Category Archives: Transformation

Breaking The Spirit of Jealousy

Jealousy is an internal emotion that is projected onto another person by a person or individuals who are challenged by a level of deep insecurity. It comes from an internal wounding of the soul. Jealousy does not want to see someone have, accomplish, or be successful at something. Persons who operate with a spirit of jealousy will go to great lengths to try to hinder or sabotage the object of their jealousy. It can manifest in our marriages, families, communities, jobs, churches, and even among co-workers and ministry colleagues. The cousin to jealousy is envy. Envy is wanting what another person has.  Both of these are emotional states that the enemy will utilize to operate through us as an unclean spirit that must be cast out. 

Jealousy comes out of a lack of trust towards God and oneself. It is not having confidence in oneself enough to celebrate the success and achievements of others. It demonstrates that one does not feel that he or she is enough or has enough to bring to the process of life. Lack of trust will manifest in our relationships with family, marriage, friends, and even in our churches or faith communities. 

The spirit of jealousy is a dangerous and unclean spirit in our temple that will stifle our work — even in the house of God. This spirit, like all unclean spirits, seeks to kill, steal and destroy. It will keep us from using fully the gifts that God has given to each of us to use for the common good of all. If the object of our jealousy is at the helm of leading a task, we will do all that we can to undermine that person’s influence, even to the point of trying to murder the person’s character. (I Corinthians 12:7) This spirit must be called out into the open before it continues to wreak havoc in our lives and communities. 

When we operate in this spirit, we abort the fullness of what God wants to do through us individually and collectively. The spirit of jealousy will lead us to even not work fully to accomplish a collective goal with a team because we have these uncontrollable feelings against the person or persons that are being used to help accomplish an assignment, or usher in a change for the benefit of all. Jealousy will move us toward becoming competitive instead of working in cooperative communion with others to accomplish a goal. It wants full control within us; that is why it does not mind destroying others to get its way. It must be broken out of our minds and hearts. We have to destroy it within before it destroys without in our marriage, relationships and ministry!

Steps to Break the Spirit of Jealousy

  1. Admit that it is in your heart.
  2. Confess and forsake the sin.
  3. Ask God to help you forgive anyone who opened up this door in you and forgive yourself for operating this way.
  4. Renounce this spirit out of your heart. Say, “I renounce the spirit of jealousy in the name of Jesus.”
  5. Ask God to fill that place in you with his love and Holy Spirit, and show you your place in the work of the Kingdom.
  6. Affirm within yourself that you are more than enough and complete in every way in Jesus.

Prayer of Deliverance:

In the name of Jesus Christ, and on the basis of the authority of His power, His Word, His blood, and the Holy Spirit, I bind the activity of unclean spirits and command the spirit of (Name the spirit ) _________________________________________________________  

to come out of my heart and mind in the name of Jesus. You no longer have a place in my life. I am covered by the blood of Jesus. I seal this prayer by faith in the name of Jesus, Amen!

Mark 11: 22-24, Matthew 18: 18-19, Luke 10:19, 1John 5:14-15

Combating The Spirit of Hatred

“Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Psalms 2:8-9

There are times when it is difficult to walk in the gifts of God. When I was a child, I found it difficult to share what I was experiencing in the Spirit; but that is not the case today. In June 2017, there was a major transition in my life. I took on an assignment in the Western Region. It was one of the hardest decisions of my entire life, but I knew God was calling me to an assignment of spiritual warfare. Along with several co-laborers who operate in the prophetic calling, I engaged in extensive counseling and research of the Western Region before I made my journey to the West.

We understood that the warfare would be intense because the cosmic influence over the region was heavy and the demonic darkness has worked for years to control the West. This darkness has not only taken a firm hold of the region, but it has also impacted the spirit of local churches across denominational and non-denominational lines. The spirit of hatred is operating in the churches and seeking to destroy. In some instances, I encountered the demonic spirit of hatred just because I showed up for the assignment here in the West. God made it clear to me that I had encountered this spirit. Hatred is a nasty spirit that aims to destroy everything God desires to accomplish through His servants. It is a subtle and dangerous spirit that masquerades as an angel of light – for a while – then it unleashes its venom. The kindred spirit that accompanies the demon of hatred is the lying spirit. It speaks calculated lies with intention. Its aim is to gratify its fleshly desires and to discredit the prophetic voice of God. But the alarming thing is that any individual, clergy or laity, can be open to this hateful spirit; it simply needs a body to operate through. It nestles itself in the broken and insecure places in the soul of those who are unguarded against it or leave themselves accessible to it.

