I vividly remember one morning when I was crying out for our precious partners who need deliverance from sin, fear, debt, sickness, lack, greed, addictions, anger, hurt, depression, sexual sin and hopelessness.
These twelve sins are the ones that immediately came to my mind. As I wrote them down. . .I labeled them the Dirty Dozen. Obviously, the list could be expanded to include others but these are the first twelve that came to my mind.
Create your own prayer and confession to be delivered from the Dirty Dozen . . . but it should be something like this.
“Heavenly Father, I’m calling out, exposing and cursing these twelve sin tactics of the enemy. In the strong name of Jesus, I bind sin, fear, debt, sickness, lack, greed, addictions, anger, hurt, depression, sexual sin and hopelessness. By the authority of the Word and through the blood of Jesus I’m binding these Dirty Dozen sins out of my life and the environment in which I live and operate.
Lord, I rejoice because I know your desire is to set me free. I rejoice because you are with me. I rejoice that you will never leave nor forsake me. I rejoice that I will not fear anyone or anything. . .because you are on my side. I call this done and done in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.”
Next the Lord led me to seven things EVERY believer should know about how to be delivered from the enemy attacks by the Dirty Dozen.
1. Deliverance comes to those who aren’t afraid.
Exodus 14:13 in the New International Version says:
“Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.”
The quickest way for your enemies to defeat you is to allow fear to grip your heart and thoughts. Fear presses you toward making wrong decisions . . . instead of God-inspired ones.
When you feel led to pursue a God-given assignment. . .never allow fear to rob you of your destiny. Allow the Word to nurture you confidence in who you are in Him.
Recognize you were born in His image and after His likeness as it says in Genesis 1:27.
You are equipped with the mind of Christ. In fact, 1 Corinthians 2:16 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“. . . But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.”
Let Genesis 1:27 and 1 Corinthians 2:16 build confidence in your ability to overcome fear and doubt.
Joan of Arc once said:
“I am not afraid. . .I was born to do this.”
Sadly, many people fail to live their dreams. . .because they’re afraid to fail.
When we stay in the Word. . .there comes a point where we know that we know we will succeed regardless of the adversity we’ve faced.
Henry Ford once said:
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his greatest surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”
Here’s one of our favorite confidence-building, fear-destroying scriptures.
1 John 5:14 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are surehttp://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=14&chapter=20&verse=17&version=31&context=verse">2 Chronicles 20:17 in the New International Version says:
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.'”
You position yourself for victory over your enemies by getting out in front of your battles. King Jehoshaphat positioned the children of Israel for victory by seeking God and sending the praisers out before the battle.
The way to ensure your victory in every situation you’re facing is to praise God. Praise Him for what He has already done in your life . . . when you enter into His presence with praise and thanksgiving . . . the hosts of heaven are unleashed to battle in your behalf.
As you pray . . .get out in front of your battle. . .begin praising God for victory in the areas of your life that have been under the greatest demonic assault even before you see the victory or experience its manifestation.
Praise precipitates hope which reinforces your commitment to never give up or quit.
Psalm 71:14 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“I will never give up hope or stop praising you.”
Begin each day. . .getting out front of the battles. How do you do that?
1 Kings 22:5 in the Amplified Bible says:
“But Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Inquire first, I pray you, for the word of the Lord today.”
Before you do anything else. . .ask God about your priorities for the day. . .how you can get out in front of your battles. Place value on your time with Him.
What’s your first priority when you wake up in the morning?
Is it to review your to do list. . .to drink your coffee and read the newspaper or scan the headlines or check your Facebook page?
If you’re a coffee drinker, by all means get your coffee. . .and by the way, have everything ready each morning so all you have to do is flip the switch. I do realize some people need their coffee first thing.
Next, spend time with the Lord. Pray, read and meditate. Or if you prefer. . .read, pray and meditate. Ok, you can meditate, pray and read.
