I long to operate in the right spirit…the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t too long ago that God revealed to me I have allowed the wrong spirits to fill my temple.
I needed cleansing.
The wrong spirits of this world can be anger, fear, abandonment, shame, lying, financially lack, addictions, sensuality, depression, grief, mental instability, pride, procrastination.
I found that I have had many of these spirits rooted within me. The enemy found an open wound and took advantage of the open door.
I was not presenting my body (God’s temple) a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable unto God which as God’s daughter is my responsibility.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The Holy Spirit dwells in the children of God. He’s there to convict and bring us into repentance…true repentance.
There’s many times I’ve spoken a lie, coveted a luxury of a friend…just flat out sinned against God’s commands and had to ask forgiveness.
God forgave me without batting an eye.
But then God began to show me I needed more than forgiveness. I could hear God ask…Do you want to see me turn this water into wine?
Yes, Lord. I need a miracle.
How about you…do you need a miracle?
For me, I wanted to see God work a miracle in me, in my spouse, in my children, in our finances, in our calling.
Where do I begin?
That was the question, and God answered with obedience. I clearly needed to do what God has been telling me to do for some time, but instead I was allowing the spirit of pride, shame, depression, and fear operate.
What is God calling you to do?
You can read A life Where Holy Spirit Leadshere. It shares about my first two steps of obedience that has opened the door for God to set my spirit free…to truly set me free.
His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
Whatever the Son of God says to do…we are to do it! And most likely, it will be something that requires faith on our part.
Now these next few verses I just couldn’t shake.
And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
I needed cleansing and didn’t realize it. God wanted to drive out the spirits I’ve allowed to control me. The spirits that were suffocating the Holy Spirit.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Not only did God want to destroy the temple the enemy had built in me, but by His mercy and grace, He wanted to raise me up…pure and holy…a living sanctuary for the Holy Spirit to live and operate in me.
When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
I’ve been wanting deliverance from the spirit of oppression that came with all these wrong spirits…I would desperately beg God to set me free.
I would cry to God with no results. I questioned just like the disciples questioned…and now God gave me the same answer that He gave the disciples.
This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
He gave me a battle plan.
God called me to a 3 day prayer and fast to cleanse my temple. He wanted to prepare me to be His sanctuary…tried and true.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
I want to share with you the battle plan the Holy Spirit has given me. I’m believing I’m not the only one operating in the wrong spirits.
First, fast and pray. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal to you the WRONG spirits you are operating in as you read and reflect on this list: The Strongholds that Bind You.
Second, ask Father to reveal to you the wound in which the enemy used as the open door to torment you.
Third, ask Father to heal the wound and remove the wrong spirits and strongholds that Holy Spirit has revealed to you in the power and authority given to you through Jesus Christ.
I rebuke you spirit 0f __________, I charge thee, come out of me, and enter no more into me in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Father, create in me a clean heart. Renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit. Holy Spirit, Intercede for me. I know not what all to pray, but you groan for me. Father, I thank you for setting me free. You are Holy, Righteous, Deliverer…Father, you are Able. Cleanse me in the blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Fourth, write out and memorize scripture to combat against the spirits you struggle with.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome THEM: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
I John 4:4
Fifth, read Psalm 91 over and over especially as you begin to feel weak and weary.
Let the weak say I am strong.
Sixth, worship, worship, worship.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to hear the chains fall…to see men, women, teens, and children released and set free from captivity.
Our Father wants to bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and open the prison to them that are bound. Do you know someone struggling? Share this battle plan with them.