Every witchcraft meeting summoned for my sake, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
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240. Let every satanic manipulating altars and their attending priests scatter in the name of Jesus.
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161. I bind every strongman militating against my home, in the name of Jesus
162. I bind and paralyse every strongman of death and hell, in the name of Jesus
163. You evil strongman attached to my destiny, be bound in Jesus’ name
164. Every strong man of my father’s house, die in the name of Jesus
165. Every strongman assigned by the evil powers of my father’s house against my life, die in the name of Jesus
166. Every strongman assigned to weaken my faith catch fire, in the name of Jesus
167. I bind and I render to nothing all the strongmen that are currently troubling my life, in the name of Jesus.
168. Let the backbone of the stubborn pursuer and strongman break/ in the name of Jesus
169. I bind every strongman having my goods in his possessions, in the name of Jesus.
170. I clear my goods from the warehouse of the strongman, in the name of Jesus
171. I withdraw the staff of the office of the strong man delegated against me, in the name of Jesus.
172. I bind every strongman delegated to hinder my progress, in the name of Jesus.
173. I bind the strongman behind my spiritual blindness and deafness and paralyse his operations in my life, in the name of Jesus.
174. Let the stubborn strongman delegated against me fall down to the ground and become impotent, in Jesus’ name
175. I command the armour of the strongman to be roasted completely, in the name of Jesus.
176. I release myself from the hold of any religious spirit strongman, in the name of Jesus ‘.1
177. Every power siting on my divine promotion, clear away, in the name of Jesus.
178. My glory, my head, arise and shine, in the name of Jesus.
179. -‘Every strongman behind poison of darkness in my body, come out now, in the name of Jesus.
180. Let the altars of affliction of the strong man assigned against my life, catch fire in the name of Jesus.
181. Every strongman behind stubborn problems in my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
182. Every power behind the strongman of persistent problems, in my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
183. Every strongman behind yokes acquired in the dreams, die, in the name of Jesus.
184. Every strongman behind plantation of infirmity in my family, die, in the name of Jesus.
185. Every strongman behind mocking yokes in my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
186. Let the habitation of cruelty assigned against me by the strongman of my father’s house die, in the name of Jesus.
187. Every strange garment put on my spiritual body by the strongman, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
188. Angels of God, gather your arrows and attack every strongman attached to my destiny, in the name of Jesus.
189. Every witchcraft judgement against me, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
190. Demonic pillars supporting every strongman assigned to my life, crumble, in the name of Jesus.
191. I will not die before my glory appears, in the name of Jesus.
192. Let the power in the name of Jesus, the name that is higher than all names wipe out evil names of the strongman, in the name of Jesus.
193. Every witchcraft operation during my naming ceremony, die, in the name of Jesus.
194. I soak my name in the blood of Jesus.
195. I receive power to divide my Red Sea, in the name of Jesus.
196. After the order of Daniel, O Lord, deliver me from satanic lions, in the name of Jesus.
197. Thou altar of affliction, die, in the name of Jesus.
198. Power to be singled out for favour, fall upon me now, in the name of Jesus.
199. Every wicked conspiracy against my God given dream, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
200. Every decision to slay me because of my dreams and vision, backfire, in the name of Jesus.
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121. I bind the strongman over my life, in the name of Jesus.
122. I bind the strongman over my family, in the name of Jesus.
123. I bind the strongman over my blessings, in the name of Jesus.
124. I bind the strong man over my business, in the name of Jesus.
125. I bind and render useless every strongman assigned to my womb, reproductive system and marital life, in the name of Jesus.
126. I bind every strongman delegated to hinder my progress, in the name of Jesus
127. I bind and paralyse the strongman employed or delegated to disgrace me, in the name of Jesus.
128. Let the backbone of the strong man in charge of each problem be broken, in the name of Jesus.
129. Let the stubborn strongman delegated against me and my career fall down to the ground and become impotent, in the name of Jesus.
130. Let the stubborn strongman delegated against me fall down to the ground and become impotent, in Jesus’ name.
131. Any satanic strongman keeping my blessing has his goods fall down and die, I recover my goods back now. You strongman of body destruction loose your hold over my body, fall down and die.
132. You strongman of body destruction loose your hold over my body, fall down and die.
133. You strongman of body destruction loose your hold over my body, fall down and die.
134. Every demon, strongman and associated spirits of financial collapse, receive the hailstones fire and be roasted beyond remedy, in Jesus’ name.
135. Let the finger of God unseat my household strongman, in the name of Jesus.
136. I bind the strongman in my life, and I clear my goods from your possession.
137. You strongman of body destruction, be bound, in Jesus’ name.
138. You strongman of mind destruction, be bound, in Jesus’ name.
139. You strongman of financial destruction, be bound, in Jesus’ name.
140. Every strongman of bad luck attached to my life, fall down and die, in Jesus’ name
141. I bind every strongman having my goods in his possessions, in the name of Jesus.
142. I bind and paralyse every strongman of death and hell, in the name of Jesus.
143. You evil strongman attached to my destiny, be bound, in Jesus’ name.
144. I paralyse every territorial strong man operating evil programme in ….. hospital or clinic, in the name of Jesus.
145. I bind and plunder the goods of every strongman attached to my marriage/ in the name of Jesus.
146. Let the stubborn strongman delegated against me and my career fall down to the ground and become impotent, in the name of Jesus.
147. Let the stubborn strongman delegated against me fall down to the ground and become impotent, in Jesus’ name.
148. I release my money from the house of the strongman, in the name of Jesus.
149. I bind every strongman delegated to hinder my progress in the name of Jesus.
150. Every strong man of my father’s house, die, in the name of Jesus.
151. Every strongman assigned by the evil powers of my father’s house against my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
152. I consume the shrine of strongman in my family with the fire of God, in the name of Jesus.
153. The strongman from my father’s side, the strongman from my mother’s side/ begin to destroy yourselves in file name of Jesus
154. You strongman of body destruction loose your hold over my body/ fall down and die, in the name of Jesus.
155. Every demon, strongman and associated spirits of financial collapse, receive the hailstones fire and be roasted beyond remedy, in Jesus’ name.
156. Let the finger of God unseat my household strongman, in the name of Jesus
157. I bind the strongman in my life, and I clear my goods from your possession, in the name of Jesus.
158. You strongman of mind destruction, be bound in Jesus’ name.
159. You strongman of financial destruction, be bound, in Jesus’ name.
160. Every strongman of bad luck attached to my life, fall down and die, in Jesus’ name
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81. Power of God, uproot wicked plantations from my life, in the name of Jesus.
82. Every destiny vulture, vomit my breakthroughs, in the name of Jesus.
83. Every evil power that pursued my parents, release me, in the name of Jesus.
84. I fire back every witchcraft arrow fired into my life as a baby, in the name of Jesus.
85. Fire of God, thunder of God, pursue my pursuers, in the name of Jesus.
86. Holy Ghost fire, purge my blood from satanic injection, in the name of Jesus.
87. Every evil power of my father’s house that will not let me go, die, in the name of Jesus.
88. Every power designed to spoil my life, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
89. Every herbal power working against my destiny, die, in the name of Jesus.
90. I kill every sickness in my life, in the name of Jesus.
91. Every power of the idols of my father’s house, die, in the name of Jesus.
92. Every evil power pursuing me from my father’s house, die, in the name of Jesus.
93. Every evil power pursuing me from my mother’s house, die, in the name of Jesus.
94. Every witchcraft tree binding my placenta, die, in the name of Jesus.
95. Where is the Lord God of Elijah, arise and fight for me, in the name of Jesus.
96. Every destiny demoting dream, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
97. Every foundational bondage, break, in the name of Jesus.
98. Every dream sponsored by witchcraft, die, in the name of Jesus.
99. Every witchcraft vulture, vomit my destiny, in the name of Jesus.
100. I fake authority over and order the binding of every strong man in every department of my life I bind and paralyse every strongman attached to any specific problem that I have, in the name of Jesus.
101. I withdraw all my properties in the possession of the strongman back, in the name of Jesus
102. I bind and paralyze every strongman of death and hell, in Jesus’ name.
103. I receive the mandate to release my children from the prison .of any strongman, in the name of Jesus.
104. I release myself from the hold of any sexual strong man, in the name of Jesus.
105. You the strongman of my ancestors, release my blessings in your hands in the name of Jesus.
106. I take authority over and bind the strongman attached to the marriage department of my life, in the name of Jesus.
107. I bind every strongman from my father’s and mother’s sides attached to my marital life, in the name of Jesus.
108. I bind and paralyze every strong man of fear in my life, in the mighty name of Jesus.
109. I take authority over and order the binding of the strongman of financial failure.
110. I bind every strongman holding my privileges and rights captive, in Jesus’ name.
111. I bind, plunder and render to naught every strongman assigned to my … …and marital life in Jesus’ name.
112. Let all multiple strongman operating against me be paralysed in Jesus’ name. I bind the strongman attached to the life of…….. (mention the name of the person), from keeping him from receiving Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, in the name of Jesus
113. I release myself from the hold of any evil strongman, in the name of Jesus.
114. I disgrace the strongman delegated by satan over my life, in the name of Jesus
115. You strongman of evil imagination paralysing the good things in my life, be paralysed, in the name of Jesus.
116. All the good thoughts that the strongman has paralysed in my life, receive life and be restored back into my life, in the name of Jesus
117. I bind, plunder and render to naught every strong man assigned to my womb, reproductive system and marital life, in Jesus’ name.
118. I bind the strongman behind my spiritual blindness and deafness and paralyse his operations in my life, in Jesus’ name.
119. Let the stubborn strongman delegated against me fall down to the ground and become impotent, in Jesus’ name.
120. Let the stubborn strongman delegated against me fall down to the ground and become impotent, in Jesus’ name.
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41. Every sickness planted in the dream into my life, get out now and go back to your sender, in Jesus’ name.
42. Let life be squeezed out of my dream attackers, in Jesus’ name.
43. By the power in the blood of Jesus, I command all my buried good dreams and visions to be exhumed.
44. By the power in the blood of Jesus, I command all my polluted good dreams and visions to receive divine solution.
45. By the power in the blood of Jesus, I command all dream and vision killers that are working against the manifestation of my good dreams and visions to be paralysed.
46. By the power in the blood of Jesus, I command every good dream and vision that has been stolen away to be restored with fresh fire.
47. By the power in the blood of Jesus, I command every good dream and vision that has been transferred to be restored with fresh fire.
48. By the power in the blood of Jesus, I command every good dream and vision that has been poisoned to be
49. By the power in the blood of Jesus, I command every good dream and vision that has been amputated to receive
50. Let all the contamination in my life through dreams be cleansed by the blood of Jesus.
51. Any anti-progress material fired info my life through dreams, be nullified, in the name of Jesus.
52. I resist the threat of death in my dream by fire, in Jesus’ name.
53. Every evil dream that other people have had about me, I cancel them in the astral world, in the name of Jesus.
54. Every image of satan in my dream, I curse you to wither now, in the name of Jesus.
55. l command every dream of demotion to stop, in Jesus’ name.
56. Every arrow of death in the dream, come out and go back to your sender, in the name of Jesus.
57. Every sponsored dream of poverty by household wickedness against my life, vanish, in the name of Yes s.
58 I dash every poverty dreams to the ground, in the name of Jesus.
59· 1 cancel the manipulation of every satanic dream, in the name of Jesus.
60. You powers-of the night, polluting my night dreams be paralysed, in the name of Jesus.
61. Every anti-prosperity dream, die, in the mighty name of Jesus.
62· Let all satanic designs of oppression against me in dreams-and visions be frustrated, in Jesus’ name.
63· l paralyze the spirits that bring bad dreams to me, in the name of Jesus.
64. 1 cancel and wipe off all evil dreams, in the name of Jesus.
·65. Let the blood of Jesus erase all evil dreams in my life, in the name of Jesus.
66. My dreams, my joys, my breakthroughs that have been buried in the dark world, be reversed now, in Jesus’ name.
67. Every dreaming serpent; go back to your sender, in Jesus’ name.
68. Every power planting affliction into my life in the dream, be buried alive, in the name of Jesus.
69. Any evil programme, programmed into my life from my dream, be dismantled now, in-the name of Jesus.
70. I fire back every arrow of my family idols, in the name of Jesus.
71. Every evil power from my father’s house, die,in the name of Jesus.
72. Every evil power from my mother’s house, die, in the name of Jesus.
73. Let God arise and let stubborn problems die, in the name of Jesus.
74. Every cycle of hardship, break, in the name of Jesus.
75· Where is the Lord God of Elijah, arise and manifest Your power, in the name of Jesus.
76. The voice of my enemy will not prevail over my destiny, in the name of Jesus.
77. Every terror of the night, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
78. Every witchcraft challenge of my destiny, die, in the name.of Jesus.
79. Every seed of the enemy in my destiny, die, in the name of Jesus.
80. Every dream of demotion, die, in the name of Jesus.
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Philip. 2:9-11: Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Psalm 56:9: When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know, for God is for me.
Psalms 18:37: I have pursued mine enemies and overtaken them neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
Obadiah 1:3-4: The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.
Isaiah 54:17: No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against thee in
judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servant of the LORD, and their righteousness if of me, saith the LORD.
Luke 10:19: Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Jeremiah 1:19: And they shall fight against thee. but they shall not prevail against thee, for lam with thee, saith the
LORD, to deliver thee.
1. Thank the Lord for His power that is available to open your spiritual eyes:
2. Thank the Lord for the power in the blood of Jesus to save, to heal and to deliver.
3. Every doorway and ladder to satanic invasion in my life should be abolished forever by the Blood of Jesus.
4. I loose myself from curses, hexes, spells, bewitchment and evil domination directed against me through dreams in
the name of Jesus.
2. I command you ungodly powers, release me in the name of Jesus.
3. Let all past satanic defeats in the dream be converted to victory in the name of Jesus.
4. Let all test in the dream be converted to testimonies in Jesus’ name.
5. Let all trials in the dream be converted to triumphs in Jesus’ name.
6. Let all failures in the dream be converted to success in Jesus’ name.
7. Let all scars in the dream be converted to stars in Jesus’ name.
8. Let all bondage in the dream be converted to freedom in Jesus’ name.
9. Let all losses in the dream be converted to gains in Jesus’ name.
10. Let all opposition in the dream be converted to victory in Jesus’ name.
11. Let all weaknesses in the dream be converted to strength in Jesus’ name.
12. Let all negative in the dream be converted to positive in Jesus’ name.
13. I release myself from every infirmity introduced into my life through dreams in the name of Jesus.
14. Let all attempts by the enemy to deceive me through dreams fail woefully in the name of Jesus.
15. I reject evil spiritual husband, wife, children, marriage, engagement, trading, pursuit, ornament, money, friend,
relative, etc. in the name of Jesus.
16. Lord Jesus, wash my spiritual eyes, ears and mouth with Your blood.
17. The God who answereth by fire should answer by fire whenever any spiritual attacker comes against me.
18. Lord Jesus, replace all satanic dreams with heavenly visions and divinely inspired dreams.
19. Wonderful Lord, I reverse any defeat that I have ever suffered in the dream in the name of Jesus.
20. Any dream that I have dreamt that is good and for God, I receive it, and those that are satanic, I reject them in the name of Jesus.
21. Every night and dream attacks and its consequences should be nullified in Jesus’ name.
22. I claim freedom from satanic and restless dreams in Jesus’ name.
23. I claim freedom from importing anxiety and shameful thoughts into my dream in Jesus’ name.
24. I stand against dream defeats and its effects in the name of Jesus.
25. Let all satanic designs of oppression against me in dreams and visions be frustrated in the name of Jesus.
26. Let every demonic influence targeted at destroying my vision, dream and ministry’receive total disappointment in the name of Jesus.
27. Every witchcraft hand planting evil seeds in my life through dream attacks, wither and burn to ashes, in Jesus’ name.
28. By the blood of Jesus, I rebuke every attacking and fearful dreams, in the name of Jesus.
29. Let the evil vision and dream on my life evaporate and condense in the camp of the enemy, in the Name of Jesus.
30, Every cause of demotion in the dream in my life, be nullified by the blood of Jesus.
31- Every cause of confused and unprogressive dreams in my life, be nullified by the blood of Jesus.
32. Every cause of being harassed in the dreams by familiar faces in my life,be nullified by the blood of Jesus.;
33. I send the arrows of any gun shot in the dream back to the senders in the name of Jesus.
34. I paralyse all the night caterers and I forbid their foods in my dream in the name of Jesus.
35. All pursuers in my dreams, begin to pursue yourself in Jesus’ name.
36. Let all the contamination in my life through dreams be cleansed by the blood of Jesus.’
37. I cancel every dream of backwardness, in the name of Jesus.
38. Every dream of demotions to junior school be dismantled. I shall go from glory to glory, in Jesus’ name.
39. By the power in the blood of Jesus, I cancel the maturity dates of any evil dreams with my life.
40. You God of promotion, promote me beyond my widest dreams, in the name of Jesus.
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In Matt. 3, we have the record of a man of God who picked his words carefully and said exactly what he meant. This man, John the Baptist, was the forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Matt 3:7 says, “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O! generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”
John the Baptist called the Scribes, the Pharisees and Sadducees, “Vipers.”
Mark 16:17-18 says, “And these signs shall follow them that believe. In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay their hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
The five signs in that passage are:
a. They shall cast out devils.
b. They shall speak with new tongues
c. They shall take up serpents.
d. They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.
e. If they take any deadly thing, it will not hurt them.
We would be looking closely at the third sign. This third sign is not very clear to many people. It does not mean that we should start carrying snakes on our hands and become like magicians. It simply means that they shall deal with vipers. Jesus made this statement after His resurrection to tell us that we will encounter serpents. John called the people that he preached to a generation of vipers.” We have all kinds of vipers; vipers in the form of human beings and snake vipers. Also the third sign does not mean that believers should start drinking poison, challenging their lives to see whether it will hurt them. That will be foolishness.
Many years ago, a woman was annoyed that her children came to MFM. So, she came with some people to attack me. One of the people who came with her was a herbalist and all the time they were talking to me, he had his hand in his pocket and was shaking something. The women said, “I don’t want my children to come to this church. You people have laid hands on their heads and now they are confused.” The herbalist brought out his hand and shook hands with me saying, “Young man, good morning.” As I was holding his hand I said, “Mr. Man, do you think that thing in your pocket can harm me?” He was surprised and said, “There is nothing in my pocket.” I said “May I put my hands in your pocket and bring it out?” He said, “How can you put your hand inside my pocket?” If you have no fire in you and you shake hands with somebody like that, a viper will enter into your body. If an unbeliever tries it, a viper will enter into his hands. This means that many people have different kinds of vipers hiding in them. People handle a lot of physical materials carrying spiritual power day and night, not knowing that there are vipers in them.
The story on which we are going to concentrate our prayer is in Acts 28. Please, note that the book of Acts of the Apostles can also be called the Acts of the Holy Spirit. The book tells us what the New Testament church should be like. Many churches have now deviated from the Acts of the apostles. In the book, you find the celebration of the triumph of the church over forces of darkness with the arrival of men who gave the enemies headache. They gave the rulers of their time sleepless nights. If you have not read the Acts of Apostles, I advise you to read it. It is a very glorious book. The apostles harassed demons. I was in a dead church before, but the first day I saw what a living church should be like, I thought it was a strange gathering. Somebody was prophesying with the spirit of divination. As he was saying this, somebody from the back suddenly said, “How dare you come here to prophesy with the spirit of divination? I shall strike you with affliction.” Then the fellow who prophesied said, “Sorry O! Forgive me, I did not know that there’s fire in this meeting.” I was shocked because I had never seen that kind of thing before.
Acts 28:1-10 says, “And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita. And the barbarous people showed us no little kindness: For they kindled a fire and received us everyone, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat and fastened on his hand. And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, no doubt this man is a murderer, whom though he hath escaped from the sea yet vengeance suffereth him not to live. And he shook off the beast into the fire and felt no harm. Howbeit, they looked when he should have swollen or fallen down dead suddenly, but after they had looked a great while and saw no harm come to him they changed their minds and said that he was a god. In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the Island, whose name was Publius; who received us and lodged us three days courteously. And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed and laid his hands on him and healed him. So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the Island, came and were healed: who also honoured us with many honours and when we departed, loaded us with such things as were necessary.”
We can see at the end of this book what satan planned against the apostle. He planned death and defeat for Paul. He planned to terminate his assignment disgracefully. For how would it have been said that the man who raised the dead and healed the sick, was killed by a viper? That is what would have been written in the Bible. “And behold, a viper fastened on Paul’s hand, and bit him and his hand got swollen and he fell down and died.” That was the kind of testimony the devil wanted to write about Paul. The devil had hidden a viper within the woods to bite Paul just as he hides a viper within the woods too to bite believers today. Satan could hide a viper for you as you go about your daily duty.
The viper could be in a person’s soul, it could be in his spirit or body. There was a viper in the life of Gehazi. He did not get rid of it on time. One day, the viper came out, struck Gehazi and that was it. This was a man who would have had four times the anointing of Elijah. He would have become one of the most powerful men in the Bible, but he was covetous. Although he was living in the house of a pastor or prophet, the viper was living there with him. One of the greatest prayer points I think you can ever pray for yourself is, “I refuse to become history while I’m still living, in the name of Jesus.”
What is a viper? What does it represent in the spirit?
The viper is a poisonous creature and its bite spells death.
What is a viper in the spirit? It is a very poisonous and dangerous spirit. Lucifer, our arch-enemy, cannot be found walking about physically. He is busy walking around inside human beings. If you know a little bit of Biology, you will know that the viper feeds on scorpions. So when a scorpion which is a poisonous thing is the food of the viper, it means that the viper’s poison is stronger.
What am I saying? A viper is a power which drains power from lower demons. The viper has a very beautiful skin, but inwardly it is very wicked. Vipers are like people who look innocent and attractive but have poison in them, e.g. poison of lust and error.
I went somewhere to minister and one lady there did almost everything. She led the praise worship and the opening prayer, she set up the microphone, made the announcements and led in the sharing of the grace. My duty was only to teach and leave. After the meeting, she said, “Man of God, man of God, pray for me.” I wanted to pray but the Spirit of God said, “Don’t lay your hand on this fornicator.” I said, “My sister, stand up. Come and see me later. I have no time now.” When she came, I said to her, “Well, you’re a fornicator.” She started crying and said, “Anytime I’m growing in spiritual life, there’s this man in my place of work. The man will just come in at midnight and won’t want to go home. At the end of the day, he forces me to sin and my spiritual life goes down again.” I told her that a viper was in operation. “If you don’t deal with it, it will deal with you and eventually the man will come the day that your household wickedness would have arranged to attack you. They would wait for the man to finish and then launch an attack and that will be the end of your life.” She said, “Sir, what can I do now? I told her, “Don’t open your door when the man comes again.” She said, “The man will keep banging it and neighbours will be embarrassed. I said, “Let them be embarrassed.” She said, “But he may sack me”. I said firmly, “It’s better to be sacked than for you to go to hell fire.”
What is a viper?
Vipers eat their way through their mother’s belly. They have no mercy. They are very dangerous. The female viper is worse than the male. When the male viper bites a person, there will be two holes on the body, but if it is the female, there are four holes. The Lord showed me in a vision that He has exalted many people but serpents and scorpions are surrounding the ladder, so they cannot climb. The disturbing aspect of the vision was that I saw a fellow who, instead of climbing a ladder surrounded by serpents and scorpions, was busy feeding them. Satan has hidden the vipers of seduction, arrogance, pride, anger and strife in the lives of many and they strike at the appointed time. Many have fallen and never rose after being bitten by these vipers.
I know a very powerful man of God. He and his wife were about 50 years old. One day he said, “Well, this woman is not modern, I want a modern woman.” He was told that it was wrong for him to take another woman. He said, “The Holy Spirit asked me to do so.” He did and that was the end of the power of God in his life. What happened? A viper bit him.
There was a sister who was very powerful spiritually. Before her husband got to a crusade organized by his church, she would start singing, and healing would be happening. One day, we learnt that the woman ran away with an unbeliever who was living in their house. What happened to that woman? The viper that was hiding inside her life came out. It is a bad testimony to say that Mr. so and so was on fire for God in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s but now he smokes and drinks all over the place. One of the most powerful men of God who ever lived was one American. When he was preaching, you could physically see the halo of fire around his head. A lot of preachers have to pray and study hard before they can make any headway. But all that this fellow did was to read his Bible and any time he wanted to preach, an angel would be standing by his side telling him what to do. If you attended his meeting, the only way you would go away with your problem was if he was too tired to get to you.
Sometimes, he had to be carried out on a stretcher because he was tired. He was that powerful. But after sometime, he began to preach strange things. He said the fruit that Adam and Eve ate was not fruit but sex. He was preaching things like that. Little by little, this spiritual man backslided and eventually, died as a drunkard. This is why we must be prayerful. When we look at the story of Paul, we can see that the devil carefully selected the kind of audience before whom he wanted to disgrace him. These were:
1. His captors, Roman soldiers.
2. Other prisoners like himself.
3. The barbarians of the Island of Melita.
Remember that in the ship, Paul had preached to them and they had seen signs and wonders. It was before this selected audience of the enemies of God, church members and strangers that Satan wanted to disgrace Paul. It is amazing how Satan plans the kind of places and people before whom he plans to disgrace God’s people. He plotted to disgrace Samson before the same Philistines God had used him to disgrace, and he succeeded. He went to the war-front and died there. The same devil plotted to disgrace Moses before the same people that he led out, and he succeeded. The same person who said, “Let us go to the promised land. Let my people go that they may serve me,” the same man did not enter the promised land. This was what satan tried to do to Paul. But at the end, he was disgraced before the same audience.
The viper lost the battle and Paul carried the day. Certainly, God knows how to turn the table against the devil. The viper must lose the battle, in the name of Jesus. Paul was promoted from what they thought he was; a murderer to a god. When the viper is cast into the fire, all the bad names they have given to you shall change. God brought out Paul as a bait to pull out the viper and then destroyed it in the fire. My prayer is that God will use you too as a bait to pull out the enemies and destroy their power. So, do not wait for satan to act first. When you shake off the viper it will leave you alone and fall into fire. That viper in the passage where we read had been hiding among the cold dead wood. Satan loves to dwell in cold lifeless people and inside the lives of those who lack the fire of God. The fire of God is an expeller. When there is sufficient fire in your life, satan will not be able to stand you anymore because of the heat. If your fire is going out, you will know. When you notice that your prayer tempo is going down, your Bible study is going down, your zeal for the things of God is going down, then the fire is going. If that is the case with you, you better go and gather wood and fan it back to life.
When you look at this passage again, the fire that Paul lit brought life and warmth to Paul but death to the viper. It brought warmth to the child of God but judgment to the enemy. What shall be your deliverance shall be the enemy’s doom because the same Red sea which meant deliverance to the Israelites meant destruction and watery grave to the Egyptians. The night that brought joy to Israel and brought Passover to Goshen brought sorrow to the Egyptians. The den of lions which promoted Daniel disgraced and terminated the lives of his oppressors. The fiery furnace which became an air-conditioner for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, burnt to death the strong men of Babylon who went to throw them into it. Just as the fire brought warmth to Paul and death to the viper, that which is life to you shall kill your enemy. Your blessings and promotion will destroy your enemy, in the name of Jesus. The villagers knew the viper. They knew that people had been killed by that viper, so the viper had fearful credentials, but it was publicly disgraced. A lot of people had a high impression of Goliath when he was coming out for 40 days to intimidate the Israelites until God sent a little boy to publicly disgrace him.
I pray that all evil champions against your life shall be disgraced, in Jesus name. Satan may have vipers but God has dangerous men. Satan’s previous records may want to intimidate us but we have the most powerful power. Your enemies may be calling upon trees and rocks, they may be consulting water spirits, lighting different shades of candles, carrying beggarly powers all over the place, but you have the Living God who will always win the battle.
The viper represents death, opposition, challenge, bondage and Satan. We see that the viper fastened itself around the hand of Paul. Why the hand? Why not the legs? It was because he worked with the hands. The hand which he laid on the sick and they were healed. That hand represents the ministry and effectiveness of Paul. That was where the viper chose to fasten itself around to bring Paul into bondage. This hand would have been of little use to him as long as the viper had it in bondage. Many hands are in chains like that, you may not see it physically. A lot of people walking about in the streets have their legs and hands tied. Some find cobwebs all over their bodies. These are signs of the viper in such lives. There is judgement already waiting for the viper. It must be cast into the fire of judgement.
Why should a viper refuse to leave the hand of a person?
1. Lack of deliverance or incomplete deliverance.
A good deliverance process takes place in six stages:
a. New birth. You must be born again.
b. Detection of the troublers of Israel.
c. Ejection of the unprofitable tenants.
d. Removal of their deposits.
f. Repair of what have been destroyed.
g. Barricade yourself against future attacks and re-entry.
Many people have become the feeding bottles of the enemy. Their lives are drained away slowly and their strength is decreasing. When this happens, it means they are feeding on the blood of their lives. Resurrection of bad dreams that have gone, especially eating in the dream shows that there are vipers to be dealt with. All these sudden and unexplainable depressions – vipers. When you pay little or no attention to scriptural warnings, drinking and smoking, going all over the streets with strange partners, etc. All these are signs of the viper in a life.
The viper is at work in the following situations: When you do not read the Bible regularly or you read it as a duty, maybe once or twice a week. If you have been reading your Bible in order to argue successfully.
When you read the Bible in order to look for contradictions. When you read the Bible to teach others instead of being taught yourself. When you mutter lifeless words during prayer. When you no longer feel bad when you commit sin. When bad things are replacing good ones in your life. You have to stir up yourself today and shake off all these serpents so that they do not have any hold at all upon your body, soul and spirit.
2. Disobedience to the Almighty
God is not looking for illiterates, educated people, rich or poor men, popular men, handsome men, ugly men or people with certificates. He is looking for obedient people. What is it that man has to glory about? Is it popularity, certificates, riches, beauty, influential family? If these are what you display before the Almighty, you have a poor understanding of what God wants of you. Success is finding out the will of God for your life and moving in it. All those who want abundant peace and want to disgrace the viper, must make it a point of duty to obey God. Total, complete and absolute obedience to God. Adam disobeyed God and lost paradise. Cain disobeyed God and lost his salvation. Moses disobeyed God and lost the promised land.
The 600,000 Israelites disobeyed God and only two got to the promised Land. Samson disobeyed God. He lost his eyes and died with his enemies. Saul disobeyed God and lost his throne. Eli disobeyed God and God overthrew His good intentions about his family; he died a shameful death. So, God can change His mind. Jonah disobeyed God and ended up in the belly of the whale. Achan disobeyed God and died a shameful death. But Abraham obeyed God and inherited blessings. Joseph obeyed God and inherited divine promotion. Daniel too obeyed God and received divine promotion. Paul obeyed God and became the apostle to the Gentiles. Why don’t you check your life and see if you are living in obedience or disobedience. Make the necessary adjustments. Then pray the following prayer points with holy aggression.
1. I forgive all who have hurt or disappointed me, in the name of Jesus.
2. Lord, forgive me and I also forgive myself of all my many faults and failures, in the name of Jesus.
3. I break every power and covenant associated with my life and I release myself from their grip, in Jesus’ name.
4. I renounce and denounce any conscious and unconscious association with familiar spirits and spirit husbands and spirit wives, in the name of Jesus.
5. In the name of Jesus, I now renounce, break and loose myself from all demonic subjection or control and from any ungodly soul- tie, in the name of Jesus.
The vipers is a message delivered at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries
by the General Overseer, Dr. D. K. Olukoya
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1. O thou, that troubleth the Israel of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, the God of Elijah shall trouble you today.
2. Every enemy, of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
3. O God, arise and uproot, anything You did not plant inside the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, in Jesus’ name.
4. Fire of revival, fall upon Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, in the name of Jesus.
5. Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me today, in the name of Jesus.
6. Unexpected breakthrough, that has never happened in my generation, manifest in my life, in the name of Jesus.
7. Lord, use my lifting up to reply my enemies, in the name of Jesus.
8. God of this mountain, let me encounter Your messenger this month, in the name of Jesus.
9. O God, arise, let me hear Your voice, and let my sorrow terminate, in the name of Jesus.
10. Power, hindering my peace, be chained, in the name of Jesus.
11. My star and my glory, refuse to be silenced, speak, in the name of Jesus.
12. Things that will benefit my destiny stolen by the enemy, I repossess you, in the name of Jesus.
13. Anything stolen from me, with magic and fetish powers, I repossess you, in the name of Jesus.
14. Powers, holding tight to my entitlement, hand them over, in the name of Jesus.
15. Every power mocking my future, be disgraced, in the name of Jesus.
16. O God, arise, deliver my destiny from crawling, in the name of Jesus.
17. My life and my destiny, come out of any evil tree, in the name of Jesus.
18. Any power that has made covenant with the wicked elders to stop my progress, die, in the name of Jesus.
19. Principalities, arranged against my angels of assistance, bow, in the name of Jesus.
20. Powers, assigned to make me suffer because of the iniquity of my parents, die, in the name of Jesus.
21. Every bondage, acquired from parental mistakes, break, in the name of Jesus.
22. O God, arise and deliver me from unknown curses, in the name of Jesus.
23. Powers, sucking goodness from my body, I destroy you, in the name of Jesus.
24. The strong evil hand, oppressing my life, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
25. Powers, mocking God in my life, die by fire, in the name of Jesus.
26. Any power, carrying out evil fasting against me, die suddenly, in the name of Jesus.
27. Every virtue key, collected from me, I recover it, in the name of Jesus.
28. O God, arise and manifest Your greatness in my life, in the name of Jesus.
29. O God, arise and let me experience how great You are, in the name of Jesus.
30. I receive supernatural sight to see into my glory, in the name of Jesus.
31. Any plantation assigned to destroy my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
32. O God, arise and send me a lifter, in the name of Jesus.
33. The powerful hands of God, that deliver from battle, arise, fight for me, in the name of Jesus.
34. Any battle that has tied me down, before I leave this mountain, break, in the name of Jesus.
35. Goodness and progress, that has never happened in my father’s house, come upon me, in the name of Jesus.
36. Every power, assigned to steal my hour of testimony, die, in the name of Jesus.
37. Any power, stopping me from passing to my divine destination, I pass you by, in the name of Jesus.
38. The covenant of stagnancy, assigned against me, break, in the name of Jesus.
39. Any covenant of my father’s house, assigned to make me suffer at old age, break, in the name of Jesus.
40. Power house of darkness, assigned against me, I pull you down, in the name of Jesus.
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3. Avoid distractions and if they come do not concentrate on the
4. Spend a few minutes in praises to the Lord
5. Confess any known sin to the Lord
6. Ask the Lord to bring to your memory the legal ground or the open doors that forces of spiritual wickedness are using to gain entrance into your life.
7. Enter into this period of aggressive prayer all prayer points are to be done with anger, violently and with determined aggression.
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In Acts 4, the apostles had been pushed around. They had been warned not to preach in the name of Jesus. Then in verse 29, they started praying, “And now, Lord, behold their threatening and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word.”
I had a visitor sometime ago, who told me that she had been born again for thirty-three years, but recently, she met a member of Mountain of Fire and Miracles ministries who started praying with him. And right from the time that she started praying with him, it was as if she was not born again at all. She said that the way that the prayer was going and the kind of prayer points the sister called were strange to her, although he had been born again for thirty-three years. Despite the fact that the prayer points were strange, she prayed them, and she was getting results instantly for the first time and that her life was never the same. According to her, this sister who prayed with her did not seem to recognise that there is something called fear. When you say something is big and terrible, she just moved in and demolished it with prayer. She said several weeks back, somebody fired an arrow at her and one hand and one leg was getting paralysed. And that sister just came with what she called anointing oil, applied it on her, and everything disappeared. She said she asked the sister if she was a pastor and she said no. She told her that she was only an ordinary member. Then she said to the sister, “If you, an ordinary member can be this good, I must come and see your pastor.” Those are the kind of testimonies that encourage us. And not those who would say, “When my husband was talking rubbish, I just gave him a dirty slap and later, asked the Lord to forgive me.” My prayer is that you too, will be a good example. And your life will record testimonies.
Any power militating against a true child of God is looking for problems. Such a power wants to sink into the red sea after the order of Pharaoh. It is also seeking to be destroyed by God’s anger after the order of Senacherib. One angel defeated 185,000 people. I am very sure that nobody has up to 185,000 enemies. Any power militating against a true child of God is seeking to fight and oppose itself. It is seeking to receive the stones of fire, after the order of Goliath. Any powr militating against a true child of God is seeking to be substituted in the evil that he or she is trying. Such a power wants to receive what we call divine hail stones. Any power militating against a true child of God is looking for compulsory and forceful burial like after the order of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. It is seeking to be eaten up by worms, after the order of Herod and to be pursued by terrifying noises after the order of the Syrians.
Few months ago, I heard another testimony that gladdened my heart. The testimony was that the co-tenants of one of our members came to report him. What did he do? He said since this brother man moved into their compound, the whole place was always hot at night. Apart from that, his wife who used to attend witchcraft meetings to assist him could no longer attend because the brother has blocked her way. Then I said, since you could see that this man is praying and because he is praying, he has blocked the journey of your wife, why don’t you seek to get the kind of power that he has? He said, “We are just appealing to him, we don’t mind refunding what he has paid; but he should leave.” I said this is good, for a change. That is how it should be, The wicked should run when they see a Christian. They are the ones who should be having the problems, not believers. Not the kind of testimony where somebody comes and says “Pray on these prayer requests for me sir, my co-tenant, the man on the first floor is a herbalist and the other one a witch, therefore, they are harassing me at night.” This one was different, he was the one harassing them. Take the following prayer points with holy anger:
a. Every witch living in my surrounding, receive the stones of fire, in the name of Jesus.
b. Any evil vessel conveying my information to the evil world, be paralysed now, in the name of Jesus.
What is the principle of praying to get results?
There are many examples in the Bible of those who prayed and got results instantly. For us to understand the principles of praying to get results, we shall study the prayer points of some people who prayed and received instant answers in the Bible. There are many examples but we will look at three.
