Do You Fear Missing God's Voice?

Many times people are afraid of trying to hear God speak because they are afraid that they will hear "wrong."

The truth is there are times you will hear wrong. There are times you'll hear the voice of your own flesh or you will hear a counterfeit spirit trying to get you off course.  (This is why we test the spirits.)

Expecting to hear the voice of God perfectly would be like expecting a toddler to stand up and start walking without ever falling down. We learn through the falling down. We learn what not to do next time. Therefore, if the devil can get you to fear not hearing God perfectly - he can keep you from learning to walk in the spirit. Nobody does it perfectly from the first step. But if you do it enough times - you'll soon begin to walk and then run.

Hearing the voice of God takes the faith of a child. Your Father isn't disappointed when you miss his voice - he's thrilled that you tried!

Don't be so focused when you fail. Make the necessary corrections, get up and try again!

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A common theme with those who struggle to hear God’s voice is that they haven’t learned to hear with their spirit instead of their soul.

Our soul is made up of our mind, will, and emotion. But our spirit is breathed into us by God at conception. God gives each person a slice of his image, His essence. Our spirit is the place where we have a relationship with God, not our souls.

John 4:24 “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."

We hear God and worship Him with our spirits. Many Christians have been taught to lead their lives with their soul... but that is not how God meant for us to live. We’re supposed to let our spirits be the engineer of our life-train.

The soul is our “natural man.” When we let this part of ourselves lead our lives, we are essentially living out of our intellect.

Since God is a Spirit, he doesn’t commune with us through our intellect. God speaks to us through our spirits.

1 Corinthians 2:14 “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”

So....If you want to hear God’s voice better simply ask for your spirit to come forward and be the engineer of your train instead of your soul. This takes practice. Especially if you have shoved your spirit back in the caboose for a long period of time. Most people who struggle with being in “control” have trouble trusting their spirits because they trust intellect more.  But we are to be led by the Spirit!

Romans 8:14 “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

You can do this!! Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to let your spirit lead!

 

MIND CONTROL AND HOW IT WORKS

We have been fighting mind control since the Garden of Eden.  Every single person alive deals with mind control every single day!  We are either slaves to mind control, the ones doing the mind control, or fighting to stay free from mind control.

Mind control is all around us.  It's in the media.  It's in the movies and television we watch.  It's in the church.  And sometimes mind control is within our families.

The most obvious example of mind control is when the serpent deceived Eve.  He followed a pattern.  He planted doubt about God's goodness.  He weakened her trust in the truth.  And this opened the door and allowed the serpent to plant the lie he wanted her to believe.  Eve consented to the serpent's lies and then he led her to eat the forbidden fruit.

The one thing the Sanhedrin (leaders of the synagogue) hated the most about Jesus is that their mind control didn't work on Him.  They couldn't get Jesus to doubt who He was.  They couldn't weaken His trust in the truth.  Because they had no access to His mind - they couldn't plant their own narrative within Him that really He should be bowing to them.  Jesus would not consent.

Hear this VERY important truth:

NO ONE CAN CONTROL YOU WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT!

Today the enemy largely uses groupthink to control our minds.  We want to feel like we are part of a tribe, it makes us feel safe.  But most tribes are centered around a thought pattern which all tribe members are required to adhere to.  You risk being ostracized from the tribe if you deviate from the group narrative.

As Believers, we voluntarily subscribe to Jesus's tribe.  His narrative is love (grace AND truth).  It's a free will tribe.  Come or go if you please - but Jesus will always be the foundation of what the tribe does.

We make it our goal to RENEW our mind according to Christ and His ways.  He leads us into ALL truth.  Any other tribe (even our family) who attempts to get us to doubt who we are in Christ - is using mind control.

We consent to mind control if we allow people to cause us to doubt who Jesus is - or who we are in Him.  We consent to mind control when we let someone else take the place of "Master" of our lives.  We consent to mind control when we go along with the group in order to be accepted.

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2

May God strengthen us in His truth and renew our minds as we stand against MIND CONTROL!

How to Break the Hold of a Narcissist

All narcissists are swindlers.

They swindle you out of money, time, energy, and intelligence through a false relationship. They take all of these things from you in order to build their own kingdom.

When you finally tell narcissists "NO!" they point the finger at you and complain that you aren't very loving or they call you rebellious.

But the truth remains - having a relationship with a narcissist and never telling them no will cost you almost everything.

As a Believer, you are not called to build anyone else's kingdom... not even your own.

We are called to build an everlasting Kingdom by bringing heaven to earth. You were born to build a Kingdom that is not of this world.

