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ISAAC JOHN AKAGU
The Covenant of Protection
Isaac John Akagu
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Unless otherwise stated, scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. Other versions as used include:
WEB: World English Bible
NLT: New Living Translation
TLB: The Living Bible
HCSB: Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Good News Bible.
Chapter One: There is an Adversary
Chapter Two: There is a place of safety
Chapter Three: Meet the God of Justice
Chapter Four: You need a strong spirit
Chapter Five: Angels; God’s Agents of protection
Chapter Six: Two forces of protection
Chapter Seven: Prophets; God’s human Agents of protection
Chapter Eight: I’m crucified with Christ; what are you waiting for?
To my dear mother; Deaconess Ladi Akagu. You have been a soldier of Christ and a proven conqueror. More grace to you.
Many people all over the world today are concerned about their safety and protection. Most governments have made this one of their top priorities. Individuals are seeking a sure refuge because there is chaos looming in most of our societies. Everyone is observant not to become a victim, as wars, riots, terrorist attacks, accidents and all sort of rebellious protests have stolen headlines in major news agencies around the world.
In the typical African setting, individuals are not only trying to protect themselves from wars and crisis; they are even more concerned about spiritual arrows originating from their villages. Many have gone to seek refuge in absurd places as a result. People are wearing all sorts of charms in order to protect themselves. Many have lost their rest of mind; some have even lost their minds.
I want to tell you that true protection comes from God. I also want to show you in this book, how you can get on God’s side to secure His protection. You must know that your protection is just as important to God as your salvation. It’s also as important to Him as your prosperity. God does not want you any less protected than He wants you prosperous. Think about it. Of what use is prosperity when you are not sure of your safety?
Your protection is a top priority on God’s agenda. That’s why He stated clearly in Isaiah 32:18(NLT); “my people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest”. God’s will for you is to live continuously in safety; spirit, soul and body. He doesn’t want any of us to have troubles in our minds, sickness in our bodies or restlessness in our spirits. He wants all round safety because that’s His will for us.
The days of scary nightmares are over in Jesus Name! No more being chased around in dreams and breathing heavily out of them! No more spiritual unrests! No more trying to commit suicide! No more losing your mind! No more! No more! Hallelujah, Amen!
YOUR PROTECTION IS IN GOD’S VERY WILL
The Bible tells us in Ephesians 5:16-17; “…redeeming the time because the days are evil: Wherefore, be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of God is”.
Many years back, I resided in Bauchi, North of Nigeria. In my years there, there was a lot of inter-religious riots; most notably between Christians and Muslims. Due to the fact that the Muslims outnumbered the Christians, many Christians were victims of post-riot casualties. A lot of them even left town. I was troubled in my spirit throughout those years.
I went in search of scriptures to discover what God’s divine plan was –as regarding the preservation of His children. Then I found the verse quoted above. It dawned on me that God’s divine will is for me to live a terror free life. I also read in 2 Timothy 3:1 that we are in perilous (dangerous) times; but I however discovered God’s divine provision for His children in these perilous times. It is your understanding of God’s divine intention that unfolds what it holds to you!
During my time in Bauchi, I also found this scripture: “say to them that are of a fearful heart, be strong, fear not! Behold God will come with vengeance, even God with recompense. He will come and save you” (Isaiah 35:4). Here, we are charged to be strong and not be afraid anymore. God’s will and intention has been unveiled. He is eager to avert every evil plot against you right now! (Isaiah 41:11, 43:3-4, 2 Thessalonians 1:6, Genesis 12:3). You don’t have to be attracted to secret cults for any form of protection anymore. They will only add to your misery. The time has finally come when the wicked will be made a ransom for the righteous and the transgressors for the upright (Proverbs 21:18). God’s intention is to give light to those that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He has come to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:79, Jeremiah 42:11, 8:2). That is the will of God.
THERE IS AN ADVERSARY
In any sports event where two individuals or teams compete against each other, wise contestants get as much information about their opponents in order to know the strengths and weaknesses of the opponents. This is the only way to hit them hard when they are less ready and that’s the only way to emerge triumphant.
In Revelations 12:17, we learn that we are in a war against the devil. He is in a rage, and though he is powerless (Psalms 62:11), he is very strategic. He uses his subtlety to trap many believers and make victims of them. You therefore need to be aware of his strategies in order to conquer him.
The Bible says we should not be ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). So the devil has devices, plans and schemes that we must be aware of. He is so crafty that Jesus warns “…be as wise as serpent…” (Matthew 10:16) and the serpent is the devil (Revelations 12:9). That is to say, don’t allow the devil to outsmart you. Be aware of his strategies before he comes at you so that you will emerge victorious. Thrice, the devil tempted Jesus when He returned from the wilderness. Jesus was however ready for him because He was aware of the devils subtlety. That’s why He could overcome the devil.
The devil is the adversary and believers should not be ignorant.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
It’s important to know where the devil lost it with God and why he is in such a rage at the children of God right now. The devil has a well-documented history as narrated in the Bible and every true believer must be smart enough to know it in order to properly place the devil where he belongs.
Jesus recounts the fall of the devil from heaven in Luke 10:18. He said “…I beheld Satan as lightening, fall from heaven”. So Jesus confirms that the devil was thrown out of heaven and that He saw it when it happened. In Revelations 12:8, the Bible tells us that there was no place found for him anymore in heaven. So the devil is in a rage because he lost his place and he’s warring against those that took his place.
In 1 Peter 2:9, we are told by scriptures that God has appointed us the believers as His worshippers, to show forth his praises. That was Satan’s original place in heaven; before he lost his place through pride and rebellion. When he was thrown out of heaven, that responsibility was handed to the believers –you and I.
That explains why the devil is in a rage with the believers. We’ve been given the responsibility that was taken away from him. We simply took his place. We replaced him. There was an exchange and he was on the losing side. That’s why he is in wrath against the believers that keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus (Revelations 12:17).
HE IS ON A MISSION
There was an interesting conversation between God and Satan in Job 1:7-8 (NLT). “Where have you come from? The Lord asked Satan. And Satan answered the Lord; I have been going back and forth across the earth, watching everything that’s going on”. We can conclude from the words of Satan here that he is not a passive being. He is very active; -going back and forth across the earth. That’s why it’s dangerous for a believer to be passive, because the adversary is active. Satan confirms that he is watching everything that is going on. He watches to see when the believer will be asleep and less active so he can take advantage.
In the epistle of Peter, we are charged; “Be sober (i.e. serious, not playful), be vigilant (i.e. be on alert); because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom to devour” (1 Peter 5:8, emphasis mine). The devil is not just going back and forth for nothing. He is on a mission; to devour. He is looking out for destinies to destroy. He is looking out for homes to tear apart. He is looking out for jobs to devour. He is on the lookout for ministries to terminate.
