SPIRITUAL WARFARE STRATEGIES

Many people want to learn how to be prayer warriors, but they don’t know where to start. Maybe you feel the urgency to battle on your knees for your nation, family, office, community or all of the above, and you keep hitting a wall.

For years, prayer was a practice in which I desperately wanted to grow, but it was also an area of my greatest frustration. Over time, however, God began leading me in certain prayer strategies that have helped my quiet time with Him to be both life-giving and productive. I would like to invite you to come on a journey into the infinite adventure that awaits you in your time with the Lord. Though there are many strategies that I have yet to learn, here are some of my faves.

STRATEGY #1—REMEMBER THAT GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD!

In order to understand the absolute Goodness of God, we must go back to the beginning.

Back to Genesis. In Genesis 2, God placed mankind in Eden which in the Hebrew means “delight.” God crafted a perfect world and put Adam there. It was flawless from the foundation to the finish. Perfect environment, perfect temperature, perfect communion with God. Man’s only job was to tend a pristine place, name the animals that God brought to him, and enjoy unbroken fellowship with the Creator, basking in the glory of God’s Presence. But sin messed up God’s best. As soon as mankind disobeyed the one rule and ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, his eyes were opened and sin began to separate man from his Maker. No longer did Adam and Eve see through only spiritual eyes; now reason, logic, and natural vision began to eclipse God’s Voice.

Sin always grows and soon after the fruit was tasted, murder and lies stepped on the scene. By Genesis 6, the world was so corrupt that God had to begin again with Noah who was known as a just and perfect man. The sinless restart was short-lived because by Genesis 11, mankind was once again going rogue, choosing to build a tower to self instead of God.

Genesis 12 brings a new character to the scene—a man named Abram. God called him out of his country and into a foreign land. Abram responded to God’s invitation to make a covenant together, and his descendants the Israelites became God’s Chosen people through whom the Savior could come.

God prepared a Promised Land for His people Israel, and in the book of Exodus, we meet a man named Moses who was called by God to be lead them there. When the people arrived at the “land of milk and honey” in the book of Numbers, they refused to believe that God would deliver them from the giants in the land (Numbers 13:33). By this time, they had experienced the miraculous: heavenly food raining from Heaven daily, water from a rock, parting of the Red Sea, supernatural navigation from a cloud and pillar of fire, but these marvels didn’t fuel their faith. They determined to return to

Egypt where they had been in bondage, and they even considered taking up rocks to stone anyone who would stand in their way (Numbers 14:10). Because they were unwilling to trust the Lord, a whole generation died in the wilderness.

Forty years later, God enabled the next generation of Israelites to capture the promised land. Years before, God had warned His people that if the occupants were allowed to remain in the territory, they would become as “thorns in [the Israelites’] sides and pricks in their eyes” (Numbers 33:55, Deuteronomy 7:16). They were instructed to kill the enemy nations, leaving no survivors. Nevertheless, the Israelites did not obey this command, and eventually the nations surrounding them tempted them with idolatry.

It may seem harsh that the people were told to execute the surrounding nations, but one must consider the bigger picture. Sin was running rampant, and there was no cure for it. The sins of the people were covered by the sacrifice of a lamb, but sin was never truly eradicated. Thus, sin was left to spread like a cancer with no treatment. To save mankind, God needed a holy people through whom the Savior could come. If sin were allowed free reign among God’s chosen people, there would not be a virgin left in Israel through whom the Messiah could be born. God was on a salvation mission, so those nations who would thwart His aim to save were removed. Along the way, two non- Israelites named Rahab and Ruth chose to align with God’s people, and they were not only received but granted the opportunity to be in the lineage of Christ the Savior. (Other individuals became allies of the Israelites as well—Leviticus 19:33.).

The book of Judges chronicles the consequences of enemy nations that were allowed to remain in the Promised Land instead of being wiped away. They tempted the Israelites with idol worship, and the people fell prey to the worship of foreign gods. A trend formed throughout the book of Judges—the people would serve the Lord and enjoy blessing and freedom; then the people would begin worshipping other gods, and God would allow their enemies to attack. When God’s people would repent, God would raise up judges to deliver them from their oppressors.

The Book of I Samuel reveals that the people desired to elect a king to mimic the other nations. God granted their request for a king though it was abject rejection of Him as their Leader. God said to the prophet Samuel, “They have not rejected you; they have rejected Me” (I Samuel 8:7). The coronation of a monarch began a long sordid story throughout the rest of the Old Testament which revealed that when a Godly king was on the throne, there was blessing, and failure resulted when the king caused the people to stray.