1. In Numbers 16, Korah, Dathan and Abiram offended God by offending his servant, and in verses 28 – 33, that servant of God began to pray; “And Moses said, hereby ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all these works, for I have not done them of mine own mind. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the Lord hath not sent me. But if the Lord make a new thing and the earth open her mouth and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord. And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them; And the earth opened her mouth; and swallowed them up and their houses and all the men that appertained unto Korah and all their goods. They and all that appertained to them went down alive into the pit and the earth closed upon them and they perished from among the congregation.”
2. 1 Kings 18 : 36 says, “And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me O Lord, hear me that this people may know that thou art the Lord God and that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, the Lord, he is the God; the Lord he is the God.”
The man prayed a prayer point of about 60 words and instantly, things began to happen. Compare his wordings with the wordings of the prayer of Moses.
3. In Acts 4, the apostles had been beaten up. They had been told not to preach in the name of Jesus. They had been threatened that if they continued to preach in that name, they would be killed. Verses 23 – 27 say, “And being let go, they went to their own company and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven and earth and the sea and all that in them is; who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said why did the heathen rage and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ” Verse 29 – 31 say, “And now, Lord, behold their threatening and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word. By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and they spake the word of God with boldness.”
What are the characteristics of these three passages?
1. A petition was filed to God. The Bible says, plead your cause before the Almighty.
2. The troublers of Israel were reported directly to God as if God did not see them. We too should form that kind of habit. Talk to God as a friend. When you wake up at night and you don’t like the kind of dreams you had, you can sit down and say, “Father, when I slept last night, I had so and so dream. I don’t understand what this means, explain to me and teach me what to do. Report the case to God, as if He did not know about the dream.
3. A war was declared against the opposing forces.
4. Instant divine intervention was requested. That is even if God is not going to give you the cash now, you can at least go with the cheque. That is a good way to start with.
5. They prayed from the bottom of their hearts. There is a difference between surface prayer and deep prayer. Whenever prayer comes from the bottom of the heart, it yields results.
6. There was instant faith and holy expectancy.
7. They prayed using the standard of somebody who is divinely dissatisfied. You have to declare today too that you are divinely dissatisfied with your unfavourable situation.
8. They asked for divine judgment against opposition.
9. They made an urgent request for the display of the supernatural.
10. Signs and wonders were expressly requested.
Having looked at the major characteristics of these three passages, let us consider the prayer points. I was not there but from what I can see in the word of God, I have an idea of the kind of prayer points they prayed. They must have prayed the kind of prayer points we sometimes pray for example, “Let God be God in my red sea situation.” When you check what Moses, Elijah and the apostles said; “Let it be known that I do this thing, because You sent me; therefore, let it be known, that thou art God.”
They might have also prayed: “Let it be known that you are God in every department of my life.” Or, “Lord, do a new thing to my enemies that will permanently destroy their powers.” God did a new thing to Korah, Dathan and Abiram. They broke record. They were the first men to go to hell fire without dying. They must have prayed like this: “O Lord, utilise uncommon techniques to disgrace my opposition.” They must have said, “Let the earth open up and swallow every stubborn pursuer,” O Lord, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, manifest yourself in your power,” “O Lord, answer me by fire and roast every single stronghold,” “Every power challenging your power in my life, be disgraced,” “Let every rage of the enemy quench,” “Let every evil imagination fashioned against me, be frustrated and disgraced,” “Let every satanic plan that concerns my life be rendered a failure,” “Every evil ruler assembled against me, be scattered unto desolation,” “O Lord, behold these powers threatening me,” O Lord, give me divine boldness to disgrace my oppressor,” “O Lord, stretch out your mighty hand to perform signs and wonders in my life.” These are examples of the kind of prayer they prayed and had instant results.
Many of us, whether we like it or not, have arrived at our Red sea situations. Some got there very early in life. Some have arrived now, some have just started to hear the sound of Pharaoh running them on.
A woman came to me and broke down and cried saying, “This is disgusting, if I had known that Nigeria was like this, I would have kept my husband in England. Immediately, we got here, he just forgot us and started running after other women who he brings to the house and they take anything they like and go away. The first time I tried to challenge them, three of them beat me up. O, what kind of thing is this!” Then I said, “Well, if you want to cry, I give you one week to do that and when you finish, you can come back. She said, “I have stopped sir.” I told her so because prayer and crying do not work together. You may only cry for your sins, that is fine. Exodus 14: 30 says, “Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hands of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.” That was the end of that contest. They sank like lead in the Red sea.
A sister came all the way from Ijebu-Ode for the anointing service. She brought her boy who was five or six years old. The boy had never talked. At his young age, he had arrived a the Red sea. It is like when you go for an examination, and immediately you get to the door of the examination hall, the examiner asks you to bring your answer sheet. You give it to him. You have not even answered any question and he says, “Minus fifty!” A lot of people like that. Their enemies start with them from the womb. He has removed fifty marks from hundred before they even became adults. That was the case of that boy. At the anointing service, there as a word of knowledge that somebody who could not speak would speak. After the service, the mother gave him the anointing oil and they travelled back to Ijebu-ode. They both slept. And suddenly, the woman started to hear, “Amen, Amen, Amen! And by the time she looked up, it was her boy making the sound. The first sound that this boy produced in five to six years was Amen! That was how the boy started to talk.
Many people are presently camping by the Red sea. They were moving forward only to find out that they cannot move further. They have arrived at the Red sea! Things were moving smoothly and suddenly, the smoothness just faded out. Heaven became brass and the coloured prophets began to make money out of them. And the herbalists started using their money to build their own houses.
A man told me that one prophet told him to sell his big house in Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos for three million naira, a house he spent 11.5 million to build. This prophet told him to sell it and use the money to work for Jesus. He did and the prophet collected the whole money and went away. That was the only house he had.
The door of escape for some people is getting farther and farther. That is the Red sea. The joyful morning of some is bringing in fearful nights now. Red sea. The nice flower in the hands of some people is being buried. Red sea.
A boy used to fail all available examinations. He failed the school certificate exam several times. Every year, he had F9 in all subjects. There was a particular year he did not enter for the examination, W.A.E.C. still sent him a result of failure. It was that bad. What am I trying to say? He was barricaded on every side. Some people are under hot pursuit. They are being pursued by forces with evil rage, it is a Red sea. Perhaps, you too have been hearing the battle cry of the enemy, the battle cry of witches and wizards, sounding right there in your ears. I have news for you now: The Lord shall fight for you.
Jesus has all the strength and victory. All creatures, which are living now, which have lived and which shall be, are less than the smallest dust before the power of Jesus. When the Israelites were being pursued, they could not fight. They had no army, no chariots, no horses, and no trained soldiers. Everything seemed to be working in favour of Pharaoh until something happened. A voice spoke from heaven and immediately that was the end of the contest.
The Lord said, “Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forth.” Then Pharaoh learnt a big lesson: that man is nothing. He even learnt a second lesson: that God can use the instrument that saves His children to destroy another. That was what He did in the same Red sea. The Israelites passed through. The same Red sea swallowed the Egyptians. All the tests and their preaching did not work as far as God was concerned.
Therefore, beloved, I want you to close your eyes and pray with holy madness like this: “Let impossibility be disgraced before me today, in the name of Jesus. I want to apply a parable from In Matthew 22 : 11 – 13. There was a feast and something happened at that feast: “And when the king came in to see the guest, he saw there, a man which had not on a wedding garment. And he saith unto him, how comest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, bind his hand and foot, and take him away and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Notice certain points about that parable. A king invited people to his feast. He did not force people to attend but there was an enemy at the feast. Every enemy at the feast of your life, shall be disgraced today, in the name of Jesus. The enemy who walked in by his own legs became the criminal. Then the executioners of the firing squard quickly removed the criminal. But it is interesting that the members of the firing squard were also present at the feast. Whenever God is doing something good in people’s lives, a proportion of unworthy forces try to attack them. Whenever God is doing something great in your life, a proportion of members from the camp of the enemy will attend the meeting. No matter how good your spirit system is, they creep in unawares.
God wants to use good materials. If a person then decides to be a useless material, the person will have himself to blame. People should understand that just as this man went from the wedding feast to hell fire, the same thing happened to Korah, Dathan and Abiram. There are powers like that. The feast is what God is doing in your life, the king is Jesus, those invited, the guests without the wedding garments are the enemies that have come in; satanic agents. All such agents shall be paralysed now, in the name of Jesus. So this is why God calls His people the apple of His eye, the delight of His eye and the joy of His eye.
Make this declaration: “Evil powers might be drinking other people’s blood and wasting their lives, my case is different. Every power designing shame and embarrassment for me, be paralysed, in the name of Jesus. Any power that say I should eat sand, should eat sand, in the name of Jesus.
All those who have been harassing the children of God are probably not reading their Bibles. They have read about Pharaoh, Hamman, or those who threw Daniel into the lions’ den. The big truth is this, there is no one who has battled against the saints who were not ruined by the God of the saints. Check it out. Those who fought against Daniel were runined by the God of Daniel. Those who fought against the Israelites including Pharaoh, were ruined by their God. An angel just gave Herod a little slap, not a big one because if he did, that would have roasted him. In fact, we need to ask for angelic assistance today because when God sends His angels, they can slap our enemies, block their transport routes, they can invite special fire, attack with the sword or give a last warning.
Angels too can issue curses. They can stretch out their hands for destruction. They can chase or persecute people. So, when you see the Psalmist praying, “Let the angels of God pursue them. Let them have no rest day and night.”
At this juncture, I will like you to pray like this: “Let the angel of God pursue and persecute all the enemies of my soul, in Jesus’ name.
1. Let God be God in all my situations in the name of Jesus.
2. Lord, let it be known that your are God in the name of Jesus.
3. Lord, do a new thing to my enemy.
4. Let the earth open up and swallow every stubborn pursuer in the name of Jesus.
5. Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, manifest yourself in your power.
6. Lord God of Elijah answer my prayers by fire in the name of Jesus.
7. Every power challenging divine power in my life be disgraced now
8. Every satanic plan against my life be rendered impotent in the name of Jesus
9. Every evil power assembled against me, be scattered unto desolation in the name of Jesus
10. Lord behold the threatening of my enemies and silence them
11. I shall laugh last in the name of Jesus
12. Lord let my prayer letter arising in your signs and wonders to me .
13. Every rage of the enemy, be quenched in the name of Jesus.
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Our message this week, entitled, “The Wicked Fertilizer” is a warfare message. In it, we would be looking at one of the wicked operations of the enemy. Therefore, I would like you to read it carefully.
THINGS TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE WICKED
1. If God opens your eyes to see the wicked operations of the enemy and you are able to see a little bit of what they do, you will understand what Jesus meant when He says, “Pray without ceasing.” They work like automatic machines. They do not rest. They do not go on holiday. They work hard at what they are doing to populate hell fire.
2. A lot of wicked operations are so strange that some people think it is superstition.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FERTILIZE A THING?
It means to enrich a thing. A fertilizer is something that is used to enrich something. When you supply a thing with nourishment, you are fertilizing it. When you do something that will make another thing to germinate quickly, you are fertilizing the thing. Fertilization is also real in the spiritual realm. You can fertilize for good or for evil.
SOME QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER ON WICKED FERTILIZATION
1. Can life be used for life? Yes, it is possible. Can a person’s life be used for another? The Bible says it is possible. Isaiah 42:4 says, “Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee; therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” Life can be used for life. Somebody may be killed so that another person can live. Somebody can be made poor so that another person can be rich. Somebody can be rendered a vagabond so that another person can have direction. Can life be used for life? Yes it is possible and is being done day by day. Proverbs 11:8 says, “The righteous is delivered out of trouble and the wicked cometh in his stead.”
2. Can virtue be transferred from person to person? Is it possible to steal the intelligence and wisdom of somebody and transfer them to another person? Yes, it is possible. They are tangible items that can be moved from place to place. Genesis 48:13 says, “And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand towards Israel’s right hand, and brought him near unto him.” Normally, the firstborn should have the right hand laid on his head and the second born should have the left hand laid on his head. But in this case, there was an exchange. Verse 14 says, “And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, which was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.” The virtue of Manasseh was transferred to his younger brother. This is the trouble of many firstborns. Their lives have been used for lives and their virtues have been transferred.
3. Can blessing be exchanged or taken away? Yes, it has happened before.Genesis 25:30-34 says, “And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee with that same red pottage; for I am faint; therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said; Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die; and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day, and he swore unto him; and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way; thus Esau despised his birthright.” This man exchanged his own blessing.
4. Can promotion be stolen? Yes, it is possible. It has happened before. The story of Jacob and Esau is also a case in point.
5. Can a man become an animal and still remain a man physically? Yes, it is possible. The life of a man can be reduced to that of an animal? The Lord did it to Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel 4:16 says, “Let his heart be changed from man’s and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.” This is the reason behind the unreasonable behaviour of some people. Their real personalities have been transferred and an animal spirit has been given to them. When the real heart of a person is taken out and a dog’s spirit is projected inside the person, the person will become an established prostitute, male or female.
6. Can problems be transferred? Yes, somebody’s problem can be transferred to another person. You can lay your hands on the sick and the sickness will be transferred to you. It has happened before. 2 Kings 5:27 says, “The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee …” Look at the choice of words very well; the leprosy of the person to be transferred was specified. It was once the problem of Naaman before it was pushed to Gehazi. So, problems can be transferred.
7. Can peace, joy and love be withdrawn? Yes. The Bible says it is possible. The power of darkness can turn somebody’s love for a person to hatred. Luke 10:5-6 says “And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it; if not, it shall turn to you again.” Peace can move up and down.
8. Can God make a promise to a person and later withdraw it? Yes, He can. The enemy can manipulate a person to a position where the earlier promise made by the Lord is withdrawn. I Samuel 13:13 says, “And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.”
The family of Saul would have been reigning in Israel forever. There would have been nothing like the house of David reigning there. Verse 14 says, “But now thy kingdom shall not continue; the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.” God withdrew the promise, He transferred the destiny of Saul to David. It is possible too in the negative way.
9. Is it possible for somebody to work and somebody else who did not work reap the fruit? Yes, it is possible. Isaiah 65:21-22 says, “And they shall build houses, and inhabit them: and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat…” So, it is possible to work and not reap the benefits.
10. Can one life be demoted and wasted in order to fertilize another life? The answer is yes. In Ezekiel 13, we can see how the souls of people can be hunted down and transferred. We see how the soul of a person can be made to fly out so that another person might live.
Many years ago, a certain man rushed his daughter to me. The name of the girl was Uswa. She ran mad suddenly. As I wanted to start praying for her, the Lord said, “Don’t pray. Ask this man to go to his father’s house and tell the father to break open the centre of his sitting room. There, he will find a small coffin. Destroy that coffin and Uswa would be well.” The man broke down and cried thinking I did not want to pray for his daughter. I encouraged him to believe the word of the Lord. So, he went to his father’s house and told him what the Lord said. To his amazement, his father confirmed it. The place was broken and the small coffin was brought out. Inside the coffin was a script on which the name of Uswa was written. The idea was to terminate and waste Uswa so that her grandfather would continue to live. Immediately the coffin was destroyed there, Uswa became well. By the time her father came back, she was already taking a drink and was laughing and playing with others. An evil exchange was programmed to take place.
The devil has no power to create anything but he is the most successful robber in the universe. He can steal, transfer and exchange virtues. He can exchange a person’s spirit with a terrible spirit. He can do body exchange and the affected person would look older than his or her age. The presence of the person will be inviting irritation also. He can do brain exchange, where he replaces the brain of a person with that of a goat. He can do child exchange in the womb. He can do wealth exchange. He can withdraw money from one place to another. He can do hair manipulation, virtue exchange, talents exchange, partner exchange, promotion exchange, etc. He uses people’s lives to do terrible things.
SIGNS TO SHOW THAT A PERSON IS BEING USED AS A WICKED FERTILIZER
1. The person will experience what is called “firstborn demotion.”
2. There would be constant failure at the edge of serious breakthroughs.
3. Unexplainable health failure.
4. Brain failure.
5. The person’s children would become his enemies.
6. All kinds of terrible spiritual problems will come in. The person may find it very difficult to grow in the things of God because certain things have been taken out. His virtues have been removed.
7. The person may have a low self-image.
8. The person would have terrible nightmares especially nightmares in which he sees himself serving others all the time.
9. The person will experience a life of struggle and battle always.
1. Surrender your life to the Lord. There is no other way.
2. Pull down the altars of the wicked fertilization.
3. Command a reverse of what the enemy has done wrong to you.
Believers should not sit down and allow the enemy to be operating what they know is not the ordinance of God.
1. Every satanic obituary written against my destiny, die, in the name of Jesus.
2. Every witchcraft agent in my place of work, receive the stripes of fire, in the name of Jesus.
3. I will not go to my enemies for help, in the name of Jesus.
4. Pharaoh of my life, rush and perish in the Red sea, in the name of Jesus.
5. My Father, contend with those who contend with my destiny, in the name of Jesus.
6. Every satanic surveillance over my life, I bind you, in the name of Jesus.
7. Every witchcraft prayer targeted against my destiny, die, in the name of Jesus.
8. Every evil power of my father’s house, vomit my virtues, in the name of Jesus.
9. Every power nominating me for demotion, your time is up, die, in the name of Jesus.
10. My life, refuse the handwriting of the wicked fertilizer, in the name of Jesus.
11. The timetable of my favour shall not be frustrated, in the name of Jesus.
12. The sons of strangers shall build up my wall and kings shall minister unto me, in the name of Jesus.
13. My Father, I recover by fire my birthright that I have unconsciously sold out, in the name of Jesus.
14. Every power caging my greatness, die, in the name of Jesus.
15. Every power that wants to waste my life, your time is up, die, in the name of Jesus.
16. Every dry bone of my virtues, come alive, in the name of Jesus.
17. I withdraw my virtues from the waters, in the name of Jesus.
18. Every power planning to use me as a wicked fertilizer, die, in the name of Jesus.
19. Every power planning to use my life as a wicked fertilizer, die, in the name of Jesus.
20. Every wicked replacement of my destiny, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
21. Satanic exchange of my destiny, die, in the name of Jesus.
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Jesus is the Lord of this earth. The earth with all its fullness belongs to God. As a joint heir with Jesus, I claim the wealth of this earth, for it belongs to Jesus. I claim all that Jesus death made available for me to receive. In Jesus’ name, I command you devil to lose the wealth of this earth! Take your hands off now! I command every hindering force against my prosperity to die, in Jesus’ name, I bind you and render you ineffective against me; in Jesus’ name. I command wealth to come to me now! Jesus is the Lord of my life. Jesus is the Lord of my finances. Jesus is Lord!
The Lord is my banker; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He restoreth my losses: He leadeth me beside still waters. Yea, though I walk in the valley of the shadow of debt, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy silver and thy gold, they rescue me. Thou preparest a way for me in the presence of business competitors; Thou anointed my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall do successful business, in the name of the Lord. Amen’
As God was with Joseph in Potiphar’s house and business, so the Lord is with me. As things prospered in Joseph’s hand, so all that I lay my hands upon shall prosper. I will be blessed at home and I will be blessed in the fields, in the name of Jesus.
My God has enough riches in heaven in Christ Jesus. Henceforth, I posses the riches of heaven, in Jesus’ name.
I have passed through the night of financial crisis. Beginning from today, my morning of joy is starting.
I delight myself in the Word of the Lord. Therefore, I am blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in my house; and my righteousness endureth forever (Psalm 112: 1-3).
I remember the Lord my God, for it is He that giveth me power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18).
With me are riches and honour, enduring wealth and prosperity (Proverbs 8: 18).
I am crowned with wealth (Proverbs 14:24).
I know the grace of my Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for my sake He became poor, that through His poverty I might be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).
I shout for joy: Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant (Psalm 35:27).
The Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23:1).
The Lord prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies. He anoints my head with oil, my cup runneth over (Psalm 23:5).
The blessing of the Lord makes me rich, and He adds no trouble to it (Proverbs 10:22).
I receive wealth from the Lord and the good health to enjoy it (Ecclesiastes 5: 19).
I am blessed because I trust in the Lord. I reverence the Lord, therefore, I shall not suffer any lack. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger: But I shall not want any good thing (Psalm 34:8-1 0).
I have given, and it shall be given unto me. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, shall men give into my bosom. For with the same measure that I mete withal, it shall be measured to me again (Luke 6:38).
God is able to make all grace abound towards me, that I, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).
I am prospering in every way. My body keeps well, even as my soul keeps well and prosper (3 John 2).
Whatsoever I ask the Father in the name of His Son Jesus, He will give it to me (John 16:23).
Abraham’s blessings are mine (Galatians 3: 14).
What things soever I desire, when I pray, I believe that I have received them and I shall have them (Mark 11 :24).
I delight myself in the Lord, and He gives me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4).
I seek first the kingdom of God, therefore everything I need shall be added unto me (Luke 12:31).
The wealth of the sinner is laid up for me (Proverbs 13:22).
My inheritance shall be forever. I shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine, I shall be satisfied (Psalm 37: 18-19).
Every burden shall be taken away from off my shoulders, and every yoke from off my neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because ofthe anointing. (Isa. 10:27.)
I am like a tree that is planted by the rivers of water. Everything I do shall prosper. (Psalm 1:3.)
I will not faint, for in due time and at the appointed season, I shall reap if I faint not. (Gal. 6:9.)
My God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19.)
There will be no poverty of body, soul and spirit in my life. The anointing of God upon my life gives me favour in the eyes of God and man all the days of my life. I shall not labour in vain. I shall walk this day in victory and liberty of the spirit.
I bind all evil spirits in me or that are attacking me, in the name of Jesus.
Anything from the kingdom of darkness that has made it its business to hinder me, I single you out right now, and bind you with chains that cannot be broken, in the name of Jesus; I strip off all your spiritual armour, in the name of Jesus. I command you to lose the support of other evil powers, in the name of Jesus. I command you not to involve yourself with me again, in the name of Jesus.
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Beloved, our message today, “When your marriage needs deliverance” is very important for all married people and those who want to get married.
God completed everything He needed to do in the Garden of Eden, passed it through His spiritual laboratory and declared that the whole thing was good. But all of a sudden in Genesis 2:18 we come across something that was not good. Genesis 2:18: “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” This is the beginning of marriage. There is no history book that goes further than this. Verse 24: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.” The Bible says: The man shall leave his parents but if he is still tied to their apron strings then deliverance would be needed. It means that it is possible for a man to be married without leaving his parents. The Bible says, “…he shall cleave unto his wife…” wife in the singular, meaning one. It did not say, “his wives.” Also it says, “Therefore shall a man” and not a boy. “… And they shall be one flesh.” This is the foundation of marriage.
The family is the foundation of civilization. It is a church within a church. It is a world within a world. It is the building block of the society. The family is the root of both the church and the state.
The family is like a book; the children are the pages and the parents are the cover. Nobody has a choice how he is to be born or given birth to. The concept of family originated from God and it is the school of human virtues. If things go right in the family, if marriages go right, everything will go right everywhere.
FORCES OF MARRIAGES DESTRUCTION
There are powers called, “The powers of marriage destruction.” Sometimes, their work starts in the womb. It does not only start when somebody gets married. Once they discover that a person’s marriage will move God’s purpose forward, they will begin to create problems. They are specific powers delegated to pull marriages down.
Many years ago, I prayed with a sister who wanted to get married but her marriage was considered to be very risky by the devil. It was the kind of marriage the devil did not want to permit. One day as we were praying, I saw her standing before me and twelve men were queuing up in her front. The number twelve at the back was the right man, her husband. The Lord was saying that the devil was going to send eleven men before the right person. And one by one, they were coming; the handsome, rich, educated polished etc seeking to marry her but she was able to turn them down through prayers. Eventually the right person came along and she was able to fulfill the will of God. However, she almost fell for one of them, whom she really liked; it was the enemy trying to confuse her.
There are specific powers delegated to pull marriages down. Some time ago, some witches gathered in South Africa and fasted for two hundred and one days against Christian marriages. Many marriages are bewitched and sometimes affected persons carry the bewitchment to church, and it is very obvious. Once you see a couple going to church and the husband is walking fast not wanting the wife to be by his side, you know that bewitchment has set in already. Unfortunately, many people do not attach importance to the issue of marriage. Some rush into any kind of marriage just to appear to be married. It is a tragedy that so many sisters have died untimely due to wrong marriages. They would have remained alive if they had not married. The marriage became graveyards to them. It is sad to know that many people do not really care about the type of marriage they get involved in.
A person’s life never remains the same after marriage. Wedding is just for one day while marriage is for life. Many marriages have broken up due to seemingly light issues, but that is the work of bewitchment.
WEDLOCK OR PADLOCK
Many people will help you to organise your wedding but marriage is between two people. The next horrible thing after hell fire is a bad marriage. Marriage is an institution created by God. Marriage can make or mar your life in no small measure. But a good and godly marriage is a bedrock of correct living and success.
There is no difference between wedlock and padlock. Wedlock is padlock – those concerned are padlocked. Marriage is either a holy wedlock or an unholy padlock. The wedding ring that many people desire so much is the smallest handcuff in history. The truth is; it is better to be laughed at that you are not married than for you to be unable to laugh because you are married.
Anyone who enters into a marriage relationship because the woman is beautiful or because the man is handsome is like a man who bought a house because he likes the paint. If a child of God marries a child of the devil, satan his or her father- in-law will trouble his or her life.
When a marriage is wrong, the children from such a marriage are in bondage. If marriages work in our society, a lot of things will start going on very well. A lot of marriages have been caged by the enemy. That is why you find some pastors beating up their wives. The enemy knows that once he causes disunity in a home, that family will not move forward. Also, the devil has a way of bringing problems when couples are at the edge of their breakthroughs and they will start fighting and miss the breakthroughs.
WHAT KIND OF MARRIAGES NEED DELIVERANCE?
1. Marriages where communication has broken down. I have seen couples that write notes to themselves instead of talking and they live in the same flat. The man would bring his girl friend home and the woman too would bring her boy friend home. The boy friend of the woman and the man’s girl friend would greet each other but the couple would not talk to each other. When communication breaks down, it is a sign that bewitchment has set in. Deliverance is therefore needed. It means that the enemy has become a third party in the marriage. It is very unfortunate to know that marriages conducted in Pentecostal churches break down now unlike in the olden days when it was unheard of.
2. Marriages where in-laws have taken over, deliverance is needed.
3. Marriages retained by money. The couple stays together as long as there is money. Immediately there is no money, it breaks down.
4. Regretted marriages. These are situations where partners do not have time for one another.
5. Marriages where both parties are actors and actresses. They pretend as if things are alright but within, fighting, cursing and quarrelling dominate the relationship. There are many acting husbands and wives.
6. When the marriage has entered into a third party cage. That is the home is controlled by a third party. It could be the husband’s friends or in-laws.
7. Shallow marriages. This is where there is no true love. The people involved just got married for some purposes.
8. Marriages where there is an abusive husband and a stubborn wife.
9. Marriages where both parties are committing adultery. The only way a person can be free from this is to remain on fire always.
10. Troubled marriages. These are situations where you have sicknesses, satanic attacks, surgical operations, children problem, lack of peace etc.
11. Marriages where couples beat and bite one another. Baby husbands beat their wives and baby wives bite their husbands.
12. Polygamous marriages. Anyone who is a product of polygamy, needs to go for deliverance. All polygamous marriages need restitution and deliverance.
13. Marriages with the foundation of sex before marriage. If a couple had sex with each other before they were joined in marriage, the marriage would suffer attacks from the enemy because they have offended God. The Bible says that marriage is honourable and the bed must remain undefiled but God will judge adulterers and adulteresses. Once you build the foundation of your marriage on sex before marriage, you will certainly have troubles.
14. Marriages to satanic agents.
15. Marriages with the foundation of accidental pregnancy. When people rush into marriage due to pregnancy, there would be problems.
16. Marriages as a result of demonic consultation.
17. Forced marriages. Marriages where couples were forced into the relationship either by parents or others.
18. Child marriages. Situations where children of age eight, twelve, thirteen etc are given out for marriage would create problems.
19. Marriages based on tribal sentiments.
20. Marriages as a result of demonic prophecies.
21. Marriages with the foundation of trial and error. Marriages entered into after some samplings have a bad foundation.
22. Marriages with blood covenant.
23. Marriages in which the bride’s legs were washed with water on the wedding day.
24. Marriages in which a goat or any other animal was attached to any of the parties, or the couple was given a small girl to take away.
25. All marriages done in a crude traditional way need deliverance. Deliverance is needed for marriages done with alcohol, alligator pepper, cola nuts etc.
26. Marriage in which the bride was stolen. That is there was no dowry, no engagement and no marriage. The woman just moved into the man’s house. For such marriages, correction marriage alone is not the answer, deliverance is needed.
27. Marriages for the purpose of obtaining documents.
28. Couples that have the problem of spirit husband and spirit wife. Such marriages need deliverance.
29. Marriages where the husband sleeps with his in-laws.
30. Marriages where the couples secretly carry out abortions.
31. Marriages where both families never agree and the couples too are not born again.
Beloved, the enemy has really worked hard in this area of human life and is still doing so. The enemy knows that marriage goes beyond the two people involved.It concerns generations and family trees on both sides. The enemy struggles hard to ensure that marriages are built on wrong foundations so that he can do his work of destruction very well. Unfortunately for the ladies, many nice men do not start out very rich and those that are rich treat women like money.
There are demonic influences fighting against marriages that try to work. This is why family prayers are essential for Christians. The family that prays together stays together. God is angry with Christian couples who do not pray together. Families that do not pray together are looking for serious trouble.
Jeremiah 10:25 says, “Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.”
Many dangers are done at night. The Bible says, “While men slept the enemy came and sowed tares.” Danger comes when husband and wife go to sleep without clearing their disagreement. If you do not settle your disagreement before going to bed every night, there will be a third party on your bed with you. The devil will be the third party. Some husbands are possessed; some wives too, are possessed. There are some people whose natural body would like to preserve the marriage but the spirits within them will be seeking to destroy it; and when there is trouble, they begin to regret. They apologise to one another only to go back to the trouble again.
A sister whose husband is a womanizer, or a drunkard, or a smoker or a grambler or someone that uses charms and believes in it, reads occult books or attends occult meetings or has unbelievers as his friends will only survive in that marriage by carrying out spiritual warfare every night because any time he goes out, he brings in new demons. You need to understand what you are doing so that you do not get involved in that which will pull your life down.
Marriages where couples talk to themselves in a bad language will be destroyed. Nagging and quarrelling in a marriage are signs that there is a bewitching force pursuing that marriage.
HOW TO DELIVER YOUR MARRIAGE
What you should do to avoid these attacks:
1. Get born again. The first thing is new birth. If you got married as unbelievers, or your partner is not born again, you need to pray for new birth.
2. Complete repentance.
3. You must seek God’s face for the right partner that is if you are not married yet. If you are, it is too late.You must pray foundational deliverance prayer for your marriage. If you discover that marriages do not work in your family, do not deceive yourself by thinking that those forces will not attack your own.
4. You must cultivate the garden of your heart daily- pray about it daily.
5. Pray consistently for your partner.
6. Your family altar must be on fire.
1. Every strong man of marriage destruction, die, in the name of Jesus.
2. Every problem introduced into my life by the marriage of my parents, die, in the name of Jesus.
3. Every ancestral spirit husband/wife, your time is up, die, in the name of Jesus.
4. Every witchcraft power of my father’s house, release my marriage, in the name of Jesus.
5. Every owner of evil load in my marriage, carry your load, in the name of Jesus.
6. Within seven days, every power pursuing my peace shall be buried, in the name of Jesus.
7. O God, arise and advertise your power in my life, in the name of Jesus.
8. Every evil tree growing in my family line, die, in the name of Jesus.
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MY CONTRACT, APPEAR BY FIRE
Praise and Worship
Scripture Reading – Psalm 18
Confession – Isaiah 43 vs 19
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Protection For Your Children
Confession: Psalm 118:17, Psalm 56:13, 2 Tim 1:10
Praise & Worship
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LET YOUR MANTLE OF FIRE FALL ON ME
Praise and Worship
Scripture Reading – 2 Kings 2
Confession – Luke 4: 18
1. Every wicked grip upon my life, loose your hold, in the name of Jesus.
2. Holy Ghost fire, destroy every garment of reproach, in the name of Jesus.
3. O Lord, let every stubborn enemy experience God as a mighty terrible One, in the name of Jesus.
4. O Lord, bring miracles into my life byways which my enemies cannot find, in the name of Jesus.
5. Just as the grave cannot hold Jesus no grave will hold my miracle, in the name of Jesus.
6. I receive fire to quench every satanic opposition, in the name of Jesus.
7. My prosperity shall not depend on the tongues of men, in the name of Jesus.
8. O Lord, give me the fire that kills death, in the name of Jesus.
9. Let the lust of the flesh in my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
10.O Lord, purge my life by your fire now, in the name of Jesus.
11 O Lord, lay your hands upon me and quench every rebellion, in the name of Jesus.
12. Holy Ghost fire, burn away all that is not holy in my life, in the name of Jesus.
13. O Lord , let your fire generate power in my life,in the name of Jesus.
14. Every programme of failure fashioned against my destiny die, in the name of Jesus,
15. Every plan of witchcraft against me, fall into pieces, in the name of Jesus.
16. Every evil bird swallowing my money, fall down and die, in the name of Jesus.
17. Every arrow of poverty, go back to your sender, in the name of Jesus.
18. Every serpent and scorpion of poverty, die, in the name of Jesus.
19. I refuse to be the foot-mat of poverty, in the name of Jesus.
20. I cast the spirit of the snail out of my finances, in the name of Jesus.
21. I bind every evil word spoken against my prosperity, in the name of Jesus.
22. O Lord, I challenge my spiritual battle by the fire of the Holy Ghost, in the name of Jesus
23. I challenge and destroy every satanic operation against my prayer life, in the name of Jesus.
24. I reject every involvement of the flesh an satan in my life, in the name of Jesus.
25. O God, arise and let every evil presence around me scatter now, in the name of Jesus.
26. Every power blocking me from the will of God, fall down die, in the name of Jesus.
27. I pull down every stubborn stronghold protecting my enemies, in the name of Jesus.
28. I arrest every spirit of confusion by fire, in the name of Jesus
29. I bring the blood of Jesus between me and the powers of darkness, in the name of Jesus.
30. Every problem (name them) harassing my life, I break your backbone by fire, in the name of Jesus.
31. I release myself from every evil spirit behind the problems, in the name of Jesus.
32. O Lord, let the backbone of the strong man in charge of each problem be broken by fire, in the name
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MOUNTAIN OF FIRE AND MIRACLES MINISTRIES
PRAYER AGAINST UNTIMELY DEATH
Confession: Psalm 118:17: I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
1. Every power transforming into masquerades in the night to attack me in the dreams, be exposed.
and die, in Jesus name.
2. Every power transforming into animals in the night to attack me in the dream, fall down and die,
in the name of Jesus. .
3. Every coffin prepared by the agent of death fa my life, catch fire and roast to ashes, in the name
of Jesus. ‘
4. Let every pit dug for my life by agents of death swallow them, in the name of Jesus.
5. Every power oppressing my life through dreams of death, fall down and die, in the name of
6. Every witchcraft power tormenting my life with the spirit of death, fall down and die; in the
name of Jesus.
7. Every witchcraft power assigned to my family for untimely death, scatter and die, in the name
8, Every satanic agent monitoring my life for evil, fall down and die, in the name of Jesus.
9. Every unconscious gift of death I have received, receive the fire of God, in the name of Jesus.
10. Let every stubborn pursuer of my life turn back and perish in their own Red Sea, in the name of
11. Every arrow of terminal sickness, come out of my life and die, in the name of Jesus.
12. Every power enforcing terminal sickness in my life, fall down and die, in the name of Jesus.
13. Every decree of untimely death hovering over my life catch fire and die, in the name of Jesus.
14. Every evil link between me and the spirit of untimely death, be cut off by the blood of Jesus.
15. l reject and renounce every association with the spirit of death, in my name, in Jesus name.
16. Every inherited satanic glasses on my eyes, break by the blood of Jesus.
17. Every ancestral agreement with the spirit of untimely death, break by the blood of Jesus.
18. Every agreement and covenant of hell fire placed on my family line, be destroyed by the blood
19. Every agreement with the spirit of death on my family line break by the blood of Jesus.
20. I shall not die but live. The number of my days shall be fulfilled, in the name of Jesus.
21. I cancel every activity of untimely death within, around and over my life, in the name of Jesus.
22. I speak life unto every organ in my body and command them not to malfunction, in the name of
23. Every agent of the spirit of death monitoring my life day and night receive blindness and die, in
the name of Jesus.
24. Every spirit working to initiate me into evil covenants of untimely death, be frustrated, in the
name of Jesus.
25. Every plantation of untimely death in my life, be uprooted by fire, in the name of Jesus.
26. My head reject every manipulation and bewitchment of untimely death, in the name of Jesus.
27. Every bewitchment of witchcraft on my destiny and potentials, die, in the name of Jesus.
28. Every arrow of untimely death fired at me in the dreams, come out and go back to your senders,
in the name of Jesus.
29. Every satanic attack of untimely death in the dream die, in the name of Jesus.
30. Every satanic bird crying for untimely death in the dream die, in the name of Jesus.
31. Every door opened in my life for the attacks of untimely death, be closed by the blood of Jesus.
32. Let my life become too hot for any agent of untimely death, in the name of Jesus.
33. Every power meeting to decide on untimely death for my life, scatter unto desolation, in the name of Jesus.
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Psalm 34:17 says, “The righteous cry and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” Verse 19 says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”
Psalm 9:9 says, “The Lord also will be a refuge to the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.”
Nobody can run away from trouble and problems. There is no place that far that you can run to and trouble will not find you. As a matter of fact, all of life is one trouble or another. So, anyone who is telling you that you can have a problem-free existence is giving you a fraudulent dream. No one including the righteous is immune from trouble. Unfortunately, problem has no respect for anybody. Problems have no regard for anyone. A problem-free life is only available in the cemetery. Problems come any way, whether you invite them or not, and God in His own training school always leaves a challenge in your life for you to conquer. And in a bid to conquer that challenge, you become stronger.