Jesus sheds more light on Satan’s mission. “The thief only comes to steal, kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly” (John 10:10, WEB). Satan has a threefold mission according to the words of Jesus; to kill, to steal and to destroy. When he comes at believers, he wants to steal their joy, damage their hopes and destroy their lives.
HE HAS A STRATEGY
Having established that Satan has a mission, we must also know that he has a strategy. Remember we mentioned earlier that he is powerless because power belongs to God only. However, he is strategic because Serpent is wise according to scriptures.
In Revelations 12:9, the bible said about him “that old serpent called the devil, which decieveth the whole world”. So he has a strategy called deceit. He is a deceiver. He deceives saints to turn their backs against God through sin; because that’s the only way to get them off God’s divine covery.
It was through this strategy that he plotted the exile of the first man from the Garden of Eden. He deceived Adam and Eve to turn their back against God’s instruction. In fact, in Genesis 3:1, we are told that he was more subtle (cleaver) than any other creature of God.
Jesus did not only face temptation from the devil after He returned from the wilderness. He was tempted all through his time in the wilderness; “and he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan” (Mark 1:13). So His forty days in the wilderness were days of resisting very serious temptations.
Before Ananias, husband of Sapphira died, Peter asked him; “why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost?” (Acts 5:3). So, Ananias did not just lie, Satan filled his heart to lie. He was tempted of Satan to lie, and he could not resist the temptation like Jesus did. Note: the devil did not force Ananias to lie; he filled his heart to lie.
Judas Iscariot did not just betray Jesus. The bible said “Satan entered into him” (Luke 22:3). When the deed had been done and he came back to his normal senses, it dawned on him that thirty pieces of silver was not worth betraying his revered master; and then he hung himself.
WHAT ARE HIS CHANCES?
I like for you to know that you are in charge! The devil is not in charge, you are. He can only do his best to persuade you, but you make all the choices. He tried to persuade Jesus to turn a stone into bread. He could not force Jesus to do that however, because he was not in charge, Jesus was in charge. Jesus knew he was in charge and so he took charge of the situation.
Therefore the devil can only succeed the extent to which you let him. His chances lie within your choices. If you choose to heed to his temptations, you’re bound to fall. If not, he’s got no chance.
The Bible says “…resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). The devil only has a chance when you fail to resist him. If you resist him, he must flee from you. If you don’t, he will stay. The ball’s in your court. Jesus said to Satan; “go away from me…” (Matthew 4:10, NIV). And the devil left him. The devil hasn’t left you because you haven’t vehemently asked him to go away. The devil has no chance until you give him one.
THERE IS A PLACE OF SAFETY
I shared in the introduction my experience in Bauchi state many years back. Due to the frequency of religious riots as at that time, people often slept with one eye opened. In fact, they often fled to the army barracks for safety; every time the riots got intense.
As soon as they got to the barracks however, there was such calm. There wasn’t any form of agitations or worries. People could sleep there with both eyes closed. It was a safe place. It was a place of refuge.
I want you to know that there are designated cities of refuge that God has reserved for His children in these end times. When believers acquaint themselves with those places, they are sure of protection; spirit, soul and body. All they need do is take refuge.
This is confirmed in Numbers 35:11-12: “then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you…and they shall be unto you cities of refuge from the avenger”. As a believer, you must attach yourself consciously to God’s designated city of refuge in order to be guaranteed safety.
Where is this city of refuge? “For the Lord has chosen Zion” (Psalms 132:13). That is God’s reserved and appointed city of refuge for His children. No one takes refuge there without experiencing rest from satanic torments. In the next verse, God said “this is my rest forever”. 2 Samuel 5:7 calls it a stronghold.
The word Zion is figuratively used in scripture for the Church (Psalms 126:1, 129:5, Isaiah 33:14, 34:8, 49:14, and 52:8). The end time Body of Christ is appointed by God as a refuge for all saints. Anyone who is not in Christ is on his or her own. Your access to God’s city of refuge is only granted by your recognition and acquaintance to the Body of Christ.
I’m not talking about just going to church and listening to sermons. I’m talking about being involved in the work of Christ on earth. That’s what gives you access to divine protection. When you take your place in the church, you take your place in God. In fact, God will now refer to you as Zion (Isaiah 49:14-16), assuring you that even if a mother forgets her sucking child, He will never forget you.
God also promised in the same verse that everything about you -your health, business, job, career, family, etc. are all graven on the palms of His hands. He watches over you every second of your life as long as you get attached to the church. You’ve got nothing to fear.
Zion does not only refer to God’s church (you and I) as a body. It also refers to God’s appointed physical places where His name is mentioned and worshipped, where He meets needs, saves sinners and blesses His saints. Wherever God’s Name is lifted and glorified with reverent awe is called Zion –a place, holy and sacred (Hebrews 12:22).
David was there ten times every day (7 times to worship and 3 times to pray). That makes it 70 times a week, 280 times a month and 3650 times a year. No wonder he won every battle. He recognized Zion and made it his home. The result was that he was on the victory side of life all through. He never lost to anyone.
Also, know that God himself dwells in Zion. Therefore, acquaintance with Zion is acquaintance with God. Remember, everything trembles before God (Psalms 114:7). So, everything must tremble before you when you are acquainted with God in Zion. You become dreadful to the devil and his agents when Zion becomes your abode (Isaiah 64:1-2).
The church is also the Vineyard of the Lord where God does not only preserve His own, he prospers them. Jesus points out in Matthew 20:4 that if you attach yourself to the vineyard (Zion, the Church), He’ll give you whatever is right. He is adding colour to your life.
We serve a mighty God who is raising mighty men in Zion; men that will break the holds of Satan on earth, men that will have total dominion over all the issues and affairs of life. You can choose to be one of those men by acquaintance or you can choose to remain out there. “They go from strength to strength; every one of them in Zion appeareth before God” (Psalms 84:7). Remember, we are in a warfare (1 Timothy 1:18) and you can only gain strength for this fight in Zion.
The secret of David’s strength was in his consistent contact with Zion. It is a place of all round rest (Mathew 11:28), divine direction (Isaiah 25:7), longevity (Isaiah 25:8), access to the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 12:22-24) and refuge (Psalms 91:1).
See; “He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord” (Isaiah 26:3, TLB). Also, “I am placing a foundation stone in Zion –a firm, tested, precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. He who believes, need never run away again” (Isaiah 28:16, TLB).