If a rendezvous with your Heavenly Father is not your first priority each morning then your priorities are in need of adjustment.
If you want God to show up for you at just the right time to be victorious. . .you’ll want to connect with Him whenever you start your day.
When you make your time with Him your first priority each day. . .then you know He will be helping you with the battles you face.
4. Where you go for deliverance when things get rough.
Psalm 32:7 in the King James Version says:
“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.”
When things get tough, your first thought should not be calling Brother Wonderful and Sister Marvelous but calling upon the Name of the Lord. Tuck yourself into the presence of the Lord because He is your hiding place . . . your refuge in the middle of what may seem to be a perfect storm of fear and doubt.
Psalm 91:1 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstandhttp://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=57&chapter=1&verse=19&version=51&context=verse">Philippians 1:19 in the New Living Translation says:
“For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.”
‘Prayer changes things’ is more than a catch phrase used in Sunday School or sermons. It is the powerful, guaranteed vehicle for changing the course of every battle you face.
When you pray . . . you’re no longer fighting your battles alone . . . you’re calling in the cavalry . . . the hosts of heaven to do battle on your behalf.
When you follow the unction of the Holy Spirit . . . you’ll make right decisions instead of ones based on human logic and emotions.
As you seek His direction for the next step you take . . . talk with Him, commune with Him until your path is clear. . . then your deliverance will be at hand.
Prayer is a life-changer. . .
. . .a sin forgiver. . .
. . .a heart changer. . .
. . .a power source. . .
. . .a blessing provider. . .
. . .a healing miracle. . .
. . .a destiny maker. . .
. . .a way finder. . .
Yes, prayer is a mountain-mover.
Keep on praying.
Prayers that are not prayed cannot be answered.
Oswald Chambers, an amazing writer and the author of “Our Utmost For His Highest,” once said:
“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.”
And always remember, Philippians 4:6 in The Living Bible says:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.”
6. Deliverance can come to the hardest of hearts and heads.
C.S. Lewis, the renowned theologian and writer, said:
"There is nothing progressive about being pig headed and refusing to admit a mistake."
Isaiah 46:12 in the Message Bible says:
"Now listen to me: You're a hardheaded bunch and hard to help. I'm ready to help you right now. Deliverance is not a long-range plan. Salvation isn't on hold. I'm putting salvation to work in Zion now, and glory in Israel."
Brother Kenneth Hagin always said, “Bless their darling hearts and stupid heads.” You can want freedom and peace for someone but they’ve got to bring about the change.
This morning I was praying specifically for two people close to me who are in the midst of deception. Neither of these two individuals realize the gravity of the situation they’re in or how the enemy is seeking to exploit their self-imposed circumstances and pain.
The bad thing about being deceived is that it’s hard to see it while you’re in the middle of it.
The philosopher Plato said:
“The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.”
So all you can do is pray . . . ask the Lord to put people in their path who can speak a word in season to convict their hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit. And ask God to put a hedge of protection round about them until the blinders have come off and the shackles of bondage fall down.
God fervently desires deliverance for His children. And it’s available now. . .for those who will enter into His presence.
But I caution you to remember the words of Derek Prince, an amazing teacher of the Word:
“The greatest single danger in this end time is not sickness, nor poverty, nor persecution. It is deception.”
Pull down strongholds aimed against you daily.
7. A deliverance that ensures total victory.
Psalm 37:39 in the Message Bible says:
“The spacious, free life is from God, it's also protected and safe. God-strengthened, we're delivered from evil— when we run to him, he saves us.”
No matter how bad the problem or intense the battle, the Creator of Heaven and Earth will deliver you from every evil attack of the enemy.
Joyce Meyer, author and teacher, said:
“God wants you to be delivered from what you have done and from what has been done to you - Both are equally important to Him.”
The Word is clear … when you run to Him and not from Him, He will not only save you. . .but He will deliver you as well.
You’ll be washed white as snow from the Dirty Dozen sins.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” saith the Lord. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
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