Rebuild Your Wall

In this story, Nehemiah and the Jewish people were confronted with discouraging opposition from Sanballat and Tobiah in the form of mocking:

“What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?”
“Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”
(v1-3)

Remember our lesson from the Garden of Eden about the doubts the snake put into Eve’s head? This is the same thing. They were trying to create despondency by insinuating that this task was too big to take on and that it would need a miracle because they are so feeble so it wouldn’t be easy.
Yes, the Jews were frail and they did not have the best tools to work with. That’s how the enemy uses truth to twist it. It is typical of the enemy’s attack- it usually appears that the thoughts he’s putting into your head have some truth to it! So we become completely focused on that “truth” instead of the truth of God’s Word. When I suffered with hypochondria, it was so strong that I remember when I would think about a pain in my elbow for example, the pain would immediately come onto that very spot. The mind is a powerful but very dangerous thing! So, yes you may have a pain/symptom here and there- because your mind has caused it. So therefore, it presents itself as fact. But it’s not! Yet it becomes the thing you focus on. I have come to realise that hypochondria is the enemy’s perfect war- doubt and discouragement are the antithesis of faith. Faith believes and focuses on the truth and promises of God’s Word, while doubt immediately believes the worst.

As the wall progressively got built and the gaps started closing, guess what- the threat of enemy attacks increased! Their progress made the enemies angry. It is difficult to realise it at the time, but when you are improving and making progress, you are going to get attacked. You may wake up one morning with new fear. It’s just the enemy’s job description. Take it as motivation. It’s his job to keep you down, that’s just the way it is. He will never change – your mind has to. Be prepared, stand your ground and continue to fight it off.

Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him ~Hebrews 10:38

Sanballat and Tobiah did not actually attack if you read on- they thought their threats would be enough to sway the Jews. Why? Because we tend to perceive, pray and hear the Word differently under discouragement than we do under faith. That’s exactly what hypochondria is- Satan is using this fear against God’s children because it puts us into a state of paralysis. Once he has you paralysed, he’s won. That’s all he needs. He doesn’t actually need you to get sick- only to be terrified at the thought of it.

How did Nehemiah handle it? Did he worry and freak out? Did he debate or hesitate and dwell on the threats about ‘what ifs’ and ‘what might happen’? No.

“Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity! Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before the builders.” ~Nehemiah 4:4

He took it to God in prayer. This shows us that prayer was the first option for him, not the last resort. This is the best way we can show God that we rely on Him. Please note – the answer to prayer did not make a difference in the enemies- it made a difference in the people of God:
So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.” ~ Neh 4:6
God gave them a mind to work- that is a blessing. Nothing can be accomplished unless we come together with God with a mind to work against the problem.
In my situation that’s what God did for me – He created a change in my mind-set. I had read about Jehoshaphat and took it as pure truth. It was very simple for me. I saw it as my answer, as simple as the sun gives us light. I was determined by all means to get over it. He gave me a mind to persevere even though I still felt a few “symptoms” for the next 4 days. Then it was gone.

This week, encourage your spirit. Ask for God to give you the strength and to align your thinking and mind-set with His against this. Stand up to the doubt and discouragement and like Nehemiah declare, “Look at it God’s way, stay at the job”

 

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The Eagle’s Fighting Tactic

Eagles are one of my favourite birds. Besides being so majestic, they mate for life, build one nest that lasts forever and they face storms head on rather than hiding from them. The most interesting trait is how they fight their enemy. Their biggest enemy is a snake, but eagles never stand for their attacks. They never fight the snake on the ground – they either pick it up and shake it to death or fly high and drop it onto rocks below.

By doing this, the eagle changes the battleground. As a result, the snake has no stable ground or stamina and is therefore weak and useless to fight back effectively.

God tells us to take note of “the way of the eagle in the air” (Proverbs 30:19), because Satan first appeared to people in the form of a snake. This snake works tirelessly to actively ruin our life-and that includes our thought life!

We change our battle ground when we take our thoughts captive and pray- it is then that God can step in and take over. Don’t ever fight Satan, and the thoughts he throws at you about your health, in his comfort zone. Claim the battle field.
Lift yourselves up by praying and then throw the enemy and his lies onto the Rock- which is Jesus:

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Saviour, You save me from violence.” ~ 2 Samuel 22:2-3

Remember, we have been given authority to trample over serpents and scorpions in Jesus’ name (Luke 10:19). Snakes never survive a rock encounter! So there is never a need to ever entertain hypochondriacal thoughts- you throw it onto the Rock by fighting back with the promises of Scripture.

