Discernment: Does family heritage matter in the Kingdom? Maybe

HeritageQuestion: Does my family heritage matter if I am a Believer who’s heritage is the Kingdom of heaven?

Answer: No and Yes.

No: The moment we become Believers in Christ Jesus we are immediately adopted into the eternal Kingdom (Ephesians 1:5). We no longer belong to the human heritage but to the Creator of the universe. Essentially, the human methods of separating individuals by race, ethnicity, and tribe are moot. We either belong to the Creator of the universe or we belong to Prince of the Power of the Air (see Ephesians 2) aka the Father of Lies (John 8:44).

Yes: There are some communities that seem to have persistent troubles that seem woven into the fabric of the culture. In Christian outreach, one must consider the following when trying to reach communities who are not Believers. If there is any cultural history of tribalism, alcoholism, ethnic cleansing, sexual slavery, child soldiers, black on black crime, multiculturalism (forced secondary to slavery), etc. these persistent issues have a spiritual root deeper than the person or immediate family.

Exodus addresses this issue of generational/bloodline spiritual roots.

“You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” – Exodus 20:5-6

Often in communities where there is hardness towards each other and God, there are unresolved ancestry spiritual roots. One of the first things outreach workers should ask when one meets unbelieving individual(s) is “What is your heritage?”. This will give one a greater picture of the person’s potential spiritual baggage. If the unbelieving individual(s) have no idea of their heritage, this does not mean there are no spiritual roots. It may mean the individual(s) or community may be dealing with “orphan”, “abandonment”, or “trauma” spiritual blocks in addition to spiritual roots of “war” and “oppression”. Now think of communities where this might apply such as communities where there is no knowledge of where they derive or communities where there was trauma such as descendants of slaves or indigenous people who were pushed off their land into camps so new settlers could have a place to call home. Might these communities have some massive blood line spiritual roots to address before they will receive anything about God? These communities often state they would much rather give honor to their ancestors who were oppressed than give honor to a God who they believe was the source of turmoil in their communities (i.e. colonial “Christian” missionaries participating in slavery or land stealing practices).

Question: How does one in outreach begin to help individuals and communities with bloodline roots to become free and receive Christ Jesus?

Prayer.

PRAYER FOR HEALING THE FAMILY TREE

“Heavenly Father, I come before you as your child, in great need of your help; I have physical health needs, emotional needs, spiritual needs, and interpersonal needs. Many of my problems have been caused by my own failures, neglect and sinfulness, for which I humbly beg your forgiveness, Lord. But I also ask you to forgive the sins of my ancestors whose failures have left their effects on me in the form of unwanted tendencies, behavior patterns and defects in body, mind and spirit. Heal me, Lord, of all these disorders.

With your help I sincerely forgive everyone, especially living or dead members of my family tree, who have directly offended me or my loved ones in any way, or those whose sins have resulted in our present sufferings and disorders. In the name of your divine Son, Jesus, and in the power of his Holy Spirit, I ask you, Father, to deliver me and my entire family tree from the influence of the evil one. Free all living and dead members of my family tree, including those in adoptive relationships, and those in extended family relationships, from every contaminating form of bondage. By your loving concern for us, heavenly Father, and by the shed blood of your precious Son, Jesus, I beg you to extend your blessing to me and to all my living and deceased relatives. Heal every negative effect transmitted through all past generations, and prevent such negative effects in future generations of my family tree.

I symbolically place the cross of Jesus over the head of each person in my family tree, and between each generation; I ask you to let the cleansing blood of Jesus purify the bloodlines in my family lineage. Set your protective angels to encamp around us, and permit Archangel Raphael, the patron of healing, to administer your divine healing power to all of us, even in areas of genetic disability. Give special power to our family members’ guardian angels to heal, protect, guide and encourage each of us in all our needs. Let your healing power be released at this very moment, and let it continue as long as your sovereignty permits.

In our family tree, Lord, replace all bondage with a holy bonding in family love. And let there be an ever-deeper bonding with you, Lord, by the Holy Spirit, to your Son, Jesus. Let the family of the Holy Trinity pervade our family with its tender, warm, loving presence, so that our family may recognize and manifest that love in all our relationships. All of our unknown needs we include with this petition that we pray in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.”

