God is so, so good. You truly can sow for a debt-free car. I have testimonies from 2014 til now as witnesses.
I thought I'd only started praying for a debt-free car in March 2017, but because I record everything, as you see below, I can verify I prayed three months for it.
Words have power. We know this is true because Elohim spoke and created the world and everything in it. He used His hands and His own Breath to form man, but that's because of the relationship aspect involved with humanity -- He was demonstrating He's a hands-on Dad. Because we're created in His image we have the power to speak and create and prophesy things into existence.
In addition to advertising my businesses, I use social media to pray over others. When they post about illnesses, aches and pains it gives me the opportunity to lift them up to The Great Physician. I also use it to release wisdom and truth into the lives of those who are lost; as demonstrated in the image above. This is an example of idle words being spoken.
Idle words are words released from the heart without thought. Matthew 12:36 tells us, "For I say to you that every idle word that people will speak, they will give an answer for it in the Day of Judgment." I say they're released from the heart because we know that from the abundance (the fullness) of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). Whatever is deep down in us, is what comes out naturally, easily or just rolls off the tongue. Those are idle words if we've not submitted our speech and hearts to the guidelines of Yeshua.
His guidelines are as follows:
"The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences." ~ Proverbs 18:21
"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good for edification, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." ~ Ephesians 4:29
It's obvious that we need to be intentional with our speech for personal benefit and for that of others. Most of us want life and growth in our lives instead of death and desolation. And most don't want to be judged when we finally make it out of here and are headed to heaven. I mean, seriously ... why fight to thrive in a fallen world only to get to there and have The Lord say, "You did all these things, but THIS is what I have against you (see Revelation 2-3)."
Now let's look at the statement above. In this world where people are constantly getting shot, you definitely do not want to release the invitation for someone to shoot you into the atmosphere. You may argue they didn't mean it, it's just a saying. Well ... your YES is supposed to be YES and your NO, NO. So if you don't mean it, don't say it. Idle words have consequences. If that still doesn't convince you, spend some time meditating on the words your parents spoke over you as you grew up and note how many things you now believe and that have manifested in your life. *mic drop*
We have to realize God tells us things for our protection. Not only do our words create, but we have unseen enemies assigned to monitor our words and grab anything that could be of use to steal from, kill or destroy us. Here's an example from my life. I used to say I wish I'd never met my ex, who is my son's father. And when I was going through deliverance while warring to regain custody of Z in 2011-12, Holy Spirit revealed to me I'd opened the door to the enemy to steal my son every time I said that. Without the father, there'd be no son, so the enemy took that and filed a legal case against me to relieve me of custody of my son. Words matter.
Here's another example from my life. In 2012 or 2013 -- can't remember now, but it's in my book Spiritual Maturity at Any Cost -- I asked The Lord what about my faith displeased Him and He replied, "What are you confessing?" My speech wasn't lining up with Him, His Word or what I really wanted in my life. When I fixed my words, my life really began to change for the better. If you've been releasing idle words or speaking death, there's hope for you. I'm a witness. Let's pray.
Yeshua, forgive me for all the idle and death words I've released over my life and the lives of anyone else. I cover those words in Your Blood which holds the anointing that breaks every yoke. I place those words on your altar so that they may be burned in Your fire. Send an angel with coal to touch my lips and purify my speech. Touch my tongue and loose life-giving words into my soul and spirit. I receive Your forgiveness, purification and cleansing and submit my soul to Holy Spirit for healing. I decree I speak life in all situations and that I'm in health and prospering because my soul has been restored. I declare this by faith in Yeshua's name and seal it with Holy Spirit. Amen.
Copyright © 2016 Zari Banks, M.Ed
25 November 2015 — I love to pray. And anyone who's effective in prayer does, too. Being effective means you get results and getting results will keep you in your prayer closet on the regular. I'm a witness.
A friend and I began praying for our businesses, etc. a bit ago and we're seeing the manifestations of what we pray each week. We try not to miss prayer dates. Even though we have a standing appointment with each other and The Lord, we adjust our schedules so we don't have to miss a session.
Consistency in prayer matters. Stamina, momentum, faith, and recognition in the spiritual realm must be built up. Also, the pray-ers have to get into one accord (Matthew 18:19, Acts 1:14). It's sad that so many churches don't teach effective prayer. I'm not sure why they don't ... except that they probably don't know how.
As a teacher myself, I realize it's not easy to teach effective prayer. I didn't learn in a church. I learned from being desperate and having to dig in and experience breakthrough in prayer firsthand. I speak about effective prayer all the time, but it's only going to be theory until we're praying and agreeing about a real-life situation. That's one of the reasons I love praying through seasons with others.