The Lord’s Prayer: Day 8 | For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and glory

As we know, we need to give all glory to God and everything must yield to His glory. This part of the prayer tells us that God possesses and presides over His Kingdom- He is the sovereign King who exercises authority and dominion. There is nothing that God doesn’t reign over.

We saw in Day 1 all of God’s attributes and this part of the prayer enforces that, especially the word “thine”. Everything belongs to God. We are all so programmed to say “this is mine, that is mine” etc. but this prayer reminds us that all that we have is simply on loan to us for a time. Whatever it is, it’s not really ours. Ultimately it’s all God’s.

The power is His- the power to reign over our bodies He created. Before there was anything there was God and He created the heavens and the earth by simply speaking a word. You were created by a simple word- how much harder can it be for Him to maintain you in perfect peace? Nothing.

We are powerless without Him and we need Him. The glory is His- it is not all about us, it is about “Thine” and we need to live in a way that glorifies Him.
Often in the Bible we see how terrified people became when they had an encounter with God –that’s because His glory is majestic and magnificent.
Every time we do according to His will, we glorify Him. Every time we exercise our faith, we glorify Him. Every time we lean on and trust in Him, we glorify Him. Every time we resist temptation, we glorify Him. And we do it because He has the absolute power to work it all out for us.
The Psalmist said in 115, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory.”

When we recognise this, it becomes a way of life (not just prayer) which better positions you to work through hypochondria- as a result we are set free and can live the lives God created us to live.
We were created “to deny ourselves, take up our Cross and follow Him”, so that God’s Kingdom can come on earth as it is heaven. He never intended us to live under our own power. We need to realise just how powerless we really are.

Today give thanks to God for everything- including the past 8 days and how He has worked in your life, both what you have noticed and not seen. Thank Him for even the smallest things, recognising that you have it because He’s given it to you. Take time for some prayer and worship, He is worthy. Thanksgiving is a defensive shield that deflects a spirit of heaviness Phil 4:6-7, “Never worry about anything. Instead, in every situation let your petitions be made known to God through prayer with thanksgiving. ‘Then’ God’s peace, which goes far beyond anything we can imagine, will GUARD your hearts and minds in union with Christ Jesus.”
I have not included it in the prayer below because it is truly something that must come from your own heart.

Father, today I declare that Yours is the Kingdom, the power and glory forever!
Help me in my everyday life to always give You glory. You have all the power- I pray that You take away the power hypochondria has had on me and make it yield to Your glory. Exercise Your authority and dominion over my mind and my body.
Help me to stop trying to control this in my own strength but to hand it all over to You, the One who reigns over everything.

Nothing is mine, Lord, not even my body because I was bought at a price. You say we can cast our cares upon You, so I give You my body and my mind to renew it, because You make all things new.
Your Word does not return void, so everything I have prayed these last 8 days I pray that it takes firm root in my spirit and flourishes into something beautiful- a healthy body and healthy mind, at peace.
Let my spirit always remind my flesh that I must rejoice when I have a bad day because it’s in the process of rejoicing “breakthrough” occurs (Phil 4:4).

Instil in me a way of life to keep You close and involved with all I do. I want to live the life You created for me, not one controlled by hypochondria. In You there is joy, help me to maintain a relationship with You so that Your power can work in my life and bring You glory. As everything belongs to Your Father, what I have every day, I offer to you, God. Take it, mould it and work it all out for my good.
I pray that You breathe life into every prayer uttered this past week. I pray that You work Your power into every word I spoke to You. I wait with hopeful expectation to see the moment where I am cleared of this for good. I thank You for listening to my prayers this week Father. You are a good God and worthy to be praised. Saturate me with Your lovingkindness and tender mercies.
In Jesus name, I declare that I will not continue the way I have in the past. My days now belong to You and I surrender all. You are mighty and I ask that You shelter me under the shadow of Your wings from hypochondria. Thank You Jesus, there is no other name under Heaven that can save me.

