Thursday, August 13, 2015

How the Enemy Uses Fear to Defeat Us




Do you realize that fear can paralyze a believer?  Paralyze?  You might be thinking that I chose a strong word to describe fear.  However, it's true...alarmingly true...and the devil knows it!
Fear is actually a magnet that draws demonic activity to us!  In Job 3:25 we read these words: "For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me."  Now, most of us know the hardships that Job endured, yet still overcame due to his faith in God.  However, what Job realized is something we must take serious note of...what we "fear" can open the door to the enemy to attack us in one way or another!

Spiritual Paralyzation
I have personally experienced the paralyzation of fear.  To have a spiritual form of paralysis means that we are helpless to act, have an inability to act or move, or that we have stopped.  Do any of those words describe you today?  Do you feel stuck?  If so, is it due to fear?  Let me ask you this- do you feel helpless?  Well, it may be due to fear.  Let me explain more.

It is my experience that spirits of timidity and cowardice attack me whenever I am on the threshold of breaking forth into a time of enlargement or increase.  The spirit of fear works with these other spirits to paralyze us from moving forward as God directs. 

There are many different forms of fear.  I can't address them all in this blog post, however, we will look at a few. 

The Fear of the Unknown
Many of us say that we like change...but do we?  I believe we want other people to change...but whenever we are faced with new territory it can be frightening!  For instance, if we have a new job we will also have a new boss, new co-workers, and NEW EXPECTATIONS from others.  Ugh!  Your fear of rejection might be showing right now!  Of your fear of not measuring up could be on the rise with a new employment opportunity. 

Dear one, at every place of enlargement you will enter through a new gate!  Every new gate is a new beginning and an opportunity to grow and experience God's blessings!  So, of course, the enemy will hit you hard with fear!

Python is at the Threshold/Gate

I have written extensively on the spirit of python which is at the threshold of enlargement.  Please take some time and read through some of my previous posts concerning this hindering evil stronghold.  You will read that the python spirit is connected to witchcraft and how this spirit will attempt to wrap itself around you and squeeze the life and breath out of you to keep you from entering into your new place of blessing!  To many Christians, just the fear of being targeted by a spirit as this will keep them from pressing into all that God has for them.  The result will be to remain in a "comfort zone."  Believer, God does not desire us to remain in a "comfort zone,"  He desires we enter into a "confronting zone!"  We are not to fear the devil- we are made in His image and equipped to DEFEAT the devil! 

Here is a proper response the the enemy- every enemy- and not just python:  "For I hear the slander of many; fear is on every side; while they take counsel together against me, they scheme to take away my life.  But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD,  I say, 'You are my God.'  My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me." (Ps 31:13-15)

Fear of the Future
We just touched on leaving the comfort zone.  And, actually, this is strongly connected to a fear of the future.  We need not fear about tomorrow...being fretful over tomorrow will only deflate our faith and exhaust our energy!  I love what Jeremiah 29:11 says:  "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

That previous passage will be your true NORTH as you navigate through the storms of life- especially when the enemy hits you with fear.  I have written many different books and shared my addictions, fears and issues of life.  There is one constant I have learned and it is this...He is in control of my future...I trust Him...therefore I trust Him to watch over  my future.

Believer, don't allow fear to block you from crossing your threshold!!! It's crossing over time!

I stand with you and believe that you experience God's very best!
Sandie Freed

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Key Revelation Concerning Jezebel and Intimidation


 
Why does this keep happening to me?  My pastor friend sat sobbing in her office about another encounter with a Jezebel stronghold and I was relating to her entire story!  Why?  Because her story was also my  past story.  I have sat numerous times in my own office regretting a conflict with someone influenced by a Jezebel spirit. How quickly the memory of being controlled, manipulated and yes, intimidated I felt while under it's evil assignments.   The story that led to it all?  Well, it would take more than a quick blog....but what I am posting now will  hopefully empower you.   Allow me to equip you with another key that will unlock more revelation concerning how to understand the tactics of Jezebel's intimidations.
 
The end result of a pastor, counselor or leader with battle scars from a Jezebel encounter almost always begins with him/her counseling and/or  pastoring someone with good intentions, someone feeling very unfulfilled, and that same someone looking for a ministry or church home to "lock into."  Then there is the pastor, elder or leadership team with a heart's desire to   really  help that particular "someone." 
 
It's so true...God places it on His servant's hearts to help those in need, and provides a place of refuge for those needing healing and restoration as well as training and equipping to advance the Kingdom.  The main issue is this- the Church is two-fold; a place for healing and also a place for training and equipping.  First, to be an effective warrior, we must be healed from past wounds.  Then there is a time to move past our past and enter into a season of training and equipping.  However, there is often a huge chasm between the two.  The transition between being wounded and shifting into become spiritually mature is always a time of testing.
 