The prophetic books beginning with Isaiah and ending with Malachi reveal yet another sad chronicle of God’s story with mankind. Throughout the chapters, God continuously asked His people to be faithful. He spilled His heart across the parchment time after time, pleading with His people to be true so that He could bless them. Unfortunately, His pleas seemed to fall on deaf ears as the people constantly chose idols they could see over the Creator whom they couldn’t.

The book of Matthew ushers in a New Testament in God’s relationship with mankind. After many attempts to woo His people. God chose to send His only Son to pay the penalty for mankind’s sin and destroy its eternal effects. This way, God no longer had to wipe out nations to preserve His people from sin. Sin could be addressed and forgiven instead of poisoning whole people groups.

Christ came and began to heal, deliver, and save the people, but His ministry was short-lived as the people decided that He must die. It’s true that He had to give His life for the world so that it could be saved, but the rejection of God was still keen. Christ was betrayed, tortured, and crucified so that all of mankind’s sins could be forgiven.

After Christ retuned to Heaven, His disciples were sent to be His missionaries to the world, but they were all persecuted, executed, or exiled.

Thousands of years later, the war for hearts continues. God still draws mankind and is often rejected, but His invitation to come to Him still remains. There is a great battle between good and evil to win the hearts of each person, and the fight can be fierce. God has given us His Bible, His Spirit, His Ephesians 6 armor, His angels, His Church, and so much more to equip us to live life for Him, but few people actually use these tools. We casually turn the pages of the Bible when it is convenient for us, and we wonder why we stumble through life without the answers that His Manual provides.

Though sin was addressed at a high cost to God the Father and Son, we still treat it lightly. God has given mankind free will, and often we use this gift to destroy others. We like free will as long as someone else’s liberty doesn’t inconvenience us; when others’ decisions impact our path, many shake their fist at God, blaming Him for the travesty that man began and has perpetuated since the beginning.

Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death, but we flirt with it continuously, opening doors for satan to attack us (Genesis 4:7, I Peter 5:8). Adam and Eve may have been the first to take a bite from the forbidden fruit, but all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). No one has followed God’s laws perfectly, so the blame lies squarely with each of us. We may not experience immediate death when we dabble in sin, but death WILL eventually come to our joy, peace, relationships, finances, destiny, and life if we continually indulge in compromise. Suffice it to say, sin is still a REALLY BIG DEAL!

Some may wonder why God didn’t send Christ the minute that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, but the answer isn’t so cut-and-dry. Have you ever noticed that many terms in the Bible are judicial? Words such as covenant, testimony, witness, adversary, accuser, Advocate,Testament, Law, decree are found throughout God’s letter to His people. God is a perfect Judge (Deuteronomy 32:4), so everything must be done legally. Adam and Eve were given authority in the Earth (Genesis 1:28), but they became slaves to sin (Romans 6:16). Until Christ could come as a Man and win the authority back (Matthew 28:18), sin and death reigned. (Romans 5:21). In fact, satan our adversary accuses mankind day and night before God (Revelation 12:10, Job

1 and 2), always looking for an open door to destroy us (Genesis 4:7, I Peter 5:8). In order to keep matters legal and preserve free will, God had to find a man with whom He could covenant (Abram) and prophets who speak would set the stage for Christ’s arrival (Proverbs 18:21, Amos 3:7). Though I don’t understand it all, suffice it to say that God the Judge doesn’t wave a magic wand and sprinkle pixie dust over circumstances. Sin opened Pandora’s box, and God is painstakingly working to bring beauty out of ashes (Isaiah 61:3).

It all comes down to this: God is good. He always has been, and He always will be. I hate hearing people say, “Why did God allow this to happen?” I hope you see from this lesson and the ones to come that there is so much more to spiritual warfare than we thought. There are legalities and open doors and adversaries and principalities. It’s just bigger than we imagined! I pray that I will be able to shed some light on strategies to war for our families, states, nations, and world!

Our next topic will cover open doors to the enemy. Ephesians 4:27 says “Neither give place to the devil.” Obviously, it is possible to give him access to our lives and families, so join me in the next installment for a study on Closing the Open Doors.

