You are awesome.

Today is the last day of the Month of July, the Month of Testimonies!
Although the Month of July is ending today; but Testimonies shall never end in your life and household. Amen!
You shall have Testimonies! Amen.
The Bible says in Romans:8:32: He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
How shall God not with Jesus Christ also FREELY give you all Things? Since all Things were made through Jesus Christ and in Him all Things consist. John: 1:3
Colossians:1:16:17 says: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
The reason the Lord God magnifies His word above all His name (Psalm: 138:2) is because the word is God personified (John: 1:1), and the word is forever settled in Heaven. Psalm: 119:89. Selah.
He says: Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. Hebrews: 6:14. Selah.
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Jeremiah: 32:27.
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. Jeremiah: 1:11:12
Testimonies shall never cease in your life and family, in the Mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen!
Have a wonderful day. Remember to share God's word and to win the lost in His everlasting kingdom.
You are blessed. Sister Idaline Joelle


5 Powerful Planting Principles

I know there are any number of principles for church planting—I’ve made up or stumbled across many of them myself. These are just five that stand out to me right now.

1. Water the Roots
The roots of any church plant are the leaders. No matter what their formal role, these are the people doing the work of the ministry, and these are the people you need to invest in. Support them through coaching, encourage them through gathering together with other leaders, challenge them by serving alongside them, develop them through intentional conversation. The roots are the key to the health of the whole tree.
2. Keep the Focus
Especially if you’re planting a different kind of church than what people are used to, you’ll see how hard it is for people to change their paradigms. You’ll need to continually cast vision for what church is and what ministry is—over and over and over again. You’ll need consistency of vision and singularity of focus. And you’ll need that for the long haul.
3. Let the Spirit Lead
We need to commit to a posture of openness, letting God set the agenda. At my church, we send out our people in groups of twos and threes, letting them choose their own ways of living incarnationally. When we see the fruit emerging, that is where we focus. The idea is to find out where God is already working, and then join him there.
4. Do Not Forget the Poor
When James, Peter and John sent Paul and Barnabas off to plant a church, they had only one piece of advice: “All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along” (Gal. 2:10). When we look at the population numbers of the poor versus the middle class and wealthy, and then compare those numbers with whom our current church planting efforts are targeting, we’d do well to remember the apostles’ advice today as well.
5. Keep Multiplying
Keep what you do reproducible. Resist the urge to make it fancy or difficult or personality-based. Reproducibility empowers ordinary people to do extraordinary things. And it ensures your ministry will outlast you and leave a lasting legacy for the Kingdom of God.
This article was originally published on ChurchPlanting.com


3 Teams That Bring Success to Church Plants

I had two different conversations today with church planters who were going through a lot of the same situations. All of which led to the same question and solution: having the right teams in place.

1. Oversight Team

An oversight team is a team that helps give direction, coaching, wisdom and accountability to a new or young church. This is vital in the early stages to help guide through the hurdles and helping to set up systems and processes in the absence of paid staff or experienced leaders and volunteers. This team may have mostly local members but could have members in other cities who have the same vision and experience with a commitment to help the new church. (As the church matures, this team will dissolve and generally an executive staff or board will be established.)

2. Leadership Team

This is a team comprised of the key leaders “doing” the ministry in the church. This team usually has at least five (5) members: lead pastor, worship leader, children’s minister, next step (discipleship) director and technical director. It may contain more, but it should have at least these key leaders. They should meet weekly to brainstorm and plan upcoming series and events. They should plan off-site times to build trust, friendships and a mutual understanding of each other’s unique contributions.

3. Vision Team

This is the one most miss! This is a team to which you invite the “influencers.” The ones you see in the church who have the ability to influence others. It is absolutely vital to have these key people with you on a regular basis to hear your heart and hear the vision. If you are going to move a church, you must have the key players on the same page with you—this is where the vision team becomes so important. This team should meet once a month, and debrief on things happening, and inform them of things on the horizon. If possible, plan a once-a-year off-site three-day vision retreat. It will do wonders!
Any other team you would care to add? By Artie Davis, published with permission


Five Tips on Handling Angry People

“Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20, ESV).

1. Be Slow to Speak.

Make a decision not to react without thinking. People make foolish comments all of the time. A friend confronted me about something I did and my response was that I had no idea why I did that. I did not have malice or intent and my actions were completely contrary to my value system. I didn’t make excuses (oh, I had a few) and I didn’t attack his actions. Instead, I asked forgiveness and he extended it immediately.