Life itself is a process of solving problems all through. But to the believer who has surrendered his life to Jesus, every problem is a miracle in disguise. God will not deliver you from your problem but will deliver you in the problem. The deliverance of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did not come outside the fiery furnace but inside the fire. They were delivered inside the fire.
Problems can make you better or bitter. Your problems can build you up or burst you up. But the mystery of the matter is that every problem has an expiry date. But people do not know this secret because God does not reveal everything to us at once. Sometimes, God’s process of deliverance may appear as a challenge but many people do not understand so they get very worried. They think it is a problem whereas God knows better. Therefore, problems, one way or another are the springboards to success.
A little bit of the rain of trouble falls into every life. Many people start their battle from the womb. Some start at a young age while some start theirs in their old age. But a little bit of rain will fall, and you cannot be victorious if you are not in the battle. The big truth that I want you to know is this: Your condition is not as important as your conclusion. What matters is what happens in you because of what happened to you. When you have problems and draw the wrong conclusion about your situation, your condition will not change. When a child of God comes to the church, depressed and with his head down, God cannot speak to him. He would leave the same way he came be cause with that state of mind, he is saying that his problem is above God.
Many people conclude their problems with weeping. But weeping cannot save anyone. The conclusion of some people is sorrow, self-pity, or hysteria, They go into a rage and throw tantrums of anger. It is a wrong conclusion. The conclusion of some people is cursing. They issue all kinds of curses against people because they have a problem, it is a wrong conclusion. Some even go to the extent of abusing God. It is a wrong conclusion. Problems make some people to harbour suicidal thoughts.There are some who even attempt suicide. It is a wrong conclusion. When some people have problems, they go into sudden holiness and begin to pray that the Lord Jesus should come quickly. They want Jesus to come because they have problems not out of love. It is a wrong conclusion.
Some people become slaves to prophets when they have problems. They submit themselves to anybody for prayers. Witchcraft powers that never had access to their heads would lay their hands on their heads and command the problems to multiply. Such people compound their problems by handing them over to wolves. Every man and woman will fight his or her own battle. Men of God can assist you but if you have the “prophet syndrome,” when the prophet dies, you will be in trouble.
When some people have problems, their conclusion is to become downcast, quarrelsome and withdrawn. They will murmur and complain. They will be discouraged. That is a wrong conclusion and the condition will not change. As long as you conclude negatively, the problems will never go away. The way you handle your problem determines how you end up.
Your condition is not as important as your conclusion. Your conclusion is the prophecy about your problem. But with the right conclusion, God will never allow bad news to be the last news. If you conclude correctly and act accordingly, bad news will not be the last news. Your enemies will not laugh last once your conclusion is correct. God Himself will turn your night to day. He will turn your mess into miracle and your problems to promotion. Only you can decide what your problem can do to you. Worry and anxiety are the wrong conclusions to problems. They give the enemy opportunity to deal with one terribly.
Attitude is one character that makes a big difference among people. It is a very powerful force that many people do not pay attention to and it destroys very quickly. It has to do primarily with the way people react to situations. Attitude goes a long way to show the quality of a person. If your attitude is positive, you will always come to the top. If it is negative, you will come down. There are some people who are always happy no matter their condition. It is attitude. Our happiness and success depends not so much on the problems we face, but how we respond to those problems. A positive attitude can turn situations around for a person. A negative attitude will not solve any problem. A positive attitude towards life and towards whatsoever you are facing will remove the dust from your mind and motivate you to accept the challenge ahead.
Beloved, your conclusion decides your condition. The right attitude will allow you to choose action instead of withdrawal. It will make you to choose growth instead of stagnation. It will make you to choose courage instead of fear. The right attitude will allow you to take encouragement instead of despair. Your attitude will help you to find the good in any situation you are so that you can remain optimistic. But if you handle it wrongly, the problem will continue. If you take an attitude of withdrawal, fighting your wife or your husband or if you keep saying “Since the day I married you, everything has been upside down,” things will become rougher. If you worry yourself until you are sick, it is a wrong attitude. Resorting to drugs, alcohol, cigarette, etc is wrong attitude. Many people are yet to realize that alcohol cannot drown any problem. It is a wrong attitude when you get confused, become insulting, cry all day long, drive recklessly or take an overdose of anything because of any situation. It is a wrong attitude when you begin to overeat because there is a problem. It is a wrong attitude to be bitter against anybody. It is a wrong attitude to fall apart, get angry, have hatred towards others, backslide or go about saying that nobody cares about you and your problems. It is a wrong attitude to keep saying, everybody seems to be against me and I don’t know why.” Some would say, “I wish this life was over so that we can go away.” It is a wrong conclusion. Your conclusion decides your condition.
Nothing should push anyone to the level where he or she decides to marry any man or woman that comes along. When you refuse to sleep because of problems, it is a wrong attitude. The Bible says, “It is vain for you to keep awake because of trouble.” Making sarcastic statements is a bad attitude. Breaking and destroying properties is a wrong attitude. Throwing objects about in the house is a bad attitude. Moodiness, over sensitivity, discontinuity of prayers and Bible reading constitute a bad attitude. So, your attitude has an impact on your happiness. And it has an impact on the success of those around you.
You can completely alter the course of your life by your attitude. Paul and Silas had no reason to sing praises in the prison. They were beaten, dragged on the floor and thrown into jail. They were not doing their work. They suffered because they were doing the work of God but their attitude was different. There were bruises on their body but their attitude was different. One would have thought that they would stay in one corner, cry their eyes out and blame God, but they sang praises and God was happy with them and things began to happen.
It is often said that the same sun that melts the candle hardens the clay. Your attitude is within your control. Make a decision today that your conclusion must be positive because you are responsible for how you react and for what you allow to influence your life. A positive outlook allows you to stand up and take control of your life.
Attitude is more important than money. It is more important than your circumstances. It is more important than your failures. It is more important than what people say. It is more important than what people think. It is more important than your appearance. It is more important than education.
Happiness in life is determined by 10 per cent of what happens to you and 90 per cent of how you react. It is your positive attitude that makes you to persevere and persist. I read the story of a certain man who is an expert at writing children’s books. The first children book he wrote was rejected by twenty three publishers. But he never gave up; he kept writing them. All of a sudden he had a breakthrough; and the book sold six million copies. Your attitude is very important. Your condition will not change it. They key to living a fulfilled life is the right attitude. Our attitude works twenty-four hours a day for our good or for our bad. If you fail to harness the force of your attitude, it will be a tragedy. It is not your position that matters but your disposition to that condition. Excellence is not a skill. It is not a talent, it is an attitude. That is, your attitude to a situation is geared towards excellence in whatever you do. Therefore, what happens to you is less significant than what happens in you.
HOW TO YOU MAKE A PROPER CONCLUSION ABOUT ANY CONDITION
1. Repent of any known sin: Sin is always a destroyer. If you pray while living in any known sin, your conscience will tell you that you are deceiving yourself. You took some bottles of beer and later began to sing “Holy Ghost, do it again,” you are deceiving yourself. Or you beat up your spouse and later begin to pray fire prayers, you are deceiving yourself.
2. Refuse to wallow in self-pity: Do not engage in self-pity. I read the story of a fellow who wanted to commit suicide. But before he jumped down from a tall building which he had climbed, a man rushed to him and said, Mr. Man, please I know you want to jump down and kill yourself but before you jump, can I have your shoes, belt and wristwatch.” He said, “Why are you asking for these things?” The man answered, “I want them because all my life, I have not been able to afford any of these things and I see that you can afford them and you want to die, so let me have them.” When he heard that, he realized that his case was not that bad. He did not commit suicide anymore.
3. Focus on God not on your condition: God is a specialist at turning up when everyone has given up. He is a specialist at coming in through the back door when you are expecting Him at the front door. Focus on God and not on the problem or condition. If you keep saying, “Everybody is asking me, that is why I am worried,” any time they ask say, “It is well.” If not, the same people who are asking you will kill you and attend your funeral. They will kill you by the questions they are asking you and you do not know how to answer.
4. Face one problem at a time: Prioritize your problem. Do not fight useless battles. It is wrong to face too many things at the same time. For example, you want to launch war against strange women, fight your household enemies, witches and wizards, pray against spirit husband, bind hypertension, pray against household witchcraft and poverty all at the same time. It is wrong. Pick them one at a time. Do not jumble prayers, take it one at a time.
5. Do not think or confess negatively: Never let anybody push you to the level where you will speak against yourself. Negative confessions and thoughts will put you into trouble.
6. Hold firmly to the promise of God.
7. Expect a divine solution.
8. Have the right attitude to your condition: That
is begin to see yourself bigger than that problem.
1. Ask the Lord to forgive you for your wrong and negative attitude.
2. Thou power of affliction, your time is up, die, in the name of Jesus.
3. Every arrow of affliction fired into my career, die, in the name of Jesus.
4. Every power saying no to my joy, what are you waiting for? Die, in the name of Jesus.
5. Every power calling my name in the court of satan, die, in the name of Jesus.
6. (Pray this on your hands) Every power contesting for the prosperity of my hands, die, in the name of Jesus.
7. (Pray this on your hands) Any deposit of poverty in my hands, die, in the name of Jesus.
8. Every strongman of affliction in my father’s house, die, in the name of Jesus.
9. Every power that has vowed to destroy me, die, in the name of Jesus.
10. Every attitude of failure, die, in the name of Jesus.
11. I will not die for my enemy to laugh at me, in Jesus’ name.
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Ephesians 4:27 says, “Neither give place to the devil.” It means that it is possible for somebody to allow the enemy into his or her life. And if you give place to the enemy, he will definitely stay. That is why the passage says, “Do not give place to the enemy.” Many people are looking for their enemies outside. Unfortunately, the enemy is already inside.
James 4:7 says, “Summit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” It means that if you do not resist the devil, he will stay with you. 2 Corinthians 2:11 says, “Lest satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” It means that if you are ignorant of the devices of satan, he will take advantage of you. Ignorance is no excuse in the spiritual world. If you do not have knowledge about the devices of the enemy, he will take advantage of you.
Going by current events, it is clear that our generation is living in the dark. We have many beautiful and powerful inventions but most of them are being turned around to destroy people, including those who invented them. It is clear the enemy has really worked hard to promote ignorance even in the church of God. Unfortunately, the words of Jesus are still ever true today: “Men love darkness rather than light, because their own deeds are evil” (John 3:19).
Nowadays, among Christians there are many prodigals who are living in the midst of swine. There is also a slow satanic brainwashing going on now among Christians. Many Christians are gradually getting used to darkness. Ignorance is being promoted. Little by little, many churches are making sin to appear very light. Gradually, things like fornication and adultery are being swept aside. There has never been so much darkness in the minds of men and women than now. Indeed, the end time is here. The crime wave is mind boggling. Television sets have introduced Sodom and Gomorrah into every sitting room. Many people who call themselves Christians are grieving the Holy Spirit because they do not want to offend the wicked. They do not want to be seen as peculiar and strange people. Many believe that merging with darkness can change darkness. If they are not careful, they will be the ones that will be changed. The early church did not dim their light to match the world in which they were living. A good study of the Acts of apostles reveals that everywhere Paul went, he was troubling the powers of darkness.
Beloved, in your place of work are you known as a Christian? Perhaps you know how to sing praise worship songs but your lifestyle does not portray Christ. It is a tragedy. We need to pray hard because many people are looking for their enemy outside but the enemy is already inside. When the enemy is already inside, many things go wrong.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO GIVE PLACE TO THE ENEMY?
1. To give place to the enemy means to give any sin a foothold in your life. Many years ago, a certain brother was brought to church for prayers. He had a very strange sickness. He fell sick anytime he got to the examination hall to write an examination. He could write any other thing without any problem but not examinations. When he was brought to me, the Holy Spirit said he had given a particular sin a foothold in his life. But if he confessed it, he would be free. I told him what the Lord said but he said, “No! No! By the grace of God, I am born again, sanctified, baptized in the Holy Spirit, and living a pure life.” I said, “That means the Holy Spirit is lying.” He said no. By the time we prayed, the Lord revealed what he was doing. He had a next door neighbour who was a fornicator. Anytime he was in the act, the brother would go to the keyhole and be peeping to watch him. I confronted him with that and he said, “Yes sir, you are right sir.” Here was a man who claimed to be born again and sanctified, peeping into the room of fornicators. But immediately he confessed the sin and got broken down in the spirit, his hands stopped shaking during examinations. Many people are looking for the enemy outside but the enemy has already entered inside.
2. To give place to the enemy is to allow the enemy to gain entrance into your life. For example, some sisters would see a saloon named, “Hot head or Mermaid” and would still enter there to do their hair. Later, they would be complaining of bad dreams. Of course they would have bad dreams. They submit their hair to people who would not ordinarily have access to their hair. And through that means, they steal their virtues and divert their glory.
3. To give place to the devil means to eat at the dining table of darkness. Those who are addicted to partying should pray that they do not end up eating poison. They have to be very careful. When somebody who was sick and was healed by a herbalist holds a party through which he or she distributes his or her problems, many people will go there to eat the food. What happens is that the problem will be automatically transferred to them.
4. To give place to the enemy is to allow the enemy to construct a building in your life. If you do not want the building to continue, you break it down and stop the construction.
5. To give place to the enemy is to allow a satanic exchange of your destiny. A destiny can be changed. When somebody goes to a fortune teller to foretell his future and the fortune teller sees that he has a colourful destiny, he will end up stealing his virtues.
Sometime ago, a certain woman followed her friend to a herbalist. When they got there, the herbalist shifted his interest to her instead of her friend who actually wanted to see him. The herbalist said to her, “Madam, you have a wonderful destiny, a beautiful destiny and you have many stars. Can you give me some?” And she foolishly said, “Yes Baba.” And right from that day, her fortunes began to go down.
6. To give place to the enemy is to engage in fornication or adultery. It is deceit of the highest order to think that somebody who is sleeping with you outside marriage loves you. In fact, such a person is your greatest enemy.
7. To give place to the enemy is to allow anger to control you. Anger is an expensive luxury. Anger reveals our true nature. Anger and temper shorten life. Your anger is a weapon for your opponent. And he who angers you conquers you. Once the enemy sees that anger is your weakness, like Moses, he will use it against you.
Anger is temporary madness. If you go to bed angry, the devil will become your bedfellow. You are as big as what makes you angry. An angry person manages everything badly. When you get angry at somebody, you are trying to use fire to quench fire, which does not work. The truth about life is that the emptier the pot, the quicker the boiling. Little quantity of water will boil over quicker than a lot of water. Angry people are normally very empty people. Anger is so bad that more than any other thing, it has opened doors to the enemy to operate in people’s lives. It has opened doors for the enemy to destroy marriages and all kinds of things. Many marriages would have still been in place today if not for anger. Anyone who gets angry to the level where his or her body begins to vibrate is finished.
8. To give place to the enemy is to show unforgiving attitude towards others. When you do not forgive others, the demons called tormentors will be released to torment you.
9. To give place to the enemy is to harbour hatred against anyone. Hatred is like burning the house because you want to kill the rat. Hatred is self- punishment. In the school of deliverance, hatred is the handcuffs of demons. Once you have hatred in your heart, the enemy has already handcuffed you. Hatred hits a person harder than his or her object of hatred. Two people who hate each other cannot claim to love God. It is not possible. So hatred is like cancer. And the Bible says that hatred is murder. So, if you hate anybody, you are a murderer.
10. To give place to the enemy is to take what does not belong to you. When you engage in stealing, you give place to the enemy. In fact, most nations are nations of thieves. The spirit of “I saw, I coveted. I took and I hid” has taken over the lives of many people. Although people try to avoid the raw word stealing, the scriptures cannot be broken. Men have tried to use other words to cover up stealing. They call it ‘fiddling’ or ‘pilfering.’ In Nigeria, it is called ‘embezzlement.’ In some places, it is called ‘creative accounting.’ But as far as the word of God is concerned, if you are jealous of people who have stolen, you are a thief. If you are secretly admiring those who cheated and got away with it, you are a thief. If you are only scared by the consequences of being discovered, that is why you do not steal, you are a thief. Any pastor ministering for gain is a thief. If you are using your company supplies without permission, for example, papers, postage stamps, pens, envelope, telephone etc without permission, you are a glorious thief. When somebody lends something to you and you refuse to return it or you are carefully hoping that the person will forget, you are a thief. Every form of fraud or cheating during examination is stealing. If you hit a parked vehicle somewhere and quickly run away because you do not want the owner to know or because you do not want to bear the cost of its repairs, you are a thief. If you appropriate something kept in your care for your own selfish purpose, you are a thief. That would give the enemy a chance to devour your blessings. When you fail to return a lost item to the owner, you are a thief. If you read stolen books, you will fail. When you purposely go to work late and collect full pay, you are a thief. When you convert things that belong to your company to personal use without permission, you are a thief. If you spend the time you are supposed to do your work in the office reading the Bible, you are a thief. As a bachelor, if you claim to be married with children in order to evade tax or get some benefits, you are a thief. A pastor who steals money from the church purse is a thief and is inviting the leprosy of Gehazi.
11. To give place to the enemy is to harbour abominable materials in your possession.
12. To give place to the enemy means to fail to tame your tongue. The tongue has the power of life and death. You can kill yourself as well as others with your mouth. When you fail to control your tongue, you give the enemy a place. That was what happened to prophet Isaiah. His tongue had a problem, so the angel of God had to put coals of fire on it.
13. To give place to the enemy means to fail to control your appetite. Gluttony and careless eating will give the enemy access to your life.
14. To give place to the enemy means to give in to worry and anxiety. The Bible says, “Let not your heart be troubled, believe in God and believe also in me” (John 14:1).
15. To give place to the enemy is to run the race God did not ask you to run. When you get involved in what you should not tamper with, the enemy has the right to ensnare you.
16. To give place to the enemy is to eat the bread of sorrow.
17. To give place to the enemy is to allow bitterness into your life. Do not be bitter against anyone.
18. To give place to the enemy is to open your mind to wandering spirits. There are many people who do not concentrate during prayers. They give place to wandering spirits.
19. To give place to the enemy is to continue in the iniquity of your father’s house.
20. To give place to the enemy means to trivialize the things of heaven.
21. To give place to the enemy means to be sucking from the breast of familiar spirits. That is your best friends are those who are possessed or those who have questionable character.
22. To give place to the enemy means to be warning yourself in the fire of the enemy. That is you move close to the enemy because of the benefit you will get.
23. To give place to the enemy means to engage in any form of deception.
24. To give place to the enemy is to allow the flesh to control your life. When Mr. Flesh is on the throne of your life, your enemy will do anything to you.
25. To give place to the enemy is to make your head a landing place for curses.
26. To give place to the enemy is to allow the enemy to find a place in your life. Jesus said, “The prince of this world cometh unto me and findeth no place in me.”
27. To give place to the enemy is to place your head on the lap of Delilah.
28. To give place to the enemy is to live a powerless life.
29. To give place to the enemy is to live a life that lacks the fire of the Holy Ghost.
30. To give place to the enemy is to show no resistance to the enemies that are fighting you.
Beloved, when the enemy is already inside, other evil visitors will enter easily. When the enemy is already inside, there would be a bad aura around you. Good things would be diverted from you. You will make unpardonable mistakes. You would pray only to have temporary relief because they are already inside. They just wait a little bit and start again. When the enemy is already inside, they would create a ladder for future attacks.
HOW TO DEAL WITH THE ENEMY THAT IS ALREADY INSIDE
1. Repent of every known iniquity and sin.
2. Hate the enemy with perfect hatred.
3. Quote the words of God against the enemy. Tell them that it is written and they must release you.
4. Openly rebuke them. Curse them in the name of the Lord.
5. Pray uprooting prayers because many of them have been in place for years. They need to be uprooted.
1. Every stranger of darkness in the temple of my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
2. Every arrow of witchcraft in my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
3. Plantation of failure in my spirit man, your time is up. Therefore, die, in the name of Jesus.
4. Every environmental witchcraft, die, in the name of Jesus.
5. Every satanic exchange of my destiny, be nullified, in the name of Jesus.
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MANNA WATER NOVEMBER 2018 1ST EDITION (7th Nov 2018)
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Our message today is very important, especially to those who were born and brought up in this environment. Life is something many people fail to understand because there are so many questions those men cannot answer. For example, Cain and Abel were two men born of the same parents. They had similar backgrounds, similar abilities and were headed in the same direction but Abel was successful while Cain was overshadowed by failure and frustration. The world is exactly like that.
A lot of black people are wrestling with shadows. What does this mean? Some people have done all there is to do for them to be successful, yet they remain failures. Some even have higher degrees and have done everything that qualifies one for resounding success yet success remain elusive; their children are disobedient, their marriages are unstable and sicknesses are becoming a routine affair. A person just discovers that in one particular area or in many areas of his life, he is struggling with something he cannot understand or identify. He just goes from one problem to another. He is always at the edge of good health but never really achieving good health. Sometimes the way may look clear once in a while but as some people try to go to the clear way, they stumble and fall. This is what we call wrestling with shadows. Many people cannot get a grip of what is happening. They are struggling with something they cannot understand or identify.
We are in a world of powerful forces that harass men. These powerful forces do not operate according to natural laws. There is a lamentation on this in the book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes 9: 11 says, “I returned, and I saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” This lamentation proves that there are forces operating on the lives of men that men cannot understand. The forces that determine the course of our lives are both visible and invisible. The powers that confuse the lives of men most can do so through what we call the mouth gate. A lot of people are in such bondage. 1 Corinthians 10:16 talks about the kind of communion we have in the church now. It says, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” During communion service, when the cup and the bread have been blessed, the cup then has the power to transmit the blessings of the New Covenant to those who drink it. Therefore, by simple spiritual interpretation, it shows that a physical object like a cup used during the Last Supper can transmit spiritual power. Likewise in Numbers chapter 5, we read about what happens when a woman is suspected of being unfaithful to her marriage vows in those days. Numbers 5: 18 says, “And the priest shall set the woman before the Lord, and uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering. And the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that caused the curse.” (They would have water inside a cup and issue a curse on the water). Verses 19 – 22 say, “And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of thy husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the curse. But if thou hast gone aside unto another instead of thy husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man have lain with thee beside thine husband. Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The Lord make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the Lord doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell. And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot. And the woman shall say, Amen, amen.” In this case, the cup of water is the vehicle through which the destroying power is transmitted. So, if the woman had been truly unfaithful, that water would transmit the curse and the belly would swell and explode. So, destroying powers can be transferred by physical objects. Therefore, if you have been served meals from the devil’s table, you may live your life wrestling with shadows unless you are purged. Once you get something from the table of the devil you would be wrestling with shadows and won’t know what you are fighting against unless you are purged. The reason is that what you are fighting against is inside your body and you are thinking that it is one old woman or one relative somewhere. The thing has already been deposited inside, and you are going around with it.
In our environment, wicked people succeed in making some people to be wrestling with shadows through the mouth gate. Sometime ago, I went to somebody’s office and the person said, “You are welcome. We have some meat that we just used for a festival.” I said, “What do I do with it?” He said, “It is for consumption.” I said, “I don’t eat food from the table of the devil.” He said, “What? Table of the devil?” I said, “Jesus has been made a once and for all sacrifice. Anybody that is killing anything after Jesus died is sacrificing to the devil and those who eat it are eating from the table of the devil.” The scripture is very clear on this. It can be very frustrating when somebody is fighting an external force when the problem is internal. It can also be very frustrating when somebody has a physical object in his possession, which is the vehicle of his problem and he does not know. Sometime ago, we prayed for a sister and the demon spirit that spoke from her said, “Well, ask her to bring the cloth we gave to her.” The sister brought the cloth, which was destroyed before she could regain her freedom. It means that as long as she had that cloth in her possession, she could sing all the praise worship in this planet, and read all the psalms, but there would be no freedom.
Sometime ago, we held a revival service in a church and when an altar call was made to those who wanted to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I saw a dear old woman who came crying and saying that she could not understand why it was difficult for her to receive the baptism even after many revivalists had visited her church. So, I said, “Madam, you will be filled with the power today.” She said, “Thank you my son I will try.” I told her to pray and she prayed until she was sweating. Her clothes were soaked. I was impressed with her prayers yet nothing happened. I could get impressed but I am not the giver of the Holy Spirit. At a stage, I left her alone and sat somewhere else to pray. I asked the Lord what was wrong with her and the Lord said I should look at her hand. I looked at her hand and saw a particular ring on her fourth finger. On the ring was the symbol of a half moon. The Lord said that with that ring on her finger, His Spirit would not enter into her life. Then I said, “Mama, open your eyes. Who gave you this ring?” She told me that she inherited it from her great grandmother. I took the ring from her and made her to understand that the half moon was the sign of witchcraft. She gladly gave it to me and did not have to pray for one minute before she received the power of the Holy Ghost. She did not know that her enemy was on her fourth finger for 25 years. She slept with it, woke up with it, bathed with it, went everywhere and did everything with it. So, she was busy wrestling with shadows instead of the real thing, which was on her fourth finger.
When you are wrestling with shadows, you would be kept away from receiving the blessings of God. God would be offering the blessings but you would not be able to get them. Sometimes you may not even realize that there is a blessing to receive. Somebody who is under witchcraft attack in our environment would be manipulated, intimidated and dominated. What do I mean by manipulation? The following illustration gives us the answer. Sometime ago, a man married a very beautiful wife, who was light in complexion. But he noticed that in the afternoons, the woman would take a knife and begin to scratch her body and salt would be coming out of her body. He got worried and decided to visit a white garment prophet. Before he got to the white garment prophet, the woman had visited the white garment prophet to inform him that her husband was coming and that he should charge him very high fees. They were members of the same evil society but the man did not know. That is manipulation. How can you have a bed in your house and somebody would tell you to be sleeping on the mat, or they remove your all the protein food from your diet, that is domination and intimidation. The wife of a man asked him for soup money and he had only N20. He gave her the N20 and she took it, tore it up and said, “What do you want me to do with N20?” And the man slapped her. The woman said, “Okay, you have just slapped yourself.” Right from that day, the man started feeling as if somebody was whipping him. Even when he was in the office, it was the same thing. He would be dancing in the streets and people thought he was mad. He was in that condition until he got to a prayer meeting where the Lord sent fire on the invisible evil whip. The man was wrestling with what we call shadows. In normal wrestling matches, what we have is a physical challenge. But when your challenger is a shadow, you have an impossible task in your hands.
HOW DO PEOPLE GET TO WRESTLE WITH SHADOWS?
SIX AREAS BY WHICH DARK POWERS MAKE PEOPLE IN THIS ENVIRONMENT TO WRESTLE WITH SHADOWS
If you are living in a flat where a demon idol has walked through before, whether it succeeded or not in its assignment in that place, something has already been deposited there, so, you need to clean up the place.
Beloved, if you notice that someone is just looking for an opportunity to touch you, you better beware. Women who do not mind men touching parts of their bodies carelessly are playing with fire. They can receive a strange touch through that way. A believer ought to angrily give such men a stern warning, plead the blood of Jesus and shake off the evil touch. It may be the touch of wastage, which can result into all kinds of female problems like late marriage, bareness, etc.
1. I refuse death and curses, in the name of Jesus.
2. I choose life and blessings, in Jesus’ name.
3. I cancel all satanic claims against me, in the name of Jesus.
4. I shake off every strange touch, in the name of Jesus.
5. I bind the spirit of death and hell, in the name of Jesus.
6. Every strange call upon my life, go back to the sender, in the name of Jesus.
7. You snake spirit, I bruise your head, in the name of Jesus.
8. You demonic handwriting, I rub you off with the blood of Jesus, in Jesus’ name.
9. (Place one hand on your head and the other one on your stomach as you take this prayer point) Holy Ghost fire, begin to burn in my body, in the name of Jesus.
10. I break every curse of blindness, in the name of Jesus.
11. Wonderful God, I thank you, in Jesus’ name.
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THE UNSEEN BARRIER
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
It is my prayer that the problem of anyone who reads this message and prays the accompanying prayer with faith shall receive solution and all the things hindering him from serving the Lord will be removed, in the name of Jesus.
Colossians 2:14 : “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
If you see somebody writing something on a paper, and you know that what he is writing will not favour you and you could see it with your own eyes, for example if:
1. You see the person writing the thing.
You will either attack him, the instrument he is using or the material on which the thing is being written. Then you will be sure that the thing will not work.
In the above passage, the Bible is talking about contrary handwriting and things that were written against us. Those things were not written in the physical world but in the spiritual. Certain things could be written in the world of the spirits that could work against people who are living here physically. Although you cannot see them, they are binding on the people’s lives and would create an invisible barrier that they cannot see. Since the things have been written in the spirit world, God would read them, the devil would read them and witches and wizards would read them. Unless something is done to remove them, they would be there and the invisible barrier would remain with those affected.
So, in this message, we would be revealing some secrets of one of the greatest problems of man. Many Christians have been deceived that they can only be happy when they get to heaven. The devil, who is the most successful thief in the universe, has been capitalizing on people’s ignorance to steal so many things from them. Unfortunately, every individual on the face of the earth has in some little or big way been defrauded and robbed by the devil. This message will help us to serve a final notice to the devil. For too long, he has robbed believers of their possessions, he has plundered even the saints of God. He has reduced their quality of life and has taken the lion’s share of their possessions and assets. So, right now, pray like this: “Satan, I command you to depart from my life, and I reverse your past victories over me, in the name of Jesus”.
HOW DOES GOD OPERATE WHEN THERE IS A PROBLEM?
He starts with the diagnosis not the remedy. The problem with most people who bring their problems to the churches is that they want God to start with the remedy straight away without waiting to know the diagnosis. It is true that certain problems have defied natural solution, some have defied normal prayers and some have roots that are difficult to determine. The roots of some are determined but they still stay in place. Some pray for deliverance, no way. Some pray for healing, no way. There seems to be an invisible barrier somewhere keeping people from obtaining the promise that God has for them. All these are terrible things written down in the spirit world, but the strongest of the handwritings is what the Bible calls curses.
A curse is an invisible barrier. It can keep people from receiving what God has for them. That is, God carries something and says, “Take,” but the person is unable to receive it because he is under a curse. A curse can keep somebody from receiving physical healing, financial blessing, salvation, academic success or even having a happy marital life. Somebody who is under a curse would not see God’s blessings at all because curses are vehicles of supernatural power, which can control from generation to generation. They are the opposite of what the Bible calls blessings. A person working under a curse will be struggling against something he does not understand, he would not be unable to overcome it, neither would he be able to master it. He could be very hardworking and plan very well but just at the verge of success something goes wrong and everything scatters.
There are many curses in the Bible that are still in operation today. The book of Matthew shows that at the time of Jesus’ trial before Pilate, Pilate found that He was innocent and was about to let Him go. He said, “This man has not done anything wrong.” But the people cried, “Crucify Him, crucify Him.” “But why? He is your king,” said Pilate. They said, “He said He is a king, crucify Him.” As Pilate was still looking at them, they said, “Let His blood be upon us and upon our children.” In their desperation to have Jesus crucified, they put a curse on themselves and their generations to come. Till date, the Israelites are still labouring under that curse.
The right word to describe the situation of a person operating under a curse is “frustration.” The person is frustrated on every side, no matter how carefully or how hard he works, he will not be successful. The qualifications for success are there but the person will continue to stumble and fall. A single lady who is under a curse would always be disappointed by men on the issue of marriage. They would come at different times, propose marriage and then run away. Also somebody who has great difficulty receiving the Holy Spirit might be under a curse.
In Deuteronomy 28, Moses spells out clearly what are blessings and curses. We must understand that we either enjoy God’s blessings or suffer curses, there is no neutral ground.
Deuteronomy 28: 1: “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth.” Verse 15 says, “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee.” We have two opposite things: blessing and curse. I counsel you to read the whole of Deuteronomy 28. The blessings that are listed there are exaltation, health, prosperity, productiveness, victory, favour, etc. The curses are humiliation, mental and physical sickness, family breakdown, poverty, defeat, oppression, failure and disfavour. Although the curses are more than the blessings, a single blessing can cancel almost all the curses.
HOW DOES SOMEBODY COME UNDER A CURSE?
Curses can come from two directions: vertical or horizontal, that is, either directly from God or from people. You may ask: “So, somebody can be under a curse from God?” Oh yes. It was God that cursed Adam, Eve and the snake. It is still happening now unless you get born again.
HOW DO PEOPLE COME UNDER CURSES FROM GOD?
Deuteronomy 27:15 says, “Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.” So if you make an image of cross, Mary, Sango, Ogun or anything at all and worship it, the Bible says you are cursed.
Verse 16 says, “Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.” So, if you have no respect for your parents, the Bible says you are cursed.
Verse 17-18: “Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen.”
A long time ago, in an all girls secondary school, two girls were fighting in their dormitory. The matron saw them and went to find out why they were fighting and one of them said, “When I arrived in this school, I was the girlfriend of the principal and this girl is now competing with me.” The two girls were fighting because they wanted to befriend the principal. To the amazement of a Christian standing by, the matron said to them, “Don’t be so childish, it is a simple thing. Both of you should make a timetable. If you are sleeping with him Monday to Wednesday, let the other girl take over from Thursday to Sunday. No problem at all.” Both of them said, “Thank you, ma” and stopped fighting. The Christian called the matron and said, “Mama, how can you give this type of advice when you have your own children.” The woman said, “The children whose lives are already spoilt, let us spoil it more for them.” “Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way.” Those girls were already blind and the matron helped them to wander out of the way. The Bible says, “cursed be such people.”
Verse 19 – 26: “Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widows. And all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed be he that lieth with his father’s wife; because he uncovereth his father’s skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed be he that lieth with his mother in law. And all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.”
All these twelve things qualify one to be under God’s curse. It is not a matter of whether we think it is right or wrong. God has so ordained that if you do certain things you automatically come under His curse.
THESE TWELVE THINGS CAN BE GROUPED INTO FOUR:
1. Idolatry: Serving and worshipping false gods, occult involvement, special baths in the sea, etc. could place a person under a curse. A person whose ancestors were involved in these things also comes under the curse even though he did not do so himself. Out of their activities some forefathers put their descendants under a curse. Until anyone concerned releases himself from the curse and breaks it, he will not be free. Idolatry or involvement in occult practices puts one under automatic curse. There is no prayer that can help such a person except he repents.
2. Dishonouring one’s parents: The reason so many people are cursed is because they dishonour their parents. It is not possible for anybody with wrong attitudes towards his or her parents to come under the full blessing of the Lord. The Bible says, “Honour your father and your mother that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, this is the first commandment with a promise” (Ephesians 6:2-3). Dishonouring parents puts somebody under God’s curse.
3. Sexual perversion: Adultery, fornication or incest puts a person under a curse.
4. Injustice to the meek or the helpless: Exploiting your neighbour’s weakness, stealing money from the blind, telling lies to somebody who is not educated so that you can extract money from him, abusing a person in a language he does not understand, procuring abortion, etc. put a person automatically under God’s curse.
5. Hatred for Jews: There are people who hate the Jews and always speak against them. Such people place themselves under a curse because the Bible says, “Abraham, anyone who curses your children shall be cursed, anyone who blesses them shall be blessed.” If somebody hates the Jews, he automatically comes under God’s curse.
6. Stealing and cursing: Zechariah 5:1-3 says, “Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. And he said unto me, what seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll ; the length thereof is twenty cubits and the breadth thereof ten cubits. Then said he unto me, this is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth; for everyone that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.” So, stealing and cursing puts a person under God’s curse. Somebody takes something and swears under oath that he did not take it, such a person automatically comes under God’s curse. Somebody goes to the court and swears to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, but his next sentence is a lie. Such a person automatically comes under a curse. That is what the Bible says. Such people need to repent. Repentance is the answer.
Jeremiah 17:5-6 tells us why another type of curse can come upon people. It says, “Thus saith the Lord, cursed be the man that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert and shall not see when good cometh but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.” Trusting in man or yourself, your natural ability, cleverness or education instead of depending on God, brings one under the curse of God.
Malachi 3:8-9 tells us about another curse. It is about being stingy with God. The passage says, “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.” Anyone who wants to be cursed should be stingy with God. But the person that wants to be blessed should be generous with God. When people do the work of God miserably, they pronounce curses on themselves.
These are the vertical ones. If you have come under any of them, repentance is the only solution. No prayer can help you out. Any prophet that says he can help you is lying. You must repent.
These are curses from fellow men. Some people are under curses by their parents, husbands or wives. A teacher may also curse a pupil in the school. All these things would be binding because those who issued them have authority over those they cursed. The Bible says that the husband is the head of the home. If you are a woman and you do not really agree with that, it does not matter because the word of the Bible is final. If God says the husband is the head and the husband issues a curse on his wife, it could be binding on that wife until she looses herself. Likewise if parents issue curses on their children, it could come to pass.
The Bible says a fearful thing in Proverbs 28: 9: “He that turneth away his ears from learning the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” So, a person’s prayer can become an abomination. It means that when those who do not have God in their lives, who are not born again start to pray, they are indirectly cursing themselves.
Many parents who do not understand this and curse their children everyday are putting the children in serious problem. In many parts of this country, they do not count it as a serious matter to curse somebody. One day, a mother was cursing her child. She said that the life of the boy would be like the life of a gate. It took me time to understand what she meant. I reasoned that truly gates do not have rest. When somebody issues that type of curse and thinks it is a play thing, the person is joking. It would be recorded in the spiritual world against the child. When you say a child is a bastard, it is recorded. So, we have to be careful with what we say even as we are entering a New Year. In many places, it is a common thing to see children cursing one another with the names of the idols of that particular place. When somebody says, “Well, your children will do that to you.” It will happen. If your parents say you will never succeed, it will happen. These are some of the reasons you find many people with natural talents or gifted suffering. They are struggling against curses that have been issued on them by their parents. At that time it was just a plaything. You can help those parents to ask for God’s forgiveness and loose the children from such curses. Many people are still under the curses pronounced on them by their teachers in school. We must loose ourselves from all these things.