Be careful that you are not wasting your life and your calling by serving a Narcissist's kingdom.

Six signs of narcissism:

1. They don't listen well to others.

2. They know more. They know better. They are superior.

3. The rules don't apply to them.

4. Can dish out criticism, but can't take it.

5. It's never their fault. It's always yours.

6. They believe others exist to meet their own needs.

If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, it's time to break their hold on you! Use this BREAKING UNGODLY SOUL TIE tool...(Click Here) and stop their controlling influence...God did not create you to build a kingdom for a narcissist. You are just as valuable to God as they are. Stop letting narcissists tell you what to do.

Love God first. Then love people. Keeping this correct order of love will protect you from wasting your life.

THE TRAVESTY OF DISHONEST SCALES IN AMERICA

There is nothing quite as frustrating as being weighed on dishonest scales.

This occurs when someone decides your guilt based on their feelings instead of a set of moral absolutes.

One woman that I mentored left her church because she was greatly wronged by leadership. But everyone judged her as the wrong party instead of hearing her out - they blamed her and weighed her actions on dishonest scales. They did not know the truth of what happened. They made a decision about her actions based on how much they would lose by siding with her. They judged her based on their feelings - not seeking the Lord for His truth.

When Truth is not valued, there is no standard by which to weigh anything. If “truth” is measured according to our own opinions and emotions, there is no baseline in which justice can be administered.

Jesus knew that the woman caught in adultery was being weighed on dishonest scales. The man caught in adultery did not get the same treatment... it was only the woman. It may have even been a setup to catch Jesus - but He balanced the scales for all of them by essentially challenging them to judge their own actions by the same scales. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

There is a lack of honest scales in America. We weigh everything on our own opinions and emotions. It is quite disheartening because this is the very foundation of lawlessness.

If it's the truth that sets us free - then it is lawlessness that puts us in chains.

We must return to equal justice and equal mercy. No matter the race, gender, religion, or political bent the same scales must be used for all.

It begins with us, the Body of Christ. Let us take the plank out of our own eye first. Let us examine our own motives. Let us pray for honest scales and begin to measure situations based on God's truth and not our own opinions.

"The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him." Proverbs 11:1

Learning to Love Yourself

We are often taught at a very young age we are not good enough, or we are taught that we are strange and not “normal.”  We waste time in life trying to be good enough and wearing masks trying to prove we fit in.

One of the young ladies that I coach recently had to face the fact that she so desired to be “normal” that she found a matronly woman in the community who fit her definition of “normal.”  She put the matron on a pedestal and steered her life in the direction of this woman.

It caused her to walk down the wrong path as she matured in Christ.  Her tree was growing crooked because she was bending to this woman was instead of becoming who God created her to be.  She had to take this “normal” woman off her pedestal and repent for hating her own life.

The woman I coach was rejecting her own path because she wasn’t trusting that God had written a good story for her life.  Friends – no one on earth is the epitome of normal.

In fact, there is no normal on earth, because heaven should be our normal.  Instead of striving to be “normal,” we should strive to be authentic.

We will be free from pressure and free from insecurity when we become ALL that God has created us to be. We will never be happy pursuing someone else’s life.  This is a counterfeit path that requires us to pretend to be someone we’re not.  We spin our wheels and never become our authentic self because we are pursuing an inferior and human definition of “normal.”

God doesn’t use cookie cutters.  He uses a potter’s wheel when creating us.

You are unique and you are loved just the way you are.  Ask God to show you who He created you to be.

Ask Him to take off the masks and to uproot the lies that you aren’t good enough.  One of the most overlooked aspects to love – is learning to love yourself!

Don’t be normal.  Be you!

LEARNING TO LOVE IN THE RIGHT ORDER

As Believers, we must love God first and seek His Kingdom first. We must not love our lives more than we love God.

The basis of God’s Kingdom is that we love God FIRST!! After that - we love people. If this order of love is twisted then the entire foundation of our relationship with God (and then people) will not work.  Our crooked places must be made straight by loving God more than we love people.

Jesus demonstrated this.  He was willing to walk away from everything and everyone in order to obey His Father!

If LOVE begins with the Father, then He will show us how to love with wisdom and depth of insight.  We won’t find ourselves in co-dependent cycles.  We won’t find ourselves being used by others.  We won’t find ourselves trying to “save” people with a “god” complex because by putting Him first, we love others with His love... not our fleshly understanding and shallow definition of love.