To You Father, Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I ask or think for this, be the glory. In Jesus name, amen.

The Lord’s Prayer: Day 8 | For Thine is the Kingdom, power and glory

As we know, we need to give all glory to God and everything must yield to His glory. This part of the prayer tells us that God possesses and presides over His Kingdom- He is the sovereign King who exercises authority and dominion. There is nothing that God doesn’t reign over.

We saw in Day 1 all of God’s attributes and this part of the prayer enforces that, especially the word “thine”. Everything belongs to God. We are all so programmed to say “this is mine, that is mine” etc. but this prayer reminds us that all that we have is simply on loan to us for a time. Whatever it is, it’s not really ours. Ultimately it’s all God’s.

The power is His- the power to reign over our bodies He created. Before there was anything there was God and He created the heavens and the earth by simply speaking a word. You were created by a simple word- how much harder can it be for Him to maintain you in perfect peace? Nothing.

We are powerless without Him and we need Him. The glory is His- it is not all about us, it is about “Thine” and we need to live in a way that glorifies Him.
Often in the Bible we see how terrified people became when they had an encounter with God –that’s because His glory is majestic and magnificent.
Every time we do according to His will, we glorify Him. Every time we exercise our faith, we glorify Him. Every time we lean on and trust in Him, we glorify Him. Every time we resist temptation, we glorify Him. And we do it because He has the absolute power to work it all out for us.
The Psalmist said in 115, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory.”

When we recognise this, it becomes a way of life (not just prayer) which better positions you to work through hypochondria- as a result we are set free and can live the lives God created us to live.
We were created “to deny ourselves, take up our Cross and follow Him”, so that God’s Kingdom can come on earth as it is heaven. He never intended us to live under our own power. We need to realise just how powerless we really are.

Today give thanks to God for everything- including the past 8 days and how He has worked in your life, both what you have noticed and not seen. Thank Him for even the smallest things, recognising that you have it because He’s given it to you. Take time for some prayer and worship, He is worthy. Thanksgiving is a defensive shield that deflects a spirit of heaviness Phil 4:6-7, “Never worry about anything. Instead, in every situation let your petitions be made known to God through prayer with thanksgiving. ‘Then’ God’s peace, which goes far beyond anything we can imagine, will GUARD your hearts and minds in union with Christ Jesus.”
I have not included it in the prayer below because it is truly something that must come from your own heart.

Father, today I declare that Yours is the Kingdom, the power and glory forever!
Help me in my everyday life to always give You glory. You have all the power- I pray that You take away the power hypochondria has had on me and make it yield to Your glory. Exercise Your authority and dominion over my mind and my body.
Help me to stop trying to control this in my own strength but to hand it all over to You, the One who reigns over everything.

Nothing is mine, Lord, not even my body because I was bought at a price. You say we can cast our cares upon You, so I give You my body and my mind to renew it, because You make all things new.
Your Word does not return void, so everything I have prayed these last 8 days I pray that it takes firm root in my spirit and flourishes into something beautiful- a healthy body and healthy mind, at peace.
Let my spirit always remind my flesh that I must rejoice when I have a bad day because it’s in the process of rejoicing “breakthrough” occurs (Phil 4:4).

Instil in me a way of life to keep You close and involved with all I do. I want to live the life You created for me, not one controlled by hypochondria. In You there is joy, help me to maintain a relationship with You so that Your power can work in my life and bring You glory. As everything belongs to Your Father, what I have every day, I offer to you, God. Take it, mould it and work it all out for my good.
I pray that You breathe life into every prayer uttered this past week. I pray that You work Your power into every word I spoke to You. I wait with hopeful expectation to see the moment where I am cleared of this for good. I thank You for listening to my prayers this week Father. You are a good God and worthy to be praised. Saturate me with Your lovingkindness and tender mercies.
In Jesus name, I declare that I will not continue the way I have in the past. My days now belong to You and I surrender all. You are mighty and I ask that You shelter me under the shadow of Your wings from hypochondria. Thank You Jesus, there is no other name under Heaven that can save me.

To You Father, Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I ask or think for this, be the glory. In Jesus name, amen.