#2 CLOSE THE OPEN DOORS

Have you ever heard the expression, “The best offense is a good defense”? This certainly rings true when it comes to sin! Sin tempts us all, but if we understand the death that it brings, then we’re a bit more immune to its pull. Back in Genesis, Cain gave his brother Abel the evil eye because God preferred Abel’s offering. God spoke to Cain and said, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”

Sin crouches at the door of our heart, and if we succumb to it, we will be enslaved (Romans 6:16). Sin brings death (Romans 6:23) . . .maybe not immediately, but death creeps into every facet of our lives if sin continues. Consider the Garden of Eden. I mentioned in the last lesson that as soon as Adam and Eve ate of the fruit, death dawned on their destiny, their communion with God, and their family. Within a couple of chapters, mankind was riddled with destruction.

Consider these verses and the consequences that they clearly highlight: Romans 2:8-9 8but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil.

Matthew 18 highlights the pitfalls of unforgiveness. 32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.33Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just

as I had pity on you?’ 34And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35“So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother [g]his trespasses.”

James 3:16 emphasizes the pitfalls of envy and strife. 16For where envy and self- seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

Here’s the thing: God warned mankind of the penalties of sin from the very beginning. The Bible exposes sin and its poison. God’s Word was not written to squelch our freedom but to preserve us from the sin that crouches at the door, desiring to have us. Many of the penalties that mankind experiences are not at the Hands of God, but sin.

Again, in this lesson, God is the good Guy! He paid a way for us to be free from sin and its eternal spiritual consequences (We may have some natural, temporary consequences to face.), and He walks with us, offering a way of escape (I Corinthians 10:13), but He won’t force us to avoid sin.

So let’s look at sin soberly. Is it worth the destruction that it brings to us? When we do indulge in what God strictly warned us against, let’s be quick to repent and close any open doors.

Spiritual Warfare Strategy #3—USING THE BIBLE, THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT (Ephesians 6:17)

The Bible is the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17), and its Words are Spirit and life (John 6:63, Hebrews 4:12). In its pages, one can find healing, deliverance, wisdom, provision, and so much more. This Manual for living contains God’s Words that are medicine to every spiritual and natural condition (Proverbs 4:22).

How do we use this amazing Book? It’s simple! Read it like our life depends upon it . . .

because it does. As we daily deposit God’s Word in our heart, the Holy Spirit can connect and prescribe Scriptures like spiritual medicine to every situation that we encounter. I was radically healed after two years of life-altering pain when the Holy Spirit whispered a portion of Isaiah 58:11-12 into my heart. Two verses saved me from major surgery! It seems astounding that words on a page can effect such change, but I have seen God’s Word bring miracles time after time.

Each day as we set aside time to read God’s Word with an open heart, we keep our eyes peeled for verses that seem to resonate on the inside of us. When a Scripture seemingly jumps off the page or stirs us on the inside, we go deeper with that passage. We can use a Bible app to research the original Hebrew or Greek word to get more insight. We stop and pray that the Holy Spirit would give us greater clarity. Then we purpose to think about (meditate—Joshua 1:8) that Scripture until we feel a release to move ahead . No man has ever discovered the depths of a single Scripture in the Bible. There are infinite layers from each Word of God, so we don’t have to get in a hurry.

When I am faced with pain or a trial, I will ask the Lord to prescribe a “fight verse.” If we visit a doctor, we are often given medication that is targeted toward our particular ailment. In like manner, the Holy Spirit will give me a Scripture that is targeted toward a particular need.

How do I receive these Scriptures? This comes back to reading the Bible continuously so that the Holy Spirit can bring them back to us. As I pray about needs, a portion of a verse may flash across my heart or mind like a passing memory. When I look up that verse (google it), it often addresses the very trial that I am facing. I will then line up with the conditions of the verse, pray it, and believe the Promise that it contains until I see the answer come to pass. If the verse promises healing, then I choose to believe what God’s Word says over what mind wants to think. (Remember, our minds can be our greatest enemy—Romans 8:5-6. We must choose to think God’s Truth over our mind’s reasonings Philippians 4:8.).

If we look back at Genesis, two trees were highlighted in the garden of Eden. There was the tree of life which was God’s eternal provision for man, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil which was available but forbidden. (God has always given us free will.) Eve and Adam chose to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because it appealed to their senses and reasoning, and death began at that moment. They were no longer to eat from the

tree of life

because they would have lived in that sinful condition forever (Genesis 3:22), so God in His mercy banned them from access to eternal destruction. We will find the tree of life in Heaven (Revelation 22:2) once sin has been eradicated once and for all.

