I'm back with this. I know some probably think I'm a negative nelly but I am not. I'm a woman who reads The Bible and gets hype about God's shows of power and majesty and then looks at my life and is like ... Dude, what's really going on here?
That causes me to ask Him questions and keep on asking until I get answers. I also go Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek so I get better understanding of what is translated into English. We lose A LOT of what's truly in The Logos through translation. Study is required, folks.
MYTH: We can cancel every demonic attack if we're close to Holy Spirit.
TRUTH: Psalm 34:19, Romans 8:14; 32, 1 Corinthians 13:12, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 1 Peter 4:13 ... this is such a ridiculous statement I could list even more verses but I'm gonna stop. I will tell you to take note of Job's discourse, though, because there are several verses consecutively that contradict this myth.
This conversation actually began because they tweeted that nothing can stop God's plans for your life and if you know me, you should know I jumped on that one. I asked what the thoughts behind that statement were because a million different things can stop God's plans for our lives. The big thing being most DO NOT KNOW God's plans for our lives. He doesn't lay out every detail. He gives clues and makes us step out in faith, trying, failing, growing and then going back in for feedback. Over and over again throughout all of our years. I wish He would lay out everything for me so I could stop wondering and stop making mistakes. But The Lord and His creativity loves fixing and solutioning (yes, that's a Zari word) my messes.
The reply made sense. They don't want people focusing on the negative, they want positive thinkers. I totes get that. But even Mandisa came back and corrected in her song Unfinished. It's NOT easy to overcome every attack much less completely block every attack.
How close to Holy Spirit do you have to be so that you can cancel EVERY attack? I prayed in tongues 50 hours a month for three months - that wasn't close enough to stop every attack. How do you get THAT close? What is the process? Name one person who's lived this as reality. I asked the tweeter these things, too. I'm awaiting an answer. Let's go to The Word, which was made flesh in Yeshua.
Yeshua said that He gave us authority over all the power of the enemy and nothing will by any means hurt us (Luke 10:19), right? When I asked Holy Spirit what that meant I learned two things.
Psalm 34:19 shuts down that stupid statement all together. It's one of my go-tos because it's the story of my life. MANY are the afflictions (definition: something that causes pain or suffering) of the righteous (definition: morally right or justifiable, virtuous; aka close to Holy Spirit) but The Lord delivers them out of them all. It doesn't read, not even in Hebrew, many afflictions hit everyone except those who are close to Holy Spirit. No, dear ones, The Word actually tells us that we're gonna have lots of pain of suffering as people in close relationship with Holy Spirit.
A couple other verses I have listed above reference us being children of God and Him not sparing His own son. If we're sons of God and He doesn't spare us, we can't cancel every instance of hurt and harm. Also, we see in part. So what if Holy Spirit does show us how to cancel EVERY attack (I still need to know the entire life history of anyone who's experienced this as reality) because we only see in part, what if we miss something? Or don't understand an instruction? It happens all the time. I've matured and understand differently and betterer than I did in years past.
We're to share in Christ's sufferings. Hearing and reading about something does not compare to experiencing the same suffering. Yeshua was betrayed and doubted by most of His circle and everyone else just wanted something from Him. Those things hurt Him. He was a man. The Man of Sorrows. But, He had authority, earned authority, and maturity and didn't allow those hurts and harms to wound Him. And He was close to Holy Spirit. His death was a demonic attack, but it was God's plan, God's allowance and He submitted to it.
Paul didn't get everything right. Adam and Eve sure didn't get everything right and I don't know if there were two people ever closer to God than they were. They were in Eden with God physically coming down to chill every evening and they couldn't cancel satan's attack. Moses didn't get it right. David didn't. None of these Bible big names were able to cancel every attack. John got The Revelation of Yeshua and couldn't cancel every attack.
Again, you may be thinking I'm haggling over pennies, but I just want us believers to stop saying stupid stuffs and get real and get delivered so we can advance The Kingdom. Also, there are naive folks out there who repeat and believe that and it's just not true. We're supposed to be people of Truth.