Jesus did nothing without the Father’s permission.  He only did what he saw the Father do.  He only spoke the words the Father spoke.  Jesus’s radical obedience was because He loved the Father... even to the point of dying on the cross.

Jesus loved His Father with all of his heart - mind - soul - and strength and He was willing to lose everything because of this love.  Let this be our goal!!

PRAYER:

Father God please forgive us for loving people more than we love you.  Forgive us for loving our family more than you.  Forgive us for loving positions, money, power, and our lives more than we love You.

Let us love as Jesus did and obey you in all things!  Let our definition of love come from You and not the world.  Remove faulty thinking from our minds and renew our minds according to the Holy Spirit.  Put our love in the right order in Jesus name AMEN!

#LearningToLove

Prophecy - THE UNVEILING OF THE WIZARD OF OZ IN AMERICA

Prophecy - THE UNVEILING OF THE WIZARD OF OZ IN AMERICA

Falling from Cloud Nine and Waking Up to the Truth

The Lord has been showing me He’s about to pull back a curtain in the US and reveal our true condition. The deeds done in darkness are going to be uncovered, and they will shake us to the very core.

It is going to be so disturbing as a nation that we are going to go through an identity crisis.

God has shown me not only are people I have suspected of wrongdoing going to be uncovered, but there are also people I have held in high esteem are going to come crashing to the ground. People I held up as inspirational and thought they were excellent examples of righteous leadership are going to be uncovered as frauds. I keep hearing the phrase “falling from cloud nine.”

This “unveiling” will be painful. It will include people in every arena of life. People in government, the church, the media, Hollywood, business, and education. The veil is going to come down all at once. And God has told me to brace myself because I do not even understand the depth of witchcraft, counterfeit, and manipulation that has been going on behind the scenes.

What should our reaction be when we find out the Wizard of Oz is just an old man with a booming mic and great special effects? What should be our reaction when someone we admired comes falling from grace? What should our reaction be when someone we loathe comes under judgment?

First, we should each humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God who knows every hidden thing. We each have our own secret sin, and we should be careful to not act like self-righteous Pharisees.

Hebrews 4:13 - Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Second, no matter what is uncovered, justice must be served. God is no respecter of persons. Justice is part of love. If someone commits a crime, they have to do the time, even if they have been my “hero.” If someone brings harm, God will repay them. God loves justice, because it is part of His character. We must return to the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 61:8 For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing.

Third, we should never rejoice when we see an enemy fall. We can rejoice when evil is removed. But we should not gloat when PEOPLE are humbled. We should pray for their salvation and the opening of their eyes to God’s mercy.

Psalm 24:17-18 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.

Finally, if we find our world is turned upside down by the unveiling of wickedness, if we can’t seem to find our footing when trouble comes…then we are probably guilty of idolatry. We have put people on pedestals and served them as “saviors.” The person behind the curtain with a microphone and fancy special effects is a mere human and just as fallible as anyone else. If our hope has been in a person instead of Jesus, our feet have been planted on the sand.

In the coming days, if we fall from cloud nine because of the dethroning of the Wizards, let us find ourselves landing on the Rock! God is the One doing the uncovering – He’ll be the One to put us back together!

Proverbs 28:14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.

BREAKING UP WITH THE SPIRIT OF TORMENT

I know this is going to sound foreign to some of you, but hear me out, because God wants to set some of you free!

Some of us have made friends with the spirit of torment, and it’s TIME TO BREAK UP!

As I have coached and counseled people to emotional freedom, I have found we often believe several lies causing us to make the spirit of torment our friend.  I know that sounds crazy, but it is the SAME THING as self-pity.  There is something about feeling sorry for ourselves we wrongly believe gives us power.  When the door in our life is open to the spirit of torment, we can learn to use that spirit in manipulative ways to bring us something we want.

The lies that open the door to a spirit of torment can come when we are children; we learn if we are in torment we get special treatment.  We learn if we are hurting, people pay special attention to us.  Sometimes it’s the only kind of love children can get, the spawn of negative reinforcement.  Children learn to make their torment known because it’s the only time they feel comforted and special.

As children, we can learn that being tormented gives us power. This spills over into adulthood.

We sometimes welcome torment as a way of pampering ourselves.  We think I had a bad night of torment, so I’ll comfort myself with chocolate, or by checking out for a few hours on Netflix, or by posting something on Facebook to seek attention.  I’ll go on a little shopping spree because I’ve been so tormented lately.

  So we tolerate torment because it gives us the power to pamper ourselves, and to gain some attention.