Do you want peace? Zion is God’s spring of lasting peace. God said He has placed a foundation stone in Zion –that is Jesus. Contact with Zion is contact with Jesus and contact with Jesus is assurance for total victory (Isaiah 49:25, Genesis 12:3, 2 Thessalonians 1:6, and Isaiah 41:11).
Remember, “Then my people will dwell in a peaceful place, in safe and restful dwellings. But hail will level the forests, and the city [of the enemy] will sink into depths” (Isaiah 32:18-19, HCSB). When you stay in touch with God in Zion, you enjoy immeasurable peace while He comes down in His wrath to destroy your enemies.
MEET THE GOD OF JUSTICE
One of the biggest issues in societies today is injustice. Where there is injustice, evil thrives and wickedness springs forth consistently. The powerful exert themselves upon the weak, as is the case in many parts of the world today. Wealthy people acquire more, some of them through vanity, while the poor get poorer. Politicians in power exert themselves on the citizens, amercing great fortunes to the neglect of the people they lead. The voice of the poor is neglected as influential elites override them unjustly.
The same goes on in the spiritual realm. Those who have not been rooted enough in the light of God’s word have been subject to all forms of victimization from the devil and his human agents. Enchantments, evil divinations, arrows and all sort of demonic manipulations are moving in the realms, looking out for those who are spiritually passive.
There is gross injustice not only in the physical world, but also in the spiritual. The latter part of Ephesians 6:12 tell us that we are in a war against spiritual wickedness in high places. On the Devil’s agenda, there is no mercy. He is described as the resister of the saints (Zechariah 3:1) and the thief (John 10:10).
Apostle Paul warns us however that though we are in the flesh realm, our warfare is spiritual and that we shouldn’t use physical weapons to fight spiritual battles. We use spiritual weapons to pull down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Jesus warns, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you that he might sift you as wheat” (Luke 22:31). It is never the desire of the oppressor to let the oppressed go. Until there is a divine interference by the God of justice, captivity continues. If the grips of evil must not be permitted in your life, then allow me introduce you to the God of Justice!
WELCOME TO THE COURTROOM
In any courtroom, one thing is sure at the end of every case or argument. It is called judgment. It is administered by the court judge. He declares one party guilty and another not-guilty. Where both parties are guilty of one thing or the other, he declares punishments of varying degree depending in the weight of their offences. He also ensures that damages are paid for where necessary.
Similarly, our God in heaven is the highest judge, who executes judgment –punishing the wicked and vindicating the righteous (Ezekiel 28:26). He is concerned with ensuring that the innocent is rightfully defended and liberated from the claws of the wicked.
The word Justice as used in scriptures can be described thus: “for we know him that hath said, vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, the Lord shall judge His people” (Hebrews 10:30).
In that verse, two key words are used to describe justice –vengeance and recompense. By vengeance, God means punishment and by recompense, He means to pay for damages. After that, justice is served. God is saying “I will punish those that oppress you and pay you back in damages for what you suffered.” By this, evil will cease (Ecclesiastes 8:11).
God has promised to feed all your oppressors with their own flesh and get them drunk with their own blood (Isaiah 49:26) -that is Vengeance. He also promised to restore to you the years you lost to the locust, cankerworm, caterpillar and palmerworm (Joel 2:25) –that is Recompense.
He said “I will contend with him that contends with you” (Isaiah 49:25) –that is Vengeance. Then He said “for your shame you will have double (Isaiah 61:7) and …I will render double unto you (Zechariah 9:12) –that is Recompense”.
MAKE A COVENANT
I want you to know that your safety can be enacted by a covenant between you and God. God said “and I will make with them A COVENANT OF PEACE (Ezekiel 34:25)”, and “moreover, I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them, and I will place them and multiply them…” (Ezekiel 37:26).
God is saying here that “my protection is only guaranteed you by a covenant. If you want me to protect you, then you must agree with me on its terms and conditions.” As long as you will fulfill your own part of it, He is more than ready to fulfill His.
What are the terms and conditions of this covenant?
- It begins with new birth: John the beloved said “for whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world” (1 John 5:4). It is only those who are born of God that have the power to overcome the devil. That’s why “…as many as received Him, to them gave He Power…” (John 1:12). Power is given only to those who have received Him (Jesus). The moment you receive Jesus, you experience a re-birth –what we call new birth. And through this re-birth, God automatically bestowed upon you certain undisputable powers over oppression.
Jesus said; “these things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world, ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Therefore, until you are in Christ, you will never have peace. In fact, as Jesus said, if you remain in the world –unsaved, you will have plenty of tribulation. If you want to be an overcomer, then you must be attached to the one that has overcome the world –Jesus.
Jesus said in another verse; “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). John the beloved speaking again said; “ye are of God little children, and have overcome them because greater is he that is in you that he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). So when you open the door for Jesus -the overcomer, to dwell in you, you become a winner in the world because He has conquered the world.
John was trying to say that new birth enters you into God’s family, and then “ye are of God”. After that, you can “overcome them”; -that is, those out there who are used by the devil as instruments of destruction.
- Purity keeps you in the family: While new birth enters you into Gods family, it is purity that keeps you there. Know this; every child of God was adopted by God and can be disowned at any time when he or she violates certain family rules. The Bible confirms this: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba Father (that is, dear father)” (Romans 8:15).
You are only able to call God your father in the first place because He adopted you from the world. We were all sinners and dirty (Romans 3:23). Through His mercy, He brought us in, and we must appreciate that. That’s why John the beloved said “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). In other words, we were never worthy to be called God’s sons in the first place. In fact, John was so amazed that God ignored our filthiness and still adopted us that he asked “what kind (manner) of love is this”.
Then he went on to say “whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not…” (Verse 6). In other words, if you want to retain your place in God’s family, don’t give room to sin. As soon as you entertain sin, you are cast out. After that, he said “he that commiteth sin is of the devil…” (Verse 8). Meaning, sin enters you into the devils family. Sin takes you out of God and hands you over to the devil. It takes you out of the covenant of peace and registers you into the school of tribulation.
John went on saying; “whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin…” (Verse 10). Also, “…but he that is begotten of God KEEPETH HIMSELF and the wicked one TOUCHETH HIM NOT” (1 John 5:18).
Therefore, to be free from wicked oppressions, retain your place in God’s family by departing from iniquity. Touch no unclean thing (Isaiah 52:11) because God knows those that are His (2 Timothy 2:19).
YOU NEED A STRONG SPIRIT
Somebody said “the spirit of man is the engine of destiny”. Just as you cannot operate an automobile that has no engine, you cannot live a victorious life without a strong spirit. The spirit is to your destiny what the engine is to an automobile. Just as motion is impossible for a car without an engine, it is an absolute impossibility to have a fulfilled life, break through barriers and climb higher heights without a strong spirit.