The Lord’s Prayer: Day 7 | Lead us not into temptation

We know that God does not tempt anyone with evil (James 1:13), so our prayer here needs to be for God’s guidance to steer us away from all sorts of temptations and testing. It is a request for protection against being led astray to give in to temptation and fall into sin.
Being tempted is not a sin, but yielding to it is.

God is the only one Who can protect us from evil and give us the strength to stand against the world, the devil and especially in this case- our flesh. Temptation literally means a test, not always a solicitation to do evil.
So we need to be praying for God to enable us to walk away from sinful scenarios to maintain a relationship free from sin obstacles, and mighty strength to be able to not give into the temptation to continue feeding hypochondria- which is running to Google, doctors, meditating on the false symptoms you feel etc. Because now we have agreed that God is our Father, is the source of all we need and we can totally and comfortably depend on Him. No other thing is needed for us to lean on.

I know resisting the temptation to find an answer immediately is hard- but we know from experience that all it does is give you more turmoil. Lets’ remember that God will not let us be tempted or tested more than what we can endure, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Cor 10:13). So as hard as it is in that moment to walk away from Google, and your own psychosomatic symptoms, pray for that strength to be removed from the situation – keep praying until you get that peace.
Also, walk in the supernatural – Jesus gave us not any authority but HIS to walk over things that come against us (Luke 10:19). Pray to God for strength during a moment of weakness, but at the same time exercise that authority – if you feel a psychosomatic symptom like a headache or stomach ache for example, put your hand over the area and take authority over it to stop controlling you. Say, “I take authority over this pain right now in the name of Jesus and I command you to leave my body at once! I declare that you will not have dominion over me! I am healthy because I am a blood-bought daughter/son of the Most High God! I reject you right now in Jesus name.” If you have to do it more than once then so be it. Everything bows to the name of Jesus.

Charles Spurgeon once said, “The man who prays ‘Lead us not into temptation,’ and then goes into it is a liar before God.” Also, I always say that anything you put before God Himself is an idol and the Bible shows time and again how He looks at that with anger. It sounds like a lot of pressure but although God does bring testing into our lives, we should pray that He keeps us from tests where we are particularly vulnerable. He is very faithful – you just need to take a step to lean on Him and He will step in and help you in ways you did not even imagine. The quality of our Christian life is directly related to the way that He empowers us to avoid temptation…

Father God, I come before You today and ask You to help me push through one of the biggest tests in my life- the urge to give in to hypochondria instead of turning to You to fight it for me. I thank You that I have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and in Jesus name am able to approach Your throne for the grace and strength I need to keep me from falling. I pray to You Jesus who has gone before me in temptation, being tempted Yourself. You are my Saviour who knows the struggle of temptation. But You are a victorious warrior- there is no one better I can lean on!

Lord, I desire to be faithful, but I have yielded to temptation around hypochondria so many times and though I have tried so hard to live up to my own resolution, each time I have failed and fallen short. I have always tried to resist in my own strength and I confess that I can’t do this by myself any more.
Teach me to trust my life into Your hands completely and to submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit in my life, so that I may walk in spirit and truth, not in the lies of fake symptoms.
Lord, You know the areas of my vulnerabilities, my thought processes and heart. You know when and how I will be tempted today and in the days that lie ahead. Go before me and please prompt me to flee this temptation, and to walk in the light of Your truth.
Lead me not into temptation to run to Google or doctors when I get scared but to utilise Your name and turn to You instead. Deliver me from the evil lies of hypochondria by making the truth of Your Word be revealed to me in very tangible ways.

Whenever I am tempted, help me overcome it and to choose YOU Lord. Make a way for me to escape so that I can be more than a conqueror through Christ who strengthens me. But always help me remember that the more I cultivate a relationship with You, the easier this becomes- because it is in You that I live, move and have my being. The closer I am with You, please decrease the space for hypochondria to operate. You are my God of peace so I know peace of mind is attainable; but I know it won’t fall into my lap- I need to seek it, work for it and find it, with You guiding me.

Make very real to me Father that You are my Daddy and You are all I need to get through this. You provide everything I need to work against this, including the strength to overcome the temptation of cyberchondria. Remind me of the turmoil Googling and seeking doctors brings but to know the peace You bring. Help me resist this enemy so that it can flee from me (James 4:7). Remind me always that the circumstances and situations of this temptation creates a danger zone. Father, help me to have my heart set upon avoiding temptation.

