For April 2011, the prophetic watchword is my month of every power in the heavenlies and on the earth blocking my promotions and my blessings shall scatter. In the blog entry for each new month we will therefore be looking at the heavenly and earthly power that contends with men for their blessings and promotions.
By definition, a contender is someone who competes with another. The aim of the contender is to defeat and take what belongs to another. Contenders go after the title, the prize, the position, the prestige, the power. What makes them very dangerous is the fact that they only go after what belongs to another.
In the spirit realm, there are powers that contend with men for their portion in life. These powers are determined to stop, delay , withhold and suspend the blessings and promotions of the Lord for his children. The blessings these powers contend with in the life of God’s children are wealth, children, health, career, joy, peace etc. In the physical realm there are also contenders who due to the unclean spirits they carry confront and openly challenge God’s children in a bid to take from them what God has blessed them with.
Daniel, Angel Michael and the Prince of Persia
In Daniel 10:13 the bible tells of a confrontation in the spirit realm “but the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia”.
The confrontation between took place because Daniel connected with God through his prayers as recorded in Daniel 10:12 “do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them”.
Daniel’s prayers had been answered but the response to his prayers was contended with by the Prince of Persia who held on to the answer of his prayers for 21 days. For Daniel to receive his blessings heaven had to send Angel Michael to assist in the battle with the contending Prince of Persia.
Joseph and his brothers
Joseph’s battle with the contender happened in the physical ream when he kindled the fire of envy and jealousy in his brothers and incurred their wrath by sharing his dreams with them. Genesis 37:10-11 recounts the story When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you? his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind”.
Joseph’s dream of becoming a leader whose own family will bow down to was too much for his brothers to handle. Rather than let such a dream come to pass, between them they hatched a plan to kill Joseph and made the wicked statement in Gen 37:20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”
Dream and vision killers are contenders of the glory of God in the life of men. Dreams and visions can be attacked by the spirit of envy and jealousy, the spirit of competition and rivalry, acidic and bitter tongues, wicked hearts, and the shortsightedness of others. From conception to realisation, your dreams and visions must be guarded with the blood of Jesus and fortified with the fire of God.
The manifestation and operation of the spirit of the contender
- It burns with envy and jealousy
- It steals, it kills, it destroys
- It practises competition and rivalry
- It hates the success of others
- It lacks contentment
- It is an aggressive spirit
- It is a wicked spirit
- It is a bitter spirit
- It manifests in the spiritual and the physical realm
- It is a greedy spirit
Be sober, be vigilant, be on the look out for the contending spirit
Jesus told the disciples to watch and pray. The strategy to be sober and vigilant is still valuable in recent times so that we are not caught unawares by the subtle devices of the enemy. Guard your success, breakthroughs, dreams and visions of a better tomorrow with all diligence. Constantly plead the blood of Jesus and ask for the divine protection in the fire of God. And finally as there is always solution in prayer, you must pray in and out of season because your adversary the devil only goes away for a little while.
- I command all my evil competitors to receive the shock of life
- I command all human foes to find me untouchable
- The anointing of the overcomer fall upon my life
- Every negative word and pronouncement against my success be nullified with the blood of Jesus
- The adversaries of my breakthroughs I command you to be put to shame
- Blood of Jesus let my competitors find my defeat impossible
- The plan to waste my opportunities in life receive thunder and scatter
- The eye of envy and jealousy watching my progress in life receive the arrow of blindness
- The spirit of competition and rivalry following my glory I paralyse you with the blood of Jesus
- The killers of my dreams and visions receive the shock of life
- I fire the arrow of death, destruction and disaster into the camp of my many enemies
- The witchcraft battle against the fulfillment of my destiny meet double failure
- The embargo placed upon my moving forward in life I challenge you with the fire of God
- The network of witchcraft agents gathered against my success in life receive death before dawn
- The goliath witchcraft spirit opposing my manifestation receive stones of fire fall down and die