2. Filter Your Emotions Through the Gospel.

Nothing sets the Gospel aside quicker than loss of control in anger. When I am angry, I focus on how God responds to my ongoing sins and transgressions and idols. I often wonder why He puts up with me. I am convinced that He loves me more than I love myself and that He is full of grace, mercy and forgiveness. I do sinful things and God forgives me and the ministry of reconciliation is exercised. I am both reconciled and am called to be a reconciler (2 Cor. 5:18-19; Rom. 5:10-11).

3. Be Quick to Hear.

Deal with the conflict quickly. It is awkward to address it later and it seems Satan puts a wedge deeper between friends with every passing hour a conflict is left to simmer. Letting the sun go down on our anger gives the devil an opportunity to gain an advantageous position in our relationships that creates bitterness (Eph. 4:26-27).

4. Avoid Texts and E-Mail Responses.

The offended or offending party needs to hear the tone of your voice. I responded to Dave by saying that I had forgiven him and that comments taken out of context and without the associated compassion and my personal grief for the outcome of the offense are rarely understood rightly in digital format.

5. Acknowledge Your Role in the Conflict.

One person can stir up trouble in a family, a church or a relationship but they often drudge up other’s ancillary actions and words to deflect their own sin. Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. Sinful people blame-shift. Nevertheless, be quick to acknowledge your role in the conflict even though it rarely justifies their sinful actions. It never benefits to hide our weaknesses and our indifference toward others.
I find Paul’s admonition in Col. 3:12-14 to be counterintuitive when dealing with angry people. I have to exercise faith in the Gospel and not in my anger to “produce the righteousness of God.”
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (ESV). By Scott Thomas


15 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me

From time to time, a church planter will ask me, “What do you wish someone would have told you before you began?” Here’s a list of 15 things I came up with …
#1—Everyone will not understand you … so stop trying to explain yourself. Cast vision … and move forward!
#2—Everyone will not like you … so stop trying to be popular.
#3—You don’t have to be the person who actually solves every problem. Admit you are not the smartest person, and let your experts be your experts.
#4—Spend way more time talking about who you are rather than who you are not.
#5—A leader is always an easy target because they are … a leader. So, get over yourself and get on with what God called you to do!
#6—When the Holy Spirit presses something into your heart … don’t ignore Him.
#7—Do not expect God’s next step to make sense.
#8—You can’t plan a move of God … but you must be prepared for one!
#9—Do not resist something just because you do not understand it!
#10—People who claim you “are not deep enough” are obsessed with information but have no desire to live out transformation.
#11—You don’t need to listen to everybody … but you had better be listening to somebody because God didn’t ask you to take this journey alone.
#12—Never apologize for asking people to commit to something. Jesus didn’t!
#13—The church has been underachieving for way too long … so dreambig and don’t apologize for it.
#14—There will be days when you want to quit. Don’t. Jesus didn’t!(Remember … DON’T GIVE UP … if you are discouraged, take a second and read this!)

#15—The Gospel Changes Lives … PREACH Every Sermon Like It’s Your Last!!!
This article was originally published on ChurchPlanting.com



Bible Reading: Judges 6:1-10

You will definitely agree with me that, there are several tool that Satan and his agents are use to attack and destroy the business, job, work and prosperity of the children of God. I could remember a sister that came to me years ago told me that, tsetse fly full her shop, and on getting there, I was surprise of seen such thousands of tsetse fly in the shop, but after prayers and anointed the shop, all the tsetse fly died.
The Bible makes it clear that: “when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.” Judges 6:3-5
The sentence bold and italic above tell us the instruments that the enemies used to destroyed the work of the children of God. I could remember when we are young and cultivated farm, when it is time for rice to ripe for harvest, we must stayed in the farm from 6am to 7pm every day for more than a month. We are staying there in order to watch the birds that are destroy the rice. For the period of watching the birds, no rest, one should open his/her eyes to watch the farm carefully, if not, the birds that come in multitudes will eat it up and destroy the farm.
Satanic weapon are the tools using to hinder your business, job or work. They are the instrument assigned to destroy your business when it is time to harvest the fruit. They are the machinery from the pity of hell allocate to pull down your business, job and work when it is rising. They are the devices of satanic kingdom using to scatter your profits at any time you make success in your work or job or business. These instruments are working 24/7. Any business or job or work that open for these satanic contrivance, such business or job or work will surely collapse unless the owner confront them with the prayers.
My friends, there are satanic agents eating your business; there is no doubt that, your business and work that doesn’t bring out the best for you is a result of demonic tools working in your work/business.
1.   Identify the weapon assigned against your business or job or work
2.   Make sure you do not have any satanic property in your care; and if there is, make sure you return or destroy it
3.   Cover your business with the blood of Jesus on daily basis
4.   Resist the weapon through fervent prayers – 1 Peter 5:8-9
5.   Commit and surrender all your life, business, job or work to Jesus Christ. He alone will take care of your business, and He will not allow satanic weapon to come near you.