I could go on and on about this but I'm gonna make one last point and close. How do we grow if we cancel every attack and are protected from everything? We can't. If you don't work muscles, they get flabby, soft. Listen ... I've tried to run from several battles in my life so I know what I'm talking about. But the problem with running from them is that they keep coming around again because God's plan requires me to face them head on, and use that experience as earned authority to advance The Kingdom. There are some attacks you can cancel. There are some attacks that God cancels without us even knowing because there's no benefit to The Kingdom if they came. Some attacks are specifically manufactured by God, with the demonic's limited allowance, because God needs warriors with authority in certain realms and He knows which warriors were created for each battlefield. Let's pray:
Heavenly Father, I lift up social media to You for cleansing and sanctification. We ask that You go back to it's inception and cover our sins of ignorance and failing to perform due diligence on our proclamations with Yeshua's Blood. I repent of all the times I presented my immature understanding as truth. I know You're a personal God and deal with us all individually, and if I misjudge someone whom You've given authority to cancel every attack, I repent. I would like that anointing and not have to fight so much myself. Nevertheless, not mine, but Your will be done. I ask this in Yeshua's Name and seal this prayer by Holy Spirit.
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I hope you all realize I hear a super hero soundtrack and onomatopoeias (word sounds like zip, bang, zap!) when I say Myth Buster Bustin' Myths. 😆
Ok, so this is one of the many I've seen lately.
MYTH: The devil trembles when the weakest Christian is on their knees.
TRUTH: James 2:19 and Job 1:6, 2:1. From what I can tell satan is prideful to the very end, was even bold enough to tempt Jesus face-to-face, AND thought he had enough leverage to actually make Yeshua betray The Father.
So, let's unpack the myth. It sounds catchy, as most of our Christian cliches do, but it doesn't really make any sense from a Kingdom perspective.
The only verse in The Written Word about demons - demons, not thee demonic prince, satan himself - trembling tells us they do so because they have revelation of the power and immensity of God (James 2:19). If you're a weak Christian, I have to assume you're a baby who's still drinking milk. You getting on your knees is not going to faze any demon. There are people who pastor churches and good-sized flocks who can't get anything done in prayer because they don't believe it and don't understand it.
If you have enough revelation, understanding, wisdom and earned authority to make the demonic 'tremble,' you won't have to waste time going down on your knees. You could just turn your focus to The Word and they'll discern your countenance changing and leave because they know you're about to unleash The Law against them.
The Word is fire, The Sword of The Spirit and a hammer (scepter) and it thrashes demons when it's wielded by someone who has earned authority (Jeremiah 23:29; Ephesians 6:17). Earned authority is like this: You know how some people declare a scripture and it manifests for them quickly every time? That's earned authority. You know how some folks declare a verse and it manifests some times? That's grace for the moment - a special favor or temporary anointing, etc. When The Word is being released against demons, they're trying to get to Southwest.com (wanna get away).
Now back to the big guy. And by big guy I mean little guy because my GOD is so much BIGGER; just differentiating between satan and his minions. In Job he goes before The Lord boldy. The Logos states, he presented himself to El-ohim along with the other created higher ups. We have to remember that God is the Judge of the Universe and has given His Word not to lay hands on satan again until the next big battle. So satan's not trembling going before The Lord. No, he accuses God of sheltering Job. REMEMBER?!? Folks, he goes in talking much smack - NOT trembling. So where in the world do we get the audacity to say, WE, unfortunately more ignorant regarding The Word than we should be, humans make the devil (oooo, oooo, oooo - those are boogey man sounds, btw) tremble. It's silly.
Now ... you may say I'm just being technical, but how many court cases have been made - for good or bad - by a technicality? Many. But more importantly, this is a part of my spiritual DNA. I'm an RG prophet, manifestation teacher. I want (need in my core) for The BoB (Body of Believers) *who are willing* to eat The Truth so we can obey God by taking dominion, being fruitful and multiplying. And as long as we believe wrong things or partial truths about The Word, we will remain powerless. That's not our inheritance.
And, yes, dear ones ... thinking you're making the devil tremble just by praying is a deception that will cause problems. Believing that is why we don't do more than hold prayer meetings in this current generation of The Church. We claim praying's doing our part so we pray but don't work.
God wasn't joking about taking dominion. I don't know about you, but I'm fed up with all of the unrighteousness I have to live under because The Church refuses to get involved. God's not exactly fed up because He'll just wait us out and keep inviting generations to take up their divine mantles and do what The Word instructs. And what I'm doing about it is attempting to train up children of Christ (myself included) so they can return to The Word. We've def departed from it. Let's pray.
Yeshua, The Word Made Flesh, we repent of departing from Your Word and allowing someone else to feed us their canned milk as food. Father, We ask that You ignite the fire that already exists in our spirits because we come from You and You love The Word. Teach us to read it and chew it and savor it, to not stop there, and to do The Word so we're not deceived. We ask this in Jesus' Name and seal it by Holy Spirit. Amen.
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© Copyright Zari Banks, Inc. 2018
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.