The Test
I have realized that after 30 years of ministry there is always a test whenever you are pastoring or mentoring someone in times of transition.  The person in transition is experiencing a test...and the mentor (pastor, leader, etc) is also  experiencing a test!  When ministering to someone who is strongly influenced by a Jezebel spirit we must realize that the spirit will almost always rise up to intimidate godly leadership.  The spirit of Jezebel is a controlling and manipulating spirit.  The demonic forces behind Jezebel can be so intimidating that the person anointed to help the demonically influenced saint believes that they are not equipped   or  anointed to help!  However, truth is this- we have been given all power and authority over ALL demonic spirits- especially Jezebel!
 
I have had to confront many different people influenced by a Jezebel spirit numerous times- and one sure clue as to whether I am dealing with a Jezebel spirit or not is if I feel intimidated!  My test is this- will I trust who I am in God, stand up to this intimidating spirit and operate in my godly assignment or cower down and try to ignore it's  in your face attitude just daring you to confront it!
 
Then there is the test concerning the person being influenced by the Jezebel spirit-  will he/she repent and submit? Ouch!  Repentance?  Submission?  Two words that push people's buttons- I know.  But remember, Jezebel hates repentance!  And we know in Scripture that she basically controlled her husband, King Ahab, and really didn't submit to any authority at all. To get it's way, the spirit rises up to intimidate legitimate authority with hopes that it will disqualify godly discernment. This spirit is bent on hood-winking those with discernment, gain influence through false flattery and move in for the kill through control and manipulation!
 
False Doctrines and False Christs
 
So there you have it.  Another key to a Jezebel influence.  I have written two books concerning the Jezebel spirit and I highly recommend them both. ( Breaking the Threefold Demonic Cord  and The Jezebel Yoke).    This is an end time spirit that seeks to illegally seize control in the local church and promote false prophets and false Christs.  Dear ones, there are many false doctrines arising as I write this blog!
 
If you have felt intimidated, it's important to bind the spirit of Jezebel and declare the Word of the Lord. Use the Word of the Lord as your sword and destroy her influence and her voice.
 
Allow me to impart to you now and pray for you:

Father God, I pray for those who have felt the result of a Jezebel spirit and the intimidation connected to it.  I break the power of the demonic control and I loose him/her from this assignment in Jesus name.  I pray for the Jehu empowerment that completely destroys Jezebel and take the Word of the Lord,. the sword of the Spirit and declare VICTORY in Jesus name.  Amen!

Impartation:
I impart the Jehu anointing to defeat Jezebel and impart the courage to confront all opposition from every Jezebel spirit in the mighty name of Jesus.   I impart the ability to take a firm stand against every Jezebel stronghold that attempts to rob you of your spiritual authority.  I impart godly wisdom of how to love the person, the child of God, but resist the evil spirit of Jezebel. ( Now open your heart  and your hands to receive it now).  Amen





Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Spirit of Intimidation


There are many different ways that Satan organizes his forces in attempts to oppose us and our victory in Christ.  One of his evil weapons he uses against us is intimidation.  The definition of intimidation implies a way that the enemy causes us to act timid or fearful.  It also implies the different ways the enemy might cause us to be disheartened. 

David and Goliath

I believe Goliath tried this opposition against David.  Sure, Goliath was bigger than David- he was a giant!  But Goliath's size didn't matter to David, this is because David knew his God and he also knew that due to his relationship with God that God would protect him.  After, all, while in the fields protecting his father's sheep, David slew a lion and a bear and surely the Lord would deliver this uncircumcised Philistine to him also!         (Read 1 Samuel 17:36-38).

Goliath hurled accusations against David to intimidate him further.  He mocked him about his looks, his small stature and his age- all inspired false accusations to cause David to lose heart and fear. 
Yet, the more Goliath attempted to intimidate David, the stronger, more courageous and more determined David became!

The Slingshot

David slew Goliath with the weapon that God had given to him at the time.  Think about it- a slingshot and not a rifle.  A slingshot and not a sword.  A slingshot and not an arrow.  Saul gave David his armour, helmet and sword to use to defeat Goliath.  But David had not tested this equipment yet, it was completely unfamiliar to him.  David used what he had been trained to use- his slingshot.  Dear ones, we must never try to walk in someone else's armour.  We cannot be someone other than who God created us to be.  Nor can we attempt to use any weapon of warfare that is foreign to us.  Many believers compare their spiritual gifting with others- we cannot remain effective warriors if we are attempting to imitate someone else.  We are in a season where God is sharpening our individual weapons and gifting.  The enemy will attempt to intimidate you by declaring that your weapon or gifting is not effective.  But use the slingshot you have!  Your prayer is a slingshot to the enemy.  Your prophetic decree is a slingshot that will smite your Goliath!  Your praise is the slingshot needed to cause your enemy to fall before you!