There is also what we call self-imposed curses. These are curses people put on themselves everyday. When somebody says, “I wish I were dead.” What is the good in living? The whole of life is a big bag of frustration,” or he says, “I am always having bad luck, I don’t have any friend,” the person is cursing himself and it is binding. A lot of people do that everyday, they commit spiritual murder with their mouth.
Another form of horizontal curses are those from some people representing the devil. Herbalists and diviners that claim to be able to see things belong to this group. Sometimes, it is when you accept the vision that they see that it happens. They are curses indirectly. If somebody says, “I see a vision that you will marry four husbands or you will have accident or you will loose your money,” and you do not reject it immediately, it will become binding. You must reject such things straight away.
HOW DO YOU RECOGNISE THAT THERE IS A CURSE IN PLACE
If a particular tragedy is happening to all the members of a family then you know there is a curse in place. It has to be cancelled. If there are serious marital problems, every lady in a particular family finds it difficult to find a husband, or they are not able to stay with one man or their husbands just continually beat them up or they are always getting unserious men, or all the girls are prostitutes, or all the men are have troublesome wives who disorganise the home. These are evidences that there is an unseen barrier in operation.
When somebody is experiencing mental or emotional breakdown, stubborn sicknesses, inherited sickness or sicknesses without any medical diagnosis, there is an unseen barrier in place or when a woman experiences incessant female problems, regular child death, bearing illegitimate children and things that are contrary to the life of a woman. When somebody has financial problems all the time. Although he comes in contact with money, he is duped by robbers or invests in the wrong business, such a person is under a curse.
If you are a teacher it is good for you to have the power of God in your life. Some of the children you teach can be anything in the spirit world and when these children issue curses on you, it can be serious. Ten years after I left primary school, I met one of my old teachers in the bus. His shirt was still tattered like it was before and he was wearing a bathroom slippers. I greeted him and he nodded at me. I said, “I would like to pay your fare.” He said, “Yes, but I don’t know you,” I said, “You were my teacher sir.” He thanked me, shook my hands and asked what I was doing then. When I asked the Lord what was wrong with him, the Lord said, “The school children put them under curses and that is why they have financial difficulties and they never really balance.” Unless they have the power of God in their lives, they will not be able to break it.
Being prone to accidents, accumulation of problems and history of suicide or sudden deaths are all signs of curses. Does God want us to be under these kinds of things? No. Galatians. 3:13 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree that the blessings of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ.” So, Jesus is our exchange. Matthew 18:18 says, “Whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 1 John 3:8 says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
HOW DO YOU BREAK FREE?
1. You must confess your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Beloved, the heavens are watching to see the choice that you will make. One of the most salient passages in the Bible is Deuteronomy 30:19 which says, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed will live.” Likewise through this message, I have put life before you as put forth by Jesus Christ and blessings as put forth by the Lord Jesus Christ and also curse and death. But I pray that you must choose life and blessings and reject curse and death.
Anyone whom God has cursed cannot be blessed by anybody. It would be a wasteful exercise to pray for somebody who is under God’s curse. God bless you as you make the right choice.
1. I renounce completely every contact with satan or any occult society that I have gotten involved with in the past, in the name of Jesus.
2. Father Lord, forgive and blot out any sin committed by me or by my ancestors that has placed me under any curse, in Jesus’ name.
3. I break every curse brought upon my life by past generations in my family, in Jesus’ name.
4. I loose myself from every parental curse working against my life, in the name of Jesus.
5. I break and loose myself from any curse working against my life, in Jesus’ name ( Pray this three times).
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30 POVERTY DESTROYING KEYS
Believers must be hard working wherever they are.
Whatsoever you are asked to do, do it well. Put all your best into it. Do it with all your power.
Hebrews 11:6 says, ‘’
1 Corinthians 4:2 says,
Look after the little things committed into your hand very well. If you are made the treasurer of a place and you know you cannot keep the money, resign and return the money. Anything you are asked to do, do it faithfully.
1 Chronicles 4:9,
Here we read about Jabez who quickly located the source of his troubles and dealt with it prayerfully.
POVERTY DESTROYING PRAYERS
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An arrest is a negative experience that not only embarrasses the victim, but also places complete embargo on several departments of life. Of all arrests, spiritual arrest is the most deadly, dangerous and devastating experience. Often times, the purpose behind an arrest is to subject the vicIt tim to pain, torture, ridicule, embarrassment and suffering that last for a very long time.
It is possible to be arrested by law enforcement agents or captured by people with a terrible agenda. At such times, the arrested person will be hindered, limited, held and placed in confinement. Ordinarily, an arrest is embarassing and it is capable of bringing to a halt the plans, purposes and freedom to pursue life’s goals. However, when an arrest is planned, factored and precipitated in the spiritual realm, it can be highly debilitating.
Unfortunately, a lot of people today are victims of all types of ugly arrests. The devil knows that God has a wonderful agenda for a lot of people. Therefore, to frustrate this agenda, Satan and his host continue to throw spanner in the wheels by making use of wicked instruments of arrest. The devil will go to any length to carry out the agenda of wicked arrest.
To be arrested is bad enough. To be ignorant of such arrest is even worse. Many are not only arrested, but a lot of people are wasting away in satanic confinements without knowing why. The greatest tragedy of the human race is that those who are arrested are kept in rotten and uncomfortable jails and they are made to go through unbearable pain, agony, shame and sufferings that re terribly wicked and inhuman.
It is strange that many know that they have been arretsed and thrown into fortified spiritual prisons. Several people have been arrested and thrown into ancient prisons. Unfortunately, such people have given up completely. Such victims of satanic arrest are described in the scriptures as captives of the terrible.
Isaiah 49:25: But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
However, the good news is that when such people come face to face with the power of God that is able to save to the uttermost, they will be delivered. Aperson needs not remain a victim of satanic arrests forever. A believer needs to declare boldly to the enemy that his freedom is non-negotiable.
You must not allow wicked powers to succeed in their agenda of ugly arrest. You must deal with every arresting power and pray until you are completely set free. An arrest is an ugly expereience. Unfortunately, the devil doesn’t carry out the agenda of arrest secretly. Whenever he wants to arrest, he will summon everyone so that they can witness your open disgrace. If the devil has decided to work tirelessly in order to achieve his agenda of openly arresting you in his coven of wickedness, you too must leave no stone unturned until the entire plan of wicked forces are rendered null and void.
The agenda of satanic arrest can only prosper when God’s children fold their hands and do nothing. As a child of God, freedom and dominion are your birthrights. No matter how wicked the plans of the enemy are, you can rise up as a warrior and begin to dismantle all satanic roadblocks erected in order to turn your life upside down through their mysterious arrests.
Satan’s full-time job is to arrest and stop God’s wonderful agenda for man’s progress, success and breakthroughs. The moment a child of God is able to eliminate satanic arrests, he will achieve divine goals for his destiny with uncommon ease.
You must be ready to deal with every form of satanic arrests and free yourself from all types of encumbrances fashioned by terrible arresters and wicked agents of darkness.
Enough is enough of what the enemy has done in your life and destiny. The problems of arrested spiritual growth, stunted achievments, destiny derailment, mental arrests, physical embarrassments and shameful episodes of sudden captivity which the enemies of your soul have put in place must be dealth with.
Evil arrests must stop. You must go ahead and begin to demonstrate uncommon dominion that is distinctive and unparallelled. At that point you will begin to arrest the arrester and lead captivity captive.
Ephesians 4:8: Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men
This is one of the deepest secrets in spiritual warfare. God is not glorifies when His children are busy running helter-skelter and panicking at the pursuit of elemental forces of darkness. When in the words of the psamist, your hands are taught to war and your fingers to fight, you will not be a victim of satanic arrests.
Psalm 18:34: He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms
Psalm 144:1: Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
When you become a warrior, you will begin to chase and arrest powers that were chasing you. It is never the will of God for His children to be arrested. God’s perfect will for His beloved sons and daughters who are part of the end-time army is to begin to terrorise powers that are terrorising them. One of the secrets of victory in spiritual warfare is this: to score cheap victory over the devil. In order to do this, you must learn the art of pursuing your pursuers, opposing your opposers and tormenting your tormentors.
Jesus has scored the greatest victory of all times over every power of the wicked. Children of God who are living at such a time like this need to demonstrate the victory that Jesus won at Calvary. By the singular act of Jesus’ victory on the cross, there is no power anywhere that should terrify you as a child of God. The Bible makes it very clear that Jesus has defeated principalities and powers and made an open show of them. If this open declaration of victory was made possible by the Lord, no true child of God can afford to be disgraced through any form of ugly arrest.
Ephesians 1:20-22: 20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
MOUTAIN OF FIRE AND MIRACLES MINISTRIES
International Headquarters, Lagos, Nigeria.
POWER MUST CHANGE HANDS PRAYER PROGRAMME (PURSUE, OVERTAKE AND RECOVER)
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 30
Confession: Psalm 75:6
1. O thou, that troubleth the Israel of Mountain of Fire and
Miracles Ministries, the God of Elijah shall trouble you today.
2. Every enemy, of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles
Ministries, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
3. O God, arise and uproot, anything You did not plant inside
the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, in Jesus’ name.
4. Fire of revival, fall upon Mountain of Fire and Miracles
Ministries, in the name of Jesus.
5. Every good thing the power of darkness has stolen from me, I recover it by fire, in the name of Jesus.
6. Every darkness raised against me, before I leave this place, die, in the name of Jesus.
7. Divine contacts, that will convert my hardship to history, locate my life, in the name of Jesus.
8. All powers that hate my existence shall be put to shame, in the name of Jesus.
9. O God, arise and catapult me to my next level, in the name of Jesus.
10. Every agreement with the darkness for my destiny, I release fire to smite it, in the name of Jesus.
11. O God, my Father, restore my power and anointing, in the name of Jesus.
12. O Lord, release the power to crush the head of the serpent of my father’s house to me, in the name of Jesus.
13. Lord, plot away the handwriting of ordinances that accuse me everyday, in the name of Jesus.
14. Lord, restore the glory of my life, in the name of Jesus.
15. Lord, restore the crown on my head, in the name of Jesus.
16. Lord, restore power into my body, in the name of Jesus.
17. Lord, put on the light in my spirit, in the name of Jesus.
18. Lord, arise today and give me power to become an excellent person, in the name of Jesus.
19. I receive power, healing and forgiveness, in the name of Jesus.
20. Every evil sentenced upon my head, disappear now, in the name of Jesus.
21. Every witchcraft upon my life, catch fire now, in the name of Jesus.
22. Every power boasting itself against God in my life, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
23. My God, arise and let the enemies of my life be scattered, in the name of Jesus.
24. Lord, let the harvest of miracles begin in my life, in the name of Jesus.
25. Lord, I receive Your healing by the blood of Your covenant, in the name of Jesus.
26. Lord, remember me in the preparation of Your coming, in the name of Jesus.
27. I command the grave to give up what its holding against me, in the name of Jesus.
28. Father Lord, let my glory be restored today, in the name of Jesus.
29. I receive my healing and deliverance by fire, in the name of Jesus.
30. I receive the ministry of the Holy Spirit for my divine elevation, in the name of Jesus.
31. Lord, set Your throne in my life and dismantle any other throne that will not allow me see my destiny fulfilled, in Jesus’ name.
32. Anything standing in the way of my glorification, I release the fire of God to consume it, in the name of Jesus.
33. By the power in the blood of Jesus, the redemption of God shall come upon me, in the name of Jesus.
34. I shall not miss my appointed time, in the name of Jesus.
35. Any power obstructing my journey, the Lord shall write your judgment today, in the name of Jesus.
36. Everything I have laboured for shall bring me fruits this month, in the name of Jesus.
37. The pit holding the breath of my anointing, fire, come down and break it open and release my anointing, in the name of Jesus.
38. Anything in my foundation, contending with my destiny, O Lord severe it out of my life, in the name of Jesus.
39. Anything that humiliates me, I separate myself from you, in the name of Jesus.
40. Powers, assigned to prevent me from reaching my goals, die by fire, in the name of Jesus.
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Today, our message is entitled, “The garden of evil planters.” We shall start by considering Matthew 13: 24-28: “Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which seweth good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this…”
These are the last days and the Bible makes us to understand that part of the signs of the last days is that the enemy of man’s soul is going to be much more horrible and wicked. The Bible says that evil men shall wax stronger and stronger. Therefore, in this age of so much spiritual contamination, it is important for every believer to know how to deliver himself and how to help others. When we talk about deliverance, there are three ways by which a person can be delivered from the power of darkness:
The life of a man can be regarded as a garden in which things can be planted, whether good or evil. The scripture above says that the man planted wheat in his garden, but when he was sleeping, his enemy came and planted something else there. But he quickly recognized that an enemy had done it. However, one thing is certain: it is not in the garden of every life that the enemy can plant things. Some lives are too hot for the enemy to handle while others are so cold that he easily plants things in them.
WHAT BREAKS DOWN THE IMMUNITY OF A PERSON’S LIFE AND MAKES IT ACCESSIBLE TO THE ENEMY TO PLANT WHAT HE LIKES?
I Corinthians 15:55 records a strange thing. It says, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?” It is because of the sting of death that the enemy is able to plant rubbish into many lives. There are quite a number of insects that sting and deposit poisonous venom into the system, and unless something is done quickly to eject the venom, the consequences can be gravely. It is the same thing spiritually. If the evil deposits that the enemy plants in people while they are asleep are not dealt with quickly it will result in serious problems. The Bible says, “While men slept, his enemy came and planted tares into his life.” What kind of sleep is the Bible talking about? Is it the usual sleep at night or spiritual sleep? It could be either of them. One of the ways the enemies operate against men is to come while they are asleep physically or spiritually.
The Bible says, “O death, where is thy sting?” Here, Paul personifies death as a creature, an insect that can sting. Verse 56 of the same chapter says, “The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.” The Bible calls that sting of death sin. This sting of death has enabled the enemy to convert so many lives to a garden where he plants whatsoever he likes. Such evil things shall be uprooted today, in Jesus’ name.
One of the most hopeless things you could ask a minister to do is to officiate at the funeral service of somebody who had gone to hell fire. Such a minister would render the service as a matter of duty. He would not enjoy it because he knows that the person has gone to hell fire. The sting of death is so terrible that Jesus had to sweat blood in the Garden of Gethsemane to help us remove it. The Bible says that as He prayed, His sweat were like drops of blood. He received 39 strokes of cane. The kind of whips used in those days had sharp objects attached to them which peeled off the skin when they were used to flog somebody. Jesus, the Creator of man, was stripped naked in the street. His hands and feet were nailed to the cross. One of the most painful deaths is death on the cross. The person does not die immediately. The suspension on the cross applies painful pressure to the heart, which causes internal bleeding, and excruciating pain. Our Lord Jesus suffered all these because of the sting of death. The ridicule and the painful death on the cross were the price He paid to remove the sting of death. This is why the Bible says that He is a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief.
I was told the story of a certain schoolteacher who was telling his students about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. When he finished, one small boy said, “Excuse me, sir, the story is not true. It cannot be true.” He asked the boy why he said it was not true and the boy said, “If it were true, you would not be telling the story with your eyes dry. If Jesus Christ was actually dealt with like that, and you said He is your Saviour, your eyes cannot be so dry. So, it cannot be true.”
The sting of death made Jesus to cry out on the cross: “My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?” God Himself rejected Him because He was carrying the load of sin. Sin made God to be separated from Him. The stings of death are the worms that are in hell fire. The Bible says that those worms never die. The sting of death is sin, meaning that death would have had no power if not for sin. If somebody has the sting of death operating in his life, all kinds of things would be planted in his life. Some of those who say that they need deliverance probably only need to check if the gardens of their lives are well protected. Please, close your eyes at this point and pray this prayer point aggressively: “You the garden of my life, reject evil plantation, in the name of Jesus.”
Do you have the sting of death operating in your life? If you do, then the devil will be busy planting things there. When someone treats you shabbily, do you revenge the evil done to you? Do you take kindly to criticisms? Are you the kind of person who retaliates when you have opportunity to do so? Are you the kind of person who finds faults with your critics because they are criticizing you? Are you provocative to the point of retaliation? Do you absent yourself from a meeting because you are no longer the leader? Do you find it difficult to operate once you are to follow and others are to lead? Then you have a fertile garden for the enemy. If a person is called to do what you normally do, do you become angry? If you do, you have a fertile garden for the enemy. Are you a believer who has compassion for those who are lost? Or are you really not bothered whether anybody goes to hell fire or not? Are you the kind of believer who shifts your responsibility to others and anytime something goes wrong, the first thing you do is to look for somebody to blame? Do you cover up your bitterness? When you are prevented from having your own way, do you feel heat inside your stomach? Are you the kind of person who would curse and swear when you have made a mistake. You know that you are wrong, and still you are cursing and swearing? You have a fertile garden for the enemy. The truth is this: whatsoever hides in the heart of a person will eventually run out through his mouth. So, any spiritual poison that you retain in your spirit will lead to something inside which would be a fertilizer for the enemy. And the more sinful a man is becoming, the more violent his anger would become. The holier he becomes the less angry he becomes. Some people get so angry with themselves that they would want to destroy themselves. Let me ask you the following questions: Are you patient with others? Are you the touchy or sensitive type? Are you the kind who likes to be pampered, and if nobody is ready to offer the pampering, you become uncooperative? Are you the kind of person who takes offence when you are not given your due recognition? Or are you offended when somebody fails to greet you the way you want? Are you given to finding faults in others or do you always grumble? Are you the kind of person who loves the praise of men and if nobody praises you, you get upset? If you fall into any of these categories then you have a fertile garden for the enemy. I am telling you all these so that you will know that the fact that there is an enemy going about planting evil things in people’ lives, does not mean that he can plant them into just any life.
Some lives are very fertile for evil seeds. The reason some are not yet growing evil fruits is that Mr. Walk-about, the devil, has not arrived there. Do you have anything inside you seeking compliments? Are you willing to allow others to be praised instead of yourself? Or do you get envious? Do you withhold your offering because there is no public announcement of your contributions? When your effort yields results, do you demand that people should be giving you credit for it? Do you have secret pride? All these questions that I am asking you are for you to be able to do some surgical work on your life today. Do you have a feeling that your own talent is superior to that of others? Do you love supremacy? You just want to be the boss? Are you the kind of person who has the funny feeling that he has arrived? Do you fail to stand for your right as a Christian because of fear? Are you a stubborn or rebellious Christian? A stubborn Christian will say: “I will not do it,” and a rebellious one will say, “I will do it, but I will do it my own way.” Are you jealous of another person’s success or achievements? Are you happy with other people’s success? Do you pretend to be wiser than you are, or do you appear to be better than others? Are you the kind of the funny Christian who testifies about spiritual experiences that he doesn’t have? Some people would say, “Thus says the Lord,” whereas the Lord has not said anything. They forget that God does not speak to a talkative. If you are the type of Christian who says, “Thus says the Lord” when the Lord has not said anything, it is dangerous. You are making your life a fertile garden for the enemy. Unfortunately, the modern-day church is filled with Christians who play cards, whot and Ludo and half-naked people who say to themselves “Well, we are going to make heaven. We are covered by the blood of Jesus. Praise the Lord!” I have not seen the blood of Jesus covering an unclean material. Among the so-called holy people, we find those who shout very loudly when they are angry. We also find some people who can preach very well but are very trickish. Are you unteachable or do you lack self-control? Look at the hot complaint of our Lord in Luke 6:46 “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Many people call Him Lord, Lord, but refuse to do what He is asking them to do. Some do it half way, some do it a quarter of the way while some do not all. Some people give God conditions for working for Him. We must allow God to take out our brains today and wash them thoroughly in His detergent.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD
In Matthew 5: 20, our Lord talks about the qualifications of those that can make heaven. He says, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Mark 10:15 also says, “Verily, I say unto you, “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” Look at those two conditions. The first one says, your righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees and the scribes. The second condition says, You must be as a little child. You may then ask, what is the righteousness of the Pharisees? Luke 18:10-12: “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, (Look at his wonderful prayer:) “I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.” That is the righteousness of the Pharisees. And Jesus says that except our own righteousness exceeds that, we would not make the kingdom of heaven. Sadly, many are yet to get to this level, let alone exceed it. This is why the enemy is having a field day planting whatsoever he wants in their lives.
WHO ARE THE PHARISEES?
The Pharisees were religious men. They were a body of teachers. Jesus said that they sat on the seat of Moses. They taught and preached in their time. They ran the schools and synagogues. An average Pharisee was a man of high morals. He knew the law, that is, the Old Testament. His way of life was strict. He maintained that the Jews had to be separated from other people. He would not eat with the Gentiles, nor do business with them. The Pharisees did not allow their people to marry Gentiles. You can accuse the Pharisees of all kinds of things but not telling lies. They did not tell lies. They knew the Old Testament and quoted it even to Jesus. They were not extortioners. They did not practice injustice or adultery. They subjected themselves to a rigorous code of conduct. In fact, there is no serious Bible student who would not admire the Pharisees. Many Christians compromise their faith but the Pharisees would never compromise their faith. So, we can see that the standard of God is very high.
MARKS OF ADULT BABIES
Most Christians are not even doing as well as the Pharisees. The devil knows that they are not doing as well as they are supposed to so, he plants so many things in their lives. Nursery and primary school teachers have a hell of time because one of the most difficult tasks one can get involved in is controlling children. Children complain all the time and the teachers are always busy running up and down to calm them. That is the mark of spiritual babies. They want to wait for the Lord to treat them like Jonah before they become wise. Many Christians who claim to be growing are not. They are just getting fatter and there is a difference between getting bigger and growing. When there is no change in your quality of prayer, Bible reading, study of the word of God and witnessing to others, then you are still a baby. The devil likes baby Christians, especially those who refuse to grow so that he can plant sins in their lives. They are fertile grounds for evil.
Another way of knowing those who are babies in the church is that they are more interested in getting than in giving. The mature believer will give. Giving is one of the marks of Christian adults. Miracle services are usually jam-packed with people because most of them are more interested in receiving than in giving. A certain man called a prayer meeting and found out that few people were interested. He devised a trick to make people come. When the meeting got half way, he shook his body vigorously and began to prophesy: “Thus says the Lord, Death, death, wants to kill three people and if they don’t come to this prayer meeting tomorrow, they shall die.” He succeeded. Immediately the meeting closed, people went home saying that it was a serious meeting and that they must not miss it the following day. The following day, the place was jam-packed. The man asked the people to close their eyes, and he began to pray: “O God, send down money, send down money, send down money,” and they were all saying ‘Amen’. Suddenly, he stopped the prayer and said, “Before this prayer can continue you must give something first to God. You must all empty your pockets. You must put everything down, including your transport money.” They put down all their money and the preacher said, “Now let us continue the prayer: “Oh God, send down money, send down money.” A mature Christian would have reasoned that God cannot be printing money in heaven. They were still saying ‘Amen’ when the man disappeared. When they did not hear his voice again, they opened their eyes only to discover that the man had gone away with their money. It was evident that they were babies. Children get easily excited.
If you call a meeting and say, “Possess your possession and wonderful success,” many people would come. But when you say, “I want to discuss the nature of hell fire,” nobody will want to attend that kind of meeting. Whereas, at the end of the day, that is the reality we are all going to face whether we like it or not. A time will come when the trumpet shall sound and the goats shall be separated from the sheep and we will know where each person is going. Those who shun salvation will get there on that day and say, “O Lord, open your gate,” and the Lord will say, “No. You did not want to be saved, that is why you cannot come in.” Like little children, some Christians don’t know what to do. When they offer them what they really need, they would prefer other things. Solomon was given long life, riches and power to defeat his enemies, but he asked for understanding to discern judgment. If you ask many Christians what they want now, they would tell you they want their enemies defeated quickly. But Solomon said, wisdom and understanding, and God gave them to him. God said to him, “Now that you have asked for the main thing, you can get the rest.” “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
A lot of Christians are not doing very much for God. There are people who have been Christians for 20 years, and still have not led a single person to Christ. They prefer to be fed with milk. Many seminaries and Bible colleges are only teaching people how to warm the milk for their congregation to drink. The reason there are so many problems in the church is that most people who go to church are babies. The man of God would be busy repeating the basic things that they ought to have known all the time. This does not help anyone. The Bible says, “Except you accept the kingdom of God like a little child it would be difficult for you to enter therein.” It is sad to note that some people have not even taken enough of the milk that is available and is distributed every Sunday. Some who have taken the milk have not digested it. The question is, when are we going to start learning the wisdom of the age to come? When are we going to start having more adults than babies? When the devil knows that he is playing with kids, then he knows how to deceive them and plant things into their lives. A baby Christian would be proud and oversensitive. He would be living by what others say instead of what God says. He would not be able to take decisions on his own. The faith of a baby in the Lord would be unstable and he would not be able to receive anything from the Lord. It is not everybody who grows up that grows old. You could be as tall as a giant and still be a small boy inside. There is a great difference between age and maturity. Normally, the older we are, the more mature we should be. But often this is not the case. I saw a 40 year old man crying. What did he do? He raped a two-year old girl. Will you call that kind of person an adult? He is only an adult physically but inside he is something else. This is why the enemy is recklessly planting things. The devil used to find it difficult to do things easily but now, he is having a field day because believers have refused to grow up. If Christians should grow up, they would become victors instead of victims.
Think about it. Are you growing or you are just getting fat? You are buying more Bibles and more commentaries, but spiritually you are not growing. Ask yourself a few questions. Are you becoming more and more patient in your daily life? Do you play with temptation or you resist it from the start? Do you find joy in obeying the word of God or you just read it because they say it is good for you to read? Are you able to control your tongue? Are you the kind of person that people come to for spiritual wisdom? Do you make your plans without considering God at all? Are you selfish when it comes to money? Are you unfaithful in your tithe and offering? Are you a prayer addict or do you criticize and gossip? When prayers of material breakthroughs are offered, baby Christians say a loud Amen but when you say, “O Lord, when the goats shall be separated from the sheep, let us not be found wanting,” the response would be a sluggish Amen. The prayers, which need to be violently prayed, are taken lightly. These are the marks of babies in the house of God. Baby Christians are fertile gardens for the plantation of the enemies. Things that ought not to chase them are chasing them. Instead of addressing these problems, many people come to church to gyrate and to dance. In those days, when you come into the church of God, you would tremble. You would know that you came before the Almighty God. The seriousness of the way people sat down, and the way they sang and worshipped, no sinner would find it comfortable. The Bible says, “The Lord is in His Holy Temple, let all the world keep silence before Him.” But these days, even men wear earrings to the church and do all kinds of things. They snake-dance and break-dance in the house of God and you still wonder why the devil is having a field day? The devil is having a field day because nobody wants to resist him again. Some people would say, “Well, let them do anything they want to do, as far as God is in their hearts,” forgetting that Christianity is a set of dos and don’ts. Some would tell you that we are under grace. But Jesus said, “You have read that Thou shall not commit adultery, but if you commit it in your heart, you have already sinned.” The law says that when you take another man’s wife, you have committed adultery. But under grace now, Jesus says that just thinking about it makes you guilty. So, which one is tougher? Righteousness is all about dos and don’ts. There are certain things you must not do. If you do, you will go to hell fire.
Enough is enough of these evil plantations. As some people are struggling to remove one, the enemy is planting another one. When some people have still not succeeded in pulling out the ones they have, fresh ones are being planted. Do you want these evil planters to succeed in your life? If you know that you were born again but have backslidden, I want you to slide back to Jesus. You can take that decision now. Today is the day of salvation, tomorrow may be too late. There may be no other opportunity. Slide back to Jesus now! Tell the Lord you are coming home. The Bible says, “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul. With what shall he exchange his soul.” Some people need to do restitution, apologize, appeal and withdraw from certain activities so that the axe of God can touch the root of every evil plantation in their lives. The Bible says, “Behold, now the axe is laid at the root of the trees and every tree that does not bear good fruit shall be cut off and thrown into the fire. It also says, “Every tree that my Father has not planted shall be rooted up.” Act now!
1. Every tree of destruction, be uprooted, in the name of Jesus.
2. Every evil night planter, be paralyzed, in the name of Jesus.
3. (Place one hand on your head and the other on your chest) Every evil material planted in my life in the dark, be uprooted, in the name of Jesus.
4. (Place your hand on your chest) All the powers preparing poison for me, drink your poison, in the name of Jesus.
5. Let the chariots of fire chase away every evil spy reporting on my life, in Jesus’ name.
6. Let every curse issued against me go back to the sender, in the name of Jesus.
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Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Our message this week should be taken seriously because we will be considering answers to some of the questions that are bothering so many minds. It is entitled “The dark room of life.”
Psalm 30: 5: “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” The ‘night’ in this text is what we refer to as the dark room. Where can the dark room of life be found? It can be found in the night.
There are only four main important questions to ask on any issue. These are: Why? Which? How? and When? However, the one people ask most is ‘why?’ Many of our problems come upon us when these questions are not asked. Take the issue of marriage as an example. If you do not ask these questions before you go into marriage, it may lead to failure. It is commonly said that ‘not all that glitters is gold.’ Proverbs 16: 25: “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are ways of death.” That is, those things that look bright and fascinating in the eyes of men are coated with deadly poison. To Eve, the fruit looked good but it eventually spelt doom for her.
There was a sister who needed a husband badly and her prayer point was “O Lord, give me a rich, tall and handsome husband.” Eventually, she found one man who was attending a church as if he was born-again. Thereafter they started to talk about marriage. However, whenever there was a prayer meeting she noticed that the man could not pray more than two minutes, and he did not like calling the name of Jesus. That did not bother the sister. As long as the man was rich and had a fast car, she was okay, or so she thought. They did the marriage and on the second night after their wedding, she woke up in the middle of the night to find her husband at an altar in his bedroom naked and uttering some strange words that made no meaning to her. She was terrified and asked him how the altar got inside their bedroom. To her amazement, the man said, “Don’t worry, wait on that bed for your husband. I am not your husband. Your husband will soon come.” And truly, somebody walked in from nowhere.
When the relevant questions are not asked, it leads to problem. A brother came to a pastor and told him that he wanted to marry a certain girl and the pastor advised him to go and pray. After sometime, he came back and told the pastor that he had prayed. The pastor urged him to go and pray again. When a pastor tells you to go and pray again, he must have seen something, which he wants you too to discover. The brother went ahead and married the girl. When they got home after the wedding ceremony, the brother said they should pray. He prayed and the sister refused to say Amen. When he asked her why, she screamed at him and warmed him never to call on the name of Jesus again. Why? Correct questions were not asked.
I also know a fellow who went into business. He started with cocoa export. One day, he came complaining that the information given to him concerning his business was very strange. He was told that the ship carrying his cocoa had disappeared. The question was how could a whole ship disappear? Anyway, he lost everything. Then he started again, this time on wood business and invested a large sum of money. His major customer, a white man, came to him and said that the wood he sold to him had been infested with insects and that was how everything he had invested in that business got wasted too. So, we need to ask questions.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A CHRISTIAN TO HAVE PROBLEM?
One question, which people have been asking through the ages, is: Why does God allow problems? A lot of people even say that God is unfair to them. Before we consider this question, I would like you to bow down your head and pray like this: “I receive the sword of fire to disgrace stubborn mountains, in the name of Jesus.”
A Christian can have a problem but the problem must not have the Christian. That is the most important thing. The Bible says that all things work together for good for us, children of the Almighty.
During my days in the primary school, pupils with very bad results were paraded before all the other students in the school at the end of every year. The shame that accompanied such exercise really energized them to perform better in subsequent examinations.
I know that so many sisters would have loved to be at the Barbeach or other resort centers enjoying with their spouses. But because of one or two slaps from satan, they have been turned into prayer addicts and consequently champions.
It is problems that drove many people into receiving eternal life. Many would not have been born again if not for the adversity that pushed them to Jesus and when their problems were solved, they stuck to Him. A lot of people entered into heaven because they were chased into it. Many too, have made heaven because they were scared of hell fire. Perhaps they heard that hell fire is bad and people should not dream of going there, so they determined never to be candidates of that place.
Nebuchadnezzar raised up an idol and commanded everybody to worship it. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego told him that they could only worship the Almighty God. Nebuchadnezzar threatened to put them in the fiery furnace and they told him that the God whom they served could deliver them. Nebuchadnezzar asked a question: “Who is that God that will deliver you from my hand?” What happened? The Lord silenced him.
Sennacherib too was harassing the children of God. He said: “The gods of other nations which I have conquered were not able to defend them why do you think that your own God can deliver you? Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. Bring all your wives and everything here.” What happened to Sennacherib? He was disgraced and silenced.
There was a case of some demonic people who wanted to disgrace some children of God. The idea was to drop a corpse near their church to make it looked as if the church of God was into some sort of ritual activities. They brought the corpse around 4.00 a.m. but as they were about to drop it, an angel of God who was waiting for them ordered them to hold it and stand there. Their hands were glued to the corpse and their feet glued to the spot. They could neither drop it nor go away. That was the position at which the church members met them when they arrived that morning. Of course, God engineered that disgrace. And so shall all your enemies be disgraced today, in the name of Jesus.
If the Lord sees that you are speeding too much with your vehicle, He could decide to puncture your tyres, so that when you are busy fixing the tyres, you will escape from accident that lies ahead. Hebrews 12: 5 – 6: “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children. My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” So, if you are a child of God and you get out of the track, He will knock you back into it, even if He had to grind your nose against the wall to get you back. The important thing is to get you saved.
Difficulties bring out the talents in people. God is like a surgeon who will tell you, “I may hurt you, but I will not injure you.” You have to be completely melted before you can be molted up. Human beings are like a tea bag. Until you pour hot water on it, it will not cooperate with you. Until God pours hot water into some lives, they won’t be useful.
Therefore, today, even as you are about to finish reading this message, I want you to know that there is a God in heaven who knows all secrets. He said in Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Whatsoever may be the problems you are having now, no matter what mountain may be confronting you, just know that they are ordinary raw materials preparing you for a great testimony. Remember, weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Put all your trust in God and He will never fail you.
1. Every good thing my hands have started to build, my hands shall finish them, in the name of Jesus.
2. Every dream of poverty, I dash you to the ground, in the name of Jesus.
3. I will arise above all the unbelievers around me, in the name of Jesus.
4. Every war waged against my staff of bread, receive double disgrace, in Jesus’ name.
5. Every satanic hunter of my career, receive double frustration, in the name of Jesus.
6. Any power hiding my key of promotion, loose your hold, in the name of Jesus.
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MOUNTAIN OF FIRE AND MIRACLES MINISTRIES International Headquarters Sunday Worship Thanksgiving Service for the conclusion of the 70 days prayer and fasting program 21st-October-2018.
Topic: When God Uses The Enemy
Ministering: Dr D.K Olukoya (G.O, MFM Worldwide)
Anchored Scriptures: Psalm 3
Obstacles, blockages, they are fore runners of miracles. When there’s no obstacles, no hindrances, there would be no miracles. Opposition prepares you fully for your manifestation. The only man who has no enemy in this life is to be called an idiot. Every man is entitled to an enemy, it will reveal to you the hardness, it would reveal to you your weakness, it would reveal to you your uncaring attitude.
May be you’re a pastor, you need someone who will be confronting you. Yet you must love the person. In reality, problem constitute access to life. If you don’t have any trouble, nothing to pray against, it means God has forgotten you. We grow through challenges. That teacher that doesn’t want to give you peace, you actually need him in order to challenge you to work harder. If you’re a servant, you need a master who frowns at anything you do. They are oppositions to force you to pray to God.
Problems helps you fortify your wall of defense, it fortify your strategy of attack.
Let those problems become wings that will move you to where it will take you to a place of greatness. If you say that husband or wife is wicked, it enables you to work harder or get to a position/level where you no longer see that person as a wicked person.
You can turn your problems to clutches to which you walk with or you can turn that problem to wings you use to fly.
I have known women who will never move their feet to MFM but the enemy harassed them and moved them to their place of breakthrough. If the enemy has realized that he has made a terrible mistake, it would not have harass them.
Some would never have found the throne of grace if the enemy has not attacked them.
G.O narrates a real life incident:
A mother in law followed a newly wedded couple home after their wedding. It was the husband mother. After following them home, they chatted and chatted and later the son asked his mum that are you not going home? She refused to go. The house was a three bedroom flat. She was compelled to the guest room but refuse to go.
The mother insisted she must follow them to the room and the son could utter no word. The mother went there and jumped into the bed first. She asked her son to come and he did. Thereafter, she warned her daughter in law that she should let her words get into her thick skull: that she is the first wife and her sons wife is the second wife and that whatever she wants to do that night in the bedroom would be done in her presence. From that very day, the new bride knew that she’s has entered into a battle.
The enemy you have is a signal that you’re somebody worth paying attention to. The enemy makes you to be a better person, the enemy keep you on your toes. They (the enemy) are catalyst to bring out your creativity. The enemy is used by God to bring greatness and advancement into your life.
You can be helped by an enemy. God can and would bless you through your enemies.
It was the disloyalty of Judas that helped Jesus to the cross. Moses became popular because of the stubbornness of pharaoh. It was that enemy pharaoh that made us to read a lot of Moses. The emergence of Goliath announced David. Who could have heard of Joseph if not for the wickedness of his brothers?
This is how God use the enemy to operate and to push people forward.
Men conspired against Daniel and threw him into the lion’s den. It was that encounter in the lion’s den that drew nations close to God. The destructive attack of satan against job made job twice as rich as he was before.
Sealing prayers Dr.D.K Olukoya: for the conclusion of the thanksgiving service. Pray these prayers with authority and strength.
1. Every spitting serpent assigned to poison my life, die in the name of Jesus.
2. Every dog barking against my joy, die in the name of Jesus.
3. Oh God arise, bring honey out of the rock for me in the name of Jesus.
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Ezekiel 14:1-4:“There came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me. And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their tale: Should I be enquired of it all by them? Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Every man of the house of Israel that set up his idols in his heart, and pulleth the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the Lord will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols.” Ezekiel 14:9-10: “And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing. I the Lord have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hands upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel. And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity; the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him.”