THIS. IS. A. LIE!  God loves to pamper His children.  He doesn’t need an excuse to pamper us.  Neither do we need an excuse to pamper ourselves.  It’s OK to have chocolate, Netflix, and shopping without it being a “reward” for your suffering.  But, it’s not okay to use “your suffering” as an excuse to gain attention. 

At times we can think that torment makes us holy.  We wrongly believe we’re so tormented because God has a “special plan” for us.  An example would be:  “God” wakes me up in the middle of the night and gives me prayer assignments.  In all actuality, God does not “torment” special people.  The Bible says “…[God] grants sleep to those he loves.” Psalm 127:2.  A spirit of torment may wake you up in the night, and GOD may take the opportunity to give you something to pray about.  But, if you aren’t getting the sleep you need, and it is regularly causing you a lack of healthy sleep – then IT IS a spirit of torment.

I remember one time a pastor telling me he was constantly being awakened by God in the middle of the night, and God would speak to him.  Sometimes he was so wide awake that he would go for walks in the middle of the night.  

He felt God had chosen him to download many things in the night, and he felt special.  But, he was suffering for it in the daytime. 

He was constantly tired and grumpy.  He was running on fumes, but he believed it was God, so he asked his family to pay the price that he just wasn’t going to be 100%.  I was able to share with this pastor this didn’t feel like God.  God wants to grant sleep to those he loves, and He is not a hard taskmaster.  I thought the enemy might be tormenting him.  He believed me, and we broke off that spirit.  Then, the pastor’s life returned to normal.

Torment doesn’t make you holy or special. Torment is just torment – it’s an evil spirit. If you are a son or daughter of God, you have authority over it.  A Father who loves His children doesn’t WANT to see His children in torment.  He can pamper us, and comfort us, and let us feel loved without using a spirit of torment.  God DOES NOT want His children to be tormented!

If this resonates with you, if you have used a spirit of torment as a way of receiving love or comfort, if you have thought a spirit of torment made you holier – it is time to BREAK UP with this spirit!

Always remember, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7.  The spirit of torment is not these things!

STEPS TO WHOLENESS:

1. Break off Generational Torment using this prayer:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1niq_LCuoYUZJS2ubC6X08k75HAaxqkJl/view?usp=sharing

2. Untangle yourself from this torment using this prayer:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Fa23EjPGUNRqz5Ou4oG1R-GlsXh2B1GG/view?usp=sharing

3. Then seal it up: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14KojV9Cx4E0WAfzjrD7YJ_eqUL1byANv/view?usp=sharing

Why Won't These Demons Obey?

Luke 10: 18-19 “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you."

If Jesus gave us authority over ALL of the power of the enemy and NOTHING is supposed to harm us... why is it STILL happening?

Why won't these demons obey us?

Well... largely because Satan is a legalist. He will use every single loophole he can find in order to keep you sick, depressed, deceived, and broke. This is one of the main reasons the Body of Christ hasn’t reached maturity yet.  Because we think God’s grace overrides Satan’s legalism.

But it doesn’t.

Not when it comes to sin. We cannot drive out what we are guilty of.  If we are guilty of the sin of manipulation, we cannot drive out Jezebel. If we do not specifically ask forgiveness for the sin of manipulation--- then the enemy will use it to refuse to obey our commands.

A friend of mine kept having trouble in her home, with different fears and anxiety attacks coming over her children. She tried and tried to get those demons to stop. And she cried out to God for help.  He revealed to her in a dream that she was guilty of the sin of Pharmakeia. (Pharmakeia is the strongman over the manipulation of medicine. We are guilty of it when we try to come up with our own treatment for sickness instead of seeking God’s kingdom first. This would include blindly taking prescriptions from the doctor without seeking for God’s wisdom first. And certainly Pharmakeia has to do with all forms of taking illegal drugs in order to manipulate our minds and bodies into a false high.)

It occurred to her that her house had been a former drug house and she had prayed that every sin on the property would be forgiven.

But she didn’t have understanding about two things:

1.  Satan is a legalist and she had to specifically address Pharmakeia.

2.  She was guilty of Pharmakeia and the devil was not required to obey her commands.

But God, who is the Way-Maker, showed her the answer to her cry.  She repented for Pharmakeia, broke the generational sin, and then was able to address that specific spirit.

I feel that this is something that the Body of Christ MUST come to understand:

We must repent with specifics.

And we must war with specifics. 

Shotguns do not work very well in Spiritual Warfare.  We can't just aim and hope we hit our target. Snipers are much more effective. Specific targeted prayer is what God needs from us.

We close loopholes by letting the Holy Spirit lead us to take out every speck and log in our own eye before drawing our sword against the enemy’s kingdom.