Many people have great minds but weak spirits. Mental strength is not all it takes to have a great life. You also need spiritual strength. There are many professors today who run from one shrine to the other in search of protection. They have read all the books and have probably written some. They are considered as the learned in society. They have great intellectual advantage but lack spiritual agility.
Also, many people have great physique –i.e. physically built up with a lot of muscles, but spiritually malnourished. Physique-cality is not a substitute for spirituality. Muscle does not determine triumph, it is a strong spirit that does. That’s why Goliath could not defeat David. Though Goliath had the muscle, David had the spirit. The spirit in David brought down the muscle in Goliath (1 Samuel 17:41-50).
Thirdly, many people have great financial wealth but in the spirit, they are very poor. So, they try to use their money to seek for protection in shrines and secret cults. Some others try to bribe pastors with their money in exchange for divine protection as though the pastors were the ones with the power to protect.
Also, many have great friends and relatives that they depend on. However, friends and relatives don’t guarantee protection because vain is the help of man (Psalms 60:11). It is not how influential the people you know are in the society that guarantees your protection. Rather, it is the strength of the spirit within you that assures you of safety.
SOME TRUTH ABOUT THE SPIRIT
- The Spirit Is Superior To The Flesh.
You must know firstly that the spiritual is superior to the natural. The spirit realm existed before the natural realm (Genesis 1:2). Flesh exists in the natural realm; therefore the flesh is only a inferior to the spirit, not superior to the spirit. The natural is a product of the spiritual.
As Genesis chapter 1 confirms, God’s power is resident in the spiritual; however, it commands things to happen in the natural. You are a product of God’s power that has a spiritual residence with physical manifestations.
The spiritual has the power to control the natural. Therefore, the spirit of man can determine what happens both to the soul and the body. So it is wise to develop your spirit man because when you operate from the flesh realm, you deny yourself the fellowship and power of God as God says he will have nothing to do with those who rely on the flesh (Genesis 6:3).
- Life’s Race Is Spiritual and Only Spirits Can Participate.
In athletics, it would be unfair to allow a man participate in a relay race meant for the women category. Also, a five year old cannot compete with Usain Bolt in a hundred meters race.
Similarly, you cannot keep operating in the flesh realm and expect to compete favourably in spiritual races. You cannot be spiritually dormant and expect to enjoy dominion in life.
Paul said; “for though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh” (2 Corinthians 10:3). Paul the apostle meant to say that although you live in a physical body, your adventure in this world is a spiritual one. So, you must activate your spirit-man to be able to compete favourably and overcome. Those that operate only in the natural perceive life as just a fun fare, so they end up as prisoners and casualties of war.
- Weak Spirits Cannot Tackle Strong Spirits.
When a light weight boxer is asked to face a heavy weight boxer in a ring, there would be trouble. Also, when an under-14 team is asked to face the senior national team of any nation in a football match, expect a demolition of the lesser.
Similarly, you don’t ask a low ranked spirit to battle a high ranked spirit. Rank? You may ask. Yes! There are ranks in the spiritual realm. Both Godly and evil spirits have ranks and remember; you are essentially a spirit, therefore you must develop your spirit man to be ranked high in the realms.
Let’s analyze what the Bible says about the spirits we are up against as believers.
First, we are told in 2 Corinthians 10:4 that we are up against strongholds. Note: we are Not up against weak-holds. You will be risking your life facing a stronghold when you are still weak in spirit. You need to upgrade your inner strength to be able to conquer spiritual adversaries.
Also, Ephesians 6:12 gives us a catalogue of different ranks of evil spirits; first principalities, then powers, then rulers of darkness of this world, then spiritual wickedness in high places.
Principalities refer to highly ranked demons. The word principal connotes chief, first, leader, etc. hence, principalities are chiefs in demonic battalions. That’s why you need to be built up spiritually because no low ranked soldier faces a general in the army.
Powers refer to demon spirits that exhibit various forms of demonic powers against believers. They are behind all kinds of diabolic arrangements and enchantments. They also influence magicians, witch-doctors, sorcerers, etc.
The rulers of darkness of this world refer to those demons charged with luring believers from the kingdom of light into the kingdom of darkness. Note: they are called rulers, so they rule in the realms of darkness. When they keep anyone in darkness (i.e. out of Christ), they control everything about that individual. They try to ensure the unsaved remain unsaved, so they won’t come in contact with the light of God’s word. They are in constant war with the light because when light comes, darkness comprehended it not (John 1:4-5).
Spiritual wickedness in high places talks about the nature of the devil and his agents. First, they are wicked spirits and it shows in all their displays. Oppressors don’t let their oppressed go, until force is applied. Why? It’s because they are wicked. Secondly, they are in high places. That’s why you cannot afford to remain in low places. First you have to surrender your life to Christ if you have not done so, then you must constantly build up your spirit by the word of God and prayer. That’s how to climb to the high places and overcome these spirits.
- Evil Spirits Are behind Every Ill happening.
Now, remember that the devil comes to kill, to steal and to destroy. He has stolen the joy, peace and happiness of many, while destroying many lives through his subtlety (John 10:10). Then, the Bible warns us to be alert because the devil is furiously looking for people and destinies to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
In one of the parables of Jesus, a servant asked his master; “Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in the fields? From whence hath it tares?” then his master replied; “an enemy has done this” (Matthew 13:27-28). Jesus states here that, the devil and his agents are behind every bad seed (tares) and ill happenings around the good works that people strive to accomplish in life. Everything God does is good. God is not behind evil, the devil is. God is good and has no evil in Him. Psalm 34:8 says “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good…” Stop assuming that God is behind your predicaments. When things go wrong, you must wage spiritual war against the enemy and stop blaming it on God.
- Spirit Filled Believers are a Threat to Evil Spirits.
There was a king called Saul who was at a time constantly troubled by evil spirits. One day, he sent out an order to go look out for a man who is skilled with playing the harp and also filled with God’s spirit.
Then they found David of whom the Bible said “the Lord was with him”. On his arrival, the evil spirits fled from King Saul. (1 Samuel 16:16-23).
David was a threat to the evil spirits in King Saul. Spirit filled believers are also threats to the evil around them. They always have an advantage over all of life’s battles.
The Apostles were filled with the Holy Ghost, that’s why they were able to preach with great power and chase out several demons (Acts 4:31-33). Only spirit filled people get empowered for conquest.
After Ananias prayed for Saul to receive his sight, he said to him “Be Filled with the Holy Ghost”. Then, Saul, who became Paul, went on in that power, preaching in the synagogues with amazing miracles happening (Acts 9:17-22).
