CASTING DOWN STRONGHOLDS (Gleanings From Derek Prince)

stronghold

1 : a fortified place
2a : a place of security or survival; 2b: a place dominated by a particular group or marked by a particular characteristic

First we have to understand that there are two kingdoms at war: God’s Kingdom and Satan’s Kingdom. There are some who are not aware that Satan has an invisible kingdom and that’s the way he wants it.

Satan fears Deliverance Ministry because it exposes his kingdom and it reveals the victory and supremacy that God’s Kingdom has over his kingdom.
Every moment of every day, there are battles going on in the heavenly realm between God’s armies of angels and the devil’s army. Unfortunately too many Believers are completely unaware of the reality of the spirit realm and all of the activity that goes on there.

So I have been very aware recently of the heightened demonic activities and attacks on the people of God. There is an urgency in the spirit that I sense is increasing on both sides (good & evil) because the Day of the Lord is very close now. I also see demonic strongholds everywhere, but there’s not much concern among Believers regarding this.
While watching Derek Prince’s video “Casting Down Strongholds”, he mentions certain strongholds that seem to have dominion over specific areas or regions of nations (it can be seen in cities and even neighborhoods as well). So he named a few strongholds that he has observed in certain countries and he mentioned one in particular in regards to New Zealand which is the stronghold of indifference. The definition of indifference is: lack of interest in or concern about something. Indifference is very dangerous because it will allow anything to happen with no opposition or concern for the consequences. Jesus addressed the indifferent people in the Church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:14-18, “These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of My mouth.

He indicated that the United States of America is dominated by the stronghold of rebellion, which can be seen everywhere in this country, even among the youngest of children. As you may know, rebellion is likened to witchcraft as indicated in 1 Samuel 15:23 – For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.
However, any of these strongholds can manifest anywhere among any group of peoples. One only needs to look at the rampant sin and wickedness that has taken hold of our nation, and look also at the concerted efforts being made to take God out of our country and rid the world of Jesus the Christ! It is evil and it is demonic, and yet there is very little concern or urgency among the people of God. I conclude that there is a stronghold of indifference among many Believers which has given Satan and his demons a foothold to dominate this country and this world.

Derek Prince goes on to state that “domination is satanic; Satan seeks to dominate the whole world” so that he can destroy as many people as he can and take them captive into his kingdom. Just as God has a heavenly kingdom, Satan’s kingdom is in the heavens above us as well and he continues to influenced millions of people; Ephesians 2:2 – “Wherein times past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience”.
So how do we cast down or pull down these strongholds? Derek Prince states that “God has given us (Christians) alone the weapons for spiritual warfare” with which we are to use in casting down strongholds.

A stronghold is deception that’s taken hold in a person’s mind. It’s an incorrect thinking pattern based on a believed lie. People can get incorrect perceptions of God by listening to Satan as he tells them how God doesn’t love them, etc. People can feel like dirty old sinners when they believe Satan’s accusations as he continually reminds them of their past (which has been washed away!). Strongholds are based on lies from the devil. They can come in the form of deception or accusations. Accusations always lead to guilt and the feeling of unworthiness, which weighs you down and tears you apart spiritually. Since strongholds are built upon lies that we have been fed, the way we tear down strongholds is by feeding on the truth (in God’s Word), which is the opposite of what the enemy has been feeding us. If the enemy has been feeding us a lie, we need to stop eating the lie and start feeding ourselves the truth. The weapon we use to tear down strongholds is found in Ephesians 6:17, “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” A sword is an offensive weapon and is meant to tear down and kill the enemy’s troops. Strongholds are the devil’s assets in war, and he uses them against us. Take up the sword of the Spirit (God’s Word) today, and start slaughtering the enemy’s assets that he’s been using against you!

We are involved in this spiritual war whether we want to be or not! So we must prepare for battle. Prayer assails Satan’s Kingdom (assail means to violently attack); no wonder the enemy causes so many of us to be lax in our prayer times; and we need to learn how to pray!

So here’s what we need to pull down/cast down strongholds: Prayer & Fasting; the whole armor of God as outlined in Ephesians 6:10-17: the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness; the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace; the Shield of Faith; the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God!). Praying always with ALL prayer and supplication in the Spirit.