The elders of Israel came to the man of God to enquire of the Lord. You would have thought that somebody who needed to go and see a prophet would mean well by doing so, but they went there with idols in their hearts, and because they had idols in their hearts, the Lord said the reply they would get would be according to the idols that were already in their hearts. That is, if anyone has an idol inside his heart, and he goes to a prophet for information, God would ask that prophet to answer him according to the idol in his heart and the person ends up getting the wrong information.
Many people have secret idols hidden in the chambers of their hearts from the sight of men but not God. And these idols decide sometimes what they get from God, Hebrews 4:13: Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” So, as far as God is concerned, all the things that many people try to hide are open before Him. But the problem is that the Christian idols are harder to recognize than the others.
When I was in junior school, I was taught a song that says, “Break down every idol in your heart.” I could not understand it because I thought it was not possible since I was a Christian and we did not worship idols in our house. My idea of an idol was the carved head of Ogun or any other graven image. But as I got matured, I began to understand what the Lord means by breaking down the idols in our hearts. The Bible says, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). When the heart is filled up, it would pour out through the mouth. Those talkative most of the time speak from their hearts and not from their brains. That which a person has in his heart will eventually come out. Sometime ago, I was counseling a couple. The wife said something and the man got angry and said that the God of iron should break the head of her father. I said, “But you are a Christian, why are you talking like that?” He said he was sorry. The truth is that that was how his heart was working. You may try to hide but a time is coming when you will be exposed. The Bible says that everything is naked before God. All fornicators and adulterers are naked before God like a television set.
There was a man who refused to give his life to Christ even though he was the son of a catechist. One day, as he was sitting down, somebody tapped him on the shoulder and said, “You have an appointment?” He said, “Appointment?” Before he could understand what was happening, the person pulled his spirit out of his body as one would pull off clothes from another person. Behold, it was an angel of the living God. “Where are we going?” he asked the angel. The angel said, “Be patient, you will know very soon.” Eventually, he landed before the throne of God and could not behold the glory. God called him by his name and told him that he was 25 years behind schedule of what He wanted him to do for Him. God said to him, “Before I start on you, let us look at a review of your life.” And all of a sudden, there was something like a television set and the brother was watching his life right from the moment his mother gave birth to him. He saw all the funny love letters he had written, all the fornication he had committed, all the abortions he sponsored and encouraged, etc. Everything was so clear. After he had watched to a point, he begged God to turn it off for he could not stand it any longer. That experience changed the man’s life.
Any person or thing that can replace God in your heart has become an idol. Anything you place before God or side by side with Him has become an idol. The moment the affection you are giving to God is given to any other thing or person, that substitute becomes an idol. A lot of Christians have secret idols in their hearts and these idols put them in trouble. At this juncture, I would like you to close your eyes, lay your hand on your chest and pray like this: “O Lord, show me the idols in my heart, in the name of Jesus.”
When some people come to see a man of God. They forget that it is not every time that God has a message for them. They would want to force the man of God to see a vision for them. Sometimes when you pray with such people and tell them that God says everything is fine, they can go, they will not believe because they have idols in their hearts.
Sometime ago, a man and a woman came to see me. The woman requested me to help the man., that his enemies were destroying him. As I started praying it was as if my prayers were bouncing back to me. I stopped and asked the woman to go out. After she left, I asked the man who she was, and he said she was just somebody who was concerned about his situation I asked if that was all and he said yes. I asked him to go too. Later, they came back and the man said “Please, sir, forgive me I can see that it is not good to tell lies to a man of God. That woman is supposed to be my fourth wife. I am just planning to marry her.” This confirms what the bible says, that the Lord will answer them according to the idols in their hearts.
A lot of singles have already made up their minds concerning the type of people they would like to marry before praying to God to show them who to marry. As a result, they find it difficult to accept God’s will for their lives. God eventually gives them the idols they want. Pray this prayer point: “O Lord, deliver me from secret idols, in the name of Jesus.”
If you are a good Bible reader, you will find that there is a man whom the bible does not talk well about. His name is Jeroboam the son of Nebat. The Bible describes anybody that committed a serious offence in the Bible as Jeroboam the son of Nebat. He was a yardstick. What was his offence? He set up an idol in Dan and another one in Bethel and called the people of Israel together and said, “You house of Israel, behold the god that delivered thee from the land of Egypt.” Before Jeroboam started putting the physical idols on ground, the idols started in his heart. Along the line, something happened. Jeroboam’s son became sick and because Jeroboam was far away from God he did not know that the prophet of God in Israel was already blind. He told his wife to take the child to the prophet and find out from him whether the son would die or live. He also asked her to disguise herself so that the prophet would not recognize her. As the wife of Jeroboam, who had dressed like a man got to the door of the prophet who was blind and knocked, behold a voice sounded from inside saying, “Come thou in you wife of Jeroboam, why frameth thyself to be another?” (Why are you pretending to be another person?) Before she could open the door, the prophet went further to tell her why she had come.
Many people who come to church find it difficult to function in any group because none of the groups is ready to admit them because they still paint their faces. Such people keep running around just because of an idol. If the Lord tells you to serve Him in an area with a condition attached to it and you do not want to abide by the condition, it means that you have another god.
Those who find it difficult to put away their false finger nails, attachments and make-ups need deliverance because those things have become idols in their lives. Beloved, think about these things seriously.
When God gave Saul an instruction, he carried it out in his own way and God told him, “Behold, obedience is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of ram.” God also told him that stubbornness is an iniquity as idolatry and rebellion is as witchcraft (Samuel 15:22-23). So, a witch and a rebellious person are twin brothers in hell fire. A stubborn person and an idol worshipper are the same thing before God.
Nowadays, we have a lot of modern-day idols that people worship. They include the following:
Let us look at the secret idols that many Christians are going about with. You will do yourself a lot of good to look deeply into your spirit because these may be the things that the enemy is using to harass you and you think it is witches or wizards that are harassing you.
Sometime ago, a woman came to me for prayers. She complained that things were rough and her business was grounded. As I was praying, the Lord said, “Son, there is somebody this woman does not want to forgive.” I opened my eyes and said, “Madam there is somebody you do not want to forgive. God says you should first of all forgive that person before any other thing.” She looked at me and said it was her husband. I asked her to forgive him. She said no, that the man had hurt her badly. She said when they were poor and struggling, the man did not abandon her. But when they became rich, the man went and took a girl, the age of their last daughter, as second wife and abandoned her. So she would not forgive him. I told her that the Bible says she must forgive him no matter what he had done. She went away in anger because I refused to pray for her. But the next day, she came back and said she was ready to forgive him. After she repented and forgave the man and we prayed, all the miracles that she had been asking for, for five years came within a week. And things have been going on well for her since then.
All these secret idols must be chased out by the Lion of Judah. The problem of the idol is that it hinders the move of God. God is saying, “Clear away the idols. Cast them into the fire. Then you can see what I can do.” There was a medical doctor who died. When he died, his wife prayed that he must come alive again. She prayed for hours. Eventually the man came back to life and narrated what he saw when he died. He saw himself arriving somewhere. In that place, somebody held him by the right hand, another person held him by the left hand and they were dragging him away. He first of all thought that they were dragging him to heaven but as they dragged him along, he felt heat on his face. He remembered the Bible and thought: “If this place is heaven the breeze will not be uncomfortable.” Then he began to appeal to them to leave him alone. He said he was born again, and that they should not drag him to hell fire. They did not listen. Then they dragged him to the edge of hell fire. He said people were being dumped into hell fire like tipper lorry tips sand down. He was amazed and suddenly as they were about to throw him inside, a voice sounded from above, “Release him.” And they left him. Immediately they released him the devil came out and said, “O God, You have no right to take this man to heaven, because he is free from all sins apart from one, and that is idolatry of the heart.” Just one, but many of us are committing serious sins daily. God said, “Okay, agreed” (The devil does not tell lies against anybody. If the devil is reporting you to God, he tells God the truth. But you cannot tell God a lie anyway). God said. “Devil, you are right. I am not taking this man to heaven, because he is not qualified as you have said, but at the same time, I will not allow him to go to hell fire now because of his wife.” The importunate prayers of his wife compelled God to send him back to life. Although that man was a Sunday School Teacher and he taught the Bible very well, there was an idol hidden in him.
On the last day, if an idol is still in a person apart from the idol hindering his blessing, the person cannot go to heaven. Our greatest prayer should be: “O Lord, break down every idol in our hearts, in the name of Jesus.”
If you have not given your life to Jesus, and you try to remove any idol from your heart, the idol will resist you because you belong to the same camp. So, to be able to break the idols in your heart, you must give your life to Christ.
1. O Lord, break down every idol in my heart, in the name of Jesus.
2. I cast out every idol from my heart, in the name of Jesus.
3. I break down every hidden idol, in the name of Jesus.
4. Let the fire of God boil all rivers harboring my enemies, in the name of Jesus.
5. Let the blood of Jesus wipe off all my evil dreams, in the name of Jesus.
6. I destroy every satanic accident organized for my sake, in the name of Jesus.
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Dr. D. K. Olukoya
We are looking at a very important topic this week. It is what I call, “Madness of the mind.” Ecclesiastes 9: 3: “This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.”
When the mind is sick, a lot of things go wrong. In fact, most things go wrong. This is why the writer of the book of Proverbs screamed out in Proverbs 4: 23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” That means it involves taking action with all seriousness, and making sure that you barricade your mind so that you can keep it well, because out of it are the issues of life. Mark 12: 30: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
DIFFERENT KINDS OF MADNESS
What does it mean when the mind runs mad?
The mind is the battlefield of man. And once the mind is captured, the battle of life becomes very tough. That is why the greatest battlefield is the mind. A lot of people roaming around the hospitals would do a lot better if they could pray for the healing and deliverance of their minds. Many things could go wrong with the mind. Let us look at some of the symptoms of a mad mind.
MAJOR SYMPTOMS OF A MAD MIND
MINOR SYMPTOMS OF A MAD MIND
The human mind is the greatest vagabond in the universe. For example, as you are reading this message now, your mind may be somewhere else. If you don’t put this vagabond mind under control, it will eventually cause problem for you. Many minds have cobwebs forming in them. As God is willing to shine a new light into them, they are withdrawing from it. They want to continue in their former ways without knowing that it is only a change that can bring progress. This is because most people hate change. They prefer things to continue the same way. Many people who claim they have open minds don’t really have open minds, what they have is a blank space. Jesus did not have that kind of open mind. He pronounced woes to the scribes and the Pharisees without mincing words.
Jesus was the only person who spoke most about hell fire. He told the most truth we know about hell fire. He makes us to know that the place is not prepared for us but the devil. However, if we are prepared to go with the devil, we will get there. Therefore Christians don’t have the kind of liberality that people are claiming now.
When somebody’s mind is very little, little things would wound him in the heart. Great minds are not easily hurt. Somebody was addressed as a brother and he felt slighted and got angry and said, “Do you know what God has deposited in me? Why are you calling me a brother? Call me a pastor.” Things like this will definitely bother little minds, but great minds would remain unperturbed. Anyone who thinks constantly about himself alone will be discouraged. Note this truth. Another truth to be noted is that it takes a strong mind to control a wild tongue. If your mind is weak then your tongue will be loose. When your mind is not renewed with the word of God and there is no fire in it, it becomes a dumping ground for all kinds of rubbish. The devil will give you topics to be deliberating upon. It is a very dangerous thing to invite enemies into your mind. This is why anger is bad.
A strongman is the head of the demons in charge of a location. At the gate of his palace is the demon of anger, standing, looking cool and normally well dressed like an executive gateman. But when you get angry, he would open the gate and beckon to his colleagues like hypertension, diabetes, and other diseases to surround you. Thereafter, he locks his door and waits for your next moment of madness.
It is even more dangerous when one’s mind has been taken over without one knowing it. If your mind is not free from evil influences, you will become the property of the devil no matter how bright you look on the face and the Bible College you attended. That is why the Bible says; you should renew your mind with the word of God. When you get born again, it does not mean that your mind is completely cleared of all the rubbish of the world. But as you continue to renew your mind with the word of God, you pass it through the clearing process. It is a daily affair. It is certain that if you win a person’s mind, you will have him and when you capture his thoughts, you will control him, that is the trick of the devil. No wonder satan fights to gain control of the minds of men because he knows that once he gets it, all other things are easy. 2 Corinthians 11: 3: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
When the devil came to Eve, he manipulated her, and gave her the impression that God was telling them a lie. He fed her with wrong information which introduced doubt into her mind, and eventually he got her. I want you to lay your hands on your chest and pray seriously with holy anger like this: “My mind, go back to your resting place in the name of Jesus.”
WHY DO SOME PEOPLE’S MINDS WANDER DURING PRAYERS?
No matter how hot the prayer tempo is, some people’s minds still wander during prayers. You find that people who sincerely want to serve God cannot remember the information passed to them by the Lord in their dreams. They forget easily. The mind of man is like a tester and the extent to which you allow it to influence your thoughts is the extent to which it can control you. You may claim to be speaking in tongues, but the devil may be controlling you. In fact, the devil must work with the human minds or else he has nothing to work with. Even all the bodily afflictions originate from the human mind. The heart is the centre of serious warfare. The Bible makes us to understand that the devil has immediate and instant access to the human mind. He has a complete picture of your thoughts, imaginations, motives, intentions and secret ambitions and is familiar with your strengths and weaknesses. And if you permit him either by carelessness or ignorance, he would plant evil ideas into your mind. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Many of us like to forget our mistakes or faults, but the devil does not forget at all. He starts every wrong feeling and passion. He gives appetizing suggestions, which correspond with a person’s weakness. If he discovers that something is your weakness, he would use it against you. For example, if you were prone to crying, he would always bring things against you that would make you to cry. But the day you say, “No, I refuse to be a student in the school of crying,” he will not be able to use it against you again. If you were a worry bag, he would always cause you to be thinking. If you were the fighting type, there would be many people opposing you. But the day you said that you are not going to fight anybody no matter the provocation, he would loose the battle in that area and look for another area. If you were the gluttonous type, he would always put you in trouble through food. He makes wrong appearance as right and darkness as light. He is an expert at introducing deception into the hearts of careless people.
When the mind is not working according to God’s wish, mental and physical ailment, failure, defeat, poverty, family breakdown, oppression, suicide, profitless hardwork, chronic sicknesses and strife will follow. What we are saying is that your life is determined by the state of your mind and what you feed into it. What you think about is what will decide what happens. I would like you to close your eyes at this juncture and pray like this: “O Lord, shine your divine light into my mind and let all strangers fly away, in the name of Jesus.”
PARTS OF HUMAN MIND
The mind of man has two parts:
The conscious mind is the tiny portion of the whole person, while the sub-conscious mind is the larger part of it. This means that if I speak to you and you respond by speaking back to me, then your subconscious mind is at work. But inside that sub-conscious mind, we find long forgotten memories, and experiences of childhood stocked there. When the subconscious mind is filled with dirt and you combine it with the physical environment that lacks Christ, the mind will run mad. Our subconscious mind must be renewed, changed, reprogrammed and be made to conform to Christ. Failure to do this will make the mind to fall under evil control. This is where Philippians 4: 8 becomes relevant. It says, “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” These are the things the Bible says we should be thinking about. It says our minds should not be dwelling on lies but on honest things. Anytime dishonesty comes into you, throw it out. Your mind should not welcome impure thoughts and the report of the enemy. Failure to do this will result in the mind falling under evil control.
THE MIND CAN BE ATTACKED IN SEVEN WAYS
HOW DO WE CURE THE MADNESS OF THE MIND?
It is the devil that takes away people’s attention from Jesus. He engineers bad thoughts, evil imagination and evil desires. All these take place in the mind and if they are purged from the mind, the person’s life will be affected. If the tree of poverty is planted in a person’s mind, it does not matter how much you give to him, he would still be poor because he would carry out all the suggestions that tend to poverty. Therefore, you need to pray the following prayer points aggressively:
1. Every power of familiar spirit and witchcraft working against my mind, release me now, in the name of Jesus.
2. I frustrate every demonic arrest over my mind, in the name of Jesus.
3. Holy Ghost fire; destroy every satanic plantation in my mind, in Jesus’ name.
4. I bind every spirit withstanding testimony in my life, in the name of Jesus.
5. Every river of backwardness flowing into my mind, dry up, in Jesus’ name.
6. Every evil association with un-friendly friends, break now, in Jesus’ name.
7. I destroy anything representing me in any demonic meeting, in Jesus’ name.
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Dr. D. K. Olukoya
The Bible makes us to understand that the spiritual existed first before the physical. Once you understand this principle, many things become clear. The Bible also makes us to understand that things like bondage, freedom, power, anointing, etc. are spiritual items and if they are not sorted out in the spiritual realm, you are wasting your time in the physical. Real power is not in the physical world but in the spiritual world. The children of darkness understand this fact very well.
Ezekiel 13:18-19 : “Thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls. Will you hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? And will you pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?” In the foregoing, we could see an exchange-taking place. The souls that are not supposed to die are being slain. They are not supposed to die but they are slain to save the souls that should not live. There are also some people that are destined to die but they look for the lives of younger persons, snuff them out and add theirs to themselves . They save alive the souls that should not live by lying to the people that hear their lies.
Verses 20-21: “Wherefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I am against your pillows (pillows in original Hebrew means magic band), wherewith ye hunt the souls to make them fly (meaning that people can be initiated unconsciously), and I will tear them from your arms and will let the souls go even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly. Your kerchiefs also will I tear and deliver my people out of your hands and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted and ye shall know that I am the LORD.” So, deliverance is needed to get out of their grip.
This is an interesting Scripture. Some people are using magic bands to trade the souls of men. The souls that should normally be at rest, they make them to fly. This is why when some people are asleep, they face battles. There are people after their souls, exchanging their souls for handfuls of barley and pieces of bread. Somebody went to a herbalist and said, “I want to destroy this person,” and he was asked to go and bring kolanut and goat, which would be used to snuff out the person’s soul. These are powers that engage in selling souls. They exchange things. That is why I said, “My life is not for sale.”
All reasonable people sell disposable things, but when a man decides to sell an indispensable item, it means that spiritual madness has crept in. Many lives are on sale. Many are being sold now and many have been sold. There is something in the spirit world known as prostitution of the soul, that is, when the soul of a person becomes a prostitute in the spirit world, all kinds of things will be happening to the soul of the person in the physical. There are people who complain that all night when they sleep, they always see spirit husband. Such people may have become prostitutes in the spirit; they have been sold off. It is very sad.
Jesus says, “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul. With what can a man make exchange for his soul? Nothing.
When the soul of a person is out on sale, it is a great problem. Jesus says, “What can you give in exchange for a soul?” In Ezekiel 13, we see people exchanging souls of men for mere pieces of bread. So, the worst enemies of men are soul traders. They hunt for souls and trade with souls.
Revelation 18:11 says, “And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more.” What is their merchandise? They are listed in Revelation 18:12-14 which says, “The merchandise of gold and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet and thine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble. And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots and slaves and souls of men.” These are merchandise of soul traders. Please, declare this to yourself, “My life is not for sale.”
Isaiah 50:1 : “Thus saith the Lord, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? Or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.” That means that you sell yourself consciously or unconsciously, or your parents or friends can sell you off. Isaiah 52:3 also says, “For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.”
When a life has been sold off, there would be destiny disorder. Several years ago, I met a sister who had this problem. Her grandmother married her off to someone in the spirit world, collected her dowry spiritually, spent it also spiritually and that grandmother was now dead. Every night, when she slept there was a short demon by her bed. She prayed and bound and loosed it to no avail. It would disappear for a while only to reappear again. When she was going to the toilet at night, it would step aside physically for her to pass. It was always there watching carefully over her anytime she was in bed. If there were other people on the bed, she would be the only person seeing the short thing. It was the guard of the husband which her grandmother married her to in the spiritual world. Five people tried to marry her but each of them ended in disaster. The one that had the least disaster was the one who drank the water of his car battery.
Please, take the following prayer points:
– Every power bargaining for my soul, die, in the name of Jesus.
– My soul, be delivered from satanic flying, in the name of Jesus.
When a life has been sold off, there would be destiny disorder. The prefix “dis” means to remove. For example, dis-ease means “remove ease.” So, dis-order means a removal of order. Therefore when there is destiny dis-order, it means that the order in a destiny has been removed. Once the order is removed, the destiny is as good as dead. This is the major problem of the black man. Let us look at the names of some black people in the Bible:
Hagar: an Egyptian who married Abraham.
Keturah who married Abraham.
Asenath who was Joseph’s wife.
Ziporrah who was Moses’ wife.
Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law. He sat Moses down and taught him how to do most of what he did as a man of God. Obab who acted as the eye of the Israelites in the wilderness. They were going to the Promised Land and did not quite know the way and this black man was their eye. Rahab who saved the Israeli spies at Jericho. In the New Testament, there is Simon of Cyrene. When Jesus was on His way to Calvary and the cross became too heavy for Him, this man carried the cross to the place of Jesus’ crucifixion. In the book of Jeremiah, we read about a man called Ebedmelech, an Ethiopian. There was a time that Jeremiah was thrown into the dungeon. It was this black man that brought him out. In Acts of the Apostles, we read about the Ethiopian Eunuch whom Philip preached to. When Paul was going on his missionary journey, two of the three men who laid hands on him in prayer were Lucius called Niger and Simeon of Cyrene. They were both black men.
Did you know that the gospel got to Africa before Europe? Did you know that whenever God has a major step to take in history one way or another, a black man would come along? God has always used Africa to protect, support and provide for His moves. Whenever the world was in a crisis, God brought a black man to the scene. With this background, you may now ask, what exactly is wrong with the black man? Why do white men often tell funny tales about us? Why did we blacks go through the horrifying slave trade? You cannot read the story of the slave trade without crying. Men and women were gathered and packed into the ship like sardine. There was no walking space and no toilet. When they fell sick, the only solution was to throw them inside the sea and they served as food for fishes. Why did they suffer that treatment? Why is it very difficult to find a single black nation that is now doing very well? What is responsible for the demonic and diabolical attack from hell fire to stop the black man from executing his prophetic mandate? Why should things like poverty, inferiority complex, confusion, insufficient education and civil war be rampant with blacks? It is because of destiny disorder of the individuals. When Mr. A, whose destiny is in disorder, marries a woman, whose destiny is also in disorder, they produce children who inherit destiny disorder, and the circle continues.
Please, pray like this: “I refuse to enter the dustbin of life, in the name of Jesus.”
There are many human beings who are already dumped into the dustbin of life and they are weeping and crying. Sometimes ago, something happened in one city in the western part of Nigeria. It was noticed that a man had a big farm and the farm was prospering. The produce from the farm was very good. But the surprising thing was that no one had ever seen any worker on that farm, yet it was the largest farm around and belonged to one old man. The man’s son used to wonder about the farm. He did not understand who was planting the crops because he knew that his father was old and could not do much. As he began to cleverly study his father, he discovered that anytime he arrived at the farm, he would wash his face with some concoction. One day, the son used the concoction to wash his face and he saw the people working on the farm. They were people who had died in the village. Imagine his father’s wickedness. Holding down people who were dead to serve him before they go to hell. The devil had traded their souls to the old man. When they died the man bought their souls to work in the farm. The boy screamed when he saw them. Then his father knew that he had touched the concoction. He ran after him but could not catch him because of his old age. The son disappeared into town screaming. Until now no one had seen the old man again. The farm is still there.
If you allow your soul to be sold, it is your own business. That is why when you come to the house of God, you better face your business. Do not waste time on joking with the enemy or on things that do not concern you. If you do, your disorder will multiply. It will be a major disaster if you finish reading this message without having a touch from heaven.
God has a purpose for everything He does. The fact that someone is walking about does not mean that the person is alive in the book of the Almighty. He may be moving about, breathing or going to church, but by God’s reckoning, he might have died 20 years ago. God has a purpose for your life. Before you were born He has written certain things about your life. The enemy can see those things, therefore he can cause destiny disorder if he succeeds in grabbing your soul. So, the most precious material on planet earth is the soul of a man. The devil is after it, God too is after it. When Peter said to Jesus, “You cannot die like that, how can you die?” He looked at Peter and said, “The Son of man goeth as it is written of Him.” Something was written about you. Is that thing in disorder now? If it is in disorder, then the soul sellers have done their worst.
Sometimes ago, a woman gave birth and somebody visited her at the maternity. She gave her baby to the visitor while she went to the toilet. Shortly after, another visitor came in. As she came out of the toilet, she overheard her two visitors arguing and wondered what was happening to them. Immediately she got into the room, they became quiet. She said, “If two of you do not tell me what you were discussing, somebody must die here today.” Then one of them said, “When I got here, my friend had already removed four and she wanted to remove the other three. So, all I was saying is that she should leave the other three for me.” They were referring to the stars on the head of the newly born baby. This is the wickedness going on in the world.
There is no need to be alive if your life does not fulfill its divine destiny. Once your soul has been sold off, unless it is bought back, you may not be able to fulfill the destiny that the Lord has for you. For several years I thought Biology in secondary school, and in an adult education school where the youngest person in my class was 36 years old. One day, I taught about amoeba for three hours. After the lecture, I said, “Any question?” A bald headed man at the middle said he had a question. He said, “During the wedding of Amoeba who collects the dowry?” I was shocked because it means that he did not understand anything out of everything I had said for three hours. The trouble with that fellow was that he was doing the right thing at the wrong time. It is destiny disorder. He might have been interested in going to school but witches had eaten up the money of all those who would have financed his education. He might have had the brain but was unable to go to school. His destiny was in a mess.
Nahum 3:3 says, “The horsemen lifteth up both the bright sword and glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcasses, and there is none end of their corpses, they stumble upon their corpses.” What is responsible for these corpses? Verse 4 says, “Because of the multitude of the whoredom of the well-favoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredom and families through her witchcrafts.”
When human fell in the Garden of Eden, the religion he turned to was witchcraft because he fell in rebellion. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. I used to think that Taiye and Kehinde (twins) love themselves until I saw a Kehinde who told me that she had put the life of her Taiye on the shelve, that until she married and had three or four children, her Taiye would not marry. Both of them came from the same womb but look at what witchcraft has done. We need to be aggressive if we do not want soul traders to sell us off. A lot of people have been sold already so they do not understand what is going on. Perhaps you have been sold already and do not know. During the slave trade, they just went to a village, capture some people and sold them off like that.
It is often said that the people who look are very many but the people who see are very few. The greatest enemy of man is not outside him, it is inside. Unless the internal defeat is registered, external defeat can never come. Unfortunately, many people who come to the house of God do not possess this ability to see. There is a need to pray the prayer of Elisha who said to his servant, “Brother, do not worry, those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And straight away the servant could see two armies – the armies of the Lord and their own army.
The foundation of spiritual failure that the modern man is experiencing is due to spiritual blindness. A person has been sold but he does not know. A person has been thrown into jail but he does not know. A person is wearing a three-piece suit and is studying for Ph.D. in the university but already he has been sold. Evil birds have eaten up the good seed planted in many lives. For instance, do you know the real life you are supposed to be living? Many people do not know. Have your enemies converted you to a hewer of wood and drawer of water? Look at yourself. Is your correct life dead or alive?
Have your dreams and visions, been extinguished? Are you a living dead? Is there anything that makes you to accept an inferior or disabled life as your life? Is there anything that keeps you permanently depressed and unhappy? Are you deceiving yourself by having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof? Are you the type of person who will x-ray a man or woman in the laboratory of your heart?
Perhaps you are not who you should be now. The real life of many people exist only in the dream. They count money in the dream but they live in penury in real life. They own companies only in the dream but are jobless here. They preach to thousands of people in the dream but are powerless here. They live in houses in the dream but here they have three quit notice letters.
There is something you must destroy today. You must refuse to be caged or boxed in by the enemy. You must refuse to accept the satanic substitute for your destiny. You must pray and get your unused things, and your buried Lazarus must resurrect. You must renounce the curse of powerless living. You must disallow the enemy from dulling the edge of your sword. You must disallow the enemy from closing down the factory of your life. You must refuse the call from the camp of the enemy that you should drop your weapon.
The devil knows that people believe their pastors and would do whatever they ask them to do so he looks for his men and pushes them into the position of fake men of God who give people demonically inspired prophecies to confuse their lives. Sometimes, parents go to the fake prophets behind their children to make their children do what they want. For example, a parent could go to such a prophet and say, “Prophet, there is one fine man coming to look for our daughter but we don’t know what is wrong with the girl, she is chasing away the fine man. What we want you to do is to call her and tell her that the man is her husband.” The prophet would then call the girl and say to her: “Is there anyone coming to visit you at home? That person is your husband.” He says this without prayer or revelation. The sister too is not given time to pray. That way, her destiny is put in disorder.
Several years ago, a pregnant sister going to the market met a white garment prophet who said, “Thus says the Lord: Unless you bring this or that you will die with this pregnancy.” She held on to his clothes and said, “You must reverse what you have said if not, you will not leave this place.” People started gathering and saying, “Sister, leave the man of God alone.” She told them what he said and said they should ask him to reverse it. The people now said, “Why did you deliver such a message to the woman?. Reverse it quickly.” Then he said, “You will deliver safely,” etc.
Several years ago, another sister came and said that a prophet in her mother’s church told her that she would die, that I should pray for her and cancel it. I said, “No. You go back and tell the prophet that your pastor said, I should tell you that you will die.” She went and the prophet did not last beyond the next seven days. The arrow of death went back to its sender. The devil has a way of gluing one’s mind to evil prophecies. If you know that evil prophecies have been uttered against you by astrologers, unholy prophets, herbalists or that any ungodly person has foretold your future, pray this prayer point aggressively: Every satanic programme for my destiny, die, in the name of Jesus.
We need to pray, not the type of prayer the enemy will hear and rejoice. The first thing we need to do is to repent before the Lord of anything that has given the enemy the ground to sell our souls or tamper with our lives. We need to ask God to forgive us so that we can start moving forward. After asking for forgiveness, we will move on and identify the disorder, and then call God into our situation. It will be a tragedy after reading this message you do not receive the touch of God. The Bible says, “The Son of man goeth as it is written.” Are you going as God has written of you, or you are going as your enemy has written? Or are you going according to verdict of witchcraft? You have the opportunity to ask God to forgive you.
If you are reading this and you are yet to surrender to Jesus, you better do so quickly before you move into the prayer section. Otherwise you cannot introduce order into your life. If you want to surrender your life to Jesus, pray this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come before you and confess my sins. Forgive me, O Lord, and cleanse me with your precious blood. Come into my life now. Take control of my life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
6. I reject every evil prophecy, in the name of Jesus.
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Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Isaiah 59: 19 says, “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” Many people do not understand this Scripture because they do not read it correctly. It is the Spirit of the Lord that shall rise like a flood, not the enemy. People usually say, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” But the original version says, “When the enemy shall come in, like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall raise up a standard against him.” That is our working verse in this message.
WHY DOES A PERSON COME UNDER ATTACK?
Two years ago, I prayed with a man who was completely down. As he continued to pray, the Lord showed him a vision of himself the day he was born and was taken to a herbalist. Like the practice of many tribes in this country, his parents took him to a herbalist where they enquired about his future and the herbalist said, “This one is the saviour of the family. All of you without exception will benefit from him. You shall bow down to him. He will be your anchor in the family.” Unfortunately when the herbalist was saying this the other seven wives of his father were around. His mother was the last wife. His battle started not because he had offended anybody but because of his divine destiny.
Of all cities in the world, none has been so frequently attacked like Jerusalem. Why is it so? It is because the place has a prophetic destiny. So, as a child of God, in case you are seriously under attack or you are wondering why you are sweating and struggling, it means that there is something in your destiny that the enemy does not want to happen. The enemies dealt with this man; he spent 14 years in the primary school and eight years in the university to get a degree that usually takes four years. They bombarded him right, left and centre. He could hardly feed when he was the angel who was supposed to feed his family. His family was very poor, until God showed him that vision, and he started praying that all the agents of the enemy that were present when his destiny was being proclaimed should lose the information from their memory, in Jesus’ name. Then he began to possess his possessions.
The problem is that at the baby stage, there is nothing a baby can do. People would come and say, “Let me carry the baby, let me put the baby here, let me give the baby food,” and little by little, they would be destroying him. So as this man started praying, God started blessing him. All the attacks he had were not his fault. His destiny was proclaimed in the presence of his enemies.
Beloved, be rest assured that you will be under attack from time to time. Jesus was under attack most of the time. Many Christians make the wrong decision when they are under attack. As Christians, our decisions should be based on some principles when we find that we are under attack.
Any time a person comes under attack and he does not listen to the Holy Spirit, he would have problems. If you do something outside the word of God, you will have problems. If you do something contrary to biblical principles there would be problems. When people come under attack, they sometimes forget these principles. In Exodus 14, we see a beautiful example of how somebody can be under attack. The Israelites marched out of Egypt. An angel and a pillar of fire went back and forth to lead them. When the pillar wanted them to move, it would move and when it did not want them to move, it would stay. There was also an angel attached to their camp and something happened. The angel and the pillar led them to a place where they could march no further, where there was no door of escape. In front was the Red Sea, by the sides were walls of rock which they could not surmount and at the rear was their deadly foe with a deadly rage, pursuing them. It was a time when all hope should be lost. The attackers were ready to devour. Every true child of God, at one time or the other in life, can find himself in this situation I have just described. For many years the devil had kept the Israelites in Egypt moulding bricks and all of a sudden, their eyes opened and they escaped. But before they knew it, fresh terrors had gathered around them again. What do you do when you are under this kind of attack? The most costly mistake that people make usually occurs during the first few moments of any attack. Once you make that initial mistake, you get into trouble. The enemy uses the weapon of fear.
WHEN YOU ARE UNDER ATTACK WHAT DO YOU DO?
I counsel you to read through this message again. Then tell the Lord to forgive you for the various ways you have failed when you were under attack. When you are supposed to be the David to kill the Goliath, the Goliath was boasting all over the place because your strategy was wrong. Talk to God to forgive you. I want you to pray with the spirit that believes that your God is a God that knows no impossibilities. There is no situation that is beyond His power, no matter how strong it may be. The battle is not greater than the One described as the Almighty. The battle is not higher than Him who is the highest. The following prayer points are powerful and effective. Pray them aggressively.
1. Every arrow fired into my destiny this year, backfire, in the name of Jesus.
2. Every power that stole my destiny when I was a baby, return it by fire, in the name of Jesus.
3. I possess all my blessings for this week, in the name of Jesus.
4. Every wall of Jericho standing against my progress, fall, in the name of Jesus.
5. Every hidden authority and stubborn pursuer that is following me, I command you to die, in the name of Jesus.
6. Every garment of wickedness and shame, be roasted, in the name of Jesus.
7. The glory of the protection of the Almighty shall be upon my life, in the name of Jesus.
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Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Our Father in heaven, we thank You because you are El-Shaddai, You are the Jehovah- Jireh, the Jehovah-Shamah, and Jehovah Shalom who has all powers in His hands. Thank You for being our provider, shelter and rock. We thank You for the promotion, provision and breakthroughs You have given us. Glory be to Your holy name. Do wondrous things in our lives through this message, in the name of Jesus. Thank you Lord Jesus, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Beloved, life is like a journey in three parts. There is the beginning, the course of the journey and the end. God has a divine purpose for us as a church. Apart from that collective purpose, God also has a divine purpose for us individually. What I mean is that God is not in the business of messing about. He has a divine purpose for putting you somewhere. He has a reason for allowing your father and your mother to give birth to you. He does not engage in useless activities. One of the most terrible and effective ways of amputating a person’s life and destroying potentials is what is known as satanic diversion.
WHAT IS DIVERSION?
A diversion is turning aside from a course that is to be followed. A diversion is a change of direction or an alternative route. It is also something designed to take away attention from the main course. Simply put, it is a change of direction.
Jonah 1:1-2: “Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it for their wickedness is come up before me.” That was a straight forward message to a man of God from God. Verse 3 says, “But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord and went down to Joppa: and he found a ship going to Tarshish so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.” Jonah paid his fare to go into bondage. He sponsored himself out of the will of God. That is, a person can use his money to buy diversion, or divert his journey from where God wants him to go. Verses 4-5: “But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea so that the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the waves that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them…”
We can see how a single person who was diverted put other people in trouble. All those traders threw their things into the sea because a single man who had been diverted was on board. “…But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship, and he lay and was fast asleep.” The Bible says that he slept deeply, even though he was in disobedience and diversion. So, you may enjoy yourself as you are being diverted. Verse 6: “So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.” After all the other people in the ship had tried their little gods, they woke him up to call upon his own God, who might be more effective.
Verses 7 – 17: “And they said every one to his fellow, come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us, so they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. Then said they unto him, tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us, What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? And he said unto them I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous. And he said unto them, take me up, and cast me forth into the sea, so shall the sea be calm unto you; for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not, for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee. So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows. Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”
The question is this: What was the spirit that told Jonah, a man of God, to change his destination after God had told him to go to Nineveh. The fact that somebody is a prophet does not mean he cannot be diverted.
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF EVIL DIVERSION?
Major evil diversion takes place in darkness because deception is very easy in darkness. Sometime ago, I was going somewhere but suddenly there was power outage and everywhere became dark. It had been five years since I went there last, so I was unable to find my way. The major evil diversion of human lives takes place after the enemy has succeeded in dragging them into darkness. Therefore, the longer a person stays in darkness before he runs to Jesus, the deeper the enemy will work in the person’s life, and sometimes, the longer it will take to clean the person up after he has escaped.
I know a certain man who was in a cult for 30 years before he gave his life to the Lord. When he handed over his evil powers, he forgot that a long time ago somebody gave him some eggs which he swallowed, and right inside his stomach the eggs had hatched into chickens, and these chickens inside his stomach had helped him to kill people. He began to pray fire prayers like: “Holy Ghost fire, come upon my life, in the name of Jesus.” Anytime he prayed the prayer, the birds got agitated, picked at his intestine and started to eat it up. And as a result, he was bleeding and could not eat. One day, he remembered the birds. Some brethren prayed for him until he vomited them alive. But before he vomited them, they had done a lot of havoc on his intestines, and a teaching hospital had to do a surgery on him to join them together. So, the longer one stays in darkness, the deeper the enemy will work in his life. And if the devil sees that if you escape from his kingdom you would become dangerous to him, he would try and leave enough mark on your life. Darkness is an easy place for evil work. Your best friend can give you a big punch in the dark and because you cannot see him, you would not know. This is why God does not open the eyes of Christians who have bad temperament, because if He does and they have insight into the things of the spirit, they can kill.
