Dad: Do you wanna do this, Z?
Me: Nope ... I'll NEVER do that.
About a year later
Dad: Do you wanna do this, Z?
Another year later
Dad: You wanna do it now?
Me: Uh, unh ... and quit asking me.
Me: WHAT IN THE #$&* ARE YOU DOING?!
Dad: You wanna do this, Z?
Z: Do I have a choice at this point?
Me: Doing it.
He asks nicely, but it's a setup. If you don't do it, and He needs you to do it, and you've told Him you'll obey anything, you've gotta do it or get spanked.
It is written: For The LORD disciplines those He loves; and He punishes each ones He accepts as His child. ~ Hebrews 12:6
I was scrolling IG the other day and read a post that stated something that sounded great but wasn't actually accurate. You know ... I'm all for flashy sayings, but I've begun to realize that flashy sayings have a tendency of keeping us from God's truth and that leads to bondage. Bondage is a no-no.
Being who I am and doing what I was created to do, I thought over the statement in search of God's mind and heart and what I discerned was contrary to that myth. So let's tear it down.
MYTH: God no longer blesses where you don't belong.
TRUTH: Romans 11:28-32; specifically verses 29 and 32 which state the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable and that God has allowed disobedience so that He can show mercy to all. Exodus 20:6, Deuteronomy 7:9 tells us He blesses and is faithful to 1,000 generations.
First, there may be instances when blessings decrease because of disobedience - which is what staying where you don't belong is - but He doesn't stop blessing you just because you're disobedient. The Word tells and shows us this over and over. What kind of God of Truth would He be if after declaring we're the apple of His eye He then turned around and took blessings away?
Example #1: God wanted a united Israel, but Solomon sinned allowing His nation of wives to lead him into false worship. Solomon wasn't supposed to be where he was - in temples dedicated to pagan gods. However the blessing on David's kingly line remained. It diminished, but was never stopped. Why? Because the gifts and calling are irrevocable.
Example #2: God wanted Jacob in Canaan, the land of his fathers, but instead of going there after leaving Laban, he took a disobedience detour and went to Shechem. Jacob was supposed to be in The Promised Land. He was still blessed; although not as blessed as he would've been had he obeyed God. The gifts and calling are irrevocable.
Example #3: OT Saul disobeyed and didn't kill King Agag and then he offered a sacrifice instead of waiting for Samuel. The Lord had David anointed to be the next king but preserved Saul's life. Look at all the other outgoing kings in the OT who were killed. Saul wasn't where he was supposed to be in reverence to Yahweh as king of God's chosen people - but he was blessed with life for another 13 years. Irrevocable.
Blessings decrease because, upon disobedience (or any sin), we enter into covenant (spiritual contract) with the demonic and all of their covenants give them legal right to kill, steal from and destroy us (John 10:10). So it's NOT that God stops blessing us. What actually happens is the blessings are still released but the demonic gets first dibs because we submitted to them.
An amazing thing about The Father is that when we do covenant with the demonic and they get to hijack our blessings, God stores up restitution in heaven for that moment we confess, repent, renounce and reject. If the sin goes unconfessed into generations and becomes iniquity (a curse), blessings accrue with interest until that family's deliverer steps on the scene. I'm a witness ... and I'm being rewarded!
I bless you in The Name and authority of Yeshua The Messiah, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Holy, holy, holy is The Lord God Almighty, Who was, is and is to come!
That's my favorite psalm, song and sentence of worship these days. I was out walking last night and saying it over and over, lifting up a wave offering and allowing my spirit to freely commune with The Godhead and the revelation began to flow. I'll share more about that another time. 😊
We've had two sessions of this season's breaking generational curses workshop. I've gotten great deliverance both times. I received an email yesterday from Session II that said, they got free from a 30-year issue last week. Praise God!
The firstfruit session is up for downloading if you're interested in this process. The Lord showed me how to make progress in deliverance because those videos on YT of mass deliverance weren't doing anything for me. And if you've been with me any length of time, you know I do NOT stop until I get some answers for my issues - no matter how long it takes; even if I have to stop and focus on other things for a while, I eventually pick up that issue again so I can be free. I'm not a quitter ... I'm a rester. 😂
So, in Session II, I asked what The Lord wanted me to work on and He came back with fear. GULP. I was actually struggling with fear at that moment (been under several weeks of attack; months first and then the focus of the attacks changed in the last few weeks - it's been rough) and how dare He call me on it. Anyhoo, The Spirit said 12, 13, 14, 30th generations and, of course, me, and demanded I deal with it.