It is when we can see clearly that we have authority over the devil and his demons. I want to encourage everyone reading this to spend a prayer session being SPECIFIC in repentance.  Ask God to forgive you for the pencil you took in 5th grade. Be that specific!

Let me help you get started. Here is a list of things you can repent from.

I would ask you to listen closely to the Holy Spirit as well and use the Breaking Generational Sin Prayer (Click here)  on anything He directs you to.  Be sure to  seal it up by using this prayer after you spend time asking forgiveness for specifics!

Abandoning God’s will

Anger (towards God and others)

Neglecting people and God

Not believing God’s word

Performing for the approval of men

Rebellion

Buying the lie of shame

Being a victim

Addiction

Emotional or Co-Dependency

Anxiety

Bitterness

Deceiving anyone

Letting depression win

Using escapism

Letting a spirit of failure bring paralyzation

Financially poor stewardship

Letting grief swallow our lives

Handing our identity over to men

Mocking others/gossip/slander

Lack of Faith/Fear

Lack of Motivation/Sloth

Pride

Religious Bondage

Violence and hatred

Occult/Horoscope/Ouija

Sexual sin/Perversion

Idolatry of created things

Allow the Holy Spirit to bring up other specific sins…

Freedom in Obedience - Guest Post by Michelle Daugharthy

I'm so pleased to introduce my friend Michelle Daugharthy to you.  Michelle is a beautiful person inside and out.  She has allowed God to take her mess and create a beautiful masterpiece from her life.  She is a wonderful wife, mother, and actress!  She acts in commercials and small films AND she writes!  Enjoy this piece of wisdom that she has written for us.

I am going to say something that may sound counter-intuitive.

There is FREEDOM walking in obedience.

We were actually created this way.  We crave safe boundaries; it creates security.  A child will continue to push against any boundary you put in place to see if you really care enough to mean it.

“Yes! If you don’t play in the street, then you are FREE to stay alive! That is how much I love you!”

“Yes! If you are home by curfew and do not go to your boyfriend’s house alone, then you are FREE to not be burdened with the guilt that weighs from sexual sin! That’s how much I love you!” We can often fear that if we agree to walk in obedience to the Lord, He will ask us to give up something we love or do something really hard.

And He might. BUT, trust me, if He asks you to give it up, it is because there is something better in store!

A few years after my divorce, I was dating a man long distance for almost two years. It was a challenging relationship. He was a good, Christian man, but had some deep struggles with being OCD and over-critical that were less than life-giving in our relationship.  We broke up a few times, and each time I felt like we were supposed to get back together. He had so many of the qualities I longed for in a husband.

The thing is, he had a reeeeaaallly hard time committing to marriage because he was afraid he would regret his choice later. I always went back and just tried to “work harder” on our relationship. The deeply implanted wounds and issues were not healed, and things got very bleak and hard again.

When I was praying about what to do, I felt the Lord ask me, “If you knew I had something better for you around the corner, would you give him up?” I actually did not have to think too long…”Yes, Lord. I will do that and trust you.”

So I broke it off for good. He pleaded and pleaded with me to give him another chance, but I calmly held my ground. It was hard. I gave something up I really wanted. And it hurt. But I also felt peace in the midst of that because I knew I obeyed God. I felt more free out of that relationship! I was even able to get to a place of being ok if I did not get married again because I knew the Lord was enough and He was taking care of me.  Six months later, I met a man whom I was pretty smitten with right away.

Friends, God is SO good.

He knew what I needed in a mate, and I believe He had this man in mind for me. (God just had to perform a minor miracle and move him back to our city!) Long story short, we married about 2 years after we met. Now we have been married almost 9 years and have added two kids to our family, in addition to my daughter I have from my previous marriage. Is it perfect? No.  Do we sometimes struggle?  Yes. But it is GOOD.  So good.  And don’t we all want what is good, the best for us?

God is a good father and knows how to give good gifts – the best gifts!

That is what He loves to do! In fact, His word tells us how He likes to give gifts: “ …which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”  (Matthew 7:9-11.)

Freedom does not mean just getting to do what we want.  Freedom is defined as the state of being at liberty rather than in confinement.  Friends, sin leads to confinement, to bondage….to slavery.  Obedience is for our protection, and for our promise for freedom!

Walking in obedience to God will always lead to greater joy, peace, and freedom! Will you follow and obey Him today?