Each month I pray at least one person through some issue from crisis to deliverance. Sometimes it's multiple people. It's effective. Prayer gets things done.
Today's prayer was so good. I had a vision of a door being opened and another of snow falling. I looked up snow in a dream dictionary and it listed: pure/white, Robe of Righteousness, glory, refreshing, God's Word. Immediately Isaiah 55:10-11 came to mind ... Just like snow and rain come from heaven to water the earth and don't return to where they came from, God's Word cannot return void. Yes and amen!
I decreed agreement with that vision and the Ruach haKodesh spoke:
"Your agreement with Me will take you over the highest heights."
Then I saw a beautiful night sky similar in color to the pic above and two snow-capped mountains -- this reminds me of another snow-covered mountain dream I had before; I'll have to try and remember to share it here sometime. God has elevation, breakthrough and promotion in store for our lives and businesses. I'm excited and expectant.
You need agreement with others in prayer -- if you're married or have children you should be powerful in prayer because you've got built-in agreement. And you need to agree with God. That's a basic, but a huge portion of The Body isn't in agreement with God's Word or will. You can look at lives in comparison to the promises in the Logos and determine if someone agrees with God ... or not.
Copyright © 2015 Zari Banks, M.Ed
All of us have experienced or are still living with dysfunctional relationships. I spent a few sessions with a mentoring client once who was spinning their wheels trying to grasp abundant life while a root of unforgiveness from a parental relationship was still growing in their soul.
That doesn't work. I can't name anyone God has prospered who's still waiting for restitution from the hands of man. Plus, I know much about unforgiveness - because of my personal history - and what it does to hinder our access to Holy Spirit's power. I want too much; I can't afford not to forgive.
Dysfunctional relationships, even divinely ordained ones, don't glorify God. It's not God's will that there's strife day in and day out; matter of fact He has told us in the written Word that's demonic. God relationships are peaceful relationships. Therefore, we cannot use a divine connection as an excuse to continue in dysfunction. Steps have to be taken to bring deliverance and healing and that starts with at least one of the parties deciding to forgive and receive God's assistance.
If any of your high-stakes relationships are dysfunctional seek a mentor's assistance. You can also pray the following:
Holy Spirit, I thank You that I can call out to You and You'll answer me and show me great and mighty things. I ask by faith in this Word and in Jesus' name that you give me Your vision of what this relationship should look like. I reject my or any other vision for our relationship and receive Yours only. I confess and repent of my immaturity and sin and receive Your forgiveness. I desire to forgive _____ and myself for what's happened. I decree a shift in our relationship as I walk out Your vision for us in Christ's strength. I declare this by faith in Jesus' name. Amen.
Expect a vision or dream to follow giving you His vision for your relationship and then do your part to line it up with His will. Success and abundance will follow.
God bless and multiply everything your hands touch, dear ones!
I want to share another awesome time of prayer and worship I had today and also introduce to the latest PWPP effective prayer teaching module, Opening Spiritual Doors. Remember ... worship is warfare.
I worshiped with my prayer partner and then when I was fully in the spirit I began to worship in my prayer language. This was what my spirit spoke to Him:
The God of the highest heavens speaks with a voice of thunder. Speak Your decrees, Most High. Speak Your commands and cause the enemy to scatter. Rule for me, Lord. Speak for me (this is in reference to some spiritual lawsuits I have in His court right now).
I heard, "I rule FOR you. I love the way you come before me."
Thank You for hearing and seeing me. Please confirm Your Word with signs following.
I heard, "Take up your shield and fight."
I spoke in authority:
I decree I'm advancing with my shield of faith. I see heaven's army going before me to clear the path of the riff-raff and I say I'm moving forward with my shield of faith to collect the spoils. The enemy cannot stay on my path; the enemy cannot stay on this battlefield. I'm going to take this territory for the Kingdom of God. I will collect the spoils as the enemy runs in fear.
While I was making my decree I moved about my prayer room and saw the battlefield clearing out and the enemy being pushed back. Then I began to sing and I saw an army of heavenly soldiers in armor on horseback and the first lifted a banner.
Then I met with Holy Spirit for specific revelation for my life and day ahead.
I asked in a recent PWPP podcast episode that if you're not partnering with heaven when you pray, what exactly are you doing? Effective prayer requires Biblical principles to be utilized and listening and responding to heaven is necessary to live abundant life in Christ. I know I'm always talking about abundance but that's because I've already got average. I speak abundance because that's what I'm working toward, moving toward and in expectation of. My God is excellent and I want what a King's favored daughter deserves.