Ephesians 5:18 tells us that we can have excessive wine, but we can’t have an excess of the Spirit. You can keep getting filled with the Spirit on a daily basis. God wants us to be filled, not half full. Spirit filled people take charge in the realms (Isaiah 42:1-2, Isaiah 61:1).
- You Can Constantly Renew the Strong Spirit Within You.
David said “create in me a clean heart, o God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalms 51:10). Also, the Bible said concerning Jesus; “and the child grew and WAXED STRONG IN SPIRIT” (Luke 2:40). In other words, he became stronger and stronger in his spirit every day.
Many people are becoming weaker and weaker spiritually, that’s why they are under constant torment from the devil. Just as you grow physically, you must also maintain a steady spiritual growth or renewal, like David said; and how is this possible?
First you must be addicted to God’s word. The spirit of man is best nourished by the word of God. The closer you are to the word, the stronger your spirit man becomes. Ephesians 6:17 describes the word as the Sword of the Spirit. That is, the word is a weapon to your spirit. The word is the spiritual sword that guarantees spiritual conquest. To be wordless is to be swordless and to be swordless is to be dead. Too many believers are sword-less, that’s why there are so many casualties of war in the church today.
While Peter was speaking in Acts 10:44, the Spirit fell upon all those that heard the word. The word of God that he spoke infused the Spirit of God into them. Prophet Ezekiel said “…the Spirit entered into me when he spake unto me…” (Ezekiel 2:2).
Secondly, Prayer is a non-negotiable weapon of spiritual renewal. The Apostles of Jesus were so strong in spirit because they revealed “…we will give ourselves continually to prayer...” (Acts 6:4).
Jesus said to Simon; “Couldest not thou watch (Pray) one hour?” (Mark 14:37). Jesus was so disappointed that Simon could not even pray for one hour. The least you should pray in a day in one hour. That’s what it means.
CHARACTERISTICS OF SPIRIT FILLED PEOPLE
Life has no room for passive people. Only radical believers can taste victory in this world. The devil, like we said in the first chapter, is a resistor of the saints of God. Therefore, the saints must be spiritually violent enough to emerge with victory.
In Luke 16:16, Jesus differentiated between the pre-John and the post-John era. He said “The law and the prophets were until John, since that time, the kingdom of God is preached and EVERY MAN PRESSETH into it”.
Jesus was saying, before John the Baptist, everyone lived by the dictates of the law as administered by the prophets of old. But since John’s era till now (and we are in the post-John era), there is a new approach to Christianity. What is this approach? The Kingdom (the power we enter into by accepting and walking in Christ Jesus) is preached; and everybody must PRESS (radically and violently) into it.
Jesus meant to say that in this era, every believer can be powerful only if they can be rugged enough; and only people who possess a strong spirit can enjoy this benefit.
In Matthew 11:12, Jesus tells us the nature of this Kingdom. He said “And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the KINGDOM (POWER) of God suffers (Allows) VIOLENCE (Radicality) and the VIOLENT take it BY FORCE”.
Jesus is saying, this kingdom allows violence. So the power given to us in John 1:12 is not a gentle one, it allows violence. So when a believer is spirit filled, the devil cannot mess around him or her.
Radical people don’t watch what they don’t want. They press their way out of shame and reproach. The man in John chapter 5, that was at the pool of Bethesda for 38 years wasn’t moving forward because he lacked the motivation and courage to press his way out of struggle.
You must be radical, because your enemy is also radical (Job 1:7, 1 Peter 5:8). You cannot afford to remain slack in this race. Jesus himself was so radical; He whipped the devil out of those who turned the temple into a market place in John 2:14-16. Spirit filled people are tough on the devil, so the devil must always leave them alone.
- They are Faith Filled.
Spirit filled people are quickly identified by the audacity of their faith. If you don’t pass the test of faith, you will never have dominion on earth.
One noteworthy point is; God doesn’t associate with faithless people (Deuteronomy 32:20). If you are not walking in faith, God will never show up when you are in trouble. Faith provokes God’s attention. Remember; “The Just shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4). The Just shall not live because he or she is a deacon or a deaconess. The Just shall live BY FAITH. In other words, without faith, the Just (though saved) shall die.
- They are Identity Conscious.
One thing readily observed about people truly filled with the Spirit of God is that they are always conscious of who they are. Somebody said it is the understanding of who you are that determines what you become. Spirit filled people know that in Christ, they are superior to evil (Ephesians 2:6). They are conscious of this spiritual position they occupy.
We are not sitting in earthly realms. We are sitting with Christ in Heavenly Places. Therefore we are above torments and oppression from the devil. Hallelujah! We rule with Christ, therefore we can’t be tormented by witches and wizards.
God said “…see, I have made thee a god unto pharaoh…” (Exodus 7:1). We are gods unto strongholds. We are stronger than strongholds. Psalms 82:6 says “…ye are gods…” In John 10:33, Jesus said “is it not written in your law, I have said, ye are gods?” Spirit filled Christians are always conscious of this reality; that they are gods over satanic manipulations and oppression.
Jesus was a living wonder on earth. People marveled at the great superiority he had over circumstances. They said “…what manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?” (Matthew 8:27). Jesus exercised such power that was so vivid and undeniable. But interestingly, Jesus said in John 17:16 “as the father has sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world” Glory to God! Christ has given you the same dimension of power and dominion he enjoyed during his time here. You can now operate above principalities and powers.
ANGELS: GOD’S AGENTS OF PROTECTION
The subject about Angels is not a myth, neither is it mere philosophy. It is not an imagination that somebody somewhere came up with. Angels are as real as you and I.
The Bible said in Psalms 34:7; “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him and delivereth them”. Here we are told that Angels are agents from the Lord that surround those that fear the Lord in order to deliver them. The word “encampeth” as used in this verse means ‘to mount or build a camp and to hang around thereby’. We can therefore conclude that; for as many that are children of God, there are Angels camping around them to deliver them from destruction.
If you are a child of God, there are Angels assigned to you. When you move, they move. When you stop, they also stop; mount their tents and camp around you in order to ensure you are safe.
In Psalms 91:11, the Bible says “for He shall give His angels charge (warning) over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways”. God has given His angels strong warning concerning your safety. They are warned to ensure nothing evil happens to you. God instructs His Angels to keep you in your way whenever the devil tries to put you out of the way.
We need to know that Angels are beings with a well-defined duty. Their job description is clearly stated in the pages of scriptures. They are NOT sons of God. They are servants of God with an assignment to protect the sons of God; and we are the sons of God. We can confirm this from Hebrews 1:13-14 (Amplified Version).
