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…The devil… was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

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We all have voices in our heads, and often these voices are echoing lies that we believe and incorporate into our lives. Lies often become embedded into our minds through trauma, things that have happened that should not have happened. They worm their way into minds and personalities and become a part of us; but with the Truth, coupled with the blood of Jesus, we can reject and conquer each lie we have adopted into our identity.

We are diving deep into the negative emotions that hold us back from our destinies. Today we will pray about fear. Fear rules like a dictator if we let it. It is the lie that shapes our imaginations to believe worst-case scenarios like: if I trust, I will be hurt. The feeling of being unprotected leads to anxiety and more distrust.

Fear is appropriate at times; its purpose is to get us out of danger, but when we believe lies of fear, everything gets out of proportion.

God has the antidote for fear: it is love. Perfect love drives out fear.

When we encounter the love of God and receive it into our hearts through faith and prayer, we can uproot the lies that have deposited fear into our hearts and souls.

Jesus paid the ultimate price so we could be delivered from fear. Just as He raised the dead, restored withered hands, and strengthened lame legs, He is able and willing to deliver you from fear. Our sin killed Him, so we can live free from fear. Pray this plain and simple prayer out-loud…

Father,

I thank You that You have made a way for me to come out of the bondage of fear to learn to walk in freedom. Because of the price You paid for me and the promises you have made in your Word…

I believe and declare that I will no longer be ruled by the fear of death. Even when I’m walking in frightening circumstances, I will refuse to fear. I receive Your perfect love, poured into my heart through the Holy Spirit, dispelling all fear of death.

I believe and declare that I will no longer be ruled by the fear of people. Even when people are attacking me, I refuse to fear. I receive Your perfect love, poured into my heart through the Holy Spirit, dispelling all fear associated with people. I will walk in love and freedom in all my relationships, whether or not my love is reciprocated, for I am secure in Your love for me.

I believe and declare that I will no longer be ruled by the fear of incompetence. Even when I’m challenged and in over my head, I will refuse to fear. I receive Your perfect love, poured into my heart through the Holy Spirit, dispelling all fear of failure.

I believe and declare that I will no longer be ruled by fear of the dark, fear of epidemics, diseases, plagues, or sickness of any kind. I refuse to fear these afflictions. I receive Your perfect love, poured into my heart through the Holy Spirit, dispelling all fear of darkness and malady.

I believe and declare that when troubles come my way, I won’t be overcome by fear. Trouble is inevitable on this side of Heaven, but I won’t take the bait. I refuse to to be moved. Instead, with Your love in my heart, I will remain confident in your deliverance. I will face my mountains, speak words of faith, and watch those mountains move.

I believe and declare that I will not be tormented and ruled by fear any longer, for I have been set free from the bondage to fear through the love of my Father God, the redeeming power of Jesus Christ, and the constant presence of the Holy Spirit in my life.

In Jesus’ Name
Amen

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me. (Psalm 23:4)

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident. (Psalm 27:1-3)

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. (Psalm 91:5,6)

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16)

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)

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…The devil… was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

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We all have voices in our heads, and often these voices are echoing lies that we believe and incorporate into our lives. Lies often become embedded into our minds through trauma, things that have happened that should not have happened. They worm their way into our minds and personality and become a part of us; but with the truth, coupled with the blood of Jesus, we can reject and conquer each lie we have adopted into our identity.

We are diving deep into the negative emotions that hold us back from our destinies. Today we will pray about shame. The emotion of shame is the most difficult to manage, not to mention overcome. Many are plagued with shame, an emotion that condemns us of being bad, worthless, perverted, dumb, and dirty. And without the forgiveness of Jesus through His blood, that is what we all deserve. But upon receiving His forgiveness, the guilt of shame is done away with, totally and completely.

Are you plagued with shame for your past or current sins? If you have made Jesus the Lord of your life, you can rest in the fact that He has it covered! He has your back, by taking the punishment of your sin on His back.

“By His stripes you were healed.”

You’ve been healed of your shame.

Just as Jesus opened blind eyes, restored withered hands, and strengthened lame legs, He is able and willing to heal you of your shame. Our sin killed Him, so we can go free. Pray this plain and simple prayer today.

Father,

I have made You the Lord of my life by giving myself to You and committing to walk with You through my life. Because of the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus, I freely accept the forgiveness He died to give me. I have committed sins that deserve shame, yet I have repented, and I choose to receive the gift that cost Jesus His life: forgiveness and freedom.

I believe and declare that shame shall no longer be a part of my life. Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, endured the cross, despising the shame so that I too, can reject and despise shame. I reject it now and despise it from this day forward by avoiding every thought of my past sin and simply thanking Jesus for His great love and sacrifice.