1. Every evil machinery and apparatus against my business, job, work and prosperity, be destroyed by thunder and fire of God in the name of Jesus.
2. I destroy by fire, every weapon of poverty, targeted against my life, my business, job, and work in the name of Jesus.
3. Every descendant of poverty in my life, fall down and die, in the name of Jesus.
4. Every apparatus of the devil using to scatter my business, you are liar, scatter and burn by fire and thunder of God in the name of Jesus
5. All evil dominance sitting on my business, job, work and my prosperity, somersaults and die, in the name of Jesus.
6. Every contrivance of poverty using to bring down my business, job, and work die by thunder of God in the name of Jesus

7. Every remote control mechanism fashioned against my business, job, work and my destiny, is consumed by fire and thunder of God in Jesus name.


Lives Longer Through Prayer

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, the will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.  They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, "The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him." [Psalm 92:12-15 NIV]

The phenomenon has been called "the graying of America." As a nation, we’re growing older, living longer.
And we’re feeling better in our senior years. As a result, these year promise to be more productive.
This is no surprise to God. He has known all along that He would have for Himself a people who could
"stay fresh and green" and would indeed be prepared to "bear fruit in old age." It’s a promise and a forecast
for the righteous of any age, any country, any social status.

Does staying fresh and green mean that we will be able to do at 70 what we could do at 40? Certainly not -- not in a physical sense. But far more significant, the righteous should be prepared to do much more spiritually at 70 than at 40.

Experience will have taught us much about life and about God. We will have spent so many more hours with Him, feeding on His Word and being filled with His Spirit -- why should we not stay fresh and green? Why should we not bear fruit, in abundance, in old age?

The arena may be different; almost certainly it will be. Our physical energies may be limited. Our stamina
may be reduced. Our desire for exertion will surely have waned. But our intellectual and spiritual powers will
only be greater and more alive than ever before. That’s how it was with Caleb and with the Apostle John --

and with others of God’s choice servants throughout history.

The senior years may be the best of all 
In what sphere of our lives will we "flourish like a palm tree," as the Psalmist says? Perhaps in mentoring
younger Christians. In sharing with pastors and teachers and new disciples the wisdom God has given us.
But above all, in prayer.

How many mature Christians, for health reasons, now reside in nursing homes or other care facilities? What
can they do? They can pray! Hour upon hour spent in prayer, by a mature Christian, can change the course
of life for others. It is in prayer that we are able to call down the power of God for ourselves and for those
we love. How many seniors, concerned about the lives of their children and grandchildren, could make a
major difference in those precious lives if they would pray as much as they worry?

How many individuals, having lived many years observing the foibles of the fallen race, are now equipped
to do battle with Satan on the only battleground where we are sure to win? Hours spent in prayer for our
nation, our cities, our missionaries, our churches, can make a mighty difference in this world and in the
world to come.

Don’t waste the golden years, beloved friends! Spend them in quiet contemplation, in wrestling for those
you love and for a decaying world that desperately needs your loving concern at this critical moment in
history. This is how you will stay fresh and green. And you will indeed bear fruit in your old age!
Stay fresh. Bear fruit. Make maximum use of the life God has granted you in these green and golden years.

Here are some suggestions: 

Expand your quiet time every morning. Allow God to speak directly to you through His word and
through the quiet moments when you stop talking and listen. Ask Him how you may honor Him with
your life that day. And let Him open doors of joyous service for you.

• Seek God in His Word as you’ve never done before. Get to know Him better. You will meet Him,
perhaps sooner rather than later, and it will be glorious to enter His presence filled with anticipation of
what He may reveal to you about His creative and redemptive work and His eternal plan for you.

