Best Defense Is A Good
I have lived as a born-again, Spirit-bptized Christian since
May, 1976, and have had the privilege of
being an internet prayer team coordinator for an internet Christian
teacher for eleven years. I have also been on church prayer teams
during that time period, and have actively prayed for various people
from time to time in various churches and in other settings.
My observation is that most
Christians bounce from crisis to crisis,
praying according to their understanding of what is going on in their
lives, never really addressing the unseen and invisible influences
which are affecting their lives, and seldom recognizing their place in
God's scheme of things or in the battle between good and evil.
I understand that this may be a lot
of hooey (worthless, imaginary
stuff) to you, dear reader, but this is what I feel led by the Holy
Spirit to do, so
commit it to you for your prayerful consideration.
We find in the Christian Scriptures,
especially the New Testament, that
the overriding goal of God for each person is that we might know Him
and His Son, Jesus,
through redemption, reconcilliation and restoration, and that we might
do His will, pleasing Him in every respect -
resulting in the most satisfying life any of us could live. And
yet it appears to me that the
overriding goal of most people, Christian and non-Christian, is to be
healthy, safe, and having all their desires satisfied. The
default condition of mankind is living for self rather than living for
God, and this default condition continues until a person exercises
their will to change the focus of their life. It is called
'total repentance' or 'unconditional surrender to God'. Some
other people or other creatures in the matters of this life, while some
(apparently few) people receive the desire to do God's will God's way,
and this, I believe, has both temporal and eternal consequences.
The result of God's gracious urging
of me to 44 years of Bible
study and prayer for wisdom and
discernment has resulted in the following pattern of prayer and
exercise of spiritual authority which I commend to you, dear reader,
merely as an example for you to prayerfully consider. Your
responsibility, as is mine, is to be the best that you can be for The
One True God our Creator, Sustainer, Savior and King, and to
carry out His will for you in His way and on His timeline for you.
This can only be accomplished by
taking our lives captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ, so that His
obedience rules in every aspect of our lives.
So, here is my morning routine:
1. I say 'Good morning, Father,
Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit!
Thank You for life and abundance in Jesus!'
2. In addition I bow my knees
before Him and say, "Father,
I gladly bow my knees before You
because it is written that 'Every
knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord - to Your glory, O God, our Father.' An additional reason
bowing my knees to God is that the first time I did so at 3:30 p.m. on
May 15, 1976, twenty-six years worth of tears were released as He set
me free from my sins and performed a whole lot of
emotional healing in my life! Twenty-six years of tears were
released that day, and that was the beginning of my adventure with God
as my Father and Jesus as Savior and Lord and the Holy Spirit as my
divine Helper! There are wonderful benefits
humbling ourselves before The Most High God and His Son Jesus Christ,
and bowing in particular!
3. The following is what I
believe to be personal and intercessory communion with God: I
drink a cup of grape juice
and eat four golden tortilla chips in
celebration of the Lord's Supper, praying as I do, 'Father, as I eat
this bread and drink this cup for myself and everyone else, I remember
You, Lord Jesus, and eat Your flesh, Lord Jesus, and drink
Your Blood, and claim all the blood which You shed for our healing,
salvation and sanctification, and Your death and burial as my death to
the world, the flesh
and the whole domain of darkness so that Your life may become fully
manifested in me
(as Jesus instructed in Matthew 16:24, and as the Apostle Paul stated
in Galatians 2:20). And I claim Your resurrection as my
resurrection to newness of life for God and no longer for me. I
forsake all and claim Your holy hatred of my family and my own life so
that I can be Your disciple without destractions. I take Your
yoke upon me afresh,
Lord Jesus, and receive all of the truth I need to be set free from all
delusions and deceptions and traditions of men and doctrines of demons
in order to be
Your disciple indeed. And I claim and receive whatever suffering
You allocate to me for Your kingdom and righteousness purposes, for me
and every other creature.
After this I enter into a series of
exercises of spiritual authority
which I believe is part of learning to rule and reign with Christ to
accomplish Father's will not only in my life but throughout
creation. I don't want to leave anyone or any other creature out
because of neglect on my part. These exercises of authority are
generally based on 2
Corinthians 10:4-6 and words of our Lord Jesus. I think of these
as my daily chores on
4. Father, I bind everything
and everyone that You want to be
bound, and I loose everything and everyone that You want to be loosed
throughout creation, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen (amen means 'so be
it', or 'make it so').
