This article originally appeared July 26, 2015 on RachelReneeSmith.com.
Do you know what it is like to bound by an addiction for the better part of 30 plus years, at times losing hope of ever being free? If so, then you are familiar with my battle of shame, disgust, guilt and destructive behavior in relationships. In this video, I talk about my deliverance from an addiction which came when Zari Banks agreed with me in prayer and shared a teaching with me that dispelled the lie that I would never be free. I post this today in honor of Zari - Happy Birthday to an awesome woman of God!
LISTEN: If you know me by now you know I'm not one of those, "poor baby," mentors or teachers. I've had my butt kicked by the demonic and lost absolutely everything and at that time no one at my 13,000-member church was able to deliver the wisdom I needed to turn my life around. When people come to me because they're in the pit - and I"ve got more right now than I have in the last year all together which is good 'cause they're getting delivered to a new level - I don't waste their time or mine. I give it straight so they can win and pull others up and out. There are a lot of folks out there right now who are serious about deliverance, and that's awesome. It's required for true abundant living. But there are just as many who wait until they're in complete crisis to reach out and it doesn't have to be that way. Then there's even more who have no idea that mediocre living isn't actually their destiny.
I know from personal experience that you're going to have to get over the fear of someone knowing everything you're going through when you're struggling. Confession starts deliverance. When I finally got desperate enough and was willing to listen to someone else to get free, I prayed and Holy Spirit told me to trust fully and share with my assigned deliverer. I did and the rest is history.
Here are some prayer strategies for when you're in a full-on attack and everything is falling apart at the same time. If you will implement these things, you'll win. I'm a living, breathing witness.
Again I'm sorry that you're going through such a rough time right now. Here are some things to keep in mind during this season of difficulty:
Hahaha ... yep. I tell people not to be a baby and then write, "Love, Z." I do love. But I'm not going to kiss a boo-boo when you need the Healing Balm of Gilead. That's what I gave; healing balm.
Those words above are guaranteed to deliver you out of any situation if you act on them. It's up to you. No one else can perform your actions for you. There is another step to being repaid by the enemy when you get your head together and are stable again and that's seeking Justice from the Throne of God. Learn more in my latest teaching, PWPP Module 4: JUSTICE.
Copyright © 2015 Zari Banks, M.Ed
You have to set your will to remain in the deliverance process until you're set free. If the enemy sees you're not all in, they will have you running from freedom instead of toward it. Everything in life is YOUR decision. If you decide you won't take less than what Jesus died to give you, you'll have it. But if your main goal is comfort you'll never thrive.