In the meantime, though we don’t physically live in the Garden of Eden, we can still metaphorically eat from the two trees. We can choose to live by our senses and logic (knowledge of good and evil) or by the Words of God (tree of life). Interestingly enough, Proverbs 4:22 says that God’s Words are life to those that find them. The Hebrew word for “life” is the same as the tree of “life” in Genesis 3:22.

Many passages from the Bible seem illogical, but they worked. Shout at a wall, and it will fall (Joshua 6); put a tree in bitter water to make it sweet (Exodus 15); strike a rock and water will flow (Exodus 17); fish for a coin to pay for taxes (Matthew 17); feed 5,000 with five loaves and two fish (Matthew 14). There are dozens of such stories found in the pages of the Bible. These events often began with implausible instructions, but when man chose to listen to God’s Word instead of his own reasoning, miracles occurred. I confess that I have repeatedly defaulted to my own reasoning instead of following God’s instruction, and I know that I have missed out on the miraculous as a result.

I’ve heard it said that the Word of God is a map, and the Holy Spirit is our Tour Guide. This is absolutely true! There are different types of Words of God referenced in the Bible. There is the Logos Word which is the written Word (John 1:1, Luke 8:11, Hebrews 4:12), and the Rhema

Word which is the Spoken Word (Matthew, 4:4, Romans 10:17). The Holy Spirit will speak a Rhema Word to our hearts based on the written Logos Word to give us wisdom for today. Every Word that is spoken in our heart must align with the written Word of God!

We should daily hide God’s Word in our heart so that we don’t miss out on His best plan for our lives! (Psalm 119:11) Help us, Lord, to read, apply, honor Your Word today, tomorrow, and forever!

#4 PRAYER

Prayer is one of the most underrated weapons that we have in our spiritual arsenal. Prayer involves touching Heaven and changing Earth. Seriously! We have the opportunity to partner with the Lord to see His Kingdom come and HIs Will done! How cool is that?! This is why satan fights our prayer time so hard. He works overtime to distract, disturb, discourage us while we are praying because he is well aware of the power of prayer. I believe that satan believes in prayer more than many Christians!

Prayer was designed to be way more than a list. It is dialogue with the Creator of the universe. As I mentioned earlier, my time with the Lord used to be dry, boring, and ineffective, but I have learned how to seek God’s Face, and the breakthroughs that came as a result have been astounding.

So how do we pray? The answers to that question are as diverse as all of the people on the planet. We all have different ways of communicating and receiving love from the Lord, but here are some strategies that have worked for me.

I find it easier to still my mind when my body is moving, so I often walk around my room. I play instrumental worship music because lyrics will distract me. As a musician, I can get caught up in vocal styles and guitar riffs, so it’s best if I keep music really simple.

I begin my prayer walk by praying in the Spirit (Acts 2:4, 8:15, 10:44, 19:6, I Corinthians 14, Jude 1:20), and I pay particular attention to pictures (visions) that light across my mind and heart. If a person’s face flashes before me, I will begin praying in the Spirit for that individual. Then another friend’s name will bubble to the surface of my heart, and I will pray for that individual. Sometimes I will have multiple visions while praying. I used to dismiss these internal images as my own imaginations, but then God began showing me that He can speak to me through the screen of my mind. Visions are peppered throughout the Old and New Testament (Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17–We will expound on this in a moment.), so I now enjoy them as a regular part of my time with the Lord.

I always set aside time for repentance. I want to keep clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24:4) so that nothing can come between me and the Lord. I close any doors that I have opened to sin (Genesis 4:7), and I tell any spirits of darkness who may be trying to attack to leave (Ephesians 6:12). Then I ask the Holy Spirit to fill every space of my life (John 7:37-38).

Often if I have had a dream the night before that lingers, I will spend time asking God to help me interpret it. Dreams can be a vehicle that God uses to communicate with us (Job 33:15-17, Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17–We will discuss this further.) I have been astounded at the revelations and wisdom that I have gleaned from asking God for help with dream interpretation. (For further information—Charity Kayembe—Dream Interpretation—Youtube)

At the end of my prayer, I like to set aside time to hear from God. There are countless ways to hear from God, but we always want to start with His Word. Read the Scripture and ask Him to speak to you through it. He really wants to! As Scriptures come alive to you, write down what you feel that God is saying to you. Remember, God initiated walks with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden so that they could enjoy unbroken fellowship with God. When this communion was interrupted by sin, God gave His perfect Son to reinstate our relationship with Him, so our intimacy with Him is priceless!