I believe and declare that my past sins are inaccessible to me and to Jesus, for He has removed them from me as far as the East is from the West. I could get on an airplane and travel for thousands of years, circling the globe, and never access my sin any longer, for God has placed it out of my reach. I thank You, Lord, for the freedom that gives me today.

I believe and declare that I have nothing to fear. I will not be ashamed or disgraced any longer. I will not dwell on my past sins, but will throw them into the sea of forgetfulness. I will not ruminate on my former reproachful life, but will focus on the Truth – that Christ has set me free from shame!

I believe and declare that in place of the shame that has plagued my life to this day, God will give me honor, and not just honor, but double honor, according to His promise!

I renounce the hidden shameful acts I have committed; I have brought them into light through confession to Jesus and to trusted leaders and friends. I am walking now in complete transparency, nothing hidden. I commend myself to anyone’s conscience that I am cleansed and made whole.

I believe and declare that there is therefore now no condemnation for me! I reject the thought that I am condemn-able, for Christ has made me acceptable to Himself!

I believe and declare that I am acceptable to God, to others, and to myself!

I take off the clothes and countenance of shame and put on the garments of righteousness and the countenance of joy and purity. No shame shall cover my face any longer. No spirit of shame shall dull my joy or hold me back. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

That’s me! I’m free indeed!

In Jesus’ Name
Amen

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)

As far as the East is from the West, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)

“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. (Isaiah 54:4)

Instead of your shame you shall have double honor. (Isaiah 61:7)

But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:2)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

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…The devil… was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

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We all have voices in our heads, and often these voices are echoing lies that we believe and incorporate into our lives. Lies often become embedded into our minds through trauma. The lies worm their way into our minds and personality and become a part of us; but with the truth, coupled with the blood of Jesus, we can reject and conquer each lie we have adopted as part of our identity.

Today we will pray about the lie of abandonment. Perhaps you, like many around you, feel alone and lonely, believing that no one truly cares for you or understands you. You feel exposed, vulnerable and unprotected. Our prayer today will reflect the Word of God, the Truth that, when ingested through our hearts and confessed in faith, can transform us from fear to love.

Father,

I renounce the lie of abandonment. I break its grip and its power over my life with the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.

I believe and declare the Truth that God has said He will never leave me nor forsake me.

I believe and declare the Truth that Jesus is always with me through the Holy Spirit, now and through my entire life and to the very end of the age.

I believe and declare the Truth that I am not alone. I am a vital part of the beautiful Body of Christ.

I believe and declare the Truth that if God is for me, no one can possibly stand against me. God has embraced me fully; it matters not what others may think of me.

I believe and declare the Truth that even if those who should love me most abandon me, God will never abandon me, and His love compensates for any deficit I may have.

I believe and declare that the Truth has set me free from all bondage to the spirit of abandonment. 

I am accepted in the Beloved. With gratitude in my heart to You, Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, I celebrate the joy and inclusion I am experiencing today and will continue to experience throughout my life in ever-growing measure.

In Jesus’ Name
Amen

God has said,“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5)

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. (Psalm 27:10)

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)

I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me. (Song of Songs 7:10)

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The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21)

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What if our words carried a scent with them – our negative words a stench and our positive words a refreshing fragrance? In a sense, they do.

One is a vile stench, the other perfume. One is poison, the other a balm.

Jesus says we will be called to account for every word we utter. Why? Because words have creative power. God spoke words and the universe came into being. He said, “Light, be!” and light was.

If we could see the force of the power of our words, we would be much more careful and intentional in our conversations. Let’s determine to spread the fragrance of Christ and not the stench of death and decay with our words: pray this plain and simple prayer with us.

Father,

I cringe when I recall the negative words I have uttered that have brought pain to others and decay to the world. I thank You that You have the power to wipe them away with Your blood which forgives and cleanses me from all unrighteouness. I don’t have to walk around condemned any longer!  I am forgiven! I am cleansed!

Lord, I am asking today for a fresh revelation of the power of my words. I ask You to guard my tongue, giving me great self-control to only let pass through the gates of my mouth what will be helpful to others and pleasing to You.

Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Get me out of the pit of negativity and on top of the mountain with words that elevate You, others, and even myself.

Forgive me for talking down on myself. I am fearfully and wonderfully made! My soul knows this full well, and I refuse to argue with my soul any longer. I reject anything other than Your Word which tells me I am a chosen person, a royal priest, and part of a holy nation!

I thank You for transforming me from the inside out by changing the way that I think. I choose today to obey Your Word which instructs me to ponder only things that are true, honorable and right and pure and lovely and admirable; I will think about things that excellent and worthy of praise. That limits me to think mostly of You today! For You are ultimately all those things. And the gifts You give me, both large and small are so very good. I turn my attention and my words to praise today to Your glorious name, for You are worthy of praise and You have made me worthy to be called Your child!

In Jesus Name

Amen!

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