Spiritual Warfare: 7 Bible Declarations to Overcome in the Trial

When trials arise and we are experiencing spiritual warfare, what God has said in His Word can be a constant reassurance to us. Regardless of what is taking place, we can have security in our Father’s faithfulness. We know God our identity is in Christ.

Not only that, God’s Word is a powerful weapon of warfare!

In Luke 4, we read that when Jesus was tested by the devil in the wilderness, He countered the enemy’s words of temptation with Scripture, declaring ‘It is written!’ (Luke 4:4)

Here are some Scripture verses that have encouraged me during times of spiritual battle, along with corresponding declarations. I pray boldness and faith is released in you today:


1. God is Moving on My Behalf

‘The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’ (Deut 33:27 NIV)

Confession:
‘The eternal God is my refuge, and His everlasting arms are underneath me. He is driving out my enemies before me, saying, ‘Destroy them!’

2. Strongholds are Coming Down

‘For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’ (2 Cor 10:3-5 NIV)

Confession:
‘The weapons I fight with are not the weapons of the world. My weapons (in Christ) have divine power to demolish strongholds. In Jesus Name, I demolish arguments! I demolish every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. I take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ!’

3. Fear Must go!

‘For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.’ (2 Tim 1:7 NIV)
‘And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them…There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.’ (1 John 4:16, 18 NIV)

Confession:
‘The Spirit God gave me does not make me fearful. The Holy Spirit gives me power, love and self-discipline. He gives me a sound mind! [1] God is love. He lives in me, in all His fullness of love, and I live in him! God’s perfect love is driving out all fear. Fear must go now in Jesus’ Name!’

4. God is My Rescuer

‘He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.’ (Psalm 18:17-19 NIV)

Confession:
‘God is rescuing me from my enemy. What is too strong for me, is not too strong for my God. My God is greater! The Lord is my support. He is bringing me out into a spacious place; he rescues me because he delights in me.’

5. The Enemy is Fleeing

‘The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.’ (Deut 28:7 NIV)
‘Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’ (James 4:7 NIV)
Confession:
‘I am submitting to God and the enemy must flee. [2] That enemy has come at me in one direction, but in Jesus’ Name he is fleeing from me seven ways! Demonic forces are leaving me; they are weakened and divided, in Jesus’ Name.’

6. The Enemy is Defeated

‘I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.’ (Psalm 18:37-38 NIV)
Jesus said to His disciples: ‘I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.’ (Luke 10:19 NIV, also Psalm 91:13)

Confession:
‘I am pursuing my enemy [name it] and it is on the run. I will not turn back until that enemy is destroyed, in Jesus’ Name. I see my enemy crushed! It cannot rise, it is under my feet. Jesus has given me authority in his Name to overcome all the power of the enemy. It cannot harm me. Nothing shall harm me!’

7. I am More than a Conqueror in Christ

‘No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 8:37-39 NIV)

Confession:
‘In all these things [no matter what is going on] I am more than a conqueror through him who loves me. I am convinced, and I declare, that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, can separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus my Lord. I am more than a conqueror through Christ!’


Notes
[1] Translated in the NKJV: ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ (2 Tim 1:7, NKJV)
[2] For some Biblical ways to submit to God, see point two of the article, ‘The Way You See Spiritual Warfare Matters’


Spiritual Warfare Online Course:

This week, I have added these Bible verses and confessions as a downloadable PDF on my online course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’

This course includes around 30 mini lectures on video, and is full of Biblical wisdom and faith-filled strategies to help you overcome in time of battle. I give you clear guidelines and step by step points on how to recognize and combat spiritual attack. There is also a downloadable full transcript in PDF version.

Once you’re in the course, there is no expiry date, so you can continue to journey with me through upgrades and increased course content in the future.

Find out more about the course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’ here.


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Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

Prophetic Insight: Return to the Place of Delight

‘What would it look like, if you only did what you delighted in?’

This was a question the Holy Spirit breathed to me recently in the midnight hours.