Watch for opportunities to share your wisdom and faith with others. You may be very much alone, or you may be spending time with family -- children and grandchildren -- and with your friends and theirs.
You’ll almost certainly be getting better acquainted with your doctor and others you meet in the waiting
room. Give them a smile and a word of encouragement, direct from the God you may know much
more intimately than they.

• Anticipate meeting the Savior. This is not a morbid thought. He has conquered death. You will not die,
did you know that? "Whoever lives and believes in me will never die," Jesus said [John 11:26]. The
"death" of a child of God is merely a crossing of a line -- a step from the limitations of this physical life
into the glory of eternal presence with the Lord, a far safer, more secure life than you now experience.
Learn from Him how exciting that is going to be!

Don’t wait or waste another day. Pray, and grow. Spend every moment "flourishing like the palm tree," and God will be your daily companion to make these the best years of your life! This article is from Prayerpower. Published with permission.



 Bible Reading: Psalms 91, 13

In my experience as a pastor for almost two decades, I discovered that many people are control by the strongman of poverty. The people that are in serious attack of the strongman of poverty are those that have business, good job and always get work on daily basis or weekly. But the problem is that, any profit or money they get, there is a strongman usually takes from them.
The strongman may be drinking, smoking, fornication or adultery. Such people like to spend useless in beer parlour, hotel, and immoralities with outside wife and husband. They are always invites as father or mother of the day; chairman of the occasion, etc. All these are the signs of strongman poverty that is affecting many people mostly in the African nations.
Everyone that is operating under the strongman poverty must ready to:
1.           Return back to JESUS
2.           Dissociate from evil friendship – 1 Corinthians 15:33
3.           Don’t accept all invitations
4.           Engage in fervent prayers
5.           Attending church and listen to the word of God

1. I bind and I cast out, every negative word enforcing poverty into my life, in the name of Jesus.
2. Spirit of stinginess; disappear and get out from my life, in the name of Jesus.
3. Spirit of fornication or adultery, you are a liar, my body is the temple of God, therefore gets out of me in the name of Jesus Christ
4. Every activities of the strongman of poverty operating in my life, enough is enough, die and scatter by thunder of God in Jesus name
5. I bind and I cast out, the spirit of disobedience, in the name of Jesus.
6. The power of strongman of poverty that is pressing me down, you are a lair, die and scatter by the bombs of God in Jesus name
7. Every blessing and success that the strongman of poverty had took away from is hereby restore back in hundredfold in Jesus name
8. Where other people are spending money, I refuse to spend bold-face, in the name of Jesus.

9. I command the stronghold of inherited poverty, in my life, to be pulled down by the blood of Jesus.



Bible Reading: Psalms 126, 1

Many families are experience poverty and lacking as a result of the Poverty Altars of their originated family. They had been lives on this altar and nobody can get out of its consequences unless he/she connected only unto Jesus Christ.

Jabez remain reckless until he broke the altar of poverty that his mother born him to. Jabez was born and raised on the Altar of Poverty, and nobody take him out of it until he met the Lord God, his creator. The Bible says: “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” I Chronicles 4:10

The following are the steps you MUST take in order to be free from the Altar of Poverty:

1.           Come back to Jesus – Matthew 11:28-29
2.           Confess all your sins – Luke 13:3, 5
3.           Engage in fervent Prayers – I Chronicles 4:10


1. Every altar of poverty in my place of birth, working against my prosperity, burn to ashes, in Jesus name.
2. Every satanic priest, ministering against my prosperity in any evil altar, I commanded you to die by bomb of God in the name of Jesus.
3. Every forces and power of any ecological altar upon my life, business, work, job and academic I commanded you to wither by the fire and thunder of God, in the name of Jesus.
4. Today, I demolished every altar of poverty mantle against my fruitfulness in this business and work I’m doing in the name of Jesus
5. Every altar of gathering and scattering working against my business, scatter by the thunder and fire of God today in the name of Jesus
6. I raise and build up altar of continuous prosperity upon my destiny, business and work in the name of Jesus.

7. Every way of wastage that the altar of poverty had been open against my business, job and work, is hereby closed by the Blood of Jesus Christ


Where is God when we need Him?

Does He really hear and answer our prayers? 
Why does He seem silent to many who pray? 
People come to us from time to time for encouragement and for prayer. Often they are hurt or angry or discouraged because they pray and God doesn’t answer; He seems to have turned His back on them, appearing not to hear their prayers at all. 