The spirit of hatred can hide temporarily, but not for long because of its agenda to dishonor and sabotage its target. The only thing that closes the door on the spirit of hatred is repentance, renouncing sin, and filling the empty place in the soul with the Spirit of Love. To the pastors, leaders, and laity in the western region, we have to search our hearts and attend to our daily walk moment by moment. When we are hurt by any matter or we face challenges with others, harboring hatred will not solve the problem. Hatred unchecked will take anyone deeper into bondage and will keep us in the hands of the enemy by carrying out his will instead of the will of God. We have to evaluate ourselves and close the gap because this spirit has a strong presence in the western region of the country, and many of the churches are being taken hostage by it. Even children and youth are affected by it.

Abba Father is not pleased because we have the power within us to close the door on this spirit by walking in unified prayer, forgiveness, and love with everyone. Love is God’s command. (John 13:34) This is God’s way of being. There are consequences for maintaining a spirit of hatred. The Word of God says, “Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good.” (Proverbs 17:13 NIV) Here is the warning: The anger of the Father is being poured out, but we can repent and turn back His hand. (Isaiah 42:25)

This is the question; why would we want our entire house destroyed as a result of harboring and practicing hatred? Wherever we see hatred, it is time to confront and expose it for what it really is. If we cast hatred out of those who have been carriers of that spirit and replace it with God’s radical love, I believe we will see God do an amazing work in our midst.

Let us do our part to start this revival by examining our own hearts. If we find that hatred is operating through us, we must acknowledge that spirit, confront it, and repent in Jesus’ mighty name. God is calling us to a higher place of praise and to transform The Church ~ Love!

Get Up With A New Determination

At the opening of 2019, I was flooded with thoughts about my life, my friendship with God, motherhood, marriage, ministry, and my relationships with others – in that order amazingly. I came to realize how my life was impacted by all of these roles. My ministry assignment in San Francisco, which has taken me away from extended family and close friends, has been one of the most difficult and yet rewarding endeavors of my life. It has opened and stretched me to a new determination. I do understand now why God allowed and opened this door of opportunity for His glory and insight.

I am going to new levels. There have been some painful moments on this journey; aloneness, but not lonely, rejection in unexpected ways, and misunderstood intentions. However, some things have been made clear to me. I have gained insight into obscure matters that blindsided me. I can see clearly now. What I love about friendship with God is that it never changes and God will never allow me to walk in the dark. God is consistent in His love and care for me as a human being created in His image. There are no contradictions in His character. His love endures forever.

I have all of this stuff inside me to fulfill and I know I have to work with a new determination to complete it. I have never been jealous or envious of the dreams and goals of others. I have been a cheerleader for other people’s dreams and have sacrificed much of my time and energy to see their dreams happen. I will continue to help others and encourage them to go after God’s best for their lives; but I woke up recently with a new determination to fulfill my dreams.

    I don’t ever want to stop dreaming. I don’t believe it is God’s will that I pour all of my life into someone else’s dream while my dream dies on the vine. God said in His Word, “be fruitful and multiply.” (Genesis 1:28) That means I should be increasing in whatever God has planted in me to advance His Kingdom.

Reader, on this journey of life, you are going to meet people in the world who are takers. They have unrealistic expectations of your pouring all of yourself into their dreams and goals, but they can never celebrate yours. You have to know when it is time to wake up or you could die asleep.  Don’t die with your dreams unfulfilled. You might have to take a season away from environments and people who are killing you. Get up with a new determination to start working on something. Even if it seems small, just do it! Help others, yes, but don’t get so absorbed that you can’t see clearly what God wants to do in and through your life. Decide today that, with a new determination, you will fulfill your dreams for God’s glory and honor!