How to Encourage Yourself in the Lord on Your Worst Day

Life is full of hills and valleys. I remember my grandmother in her late 70s dealing with a prolonged attack by the devil who sought to steal her peace by shutting down her secret place with the Lord. She couldn’t hear him very well for months on end and she had loved the Lord and served Him her entire life. 

The enemy will do his best to cause us to question God’s love for us.

It’s the strategy he used in the garden with Eve... “God doesn’t really have your best interests at heart. He’s actually just keeping you in the dark and controlling you.”

David had one of these deep valleys right before his destiny came to fruition.  (1 Samuel 30) David and his men came back to their homes after a long season of warfare. They found that their town had been ransacked. Their wives and children and all of their belongings had been stolen by the Amalekites. On top of all of that, David’s own men were so distraught that they whispered behind his back that it was time to stone him.

That’s a pretty low valley.

But David, the man after God’s own heart, did not fall apart and become a victim of his circumstances. David “encouraged himself in the Lord.”

David reminded himself of God’s goodness. He reminded himself of all that God had done for him. David worshipped the Lord in the midst of his valley. And even though he didn’t understand, he chose to trust God and he asked for the ephod. In our day this would be the same as opening the Word of God and asking for direction... or inquiring of the Lord and receiving direction from the Holy Spirit.

God gave David direction for recovering everything he had just lost. David didn’t realize it... but on the other side of the Kingdom at the very moment that he was choosing to encourage himself in the Lord, his very destiny was about to be fulfilled. David had been waiting for God to hand the Kingship over to him. At the same time David chose to not become a victim, Saul was being removed from office and David became King just a few days later.

The enemy fights us the hardest the closer we get to our breakthrough.

We must all learn how to encourage ourselves in the Lord like David did. We must learn to force ourselves to praise the Lord even if we don’t “feel” like it. We must remember His goodness even when our lives are seemingly falling apart.

We must always inquire of Him for direction. Even if we think we cannot hear God, He will find a way to get us the answer to our questions.

My grandmother praised God even though He seemed silent. She didn’t change anything about her daily devotions or prayer time. I will never forget the look on her face when she told me the storm had passed. She was so full of joy. She felt closer to the Lord than she ever had. She made it through the valley and won the victory!

You can make it through your valley as well. DECIDE that you are not a victim. DECIDE to praise Him and read His word. DECIDE to remember all of the good things He has day be for you.

DECIDE to encourage yourself in the Lord. Your destiny may be coming to pass on the other side of the Kingdom!

FREE Prayer Resources

Breaking Generational Sins (CLICK HERE)

When we worship idols such as 'lust', 'hatred', 'witchcraft', 'fear', etc. that sin is passed down to the third and fourth generation.  If it is not broken by applying the forgiveness of the cross to the sin -  the cycle repeats.

It is very easy to recognize sins that are generational because the previous and/or subsequent generations struggle with the same strongholds:  worry, lust, fear, etc.  This prayer takes you through the steps needed to break off the cycle.

Breaking Ungodly Soul Ties (CLICK HERE)

Breaking ungodly soul ties with people we had toxic relationships with can be an effective healing tool.  From parents to siblings to ex-spouses and unkind acquaintances.  When we cut off the ungodly agreement in relationships we sever their right to influence us.

Uprooting Lies - Mind Renewal (CLICK HERE)

Lies are planted as seeds in our mind.  Sometimes they grow into full size trees.  Uprooting lies is focused on the root of the tree instead of the branches.  It is common to use this prayer on a daily basis!

Deprogramming from Idols/Strongholds/Demons (CLICK HERE)

Renouncing Idols, Strongholds, and Demons is important.  This is a prayer to untangle ourselves and renew our minds from the sinfulness of bowing to evil.

Sealing Up after Warfare (CLICK HERE)

Every time we do Spiritual Warfare at Tisha Sledd Ministries we seal it up by praying this prayer.

We have found it to be invaluable in keeping us safe from the backlash that comes from messing with the devil and his kingdom.

Breaking the Curse of Freemasons - Masons/Shriners (CLICK HERE)

There are significant ramifications when anyone makes a covenant with the Freemason organization. Behind the veil of their "good works" is an organization that is not rooted in Jesus Christ and ultimately makes vows to demonic idols.  When anyone in your family line has belonged to the Freemasons, there is a bloodline iniquity that must be remitted to the Lord.  When you renounce the vows taken through the different levels of the Freemasons - you will see that there are some deeply disturbing vows one is required to take to belong to this organization.