One of the first questions an outreach worker may be asked if they are a person of color who is ethnically ambiguous is “Where are you from?”. This simple question is an easy way to open the door to discuss family heritage and assess spiritual roots. You do not need to be a person of color to ask the outreach community the same question “Where are you from?”. Moreover, you do not have to pray the exact prayer above to free the outreach communities from spiritual blocks. But it is important that you do pray a prayer like it in order to release the individual and community from generational blocks in their home, culture, and community that blocks them from receiving Christ Jesus. – AMEN

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Prayer: Saint Joseph, Patron Saint of Family Life
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Spiritual Warfare: Battling the Opposition – Nehemiah Rebuilds a City

The ArmorIn continuation of the Old Testament character series, Pastor David gave a phenomenal, prophetic message from Nehemiah Chapters 4-6. The background is Nehemiah was on the journey of rebuilding the walls of the city and was met with fierce opposition. In each trial, Nehemiah countered the opposition with Godly character.

The Opposition
• Ridicule (4:1-3): “…What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves?…”
The Response
• Cry (4:4-5): “Hear, O our God, how we (you God and we your people) are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads…”
The Opposition
• Threats (4:7-8): “Now when they heard that the repair of the walls of Jerusalem went on, and that the breaches began to be closed, they were very angry. All of them conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause a disturbance.”
The Response
• Cry & Bear Arms (4:9, 13): “But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night…then I stationed men in the lowest parts of space behind the wall,…I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears and bows.”
The Opposition
• Discouragement (4:10-12): “…The strength of the burden bearers is failing…”
The Response
• Encouragement (4:14): “Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, yours sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.”
The Opposition
• Financial (5:1-5): “…We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our houses…we have borrowed money…we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves…”
The Response
• Cry (5:19): “Remember me, O my God…”
The Opposition
• Trickery (6:1-4): “They sent a message to me, saying “Come let us meet together at Chephirim in the plain of Ono”. But they were planning to harm me. So I sent messengers to them saying “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” They sent messages to me four times in this manner, and I answered them in the same way.”
The Response
• Stayed on task (6:3)
The Opposition
• Slander (6:5-7): “It is reported among the nations, and Gashmu says, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel; therefore you are rebuilding the wall. And you are to be their king, according to these reports.”
The Response
• Call for courage (6:9): “For all of them were trying to frighten us, thinking, They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done. But now, O God, STRENGTHEN MY HANDS.”
The Opposition
• Counterfeit counsel (6:10): “Let us meet together in the house of God…for they are coming to kill you, and they are coming to kill you at night.”
The Response
• Discernment & Cry (6:12-14): “Then I perceived that surely God had not sent him. He was hired for this reason, that I might become frightened and act accordingly and sin, so that they might have an evil report in order that they could reproach me. Remember, O my God, them according to these works of theirs, and also the (false) prophetess and the rest of the (false) prophets who were trying to frighten me.”

Summary:
Nehemiah was commissioned by God to do a particular work. He kept his mind on the task at hand in spite of repeated, mounting opposition. He was ridiculed, threatened, discouraged, financially bound, tricked, slandered, and given false counsel but still pressed on. He called upon God throughout the various trials and trusted in God’s ability to guard him and see the task finished. Nehemiah demonstrated enduring character and trust in God, inspiring us to also endure the various trials and trust in God’s ability to see the task he has given you completed. If God gave you the task to begin, God will give you the tools to finish it. Amen

• “So the wall was completed on the twenty fifth of the month Elul, in fifty two days. When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work has been accomplished with the help of our God.” Nehemiah 6:15-16

• There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. Psalm 21:30

Resource Credit: Pastor David Smith

Prayer: “It takes two”…The Power of Agreement

Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba…dance…and scene.

Okay seriously, do you remember that classic Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston song “It takes Two”?  A classic 60s pop music hit that sent most of our parents and/or grandparents to the dance floor.  Fun times.  So how does this song relate to the Faith?

Again,truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for,it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19

When I began working in the Ministry almost two years ago I was charting into unknown territory.  I had no personal experience other than God’s Word and prayer.  Being inexperienced I thought it would be best to get someone with greater experience than I to pray the prayer of agreement according God’s Word in this new Ministry and naturally I sought Pastoral agreement.

Eight months after the birth of the Ministry I began attending a community based prayer group.  One of the things I routinely committed to prayer was our newly developing Ministry and the developing partnerships with other organizations in the Body of Christ.  By God’s grace, our Ministry received agreement in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ from two community Faith based organizations in the mission of serving the underserved.  God answered my prayer!  My prayer group also encouraged me to continue to seek agreement from the organization our Ministry was birthed out of, as we are all one Body and should be in agreement.  I am confident in the work that God is doing through our Ministry and His purposes will be established regardless of outcome.