I’d just finished a busy ministry schedule and it seemed as though the enjoyment had gone from many of my tasks. This was probably due to weariness. At the same time, my natural response—due to a shortfall of resources—was to increase my activity, not step back.

The next day, not knowing my midnight encounter, a leader gave me a strong admonition: ‘For the next 8 weeks, only do what brings you delight!’


The discipline of delight: what I changed

Have you heard the saying, ‘How much louder does God have to shout?’ Sometimes the Holy Spirit breaks in and makes His intention very clear!

  • I immediately paused my self-imposed schedule
  • I took the pressure off expectations; my own, and that of my online audience
  • I renewed my anticipation in God’s provision. After all, it was His instruction to rest, and His responsibility to provide
  • I took walks to breathe and pray

There were still many responsibilities that I could not set aside. In this imperfect, but grace-filled journey. I’ve approached work with a prayer, ‘Father, show me Your pleasure.’ I have sought to begin tasks conscious firstly of His love and affection.

And miracles have begun to break out.

Is the Holy Spirit speaking to you also, about rest and returning to the place of delighting in Him?

It has been said, ‘Faith is spelled R-I-S-K’. Sometimes, faith is spelled R-E-S-T.

There are times to walk, times to run hard, and there are also times to rest. The prophet Isaiah speaks of this cycle:

‘…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’ (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)

Whether it’s time to rest, walk, run or fly—your life and work with God can be one of conscious delight in His Presence.


Come Home to Eden (‘Delight’)

God gave Adam and Eve a home to live in; a place called Eden, where they could live, work, rest, and fellowship with Him (Gen 2:8).

The name ‘Eden’ means ‘delight’, or ‘pleasure’. [1]

There is a delight that comes, not from circumstances, but simply from being conscious of His Presence.

‘You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.’ (Psalm 16:11, NKJV)

Regardless of what is going on, and even if your current situation is one of trial, pain or stretching, you can find a place of rest and security in your Father’s affection.

Today, God may be speaking to you about returning to the place of delight. He is calling you home.


Prayer

‘Father, I recognize that I’ve lost in part or in full, the life and labor of delight. And I receive Your grace and forgiveness right now, for any striving or self-effort, and for losing my way in my walk with You.

Lord, I know that there is a delight that cannot be found in circumstances, relationships or in work, it is in You.
I am sorry for the times I have skipped times of rest appointed by You, and leaned upon my own efforts. Right now, I receive Your grace and forgiveness.

Father, help me to be conscious of your love and affection towards me. I choose now to enter the place of delight. I am being saturated in Your Presence, Your healing and Your peace.
I invite You, Holy Spirit, to teach me, alert me and keep me conscious of living in this place of knowing and delighting in my Father and His affection for me.
I receive Your fresh anointing now, in Jesus’ Name.


Deeper: A Journey of Spiritual Renewal

At the heart of your Christian life and prophetic ministry is your intimate relationship with God and a vital connection to His Word.

In the eBook ‘Deeper: 6 Steps to Greater Intimacy with God and His Word’ I share my personal journey from burnout and spiritual exhaustion to a lifestyle of encountering God—the pathway that launched me into prophetic ministry.

For more information, or to purchase ‘Deeper’, visit our online store here.
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Notes

[1] Strongs H5731


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Rest is not an Option: Father’s Sabbath Plan for Your Life

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Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

How to Have More Security in Your Spiritual Gift

It has often been said that the 3 common issues that can topple a ministry are ‘the gold, the girls/guys, and the glory’—in other words, greed, lust and pride.

But there is another problem that, because it is not sensational, rarely makes the public radar. And yet this one is very close to the heart of God.

And that is, insecurity.

In fact, insecurity can not only cause a ministry to fail, it is also the reason many gifts and ministries are not released in the first place!

In one of our recent family meetings, Prophet David McCracken underlined the serious of this, noting ‘Insecurity is a prince power the church is up against’. [1]


Insecurity versus Security: Saul and David

Insecurity is: ‘uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence’ or ‘the state of being open to danger or threat; lack of protection.’