Thank You Jesus for the blessed gift of Your authority. Teach me to use it and increase my faith every time I do. Allow me to see the fruit of my faith as You take me from strength to strength. Help me to take every tempting thought and symptom captive and hand it over to You before it takes a hold of me and harms me. When I shut that door do not allow anything to open it again and any door You open for let nothing shut (Isa 22:22).
I pray that You do not allow me to fall into the temptation to be taunted by hypochondria. Silence the psychosomatic symptoms and allow Your Word to ring loudly in my ears and bring me peace.

Help me to recognise when temptation of hypochondria and anxiety is knocking at my door and enable me to act quickly, to resist its influence and gain the victory, which only comes through Jesus. Father, save me from habits that are entrapping and enslaving me that are detrimental to my mental and spiritual health and walk.

Replace the thoughts that tempt me with those that turn my focus on Jesus and help me in all things and learn to say, Thy will not mine be done, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer: Day 6 | Forgive us our trespasses

Forgive us our trespasses – breaking up fallow ground
“Sow yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy. Break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, til He come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12

Today, grab a piece of paper and pen as we will look at sin, the importance of confessing it in our lives and the different types of sin and how to get rid of them.
This is an important one because sin disrupts the relationship we have with the Father and can also act as a blockage to us receiving healing, blessings etc. The enemy waits for an opportunity to gain “legal ground” in our lives. As I mentioned before, Heaven and earth are governed by spiritual laws- so sin gives the enemy the “legal right” to start interfering and causing havoc with us. It is vital to keep short accounts with God.

Fallow ground is hard ground that has not been ploughed for several years. This ground has to be broken up into softer dirt so new plants can grow in it. As we allow unconfessed sin to build up in our lives, our hearts become hardened toward the Lord.

Then Judah said, “The strength of the labourers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.” Nehemiah 4:10

Please read Nehemiah 4. Here we see the Jews rebuilding the wall under Nehemiah’s guidance. They were halfway through when a special challenge came up – there was just too much rubbish and clutter. The ruins of the walls were lying there for 100 years and were starting to prevent them completing what they were assigned to do.

So clearing away the rubbish was not an option – it had to be done. Why? So the walls could be rebuilt upon their foundations. If they didn’t do this, the walls wouldn’t stand at all.

Jesus is our foundation~ “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 3:11)
“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”~ Psalm 11:3

What counts as rubbish in our lives, as Christians? It’s unconfessed sin.When sin builds up it starts eating away at our foundation. The more we let sin linger around, the more you start feeling a pull away from God and He becomes more distant. Then comes the hardness of heart. Once your foundation is withering away, how are you going to get out of this? We can’t, without Jesus. God said about sin, “And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” (Gen 4:7)

If God was unconcerned about sin He wouldn’t call us to repent of it- “If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Nothing in us can be built up and renewed when we have this sin lurking around. This is not meant to be discouraging at all – it does not mean God is mad at you, or you are worthless or not good enough to have your prayers answered. It means that sin just gets in the way – it disrupts our relationship with our Creator and blocks the blessings He wants to send our way. It also keeps us down, not having the energy or want to pray- “The strength of the labourers is failing” (Neh 4:10)

 

What is sin?

Trespasses, (Greek paraptoma), means “to go off a path, fall or slip aside.”
Sin means “to miss the mark”, as in failing to live to an acceptable standard. The mark we all miss is the way Jesus is and lived “All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23)

 

Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” ~ James 4:17
A sin of omission is a sin whereby we do not do something God’s Word teaches that we should do.

“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand {no strong foundation!}:and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” Matt 7:26-27 (emphasis mine)

You can read an example in Luke 10:30-37 about the compassionate Samaritan where Jesus taught that it is sin to avoid doing good. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal 6:9). When we do the will of our heavenly Father (Matt 12:50), we avoid sins of omission and live fruitful lives pleasing to God (Rom 12:1-2).

A sin of commission is a sin that a person actively does- intentionally or unintentionally. Basically knowing something is wrong but doing it anyway. An obvious example is Adam and Eve eating the fruit after they were instructed not to, David’s adultery etc.