We all know that sometimes God delays answers to prayer because He wants to test our faith. Sometimes He is working out His perfect timing before answering a prayer. Sometimes we realize later that He had something better in mind than what we asked. Sometimes we see that we had been "asking amiss" [James 4:3], with a wrong motive or desire. Sometimes, for our good, God just says "No."

 But many express frustration because none of their prayers are answered. Nothing in their lives seems to be going right; God’s promises have not proved true for them. They do all the "right things"--faithfully attending church, praying, sometimes even fasting. They worship and praise the Lord, even in the midst of their disappointment. They know that the Lord has promised He will never forsake us, yet they feel forsaken, and based on the outward evidence, some would agree with them. We hear the cry of confusion in their hearts. 

What’s wrong? 
It is clear from the Scriptures that God really wants to answer our prayers. And while it is true that He may in many cases answer "no" or "wait," we should be seeing answers to some--if not all--of our prayers: if not daily, then regularly and often, as the reasonable pattern of our prayer lives. If this is not happening, then something must be wrong--not just in our praying but in the overall conduct of our lives. His promises of answered prayer are to those who are following Him in obedience, are they not?

If people experiencing a life full of unanswered prayers are truly saved, if they have been born of the Spirit [John 3:5,8], there is something desperately wrong in their walk with the Lord. In Bible passages too numerous to list, God promises to answer prayers. 

The first thing, then, must be to look at one’s heart and make sure he truly is a child of the Lord. If there has been a time in his life when, indeed, "all things were made new" [2 Corinthians 5:17], when he knew he was a son of God because he was led of the Spirit [Romans 8:14], he can know he is a child of God, for no one can snatch him out of the Lord’s hand [John 10:28]. If there is uncertainty, then the issue of salvation needs to be settled with the Lord under the guidance of a pastor or mature Christian. 

But if one is truly a Christian, and somehow is living with less than God’s promised provision for His children, then prayerfully considering the following verses may be helpful. If we ask Him, the Lord will show us if these truths apply to us and our walk with Him, and if they do, in what way and what we must do about it: 

"Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your 
iniquities [willful disobedience] have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his 
face from you, so that he will not hear." [Isa. 59:1-2] 

"Come and listen, all you who fear God, let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out 
to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished [clung to] sin in my 
heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in 
prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!" [Psalm 66:16-20] 

"These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their heart 
is far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men." [Isaiah 29:13] 

What is our part? 
All our sins--past, present and future--are forgiven through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross, but we must still come before Him with clean hands and a pure heart. Jesus told Peter he didn’t need a bath, but he needed to wash his feet [John 13:10]. We do that through the confession of our individual sins, knowing He will forgive [1 John 1:8-9]. 

It may be painful to allow the Lord to show us if sin is the reason for a loss of fellowship with Him, but sin is actually a very simple problem to deal with--if we are willing to confess it, receive God’s forgiveness and cleansing, and to embrace His strength to get beyond it, to turn away from it through the power of His Spirit in us. 

What the Lord wants is a broken and contrite heart [Psalm 51:17], a heart utterly crushed over our sins [Psalm 38:8-10,17-18], and a desire to repent [Matthew 4:17], to turn away from those sins in His strength, acknowledging we have no strength of our own. If we come with a truly humble heart, asking to be shown and willing to be obedient to whatever God says, He will show us the way back to Him. 

He may not answer every prayer as we desire, but we will not be forsaken or abandoned. We will know His love in the midst of 
whatever trial we are facing. His grace, His peace that passes all understanding, will be sufficient. We will be more certain of His faithfulness--and His response to our prayers--than of anything else in life. 
This  message is from PrayerPower. Published with permission.


Three Key Prayers

Understand these three essential areas of prayer, and you will pray more effectively for yourself and others. 

Jesus’ disciples asked Him: "Lord, teach us to pray." (Luke 11:1) The evidence of the Gospel accounts would suggest that they were not only asking for a method; they might well have been saying: "Lord, show us why prayer is essential for our lives, as it seems to be for Yours." 

From both the example and the teaching of Jesus, we know that the Christian life does not consist of doing things--not working at Christian tasks--but of a relationship with Himself. This relationship is build through prayer. 

The Bible gives many examples of how prayer is involved in this personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. 
Three specific scriptures may serve as examples. 