Divorce Decrees for Baal - Queen of Heaven - Leviathan - Lucifer (CLICK HERE)

There are three main idols and one fallen angel that are important to purposely divorce ourselves from.  Baal is the god of rebellion.  Queen of heaven is the god of sexuality and manipulation.  Leviathan is the god of pride and twisting the truth.  All three of these work together and must be divorced together.  The fallen angel Lucifer must also be loosed from one's bloodline and given a certificate of divorce.  Being specific about cutting soul ties with these spiritual beings brings greater relief and peace to the pray-er. 

(You MAY pray these prayers for others according to 1 John 5:16 and John 20:23)

This Is How You Become MORE Than a Conqueror - It's all about the PLUNDER!

We can use the battles of the Old Testament as a template for how to wage spiritual warfare. We no longer battle against flesh and blood - we do not battle "people" like the Kings in the Old Testament - but we DO battle the same powers and principalities that their enemies represented. 

We no longer fight with swords and spears. We fight on our knees using the word of God (our sword), His name (our authority), and His blood (our power/strength).

The more we learn about spiritual warfare, the easier it becomes. Personally, I used to constantly battle a demon of depression. But I can now easily knock that spirit to the ground by using my weapons of warfare. The "feeling" of depression flees quickly from me once I respond to its attack by telling it to go, or quoting scripture, or by singing a worship song.

Once I came to truly understand and believe that I had authority over it - it didn't try as often to overwhelm me and take me out.

But though I understood my authority in Spiritual Warfare - there was one thing I was still not understanding...It's one thing that I think a lot of people overlook.

Once you have victory in Spiritual Warfare - YOU NEED TO ASK FOR THE PLUNDER.

This is how we are MORE than a conqueror!!

For a long time, I was just a conqueror --- until I understood that I also needed to ask for the plunder. It wasn't until I asked for the plunder that I was fully implementing all of my authority.

Now - when I finish fighting something in the spirit realm and I know it’s finished.

I picture myself before the Supreme Judge and I ask Him for the spiritual plunder from the fight. He usually asks me to make a list of plunder that I want from the defeated spirit.

So I ask for things that were stolen by the spirit to be returned plus 7 times what was stolen. I let the Spirit lead me and I write it in my journal.

Sometimes I ask for lost finances or for favor to be given.  If I’m praying for a nation – I will ask for the generations to reap the blessings that have been held up.  

When I ask…I ask BIG! It’s kind of like the King who struck the arrows on the ground. (2 Kings 13)  How much do I want to win? I strike the ground a lot when asking for plunder.

God says that we do not have because we do not ask --- so I ask BIG!

When David plundered the Amalekites in 1 Samuel 30, he took back the things that originally belonged to him but he also took all of the enemy’s livestock and goods as well.

Then he shared it with those who were faithful to him.

If we use the Old Testament as our blueprint for fighting powers and principalities, the Kings always brought the plunder back to their Kingdom. They used their plunder to build their kingdoms BUT more so, they used it to build God's temple.

So in keeping with this blueprint, when we ask for the plunder after defeating our foe in the spiritual realm, we need to keep in mind the people of God and ask for plunder to meet their needs. After that be sure to ask for personal plunder as well.

Become MORE than a conqueror by becoming a plunderer!

You do not have, because you do not ask. James 4:2

 

ARE YOU SIDING WITH THE DEVIL WITHOUT KNOWING IT?

I was doing some research the other day on the separating of the Spirit and the Soul when I ran across this quote.

It was so powerful that I had to write it down.

The devil's great purpose, and for which he fights, is to keep the world in ignorance of himself, his ways, and his colleagues, and the Church is taking sides with him when siding with ignorance about him.  - Jessie Penn-Lewis

God, Himself, wrote something similar in Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge…

How many battles have we lost because we don’t have the knowledge to fight the devil and his colleagues? The answer is FAR TOO MANY!

Let us make an effort to know how to fight in Spiritual Warfare. Let's NOT remain ignorant of the devil and his ways that we might not take his side anymore!

Here are a few pieces of wisdom when fighting the good fight.

1. Everything that the devil has complicated and magnified has a very simple answer. Whatever giant you are fighting - there is a simple stone that can take it down. The giant is usually undone by forgiveness, renouncing lies, or closing doors to sin and then STANDING! Ask God to show you behind the curtain of the Wizard of Oz show.  What is powering the giant?  Then proceed accordingly.

2. The forgiveness of your sins and the sins of others has much more power than you can imagine.  Evil is fueled by sin.  Jesus gave you the power to remit (forgive) sins. (John 20:23) When you see that sin is the problem in any given warfare - simply go to God and ask forgiveness on behalf of that person. (No. you cannot repent FOR them but you can ask God to take a layer of heavy sin off of them so that it might be easier for them to turn to God) This is certainly true of generational sins.