SN: Something I've learned about The Father - one of the things - in this season, is that while Holy Spirit is a gentleman and doesn't force, God The Father, The Supreme Ruler and Lawgiver of The Universe, The Righteous Judge, gives commands, demands and judgments without hesitation. So you do it. He knows Who He is and what all He owns and He doesn't have to be pc; He can and does absolutely boss you around. Like a boss. In the past I've said God doesn't force you to act, it's always a choice. Yes, it is your choice to obey, but when He says, "Deal with it," you feel the this-is-not-an-option-or-suggestion anointing and you move. Most of the time.
I addressed the curse of fear and while I did, I admitted that I wasn't even sure I was confessing wholeheartedly because I was currently being threatened on several sides by humans, some hidden, who technically could cause me harm. Well, let me tell you within two days revelation came of who was harassing me behind the scenes, and I started praying for them, of course. The second day I prayed for them, The Lord broke me through with authority, and I'll share more about that another time.
I pray you're getting deep deliverance that's tailored to your family line and not stuck without movement because someone's trying to deliver you from their own experience instead of your trouble areas.
This season of deliverance like I've never experienced (obvi) and didn't even know was needed or possible has been a serious roller coaster ride. Up and down and all around. That was the title of my first blog - The Roller Coaster: Up and Down and All Around (on Tumblr).
Perhaps I was prophesying and didn't realize it 'cause I'm back on this roller coaster again, and this week I heard myself asking the following:
Have you ever asked any of these questions about your life or is everything laid out and working out normally for you?
I see these 'normal' people who've married young and who are just going about life and I wonder what they do when crisis hits. I've had/have all these problems, so I have strategies in my toolbox for crisis situations. Do they? Or do they just have such normal lives that crises don't happen to them? And I also wonder are they not seeking personal growth? A good portion of my problems are the result of me wanting to grow professionally, spiritually and personally.
Why can't I just settle into a normal life and not need more? Any insights?
Happy & Blessed 2018, dear ones!
I took my first fruit flight and all went well. I dedicated my travels for this year to The King and Kingdom, blessed the Bombardier Q400 I was on and rejoiced at ways The Lord showed up.
First of all, the flight was overbooked the night before which is never good for someone, and that someone is sometimes me and was me December 30th - two flights in a row. I headed to the airport at 5:15a anyway loosing angels to go before me and asking The Father to make a way where there seemed to be no way. But I also told him, "Lord, if you don't want to, that's fine. I have to stop expecting You to deliver me out of everything I get into and giving me everything I want."
That's big growth, bt dubbs. I've been sharing how He's been maturing me here and there - some on the Prophecy blog and a bit on Zari Banks, mostly with those I'm mentoring and/or praying with because I've invited them along on the journey to deep deliverance.
Got to the airport, on time ... not too early, not too late ... time to go to the Alaska Lounge for a light breakfast and then down to the gate. Got on flight 2206, seat 7E, door 7. I thanked The Lord as I walked to the plane and smiled at my seat and door - 77. Holy Spirit's been requesting my attention using 77 since late October.
As often happens when flying between the two cities I reside in, the pilot announced there'd be turbulence because of the weather - clouds, rain and wind. As I've grown accustomed to when flying, I put on anointing oil, covered the plane, crew and passengers with The Blood of Yeshua, loosed The Hosts of Heaven to go before us and clear a pathway through the sky for a safe and event-free flight and put on my headphones to rest for 30 minutes.
God has graced me with authority and angels over the air when I'm flying. Not sure why He has, but I appreciate it because I used to be a nervousy flyer. Years ago I was terrified at takeoff, landing and at any bump or noise in between. I got delivered from unforgiveness in 2012 and the fear of flying, snakes and (most) spiders - still don't like to be startled - was defeated. Perhaps He did so because He's the one who asked me to travel. Maybe because He knows my history and knew that I started traveling regularly in 2017 begrudgingly. I have come to love traveling, but the grace, authority and angels are still available to me and I'm thankful to Him for that favor.
In my past immaturity, I thought I would be able take this anointing for safe flying and release it to you to receive by faith. I know now that's not always how God works things for us. He hasn't given me any instruction to release this grace to anyone else, and as I said above I don't know what's required to qualify for it. Maybe I'll ask Him sometime this year, and let you know what I learn - got a ton going on right now so don't have a time frame. It's a grace that He released at His volition, which I never requested, expected or knew was a possibility. What I do know about Yahweh is that you can ask Him for anything. You may not get it, but you can sure ask without fear or hesitation ... and ask in faith.
What I can do is bless you.
I bless you and your year 2018. I bless your travels and cities. I pray you hunger for deep deliverance and grow in intimacy with The Godhead. I declare this all by faith in Yeshua and seal it by Holy Spirit.
Registration for Breaking Generational Curses Closes January 12, 2018.
I was watching a tv show the other night and a group of Native American women were conducting a sweat to call back the spirit of a young woman who'd been raped. Calling back portions of the soul that have been traumatized or dispersed is a regular deliverance practice, but we believers rarely minister to our spirits, and that's a problem.