The Battle of the Mind

Satan uses intimidation to defeat us in our minds!  Yes, it is so true, the real battle is in our minds.
False words of the enemy can easily become a fortress of unbelief if we choose to believe what Satan says about rather than what God says.  Actually, and please try to remember this- we cannot afford to believe opposite of what God says about us!  Ponder that a moment.  We really can't afford to believe what Satan declares concerning us, our children, our relationships, our future, our businesses, etc! If we believe Satan's lies it can cost us- big time!

Goliath attempted to destroy David first with his words of intimidation.  Believer, the enemy does the same with us!  Let's not allow Satan's words to become a fortress in our minds but rather take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.(See 2 Cor 10:4-5).
 

Dear believer, let me encourage you today!  You have a war manual, the Holy Bible, that is packed full of scriptures that reveal the record of victory already determined and decided due to the Blood of Jesus!  Now that, my friends, is a slingshot, indeed!

A book that I would recommend at this time would be  Silencing the Accuser:  Eight Lies Satan Uses Against Believers.  (Click on the button "Books" for more information and then click on lifegatechurch.org to order). I have devoted an entire book to teach you how to tear down every fortress your enemy attempts to build to defeat you!  You can be victorious!  God says that you already are victorious through Christ.  Amen!


 



Saturday, July 11, 2015

Are You in the Millionaire Zone?


It never seems to fail...I begin to prophesy financial breakthrough and almost immediately I am challenged in something concerning finances. Maybe everytime you have made a similar declaration the same happens to you!  If you can relate, keep reading, then!  You are being positioned to receive divine revelation concerning your finances and breakthroughs!

Millionaire Zones
  Just a few weeks ago I was preaching in our local church, Lifegate Church International, in Hurst, Texas, and I prophesied for the second time that God was releasing "Millionaire Zones."  As I prophesied this, I was seeing in the spirit vaults filled with money being unlocked.  Finances were being unlocked and breakthrough was coming to believers.  I prophesied a Millionaire Zone at one of our meetings almost three years ago and let me tell you...it has happened!  People are on their way to becoming millionaires. Testimonies have been coming in on a continual basis.  I believe it is God's will to bless His children- regardless of what the economy attempts to dictate.  But let me get back to me-  and how I was literally targeted by the enemy concerning finances.

I didn't know it then- but I am certainly aware of it now- that I have had a generational curse of a Midianite stronghold.  If you remember Gideon, in Judges chapter 6, was fearful concerning his harvest.   He was hiding in a winepress threshing his harvest!  Now, anyone with any sense at all knows this is not the place to thresh wheat!  But, the Midianites and other tribes had been coming at every time of harvest and stealing Israel's harvest.  Yes, it was a constant cycle or oppression, depression, doubt and unbelief and lack.  When I realized that I had cycles when the enemy was able to steal, I began to break off that Midianite spirit that attempted to steal my harvest! Whenever I began to break the power of this ungodly pattern, we began to experience financial breakthrough again.
 

The Spirit of Poverty and Lack
 
The Midianite curse is only one of  issues and financial curses that  I teach about in my conferences concerning financial breakthrough.  I would like to invite you to come and personally sit through my teaching on  Breaking the Financial Curses of Lack and Poverty  that Lifegate Church is hosting August 7-8, 2015.  You can go online to www.lifegatechurch.org and register.   If you cannot attend, you may want to read my book  Conquering the Spirits of Greed and Poverty which can be ordered by clicking on the Lifegate Church button on this site. 

Dear believer, it's time that we all realized that we are promised an open heaven of God's blessings.  Let's get set free from any doubt and unbelief that hinder us and also break off any generational curses that have attached themselves to our breakthroughs! 

Hope to see you there!  Come and believe that you will receive a Milloionaire Zone impartation. 
As always,
Be abundantly blessed!
Dr Sandie Freed



Saturday, May 16, 2015

Ugh! Jezebel Again?




There she was again.  Standing right beside me with her arm around me attempting to give me a squeeze.  I was on alert that day, because I had a dream the night before of a storm coming my way and in that storm was a Jezebel spirit targeting  me.
 