1) The Prayer of Salvation (Matt. 14:30) 
In Matthew 14:22-31, Peter had asked to be empowered to walk on the water, and had heard the Master say "Come." But Peter was suddenly gripped with fear, as he saw how precarious his position seemed. And he began to sink. 
It was then that Peter cried out the prayer we all must utter, "Lord, save me!" It was a prayer of helplessness, a recognition that he was sinking and had no power to save himself. 

Two truths emerge from this incident: 
• Jesus is the One Who calms fears 
•When we ask for help, Jesus is the One Who says, "Come..." And He responds then when we 
cry out to be saved. 

2) The Prayer of Surrender (Acts 9:6) 
On the road to Damascus, Saul of Tarsus--chief persecutor of the Christians--was gloriously 
converted and became Paul, the anointed Apostle to the Gentiles. When he heard the voice of 
his Lord, and recognized Who had spoken to him, he had only one possible response--as we 

"Lord, what do you want me to do?" (Acts 9:6 NKJV) 

When Saul became Paul, he yielded his life completely to the will and work of Jesus Christ. He 
surrendered, and never again would be disobedient to his Master. That was the work of God’s 
transforming grace in the life of one man--and an example of the transformation that God 
seeks in the life of everyone He saves. 
Ask it for yourself right now: "Lord, what do you want me to do?" 

3) The Prayer of Sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2) 
Here is the way to know, and to do, the will of God. Paul understood it, and he presents it as 
a plea to every follower of Christ: "...offer your bodies as living sacrifices...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 12:1-2) 

Isn’t this the deepest desire in the heart of every child of God? To know and do His will, 
through the transformation of our minds by the power of His Spirit? To lay our very lives on 
His altar and become acceptable to Him? It is not only possible; it is essential, and it comes as 
we daily pray that prayer of sacrifice: 

"Lord, accept the offering of my body as a living sacrifice; it is my spiritual act of worship. Transform me, 
by the renewing of my mind, so that I may know and do your will. Through the sacrifice of Your Son I 
come, and in His name I pray. Amen." This resource is from PrayerPower. Published with permission



Bible Reading: Psalms 24

1. I command every altar of poverty prepared by my ancestors to break now by the fire of God, in the name of Jesus.
2. Every witches and witchcraft assembly in my neighborhood, be scattered by Holy Ghost fire, in Jesus name.
3. Let the stubborn strongman of poverty in my place of birth be paralyzed by fire, in Jesus name.
4. Every territorial spirit working against business, job and work you are hereby chain by the power of God in the name of Jesus.
5. Every adjustment to humiliate my business, job and work, I rebel against you, in the name of Jesus.

6. Every power adjusting my life into poverty, fall down and die, in the name of Jesus.

7. In the capability of God’s mighty power, I shall not adjust into poverty, in the name of Jesus.

8. Holy Spirit, adjust my life into success, fruitfulness and prosperity, in the name of Jesus.




1. I break every cauldron of poverty in my life, business, job and work in the name of Jesus.
2. You chain of stronghold poverty, receive the fire of God and scatter in the name of Jesus.
3. I lose my business, job and work from the chains of poverty in the name of Jesus
4. You network chains of failures rattling my life, business, job and work, melt by fire of God, in the name of Jesus.
5. You anchor of failures keeping my business, job, work and destiny, your time is over, break and scatter by thunder of God, in the name of Jesus.
6. Every spiritual chain of slavery, upon my life, business, job and work, I command you to break by fire, in the name of Jesus.
7. Every chain of inherited failures upon my life, business, job and work break by fire of God, in the name of Jesus.
8. Every hands that hold my down with the chain of poverty, you are a lair, die and scatter by the fire and thunder of God in Jesus name
9. Every gathering of chains of poverty allocated to my business, job and work, your time is over, scatter by thunder and fire of God in the name of Jesus
10. I break every chains and handcuff of any poverty that I inherited, in the name of Jesus.

11. Every stigma of poverty in my life is robbed-off, by the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.


Prayer that Sets Boundaries of Protection

In the Old Testament there are only five references to “intercession.” It’s from the Hebrew word
pagha’ (which has the same root meaning as the New Testament word for intercession).

Pagha’ is translated in other ways in the Old Testament, with primarily three key meanings:—

1. Light upon by chance 
 Jacob (Genesis 28:11) fleeing Esau “lighted upon a certain place and tarried there all night….” He was there by chance, and he met God. When someone or something comes to mind “by chance” it’s our opportunity
to meet with God on their behalf in intercession.