Because we don't minister to our spirits, our spirits are highly immature and, therefore, we produce many carnal believers. Carnal believers are those who sow to the flesh instead of the spirit, and we are quite carnal because we haven't been focusing on growing up our spirits.
That may seem harsh, but I'm just repeating to you all what The Lord spoke to me during my 61 days of prayer this year (Nov. 1-Dec 31, 2017). He told me point blank with no kinda sugar coating that there were many times I couldn't defeat the demonic in my life because I was operating from the soul instead of the spirit. I wasn't overtly sinning, but I was doing what I believed was right in my own understanding and we all know what God says about that - Proverbs 14:12. One example, is trying to keep peace with a person for years, when God had actually intended for me to make war to get free from them. Keeping the peace between relatives seems godly, right? Yes, except for the times God wants you to suit up for battle.
I'm sure everyone wants to immediately exclude themselves from being soulish, but as my spirit has matured during this deliverance season, it's easier to identify soulish actions than ever before. This is one of the reasons I've been quiet. Growing my spirit has given me greater vision into the spiritual realm and I've learned what a dangerous place it is. It's dangerous because people, our fellow believers in Yeshua a lot of the time, don't understand how it operates and loose more curses against each other than satanists do (Romans 7:15-20). I've heard it said that those in covenant with darkness have greater insight into the spiritual realm than most Christians, and unfortunately it's true.
We're the ones who are suffering. I cried to God asking why The Power of God wasn't being demonstrated in my life and in my nation on a large scale and He began to show me. We have no power because we're spiritually immature. Power and its manifestations come from God's Glory and His Glory takes up residence in a spirit as it matures (John 4:24).
Argue with this wisdom all you like, but the fact is that if you don't have power manifestations of God in your life, church, ministry, state and/or nation it's because there are no spiritually mature believers representing The Kingdom of God in that arena. The measuring stick is Yeshua's life and those of The New Testament believers. If you have those types of power plays happening, you've got a mature spirit. If you don't, you need to grow up.
I'm being grown up in spirit right now, and it hurts ... but I'll have power manifestations in the future or at least greater personal freedom than ever before 'cause this doesn't seem to be a journey many others want to join me on.
I bless you in The Name and authority of Yeshua, The Messiah.
© Zari Banks, M.Ed December 2017, Pasco, WA
I was blessed to have been present at the ordination of Calvin and Linda Dominique Holland into the Office of Pastor and shepherd of Remnant International Church in Virginia.
As a teacher of The Written Word my goal is to provide revelation and understanding that can be lived out as wisdom. I've had the same conversation twice in one week about the topic of believers doing their best to get everything free instead of investing in The Kingdom and themselves.
Yeshua paid it all. And yes His work at Calvary was complete, but we have to pay and invest, too. Believers don't have any trouble buying name-brand bags, shoes and clothing (I know I don't have any problem paying what my favorite companies charge) but too often we want to undercut Kingdom entrepreneurs instead of supporting them.
That's dishonor and it's the exact opposite of everything Proverbs (and The rest of The Word) instructs. God's not gonna prosper an unrenewed, selfish mindset. Watch this short video for some real heat.
You might also enjoy Pearls and Swine.
The Lord is great and greatly to be praised! I overcome by The Blood of The Lamb and the word of my testimony so I'm here to testify of His goodness to me.
My refrigerator was dead when I returned from my recent travels last week and I was able to get online, order a new one and pay for it to be delivered and installed. That's a huge testimony of God restoring me over these last six years.
I was homeless in 2011, and today I get to travel the country in Jesus' Name, sow $1000 seeds every month and replace broken appliances without having to sow and fast and pray before I have my needs met. That's not only restoration, it's increase, 'cause I couldn't do all that when I was employed full time as a public school teacher.
I shared how I began to break through in the financial realm in my book My Money Grows on Trees (2013). I went through a cycle - seven years, 2009 to 2016 - of losses that began with my job and ended up including my son (twice), most of my material possessions, my pride and everything else. But when I stepped out of that cycle of loss in 2017, I stepped into restoration, Jubilee and acceleration.
And it's only gonna get better for me because not only am I in a new cycle personally, God's begun a new seven-year cycle, too. We're now in the year 5778 which starts a new set of seven in God's timing. This new set of seven years begins with eight and holds the promise of a new beginning.
If you're interested in learning more about the many blessings available for the year ahead, register for Supernatural You 5778: Victorious New Beginning. It's an online conference where you'll hear The Words of The Lord from five prophetic voices who are moving boldly forward in the days ahead.
We're now in The Kingdom Age and The Church is marked to rise up in power and authority, and we're here to deliver the revelation you need to advance in your personal lives and also as representatives of Christ.
After you receive the revelation you need for 5778, I'm hosting a prayer season in November and December - Building in the Spirit - to help you establish and manifest God's will for you in 2018. Register for both of these events today.