Once I scooted out of that trap she stood in front of me and began telling me (again) how anointed I was.  I looked her straight in the eyes thinking that false spirit of flattery might have to shut her eyes...or roll completely back into her head due to lying!  But instead, she got more determined to tell me how  wonderful I was and that she was entirely  committed to serving us in the ministry.  (Those words were words from a Jezebel spirit...not mine).  I thought to myself,  Here we go again, Jezzie. You are trying to control me once again.  This time, I'm NOT buying into your flattering words just so you can attempt to manipulate me! 
 
Hold Your Ground!
 
 I held my ground that day, but over the next few days I began to feel guilty for "judging" this person.  So, guess what I did....I reached out to her and opened my heart once again.  It only took a short time for this spirit to try to move in quickly to gain an entrance into "speaking into my life."  I was way too familiar with this spirit's tactics....and once a few sentences rolled off her tongue I had the spirit pegged once again.  The words were similar to this:"Oh, Pastor Sandie.  I can't understand why  everybody doesn't come to your church.  You're so wonderful."  Then there was something said like " I just know you are the one who recognized  my anointing and gifting and that I'm called to be a senior leader also."  My heart sank.  I had really desired to mentor this precious saint, yet the seducing spirit of Jezebel was attempting to prevail against her  and me!

Believer, you just read what I have experienced many times as a pastor and senior leader in the Body of Christ.  I am very prophetically gifted, as most of you know, and our church in Hurst, Texas, is trained in the supernatural gifting (especially in the prophetic ministry).  Let me be blunt- the Jezebel spirit is always attracted to the prophetic ministry and ministers.  Think about it- Elijah was an awesome prophet and remember who threatened to kill him?  Yep.  Jezebel!  And her words were so powerful that it caused Elijah to take off running to the desert fearing for his life! 

Jezebel's Words Cause Discouragement

Have you been discouraged lately?  If so, let me ask you a question.  Whose words are you listening to?  Jezebel threatened to kill Elijah and it says in Scripture that Elijah actually "saw that" which Jezzie  wanted to do!  Yes, he saw himself slain by Jezebel!  Dear one, Jezebel flows in a spirit of false prophecy.  Yes!  Jezebel was falsely prophesying Elijah's destruction.  Her words were like witchcraft and actually controlled Elijah's responses, robbed him of faith and even caused vain imaginations. Jezebel's witchcraft words of discouragement caused him to lose courage!

Then, it moves differently. Many times I have observed how this evil  spirit seductively moves in false flattery in order to get close to us.  Remember when Jehu showed up to destroy her she painted her face and eyes, fixed her hair and began to flatter Jehu asking if he had come in peace?  (See 2 Kings 9:30).  Jezebel knew very well that Jehu had NOT come in peace, but she appealed to his mercy with false flattery.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Unlock Your Destiny




Are you ready to discover a valuable key that will unlock your destiny?  Are you excited that God desires that we each discover something that has the potential to completely change your life...for the better?  Dear believer, this thought will launch you forth in fulfilling destiny;  right believing results in right living !  It's such a simple statement...but it is true and packed with power!  We've been in a spiritual "lock-down" for far too long.  Why?  And how did it get this way?  What have we allowed in our belief systems and thoughts have allowed the enemy to erect strongholds that attempt to block our future? 
 
It wasn't until I came to the end of myself, being tired, frustrated, and having no vision, that I realized that I was allowing circumstances and past failures to dictate my future.  Shame and fear of failure were continual reminders of dreams that seemed dead, vision that no longer existed and little or no passion to propel me forward. What was the root of my issue?  A faulty belief system. Allow me to explain a bit.
 
Faulty Belief Systems
 
Many of us are in the same boat as I was concerning faulty  belief systems.  All too often we build upon  selfish desires and religious mindsets rather than being led by the Holy Spirit.  He is the author and finisher of our faith and the Master Architect of our lives!  Why then, do we not trust Him and relinquish control?  When I came to the end of Sandie Freed I realized that I had removed Him from being the architect that molded and shaped me and my life.  Maybe you have dome the same and came to the realization that we were not created to be the Creator!
 
It has always been important for me to be successful.  I don't believe that I am isolated in this desire.  However, true success lies in fulfilling our godly assignments and not necessarily gauged by what the world deems successful.  It has taken me almost three decades to understand this.  I hope that I can help you find that place of  resting in God as I have been experiencing.  Jesus Christ  is our Land of Rest!    Faulty belief systems say "I have to work hard for God to prove my value."  No, the Lord desires relationship and not performance.  The Old Covenant demands religious performance, the New Covenant is based upon the finished work of Jesus Christ.  The New Covenant is not about religion, it is all about relationship with God. 