Different people hear from God in different ways. Some people see into the supernatural; others hear or feel what God is saying. Every impression, whisper, and journal entry should be vetted through the written Word of God. If what we are seeing, hearing or feeling doesn’t line up with the Scripture, then cast it aside.

It’s also helpful if we have strong Godly mentors with whom we can share our journals/ experiences and make sure that we are discerning God’s Voice correctly. This is why it is vital that we be a part of a church community—the accountability is crucial. Satan comes as an angel of light (II Corinthians 11:14), and he loves to whisper half-truths in our ears. He even attempted to sway Christ with his smooth talk (Matthew 4), so we must be on guard.

That being said, the Bible is full of supernatural encounters with God. In fact, Joel 2:28 promised that when the Spirit of God was poured out, young men would see visions and old men would dream dreams. Visions and dreams were already evident in many of the patriarchs: Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, David, Ezekiel, Daniel, and many other prophets. When the Holy

Spirit was poured out in Acts 2, this unlocked more supernatural adventures for the people of God. Paul saw multiple visions (Acts 9, 16, 18, 22, and 27) and spoke of a third Heaven encounter (II Corinthians 12), Philip was supernaturally transported (Acts 8), Agabus prophesied (Acts 21:10) as did Philip’s four daughters (Acts 21:9).

It is important to note that often supernatural encounters are not sensational. Hebrews 11 speaks of many people who saw or heard God, but I believe that each exchange required faith. Elijah the prophet learned in I Kings 19 that God wasn’t in the wind, earthquake, or fire; rather, the Lord was in the still small Voice.

Jesus said in John 16: 12“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

Time with the Lord is not meant to be boring! It is an encounter with a living God, so let’s seek Him! The more we honor the Words that God gives us, the more we can receive (Mark 4:24).

Note: Below you will find 10 ways that God speaks to His people. Ask the Lord to increase your awareness of His Presence. The following is taken from Robert Morris’ Frequency Series on Youtube.

1.) Circumstances—Jonah


2.). Counsel—John 16:13


3.). Peace—Colossians 3:15, Philippians 4:7


4.). People—Proverbs 11:14, Prophets


5.). Visions and Dreams—Job 33:15-17, Solomon, Joseph, Peter, Paul 6.). Thoughts—Matthew 1:20


7.). Natural Manifestations—Romans 1, John 12:29


8.). Supernatural Manifestations—Burning bush Ex. 3, Donkey Num. 22,

Fleece Judges 6


9.). Bible—Romans 10:17

10.). Still, Small Voice—I Kings 19:12

#5—HEALING, DELIVERANCE, ETC.

Many people want to be healed, delivered, and walk in victory, but we have to remember that we are in a war. We are wrestling “principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). That’s a lot of enemies, so we can’t be lazy in spiritual warfare.

Before we delve too deeply into the subject of healing and deliverance, let me admit that I don’t have it all together. I have battled disappointment many times following prayers that seemed to go unanswered. We buried both of my parents after they received cancer diagnoses. Our family fought with prayer, Scripture, fasting, medicine, declarations, and worship. Though they received ultimate healing in Heaven, it wasn’t what we had hoped. I don’t pretend to have all of the answers, but I would rather die believing God’s Word than diminish it to explain my circumstances.

The Bible clearly states that Christ paid for our sicknesses on the cross (Isaiah 53:4-5, I Peter 2:24, Psalm 107:20, Psalm 103:1-5, Proverbs 4:20-22, Matthew 8:1-17, etc.), but healing can still seem like an uphill battle at times. Often people expect God to do all of the work, but He already paid the price. Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 10:8 to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons. Those disciples went on to carry out His command while Jesus walked the Earth (Matthew 10:1). Even after Christ’s ascension, Peter’s shadow was known for healing (Acts 5:15-16) and Paul raised the dead (Acts 20:7-12).

There are many factors to consider when it comes to healing, so we will look at a few.

Faith—Matthew 13:58 notes that Jesus was hindered from doing many miracles because of the people’s lack of faith. I haven’t grasped all of the ins-and-outs of faith, but I do know that faith is powerful. Science has proven that a placebo can sometimes

“cure” a person who believes in its power. Likewise, I have personally found that alarming symptoms in my body have seemingly disappeared once they were explained medically. Faith and fear are powerful, so we must consider the faith factor when it comes to seeing answered prayer.