A certain man prayed the following prayer point: “Oh Lord, deliver me from every foundational problem and reveal the secret of my life to me, in the name of Jesus.” He soon fell into a trance, and found himself in a courtyard where he stood as the accused, and his seven year-old daughtter called Folake was the judge looking at him sternly. He asked her what he had done wrong and she said, “En, when you give me cowskin (ponmo), you give my sisters good meat and liver.” The man said, “That is not a problem, I will start giving you liver as from now.” The girl said, “Too late, you are already here.” They hit him on the head with a big stick and he woke up and ran mad. When he was cured of the madness eventually, he remembered the vision. The spiritual world is like that. Those who you sometimes think are your best friends, may be your worst enemies, when you know who they really are, you will adjust. That is why the Bible says we should walk in the light. When you walk in the light, you cannot be diverted.
Many are on the wrong road now because when they were in darkness, the enemies who saw the goal of their lives, diverted their journey into the wrong road by satanic intelligence. Although they are now Christians, long before they got born again, the course of the journey of their lives had been diverted.
CLASSES OF EVIL DIVERSIONS
I pray that your ungodly journeys will be terminated today, in the name of Jesus. When God says that somebody will be a bricklayer, but his parents want him to be a medical doctor, they will force him to study Medicine and he will make mistakes. He will become the doctor that would forget scissors and cotton wool inside the stomach of patients, he would do wrong abortions and his patients will be dying and many people will be running away from him. There are many counterfeit doctors like that. There is no way a fish can be blessed when it is out of water, neither can a crab become a boxing champion when he is on top of a tree.
Why does the enemy wish to divert a person?
Many years ago, a woman came to me for prayer and the Lord told me that she was a principality. I asked her what she wanted and she said that her husband was never balanced. I said, “Is that all?” She said, “Yes.” “So, what do you want me to do about that,” I asked. She said, “Pray for me so that my husband will be balanced.”I went straight to the point and said, “Sorry, are you saying that you don’ t know you are demonic and that you are a principality.” She said, “Oh, so you can see. All right, now, I will tell you certain things.” Then she gave me a one hour lecture on how the powers of darkness operate. Among other things, she told me how they foresee the future of people the very day they are born. I asked her what they do with such information and she said, “Ah, knowledge is power. Once we get the information, we can divert the journey of their lives, confuse them, and that is it.” The enemies of the souls of men know the hidden potentials in people even before such people realise it, so they rejoice over such information because it helps them to carry out their evil plans.
These days, in so many churches, demons rejoice because the praise worship is being led by somebody from the river, the usher is from the tree, and the pastor is from the lagoon, while normal people are busy dancing and beating drums.
THE PURPOSE OF EVIL DIVERSION
Sometimes, evil diversions look bright and good. The fact that a place is good and enjoyable does not mean that you should be there. The Bible says there is a way that seemeth right unto men but the end therefore is death. The way of diversion is sometimes the way of least resistance.
There was certain man who called himself the lion of Judah. When I was a small boy, I used to call him a hero because he was more intelligent than my teachers in school. He could play the mouth organ excellently, but he was a mad man. He knew music, mathematics, history, etc, but he was useless.
What is a wasted life?
A wasted life is a life without purpose. It is a life that has been diverted from its divine purpose, and until the person is delivered, life will have no meaning to him. There are so many people in the world today who are very busy, dedicated, influential, respectable and even admired by everybody, but deep inside them they are frustrated, confused, disillusioned, depressed, aimless and unhappy. This is why the issue of purpose before getting a partner is very important. This means you should discover what God has sent you to do on earth before you begin to pray for a life-partner. Some people do not understand. They want everything fast but God is saying, “Find out the purpose for your life first.”
There was a certain brother who heard the message of “purpose before partner” but did not take it seriously. So when he wanted to marry, he just picked up somebody. Everyday his wife would smile at him in a sarcastic way, pat him on the back and say jokingly, “You call yourself a prayer warrior.” She did this for a long time. The brother did not understand. One day, suddenly, the sister locked the door, threw the key under the bed and turned into a big snake. The brother jumped on the bed and started crying, “Blood of Jesus, blood of Jesus.” Eventually, she turned back to a human being and questioned: “But you call yourself a prayer warrior, how come you did not know who I am? She then said, “Now that I have shown you my real self, take me to the pastor for deliverance.” We know that the brother cannot divorce her. Even if he does and marries another one, who knows, that one may be a crocodile.
The enemy can divert a person’s journey and the person will not know the right thing to do. He will make the person to live on assumption or on the prescription of the society. And witches and wizards would be trying their new weapons in the life of the person because he is not where God wants him to be.
WHAT ARE THE AGENTS OF DIVERSION?
Seducing spirits are very rampant now because these are the last days. A seducing spirit is an evil servant from satan sent to perform a particular assignment, and that assignment is to overthrow people and take them into captivity. Once that assignment is completed, they impart another spirit into their victims and they will begin to carry out strange orders unconsciously. So, in a way, a seducing spirit is a forerunner of another wicked. The spirit of seduction will come first, seduce the person, then leaves and opens the person for the next demon to take over. The purpose is to entice people into the wrong things, tempt or lure them into sin, excite them where they should not get excited, make them get interested in what they should not be interested in, fascinate them with what they ought not to be fascinated with, arouse their interest in what their interest should not be aroused in, in order to win them over and bring in another wicked spirit.
In a certain fellowship where I was sometime ago, I spent a lot of time praying that a particular sister should get married. She was thirty-nine then. Then one day, a brother said the Lord told him to marry the sister. I was happy that the prayer had been answered. So the brother went to meet the sister and told her that the Lord said she was the person he should marry. The sister looked at him from his head down to the sole of his feet and said, “You cannot carry my load.” I was shocked. Then I asked her the type of load she had that the man would not be able to carry. This was in 1979 and up till now, the sister is still looking for somebody to carry her load. Why? Seducing spirits have diverted her to the wrong direction.
Spirits of seduction choose their candidates based on their personal weaknesses, then they work upon those weak areas until their victims surrender. If your own weakness is anger, seducing spirits will make you to get so angry that you will annoy God. They make people to talk when they should not talk. They make you to get angry before your divine helpers, so that they would not be interested in helping you. It could be selfishness. It could be pride. They will make you over value yourself and they will be rejoicing. The pride will then lead you to be diverted to somewhere else.
A long time ago, a certain man came to our meeting. Throughout the prayer session, he just opened his eyes and was looking at us as if we were mad, he did not pray any single prayer point. He was very angry. So, I asked one usher to bring him when we closed. When they brought him to me after the service, he was still angry. He asked, “Why is there no music in this place? Where are the drums, guitars, etc? I don’t go to a place where there is no music.” I tried to explain some things to him because I could see that he was under serious satanic attack but he fled out in anger. The next time I saw him, he had gone mad was residing under the bridge at Yaba. Why? He had been diverted.
God says, “I will open the windows of heaven, and pour down blessings that you have not even enough room to take them.” The fact that God pours down blessings does not mean that everyone would be blessed. Those who are diverted cannot share out of God’s blessings when He pours them down.
Seducing spirits are so many around us now. And instead of some people to get serious with the Lord, they are still busy with other trivial matters. I remember a certain sister who got to her office and found a powerful charm on her table. She said, “I clear you off, in the name of Jesus,” and with shaky hands, she threw it away. Then something said, “Why don’t you look under your chair before you sit down.” She looked under the chair and saw another big one attached to the chair with cello-tape. This happened in a bank and in a civilized society. She began to bang the chair on the floor so that the thing could drop since she did not want to touch it. Eventually, she shook it off and threw it into the dust bin. By the time she sat down and worked for thirty minutes, the first thing that came to her table was a serious query from the manager and she had never received any query in her life before. The next day, she was mysteriously roped into a fraud case and was locked up. By the time she was released, she did not go home, she rushed to the church and I gave her some prayer points on sending confusion into the camp of the enemy. She took it home and did not pray. Then the problem escalated. I asked why she did not pray the prayer points and she answered, “Well, as Christians, we are supposed to love our enemies as ourselves. I think we should be praying that they should be converted not that they should receive fire. It does not show kindness.” So I told her to read I Corinthians 13:1. She opened it and read: “Though I speak with tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” In that passage, we see the qualities of love. I asked her who wrote it, and she said, “Paul of course.” “Do you agree that this man knows about love more than you? I asked. She said, “Yes.” Then I told her to go back to Acts 13: 9 – 11. After she had read those verses, I asked her who was talking there and she said, “Paul.” “So, what is going to happen now?” I asked her and she said, “They are dead.” She could not understand that she was fighting spiritual enemies. If you are fighting with spiritual enemies and there is anything stronger than thunder, you better use it because if they get you, they will not show you mercy at all. It is like appealing to a witch that: “Do not be so wicked. Do not drink blood. Try and be nice, you know that your public relations with people is not so nice.” You will be wasting your time. The enemy has diverted the attention of many people to other things. It has come to a stage now where some people idolise praise-worship as their God, it is diversion.
When the spirit of seduction comes in, he gives a terrible blow to the conscience, and hardens it. Then the conscience will not be able to differentiate between right and wrong. That is why when you tell a woman not to marry a certain man because he smokes hemp, she would tell you that the man will change. It is the work of seducing spirits. Once they are at work in any life, the person will no longer have the ability to discern between left and right. The person would be in total submission to them. This is why we pray an aggressive prayer that, “Nobody will transfer my case file to the demonic world, in the name of Jesus. When a witch dies in a family, she hands over the case file to the next witch in the family and it continues like that.
WHAT IS THE WAY OUT?
HOW DO YOU DEFEAT THE SPIRIT OF SEDUCTION?
As a spirit-filled Christian, you are supposed to cast these spirits out, un-bind the human spirit, set it free from satanic captivity and replace death and curse with blessings. These are the main two powers of evil diversion. If the business God asks you to do is not what you are doing, it may be the reason you are having problems with what you are doing. If you are doing what He asks you to do, He will bless you. Jesus died to ensure that our journeys go the right way. Today, if you are sufficiently concerned, you must pray, or if you do not know your goal in life.
Beloved, one thing is certain, many people are travelling on the wrong road, many people are in the wrong things, some are in the wrong relationship, some are in the wrong business. Today, you must remove yourself from any evil journey and start the journey that God wants you to travel in. The journey to Canaan would have taken forty days, but it became forty years after the Israelites were diverted.
1. I command every dark work against my life to be cancelled, in the name of Jesus.
2. I refuse to accept anything from Satan, in Jesus’ name.
3. I command every seducing spirit and familiar spirit to stop their operations in my life, in the name of Jesus.
4. Let all the incantations issued against me be cancelled, in the name of Jesus.
5. You the strongman troubling my Israel, I paralyze you, in the name of Jesus.
6. You the strongman troubling the Israel of my family, be paralyzed, in the name of Jesus.
7. Every strongman in my family, be exposed, in Jesus’ name.
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Dr. D. K. Olukoya
ln Matthew 3:10, we see a powerful verse of Scripture which says, “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” So, if you see somebody standing somewhere and praying that unprofitable trees be axed down, his prayer is scriptural.
Matthew 15:13: “But he answered and said, Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.” Meaning that if there is anything growing somewhere that was not planted by our Father in heaven it must be rooted up. God does not plant poverty neither does He plant frustration, depression or disappointment.
Doctors may have all kinds of names for different sicknesses, but the Bible has one name for them. It calls them “every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted.” So, it does not matter who planted it, it shall be rooted up.
In the olden days, there used to be a very popular saying which is still very relevant today. It says, “Kill the spider and there would be no cobwebs.” A lot of people abandon the problem spider and keep busy fighting the cobwebs and then confusion sets in.
Confusion comes in when the spider is a front or is wearing a mask. When somebody wears a mask, it is to hide his identity and for him to want to hide his identity from you shows that he is a person you know.
It may be very frustrating when the enemy is using another person’s face to attack you. But the Bible says, “Don’t marvel at this because angels of darkness sometimes present themselves as angels of light.”
There was a certain brother who got born again properly, not the way many people get born again nowadays by shaking the hands of a disco preacher or signing the back of an American tract and claiming to be born again. Those are the kinds of people who still chew gum during the service. When you try to tell them to have respect for God, they would say, “My God is not a hard God.” They forget that He is the same God who rained fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah and killed the sons of Aaron by the altar. The problem is that they do not read their Bible well. So, after this brother got born again, he asked the preacher what else he should do and the preacher told him about sanctification and encouraged him to pray for that. When he got that, he also prayed for the baptism in the Holy Spirit and got baptized.
He lived in the same compound with a herbalist. And this herbalist used to disturb him at night with all kinds of spirits making funny sounds inside his room and his numerous customers who came in at all times to consult with him. He used to get scared but one night when he got home, he was ready to deal with anything. He now waited for the herbalist to start discussing with his evil spirits. Immediately the first spirit came, the brother got up and started praying. Suddenly, he heard the sound of their foot steps as they were running away. As he continued praying, a man in white garment appeared to him and said, “Brother, stop praying. It is all right, you have finished your assignment.” He wanted to stop but reasoned within himself that Jesus would not ask him to stop praying. He might just change the prayer points. When he looked closely at the person in white garment, he found stains on the garment and said, “Oh, he’s an enemy in disguise,” and continued praying until the evil spirit was defeated.
There is something known as fighting a spiritual dummy. A dummy is an object that is made to look like the real thing but is not the real thing. The problem with spiritual dummies is that they waste your spiritual bullets.
FOUR KINDS OF SATANIC DECEPTION
You cannot recognise enemies by physical appearance. This is why if suddenly in your dream, somebody comes and begins pursuing you or firing an arrow at you and for any reason the arrow enters and is working, the first person to blame is yourself because the Bible says, “Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm.” When the anointed is being touched, and the prophet is being harmed, it means that he has problem. So, do an internal check-up before you look outside. No matter how strong a demon is, it cannot withstand a life that has sufficient fire.
There was an old, illiterate woman. Somebody came to her in the dream with a big club in his hand and as the person was moving close, she said, “Stop, in the name of Jesus,” and the person stopped. Then she said, “Stand at attention so that I can look at you well,” and he obeyed. She said, “Now what do you want?” He said, “I have been sent to destroy you.” She said, “Right now, I command you, in the name of Jesus, to begin to hit your head with the club in your hand.” He started hitting and eventually killed himself. If the woman was hit and she woke up the next morning to say it was her husband or somebody else she knew, she would be wasting her time. The important thing is not to allow it to happen.
Before a tree can bear fruits, it must have root. Sometimes we are busy fighting the fruit. You may fight the fruit all your life and will not get anywhere. A long time ago, in a particular place where I lived, at a certain period of the year, a masquerade festival was held. During the festival, masquerades would be all over the town chasing people with whips and little children would stand afar off and make fun of the masquerades so that the masquerades would react and pursue them. When these masquerades catch up with people, they beat them up terribly. One day, a masquerade chased somebody into our compound, and a neighbour of ours who cared less about the sacredness of masquerades just picked him up and slammed him on the ground, and unmasked him. Everybody was surprised to know that it was one lazy man in the vicinity called Sunday who under the guise of a masquerade was beating up people he could not withstand normally.
There are many mask-wearing problems like that in many lives. It is good to take the masks off them so that you can see exactly what you are fighting. You must take the mask off the spiritual face of the enemy and see the reality of what is exactly harassing you. It is not every problem that is caused by witches and wizards. Some things come from other sources too.
Somebody told me the story of some Red Indians living somewhere. These Red Indians noticed that people were dying in their midst on a daily basis. They thought their water gods were angry and offered some sacrifices to them but the death continued. Then they blamed it on the disunity amongst them, the white man’s attack on them, witches, and so many other things, but there was no solution until one day somebody took the mask off the problem. The mask was this: It was their tradition to use a particular blanket to cover people who died, so before a person was about to die they used the blanket to cover them. So the problem was the blanket.
We know that the devil is the active force behind all evils, we also know that the devil cannot be everywhere at the same time. He uses his agents.
The real enemies of many people are yet to be unmasked. Some people do not know why things are going wrong. They would say they have tried prayer, praises, fasting, confession, and deliverance, but the problem is still staring them in the face. It could be that there is a mask in place. The enemy can wear the face of a lion, a snake or a child. The mask is meant to conceal the identity. But when the mask is taken off, the actual identity may look big but the solution maybe easy. This is where we need to pray for divine revelation.
Balaam was supposed to be a prophet. He was harassed by the angel of the living God. He paid many useless visits. He tried to carry out his duties but failed and invited God’s anger upon himself. He might have complained that his problem was great but when you take the mask off the face of his problem, you find out that his problem was actually covetousness.
A woman noticed that men always jilted her after few months of courtship. She tried prayer, she tried washing her head in a red garment church, and she tried dressing more attractively by adding attractive colours, but all these did not work. She tried attending parties, and serving as an usher at such parties so that men would see her very well. That too didn’t work. Then she tried horoscopes, but it was not helpful. So, she got fed up with life and said she would commit suicide. One day, the mask was taken off and she found that the mask was anger. Meanwhile, all kinds of people have been blamed for her predicament. She had blamed her stepmother, her classmate, wicked witches flying at night, her stolen clothes, etc, but alas, the real thing was anger. Many times, people blame all kinds of things for their problems, while the actual cause remained untouched. That is exactly what the enemies want.
Many people find out that they are just wasting their prayer bullets because enemies have sold dummies to them and they are busy attacking the dummies. There are thousands of people in this category. God in His infinite wisdom has decided not to open the spiritual eyes of many people. Many times, they attack the fruit, leaves, branches, and stems of their problem trees, but the roots remain in place.
FUNCTION OF THE ROOTS IN PLANT
Physically, the root of the plant has so many functions which can be related to the root of a problem spiritually.
Because of the importance of the root, God’s method is to get to the root of a problem. When there is a problem before God, He starts treating it with a diagnosis- the root of the problem. When He gets to the root, He cuts it down with His axe of fire and after the cutting down, He throws it into the fire. He does not leave it there. After God has uprooted a tree (problem) He does not take the wood and begin to make furniture out of it.
However, if the root of a problem is not discovered, there would be trouble. When the root is discovered and you have the wrong axe like candles, charms, rings, waist bands, horoscopes, magic books, or other occult materials, the problem would still be remain intact because the wrong axe you are holding is also an enemy who will direct your axe against you and you won’t know.
There are many examples in the Bible of people who refused to go to the root of their problems. One of them was king Asa. The Bible tells us that king Asa did not seek God when he was sick, so he died. 2 Chronicles 16:12 – 14: “And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign. And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries’ art: and they made a very great burning for him.”
Sometimes, at funerals, the officiating priest would say, “The Lord has given and the Lord has taken, blessed be the name of the Lord,” when the Lord did not take anything. Most times it is household wickedness that took the person, or it could even be ordinary mosquitoes.
A certain brother had a problem and went to a place to pray. The “prophet” told him to stay behind the door, that he wanted to consult Angel Michael. The Brother said: “Are you saying that Angel Michael is inside that room? He said “Yes.” So, the man started to pray saying: “God of all ages, the supreme excellence, the great one, the one who can hear all voices, the one who has such a long hand as to remove his children from the pit, save your child from the pit by your eternal name, Amen.” Then he sang a chorus. The brother did not notice that in all the prayers rendered by the man and the chorus he sang, he avoided the name Jesus. Suddenly, the supposedly voice of Angel Michael began to speak saying: “My son, I know you. You are an engineer and God wants to help you.” The brother said, “Please, correct Angel Michael, I am not an engineer. In fact, I read commerce.” So as the man went inside, the brother picked his bag and ran away. That was how God saved him. If he had waited to find out the outcome, he would have needed deliverance. There is another man in 2 Kings 1:1-4: “Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab. And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and he said unto them, Go, inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease. Now therefore thus saith the Lord, thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shall surely die.” That is an example of somebody who used the wrong axe.
When problem arises, some people would begin to say things like, “It is because I left my green-garment church,” “It is because when they said I should come and become a senior apostle, I said I was not qualified,” “It is because I left the religion of my forefathers, I must go back there,” “It is because I did not offer sacrifices.” “It is because my daddy did not pray for my husband and I when we got married.” What prayer would your father, a lodge member and your mother who married him as her 5th husband, pray for you? The prayer of a sinner, the Bible says, is an abomination unto God. The devil has kept many people busy chasing shadows and they will not look at the roots. He keeps some people busy with holy water, thereby prolonging depression in their lives, fornication without control, chronic fear, self-pity, hearing voices, inability to receive the Holy Spirit, sicknesses, financial insufficiency, unreasonable moods, etc. All these are evidences that there is a root that needs to be uprooted..
Some people cannot understand that their problems are stubborn because the problems started when they were one to three years of age. They were too young to be conscious of those things. Some people too are suffering from certain things that happened in their lives which they have forgotten, even though they were old enough to remember them. The devil makes people to forget things that happened to them because he has planted some evil things in their lives through those things. These things must be uprooted. If the earliest memory you have as a child is sad, it could affect your adult behaviour. If you were sexually abused as a child, it will affect your adult life and can become the root of so many problems. The problems maybe wearing another mask.
If anytime you pray aggressive prayer, you see the vision of yourself as a small girl or a small boy, going back to when you were younger, it means that at that age, something was planted.
Many people are being initiated into witchcraft and cults without their knowledge. Many people are surrounded by unfriendly friends who give them things to eat and then trouble starts. A lot of us have eaten things we should not have eaten.
Another place where the root of a person’s problems can be traced to is the kind of house the person lived when he was young. If you have negative, unhappy or bad feelings about the house or room where you were, know that something bad had been planted there. If in your dream you see yourself going back to where you lived before, it means that something went wrong with your life in that place. Maybe you had a school mother or school father when you were in school and now you see the person in the dream, there is a root there to deal with.
Photographs you took during your childhood that can no longer be located could be the root of the problem in your life. If you see the kind of wickedness that have been done with photographs, you will be shocked. This is why we advise women whose husbands are keeping strange women not to fight with the strange women. To fight with them is sheer waste of time because most of the time, their photographs have been demonically tied to those of the strange women and buried somewhere by demonic prophets. So no amount of fighting can deliver such men. They have been trapped through the photographs. So a person maybe facing problems now due to photographs manipulation.
Evil agents can take the photographs of young children and destroy their innocence through the photographs and certain things would begin to happen. This is the root of many people’s problems.
Another place where a root could be planted is rejection. As a child, did you feel that your brothers and sisters were receiving more attention than yourself? Did you feel that you were not loved like the other children? Was there ever a situation where you cried yourself to sleep or you sometimes felt like running away? Have you ever wondered why you were born? Have you felt like your parents never wanted you? There is a root planted.
A certain sister was having terrible problems. She prayed and tried all kinds of things. One day, she said, “Oh God, I am not sleeping tonight unless I know where I am going.” She prayed and suddenly, she saw a vision. She was in a labour room and could recognise her mother trying to give birth to a baby and as soon as her mother was delivered of the baby, she opened the legs of the baby to look at the sex. Immediately, she saw that she was a girl, she said, “Take this thing away from here.” Then the vision closed and the Lord said, “Your mother has placed a curse on you by calling you a ‘thing.’ She then knew what to focus her prayers on. It was then things started to happen.
Even now, a root could be planted in your life. There seems to be some powerful spirits attached to the ages of 21 and 40. When some people are getting to 40, life seems to fall apart. They lose control of so many things. Just as a lot of people get confused at the age of 21. So age can also be the root of a person’s problem.
There is another root called the spirit of depression. It is worse than witchcraft attack. Do you frequently wake up in the morning thinking that it is not even worth getting up from the bed? Do you have the feelings that your situation can never change? Is your life out of control? Do you often feel that there is nothing worth living for? Do you harbour suicidal thoughts? Do you experience hopelessness, sleeplessness, or loss of interest in life?
Another root is the spirit of anger. Anger is generally a reaction to that which displeases us. The question is, “Did God give you anger at birth?” If uncontrollable anger is your problem then you are worse than all the witches and wizards in Nigeria put together. Do you have a reputation for blowing up? Do you get angry at things and then later realise that it was not necessary?
Do you have to take sleeping tablets before you can sleep? Do you toss for hours before you go to sleep? If you attend our meetings at MFM and you pray our prayer the way it should be prayed, it is certain that sleeping can never be your problem. When you wake up from a bad dream, do you find it difficult to go back to sleep? Do you have a feeling that something bad is going to happen when night is coming? Do you overreact to every noise you hear at night? It is certain that if you have a bad night, and do not sleep well at night, you would have a bad day next day. When your sleep, that is your rest has been caged by the enemy, you will have sleepless nights.
There are so many other roots. If you come from a family of alcoholics, you will lead a meaningless life. Do you have any hidden evil urge within you? Are you having extra marital affairs? Are you interested in multiple marriage?
Beloved, you have to take off the mask and see what the problem is. There are some people called little mothers. These are women who become mothers at the tender age of 15 or 16. Have you aborted or asked somebody to do it? All these could be the root of so many things. Two things pursue anyone who aborts or has aborted: the demon of frustration and the spirit of abortion. Such people need deliverance.
HOW TO UNMASK PROBLEMS COMPLETELY
1. Every mask-wearing problem, be exposed, in Jesus’ name.
2. I refuse to direct my spiritual weapons on dummies, in the name of Jesus.
3. All my misfired arrows, go to the right target, in Jesus’ name.
4. Every evil spiritual front delegated against my life, be paralyzed, in the name of Jesus.
5. Every problem initiator and expander, be paralyzed, in the name of Jesus.
6. All quenchers of spiritual power, I render you impotent, in the name of Jesus.
7. Every material in my possession, carrying satanic power, be exposed, in the name of Jesus.
8. You stubborn pursuer, I command your ways to be slippery and I ask the Angel of God to pursue you, in Jesus’ name.
9. Satanic problems anchor, be roasted, in the name of Jesus.
10. I withdraw the food of my problem, I command the problem to starve to death, in the name of Jesus.
11. No reinforcement, and no regrouping for all the problems that have gone, in the name of Jesus.
12. You problem propagators and problem prolongers, be paralyzed, in the name of Jesus.
13. Every power touching the anointed, receive the sword of fire, in the name of Jesus.
14. Every spiritual parasite, I command you to die, in the name of Jesus.
15. Every root of problems, be axed, in the name of Jesus.
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Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Psalm 30: 3 says, “O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive that I should not go down to the pit.” In Psalm 49: 14 – 15, the Bible says, “Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me.”
At the MFM, we pray lots of prayer points. Some of these prayer points may sound strange to some people. But for those who understand the war going on in the spirit, they are familiar items. For example at MFM, we pray a lot about buried virtues. On three occasions, people have brought pots to me. The first person was a small girl several years ago. She was about 13 years old. Her daddy was having problems and I think he prayed very well. One day, she came with a pot wrapped inside a black nylon bag and insisted that I was the only person she would show the contents of the pot. She opened it and the first thing she said was, “Daddy is a dead handsome man.” I said, “I don’t understand what you mean by that. What is inside the pot?” I looked into it and saw three items: some hair strands, a piece of clothing that seemed to have been cut from a shirt and some fingernails. I asked her where the items came from and she said they were all from her daddy. She said, “Let me tell you what these things stand for. The hair is his glory, which we have buried. The piece of cloth, which was cut from his shirt, was used to introduce shame into his life because spiritually, when somebody removes your cloth, he is putting you to shame. The fingernails represent whatever he does with his hands. So, daddy is a dead handsome man. But if he will repent of the sin of anger and pray well, then he can be delivered.” I said, “What if we burn the pot now?” She said, “Yes, you can burn the pot now, but we can always find another pot.” At this juncture, I think you should pray like this: “Every satanic pot prepared against me, crumble in the name of Jesus.”
Beloved, these are practical things. A time will come when believers will only go to fellow believers to make their hair. People will get wise. Believers will no longer enter salons with names such as ‘Mermaid.’ They will look at the fingernails of hairdressers before they patronize them. Now, you see believers putting down their anointed head for demonic hairdressers because they must dress their hair even if it means their destruction.
The second pot was brought by three girls from one of the universities. When I asked them what was inside the pot, they laughed and said, “Man of God, it will be very awkward if we tell you the name, but you will understand.” I looked inside and found a white substance. I asked them what it was and they said, “Male seed,” i.e. sperm. I asked them how they got it and they said, “We collected it from some boys in our school and we have dealt with all of them.” I said, “But what have they done?” They said, “They jilted us. They were our boyfriends but they did not know that the three of us are powerful. They took us for granted so, we dealt with them.” I asked them what had become of those boys and they said two of them were dead and one was mad. I asked them what they wanted to do and they said, “We want to give our lives to Jesus. We are repenting.” This is the mystery of the gospel. Jesus will accept them and the one that was mad might still remain mad even after they have repented. This is why you and I must know that the best system of defense is to attack. If you are put in the boxing ring and told to fight, and you begin to say to your opponent, “Before we start, don’t touch my head, don’t touch my nose,” he would not listen to you because the fight has been declared. Our fight with the enemy has already been declared in the book of Genesis: “I would put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed” (Genesis 3: 15). Those girls gave their lives to Jesus, but meanwhile, two foolish boys were dead and one was mad.
The third time somebody brought a pot to me, it contained blood. “Where did this come from?” I asked him. He said, “I took it from some people.” I said, “But why?” He said, “Because I want to finish them.”
THE POWER OF THE GRAVE
When things have been collected and buried, there is trouble unless you understand how to withdraw what has been buried. That is why the Psalmist talked about deliverance from the grave. He also talked about the power of the grave. The grave has some powers which are behind certain things people call difficult cases.
What Are Difficult Cases?
Difficult cases are situations where the evil pipe through which a problem is being fed has not been demolished. Then you say it is difficult.
A difficult problem is a problem where all the secrets behind it are not known. And because of that ignorance, the enemy keeps rejoicing.
A problem is difficult when it is linked to multiple curses or multiple bondages. For example, somebody locked someone up and you asked him or her to unlock the fellow and he or she did. You then ask if the person is now free and he or she said, “No, because we used 14 padlocks on the person.” It means that if such a person who was locked up came to a prayer meeting and prayed for one hour and broke only two, it would remain twelve. And at the same time, he or she could pray and all fourteen would break at one operation. That is possible. So, once a situation has a lot of covenants formed against it, it looks difficult because there are so many chains tying it down. Some people live with angry parents who curse people easily. For example, on Monday, they would call you an idiot, the devil records it. On Tuesday, they call you a zombie, the devil writes it down, the third day, they say, “Your head is not correct,” the devil writes it down, fourth day: “God will punish you,” the devil notes it down. In a month, some children accumulate a minimum of 30 curses. In a year, they would accumulate 360 or 365 on their heads. Such people may come to a revival meeting, pray and remove 200. There would still be 160 left. Their situation will look difficult because there are many curses issued against them. Some of the poorest people I have ever found in my life are the gate men of primary schools. As these children go in or come out, they issue curses on them everyday. And some of these children are not normal. So these gatemen accumulate about 100 curses per day and by the time they spend a month, they have accumulated 3000, poor men. Generally these gatemen live in places where even the shortest of men have to bow down before they can enter. And whenever there is rain, there would be problem. Their cases are normally difficult because of the enormity of the curses they accumulated over the years. That is separate from what their wives and other people issue on them at home.
A difficult case is one that has been circulated in four worlds. What are the four worlds?
When somebody’s case has been taken to these four places, the person would have things to break in four places. Then it looks very difficult.
Man was formed out of the dust of the ground. The Bible tells us that in Genesis 2: 7. Also animals and plants were formed from the ground (Genesis 2:19). But later, God cursed the ground (Genesis 3). You discover too that all the elements in the body of man can be found in the soil. That is why the Bible says in Philippians 2:10 that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of things in heaven, of things on earth and of things under the earth. So, it follows that most of the things we see now around us are underneath the ground. The only major thing that comes from heaven is the spirit, which is inside a man. Wood, iron, clothes, steel, etc. come from the ground. In John 3: 31, Jesus says, “He that cometh from above: is above all, he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.” Therefore, there are certain things that come from the earth and certain things that come from heaven. I Corinthians 15: 47 –48: “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.”
The Bible sometimes addresses the ground as a person because there are spirits within it which it refers to as the powers of the grave. In Numbers 16, Moses said, “O God, if you would do a new thing and let the ground open and swallow.” What happened? The ground heard what Moses said and opened up. So, there are powers within the earth we call the powers of the grave. A knowledgeable black man understands this very well, much more than a white man. For example, blacks pour libation on the ground to demons of the ground. This is why evil people remove sand from underneath people’s feet and use it against them. It is also the same reason herbalists pay homage to the ground. Some people swear by the earth and use the soil as charm. Some people inquire their future from the earth by pressing sands. It is these spirits from the grave that answer them. They believe in the power of the earth. When I was a small boy, my school was close to a burial ground. So we were warned that whenever we saw unusually short creatures on our way to school, we should take some sand and pour it on them and they would disappear. I never saw one. But my friends used to say they saw them and poured sand on them and they disappeared. Why do you have to pour sand on them? It is because they are powers from the earth.
In a church I used to attend, we had a very unusual pastor. Unusual in the sense that five minutes into a prayer meeting, he would start sweating because he prayed aggressively unlike the one before him who would call prayer points and sit down to pray. One day, I sat at the back and suddenly, the pastor ran to the back as a woman came in, dancing and clapping with a baby strapped at her back. The pastor looked at her and in anger, said to her, “Turn over. Why should you come to the house of God walking on your head?” I did not see her walking on her head. I saw her standing straight and carrying a baby and dancing. But the woman knew that the pastor could see what she really was. She said, “Sorry sir,” and entered the church. Why was she walking upside down? She was communicating with these powers underneath the earth. During one Power Must Change Hands programme, somebody was caught trying to pack sand from the church premises. He was asked what he wanted to do with it and he said, he wanted to go and use it so that people would be coming to his own church in large numbers. We told him that he would have made a mistake because it would have meant him pouring liquid fire there and causing more problem for himself. Also, there was a certain man who was told to come and bury charms in MFM and he accepted. All he did was to accept. He had not even come when trouble started until he was brought to the same MFM.
In a nutshell, every goodness of man has a spiritual representative and once this spiritual representative is caged, trapped, buried or imprisoned in the graveyard, that is the end.
In Matthew 10, Jesus gave His disciples matching orders. Verse 8 says, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” So when you go to a prophet and he asks you for money, you should know immediately that he did not receive his power from Jesus because Jesus says, “Freely ye receive, freely give.” Verse 11 says, “And into whatsoever city ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till you go thence. And when you come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.” It means that peace is an entity that can be transferred, given out or withdrawn. It is like that for everything, whether it is money, husband, wife, children, etc. They can be captured and buried spiritually. So, although they are around, they will not be available. You must recognize as a reality the fact that once a matter is settled spiritually, the physical has no option but to toe the line of the spiritual. When something has been buried or in other words, put in the grave, the thing is said to be committed to mother earth. Whatever happens, anything that is buried is not easily available again. That is why we talk about witchcraft burial. When witchcraft powers bury a person’s clock, they deal with his time. The person will become a vagabond moving about without direction. If they bury the person’s purse, his finances will be in trouble. If they bury the person’s wedding ring, problem would start with the person’s marriage. They take significant things like that. I have seen cases, when on a wedding morning, a bride ran to the man of God and said that she could not find her right shoes. It had been stolen. What were they going to do with it? They would bury it.
There are satanic agents who call people’s names into materials and bury them. Sometime ago, a lady led some people and I to a place where she dug out the picture of a wedding. She said, “Will God forgive me now that I have given it to you?” I asked her what she did to the couple and she said, “We separated them. The wife is in South Africa while the husband is in Russia.” People construct artificial coffins for people and speak words against them to the coffins or put materials from them into the coffins and bury them. The people then become walking corpses. When this happens, hospitals become useless to you.
Many years ago, in my former church, we got to church one morning and found a big charm inside the church. Some people saw it and ran away. But thank God there were some people there who understood what they believed. They took the thing up and said, “Holy Spirit, look at this useless material that was dropped here. We would have destroyed it and kept quiet, but let us teach those who dropped it some lessons. Therefore, let the angels of the living God take the charm and conduct a reverse burial.” Shortly after, those who buried it surfaced when they could no longer bear the fire. If as you are reading this message, you know that you have buried things on the instructions of a herbalist, witchdoctor or fake prophet, you might have done it in ignorance but the devil knew what he was doing. You might have been tricked into burying things that belonged to you with your own hands. Perhaps, it was a cow or some other materials. What they did was that the night before you buried the cow or whatever, they came and smuggled your virtue inside the animal and then you buried it with your hands. So they were free because you buried it with your own hands. Some people organize parties where they distribute demonic foods to many people and things will start happening after they have eaten them. I saw wickedness of the highest order when somebody who had almost N10 million in the bank was asked to borrow money from people and bury it in order to bury their finances and add them to his own.
A certain brother was led to the grave in his dream by an angel. The angel struck the grave and shouted the name of someone the brother knew three times and the person came out. The brother withdrew his blessing from the person and that was the end of his problem. It means that even if the person that stole your blessings from you or did evil to you is dead, you can still withdraw your blessing from him or her.
Nothing will work for someone whose virtues are detained by the grave as far as the person is walking on the earth. Things will only work if the person flies in the sky. But as far as his legs make contact with mother earth, nothing will work
There are many things that a lot of believers do not understand that is why the Bible says that the children of this world are wiser in their own ways. There are so many things that are not clear to believers but people of the dark kingdom understand them very well. That is why the Bible says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Many people in Nigeria are just carrying Bible and watching American videos. They say, “We don’t have to pray as hard as this. We don’t believe in this kind of hard prayer.” The problem with such people is that they have been caged. They are not the ones talking. Something is operating demonic logic through them. Without aggressive prayers, you cannot harass these powers. They just stay there and expand.
WHO ARE THOSE DETAINED BY THE POWER OF THE GRAVE?