Peace,

 

Living A Life of Transparency

One of the most critical matters of our discipleship is to answer the question, will we live our lives with such transparency that people will be reached for the Kingdom of God through our witness? When Jesus went about healing and delivering those whose souls had been possessed and ravaged by demon spirits, they were open about their pain, sickness, disease, struggles, challenges, and misfortunes and they cried out for God’s grace and mercy to heal. (Acts 10:38, Mark 5:25-29, John 5:1-15)
As we look around in our families, communities, cities, and world, people are in pain and hurting. The soul of the world is laden with sickness and disease. Even medical science is baffled by the enormity of maladies that we are faced with in our society. So many people live isolated and alone and feel that no one understands the depth of their pain.
As believers and disciples of Christ, we have some real answers to soul sickness, distress, and disease. We have ourselves as witnesses who have experienced the transforming power of God. (Romans 12:1-2) What more effective way to release a hurting soul than to share with them how God transformed our lives in order to encourage faith, hope, and love in their hearts. For we ought not be ashamed of the Gospel because it is still the power of salvation to everyone who believes. (Romans 1:16)
No matter what moral, physical, or spiritual state we find ourselves in, God can deliver and heal us. As God’s ambassadors in the earth, we cannot be afraid to tell the stories of our dark past or our dark nights of the soul. Someone needs to know that they are not alone but are being empowered by the stories of witnesses who are living a life of transparency. This lifestyle of transparency is an intentional sharing of oneself without shame or embarrassment knowing that God has completely covered every broken place in our lives with grace, mercy, and love!

Come Holy Spirit, Come

Heavenly Father, we have gathered here in this place in the name of Jesus. We want to give You thanks, glory, honor, and praise. We have come to seek Your face and to worship You in Spirit and in Truth. Thank You that we can approach Your throne of grace with boldness in our time of need; and right now, we need You.

Father, You promised us a comforter, teacher, and helper as believers who have been bought with a price by the blood of Jesus. We plead the blood of Jesus over our prayers right now. We have come to this place asking that You will cleanse and purify us by the power of Your Word and Holy Spirit.

We have come for You to put the search light on all of our hearts to show us how we have fallen short of Your perfect will for our lives. Search us oh God, and know our hearts, try us and know our thoughts and see if there is any wicked way in us and lead us into the way everlasting. (Psalms139) We have come to humble ourselves under Your mighty hand. We have come to seek Your face. We have come to be healed, delivered, transformed, and set free. We have come for our miracle!

We confess that we and our ancestors have sinned against You. We did not keep Your covenant of holiness, love, righteousness, and peace. We have inflicted pain and abuse on one another. We have turned a deaf ear to the cries of the poor, orphans, and widows. We have shown prejudice, racism, sexism, deception, oppressiveness, pride, arrogance, and selfishness in our dealings with one another. We have been sinful in mind, body, and spirit. We have not treated our bodies as the temple of Your Holy Spirit; but Father, search us right now, purify us right now, and fill us with Your precious Holy Spirit.

Father, the land we live in is sick and diseased and we do not have any power of our own to heal and change it. Start with Your church, Your called out assembly. Let judgement begin with us because we have failed to seek You and to walk in unity. We opened the door for the enemy to work and wreak havoc in Your house of prayer. We have been at war with one another. There is violence in our families, in our churches, in our communities, and in the institutions of the land. There are race riots, divisions, and brutalities. Injustices are being inflicted upon the disadvantaged and the marginalized. Our children are suffering in the streets.

Immorality is at an all-time high and has blinded us to our inhumanity toward one another. Cleanse us; let the world see that we really are Your people by our love for You and for our neighbors of all nations. Help us to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us go preaching that Your Kingdom has come.

Right now we decree and declare that nothing will hinder us from this prayer hour. We bind the demonic spirits of uncleanness, fear, disruption, pride, envy, jealousy, selfishness, hatred, misunderstanding, violence, anger, and rage.

We loose purity, faith, unity, cooperation, understanding, and love. We decree and declare that we are covered during this prayer time in the full armor according to Ephesians 6:10-18. Bring on a fresh move of the Holy Spirit in our church, on the people, the pastor, and the leaders in Jesus name ~ Amen!