2. To meet in battle, to fall upon 
 King Saul was pursuing David (1 Samuel 22:1-19) and believed wrongly that the high priest had betrayed him. At his order, Doeg “fell upon the priests” (pagha’) and killed them with his sword.
 Pagha’ in this sense shows intercession as a principal instrument of spiritual warfare (think sword of the
Spirit). In prayer we “fall upon the enemy.”

3. To set boundaries 
 In Joshua 19 pagha’ is used six times to refer to setting boundaries around territory God had given tribes
of Israel. Pagha intercession deals with setting boundaries around individuals, marriages, families,
Pagha’ as intercession— 
1. When God brings someone or something to mind, we’re to “light upon them” in prayer.
2. When our King quickens our heart we’re to be ready to “meet the enemy, to fall upon the enemy in
prayer” (Jesus in the wilderness used the Word of God; the sword of the Spirit is the spoken Word of God).

We’re to meet the enemy in battle, standing our ground, declaring the truth: 
 God is a wall of fire around us…. (Zechariah 2:5)
 He surrounds us as the mountains surround Jerusalem…. (Psalm 125:2)
 He is our Mighty Warrior (Jeremiah 20:11), the Commander of the armies of heaven…. (Joshua 5:15)
 Our Strong Tower (Psalm 61:3), our fortress (Psalm 31:3), our Stronghold (Psalm 43:2),
 Our sure foundation (Isaiah 28:16), the rock on which we stand (Psalm 94:22),
 Our Shepherd who protects and defends us (Psalm 23:1), our Most High God (Psalm 91:1)….

3. In prayer we can set protective boundaries around the individuals, marriages, and families reached
through our ministry.
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Bible Reading: Judges 6:1-10
One of the things that satan and his agents mantle against the people of God is the stronghold of poverty. There are different types of stronghold, but I will only focus on the stronghold of poverty.
God allow the enemies to build stronghold against His people because of their sins. The people of Israel disobeyed God and they were under stronghold of the enemies for seven years. Many people most especially the so-called Christians are in stronghold of poverty because of their sins and unfaithful practices. They are not faithful to God in their TITHE, not faithful to God in helping the poor and the motherless/fatherless, unfaithful to God in keeping the law of Sabbath, unfaithful to God in cheating their neighbor and customers, and unfaithful to God in support the work of God.
Nevertheless, God in his uncommon mercy sent Gideon to deliver them from this stronghold that holds them for seven years. 
You too could also be free from the stronghold of poverty if you can:
1.   Turn back to God for freedom – Matthew 11:28-29
2.   Confess all your sin unto God
3.   Cry unto Him for salvation – Judges 6:6
4.   Pay your tithe in full
5.   Support the work of GOD
6.   Help the poor
7.   Sacrifice your time and everything you have to expand the kingdom of God

1. Every stronghold of mental and spiritual poverty in my life, be uprooted by fire, in the name of Jesus
2. My God and my Lord, take me out of the stronghold of poverty that I kept myself in the name of Jesus
3. Any covenant in my life that is strengthening the stronghold of poverty in my business, job and work, break by the thunder of God in the name of Jesus.
4. Every devourer planted in the stronghold where my business/job/work is kept, I hereby declare total destruction upon them with the fire and thunder of God in Jesus name
5. Every stronghold of poverty, in the place where I am living now, and in my place of work, I pull you down by the thunder and fire of God in the name of Jesus.
6. Every stronghold of poverty that swallowed my business, job and work, your time is over today in the name of Jesus
7. My God and my Lord, create opportunities for my prosperity today, in the name of Jesus.


Praying Down Strongholds

Every prayer the Christian lifts to God is, in some way and to some degree, a prayer against Satan. If we are to pray effectively--especially as we seek the salvation of loved ones and friends, and as we desire revival and spiritual awakening among the churches--we must recognize that Satan, the devil, is our enemy. 

Peter writes: "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings." [1 Peter 5:8-9]

He is not an enemy to be taken lightly. Though he has been defeated in the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross, he is a powerful adversary who, by his trickery and deceit, continues to confuse those whose hearts have not been fully yielded to Christ--who are not yet under the control of God’s Holy Spirit. 