3. The devil is attempting to pollute both time and space. The enemy can curse the land you live on. He can also curse a certain time of day - or a certain season of the year. Don't forget to address both Time and Space when you fight him.

4. Resting can be warfare. When we take a day and rest - we are essentially saying that we trust God enough to protect and provide for us. This infuriates the devil! :)

5. Remember that even the toughest giants are not hard for the Lord. He is the Way-Maker. Ask for the blueprint to conquer the giant. Be persistent and be patient - don't get offended. When you ask - the blueprint is on it's way. Sometimes the enemy just fights like hell to keep it from you. (Ask Daniel!)  Keep growing in your wisdom and understanding of the devil! We must increase our knowledge in order to defeat him! God open our eyes to the ways of our enemy.  We ask for knowledge that we might not be destroyed!

Shunning Lukewarmness - ARE YOU READY TO PAY THE PRICE FOR MORE OF GOD?

When I first ventured beyond the veil into the realm of the Holy Spirit, I surely had some fear to subdue. I liked the nice shallow water of the soul realm. Everything was nice and calm in the shallow end of God’s Kingdom. I was safe, and nothing about my faith was weird.

But I desired the Lord so much that I followed Him to the edge of the shallow end and faced a waterfall. I was unwilling to jump off for some time. But my relationship with the Lord was going nowhere and I couldn’t seem to get any closer to Him. I shared my dilemma with one of my pastors. I told him that I wanted more of the Lord but couldn’t seem to get any closer. He answered me with words of wisdom that opened the door to the craziest adventure of my life. My pastor said, “Do you need more of the Holy Spirit, or does the Holy Spirit need more of you?”

Initially, I did not know the answer to this question. But I soon found out that it was all a setup by Jehovah Sneaky! He had heard my heart’s cry for more of Him but gently revealed to me that if I wanted more of Him, I had to be willing to pay a price.

God said to me, “Tisha, are you willing to be a fool for Me?”

I answered yes without much thought to the cost that I had just agreed to. I agreed to take the leap off of the waterfall into the deep, exciting, wonderful, and weird world of the Holy Spirit. I didn’t know it at first, but it would be a leap would that cost me everything.

As I stepped beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies, I began to SEE with the eyes of my heart the unseen realm of spiritual warfare. I began to SEE and EXPERIENCE a realm other than the physical one. It was exhilarating. It was full of wonder. It exposed my fears and forced me to deal with my wounds. I had my feet in two worlds. The physical one and the spiritual one – and while I was enjoying getting closer to the Holy Spirit… the people around me were not happy about it.

I became “scary” to some of my closest friends. I became “crazy” to my unsaved family. I became “wicked” to the church I attended. In a very short time, I had become the “fool” that I had agreed to become in order to be closer to the Lord. I had been rejected by more people than I can count.

But… it was SO worth it!

You see, I was in very good company in the deep end of the Kingdom. Jesus Himself was considered a fool. He was Beelzebub to religious leaders. (Luke 11) He was “out of his mind” to His family. (Mark 3) His own disciple rebuked Him for talking about His crucifixion. (Matthew 16)

Jesus did CRAZY things like touching the lepers. He turned water into wine. He walked on water and told winds and waves to be still. He ate with tax collectors and prostitutes. He rebuked unseen demons. He forgave sins and let the guilty go free. He talked to His unseen Father and heard Him talk back. He prophesied future events. And then to top it all off… he called a dead man to come out of the grave after he had been dead for four days.

This is the Man I follow.

This is the Kingdom which I belong to. The crazy one. The one that makes no sense to the physical, logical world.

Some of you have been asking for more of the Lord, but you have a fear of the Holy Spirit. You have a fear that He will make you speak in other tongues and do weird things like putting mud in a man’s eyes to heal his sight. You fear being mocked. You fear being called a “fool” by the world.

But this is the Man that you chose to follow.

He blesses the shallow end, but He lives in the deep end. He doesn’t always give you all the details. It’s not always safe. Honestly, it’s not always fun. But it’s where He is… He’s beyond the veil.

Jesus ignored the religious. He walked away from His controlling family. He patiently endured His disciples… and He finished His calling. He showed us HOW to live in two worlds at once.

He is inviting you beyond the veil to be a fool for Him. He wants you to hate the shallow end. He wants you to dive head first into His craziness.

Because -- it is in the midst of what this world calls “crazy” that His Kingdom is found.

Are you ready for more? Let’s take the leap!