Day 11: Spiritual Warfare (that leads to Victory)
“Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues people under me.” Psalms 144: 1-2
Happy Eleventh Day of Thanks Everyone!
Today, I give thanks that God has taught me spiritual warfare and to use every tool in my arsenal to destroy the works of the enemy.
This morning at 3 am I woke up from a dream that caused me to go straight into intercessory prayer mode and invite other prayer warriors to join me. In my dream, there was a huge muscular man that had me in a choke hold and was trying to squeeze the life out of me. My head was in the upper corner of two adjacent walls with a high ceiling and my feet were dangling at least 4 feet from the ground. Even in my sleep, I felt the overwhelming presence of rage.
Immediately, I checked on Lilah and her eyes were wide open, although the lights were off in her room. If she was wide awake at that hour I knew that, spiritually, she too knew that something was wrong in the atmosphere and there was definitely something happening in the spiritual realm. I turned on the light, we locked hands and I told her to start praying. She prayed for a bit and then we started decreeing Bible scriptures that would cover us in safety. While we were praying I felt led to get my anointing oil and start praying over and sealing every wall in every room of my house. I told Lilah to keep praying. I got up, sealed every wall with the sign of the cross with the oil and began to pray throughout every room. I shut down every evil activity that was trying to happen whether in the physical or spiritual realm. I began to pray in the spirit and God began to reveal something. God said that my prayers and activity of the day before enraged the enemy because I spoiled satanic agendas that were supposed to happen. So that dream was warning me that an attack of retaliation was coming. That knowledge made me pray deeper in the spirit. I boldly declared in my prayer what I recalled from Psalms 18, “Father since you hold me and have given me the shield of your salvation, now teach my hand and my words to war so that a bow of steel is broken by my arm and my prophetic declarations in this prayer.” I wanted that evil force to know that God could use me to be a vessel to destroy the kingdom of darkness and that ever plot of wickedness would be averted if I could help it and as long as I had the strength in my body to intercede and pray.
I prayed for a few hours. As I was praying in the spirit, I was led to pray for specific things: this nation, my community, the school system, its administration and its staff; every child that attended NYC schools, Lilah’s nurse, Lilah’s respite worker, one of our teen moms and her baby who was in the hospital because he appeared to have multiple seizures, and then Lilah. I prayed over an anointed Lilah’s entire body with the anointed oil. I left Lilah’s room and went to the living room. I began to declare a healing anointing and atmosphere in my living rooms’ space to be so thick such that no sickness or pain could dwell there because I knew that a visitor to my home who was suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis in her body would come to the house in a few hours. I was drawing a line in the sand and telling the enemy “ENOUGH!” I prayed for some other prayer request and began to settle my spirit.
Several hours later, the attack did come. I’m always amazed at the attacks the enemy will send to try and shut down the advancement of my and Lilah’s kingdom assignment. The attacks are always aimed towards Lilah, because the enemy knows it will get me upset. But, any smart person knows never to mess with someone’s babies! Even the nicest woman you’ll ever meet will turn into a lioness if you mess with her babies. What the enemy doesn’t know is that his attacks sharpen my weapons of war, make me more persistent, more focused, more vicious towards his kingdom of darkness and him my number one target. I’m always in the offensive position and very clear about my assignment. My assignment is to destroy the kingdom of darkness and to advance the agenda of God’s kingdom here on earth.
The attacks never work or cause me to leave my post! I’m still breathing! Lilah is still breathing! Our assignment will not be aborted or destroyed. God knows the way that we take and when we have been tested, we (Lilah and I) shall come forth as gold. God also knows the plans that He has for us. Delilah and I will prosper and have the hope and the expected end that God has planned and declared for us. Amen (so be it)!
By the way…what I prayed for yesterday, I have received complete victory in. What I prayed for today concerning the atmosphere of healing was answered and I received victory too. For the first time in years, my visitor call ball her hands into a fist and had no pain in her body. Victory! Yes, the attack did come but it didn’t work! But, God! My daddy does not play when it comes to his children.
Today, as we give thanks for spiritual warfare, I invite you to take an issue that concerns you (or someone you love), write it down and commit that thing to prayer for an entire week. Ask folks who you know that pray to the Almighty God and in the name of Jesus to commit to praying with you for that entire week so that you and whoever has committed to pray with you can see God completely turn that situation/issue around. I can’t wait to hear the testimonies of victory roll in.
Have a great day of Thanks!