It is because of this that Jesus had to go into the lower parts of the earth. Ephesians 4: 8 –9 says, “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.” Why did He have to go there? He had to go there because a lot of good things had been buried there. Jesus had to go and set the captives free. He preached to the spirits that were in prison under the earth. That is why one of my favorite passages in the Bible is Revelation 1: 8. It says, “I am he that liveth and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” He has given us that same authority. Only the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ can command the materials seized by the spirits in the grave to come forth like Lazarus and they shall come walking out. Beloved, why don’t you ask for this power to come upon your life?
All the camps of my enemies, receive boiling confusion, in the name of Jesus.
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Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Psalm 74:20: “Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.” This means that there are places on earth that are dark and the Bible recognizes them. The only place on earth that light shines is the church of God. The Bible says, “Ye are the light of the world.” What is done at the dark places of the earth are wickedness and cruelty. It is from the dark places that wicked stones are thrown at the sons of men. In those places, there are no friends, even if you said that you belonged to them, they are still your enemies.
Somebody vomits witchcraft into a woman and pushes her to the market place to confess that she is a witch. The old woman goes to the market and says, “Behold, I have eaten twins and their legs are in my mouth.” And people at the market said, “Abomination.” The same person who put witchcraft into her and sent her to the market place to confess tells his children to pick up stones and stone the woman.
It is a useless activity to serve the devil. If you call yourself a witch, wizard or familiar spirit, you are wasting your life and at the end of the day, you will land in hell. So, it is a senseless thing to do. It is a certificate of destiny demotion. Think about it.
If you are to be a battle-axe for the Lord, you will face a lot of problems. The Bible says that they those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus must suffer persecutions. If you do not want to be a battle axe for the Lord, if you just want to be a mediocre Christian, if you want to warm the benches and be quarrelling with people who sit beside you or even fight people at the car parks to the extent of tearing their clothes, and at the end you say, “amen,” no problem. But know that at the end of the day, you will go to hell fire, the home of unprofitable servants.
Personally, I have faced many problems in my life, but I overcame them all. You cannot become God’s general without confronting adversity and afflictions. You cannot become a world general without fighting any war. Afflictions and adversity have no friends. Adversity is that unwanted enemy who continues to knock at our door in the middle of the night calling us again and again to come and fight.
Somebody was tired of reading stories in the newspapers, which he called bad news. So, he decided to publish his own newspaper to carry only “good news.” But to his amazement, people were not buying it and within a short time the newspaper folded up.
The news media, you would find out, specialized in publishing pains and adversity. They know that people are ready to read them, to feed themselves on negative sensational painful news. For example, the caption, “Girl burns herself to death after she was jilted by a boyfriend,” will attract the attention of many people. But a headline such as, “Man celebrates 90th birthday,” would not have such an effect. Many people would say, “Eh, this one should die and go.” The devil is cleverly feeding the whole world with the negatives. If you want to run an advert that will attract the attention of many people, just put a naked woman in it and you would succeed. The message will sink in their brain because the devil has programmed women like that.
However, in spite of the adversities, we have a promise that we are conquerors. Isaiah 54:17: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servant of the Lord and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” It does not matter what the weapon is, the Bible says that the prosperity of the weapon shall be withdrawn completely.
Proverbs 28:10: “Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit, but the upright shall have good things in possession.” What the Bible means here is that the enemy will fall into his own pit. Proverbs 26:27: “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.” There is something called boomerang. It is a small stick, when you throw it at a person and it misses its target, it will come back to you who threw it. Proverbs 11:8: “The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.” Ecclesiastes 10:8: “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.”
Some of us are wasting time crying, worrying our brain and calling God a liar. If you study the Bible very well, you will discover one of the principles of the power of God. That principle says, “The weapon formed against the people of God falls back on those who set the force in motion.” Sometime ago, I was praying with a certain sister. Everything was upside down for her. As I was praying, a woman appeared and said, “What is your business in this matter? Why? Is this person your sister? Do you know her before? Why are you wasting your time? Leave her alone. We have not come here to cause trouble. So, you too, don’t cause trouble. Just stop this prayer and let her go.” I continued the prayer and told the sister what I saw. Thereafter, she went home and the following week somebody died. It was the woman that appeared to me while I was praying for her.
The weapons formed against the people of God often fall back on those who form them. I can give you various testimonies on that. When I was an undergraduate we were going to have an examination on Chemistry. I had two note books on that course. Life was not as easy as it is now. In those days, examinations were taken more seriously than is the case now. At the end of the year, you would be tested on all you were taught throughout the year. If you fail, you will repeat the class. It was unlike now, that questions are broken into pieces and people are still failing, or they claim to be sick when the examination time draws close. All examinations were done in June. Somebody stole one of my note books, the one I needed most and no student agreed to give me his note book. I went home very sad, but I heard a voice from the Holy Spirit saying, “You still have one note book, don’t you remember?” I said, “Yes.” The voice said, “Read that one.” It didn’t take me up to two hours to read the notebook l had with me but I was still worried about the stolen one, until I got to the examination hall. There was not a question from the big notebook that was stolen. So, all the person who stole it did for me was to allow me to concentrate on where the questions would come from, and I am sure he would have wasted his time studying the notebook that he stole and eventually he would have failed.
Somebody, who was very close to me and has gone to be with the Lord now, was sitting in his sitting room and one day, without knocking at the door, a demon-idol entered. Such a thing may be strange to some people, but in some places it is a normal fighting spirit seen often. This demon-idol walked up to this man and called him by his full names, including the ones nobody usually called him. It said, “I have been sent to you.” And before this man could move, the idol struck his right hand with the big stick in its hand and the hand became paralyzed instantly. The idol walked out slowly and disappeared. Such spirits are never in a hurry. The man was a child of God but did not have enough knowledge. So, all he could do was to grab a bottle of water by his side prayed on it and poured it on his hand and the hand became normal again. The demon-idol came back another time because the first time it came, the man did not deal with it thoroughly. It was allowed the second chance to fight.
The case of one sister was different. The enemy sent a similar demon to her but as it announced its name and said, “I have been sent to beat you,” the sister said, “Are you sure you are at the right address? I command you to stand at attention, in Jesus’ name.” The thing stood attention and the sister said, “Take your big stick and begin to beat yourself according to what is written in the Bible that “no weapon formed against me shall prosper but it shall prosper in the camp of the enemy.” The demon-idol beat itself until it smashed its head and disappeared. After that five people died in the sister’s village, including the chief priest, and they never sent another demon-idol to her. What I am saying is that what shall be your deliverance shall bring doom to your enemies. That is God’s principle. The same Red Sea which brought deliverance to the Israelites, brought destruction to the Egyptians. The pillar of fire which gave light to the Israelites gave darkness to the Egyptians. The night which brought deliverance and joy to the children of Israel also brought lamentation and tragedy to Egypt. The den of lions through which Daniel moved into promotion brought disgraceful termination of his opponents.
Say this loud and clear, “My problem shall become my promotion, in the name of Jesus.”
The fiery furnace which was air-conditioner for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego killed those who threw them into the furnace. Glory be to the name of the Lord. That which is life to you will kill your enemy. The sword with which Goliath meant to cut off the head of David was eventually used to cut off his own head. All the credentials of Goliath did not scare David. In fact, looking at him, David was not impressed. David said, “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” The same force that the enemy has created to destroy will as a matter of necessity destroy the enemy. The arrow fired by Joseph’s brethren got back to them even though it took a long time, in 15 years Joseph sold into slavery and expected to have been dead became their lord.
As somebody uses his biro and paper to deal with you, the same biro and paper shall deal with him. The Syrian soldiers who came to Dothan to take Elisha were the ones taken captive. The Bible tells us that the wicked are always firing stones and arrows at the righteous but glory be to God that all the stones and arrows can be forced to go back to them.
The Bible talks about the fiery darts of the enemy. The spiritual world is fashioned in such a way that once a bad thing has been initiated there, it must happen to somebody. It is the same thing with God. Isaiah 55:11: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but is shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereunto I sent it.” If God says that somebody should go and receive blessing at a service and the person happens not to come to church, or he is sleeping, that blessing will not go back to God, it will look for somebody else and give it to him. When the enemy programmes death into a child of God, God will do a simple substitution, the righteous is removed from trouble and the wicked is used as a replacement.
MANY THINGS FIRED AT CHRISTIANS THESE DAYS INCLUDE:
THE GREATEST SPIRITUAL SPY
The greatest spiritual spy that reports us to the camp of the enemy is fear. Fear reveals our strength and weakness to the enemy. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind.” A believer should be free from fear at all times and under all circumstances. When fear occupies your heart, you make yourself a subject of arrows and stones of the enemy. The enemy, with the help of his scanning machine, would see fear in you and know that all the prayer points you are calling are out of the heart of fear. That spirit of fear will show itself. That is why it is often said that the most common demon in the whole world is fear.
ARROWS OF THE LATTER DAYS
Many weapons and arrows are used against people these days. Some people are choked on their beds and they find it difficult to breath. Some people hear voices asking them to do strange things. The kind of sin they did not commit before they became born-again would become easy for them because the strange voice urges them to do it.
It is like a sister who on her bed suddenly heard, “Daughter, rise up,” and she got up naked at midnight. Her husband and the children did not wake up. She passed through the sitting room and walked into the street. However, as she was going, she suddenly heard another voice which said, “But the daughter of God does not run mad, go back home.” It was then that her eyes cleared, she saw that she was in the street and she went back home. When she entered, she woke her husband up and told him what happened and he could not believe that she walked out naked. But she actually did.
Some people hear voices from the spirit world. Many just pray short prayers and sleep. You should be giving testimonies if you know what some people face everyday. It could be the arrow of sudden depression. When it comes upon a happy person, all of a sudden the joy of the Lord disappears. It could be a paralytic wind. We have people blown by that wind who come for deliverance. They could be in front of their houses and a small breeze blows upon them and they just suffer paralysis. Until that evil wind comes out, they will remain paralysed. It could be a cold chill at night. The room could be hot and all of a sudden becomes cold and before you know it, the heat clears away. It is the stone pf the wicked. It could be a heavy head. It could be things moving all over the body. These are arrows of the latter days. Somebody could be eating food and all of a sudden he sees a strange item in the food which could be a very big insect or a cockroach.
When weapons are set in motion against the children of God, as a matter of necessity the weapons fall back upon the forces that set them in motion. People’s hair or part of their body could be cut off. Spiritual or physical snakes could be sent to somebody, these are wicked arrows. A sister working in an office gave a testimony. Somebody told her that if she got promoted to a particular post she would not live to enjoy it. She thought it was a joke. One morning, as she was drinking tea, she perceived something cold on her legs and by the time she looked, it was a big snake. She called in her messenger, who was a huge and strong man. When he entered and saw the serpent already winding around her legs, he ran out and at that stage the woman knew that she was on her own. Then she prayed one prayer point: “You evil serpent, be electrocuted, in Jesus’ name.” As she prayed it, suddenly she saw fear in the snake which shortly stretched out and died. If that sister did not know what to do, she would have died and be forgotten now. It could be heat in the head. Do not take it lightly and say that it will go. Even if it would go, deal with it first. There is no harm in doing that.
Feeding people in the dream with what they would not ordinarily eat is also a wicked stone. Women having affairs with men in the dream is an arrow of the wicked. Receiving emergency false message from home, that somebody is dying, only to be told on your getting there that nobody is dying and they tell you that they have not seen you for a very long time and it is the only method they can bring you home, is an arrow of the wicked. You need to pray against it.
When a person begins to see coffin in the dream, it signifies the spirit of death. The enemies are sending the person to the grave. You really need to pray seriously if you have that kind of dream. When anything at all comes upon you and you want to shout for help to Jesus in your dream and you cannot shout, or you are not able to pray or fight against the thing, it is a wicked stone. Anything that does not allow you to have the consciousness to shout Jesus when you are under satanic attack in a dream is a wicked stone. It must go back to the sender. Some people dream and see themselves picking eggs in the dream and eating them. The meaning of that is that they are putting incurable diseases in their body. Such people really need to stand up and do something quick. If you dream of flood carrying away your property, send back the flood to where it came from. If somebody sees herself doing wedding with a strange person in the dream, she needs to destroy that church where she found herself and send fire to the bridegroom or bride. If somebody dreams that his hat or cap was flying away or that his dress was being removed and he found himself or herself naked, he or she needs to pray against the spirit of disgrace. The enemy is using many things like that to harass the people of God. You must learn to take action because the Bible says, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.”
If you are attacked, do not panic. If you do and you expose your situation or announce yourself to the unbelievers around you they will not offer you any useful advice. They may only re-arrange your problem and you have more problems. Do not be afraid, because you know what the Bible says in Psalm 23:4: “Yea, though, I walk through the valley of shadow of death I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.”
This is how to deal with the stones of the wicked. When the enemy throws a stone at you and it goes back to his camp, then he will know that our God is the Almighty.
1. I break the law of sin and death upon my life, in Jesus’ name.
2. O Lord, heal my waters and my bread, in Jesus’ name.
3. Satanic garments, tear away from my body and be cast into the sea, in Jesus’ name.
4. Oppression, be shifted away from my foundation, in Jesus’ name.
5. O Lord, you promise to take away evil plantation from my life, therefore, take it away, in Jesus’ name.
6. O Lord, command men on my behalf, in Jesus’ name.
7. Every wind of darkness, fade away by fire, in Jesus’ name.
8. Every arrow fired against me and my family, backfire, in Jesus’ name.
9. Every arrow fashioned against my destiny, backfire, in Jesus’ name.
10. (Grip your head with your two hands and pray like this): I fire back every arrow of the enemy fired into my head, in Jesus’ name.
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THE DANGEROUS SLEEP
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
One of the places that man suffers his major defeat is in the bed. The sudden trouble of a lot of people started on their beds. One wonderful thing that God can do for you in life is to give you power over the battle of the bed. When you win that battle you will start moving the way God wants you to move. You will not become a prayer warrior if you are still in the bondage of the bed. You will not be useful to the Almighty if the bed is still your cell. You will not become anything powerful to the Almighty if you spend too long a time on your bed.
I read the story of a man who died at the age of 75. He spent almost 25 years sleeping and about six months praying, out of 75 years. It is clear that the fellow had gone to hell fire. He spent one-third of his life sleeping. If you are still caged by the bed then you cannot make any headway spiritually. The major spiritual battles that many people won in their lives were won after midnight.
Matthew 13:25: “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares, among the wheat, and went his way.”
The enemy does not come to entertain. Sometimes, we start firing at the enemy when he had already planted his evil seed and is gone. We start firing when the destruction has already been done. Sometime ago, a friend of mine boarded a vehicle to Lagos from somewhere in the eastern part of the country. He sat beside the driver and as they were going he noticed that the driver was dozing. He told him to park the vehicle and sleep for a while before continuing on the journey, to avoid an accident. But the driver abused him and told him that he was not sleeping. He slept off again and before they knew it, they had ended up in a pit. The accident occurred because the driver was sleeping but did not admit he was doing so, like many people would do. Some people allow the spirit of slumber to operate their spiritual life. Today, they are awake and tomorrow they are asleep. Witches and powers of darkness look at many of us in amazement because they don’t sleep. They don’t need coffee to remain awake. I know of a fellow, a child of the devil, who decided to hold night vigils against a person for one month. For the one month, from midnight to 3.00 am, he was cursing the man. The person being cursed was busy sleeping until he started seeing himself walking into a coffin.
Please, at this juncture I would like you to pray like this: “You the powers of the night, my life is not your candidate, in the name of Jesus.” If you are the kind of person who sleeps so heavily that you cannot wake up at the first tap, you need deliverance, because it means you are going deep down and to the level that anything could happen to your spirit man. If your spirit man can sleep that far, there is a problem.
Romans 13:11 “And that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”
Paul said they were sleeping and had to wake up. If physical sleep is very bad what about spiritual sleep?
Sleep is a period of rest during which the sleeper loses the awareness of his surroundings. So, the danger in sleep is the loss of awareness. The elder brother of sleep is what medical people call “coma.” Some people are in spiritual coma. Messages and prayer do not worth anything to them. They may be at church service but would not hear what the preacher is saying because they are already dead spiritually even though they are alive physically.
When you lose the battle of the bed, you lose all battles. Satan has destroyed so many good things because of sleep. When you are addicted to sleep physically it is bad, but it is even worse when it is transferred to the spirit man. Sleep gives the enemy a chance to sow tares. While men sleep, many human tragedies occur. For example, fire, hurricane and tornadoes sweeping homes and cities away sometimes before the victims wake up. So, sleep is a time of insecurities, you cannot protect yourself at that time. It is a time of inactivity and a time of delusion when you assume that all is right only for you to wake up to see a great change. So, we need to be aware of the dangers of spiritual slumber. Great changes may occur for the enemy would be at work.
Please, take this prayer points: “Every seed of the power of the night, roast, in the name of Jesus.”
The Bible categorizes spiritual sleep into many classes. We will look at some of them. This will help you to know whether you are awake or not. The fact that somebody’s eyes are open does not mean that he is not sleeping spiritually. 1. The sleep of Jonah: Jonah 1:5-6 : “Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.”
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SLEEP OF JONAH
2. The sleep of the apostle and the sleep of the disciple: What is the nature of the sleep of the disciples? It is the sleep of weariness. Mark 14:37 says, “And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? Couldest not thou watch one hour?” He first called him Peter and later called him Simon. There is a difference between the two names. Peter means rock while Simon means reed. Anytime Peter began to do a slow motion in the Bible, Jesus would not call him Peter, He would say Simon. And when he was doing well, He would call him Peter.
Today, people are exhausted and weighed down, and their senses are dumb spiritually. There is a need to be watchful, for the enemy will attack when we least expect. While righteous men sleep, the enemy does not sleep. The Bible says, “Be sober, be vigilant for the devil, your adversary walketh about seeking whom he may devour.” Evil lurks in every corner when the righteous people are weary. The disciples slept the sleep of weariness and we see where it landed them.
3. The sleep of Samson: It is very sad to know that many men are sleeping the sleep of Samson. They leave their wives at home and locate a local Delilah somewhere and are sleeping there. To worsen their case, their friends who will come and smoke cigarette at their funeral are encouraging them to die. Samson, whose birth was prophesied by an angel, a supernatural man, could not withstand the lap of Delilah.
Judges 16:19: “And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.” The seven locks of head stand for perfection.
WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE SLEEP OF SAMSON? It is the sleep of presumption. That is the spirit of “I can handle it, no problem,” the spirit of over-confidence. Samson knew that he was in danger for Delilah was after the secret of His power, but he could not help himself. Delilah made him to sleep on her knees and she cut off his hair. When he awoke due to the cry of the Philistines, he said, “I will go out like other times.” But the Bible says that he did not know that the Lord had departed from him. He was surprised that day because he had presumed that everything was still okay. Then his eyes were pulled out and he was made to grind pepper in the mill of the enemy. It is wrong to presume that you are safe and therefore place yourself in danger. One day, you may wake up and find that the Lord has departed from you.
4. The sleep of the sluggard: A person who will sit for exams and is sleeping eight hours everyday will end up a failure. Proverb 24:30-34: “I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding, and lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well. I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep; so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”
5. The sleep of Eutychus: Act 20:7-12: “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep; and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third floor, and was taken up dead. And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, trouble not yourselves, for his life is in him. When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.”
6. The sleep of the foolish virgins: We have their story in Matthew 25. They did not have sufficient oil in their lamps and yet they were sleeping.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHETHER YOU ARE ALREADY DEEP IN SPIRITUAL SLEEP?
1. When prayer ceases to be a priority to you.
2. When you become content with the spiritual knowledge that you have already acquired.
3. When your biblical knowledge is not applied inwardly. You just go to church, hear the message and read the Bible but you cannot apply them inwardly. They have no effect on your thought life or on your way of life.
4. When thoughts about heaven and eternity cease to be regular in your life. You don’t think about heaven. It does not cross your mind that this world is not a permanent place. You are only concerned about material wealth. It is a sign of spiritual slumber. You forget that our period on earth is temporary, that very soon all you have acquired in this world would become raw materials for fire.
5. When services in the house of God hold no delight for you. You are not interested in what goes on there.
6. When spiritual discussion becomes a source of embarrassment to you. For example, in your office, talking about Jesus or spiritual things becomes highly embarrassing because you know that those around will certainly know that you are not behaving like a Christian.
7. When things like leisure, sports, recreation, entertainment, etc. take a large part of your time, sleep has crept in and if you don’t wake, up the enemy will come and sow tares or lay eggs if they have not already done so.
8. When you commit the sin of the mind and body without your conscience pricking you.
9. When the aspiration for holiness is no longer paramount in your heart. When you look for Scriptures to back up your unholy behaviour, you know the truth but you are running away from it. People can always recognize the truth when they see it and they can always know when they are trying to wriggle away from the blunt truth. The truth may be bitter and unpalatable but it is very stubborn. No matter what you do to it, it will stand looking at you. If you knock it down, it will stand. You throw it away, it will stand. You bury it, it will come up. It is very stubborn. It may take time to manifest, but it must manifest.
10. When acquisition of worldly material is the major part of your thinking.
11. When you are singing Christian songs and chanting Christian words just from the lips and not from the heart. Surrendering to Jesus, only what is convenient is a sign of spiritual slumber.
12. Taking the Lord’s name in vain shows that you are sleeping. You talk about the Lord as if He was your houseboy. Saying that He has spoken something when He has not spoken: you did not receive a revelation and you say you did.
13. Watching dirty movies and T.V shows and reading impure literature is a sign that you have already slept. A lot of people can stay glued to the T.V for hours without sleeping but immediately you say, “Let us pray” they sleep off.
14. When with the slightest excuse you avoid spiritual duties, you have slept.
15. When you are contended with your lack of spiritual power and you no longer seek power from high. The first key to spiritual power is lack of rest in your soul because you are not satisfied with your present level.
16. When you pardon your sin and your laziness by saying that God understands, you are spiritually sleeping.
17. When you as a Christian can easily adjust to the life style of the world. You dress differently to church and differently outside. It is a sign that you are spiritually asleep. If you still crack dirty jokes with unbelievers, or they feel at ease in your company to do whatever they like, then you are asleep. The correct position is that they should find it very difficult to do or say certain things before you.
18. When you are willing to cheat your employer, you have slept.
Today, my cry to God for you is that you will wake up like Paul said. Paul was not talking to unbelievers. He was talking to Christians. He said, “Awake thou that sleepest and Christ has shown you light.” So, it is time to awake from our sleep because now is our salvation nearer than it was before. Do not waste time clearing the evil eggs that the enemy has laid in your life while you were sleeping. The time you should do useful things for the Lord, you are busy using it to do deliverance for what happened to you while you were sleeping. It is better to be awake and pursue the enemy right into their gates. This is a serious matter and must be tackled aggressively.
1. O Lord, wake me up from every spiritual sleep, in the name of Jesus.
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Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Beloved, we are considering a message entitled, “Holy Rebellion.”
Sometime ago, a relative of mine brought a girl who had just arrived from the village to my house. The first night, she talked throughout in her sleep. I got angry in my spirit that day but I had to keep quiet as a matter of courtesy since that was her first night. The following morning, I confronted her and told her that if she dared have any conversation in her sleep again, both herself and her invisible partner would be imprisoned and caged. Behold, that particular night, she did not make a single sound while she slept. But by the following morning, she carried her things and left. My warning destabilized her.
The apostles of old had cause to report some people to God: They said, “O Lord, behold their threatening.” Many of us reading this message have been threatened in the past while some are now living under the threat of their enemies. What a big insult to the children of the living God to be living under such a condition. Therefore, I want you to get angry in your spirit and fire these arrows before you read further:
I destablise every witch or wizard warring against my life, in the name of Jesus.
Let every serpent dispatched against me begin to bite itself, in the name of Jesus.
Every enemy of my breakthrough, become blind, in the name of Jesus.
1 Samuel 17:38-40: “And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand; and he drew near to the Philistine.”
WHAT ARE THE FORCES OF THE PHILISTINES?
We have modern-day Philistines. They are the forces threatening the people of God, harassing them and vowing to cause tragedies in their lives. They are not hiding their evil intentions. They say it openly just as Goliath was an open enemy. Verses 41-46: “And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take off thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”
What David did at the battlefront could be called holy rebellion. After all, his mission at the war front was to deliver food to his elder brothers. But when he got there and saw someone boasting and threatening the Israelites, he began to ask questions: “Who is this man threatening the armies of the living God?” He carried out a holy rebellion and what happened? Goliath fell. The man had a big head and a big sword too. David therefore took the sword of Goliath and with it cut off the head of Goliath. This means that the weapon that the enemies have fashioned against you shall be used against them, in Jesus’ name.
Difficult circumstances are a fact of life and there is no human being that can ever be useful without passing through some obstacles. Jesus Himself had to pass through the cross to receive glory and honour. The Bible says that He was despised, forsaken and counted unworthy to live. He was a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief. His face was not an object that anyone would like to look at because it was badly spoilt. They plucked His beard. He passed through agony while on His way to receive glory and honour. Inquire from anointed men of God and talk to people who have achieved something for God and they will tell you stories of what they have passed through.
I can never stop getting amazed at the story of Elisha. Here was a man who followed Elijah and they worked together for sometime. The first thing that would surprise a careful student of the Bible is the fact that there were many students in the school of the prophets, how come at the crucial stage of Elijah’s ministry, the only person he could see was Elisha? There must have been something special about him. He followed his master to the end. When they passed through Gilgal, Elijah asked him to wait there for him but he said, “No. As the Lord lives, where you go, I go. I am not waiting.” As they got to Bethel, Elijah again asked him to wait but he refused; and on getting to Jericho, when Elijah saw that Elisha was going to carry out a holy rebellion and was not going to let him go, he asked what he wanted from him. If Elisha had turned back in Gilgal, there would have been no opportunity for Elijah to ask him that question. You may say that he was stubborn but he knew what he was looking for. When eventually he told his master that he wanted a double-portion of his anointing, his master said, “You have asked for a hard thing. However, if you were able to see me when I was being taken away, it shall be so; otherwise, the request cannot be met.” Elisha’s final examination was to be able to see Elijah on the heavenly chariot physically and he saw him. I am convinced in my spirit that prior to that day, Elisha must have stopped eating for days because he did not want to miss that golden opportunity. He had holy rebellion inside his blood. When the chariot came, he saw it and screamed, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof.” He took a further step of rebellion by not sitting by to watch the chariot; rather he held on to his master and got part of his garment. Holy rebellion.
If you are a minister with a compassionate heart, sometimes you find that people are going through unbearable things. When you hear or see the agonies some people are passing through, you will thank God for your own situation. Oftentimes, many would soak ‘gari’ (cassava meal) in water and drink it with some groundnuts and they would not have health problems, yet they would complain of being poor. But there are thousands of people who dare not put one spoon of gari in their mouths, if they do, they will land in a hospital.
Beloved, many people have serious problems. What do you make of that man whose wife asked for money for soup and he said he did not have. The next thing the woman did was to take a whip and beat him twice. From that day, he lost his mind and started dancing in the streets. People who did not know the genesis of his problems would not know what he was passing through. There are problems but Psalm 34:19: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” It did not say few are these afflictions but many, yet the Lord delivers him out of them all. Verse 20 goes further to say, “He keepeth all his bones; not one of them is broken.” In essence, the Bible is reawakening that consciousness in us again, that there would be opposition and obstacles but at the same time there would be deliverance for God’s children. It does not matter how long the problem has existed or what medical doctors have diagnosed. I read an article in an international magazine in which it is mentioned that scientists have discovered that prayer is a form of medicine. A medical doctor who had one particular patient in the ward with his two lungs already eaten up by cancer, said that by his knowledge, that patient was not supposed to live for more than two weeks but he noticed that everyday, his church members gathered around him to sing and pray. In his anger, he had suggested to them to start practicing songs for his funeral instead of wasting their time praying. He said that surprisingly, the man did not die and the way he got out of that sickness beat his medical knowledge. One year after, when the man paid him a visit, he decided to carry out a research on prayer as medicine. He did the work in a hospital where about 300 patients were on admission. The names of some of them were listed without mentioning their ailments and some were passed to a church for prayers. They picked them at random. After six months, they checked the records and found that only about 20 per cent of those they did not pray for died while 75 per cent of those that were prayed for lived. When the man found out that more people recovered on the prayer list, he was convinced about the power of prayer.
Some people cry everyday because of their problems. They forget that many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him from them all. The only person who can prevent you from being delivered from them all is not the devil, neither is it your pastor, nor your enemies, but yourself. So, whatever circumstance you are facing, the way you respond to it will determine whether you will be delivered or not. If you decide to respond by exercising holy rebellion, you will get out of it. It may not come quite easily but you will get out.
The circumstances or whatever you face can either make you a better person or a very bitter person. It can either make you or mar you. Nothing can break those who exercise holy rebellion. What the devil wants people to be doing is to be crying everyday while his demons dance to the music of the crying and weeping. Psalms 92:12: “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” What does this mean? We shall be able to understand this question by taking a closer look at the life of a palm tree. In the Bible, the palm tree is a symbol for victory. Revelation 7: 9: “After this, I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.” John 12:12-13: “On the next day, much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna; Blessed is the king of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” That was a day of victory.
WHY IS THE PALM TREE SO IMPORTANT?
Scientists tell us that it has a lot of uses. For example, the fruit is the daily food for millions. What people call palm-wine is from the palm tree. Fresh palm-wine that is dropping from the palm tree is not intoxicating. It becomes intoxicating when it is stored and fermented. It is then that it begins to do the evil work. The fresh palm-wine from the tree does not contain alcohol and is very sweet but when human beings want to destroy themselves they store it to turn it into a chemical. It is the same thing with all God’s creation. Human beings are the ones who turn a useful thing into something harmful. The seed from the palm tree is used to produce animal feed for so many animals. Those who went to traditional schools know that ropes can be made from the palm leaf raffia. Part of it is also used to make brooms. The trunk is a valuable timber. Palm oil, palm kernel and coconut come from the palm tree. The wonderful thing about the tree is that although it stands with its feet inside undrinkable waters and with its head in the sun, yet men can drink the sweetest juice from it, eat the sweet coconut from it and get some other useful products from it. Therefore, the palm tree through its inner life can change the elements in the bad soil so that it can minister growth and strength to it and it will bear fruit. The righteous is likened unto it. It means that even though you and I have our feet or root in various unfavourable environments and situations, or come from a family of cannibals or from a place where anybody who builds a house dies, or we come from an environment of bitterness and discouragement, the Bible says we are like the palm tree. In spite of all odds, we should grow and grow strong. We reject the evil and assimilate the good.
Many modern-day Christians are suffering from spiritual diabetes, too much sugar. They prefer the couch to the cross. They want to see the ladder descend from heaven like it did to Jacob but they are not interested in putting their heads on the pillow of stone. They want to put their heads on nice foam pillows and they want the ladder of heaven. So, when they have a problem or encounter an obstacle, they make a big show of it. A lot of parents have pampered their children unto failure because they don’t understand that that which makes a person great is that which hinders him. Psalm 66:9-12: “Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved. For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.” We have to pass through all these rough roads that the Bible has mentioned before God can put us in a wealthy place.
Before anyone can become anything in life, one way or the other, he or she must have been kicked around, discouraged and oppressed. There is no easy way to winning a crown. Some people say that they want to grow and become powerful but when they are tried, they fail. God tries you with one problem or the other to see how you stand. If He discovers that you fail or you are unable to withstand the stress of the test, He may withhold the power. Therefore, the land of opposition is the land of opportunity. The food of victory is unfavourable circumstances. So, all the problems you think you are facing now should be seen as an opportunity to grow unto maturity. They should be seen as an opportunity for you to advertise God’s power in your life.
We have a Deliverer who is monitoring our lives and He will not test you beyond what you can carry. The world as it stands, is managed by God who is the greatest designer. He is the great Lord of lords. If you believe that this God is your Father, then you are stronger than any terrible circumstances and obstacles. When you face an obstacle, your purpose as somebody who is reigning like a king should be to make the obstacle your servant. Don’t make your obstacle your master for too long. Unbelief makes many people to be slaves to their obstacles and problems. Always believe that you are the master of your problem. As you grow older in faith, are you becoming better or are you allowing the enemy to blackmail you? There is the story of Ayo and Ojo who were in the boarding house. They were put in care of a teacher. In those days when you were in the boarding house and they put you in the teacher’s house, you are in trouble because as far as the teacher was concerned, anything short of first position would not do. Ayo and Ojo were supposed to look after the ducks owned by the teacher. One day, Ayo mistakenly killed a duck. He decided to eat the duck as a way of hiding the mistake. His morning work was to sweep the whole of the sitting room, clean the kitchen, wash the plates, warm the soup and dress his master’s children for school before he would get ready for school. The work of Ojo was to make sure that the grasses around the house were well cut and the flowers were all watered. The first day after Ayo ate the duck, he woke up at 6 a.m. and woke Ojo up. But Ojo told him that he would wake up by 7 a.m. and that Ayo should make sure he helped him with his morning work if not he would tell their master that he killed a duck. From then on, Ojo did nothing. Ayo was doing all the work and was growing lean. Sometimes, when they were served their meals, Ojo would eat all the meat. When the teacher noticed that Ayo was getting lean, he asked him what the problem was. Ayo denied having any problem but one day, he could no longer bear it so he went to confess to his master and asked for forgiveness. The master asked him how long ago he killed the duck and he said, “Nine months ago.” The master said, “Don’t worry. I have forgiven you.” So, Ayo slept happily for the first time in nine months. The following morning, Ojo who did not know that Ayo had sorted himself out woke him up as usual and said, “Have you forgotten that you killed a duck?” Ayo told him to go ahead and report. This is how problem blackmails many people. It just dictates their lives for them. Until you carry out a spiritual rebellion against an obstacle, it will continue to blackmail and harass you.
There is also negative rebellion. One day in my school days, some of my colleagues decided to stage a coup against one student-teacher. My protests did not count as I was voted out. In those days, when student-teachers go for teaching practice, their inspectors sometimes stood by the window to observe how they went about their work. The observer this time was a white man. The mischievous students got ready for this teacher. They were following the lesson and co-operating with the teacher until the white man turned up and they carried out their plan. The teacher said, “Boys, my boss is by the door, you stand up and greet him.” None of them stood up. He asked, “Are you deaf?” One of them said, “Your father is deaf.” He felt insulted and took a whip and said, “Stand up all of you.” The first boy he tried to beat took the whip from him, cut it to pieces and ran away. The rest ran out to call the principal. Before the principal came they had started to sing, “We don’t want him, he should go. All we are saying is he must go.” That is what we call demonic rebellion. We are not talking about this type of rebellion but one targeted at satanic works.
When you are constantly getting worried about a particular problem it shows that you are the servant of the problem not his master. If you are feeling that the situation will never come to an end then you become the servant of the problem. If the problem becomes your major pre-occupation and is ordering you around like a military officer it has become the master. If it takes away your happiness then it has become the master. If you are ready to try ungodly things, the problem has become your master. Some people come for prayers and when the desired solution does not come as envisaged, they backslide. The truth is that the problem has become their master and they the servants. When a problem is allowed to dominate the mind, it will paralyse one’s prayer life and make the person an obedient servant for it will then start dictating all sorts of commands to the person.
You have to carry out a spiritual coup today, overthrow the king in charge of the problem by disagreeing with an obstacle you have been agreeing with for long.
THE WAY OUT
Rebel against the obstacle with the word of God and prayer. Decide that it is not going to push you around any longer; instead you will be pushing it all over. One thing some people don’t know about the devil is how to resist him. The Bible says, “Resist the devil and it shall flee from you.” You will not recognise that the devil is a coward until you resist him and you will be amazed at seeing him run away.
Take your mind completely off the problem; kick the thought of it out of your mind anytime it tries to come back. Replace it with the thoughts of the Scriptures.
Treat the obstacle like a dog without teeth by telling it that the Lord has defeated it on the cross.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Do not let any moment of sadness cross your spirit.
Fill your spirit with the word of God: this is how you can turn the obstacle to your servant now.
Avoid faithless people who talk failure and discouragement because they will drag you further down.
Make positive confessions everyday.
Rebel aggressively against the problem, putting your faith into full use.
Faith without works, they say is death. So, you must put your faith to work. Faith says I am going to fight this battle and I will return. Faith also says, it is well. So, when you really have faith you would have won the fight before starting. David killed Goliath before he slew him. How did he do that? He said to him, “You come against me in the name of your gods but I come against you in the name of God of hosts. He exercised his faith.
So, I ask you a question: Are you reigning in life as a king according to Romans 5:17 which says “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one, much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”. Or have you allowed your life to be fully overtaken by problems? Wake up and challenge the problem. Say no to its continual existence in your life and carry out a holy rebellion. You will succeed, in Jesus’ name.
1. I challenge all obstacles before me to be dismantled, in Jesus’ name.
2. All unprofitable trees growing in my life, be uprooted by fire, in the name of Jesus.
3. I breathe in the healing power of God. (When you say it three times you take a deep breath into your system. Do it in faith and as you are breathing out, infirmities will go back to the sender, in the name of Jesus.)
4. I reject every spirit of error, in the name of Jesus.
5. I refuse to fail in every area of my life, in Jesus’ name.
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Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Beloved, you are not in this world by accident as there is a divine purpose for your creation. Eventually, we all shall give account of what we have done with our lives. I want you to read our message for this week prayerfully and as you do so, the Lord will open your eyes to areas in your life that need urgent surgical operations.
Let us start by reading the gospel according to St. Luke 13: 6- 9:
“He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.” The Bible says, “Buy the truth and sell it not.” The Bible also says,
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” (John 8:32).
I would like you to meditate on these Scriptures.
Truth is very stubborn. You can do whatever you like to with it and it will still stand because it is the truth. It is also very expensive and unfortunately, becoming scarce commodity even in the house of God. It is gradually becoming a rare commodity even in the lives of born again Christians. Lies, it is said, may dominate for years but when the truth comes it breaks them into irreparable pieces. Until you call a particular thing what God calls it, you are still joking.