Ignorance—Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” When it comes to the Bible, what you don’t know can kill you. If you don’t know that Christ paid for your healing with His blood, you may be tempted to accept sickness as God’s will even though His Word says otherwise (III John 1:2).

Declaration—Mark 11:23 says that we are to speak to the mountains in our lives. In fact, speech is highlighted three times in that verse. Joshua 1:8 says that the book of the Law should not depart from our mouth, for in it is prosperity and success. II Corinthians 4:13 says, “I believed, and therefore have I spoken.” Proverbs 18:21 notes that, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Obviously, what we say is pretty powerful! When we are fighting for healing or deliverance, we don’t deny that there is a problem; instead, we use God’s Word to address the symptom. Earlier in our lessons, I referred to the importance of a “fight verse.” Ask God for a verse that will address your particular ailment, and then speak, think on (meditate), and obey that verse by lining up with its conditions and trusting in the Promise.

Partnership—Mark 5 tells of Jairus’ daughter whom Christ raised from the dead. Before the child was resurrected, Christ put all of the naysayers out of the room (Mark 5:40). Corporate unbelief can rob you of a miracle. If you are fighting for healing, deliverance, etc., then you need to find a church/friend who will encourage your faith and help you feed your heart on God’s Word which is spiritual medicine (Proverbs 4:22).

Wisdom—Psalm 104:14 says that God has given us herbs for the service of man. There are countless natural remedies available to aid in the healing process. God created these crops for us. However, if we choose to eat processed food loaded with fat, sugar, or unnatural sugar alternatives, it stands to reason that our health will be compromised. Often people “feed” their car better fuel than their bodies—regular oil changes, high-octane gas, but that same person downs a donut and diet soda for lunch. I’m no rocket scientist, but I can tell you that this isn’t the best option for optimal health. When my body starts showing signs of sickness, I will often pray and google natural remedies for the symptoms. It’s amazing how many choices are available. God is merciful to heal, but the sickness can crop up again if the lifestyle doesn’t change.

Persevere—Ephesians 6:13 says, “Having done all to stand, stand therefore [in the Armor of God.]. I would love it if all prayer for healing and deliverance brought about instant miracles, but God never promises microwave results. Most of the patriarchs in the Bible had serious seasons of waiting, and I’m sure that our stories will include some testing periods as well. Galatians 6:9 says,  “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Forgiveness—A refusal to forgive can be a death sentence in many areas of our lives.

Unforgiveness is sin which brings death (Romans 6:23) and delivers us to the tormenters (Matthew 18:34). The price of unforgiveness is WAY too high! Forgiveness does not excuse the wrong; rather, it turns the hurt over to the Righteous Judge. In Romans 12:19, God promises that He will repay, so we trust Him enough to let go of the bitterness, leaving it in His morethan-capable Hands. Remember, forgiveness is the gift that we give to ourselves!

Inner Healing—Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus invites us to come to Him if we are heavy-laden to get rest. If we do not come to Him with our hurts and pains, that trauma can eat us from the inside out. Proverbs 17:22 says that a broken spirit dries the bones, so we come to Christ for healing. There are many churches that offer inner healing classes and afford individuals the opportunity to find emotional victory which can lead to physical freedom. Also, there are many Christian counselors whom God uses to help facilitate inner healing.

Feed your heart—I am a testimony fan. When someone experiences a healing or victory in an area, I want a front-row seat to all of the supernatural details. I love feeding my heart on the goodness of God. I google testimonies, keep gratitude journals, and try to live with an attitude of gratitude to keep my faith stirred to believe for the impossible.

Giving God the benefit of the doubt—At the end of the day, we don’t always understand why our prayer seems unanswered. We have all battled questions and disappointment at one point or another. We’re often quick to give mere man the benefit of the doubt and blame God, but what if we choose to believe in the absolute goodness of God instead?

God told us to be His Body, ministering to the world with His love (I Corinthians 12:27). If we don’t obey the call to get out of our comfort zone and represent Him, God gets a bad rap. Instead of blaming God when things go wrong, let’s learn to seek Him for strategies to fight in His Name for His Kingdom and His people (Matthew 6:10). We have been placed on Earth for such a time as this, and God is more than able to equip us to change the world for His glory. Let’s do it!

Suggested further study—


Healing and deliverance—Spirit, Soul, and Body teaching —

Andrew Wommack— Youtube.