5. Father, I cast down
everything and everyone that You want to
be cast down, and I raise up everything and everyone that You want to
be raised up throughout creation, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen.
6. Father, I take all of
creation captive to Your obedience, Lord
Jesus, as You will, Father, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen. (By
this I understand that God will create the circumstances which He wants
us to experience while maintaining our free will, which is the basis of
His relationship with His creation).
7. Father, I punish everything
and everyone whom You want to be
punished, and I bless everything and everyone whom You want to be
blessed, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen. (This is to bring about
justice for those who do evil, and mercy and grace for those who do
8. Father, I tread down every
serpent and scorpion and all the
power of the enemy which You want to be trodden down, in Your name,
Lord Jesus, amen, and I thank You and declare that 'nothing shall in
any manner harm us', in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen.
9. Father, I deliver to satan
for the destruction of the flesh
everyone whom You want to be so delivered that the spirit may be saved
in Your Day, Lord Jesus - in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen. (I know
that this seems harsh, but I trust God to use this to deal with the
really stubborn people who are beyond repentance to protect others from
badness and to bring them to repentence out of HIs love for all).
For example, by own father never wanted to hear about Jesus until he
received his terminal diagnosis. Then he actually asked me how to
become a born-again Christian! And Father, please draw into Jesus
everyone whom You
to be drawn into Jesus for salvation and sanctification in the truth,
whole truth, and nothing but the truth, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen.
10. Father, I sever all bondage
that You want to be severed, and
I claim the bonds of love and peace and truth which You
want to be established throughout creation, in Your name, Lord Jesus,
11. Father, please bring me and
every other creature into contact
with whomever You will, open doors for your word and works, and grant
that we might communicate boldly and
clearly everything that You want to be communicated, and to do
everything that You want to be done, in Your name, Lord Jesus,
amen, while You do everything You want to do in every creature's
life. And grant us the grace to receive Your communications and
works through others, in Your name, Lord Jesus, amen.
I have recently, as of 4/28/18, added several more exercises of
authority as follows:
12. Father, I break every curse and the power of witchcraft which
You want to be broken
throughout creation, and I claim every blessing and grace which You
want to be claimed throughout creation, in Your Name, Lord Jesus, amen.
13. Father, I curse to death everything that You want to be
cursed to death, and I bless with life everything which You want to be
blessed with life, throughout creation, in Your Name, Lord Jesus,
amen. (This comes from Jesus' cursing of a fig tree, as well as
an experience I had a long time ago when
the Lord used my voice to curse a brain tumor, saying, "Brain tumor,
you think you are such a bad curse. I curse you to death in
Jesus' name!") The woman who had the brain tumor suddenly opened her
eyes from the comatose condition she had been in when her
tumor was cursed.
14. Father, I transplant every mountain and tree and everything and
whom You want to be
transplanted throughout creation to wherever You will, whenever You
and however You will, in Your Name, Lord Jesus, amen!
15. I bind every strong man whom You
want to be bound, Father, throughout creation, in Your name, Lord
Jesus, amen, and I release, rescue,retrieve and restore everything and
everyone who has been held
by those strongmen, and I restore to whomever You will and wherever You
will everything which had been stolen or kidnapped, in Your name, Lord
Now unto You, King Eternal, Immortal,
Invisible, the Only Wise God, be
glory and honor forever and ever, amen!!
Father, please help us to rejoice
evermore, to pray without ceasing,
and in everything to give You thanks - for this is Your will for us in
Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Finally, I say, "Father, I declare
'total victory' over every adversary
and every adversity because You, Lord Jesus, declared total victory
from the cross when You said, "It is finished!"
Let me know, dear reader, if you find
any of this to be helpful!
PS: I recently became aware of
our need to "cast off every
weight, and the sin which so easily besets us" so that we can freely
look to Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Hebrews
I was also reminded that we need to
break any influence of witchcraft
which may be affecting us or hindering us from knowing God and doing
His will Act 8:9-11, Galatians 3:1