Here the Bible says “Besides, to which of the Angels has He (God) ever said, sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies a stool for your feet? Are not the Angels all ministering spirits (Servant spirits) sent out in the service (of God for the assistance of those who are to inherit salvation)?”
It is clear from this verse that Angels have never had the privilege to sit at God’s right hand as sons. Rather, they are servants to those that have been given that privilege –that is, servants to you and me (Psalms 110:1, Matthew 22:44, Romans 8:17 and Colossians 1:15). You are royalty (1 Peter 2:9) while angels are servants to those in royalty.
I watched an episode in a 700 Club program where a four year old boy fell from the last floor of a three story building. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and after he was checked, they found out that he was not hurt at all. It was amazing for all that were there.
Then they decided to find out from the little child what had happened to him and in response, he said; “Angels Saved Me”. I never forget those words from the lips of that four year old child.
The truth is, there are angels attached to every believer. “In all their affliction, he was afflicted and the Angel of his presence SAVED THEM” (Isaiah 63:9). Angels have an assignment to save God’s children from all afflictions. In Genesis 19:1-11, one Angel blinded all the men of Sodom that threatened to touch Lot and his visitors.
After spending a night in a den of lions, Daniel said; “My God has sent His angels, and has shut the lion’s mouth that they have not hurt me” (Daniel 6:22). God’s angels are charged with the duty of shutting the mouth of every lion that comes in form of spiritual enchantments, difficult people around you and every kind of diabolic arrangements orchestrated against you.
When Peter left the prison, he confessed; “…now I know of a surety, that the Lord has sent his angels and has delivered me from the hands of Herod” (Acts 12:11). Angels are empowered to break the gates of every spiritual prison that has locked up your life, career, business, family, etc.
The angel did not only deliver Peter from prison, he went on to destroy his tormentor; Herod Agrippa (Verses 21-23). That means Angels don’t only carry out rescue, they also execute God’s judgment on the wicked that torment you.
Do you know that even your children have special Angels assigned to guide them? Jesus confirms that in Matthew 18:10: “…their angels do always behold the face of my father which is in heaven”. Children have angels that constantly speak to God on their behalf; just to ensure their total wellbeing. You need not be troubled about your children anymore, they’re in safe hands. Hallelujah!
THEY DON’T GET TIRED
It’s interesting to note that Angels don’t get tired. The Bible confirms that they excel in strength (Psalms 103:20). That is, their strength doesn’t ever get diminished. They are ever prepared for combat against your enemies.
Unlike mortals, they don’t get worn out in battle; rather, they become stronger as the battle becomes fiercer. Therefore, you need not worry about your battle because the strength of your Angels will carry you all through it.
Also note that whenever Angels are engaged in battles, they win. Remember; “And there was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought…and prevailed not, neither was their place found anymore in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out…” (Revelations 12:7-9). When the devil contested in that battle with God’s angels and he was evicted from heaven because to fight against the angels is to lose the battle already. They are so strong, they defeated the devil himself. Therefore the agents of the devil are too small to win a battle over your life when you’ve got God’s angels with you.
When it was time for Jesus to be resurrected from the grave, there was a big stone that needed to be rolled away. It was a big barrier that would have locked up the Son of God till forever. But something dramatic happened. See: “and behold there was a great earthquake, for the Angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and rolled back the stone from the door and sat on it” (Matthew 28:2). Waowww!!! This Angel was so strong. Can you believe that just his descent from heaven caused an earthquake? Also, he did not only roll the big stone away, he sat on it. That means nothing could undo what he had done.
The truth therefore is this: Angels have power over the grave, that’s what it means. They have power to prevent God’s children from going down into the grave; if only their presence and ministry would be recognized. That’s part of what God has sent them to help us accomplish.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR ANGELS WORK FOR YOU
First of all, know that Angels are God’s spiritual army personnel for your safety. Therefore, to get the Angels on your side, you must make a request to the commander in chief; God himself so He can deploy as many of those powerful angels to serve you.
That’s exactly why Jesus said “Don’t you realize I could ASK MY FATHER for thousands of Angels to protect us?” (Matthew 26:53, NLT). Jesus admits, it is first by asking that you can get their commitment. And who are you going to ask? You are going to ask the Father, who is in charge of the battalions of heavenly hosts. It’s wrong to pray to the angels. I hear many people say “angel Michael, come help me”. It’s wrong! You don’t pray to the angel, you pray to the Lord and He releases the Angels on your behalf.
Secondly, Angels attend most dedicatedly to those that fear God. Remember; Psalms 34:7 “the angel of the Lord encampeth round about THEM THAT FEAR HIM and delivereth them”. Angels don’t camp around just anybody. They are committed to God’s children that fear Him. Since God is in charge of the angels, then you must get Him on your side by fearing Him. You must first accept the Lordship of Christ over your life, which makes you an heir of salvation and qualifies you for angelic protection (Hebrews 1:14).
Thirdly, and this is very important; Angels have ears and they hear. They are programmed to obey whatever God says. So when you speak God’s word concerning issues of your life, they interpret it as God’s voice or God Himself speaking; in response, they act accordingly.
In Psalms 103:20, the Bible says that Angels “harkens to the voice of his word.” They know when God’s word is spoken. So you need to constantly voice out the word of God by speaking it consistently concerning every area of your life. When you say “I shall not die but live to declare the works of the lord on earth”, they recognize that you are giving voice to the word you have read in the Bible and they harken to the voice of His word, taking prompt action to ensure nothing ever hurts you.
Lastly, Angels can come to you in form of human agents; therefore, you must learn to be given to hospitality. God could send your own angel in human form. When you need money for example, and you pray, and God touches a man’s heart to give you money, that man is the God-sent angel for that particular situation. Also, in many cases, God orchestrates humans to help shelter, shield and protect individuals from different forms of danger. Those humans are angels for those situations.
You therefore must learn to avoid being too mean to everybody that comes your way because you never know which of them is an angel sent to you. The scriptures say “be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2).
In Genesis chapter 18, Abraham entertained and warmly welcomed some angels that came to him in human form. In the process, they had a negotiation that saved Lot and his household from destruction as could be seen in chapter 19. If Abraham hadn’t treated the angels well, they would have headed straight away to destroy everyone. Let’s learn from father Abraham’s example.
TWO FORCES OF PROTECTION
Let us now examine two powerful forces of the covenant of protection.
- THE BLOOD OF JESUS
Many years ago, I watched a movie where a young man and his fiancée entered into a blood covenant. They cut themselves on each other’s right thumbs and placed the thumbs against each other so that the spilled blood from their body would have contact with each other. After that, they made an oath toward themselves; stating that they were going to remain together forever and that nothing or nobody would ever come in-between them.