Spiritual warfare is doing battle with this crafty enemy. If we are to battle effectively, in prayer (which is the only battlefield on which we can defeat him), we need to be aware of how he attracts and controls those who are his. One of his strategies is the spiritual stronghold.

What is a stronghold? 
There is much talk today about strongholds in the lives of those who rebel against the claim of God on their lives. But what in fact is a stronghold? 

The Greek word is a military word, meaning "fortress." A soldier would define it as an area in which the enemy is entrenched. And that’s what it means when we speak of Satan’s stronghold in the life of a human being. Satan becomes entrenched in an area of a person’s life where there is a character flaw or an emotional or psychological predisposition to selfish, "me first" attitude and behavior. 

Though we are speaking of spiritual conflict, Satan’s strongholds often capitalize on physical needs or weaknesses. Physical appetites--for food, sex, or any physical gratification--when not yielded to God, open a door for Satan to build a stronghold. 
Other strongholds may be purely emotional or psychological. Much of modern psychology seeks to deal with "codependency,"--a condition in which two people are drawn together in an attempt to meet their individual needs, only to discover that together they find greater weakness, not strength. 

Whether physical, emotional, psychological, or spiritual in origin, strongholds are best defined as areas of bondage to Satan, in which he, the enemy has free rein to strengthen and extend his control over the individual under his domination.

How to identify strongholds -- in yourself and in others 
Satan uses many human weaknesses, emotions, and tendencies to establish strongholds. The praying, discerning Christian can easily detect most strongholds in the lives of others. 

What are the signs? 
Compulsions, obsessions, fears, lusts, jealousies, violent tempers, uncontrolled appetites of all kinds--these are often signs of a stronghold that is either being built or is firmly established in a life. In most cases, the individual will recognize that something is out of control, but he or she will almost always say "I've tried to 
control that, but I can’t seem to get on top of it." Most often, that admission comes at the point when the individual recognizes that the stronghold is about to destroy some treasured part of life--the marriage, the family, the career, the reputation. 

Strongholds can be powerful in the life of the Christian as well as the unbeliever. For the Christian, the presence of a stronghold can have severe consequences--drifting away from fellowship with God, loss of Christian influence, deep self-doubts and self-loathing are not unusual. For the unbeliever, of course, the stronghold is Satan’s weapon for blocking the voice of the Holy Spirit Who seeks to draw the sinner to repentance and to saving faith in Christ. 

Tearing down strongholds 
Paul writes to the Corinthians: "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." [2 Corinthians 10:4-5] 

Paul further encourages the Ephesians [Eph. 6:10-18] to put on the armor of God in the waging of the battle. The armor of God provides the Christian with the characteristics of Christ Himself--truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and the power of the Word of God. 

And how are these weapons to be brought into action for the purpose of demolishing strongholds in our lives and in the lives of those we love? 

"...pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests...be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." [Eph. 6:18] 

Paul’s instruction clearly applies to the use of the Word--the rhema, the word spoken, not merely the logos, the word understood. And his exhortation for prayer is for the kind of fervent, endless, purposeful prayer that he urged for every church and every believer under his spiritual authority. 

That is because prayer is the battlefield. Prayer is the warfare. Prayer is the engagement, the assault on the stronghold we seek to bring down. 

Ask the Spirit to Guide You 
If you are in bondage to a satanic stronghold, or if you sense that danger in the life of a friend or loved one, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you: 

1. Identify the stronghold--what is it, and what is its effect? 

2. Claim the truth of 1 John 4:4: "...the one (the Spirit of Christ) who is in you is greater than the one (Satan) who is in the world..." 

3. Accept your responsibility as a soldier of the King to put on the armor every day and engage the enemy in the battlefield of prayer. 

4. Standing on the Word of God, and claiming the power of the risen Lord, through His blood shed on the cross for the defeat of Satan and his angels, pray until the stronghold is destroyed. 

5. Enlist other prayer warriors to join you; share the details of the stronghold so that all prayers will be specific, direct and fearless. 

6. Trust that God will respond as He has promised, and that the defeat of the enemy is certain through the victory already achieved by the Savior on Calvary. 

7. Rejoice in the victory, even as you begin praying. God will honor your trust, just as He will honor your diligence and perseverance. 

Never underestimate the influence and capabilities of Satan, but never fear him, either. He is a defeated enemy. He has no power to stand against the prayer of faith. The victory is won! 
(This article is from Prayer Power, published with permission)

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