Contending For Your Destiny
Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:21-24
One sure promise that God has given to us concerning the year 2016, is that there will be changes to the stories of our lives; changes that will glorify
His Name and move us into His destined purposes for our lives in this season. Can you say “Amen” to that?
Now as God has spoken, you have a decision to make - you can either choose to believe the word that God has spoken and start declaring it over your
life and situation, or you can choose to continue to look at the things that you see in the natural, and ignore the word that God has spoken. But
please remember, whatever choice you do make, you will eat the fruits thereof. Selah
As Paul writes, “We do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” (Heb 10:39)
The enemy’s strategy has always been to position himself to challenge the truth of the word that God has spoken to His children, and to try to derail
them as they pursue the fulfilment of the word in their lives; he did it with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he did it with Jesus at the temptation
and in the Garden of Gethsemane; and no doubt, he will try the same strategy against you.
Maybe even now as you read this, he has already started to weave his web of deception and lies to confuse your mind and prise the word of faith from
your heart, make you change what you see, so that he can make you change your confession….and this is only the first month into the new
As we begin our fasting and prayers for the month of January, I will like us to pray into a revelation which I believe has been inspired by the Spirit
of God to move us into alignment with His promises concerning this season.
To do this I would like us to read some excerpts from an article that was written by Jennifer LeClaire of Charisma NEWS, which I will present together
with my thoughts and leading for today’s prayer focus.
After we came across this article earlier this week, it was circulated to members of our Intercessory Team as a prayer focus for this week, and I feel
very strongly that the whole church will benefit from this as well, as we wait on the Lord in fasting and Prayers.
Jennifer LeClaire in the article, shares revelation that I believe a lot of people reading this will benefit from, and that we can use to pray through
to the victory that is ours in Christ for this season.
Firstly, there are a few questions I’d like you to please consider; can you relate to any of the issues listed below?
Do you feel as though you have been fighting an unending battle that you never seem to be able to get a break from?
Do you sometimes feel powerless and exhausted fighting against an enemy that seems to be too strong for you?
If you have answered yes to any of those questions, please take some time to read the rest of this prayer blog, and be blessed by the insights that
Jennifer LeClaire has shared in this article titled:
The Sneaky Spirit of Sabotage Is Seeking to Destroy You
This article also reference Cindy Trimm's book: The Rules of Engagement. in which she discusses the spirit of sabotage on pages 245-246.
Please permit me to share their thoughts on this spirit with you, in the remainder of this prayer blog.
Merriam-Webster defines "sabotage" as "destruction of an employer's property (as tools or materials) or the hindering of manufacturing by discontented workers."
Jesus gives us an insight into the operation of the spirit of sabotage in John 10:10; hindering spirits work under the authority of the spirit of sabotage, the strongman to steal, to kill or to destroy.
Another definition of "sabotage" is "destructive or obstructive action carried on by a civilian or enemy agent to hinder a nation's war effort."
“Again, you see the hindering nature of the spirit of sabotage in this definition. The enemy agent is clear, and its agenda is an all-out war to take
you off God's track and oppress you, suppress you, repress you and depress you.”
Additional definitions of "sabotage" include "an act or process tending to hamper or hurt" and "deliberate subversion."
Jesus again, presents us with a demonstration of the work of this spirit in the parable that He shared with His disciples in Matthew 13:24-30.
The spirit of sabotage works with other spirits to undermine your destiny, to hinder you, to hurt you and to purposefully and intentionally subvert you.
To "subvert" means "to secretly try to ruin or destroy a government, political system and so on"; "to make (something) weaker or less effective"; "to overturn or overthrow from the foundation"; and "to pervert or corrupt by an undermining or morals, allegiance or faith.”
Do You See This Spirit Operating in any area of your life or the church?
“By now, you are probably starting to see how this spirit is working or has worked in the past to flat out stop you. It's a stealthy spirit. It works undercover. It's subtle sneaky and tricky—and it doesn't work alone. I believe principalities can deploy powers against you, just as Jezebel (a principality) deploys powers (witchcrafts) against believers (2 Kin. 9:22).”
HOW THE SPIRIT OPERATES
"The Spirit of Sabotage operates as strong demonic influences that drive people to abort the progress and success of divinely ordained projects, purposes, relationships, organisation, self, potential and destinies. It stirs up jealousy, resentment and suspicion, and is often vindictive toward the person who detects its presence.“
It will sometimes use false prophecies or so-called, dreams, visions or “insights from God” to bring fear, confusion and discouragement, in order to negate or counter a genuine word from God or work of God. It is a beguiling spirit that draws the unwitting in and recruits them as an army against the work of God in your life.
WHO THE SPIRIT USES
“Sabotage can make you both victim and perpetrator so that even when you pronounce judgment on others you both expose and pronounce judgment upon yourself.”
"This spirit is so skilful that it will use you as a pawn and a puppet on a string, prohibiting you from detecting its hand upon you and the strings
that manipulate you. Working with familiar spirits, who act as their reconnaissance, informing them of breaks in hedges of protection, strengths,
weaknesses and proclivities of both the perpetrator and victim, its plan is a well-thought-out plan.”
Many agents used by the spirit of sabotage are not only those who hate or dislike us with malicious intent towards us, but also those who sincerely love us and want what's best for us - whereby supposedly “well meaning” people, will try to undermine, hinder and then ultimately destroy a ministry, relationship or indeed God’s plans.
“Consider the incident Matthew records In Matthew 16:21-23, where Peter unwittingly was being used in an attempt to sabotage the mission of Jesus. Jesus decisively identified the spirit controlling Peter's thoughts and immediately aborted its activities.”
Remember as you examine the activities of this spirit that you will discover that you can be both the victim and perpetrator.
As we deal with this spirit working against you, you also have to be aware that the spirit can use you as an instrument to discourage, hinder or sabotage the work or the plans of God in someone else’s life as well.
When the Lord gives you victory over this spirit, you will notice that a veil will be lifted, and scales of deception will fall from your spiritual eyes. Everything that you thought was real will crumble before you and evaporate like a mirage. Truth will prevail and set you free from anything built upon fabrications, lies, falsehood and untruths."
The very first step towards dealing with the spirit of sabotage is an exposure of its work or activities in your life. As the bible says in John 8:32:
"You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free".
i pray that God will open your eyes to uncover anywhere this spirit may have been in operation your life, your business, your family, your
job, ministry or church in Jesus' Name.
DAY ONE PRAYERS
Lord Unveil my eyes; let me know the truth of Your word concerning my life and every situation that I am in right now.
Expose every lie of the enemy that has been designed to sabotage your plans and purposes for my life.
Deliver me from every deception and the lies that the enemy has used to distract me; whether through words, my thoughts, my emotions and feelings, false
prophecies, dreams and visions that are not from God.
Uproot everything in my life, my thinking and my emotions, that has kept me in bondage to the spirit that has been deployed to hinder the fulfilment of
your word concerning my life.