Also, it is a common thing among ritualists and witch doctors who engage in diabolic activities to spill blood. They believe that whenever blood is spilled, a covenant is sealed.
Although, these examples reflect the fact that many people are still under the bondage of the devil through ignorance, it however validates the fact that blood has an undisputable place in enacting and sealing covenants.
I want you to know that in God’s Kingdom, blood is also one of God’s provisions for His children; that can guarantee their protection among other things. What? Yes; and I mean the blood of Jesus. It is our covenant provision from God for our preservation. The blood of Jesus destroys every schemes of hell working against our lives and destinies!
The Blood Seals Covenants
Remember I said in the third chapter that divine protection can be enacted by a covenant between you and God (Ezekiel 34:25, 37:26). Now I want you to know that the Blood of Jesus is the seal of that covenant.
First, God in the Old Testament instructed the children of Israel to sprinkle the blood on their lintels, stating that “when I see the blood, I will pass over you and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you” (Exodus 12:13). That means, plagues get averted anytime blood is applied. What a mystery!
Then, Jesus introduces to us a more excellent mystery in the New Testament. The Blood of the New Covenant! The Bible reveals in Acts 20:28 that Christ has purchased the New Testament Church with blood; -the blood of Jesus Himself. While His life’s blood flowed fast away on the cross of Calvary, there was an exchange that saw you and I released from the bondage of the devil and entered into God’s eternal Kingdom where oppression can never take place.
No wonder the scriptures confirm; “ye are BOUGHT with a price…” (1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23). The blood of Jesus is that price which has bought you over from oppression. You now belong to God who is not an oppressor; therefore, you are free from oppression. While the author of Hebrews recalled what the blood of animals accomplished in the Old Testament, he said “how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:14). Through this new covenant, we have inherited a new life which is void of satanic oppression.
Know also that the as soon as you become born again, the blood of Jesus begins to make atonements for you constantly (Leviticus 17:11). That’s why you don’t get struck by thunder every time you make a mistake. Whenever you partake in ordinances like the communion table, the blood of sprinkling and so on, you invoke the power in the blood of Jesus to defend you (Hebrews 12:24, Matthew 26:26-28).
In Leviticus 17:11, the scripture says “…the life of the flesh is in the Blood…” In other words, life stops when consistent Blood ordinances cease. You must constantly invoke the Blood of Jesus in order to live long. You have no life until you are under blood cover. The Blood is a negotiator. It exchanges your captivity for freedom (John 6:53-58). The Blood of Jesus shields the believer from the wrath of the devil (Romans 5:9, 8:37, 1 Thessalonians 1:10).
- THE NAME OF JESUS
There is so much power in the Name of Jesus than you can imagine. First, know that when you pray, you connect with heavenly forces to enhance earthly liberty. You contact heavens attention to make your enemies stand at attention.
In James 5:13, the Bible tells us that when anyone is afflicted, let him pray. In verse 14, it says let the elders be called upon to pray for him. Then in verse 15, it says “and the prayer of faith shall save the sick…” Anytime man prays, God reacts and the devil gets defeated (Psalms 65:2). Those who keep fainting in prayer keep falling in life because “…men ought always to pray and not to faint” (Luke 18:1) and we are supposed to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). When you cease to pray, things cease to work!
Now see! “The NAME of the Lord is a STRONG TOWER, the righteous runneth into it and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10). So when the righteous cries out to God in prayers, let him do it in the Name of Jesus; then he will have safety in return. The Name of Jesus is a force of deliverance. It is the most exalted name ever. Every force on earth trembles at the mention of that name.
Philippians 2:9 makes us to understand that every knee in heaven, on earth and under the earth bows at the mention of the Name of Jesus. Not only that, all tongues must admit that Jesus is in CHARGE!
If you have in your hand a letter from the president of your nation, and you walk into any organization in that nation, you break every protocol. Similarly, the Name of Jesus puts you in continuous charge of every circumstance. It breaks every protocol for you!
Jesus said in Mark 16:17, “in my Name shall they cast out devils”. Devils are displaced whenever the Name of Jesus is exalted. They run for their lives. The Name of Jesus is the Believer’s ticket for victory. You cannot enter into dominion until you have been checked and passed for it; and it is the Name of Jesus that gives you the access. Begin to invoke the Name of Jesus in all your life’s affairs right now and see great wonders take place.
WONDERS IN THE NAME
The Name of Jesus is full of wonders (Isaiah 9:6) …his Name shall be called wonderful. It carries the irrevocable gift of God that empowers healing to take place without stress. Jesus, throughout his ministry, always healed and delivered with authority (Phil 2:9).
Healing virtues flow through the Name (Songs of Solomon 1:3). Demons are cast out in the Name of Jesus (Psalms 68:1). The Name contains an antidote for demons. It chases them off your affairs when applied (Luke 10:19, Mark 16:17 … “in my name ye shall cast out demons”).
Our prayers are answered in the Name of Jesus. “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do…” (John 14:13). When the sick is anointed with oil in the Name of Jesus, they get healed (1 John 5:14-15, mark 16:16).
The Name of Jesus carries all manner of virtues. Everything you will ever need in life is delivered by the Name. It commands so much authority –all the forces of hell are subject to it. It secures the destiny of the believers (Proverbs 18:10).
Lastly, the Name guarantees fulfillment of prophesies in your life because it places you far above all the forces of resistance. It gives you an identity and a dignity (Eph 1:21, Ecclesiastes 7:1). The Name determines your altitude in life (Philippians 2:9); it takes you to the heights.
PROPHETS: GOD’S HUMAN AGENTS OF PROTECTION
In the Good News Translation of the Bible, we read from Hosea 12:13 that “the Lord sent a prophet to rescue the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt and to take care of them”. Prophets are God’s human agents here on earth. They are custodians of God’s presence and power.
Your life and destiny as a believer is tied to the prophetic. If you recognize and embrace this truth, you are assured of all round rest. God also uses human vessels as agents of rescue and preservation for your life. Whenever you are trapped in situations and don’t seem to find a way out, you need to connect to the prophetic.
In our text, we are told that prophets are sent by God to take care of us. That talks about our spiritual wellbeing. You are under constant spiritual cover when you are under are true and God-sent prophet. Don’t go to church just because you have to go somewhere on a Sunday morning. Whenever you appear in church, position your heart to connect to what God has for you through His anointed servant over the assembly. See God’s servants over you as God’s human agents sent to you for your total wellbeing, and not people that want to extort things from you. If you are in any assembly and you don’t accept the prophet over that assembly, you may never get blessed there; ask God to lead you to your appointed prophet.