King Saul is an example of someone whose calling was destroyed by insecurity. We read in 1 Sam 13 that when the Prophet Samuel appeared to be delayed in coming to make a sacrifice, Saul took the matter into his own hands.

Insecurity—manifesting in Saul’s mistrust of God and His prophetic word (1 Sam 13:8), along with his fear of people’s opinions—led to his disobedience.

Saul did not trust God to do what He said He would do! Why? Because he didn’t know God. He did not have a personal relationship with him.


How Security Manifested in David’s Life

Contrast this with David.

The same prophet that anointed Saul, anointed David.

Because David knew God and had a personal relationship with Him, he trusted God to fulfil His promises. David remained secure in his calling through times of great trial.

Years spent fleeing Saul in the wilderness, culminated in one of the greatest crises of David’s life. In 1 Sam 30 we read that David and his men returned to their lodging in Ziklag to find that enemies had looted their property, burned their homes and taken their wives and children captive.

In that moment, David had every reason to feel that God had left him and to doubt his calling. In spite of his trust in God, everything he had built had been destroyed and his loved ones lost to him. His leadership was under fire.

In the moment of greatest trial, David remained secure in his relationship with God.

  • David turned to God
  • He knew God was good
  • He believed God would fulfil His promises.

David did not let go of the reins of leadership. We read, ‘David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him… But David found strength in the Lord his God.
…and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
(1 Sam 30: 6,8, NIV)

It was not long after this incident, David was crowned King of Judah, then later over all Israel. (2 Sam 2-2 Sam 5)


Your Ultimate Source of Security

‘I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father.’ (1 John 2:14a, NIV)

Security is stability!
Security is the state of being free from threat. When you are secure, you are confident. You are free from fear and anxiety. You have a firm foundation—and as a result, you are unwavering in character, commitment and purpose.

Where does such security come from?

The Bible reveals the ultimate source of security is in knowing God as your Father.

In Romans 8, Paul writes,
‘The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”’ (Rom 8:15, NIV)

This is the good news of the Gospel. You do not need to be insecure any more. You are a son, a daughter, secure in relationship.

Our sonship is the source of our eternal security, of security in our identity, and of our confidence in God’s unfailing goodness towards us. Security comes from the revelation of God as our Father.

Insecurity, on the other hand, comes from having an orphan mindset.

Jesus said to His disciples, ‘I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.’ (John 14:18, NIV)

Once you are a son or daughter of God, there is never any moment God is not your Father! There’s never any moment He is not with you, does not love you, or His grace and favour is not extended towards you.

As John writes, ‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.’ (1 John 4:18, NIV)

Are you called of God to minister, or to leadership?

When you are secure, your affirmation comes from your Father, and your desire is to bring Him pleasure. You will be free of the need to impress others.

You will trust God and believe His Word and His promises.

And you will fulfill your God-given prophetic calling.


The Power of Security ~ and how to be Healed of Insecurity

This week’s blog is an excerpt from lectures I am preparing for the Enliven Prophetic School . I will be sharing 6 reasons why security is important to prophetic ministry, along with keys to freedom from insecurity. These classes should be available during the next week.

This self-paced, video lecture school is for anyone who would like to learn and grow in the gift and ministry of prophecy and includes classes for discerners as well.

Modules currently include:

  • Foundations of prophetic ministry
  • How to hear God’s voice, begin and grow in prophecy
  • The Seer gift: how to grow in pictures and visions
  • Discernment and prophetic warnings: how to respond and share a prophetic warning
  • Prophetic Guidance Master Class

Visit the Enliven Prophetic School here.


Notes:

[1] David McCracken is a Prophet based in Melbourne, Australia. Enliven Ministries is in the David McCracken Ministries family.

[2] Definition of insecurity Google result, ‘define insecurity’ accessed 25 Oct 17


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The Golden Key: How Prayer and Obedience can Unlock Your Miracle

I was praying for a breakthrough recently, and in my mind’s eye, I was looking up into my Father’s open Heaven and crying out, ‘Father, what time is it? What are you doing now?’ [1]

In that moment, I was expecting to see a vision of floodgates opening.