It takes two baby…..

I attended a conference this Fall with a guest Pastor speaking about the many practical areas of the Christian Faith including prophecy and you guessed it, agreement.  The speaker kept the message very clear and practical.  Agreement is one of the basic principles of advancing the Kingdom of God.  Therefore, if you ask another Believer to pray in agreement with you on any matter according to God’s Word (i.e. relational, Ministry, career) and they pray in agreement with you on this matter, God will give you what you ask in accordance to His decretive and preceptive will. God will never give you something contrary to His Word.  On the other hand, if you ask an individual to agree with you and they tell you “No”, “Let me think about it”, “Let me get back to you”, or “Don’t respond at all”, you will need to find someone else who will agree with you according to Matthew 18:19.  Why?  Simply put, what motivates someone especially another Believer to take up your prayer requests and sit on them?  No worries, God does not say you need to allow your prayer requests to be held hostage by one individual.  God says we just need one other who will agree with us.  So if one does not consent to pray in agreement with you on God’s purposes, find someone else.  The speaker forewarns us against continuing to share personal details and/or prayer requests with individuals who will not stand in agreement with you.  What motivation do they have for collecting your personal details or prayer requests?  Hmmm…good question that I had never considered.

Summary:
If you are seeking agreement on any matter including but not exclusive to Ministry, your marriage, your children, your job, or anything else, God’s Word says according to Matthew 18:19 that it will be given to you if two of you agree.  We need to be on guard and/or flee anyone that holds prayer requests hostage or flatly does not consent to agree with you in prayer.

Again,truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for,it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19

– Amen

Related Post: Discernment

Spiritual Warfare: Medicine for the Common Spiritual Cold – Inner Healing & Deliverance Prayers

ColdEver feel unexplainably overwhelmed physically or mentally?  Ever feel like you were hit by a semi truck after completing Ministry work or consecrating yourself to the King of Kings, Lord of Lords.  Ever feel unexplainably gross, confused, or filled with strife?  Ever have your past or temptation conveniently show up after its been long nailed to the Cross?

Diagnosis: the Common Spiritual Cold.  Your work for the Ministry of the Lord has attracted the attention of the prince of the air and his workers.  You have been chosen by Abba to clean up the works of the enemy and the enemy has chosen to wage a spiritual battle against you to discourage you from Kingdom work.  See the story of Job.  No worries, Abba and his angels are here to guard us!

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Ephesians 6:12

Prescription: The Word of God is the way to counter the works of the enemy.  Read and speak it out loud, and pray that you, your home, your marriage, your family, your work, your ministry, your children, and your friendships will all be covered in the Blood of Jesus Christ.  Then declare that all unclean and attacking spirits would be rebuked and covered in the Blood of Jesus.  They will scurry might fast!  😉  Then read the following scriptures for your encouragement and subsequent prayers of deliverance on a regular basis, even as much as every few hours.  –  Blessings and Be Encouraged!

For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. – Psalm 91:11

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. – Luke 10:19

These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. – Mark 16:17-18

Breaking Generational Curses

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the power of his Word, I take the sword of the Spirit and cut myself free from all generational inherited sins, weaknesses, character defects, personality traits, cellular disorders, and genetic disorders. I sever all unhealthy soul-ties and forms of enmeshment and cut all bonds that are not of the Lord. I put his cross between myself, my parents, my grandparents, my siblings, my offspring, my mates, and any unhealthy relationships that my mates have had with others in the past. I cut all bonds of these relationships that are not of the Lord back to the beginning of time, and by the sword of the Spirit, and in the name of Jesus Christ, I say that I am now free, free to be the child of God the Lord intended me to be.

Breaking Curses – Rev. Bozada

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I rebuke all spells, hexes, curses, voodoo practices, witchcraft, satanic rituals, incantations, evil wishes, and fasting prayers, not of the Lord, that have been sent my way, or have passed down the generational bloodline. I take authority over all of them and command that they go back where they came from and be replaced with a blessing. I ask forgiveness for and renounce all negative inner vows that I have made and ask you, Lord Jesus, to release me from any bondage they may have held in me. I claim your shed blood over all aspects of my life and relationships, and ask you to wash away and cleanse me from all impurities, in your name, Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen

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