Brother Stephen in the Bible was dragged before the Jewish people to defend himself, being accused of preaching against the temple and wanting to change Moses’ laws. With boldness he told them the truth by calling them what they really were, “stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart whose forefathers specialized in persecuting prophets.” They became mad.
Acts 7:54: “When they heard these things they were cut to the heart and they gnashed on him with their teeth.”
When you come to the house of God and hear the truth, it should yield fruit in your life. It is possible for you to love the truth but it is only when you do it that it will set you free. There is nothing like half truth. It is lie as far as the Bible is concerned.
Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
The best insecticide against error is the truth hence the common saying that truth is always bitter. Right now if you can locate any falsehood in your life you need to talk to the Lord, ask Him to flush out every falsehood in your life, in Jesus’ name.
A certain woman was rushed to me and said her husband had just thrown out her belongings and asked her to go and that he had also burnt her passport. She gave a catalogue of the man’s wickedness and I was moved by the story. I requested that we saw the man together. Shortly before we got to their home, we saw her husband going out, and guess what happened. The woman pointed at him and said, “Doctor, that is him crawling out like a snake.” Then I said, “Sorry, madam, if you can call him a snake in my presence, I wonder what you will call him at my back.” The truth is that it was not the man that was the problem, rather it was the woman’s tongue.
All the secret sins that some of us are committing could be likened to a sleeping dog which will eventually wake up and be seen by everybody. It is difficult to cover a sin for you have to commit another sin to cover the previous one, and as this progresses the devil drags you farther and farther. Samson began to joke with his call, then he began to tell lies. He lied to cover up his former lies until the Spirit of God left him. One man of God said that when the Spirit of God came upon the apostles on the day of Pentecost, there was a sound of a great rushing mighty wind, but that when the Holy Spirit decides to depart from somebody’s life, He would leave quietly. Samson did not know that the Spirit of God had left him at the time he was captured. He had become what we call an empty barrel. And talking about empty barrels, many are found in the house of God today. They are found speaking different languages, shouting, preaching, but as far as God and the devil are concerned they are just empty barrels. Secret sins in a life will constitute the root of many other sins.
Perhaps you have been going to a particular ministry for sometime now. It is good for you to review how profitable that place has been to you. One of the greatest tragedies of life is wasted time, for it is never recovered. Beloved, it is possible for someone to be making a loud noise yet he is saying nothing. Your actions in the church do not really matter. The most important thing is how you react to issues when you get out of the church. The devil will be very stupid to grab you in the house of God, for he knows that he cannot withstand the power of corporate prayers. What is in the temperature of your spiritual life now? Is it the Holy Spirit alone that is pasturing your life? Please, get me right, I am not asking whether you are a pastor, a general overseer or what have you. You may talk about the speck in your brother’s eyes while leaving the log in your own eyes, but know that God Almighty is going to cut you down if you are unproductive.
Why we plant orange trees is because we want it to produce fruits and we will not be happy if the tree is only producing leaves and flowers. God has planted us here to bear spiritual fruits. He is the heavenly Gardener. Recall the earlier passage of Luke 13: 6-9 : “He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree; and find none: cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering, said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it. And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.”
Jesus was displeased because the tree was fruitless so He gave an order to cut it down for it was using the space that a fruitful tree should be occupying. Who do you think Jesus was talking about? What do you think He means? That is why I say you must know your purpose here on earth. Are you a fruitful Christian? Can you say that since you were born again you have done anything profitable for God? Or your life has been characterized by requests to God only? What have you done for Him? Don’t you know that the Lord has been waiting for a long time for your life to produce fruit? How sad would it be if you disappoint Jesus? That fig tree that failed to give the Lord Jesus fruits to eat when He was hungry,disappointed Him. The Lord therefore promptly pronounced a curse upon it that, “No man shall eat from you thereafter.” Carefully put, He told the tree that it would never bear fruit anymore. And expectedly, the tree dried to its roots. What tragedy it would be if the heavenly Gardener comes to us and finds the same spiritual fruitlessness in us and pronounces the same curse? What a calamity it would be for God to say, “Replace him.” God cannot leave a vacuum in His kingdom. And to every unprofitable tree that command will eventually come and please will not be useful because God will certainly cut it down.
Take the case of Joseph’s two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. Father Jacob deliberately placed his right hand on the junior whilst his left hand was on the senior, meaning that Manasseh had been replaced.
A particular generation of Israelites left Egypt to the promised land. But one day, they began to say that they were like grasshoppers and were unable to do anything. So, God said, “Since you say that you are grasshoppers, you are grasshoppers indeed and you will not get there.” A new generation with only Joshua and Caleb from the 600,000 people that started the journey entered into the promised land.
Some of us are pushing ourselves into a position where God will say, “I give up on this one because he is not serious.” What a disaster it will be for the heavenly Gardener to cry, “Cut it down.” There are already thousands of saints in heaven crying to God day and night to bring His timetable of man to a close, so that they can enter into glory. Yet the Lord is waiting for more who are wasting their lives now instead of coming to repentance.
The Bible says, “Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, neither has it entered the heart of man what the Lord has planned for His people. Sometime ago, a Korean pastor died seven days after the death of his wife. Many people thought it was the shock of his wife’s death that killed him. While they were preparing his body for burial according to Korean custom, he woke up and said that he was not dead. Then he narrated the vision the Lord showed him. He said he saw his wife in heaven in her beautiful mansion. He was also shown his own mansion that was not as beautiful as his wife. In fact, it had no roof. He was told that his wife’s house was more beautiful because she had sent more materials up than he had done. And just as he was about to go, father Abraham called him and said, “Warn my children that the time is at hand.”
Our lives must produce fruits. The type of fruits our lives must bear is clearly spelt out in Galatians 5:22-23:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such there is no law.”
It is a single Spirit made up of nine parts. In an average church, only 20 per cent of the congregations do the hard work. The rest of them don’t really work hard. This is not what God wants. Unfortunately, many of us have been lazy in our Christian lives and this is disappointing to God. How can someone gives his life to Christ at 60 and yet not be serious with God after having served the devil for long? Can you now see that some of us are trying to play on God’s intelligence by rushing to Him only when we have problems? Is it not sad that the lives of many of us are not attracting people to God?
Consider this parable in Matthew 25:14-30: “For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability and straightway took his journey. Then he that received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents; behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents; behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou has not strawed. And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not and gather where I have not strawed; Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
A man found that he had been infected with leprosy on his neck, so he went and sewed clothes that would cover his neck in order to hide the ailment, instead of going for treatment. Are you like that? Are you suffering from spiritual paralysis? Are there things that are wrong in your life? Those wrong things are what the Bible calls parasites. Those parasites will stick and hinder you from bearing fruits. Some people have mouths that can say anything to anybody at anytime. And when cautioned, they would say, “I should be allowed to speak my mind.” What do you expect from a mind that is not regenerated? Are you a fruit-bearing Christian?
There is no partial holiness, there is no partial or temporary Christianity. There is nothing like partial lies or partial truth. A vessel is never partially clean, it is either clean or dirty. You are either a Christian or a sinner. You are either into God or out of Him. An evil tree cannot bear a good fruit no matter how good we decorate it. Education, if applied wrongly will corrupt instead of yielding fruits.
So many things prevent Christians from bearing fruit. For example:
Love is part of the fruit we should bear. That love will cause you to overlook the fault of others. Love for God, love for our neighbours and ourselves. Joy is also part of the fruit that God wants us to bear. Paul was in the Philippi, jailed and yet with all the stripes given to him, he was able to rejoice and praise the Lord. He had the joy of the Lord in his heart.
Peace is part of the fruit God wants us to bear. Jesus was inside a terrible storm and yet He slept peacefully. Peter had a nice sleep even when he knew he was going to be killed the next day. The Jewish word for peace is called shalom. Shalom means that everything is in order. That is how God wants our spirits to be.
Long-suffering is part of the fruit He wants us to bear. Faith and meekness are parts of the fruit. Temperance and self control are other parts. Nobody will judge us according to the level of miracle we perform. We shall be judged on the basis of the fruit we produce.
Brethren, one day the trumpet shall sound and with it that terrible command of: “Cut it down,” will be given for the fruitless ones. Fruitlessness will take unserious Christians into hell fire. When love is in your life, peace will reign.
An axe is laid to the foundation of the tree, the Bible says, and everything that does not bear fruit shall be cut down and thrown into hell fire.
The most terrible thing is to live without purpose. Ask yourself: “Why am I here? Why do I allow my spiritual life to continually go down?” Let us all wake up from our spiritual slumber and decide to bear fruit. Earthly posts will get us nowhere. It is not how your fellow human beings see and judge you that matters but what you weigh on God’s scale. There is no middle position, you are either for God or against Him. Talk to Him and resolve that terrible curse of “cut it down” will not be your portion.
1. I loose myself from any power of bewitchment, in Jesus’ name.
2. Satan, I close any door which I have opened to you, in Jesus’ name.
3. I pull down any evil stronghold built into my life by any person who was in charge of me at infancy, in Jesus’ name.
4. Let every evil pronouncement made against me by evil tongues be nullified, in Jesus’ name.
5. Let all evil enquiry about me be rendered null and void, in Jesus’ name.
6.O Lord, replace in me everything that needs to be replaced, in Jesus’ name.
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THE EVIL LOAD
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Matthew11:28-30 “Come unto me (an invitation) all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
From these three verses of Scripture we learn a few lessons:
1. There are people who are labouring under demonic bondage.
Jesus spoke about heavy load. A lot of people are unconsciously carrying loads on their heads. If God opens your eyes spiritually, you would see all kinds of strange things. Some people in the streets are carrying coffins on their heads; some are carrying rags on their heads. These are the kinds of loads Jesus was talking about; it was not physical loads. Many have yokes upon them but they don’t know. The bottom line is this: if you do not carry the load and yoke of Jesus, you will carry the devil’s own; there is no neutral position. If you say, “I don’t believe in God and I don’t believe in the devil,” you will carry the yoke of the devil. It is as simple as that. Anything that the enemy places on you and you do not know about it would be doing havoc to you.
Put your right hand on your head and take this prayer point: “My destiny, co-operate with your Creator by fire, in the name of Jesus.”
The Bible makes us to understand that a person can carry a load that does not belong to him. It also makes us to understand that evil may be planned for somebody and one way or the other, someone else goes there to use his head to carry that evil. The way the spiritual world operates is this: once an evil has been determined, it must be carried out. The spirits in charge must perform their functions. Likewise God says, “The word that I speak shall go and prosper in that which I asked it to do; it shall not came back to me void.” It is the same thing. So, when evil has been programmed, it must happen to someone. I shall not carry any evil load, in Jesus’ name.
Isaiah 58: 5-6: , “Is it such fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” The Bible agrees that there are some heavy burdens and with fasting and prayers you can discard them.
Galatians 2:18: “If I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.” Everything the Lord has helped to pull down in my life, all the sins of the past that have gone, He says that if I begin to build them again, I make myself a transgressor. So, a person will carry an evil load once he begins to build up again what the Lord has helped him to destroy. Such a person becomes a transgressor. I Timothy 5: 22 says, “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins. Keep thyself pure.” This means that you do not lay hands on somebody anyhow, if you do, you may share the person’s problem. There have been cases where people laid hands on people and things were transferred to them. I know a man of God who laid hands on somebody and as he was praying, he noticed that something was entering his own hands from the person’s head. He could feel the thing moving like a serpent through his hand. He called the person back, asked him to kneel down again, placed his hand on him again and said, “Go back to your sender.” And the thing went back to its owner. He would have carried an evil load.
Lamentation 5:7:“Our fathers have sinned and are not and we have borne their iniquities.” That is, a person may be carrying the load of his forefathers, a person may be settling his grandfather’s bill; a person can carry a load that does not belong to him. Habakkuk 2: 6:, “Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!” So, you can see that a person may be going about with other people’s load without knowing.
HOW CAN AN EVIL PROPERTY BE ACQUIRED?
You can buy it: Some people buy their bondage and put it on.
Psalm 91: 5-6: “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night nor for the arrow that flieth by day, nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.” It means that the devil throws trouble around. A person may refuse to partake or may decide to partake in it.
It is unfortunate but I am sorry to let you know that there are many people who are carrying evil loads that do not belong to them. Sometime ago, at a crusade, we were praying one prayer point that says, “Any owner of evil load, carry your load, in the name of Jesus.” There was a 39-year old sister there who had never experienced her menstrual period. She went to the back and started praying seriously. All of a sudden, God opened her eyes and she saw a big bundle of load by her side, and there was an angel standing by talking to a short old woman. The angel said, “Carry your load,” and the woman said, “No!” By this time the temper of the angel was rising. He said, “I say, carry your load.” The woman said, “But I am dead.” The angel said, “Come, I am going to say this one more time and I do not intent to repeat myself. I did not ask you whether you are alive or dead, what I say is carry your load.” Reluctantly, the woman picked up the load and walked off. By the time the prayer ended, blood was already dripping down the legs of the sister. She was carrying an evil load.
Please, pray this one too: “Every owner of evil load, what are you waiting for? Carry your load, in the name of Jesus.”
The enemy uses some small techniques to let people carry the load that does not belong to them. What are these techniques?
1. Bad confession: Immediately you say, “I am sick,” you have signed a package. The devil is a bad postmaster, he will put the stamps on the person. Twelve people were sent to spy the Promised Land. Ten came back with bad report. Look at what the Lord says in Numbers 14:28: “Say unto them, as truly as I live saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you.” Those people said that they were like grasshoppers and God said, “Okay, that is what you said with your mouth; this load does not belong to you but since you said you want it, you should carry it.”
Once a person begins to say, “I shall not die but live to declare the works of God,” he remains alive. But the moment you begin to carry a paper saying, “This is the song we are going to sing during the burial ceremony, this is the person that will render a special number,” you have signed your package. The load will now belong to you legally and satan can now enforce the load on you. It is very sad that a lot of people kill themselves everyday and accept evil loads with their mouths.
2. Provoking God: Another way that the enemy gives people evil load is by instigating them to provoke the angels of God. Matthew 18:10 says, “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” So, we all have guardian angels. But then, angels can be provoked. Exodus 23: 20–21 says, “Behold I send an angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions. For my name is in him.” The Lord said they should not provoke the angels. Those of them above 20 years old died in the wilderness; they provoked the angels.
Lot’s wife provoked the angels. Zechariah the father of John the Baptist, provoked the angels. The angel said, “Thus says the Lord,” and Zechariah said, “No, it is not possible.” Gabriel then stopped Zechariah from speaking in doubt. God did not send him to make Zechariah dumb but the angel said, “Okay, you shall become dumb until these things come to pass.” So Zechariah carried a load that did not belong to him. It would be better for many people to be dumb for three or four weeks while working on important projects so that they do not destroy the projects with their own mouths.
Once you provoke your angel, he will deal with you. An angel can cause a disease or death, depending on how much you provoke him. Angels are not human beings and do not have to forgive anybody anything. When you go to where angels do not want you to go, you provoke them to deal with you. Zechariah carried the load of dumbness, which did not belong to him.
3. Foolish curiosity: Another way that people can carry a load that does not belong to them is what I call ‘foolish curiosity.’ Just like the Philistines in the Bible. They were curious to see what was inside the ark of the Lord and they paid dearly for it. Believers should not stand around watching magicians in the streets. Believers should not stand around watching juju (charm) hawkers to find out what they are saying. Many people get into trouble by wanting to try this, and wanting to try that. Many people follow their friends to herbalists not because they want to consult the herbalists. They just want to stand by to see what would happen. Sometimes, the herbalists turn to them and begin to prophesy evil to them.
4. Fighting alone when you know you have little power: People can pick up evil load by fighting alone when they know that they have little power. There is a time to take over and there is a time to take cover. Moses wanted to take over when he was supposed to take cover and we saw what happened to him. You should not follow anybody to idol places, or to swear before idols. Christians do not follow people to necromancers. Christians do not go to watch worldly films at public theatres.
The New Testament does not teach us to be going about visiting prophets. As godly as Abraham was, when he went down to Egypt, he had problem. So, when you go to the wrong place, you will have problems. There are some people who are fond of roaming about the houses of all sorts of prophets, and they collect arrows all over. Those who are fond of roaming around should be very careful so that they do not carry the load that they are not supposed to have. People who are fond of roaming about their hometowns when they do not have adequate power carry unwanted load. Some people rush to their home towns at any small thing, when they do not have power.
5. Evil friends: People pick up evil luggage by following evil friends. The Bible says that evil communication corrupts good manners. Many are in trouble today because of the friends they keep. If your childhood friend is not born again, you should severely limit that kind of friendship. Many ladies are living a confused life now because of their friends. Friends have let them into bondage and these friends they cannot find any more. Any close friendship with a child of the devil will make you carry other people’s load.
Sometime ago, a certain woman noticed that her friend was becoming very rich. She was buying cars and was prosperous. She went to the friend and asked her to show her the way to become rich too. She took her to one herbalist somewhere who did something for her and asked her to put it under her seat in her shop to enable her to have good patronage. She took the thing and did as she was told. The first day, she made very good sales. She was amazed and she rejoiced, but by the time she got home that first day, she found her son rolling on the floor. He was saying, “Mummy, I want to die. Something is pulling my throat.” The woman began to cry. Her friend who took her to the herbalist came, and finding the boy on the floor and the mother crying, she said, “Ah, why are you crying? Don’t cry. This is the price to pay for what you want. Did you not notice that when I did my own, my first son died? So, what is the problem? This one has to go if you want money. You still have two more, let this one go and enjoy your life.” The woman said, “no” and asked her friend to take her back to the herbalist. There she told the herbalist that she was no longer interested. The herbalist got angry and said, “But I asked you if your friend told you the price.” She said, “She did not tell me.” The man asked her to bring certain things so that he would reverse what he did. This cost her all the money she made on the first day. When you follow evil friends, you get into serious trouble. Many unwanted loads are pursuing people all over the place.
6. Dreams: Many unwanted loads are transferred through dreams. People get fed with all kinds of food in the dream and when they wake up, trouble starts.
7. Accidentally: People can pick up unwanted load accidentally. They unknowingly walk into the trap of the enemy and problem begins to happen.
A long time ago, a certain lady was going to fetch water and met some men who asked her to kindly tell them where they could find the National Stadium and she described it to them. They said, “Oh, you are a wonderful girl, bring your palm and let us read it for you.” She gave them her palm and they made the sign of the cross on it, and asked her to turn it upside down and when she did, she saw the mark at the back of her hand. From that moment she got carried away and these men raped her, took her home and instructed her to give them all her mother’s property. It was after she had given them the last item that she came to herself. She had to go through very serious deliverance. <P>8. By inheritance: A person can pick up unwanted luggage by inheritance. The heaviest burden that many people carry is most times ancestral in nature.
1. Confess your sins to the Lord.
Many people around are under very heavy burdens. Some see the burden, while some do not; some understand it while some do not. How can somebody who has a boiling pot on his or her head fulfil his or her destiny? Likewise, somebody who has a mortar on the head and they are pounding something inside it cannot fulfil his or her divine destiny. You must pray aggressively for owners of evil load to carry their loads.
1. Every owner of witchcraft load, what are you waiting for? Carry your load by fire, in the name of Jesus.
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In John 11, we see one of the most interesting stories in the Bible. The friend of Jesus had been sick. They called Jesus but He did not show up until four days after the man had died. John 11: 38-44 says, “Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? (If you refuse to believe, you will see the glory of satan). Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. (He had to be specific because if He said, “come forth,” without being specific, all the dead there would come out). And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.”
Lazarus was raised from the dead by the power of God. Likewise all that believe in Christ have been given a new life. They have been lifted out of the graveyard of sin and sorrow. Jesus said, “Loose him and let him go.” It means that he could not go unless they loosed him. He could not go because he was bound. Although Lazarus was raised from dead, he was still bound. He experienced liberty but not freedom. Captivity was over but he was still bound. The grip of death upon his life had been broken but he was still bound. It is a double tragedy that many believers are still walking around with grave clothes on.
There are children of God who speak in tongues but are still bound. They have their grave clothes on like Lazarus. Jesus has set them free but they are still in their grave clothes. This is the sad condition of many people today. A lot of Christians are still bound by their past failures, past sins, guilt and materialism.
Many believers are bound by traditions, that is why you see Christians going for chieftancy titles and they allow evil people access to their heads which are the symbols of their destiny.
Many believers are still bound by bad habits. Lazarus was alive but constrained; he could see, but through a veil; he could hear but not clearly. Why? He was still in grave clothes. So, perhaps you have been born again for years and you still cannot see, it means that something is blinding your spiritual eyes. You have to pray for the grave clothes to be pulled off. Remember when Saul preached in a particular place and the people fought and argued that he was speaking lies, he said, “I have one last thing to tell you before I leave. Remember that what is happening to you is what was written by the prophets that behold, you wander and you perish, for it is written I will send my words unto them, but hearing they will hear but they will not understand, they will behold but cannot see. Their heart is already hardened so that my hands cannot deliver them, so that they can perish.” With that Paul concluded the sermon. If you have read through the whole of the Bible and decided to continue to be evil, a popular passage in the book of Revelation says, “Continue,” and if you want to continue to do good, it says, “You may continue. But behold, I come quickly and my reward is with me, and my reward can be bad or good, to give to every man according to the works of his hands.”
EVIDENCE OF GRAVE CLOTHES
Many people go to churches where they do not understand the language which their leaders speak. After the meetings, they come out, bring out their cigarettes and begin to smoke. As far they are concerned, they are serving the Lord. That is bondage. Also, sex outside marriage is evidence that a person is bound in grave clothes. A believer who is working with a fake certificate is bound in grave clothes. Obtaining sick leave papers when you are not sick is an indication that you are in grave clothes. Sleeping and pretending to be praying is a sign of being in grave clothes. If you are the worst of human beings when you are angry, you are in grave clothes. Masturbation, chronic impatience, and constant fear are evidence that there are grave clothes on. That is why Jesus said, “Loose him and let him go.” The Lord said the same thing to Pharaoh. Unforgiving spirit, sexual sins and failure to break all connections with the devil are evidence of grave clothes. You claim to be born again but still keep complimentary cards of your former boy friends, it means that the grave clothes are still on. If not, why are you keeping them? Failure to confess every sin, envy, backbiting, and not yielding every area of your life to God are evidence of grave clothes.
If God is your lover and you believe the Bible, which says that your Maker is your husband, you will not be in a hurry to get out from His presence. So, rushing out of the service without sharing the grace is evidence of grave clothes. Not having on the whole armour of God means there are grave clothes on.
The truth is that the percentage of those who are ready for the rapture is very little. Many people who have seen visions of the rapture but did not go up discovered that it was as a result of grave clothes on them. Grave clothes can be in the form of hair and other body attachments.
A certain man was in very big trouble. He was sacked from five jobs. When he could not feed his family again, his wife ran away, leaving him with three daughters. To worsen his sorrow, his first daughter became pregnant while in form three. When he tried to beat her, she said, “Daddy, all the time I did not ask you for bus fare to school. Where do you think the money I was using came from?” The man was very sad, so he cried unto the Lord in prayers. He really cried to God and you know God never rejects the cry from the heart. The Lord Jesus appeared to him while he was praying. The man was very happy. He wanted the Lord Jesus to sympathize with him. He wanted the Lord to promote him and give him deliverance from all his troubles. He wanted comfort, fairness and divine justice. But to his amazement, the Lord pointed at him and said, “Your problem is rooted in you and not in the enemy.” The Lord told him that that was the hardest part of his Christian life. “You have not even agreed that you are your own problem. You are only deceiving yourself by blaming the devil. I am the Almighty. I am not struggling with the devil. I desire that your flesh must submit to me. I want to dethrone you from the centre of your life and be your Lord, but you have not allowed me to do so. You must contend with this power of your flesh, which is hindering my work and preventing me from doing what I want to do in your life,” the Lord said. The man was surprised but for the first time he got the blunt truth, which they say, is sometimes very bitter. You see, the devil is not really the issue as much as the power of the flesh. It is the flesh that is hanging grave clothes onto the body.
Galatians 5: 17 : “For the flesh lust against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh and these are contrary the one to the other, so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” The flesh is fighting against the spirit and the spirit is fighting against the flesh. Two of them are contrary so that you cannot do the things you are supposed to do. Here lies the secret of victory against any form of satanic attack. Here lies the victory for you to make heaven without anybody pulling you down. If a dry fast is declared for seven days in the church, what do you think will happen? Some people will protest loudly. Some would say, “Do you not know that we would go to work?” Some would say, “They want to kill people in this place.” Others would say, “I have been telling you about that church. You see, now they want seven days dry fast.” That is the power of flesh. They forget that there is something called the bread of heaven. Once you eat that one, you lose the desire to eat the one that is here on earth. If for example you go on three days dry fast, you find out that by the third day even if someone is abusing you, you are not able to talk too much. The secret of that is that Mr. flesh has been weakened. That is the value of fasting. It does not change God, it is you that has to change, because the flesh lusts against the spirit and the spirit too lusts against the flesh. The two of them are always fighting. When you begin to starve one, say the flesh, your spirit man now becomes stronger. That is the value of fasting. You can pray with more concentration, with more fire, and then you get result.
God has issued a death sentence on Mr. Flesh: “Dust thou art and unto the dust thou shall return.” It is the spirit man inside you that will return back to God. The flesh knows that it is not going to depart from the dust and it wants to pull you along if you allow it.
The devil comes in when we open the door to him through our uncrucified flesh. So our toughest battle is not with the devil, it is with the flesh. The devil is continually looking for open doors through which he can enter to attack us.
John 14: 30 says, “Hereafter I will not talk much with you for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” There was no place in the flesh of Jesus that the devil could have access to. Jesus was dead to Himself. He was dead to His own desires and His own agenda.
The power of darkness operates the most powerful scanning machines. As you are now, they can see you clearly in and out. They know whether any part of them is in you. They know how strong you are; they know those who are spiritual and those who are not. They know those who pray in the morning before going out, they know those who do not pray. They know those who do their quiet time and those who do not. They know those who are merely warming the benches in the church, who are not really serious with the Lord. They know those who are in the church to look for good, obedient, submissive wives, and they know those who are looking for very brilliant and rich husbands. They can detect the smallest compromise. They know the cleverly concealed sin. They know the evil habits you are covering. That is why the day of judgment would be very interesting. There are many things we do not know now, but on that day everything will be made manifest.
Jesus made one statement: “That which was done under the bed shall be proclaimed on housetops.” The person will be shouting it; he will have a megaphone and will be shouting it and everybody will know what he has covered. Those things inside your heart which the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit is saying, “Son this is not good, daughter this is bad,” and you ignore His voice, those are the grave clothes. You have liberty but not freedom. How can a believer go and buy clothes on credit. And then she puts on the dress and would not pass the front of the shop of the person who sold the dress to her for fear of the person saying, “You see the dress that woman is wearing, she has not paid for it.” It is the grave clothes. Why don’t you wash the ones you have, keep them clean and wear them? The devil defeats Christians who live with uncrucified flesh. The devil defeats Christians who leave the doors of their lives open to him. He is looking for houses to dwell in. He is looking for landing spaces and any area of a person’s life can be his landing space if you submit to him.
Mr. Flesh can completely paralyze the destiny of somebody if he submits any part of his life to him. If you submit your hair, he will grab it, If you submit your head, he will grab it, if you submit your thought he will grab it. If you submit your marriage he will grab it. If you submit your sex life, he will grab it. If you submit even ordinary fingernail, he will grab it. There are some people now who have stopped cutting their fingernails and they are as long those of the vultures and they have them painted up. Some buy and put on extra nails and paint them with mermaid colours. Then they start writing to us that they need deliverance from spirit husbands. May be you don’t know, just like physical men find some women very attractive, there are spirits that find some women very attractive. Those are the spirits who go about at night violating women and sexually harassing them. We should not make their job easy. Immediately you are dressing to make their job easy they will visit you.
The church is a house of God, a holy place, not a place you come wearing transparent dresses; or you are a man, you open your shirt and show the chain you put on for all to see. If you come before God you submit and humble yourself.
If you submit your lips to the enemy he will grab it. The number of men of God who hear from God clearly is reducing because of polluted ears. If you submit your ears to the enemy, he will grab them. If you submit your mouth to the enemy, he will grab it. If you submit your job to him he will grab it. If your kind of job requires that you tell lies every time, you better look for another job before you will end up in hell fire. Pray to God to provide you another job where you will not be telling lies. If you submit your eyes to the enemy, he will use it. If you give him your ambition, he will use it. If you give him your certificate, he will use it. If you give him your voice, he will use it. Most of those singing worldly songs that would send people to hell fire were trained by the church, but they are now used by the devil.
Galatians 5: 24 says, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affection and lusts.” So, if you find that the enemy is strengthening himself against you, the area to check is your flesh. The thief in you must die. The hypocrisy in you must die, and the iniquity in you must die, so that the Spirit of God can use your life as He wants.
They that belong to Christ must crucify the flesh with the affection and lust. That is, if you don’t belong to Christ, you can live your life the way you want. But at he end of the day, you will arrive at the gate of life and the gate-keeper will say, “We don’t have your name here. You are our enemy. Get out, you worker of iniquity.” You may say, “Well, I will be doing it little by little.” The danger with little by little is that you don’t know the day the Lord will say, “Son, it is enough. Come home.” What we are saying is that Mr. death does not give you advance notice.
Somebody brought money to Peter and said, “Take this money, and give me this gift so that whoever I pray for will receive the Holy Spirit and will be speaking in tongues.” Peter looked at him and said, “Your money perish with you.” That is, there was nothing in Peter that would respond to that sensation and temptation for money.
Peter allowed God to crucify that area in his life. But this is the only area where the flesh is on the throne in many lives. The Bible says that we came to the world with nothing and that we will go away with nothing. You came to the world fasting and you will go back with an empty stomach. Why should you glue yourself to this sinking world, because you do not want to crucify the flesh.
The flesh is anything that is not energized by the Holy Spirit and is always fighting you. You want to read your Bible, it says, “sleep.” You want to pray and that would be when somebody will annoy you and you spend two hours fighting. You want to pray and it is that time they bring a vampire movie and you begin to watch. Many Christians engage in activities not ordained by the Holy Spirit. To get rid of our grave clothes, the bottom-line is that God should rule our flesh. Do not deceive yourself. Do not think that the flesh will improve, it cannot improve. It is rotten to the core. Many of the problems we have as individuals are caused by Mr. Flesh. For example, inability to take the right decisions, plain disobedience to God, looseness with the opposite sex, emotional problems, bad thinking, boiling anger, etc. we must take responsibilities for our own lives. When you say, “Mr. Flesh, die,” heavens will rejoice, and they will come to your aid. If you have not pointed your finger to yourself and say: “It is you that annoyed me. You made me to say this, you made me to say that,” you are not serious yet. But the day you point accusing finger to yourself, heaven will rejoice and will come to your aid.
Our most difficult problem is facing ourselves. In 1979, one brother prayed and said that one sister was his wife. The pastor invited him and the sister and said to the sister: “This brother has prayed and he says you are his God’s chosen wife.” The lady looked at the pastor and looked at the brother from head to toe and said, “Sorry, pastor, this one that is sitting down beside you cannot carry my load.” The pastor said, “Which load are you carrying that this person cannot help you to offload.” She said, “Pastor, that is my decision. That is what I want to do and that is it.” This is year 2012, and that sister is still looking for somebody to help her carry that load.
Philippians 3:3 says, “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” There should be no confidence in the flesh, for the flesh is dangerous and has no mercy. The flesh is harder to deal with than the devil. You cannot bind your own flesh. So the flesh is the harder problem, it needs to be crucified. Self-centredness, lack of discipline, boasting and stubbornness are nothing more than the flesh refusing to submit to the Holy Spirit. Many churchgoers are very stubborn. A stubborn person will say, “I will do it in my own way.” But the Bible says, “Woe unto those that at ease in Zion.” It also says, “If you walk with footmen and you are weary, what will you do when you are asked to walk with the horsemen?” It is the foot men that are around now but eventually they will go and the horse riders will come in, and things will get worse because that is what the Bible says. Evil men shall wax stronger and stronger and peace will disappear, unless we welcome the Prince of peace and the Lord of lords.
Everyday, we come across people who are trying to train Mr. Flesh more and more. They want to train Mr. Flesh not to overeat. They want to train their minds to think right but they cannot train the flesh, because the Bible says, “Those that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, they that are after the spirit do mind the things of the spirit.” The flesh cannot please God. It cannot because it is in enmity with God. It is in contention with the Spirit of God and cannot fight the spiritual battle which we do everyday.
HOW DO WE OVERCOME THE FLESH?
When you are moving close to solution and you see your sad condition, you have started making progress. The day a mad man begins to ask questions like “Why am I wearing these clothes? What am I doing here? Why are you all starring at me?” his solution has started. But when the mad man has dirty clothes on and says, “Give me iron, I want to iron them,” then solution is not insight yet.
You should now prayer like John Knox. The same God who answered his prayer and made it impossible for demons and host of hell to paralyze his destiny, is still alive.
1. Oh God, break me, in the name of Jesus.
2. Oh God, kill the iniquity in my life, in the name of Jesus.
3. Every hindrance to open doors in my life, give way by fire, in the name of Jesus.
4. Spiritual blindness, clear out of my life, in the name of Jesus.
5. Where others are failing, I shall succeed by fire, in the name of Jesus.
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ATTACKING THE ENEMY OF YOUR CALLING (FOR MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL)
This prayer is specifically designed for ministers. To be used when:
And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Mat. 16:18
PRAISE AND WORSHIP
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Psalm 16:10 “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”
WHAT IS A DISGRACE?
It is made up of two words: ‘dis’ and ‘gracia’. ‘Dis’ means out of and ‘gracia’ means grace. So, the word disgrace means out of grace. Or rightly put in our modern English, it means loss of honor, loss of respect, loss of good name. It can also mean to bring shame upon a person. The word shame in the Bible has so many aspects to it. Shame can come as an offence or as a consciousness of sin to someone who has done something wrong and has been discovered. Shame can come as a result of pride or when the reputation of a person has been injured. So, the result of being disgraced is shame. Shame also can come from God. In order to reprove sin, God can allow shame to come upon a person.
Many years ago, a man of God went to a village to hold a crusade and as his usual practice , he went to pray on their source of water. As he got to the small river in the village, with a gentle smile, he said to the people who had gathered and were clapping and singing, “Well, I want to pray on this water now. If you know that you are not clean, please don’t drink out of it.” He said this twice, prayed on the water and everybody started drinking. There was a woman there who happened to be respectable in the church. In fact, she was called “Mother in the church.” First of all, she stood at the back and did not want to drink. But later, she changed her mind, being a popular person in the church, because she felt that people would begin to wonder why she, of all persons would not drink out of the water that a father in the Lord had prayed on. That was her mistake. She drank and immediately, somersaulted, and in the process her clothes were flown open and people could see that she had a male organ and a female organ as well. Everybody fled in terror and the man of God smiled again and said, “But I warned that anyone who was not clean should not drink.” God put her to shame.
SOURCES OF SHAME
The Bible makes us to understand that shame can come from God, it can come from satan, and can also come from man. Shame can come from false satanic judgment. The devil can judge a person and declare him guilty even when he is not, in order to put him to shame. Unless this kind of thing is properly dealt with, it can bring a person down. At this juncture, I would like you to say, “I reject disgrace, in the name of Jesus.”
Jeremiah 3: 24 says, “For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.” So, shame can devour the labour of a person. This powerful emotion called shame is a great weapon in the hand of the enemy and he likes to use it on people and places. The terrible thing about it is that it hits people from the inside and destroys them internally. It could eat away the strength of the confidence of a person. It can disable and amputate a person completely and make him ineffective in the service of the Lord. To be mighty in faith and in the Holy Spirit, you must confront the spirit of shame and defeat it.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF SHAME
The shame that comes from God can be handled with God. When you repent, the Lord will forgive you and will remove the shame from you. But the one that the enemy plans must be confronted and dealt with. Proverbs 3: 35 says, “The wise shall inherit glory but shame shall be the promotion of fools.” So foolish living and actions that are not prudent will bring disgrace. Proverbs 10: 5 says, “He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in a harvest is a son that causeth shame.” Sleeping during the time of physical or spiritual harvest will bring disgrace. When others are struggling, and you just sit down and take no action, it means you are inviting disgrace upon your life. Proverbs 11: 2 says, “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lonely is wisdom.” The Bible says that pride brings shame. Proverbs 16: 18 says, “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 13: 18 says, “Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction, but he that regarded reproof shall be honoured.” Refusing instruction will bring disgrace. Proverbs 18:13 says, “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.” That is speaking before you listen and think.” A ‘know it all spirit’ will bring shame. Proverbs 29: 15 says, “The rod and reproof give wisdom but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” So, parents who allow their children to rear themselves, who shirk their responsibilities as fathers and mothers, are courting shame.
Let’s look at the first instance of disgrace in the Bible. Genesis 3: 9 – 10: “And the Lord God called unto Adam and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said I heard thy voice in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked and I hid myself.” Shame and nakedness are accompanied by fear. So, shame is a spirit on its own and an embodiment of some other powerful agents. As you are reading this message, does something in your life frigthen you? Is there something you are afraid that it may be discovered? Because Adam was afraid, he hid himself. Do you avoid certain issues because you are afraid of being discovered? Or may be the spirit of shame is whispering to your ears that you are a failure? Those spirits that say, “Well, don’t let anybody see you and find out about this one, just cover it up,” are the spirits of shame.
Many times, failure to get ahead financially can be traced back to the sins of one’s forefathers. A curse on a family can produce an inheritance of shame. Alcoholics are people heavily loaded with shame. Sometimes, by the time the spirit of disgrace and shame is sent upon a person, other things like alcoholism and confusion will set in. Eventually, the victim ends up messing himself up in the street. A girl was put in the family way. The father woke her up one morning and asked her who put her in the family way and she said, “Joshua.” “Where does Joshua live?” her father asked. She told him and he asked her to take him there. They went to the house of Joshua and Joshua came out smoking Indian hemp. He asked the father and the daughter what they wanted and the father said, “This girl said that you were the one who