But to my surprise, instead of the large answer I was anticipating, out of Heaven dropped a single, small gold key.

It was the kind of key you would use to open an ordinary door. Except it was not made of natural materials—it was pure gold.

As that key fell to the earth on the ground beside me, I heard a loud ‘ping’, clear as a bell.

  • It wasn’t the deluge I was reaching for
  • It wasn’t the major breakthrough I wanted

And yet that key was precious, because I knew my Heavenly Father had sent it. It was a gift of His love—a ‘now’ gift.

As I thanked Him for that key, I remembered something. A small opportunity had come my way—and there was a next action I could take on it, but I had neglected to do it.

I immediately took that next action in obedience to what God was showing me. Over the next 24 hours I recalled another step of faith I needed to make, and did that as well.

Each small action unlocked further actions, ideas and opportunities. It was the beginning of a breakthrough.


The Power of Prayer and an Act of Faith

‘Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”‘ (Ex 14:15, NIV)

There is a time to pray, but there is also a time to move.

Perhaps today, there is one small, but significant step, the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to you—one that will lead to breakthrough.

Some of the greatest miracles in Scripture were miracles of resurrection. A time of prayer was followed by a simple act of faith—and the dead were brought back to life.

  • Elisha prayed—and then he stretched out his body over a dead boy. After the second time, the child sneezed 7 times and opened his eyes. (2 Kings 4:33-35, see also Elijah in 1 Kings 17-20-22)
  • Jesus prayed—and then He shouted, ‘Lazarus come forth!’ Lazarus came out of the tomb, still wrapped in his grave-clothes. (John 11:41-44)
  • Peter prayed—and then he said, ‘Tabitha arise!’ The woman opened her eyes, saw Peter and sat up. (Acts 9:40)

Perhaps there is some small action you can take right now, to partner with God in fulfilling that promise you’ve been waiting for.

That one small step could be a trigger—a small action that will unleash the resurrection power of God into your situation.


The Golden Key: Your Next Small Step

If you are waiting on God for a large answer to prayer—a job or ministry breakthrough, a shift in a relationship, a person who needs to turn back to God—a miracle of health or finance, pray with passion and faith! And then, watch and listen for His direction.

What does that golden key symbolize to you today?

Perhaps there is one small thing that you can take action on. Maybe it’s something that (like I did) you have been procrastinating on up until now. And right now, the Holy Spirit is putting His finger on it and saying, ‘Obey Me in this one small thing.’

Begin taking those steps no matter how small.

  • Make that phone call
  • Honor what you have already been given, with an attitude of gratitude
  • Make that small change in your health habits
  • Say thank you to someone
  • Say ‘yes’—or ‘no’
  • Do that research

An appointed action is not always an activity. There are times when our Father directs us to take a position of rest. Before Elijah could keep his appointment with God and receive the list of next actions he was to take, he needed time out. God’s agenda for him at that moment in time was to receive both Heavenly and physical refreshment. (1 Kings 19)

In God’s Kingdom, great and powerful moves of God often have small, humble beginnings.

This could be your moment of destiny.


Testimonies from the Spiritual Warfare Course

I’m passionate about helping people to encounter God, build a strong Biblical foundation and develop in their spiritual authority and gifts. This week, I’m excited to be able to share with you some feedback from the course, Spiritual Warfare: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack

‘We have been able to put into practice the weapons of warfare the Lord has given to us, and as a result we are feeling a whole heap freer! It has been a very helpful course and we recommend it to everyone, but most especially to leaders.’ (Pastors Wayne and Nicky)

‘Completing this course was very life changing. Opened my eyes and taught me how to identify and overcome spiritual attacks. The course provided very helpful tools to use in every day life and especially during and before spiritual attacks as well as how to help others during these attacks. I loved that I could complete it at my own pace’ (Sogunda)

‘It was an eye opener, and I never thought about viewing Spiritual Warfare in the way that you explained it. It was AWESOME! One of the things that I like was when King David before going into battle always inquired of the Lord. Not only did the Lord give him the outcome of the battle but he gave him the strategies and was with David in the battle. I need to do the same.’ (Beatrice)

If you haven’t come across our online courses yet, you can find the Spiritual Warfare Course and Prophetic School here.