God Bless You!
Elder Glenda Jackson

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Greetings my brothers & sisters in Christ!

Well, I once again make an appeal to each of you to consider donating to music projects that I need to get completed.

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NEW SONG

Hello Everyone! Just wanted to let you know that my new song “I’ll Follow Jesus” can now be heard on my Reverbnation page.

It will soon be released for digital download and I’ll provide the release date as soon as I get it.

This song is pretty amazing because it ministers to our need to obey God’s Word. It reminds us of the commitment we make when we accept Jesus into our lives and that is to “turn away from sin, be baptized and become a new creature”.

The vision for this song is for it to be sung in every church and Christian home all over the world.

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Lord Your Amazing Grace

In January, 2014, my cd single “LORD YOUR AMAZING GRACE” was released and available for purchase from digital download stores including:  iTunes, Amazon.com, Rhapsody, Spotify, and Zune.com to name a few.

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May the peace of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ be upon you!

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The Birthday Party

It was May of 1962, when I began looking forward to the end of the school year and summer break. It meant no more reading, writing or math and NO MORE HOMEWORK! It meant playing outside until the streetlights came on and not having to go to bed early. It meant picnics at the park, swimming at the beach, going to visit our grandparents in Louisiana and other fun trips and outings. But best of all it meant my birthday was coming!

It was a big deal to be invited to a birthday party because you got a chance to go visit and have fun at someone else’s house. It was exciting to receive a party invitation because it gave us something to look forward to and made you feel included. The unspoken rules were, you always dressed up for a party and you always took a gift and a birthday card.

Now, it was time for my birthday and I did something that I had never done before….I asked my mother, who we called Madea, if I could have a birthday party and invite the kids from my class at school. My hesitation stemmed from the fact that my mother was a single parent raising seven children on her own. She worked two and sometimes three jobs to provide for us and still had trouble making ends meet. We learned at a very young age that most of the time there wasn’t extra money for parties or birthday gifts, but whenever she could my mom would do something special for us and to my surprise and delight, she said yes. My sisters Diane and Deborah(who everyone called “The Twins”) and I squealed with joy and right away we started planning the party! My little sister Millie, who was about 4 years old, was happy but didn’t quite understand what was going on.

The first thing was to purchase party invitations and get them passed out at school before summer break which would begin in a few short weeks. Madea took me to the Five and Dime store and we carefully picked out two packs of party invitations. The Twins helped me fill out the invitations and I gave one to every child in my third grade class on the last day of school.

After weeks of excited anticipation, the day of my birthday party finally arrived. I barely slept the night before and was the first one up that morning. I woke up The Twins and we started putting up decorations before we ate breakfast. We put up brightly colored streamers and hung the Happy Birthday banner on the wall high above the food table, with the help of my older brother Eric. After breakfast we did our chores and gave the house a good cleaning, it smelled so fresh. We then helped Madea prepare the food which consisted of hot dogs, popcorn, potato chips, hot chocolate, Kool-Aid and, of course, my birthday cake which Madea baked herself and we decorated!

Madea then pressed and curled my hair, styling it into two perfect ponytails tied with pretty yellow ribbons and a curly bang. After putting on my favorite yellow party/church dress, yellow socks with a ruffle at the ankles and my dressy patent-leather shoes, I was ready for my party to begin. I was very excited and couldn’t wait for my friends to arrive so that we could dance, play games, eat and open birthday presents. Madea and my two oldest brothers Freddie and Edward were all huge music fans, so we had a great selection of 50’s and 60’s music to dance to including the Watusi, which was not only a song but a very popular dance! But I was the most excited about getting my birthday presents!

The party was set to start at two o’clock and as the time neared, I nervously walked back and forth checking the house to make sure that everything was just perfect. It was an overcast day, but I was full of enough energy and sunshine to light it up. The Twins were finished getting dressed and we all sat down in the living room anxiously waiting for guests to arrive.