John 14:13, John 4:24, Hebrews 4:16, John 14:16, 1 Corinthians 6:20, 2 Corinthians 7:1,1Peter 5:6, Nehemiah 1:6, 1Corinthians 6:19,
1 Peter 4:17, Mark 11:17, John 13

A Prayer to Activate Our Soul

Heavenly Father,

We come before Your Throne of Grace to enter into Your presence. You said in Your Word, “If we seek You, we will find You if we do it with all of our heart and all of our soul.”  We come to ask that You will first create in us a new heart and a new mind. We come to ask that You will revive our hearts to seek You daily.

Restore to us the awe of being in a relationship with You. Restore in us a flame of fire and streams of water that will flow like living water from our bellies. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and baptize us with Your heavenly language. Give us Dunamis power to live holy, to witness, to heal the sick, to raise the dead, to cast out demons, and to preach the gospel of the Kingdom. In Jesus mighty name ~ Amen

Scriptures for Meditation: Jeremiah 29:13, Ezekiel 36:26, John 7:38, Acts 2:4, Acts 1:8, Matthew 10:1-2, Matthew 24:14

A Prayer of Faith

Welcome, Holy Spirit, as we rise this day to give You praise. We rise to give You thanks, glory, and honor. Thank You for being the partner and Comforter we need. Thank You Heavenly Father of the Universe for filling us with Your Holy Spirit. Give us the power we need to be carriers of love, peace, and joy today. Teach us how to search our hearts and cleanse our souls of anything that will lead us into lifestyles of impurity. Help us live the life that You ordained for us before the foundation of the world.

We have an assurance from Your Word that we can have whatever we say if it is according to Your will. Healing, Deliverance, Restoration, and Forgiveness belong to us. Thank You for providing us a rich heritage and many blessings in heavenly places. Strengthen the faith of Your people today and help us to realize that we have power within ourselves to change our situation; it is in our mouth. Give us Your Word for the circumstances we are facing. Some of us are faced with family problems, sickness and pain in our body, mind, and spirit, relationship challenges, financial lack, wayward children, unemployment, mental and emotional struggles, and conflicts of various kinds, but we exercise our faith and say what Your Word says about our situations. We decree and declare that You are moving to bring about change.

Stir up our hunger for Your Word today and give us a promise that we can stand on. Help us to stand even when we do not see immediate change in our circumstance. We trust that You are working by Your Holy Spirit. Let Your Holy Spirit work in us the will to do Your good pleasure. In Jesus’ name ~ Amen.

Scriptures for Meditation: Mark 11:24, James 5:14, Psalm 51, Romans 4:17, Philippians 2:13

A Prayer for the Restoration of Love

So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (Luke 10:27 NKJV)

Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus, we want to thank You for giving us the opportunity to approach your throne of grace for our needs. We recognize that we need You to lead and guide us into all truth. We live in an age of apathy, indifference, and unforgiveness. In this age, the souls of humanity are tried so much so that the love of many grows cold. Provide for the Body of Christ a fresh revelation of what it means to love You and our neighbors. Help us to rekindle our faith, trust, and passion to express our love for You and others in tangible and meaningful ways so that someone’s life will be changed as a result. Help us to grow in the wisdom and understanding that we cannot claim to be walking in love and disconnecting ourselves from one another. Make it plain to our hearts that we are one as You and Christ are one.  Remind us that love is not just something we say; it is what we do in thought, word, and deed. Give us the knowledge that love is the real power we are to seek.  Thank You Father for hearing this prayer. We know that You always hear and will answer the prayers of the righteous. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

A Prayer Against Evil

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this day. This is a day that You have made and we will rejoice and be glad in it. Thank You for the privilege to come before Your presence. We believe that in Your presence is fullness of joy and at Your right hand there are treasures forever more. Create in each of us a clean heart. Examine our thoughts, words, and deeds and help us to align our intentions and motives with Your Word.