Notes:

[1] See my recent article, ‘Magnetic Prayer: Prayer that Pulls on Heaven’s Resources’ for more on the power of asking, ‘Father, what time is it?’


© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Enliven Ministries

in the David McCracken Ministries family

Discernment: Partner with God to Bring Life to Dry Bones

There are times when our spiritual gifts are going to take us to some painful places.

  • Through discernment, we see something dark and demonic at work in a situation
  • God has shown us His prophetic intention—but we are currently faced with the very opposite of what He has said
  • In our prophetic prayer, the Holy Spirit takes us behind the scenes and we are confronted with a need to pray for

The Holy Spirit took Ezekiel to a valley full of dry bones. It was a bleak and painful environment—and yet that was the very place he was positioned to participate with God in a resurrection miracle.


The Answer is in the Secret Place

God did not just give Ezekiel a glimpse of that valley of dry bones. We read that he actually led Ezekiel back and forth amongst them! (Ezek 1:2) Only after Ezekiel was thoroughly acquainted with the painful reality, and the impossibility, did God ask him a question:

“Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel answered, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” (Ezek 1:3)

In the physical realm, Ezekiel was looking at something impossible. But he knew that the answer was located in the spiritual realm—in the mind and intention of God.

The answer was in the realm of mystery, hidden in the secret place.

There are things that God wants to reveal to you, and accomplish through you. And in order for that to happen, He is allowing you to be confronted with a difficulty. It may be painful. It may be people who are far from where God wants them to be. Perhaps it is a barren environment or a problem that is impossible to solve.

If you are positioned in a place where what you are discerning is painful, take time in your intimate relationship with God to listen to Him.

God spoke to Ezekiel and said, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!” (Ezek 37:4, NIV)

When Ezekiel obeyed God and began to prophesy, those bones joined together, and became covered in flesh. When Ezekiel called on the breath, resurrection life entered those bodies and they arose, a mighty army.

  • The easiest thing to do, when you are confronted with dry bones, with a barren situation, is to focus on and talk about the problem.

But remember, your God is a Redeemer. He is God of the turn-around!

Today, take some time to hear your Father’s intention. Hear the life-giving words that are on the heart of God.

And then, speak in agreement with what He is speaking. Proclaim His whispered words of life. It’s time to prophesy to the bones!

Through your life-giving words in agreement with His, you will see a miracle of transformation take place.


Prayer

‘Father, in the midst of what I see, I turn my heart and my thoughts to you. Only you know the answer to the problem I am facing right now. I come to you in the secret place, to hear your intention and to partner with you. Jesus, You are the Resurrection and the Life.

Now, I choose to prophesy life. I choose to speak a word of life over this situation today. Darkness, be turned to light! ‘Dry bones’ hear the word of the Lord! I declare transformation, according to God’s promise. Nothing is impossible for my God! In Jesus’ Name, amen.


Unlocking the Gift of Discernment eBook

The gift of discernment of spirits is a powerful weapon in times of spiritual warfare, can shift atmospheres, and is of great assistance when ministering freedom to individuals. And yet many who have the gift of discernment have difficulty knowing what to do with what they are feeling or sensing.

Recently updated, ‘Unlocking The Gift Of Discernment’ incorporates wisdom from Enliven Blog as well as additional valuable material on how to be protected as a discerner in times of spiritual warfare.

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Prophetic School Update

  • This week, I’ve uploaded a 10-page PDF questionnaire, with further study and journalling questions, to help students discover which of the 11 types of prophetic ministry you are gifted in. We ask the question, ‘What can I do next to develop this gift?’

Our self-paced, video lecture school is a great way to develop your understanding and practice of prophetic ministry. The school also includes a series of lectures on the topic of discernment, along with a master class on prophetic warnings. I welcome you to view the Prophetic School here.


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