Living Free of Religion
 
We are in a season where there is fresh revelation concerning renewing our passion for God and pursuing His presence.  Again, there is a need for us to begin to focus on our relationship with our God.  Unfortunately, relationship has been based upon humanity adhering to rituals, erroneous traditions, religious mindsets and rules all in the name of "religion."  However, in all of this, we have accepted a "form of religion," but not experienced the raw power of God.  These forms of religion have become mere substitutes for relationship with God. 
 
Are you ready to let go of all that hinders you from achieving destiny?  I pray so!  I have written an entire book Faith After Failure, Reconnecting with Destiny, (Click on books on this site to preview and/or go to www.lifegatechurch.org to order)/  Many of us are fearful that we have messed up too badly for God to still use us to demonstrate His glory and Kingdom on earth.  Not so!  He is always pursuing us and desires to empower us to fulfill destiny and purpose. 
 
A faulty belief system teaches that you're not worthy, not good-enough, not holy enough....just plain not enough....for God to bless you and use you.  Again, this is not so!  It is a lie.  Allow me to show you how to reconnect your faith with God's faith in you!  As you read this book, I know you will be transformed and healed of the pain of your past.  You will receive  revelation concerning being free...and even more...free indeed!
 
God bless you as you pursue divine destiny!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Knowing How the Enemy Operates




Ever seen a wrestling match?  My high school had a wrestling team, and though it was never one of my favorite sports, I attended a few matches.   I didn't completely understand the rules,  yet it was clear that most of the opponents efforts were consumed with pinning each other down so that they could no longer move.  Apostle Paul compared our spiritual warfare to times that we actually  wrestled with the enemy:
 
" Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
  For we  wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against  principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." ((Eph 4:11-12 with emphasis).
 
Yes, we are in a wrestling match with the devil!  And he is attempting to pin us down and render us helpless.  The battle Apostle Paul was describing was actually a brutal one which involved face-to-face combat.  In those days, the loser in these matches had their eyes gouged out and that 's why Apostle Paul was basically encouraging the Ephesians to understand what they were up against.
 
Know How the Enemy Operates
 
We must know how our opponent operates and also know what we need to do in order to win our spiritual battles.  Precious saint, we are fighting a spiritual battle with a  crafty  opponent  In the garden, Satan is described as  both  subtle and crafty. (See Genesis 3:1) (AMP).  This means that the devils is extremely cunning and sly with his many tricks and seductions.  Wrestling with an opponent as this means he will cheat, trick us, and catch us off guard to win!  We must remain diligent and on guard whenever we are in a spiritual battle.
 
John 10:10 describes our enemy as one who seeks to steal, kill and destroy!  Our enemy develops strategies with moves and counter moves, plans and numerous schemes with a focus to completely destroy us!
Remember, he's a snake and he will wait patiently until just the right moment to strike out.  He mostly attacks when we're down, discouraged and/or exhausted.  Yes, it is true that we have been given all power over the devil and his demonic cohorts through the name of Jesus.  But we must also understand his methods of warfare.  We cannot underestimate his craftiness, trickery, lies and deceptions.  And, dear one, this is the reason why we  must  put on our full armour!  Whenever we do that, we are putting on the strength of the Lord!  We cannot fight this battle in our own strength- we need  His strength!  And, we also must have the mind of Christ!
 
Take Every Thought Captive
 2 Corinthians 10:3-8 gives us incredible insight into victorious spiritual warfare:
 
"For though we walk int he flesh, we do not war after the flesh. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds,) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
 
The enemy targets our thoughts. Remember, he is sly, crafty and seductive!   He is known as the "Accuser of the Brethren " who speaks lies to God's people.  The devil will  always speak opposite of what God says about each of us.  We must take responsibility and cast those evil, negative thoughts down and replace those thoughts with the Word of God.  Whenever we do this, we are also renewing our minds and developing the mind of Christ.  Any thoughts we think that are contrary to what God says in His Word ...we must cast it down! 
 
Our fight is not in the natural real,, but in the supernatural realm.  I do  a lot of spiritual counseling when and in the sessions I realize that many believer's thoughts are targeted by the enemy!  And, they don't need counseling- they need to cast negative, demonically inspired, thoughts down!  It's true, really!  A whole lot of counseling time is unnecessary...believers can do much of  their spiritual homework at home by taking control of their thoughts.  Now, I'm not at all implying saints don't need counselors.  Not at all!  What I am saying is that a counselor cannot cast down your thoughts...only you can. 
 
Let me encourage you to put on the full armour of God and be determined that you are not going to quit!  The enemy may have worn you down, but you have not lost the battle.  Jesus has already won the battle, but we must take our rightful authority and defeat the devil's lies concerning us.