We have faced many challenges at the hands of persons who have done us harm and have committed great injustices against us. Some of us are still hurting, while some of us are working to put our lives back together through the power of Your Word. Help us to remember not to take matters into our own hands when we are hurting. Help us to cast all of our cares upon You because You care for us.

Father, teach us to watch as well as pray with the full understanding and awareness that our adversary seeks to steal, kill, and destroy, and that we can overcome the enemy’s work by relying on Your Word. Your Word is the lamp for our feet and the light for our path. Keep us steadfast and unmovable. Teach us to keep our hearts with all diligence because out of them flow the issues of life. Give us the passion to mediate on Your Word daily.

Speak life to our hearts today so that we will go forward and share that life with others. Be with us today as we give encouragement and compassion to others, understanding that it will be returned to us pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Heal hearts and minds today and while doing so, teach us to love our enemies and to bless them.

Father, You have great things in store for us and Your wonders You will perform on our behalf. We give You thanks and praise for what You are going to accomplish in our lives. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and guide us in Your holy way. In Jesus name ~ Amen!

Desperate for Healing

Recently I read a story in the Bible about a woman whose daughter was seriously ill. As I reflected on this story, it offered no real details about the nature of the illness that this little girl was suffering. So, I did not know if it was physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional.  All I could glean from this story is that this mother was desperate for a healing for her daughter.

You see, the interesting thing about this story is that she was a Gentile woman seeking out Jesus, a Jew, for healing.  It is revealed in the story that she heard about the healing power of Jesus. A Gentile woman in the first century could risk great suffering by approaching any man in public, particularly a Jewish man, but her little daughter was deathly ill and she just wanted her to be well.

Her faith for her daughter to be healed was powerful! She continued to believe for her daughter’s healing and for an opportunity to get to Jesus to present her request. Upon arriving at the place where Jesus was, she sought him in great humility only to hear from Jesus himself that he had to get healing to his Jewish community first before he could offer it to the Gentiles. Wow, how discouraging that could have been; but this woman was so desperate for a healing that she was not affected personally by Jesus’ words, not sulking,  feeling dejected, or leaving the scene with her head hung low.

This message from Jesus did not deter this woman, but made her even more relentless in her pursuit; she was desperate for a healing for her little daughter. Her persistent faith in Jesus’ ability so impressed him that he celebrated and honored this woman’s faith. He declared her little daughter healed and sent the woman back home in peace. When this mother arrived at home, her daughter was resting peacefully. You can read the entire story in the Bible in the book of Mark, chapter seven, verses twenty-four through thirty.

I can so identify with this woman whose pain and struggle I understand. In 2013, my own daughter, at the age of twenty- three was abruptly challenged by a mental illness. As a professional having worked with many families over the years, encouraging them and compassionately walking them through their dilemmas, I found myself confronted with a faith crisis. It became a lonely and difficult journey to see my child in torment daily, trying desperately to understand the change in her life and struggling to get back to the normalcy she remembered without doctors, counselors, and medication.

Mental illness is real and it happens across cultures, regardless of economic status, to real human beings who want to be loved and treated with understanding, dignity, and respect. Even my family has had to struggle for understanding, services, support, and committed advocacy for my daughter. As a mother and a Mental Health Professional, I had to step up and be all of these things for my daughter. At times, my road has been met with challenges and we are still facing challenges.

It has been my unrelenting faith in God and my commitment not to give up on my daughter as she makes her way back to wholeness that has gotten us through.  I, too, am a mother who is desperate for a healing for my daughter, and I believe God has heard and will answer my prayers and the prayers of so many other mothers and fathers who are on this journey. My faith in God has grown even stronger, and I have not wavered in my commitment to be a voice for the mentally ill. I am even more committed to help them share their stories of pain and struggle.

I still believe Jesus is the answer. My daughter and I, along with many other daughters in the world who are suffering, wait like this woman who took her daughter’s needs to Jesus and heard him say, “Go home, your daughter is well.” I don’t mind waiting to hear those words!

To mothers everywhere who have a daughter or a son affected by mental illness, I am desperately seeking in faith for Jesus to grant their healing. Be encouraged; reach out in the community for support. There are still good people who are advocating for the mentally ill.

I am on the journey with you! ~ Peace

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