Concerning the children of Israel, the Bible tells us that God sent Moses (the Prophet) to do signs and wonders that would spark up their immediate release from slavery (Deuteronomy 34:10-12). It took a prophet to bring an end to over 400 years of slavery. If you are not properly connected, you may keep getting molested.
In 1 Samuel 19:20, king Saul sent some messengers to arrest the boy David. On arriving, they met a company of prophets and instead of taking David; they joined the prophets in prophesying. In subsequent verses, the king sent other messengers and they did likewise. Then he decided to go by himself.
On getting there however, King Saul also began to prophesy. He lay down naked before the prophets and kept prophesying until people began to ask “is Saul also a Prophet?” Prophets carry such an aura that can cause things to happen. Through them, God can turn your captivity into testimony.
They must be obeyed because they’re God’s oracles. They speak as they hear from God. When you disobey them, you disobey God. God said in Deuteronomy 18:18 “I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and I will put my words in his mouth…” They have no voice of their own. They speak God’s voice. They are physical embodiments of God’s divine intensions.
God said “…hear now my words: if there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream” (Numbers 12:6). True prophets speak God’s seasoned words to your situations as they are inspired. That’s why you must take full advantage of their ministry.
King Saul said unto Samuel the Prophet: “therefore I have called thee, that thou may make known unto me what I shall do” (1 Samuel 28:15b).
BEWARE OF THEM
Though prophets are human agents that convey God’s agenda for His people, they are also very dangerous to toy with. David reiterated God’s instruction in Psalms 105:15; “TOUCH NOT my anointed and do my prophets no harm!” you don’t touch God’s anointed and get away with it.
Stop speaking wrong about them. Stop bad-mouthing them. Don’t curse them (not even in your heart), because it will bounce back at you. Since they represent God, to scoff at them, lie against them, insult them, and attempt harming them is to do all that toward God Himself; and you may not get away with that.
In 2 Chronicles 36:16, the Bible reveals how terrible God’s wrath and anger is toward those that attempt hurting His prophets. God is very particular about His prophets. You are not in position to judge whether they’re right or wrong, good or bad. God deals with His prophets directly by Himself.
David had a chance to kill Saul, but he said “God forbid…seeing he is the anointed of the Lord” (1 Samuel 24:6). David had every right humanly speaking to slay Saul that night, but King Saul was anointed, therefore slaying him would have attracted God’s wrath upon his life.
BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS
Finally, when seeking prophetic connections, BE WISE. Jesus Christ told us before He left the earth to be careful with prophets that come our way. He said in Matthew 7:15, “beware of FALSE PROPHETS”. So Jesus makes it clear that there are false prophets out there.
Today we have many sorcerers and sorceresses in churches. Prophesy is not when somebody tells you what you ate last night. That is a “word of knowledge;” and you don’t have to be a prophet before you get a word of knowledge from God. Prophesy is when somebody called of God, is led by the Spirit to speak God’s word-in-season pertaining specific situations of your life; in order to address them. So stop getting carried away by all manner of satanic manipulations on some alters today. Seek for the truth of God’s word.
A true prophet tells you what God has in mind concerning you, not what the devil is about to do to you. Without being told, the devil has obvious plans concerning everybody on earth; we have addressed that in chapter one. However, we have been guaranteed victory already. You are to look unto Jesus not at the devil. False prophets magnify the power of the devil by making church members too conscious of what the devil can do. True prophets inject into you, faith; concerning what God can do and will do.
Jesus tells us that we can identify true prophets by their fruits (Matthew 7:16). Their fruits are evidences of who they are. And what are their fruits? Jesus went on to say “…do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles?” In other words, the fruits of false prophets are made up of thorns and thistle. That is, the end of what they prophesy is evil.
For example, many prophets today leave believers fearful. They inject fear into them by letting them know that witches who are so powerful are after them from the village. The product of their prophesy is always evil, -thorns and thistles. They don’t let the believers know that they are already Overcomers. They teach believers to fight for victory rather than from victory.
A true prophet does not leave people worse than he met them. Since you started going to that prayer house, what has changed about your condition. If every time you return from there, you are terrified and fearful, stop going there because “…God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of Power and of Love and of a Sound Mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
I’M CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST; WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Believers have so much authority. The Bible tells us in Galatians 2:20. “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”.
I summarize what Paul, the Apostle said thus:
- Your natural man (the old man in you) is dead already, so you cannot be killed again. You were crucified (killed) with Christ and nobody dies twice. Therefore, witches cannot kill you because the mortal man that you were before now has been killed already. At new birth, the mortal man dies. You are now a supernatural being.
The devil only has control over the natural. He doesn’t have power over the supernatural. You need not be afraid of death anymore because the man that could die in you is dead already.
- You now live a supernatural life through Christ. In the latter part of that verse, Apostle Paul said “…and the life which I now live…I live by the faith of the Son of God”. So you are living another life. From the day you got born again, you started living through Christ Jesus. You died at His crucifixion; you resurrected with Him, and you now live through His resurrected and glorified life. You live by the faith of the Son of God. Not even by your own faith, but by His faith.
Romans 5:17 says “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…” Hallelujah! This puts you in a position of authority forever. You are no longer that old creature. Stop being afraid of what witches can do to you. The man they can kill is dead already. This is a new man that lives above the natural and can’t be killed anymore!
That’s why it is important to access this new life by being born again. It is only those who are born again that are entitled to a supernatural life which is far above oppression and molestation.
There is only one way to be saved. “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13). Also, “…If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9). Jesus is your access to salvation and freedom from oppression. He’s the only way to be born again.
Therefore if you are not born again, pray this prayer of faith with me right now. Please repeat these words audibly after me. Say:
I COME TO YOU TODAY AS A SINNER
FORGIVE ME MY SINS
WASH ME WITH YOUR BLOOD
I BELIEVE YOU DIED FOR ME AND ROSE UP ON THE THIRD DAY
I CHOOSE TO SERVE YOU FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS
THEREFORE ACCEPT ME INTO YOUR FAMILY
THANK YOU LORD JESUS FOR SAVING ME
IN JESUS CHRIST’S NAME I HAVE PRAYED, AMEN.
If you prayed that prayer of faith with me, I want to congratulate you on your entrance into God’s kingdom. You are now Born Again! Therefore, you are no longer under demonic oppressions. Hallelujah! I encourage you to read your Bible and pray every day as that is the key to building a strong spirit within you that will overcome all oppression. Also, locate a Bible believing church (a City of Refuge) and keep fellowshipping with the brethren.
YOU ARE BLESSED!
About The Author
Isaac John Akagu is a teacher, preacher, speaker and motivator. He has a heart for God and a passion for writing. He’s got a B.Sc. in Geography and Planning as well as a Post-graduate Diploma in Education. He is married and blessed with a child.