Now about Opening Spiritual Doors. I went through a process to have heaven open above me so that I could fight the battle I completed today in prayer and you can learn how to do that in this and my other teachings. You got that right, I engaged the enemy to receive from God by completing and winning a battle today in prayer in less than an hour. No, every battle isn't that easy. Matter of fact the battles before and after receiving this revelation had me irritated, crying, hurt and ready to quit. But I won and that's another promotion for me.
My assignment for 2015 is to teach effective prayer. I try to do that in everything I do. I wish I could pray with everyone individually for a season so that you could really learn from me, but I haven't found a way to do that, yet. That's why I write and teach to mentor you, but it's not quite the same thing as tackling a specific issue or need with you in the moment.
If your church doesn't have a system to teach you how to pray effectively, consider inviting me to come and model it. Your prayer and worship should be just as powerful as mine is. You should have evidence that your requests have been heard and received by heaven just like I do. Again if you're not participating with heaven when you pray, what are you doing?
I bless you in Jesus' name.
Copyright © 2015 Zari Banks, M.Ed
I've been talking a lot about a renewed mind lately because that needs to be a key focus in this season. We must learn to think like the Godhead or we will fall into deception, lack, fear and more.
As the economy begins to shake - and it is and will shake - you won't miss a beat if your mind is renewed. For example, gas and food prices are on the rise again. This shouldn't surprise anyone. It was an anomaly that gas prices dipped so much in the first place. When they did, though, U.S. car buying skyrocketed for a season. That was an intentional occurrence because most American's don't think past right now which explains the debt of and in this nation. The powers that be knew that Americans would go on car shopping sprees when gas prices were low and now the oil companies, banks, car dealerships, car washes, manufacturers, insurance companies and a whole host of other businesses are back in the black. And know that being in the black for big business means you're making millions of dollars above what you need to be debt-free.
If you're interested in creating and gaining wealth you need to learn how the marketplace operates. Wealth is greater than just more money than anyone in your family ever made. Wealth prepares for future generations. Wealth increases over the years. Wealth isn't for small-minded people and it's not for hustlers. Wealth is for people with vision and purpose and vision and purpose are the reasons the wealth of the wicked is being stored up for transfer to the godly in this season.
If your life, mind and family aren't wealth minded, you'll never have wealth. God knows from experience that without mind renewal all the wealth in the world is of no use to you. He puts gifts in us that the majority don't even know we have and therefore don't develop. He won't give us wealth when we can't even steward the basics of our authentic selves and utilize everything He's placed in us.
If you're interested in wealth at all you have to have noticed by now that people who attain are doing something extraordinary with their skillsets. You may say some people get wealthy being stupid (I'm thinking of some YouTube personalities). Well, that's the skillset they're using to get rich, not wealth. Remember wealth is generational. If you're not leaving or receiving a significant inheritance it's not wealth.
Renew your mind to what God says is possible (there's a chapter on this in Revelation is for Elevation). He said the wealth of the wicked gets stored up for the righteous. Is that you? Are you righteous? Is God's way of doing and being right your heart's desire? If it is, wealth is an option for you. BUT that's just a promise to whosoever will. In order to be eligible you have to covenant with Him to receive wealth. How do you do that? Well, everyone's process is different, but you must say, "Ok, Lord, I want that. What do I need to do?" Then as Job 22:28 tells you light will shine on your ways because you've made a declaration. Commit to the process Holy Spirit lays out for you, and then you're positioned for wealth transfer. As is anything with deliverance, this is simple ... but not easy.
Deliverance comes into play because it takes proper character to sustain wealth, and until your soul is matured your character can't handle it. Back to a renewed mind. Renewed minds and matured souls go hand in hand. Again, if you can't believe that wealth is a possibility for you you'll never receive it from God. You can make any argument you want about the wicked being wealthy, but their minds were renewed enough to believe it was possible and they rearranged their lives to pursue it. We don't have to chase after wealth; we have to chase after God and receive His power to get it.
I have greater coming to me and I'm excited about it. I can see it in the spiritual realm. And what's even betterer (one of my favorites from 1st grade) is that God does exceeding abundantly above what I can imagine. I did what I had to do and still am to be positioned to receive. Back in 2001 and 2008 when the economy hit bumps I wasn't ready, but many others were, and they bought businesses, properties, etc. for pennies on the dollar. Get ready. You don't have to experience loss just because others do. Get into alignment with God and the right people and prosper.
Copyright © 2015 Zari Banks, M.Ed