Imagine spending decades investing in a relationship with someone you actually respected only to find you when you go to the mailbox one day that you’re being served with divorce papers. Maybe you spent years being known for being robust and resilient, and you now have a debilitating illness and feel very confused and double-minded. Or maybe you did all the right things as a parent and yet your children are rebelling and wandering. Now, there is a heaviness on you that is suffocating and trying to squeeze the life right out of you. It could be rejection, addictions, fear in the form of illness, a lay-off, you now have a spiritual battle on your hands that could be lengthy and require deep fortitude to overcome.
But here’s an important question to answer if you want to push through this successfully.
Are you inadvertently placing a barrier between you and God’s provision?
The Lord allows spiritual warfare like this to take us through a refinement process and to create more action. Where you were, YESTERDAY is your old wine-skin and identity. Now, you need to be more assertive and take new action because he is trying to build GREATER LEADERSHIP in you.
Often this translates into your business or ministry into new levels of authority. But if during this spiritual warfare you are choosing to escape the pain by isolating yourself from others, eating, turning to alcohol or medicating activities like shopping, video games or computer games, you are placing a barrier between you and the revelation God wants to drop down to you to create SUCCESS.
Now, I know that seemed like a pretty strong statement to make but here’s the thing. I have been through this process over a dozen times, and I have come out the other side every time with a powerful new identity. New identities lead to promotion, favor and open doors you could never have opened yourself. So let me take you by the hand and explain to you how to get through this in a way that will release a supernatural wind into your life.
There is the process that has to be followed if you want the provision to flow.
Many times people become depressed (anger turned inward), leave churches and break off contact with the very people that can carry them through the pain they are in because during spiritual warfare they feel so….alone. Or maybe you have been considering anti-depressant drugs like I have a couple of times in my life because the weight of battle I was in just got too much for me. But here’s what I want you to know.
Emotional pain is an opportunity to see God’s miracle working power in a whole new way if you can embrace it rather than numb it. It causes us to cry out from the very depths of our being and brings a fire to our soul. Pain gives us an opportunity to be authentic and vulnerable. To receive from a place of weakness rather than results you have achieved through your performance. To see how God covers and protects you through the love, gifts and encouragement of others. I am a result oriented coach but where I make the greatest gains in my leadership and business is typically through seasons of pain where I am being stripped.
I am a result oriented coach but where I make the greatest gains in my leadership and business is typically through seasons of pain where I am being stripped. Spiritual warfare will either create greater holiness and intimacy or greater self-reliance that disconnects you even further from God and others who can help you.
One of the things that prevents people from doing identity work during tension is they have had multiple generations of people in their family who are under rejection spirits that have come through bi-polar, addictive, compulsive, narcissistic parents or (name the pain because everyone has it in their family). Now, that spiritual stronghold has become part of their FAMILY IDENTITY not just their personal identity. Now, you’re talking about an intergenerational demonic assignment that isn’t going to let go with one or two prayers.
Recognizing and yielding during warfare takes discernment, identity work and a team around you. Resisting medicating is some of strongest spiritual warfare you will receive. Why? Because it’s socially acceptable if not encouraged. But here’s what I tell my teams. Guaranteed, your mom and dad may have been saved, but they may not have been OVERCOMER’S. That’s an entirely different level that involves Lordship, deliverance and within teams that have a focused goal so that you are RELEASED properly. It’s like if your dad was in the military in the infantry, it doesn’t mean he knows how to be a SNIPER and SEAL that works on a specialized team. When you go through identity work, you are being prepared to ATTACK the enemy on his ground and take it back. It’s about the closest you are going to get to being a ranger or seal as you’re going to get in your spiritual life. You are moving from being just a Christian to a mature, seasoned warrior who is dangerous to the enemy.
I have seen God vindicate me in multitudes of places where I have been attempted to be shamed by the enemy. A matter of fact, let me encourage you with this. Where sin abounds. THAT MUCH MORE GRACE ABOUNDS.
Here is something for you to practice this week if you are in spiritual warfare and are ready to make a 100% commitment to receive a higher level of training.
Go to the Lord in prayer. Pray this:
Father, I recognize you are giving me the opportunity through this painful experience to take what the enemy meant for evil and TURN it into a resurrection experience that I can glorify you with. Lord, you are my high priest and live to make intercession for me 24 hours a day. I ask that you give me grace to not medicate the pain I am in. If on the cross Lord, you could resist the hyssop offered to you to numb your excruciating pain, I Lord through your strength can resist medicating my pain. Father, here’s the truth. I have become accustomed to turning to food, alcohol and these other things (name them) to ease my pain. I now have other Lords ruling over me other than you. I am the one who is putting up a barrier between us. Father, forgive me. I am like a sheep that has gone astray. I repent. I ask you to do the work to me you need to do to process through this pain correctly and see you bring me the provision my heart and life needs. I take authority in the name of Jesus over this spirit (name it) that is attacking my family, and I ask you Lord to vindicate me.
I love you. You’re called to greatness, and I want you to step into it. Join my Leadership Team if you need practical strategies for expanding your influence through your own identity and brand!
Becky Harmon is a coach, speaker, entrepreneur and ministry leader. Her success in these areas has placed her in demand as a personal advisor to pastors and marketplace leaders worldwide. To begin your training on how to step into the authority and calling God has for you, go here and get started on her FREE identity training page!
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