At two o’clock exactly, there was a knock at the door and the first guest arrived. It was a girl from class, Rose and her mother Mrs. Hickson. Rose was not only a classmate, she was also a playmate to me and my sisters. She was a very shy and quiet girl who could best be described as a wallflower. She was only allowed to play with my sisters and me because her mother was my mother’s good friends. So now I, The Twins and Rose sat on the plastic covered sofa and chairs to continue waiting and the living room began to look dark and gloomy.

Time ticked away and I anxiously paced from my seat to the window looking for any sign of people coming to the party; perhaps they were lost and looking for our apartment building. After a very long time, I walked to the kitchen where Madea and Mrs. Hickson were chatting and she could see the look of worry on my face. I had an unsettling feeling in my stomach as I wondered, “Where are my party guests?” Both Madea and Mrs. Hickson tried to assure me that it was still early and people would come, “just be patient”, they said.

Well, I was as patient as any 10 year old child could be, but it soon became apparent that no one was coming to my party. I broke down and cried my little heart out as that reality hit me. Everyone tried their best to console me and after a while, I calmed down. Madea suggested that we start eating the food so it wouldn’t go to waste; so we ate and then had birthday cake and ice cream. There were no presents to open; Rose had given me a birthday card which had $2 inside. What started out as and should’ve been, the most wonderful day of my life turned into a child’s worst nightmare! “Why didn’t anyone come to my party”? That questioned turned over and over in my mind; and each time that thought came, it opened up the wound in my heart anew and I’d cry.

The summer waned away and I finally got through the devastation of my birthday party fiasco. I buried it deep inside, but I never forgot it and I never, ever asked for another birthday party; even to this day I’ve never had a birthday party. Time passed, I grew up, and I remember attending a few birthday parties, but I never allowed myself the thought of having a birthday party. I promised myself that I would never go through that kind of rejection and humiliation again, besides it just confirmed in my mind that people didn’t really care about me.

When no one came to my birthday party, I was deeply disappointed and felt very unimportant. I unknowingly carried these feelings into my adult life and I now see how they adversely affected my personal relationships and my self-esteem. I was never able to completely trust that people in my life really cared about me and I felt very insignificant. I resented people who celebrated their birthdays, but was very good about hiding my feelings and I was always sure to give a really great gift that was perfectly wrapped. It was as if I was the one receiving the gift and being celebrated.

Professional Opinions

“As an adult, you’ve probably realized that disappointment is a fact of life. However, children who have fewer experiences with disappointment may not brush disappointment off as easily. Furthermore, disappointments that adults may see as minor may seem like major crises to children whose perspective is limited.” [1]

“The development of self-esteem begins in the early years. Self-esteem is the opinion each person has of himself and his value as a person. Self-esteem is established over the course of a person’s life, but during childhood a number of situations can negatively affect a child’s self-esteem. Poor self-esteem in childhood carries over into the teenage years and adulthood, and can lead to poor choices such as drug use, abuse and bad relationships.” [2]

I experienced most if not all of the problems described by these researchers. If only we could know how to overcome the effects of these blows to our ego and move on. I now understand that children process life experiences very differently than adults and I was no different. I had such high expectations and anticipation for my birthday party; I looked forward to finally knowing the pleasure of having that experience. But it didn’t happen and it completely broke my heart and blew my self-esteem; I thought that it was because of me, I wasn’t cool enough, I wasn’t pretty, we were poor.

I had no idea of the many extenuating factors that kept all but one of the children I had invited not to be able to come to my party. I didn’t realize that, most if not all, of the children in my class were living in poverty and having the same struggles as my own mother, even those who had two parents in the home; In those days, parents were ashamed to send their child to a birthday party without being able to dress them up and send a birthday gift or card. So they kept their children home.

I’m thankful that I overcame this experience which occurred all those years ago and “The Birthday Party” has no power to hurt me anymore. Once I understood that what happened had nothing to do with me, I was able to move past that experience and concentrate on all of the wonderful, friends, family and life experiences that I now have. I’m thankful for writing this personal essay , because it has given me the courage to give myself a birthday party!

Works Cited Page
(1) Helping Kids Cope With Disappointment
By Miranda Morley, eHow Contributor

(2) What Are the Causes of Low Self Esteem in Children?
By Jayden M. Nichols, eHow Contributor