However, the Lord’s Prayer does not stop at asking God to forgive our trespasses- there’s a condition that we forgive those who have trespassed against us.
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”~ Matt 6:14-15

In that verse Jesus is referring to the day-to-day cleansing we get when we confess our sins in order to restore fellowship with our heavenly Father—the fellowship which is interrupted by the daily tarnishing of sin. Not forgiving others that have harmed us is poison in the life of a Christian. I don’t know about you, but this is an area I find quite difficult. I have found that the more difficult it is to try forgive the person, asking Jesus to change my own heart always helps.

So today guys, lets clear the slate. Let us not allow anything that will disrupt healing to come over hypochondria and anxiety. Don’t allow sin to prevent you from hearing God’s direction for you. I have made a list (attached) of the usual sins that plague humanity and how to pray over them. It is not exhaustive, but please use it as a guideline. The way I do it is jot down the unconfessed sins I have in my life so that I remember all of them when I confess them- you’d be surprised how the Holy Spirit can bring to mind something that you long forgot about! My spirit always feels so refreshed when I clear out my rubbish – after all, His blood does wash us as white as snow!

Go through all your unconfessed sins – they were committed one by one so we need to confess them one by one. I have included the simple prayer to pray by each section. As you will see, there are some sins that give demons the legal ground to oppress us. You need to kick them out if you have delved into any of them. Or else they’re allowed to hang around. Actually, let me give you an example from my own life, because I know this is a very controversial subject in the Body of Christ, and all I can do is share what God has taught me.

I was saved from a young age. But from about the age of 5, I always had demonic encounters in my bedroom at night. I would feel a terrible evil presence enter my room. The demons would make me astral project- I would literally feel my soul leaving my body. As young as I was, I knew to call Jesus name, but that’s all I knew. The attack would paralyse me but I would call on His name in my mind. My soul would start floating toward my window- I horror to think where it was they wanted to take me. But I had to persist calling Jesus’ name and then I would feel my soul go back into my body. It was gross.
This carried on until I was about 18 when I learned about generational curses. My maternal great grandmother had always played Ouija board, read tarot cards, read tea leaves, participated in séances and even had a “pet” demon she called “Adonis”. I would hear him run on the roof when I was small. This is why the demons had legal ground to keep attacking me – her sin had passed through the generation onto me. I confessed her sin and kicked those demons out- and they never bothered me ever again!

Once you have gone through the list, confessed them and received your forgiveness, then just throw that paper away! You are refreshed, cleansed and made whole!

Communion after sin confession:

Bread:

Thank You, Father, for the gift of Jesus. By the stripes that fell on His back, my body is healed from the crown of my head to the very soles of my feet. My mind, thought life, every cell, organ, and function of my body is healed, restored, and renewed. In Jesus’ name, I believe and I receive. [eat]

Grape juice:

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your precious blood that You shed for me. Your sin-free, disease-free, anxiety-free life is in Your blood. And Your shed blood has removed every sin from my life. Through Your blood, I am forgiven of all my sins—past, present and future—and made completely righteous. Today, I celebrate and partake of the inheritance of the righteous, which is physical and mental preservation, healing, wholeness and provision. Thank You Lord Jesus, for loving me. Amen. [Drink]

Day 6- Forgiveness list of sins

The Lord’s Prayer: Day 5 | Our daily Bread

Our daily bread

God is the giver of good gifts (James 1:17) and this verse refers to Him meeting our basic needs and sustaining us physically. He is after all our Provider and Sustainer. Not only does this include our food and physical needs but our emotional needs too! Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matt 7:7-8) But we need to depend on Him daily for this provision. Notice Jesus talks about daily needs, not luxuries. He did this so that He teaches a day-by-day dependence on God.
Make a list of all your blessings you have been given by God and include them as thanks in your prayer time.

A bit after Matt 6:11 where Jesus said, “Give us today our daily bread”, He spoke to them about anxiety! He said, “do not worry about your life… (v25) then in verse 33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Look how this brings us right back to our study/prayer yesterday on how we need to put God’s commands, Kingdom and Him as priority first then we receive all the blessings and protection! It’s even in this order in the Lord’s Prayer.

Jesus is also our bread because He says He is the Bread of Life (John 6:35). “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Bread is a staple food- so Jesus is essential for life!
Bread is a symbol for the Word of God. The Bible says, “People do not live by bread alone; but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Deut 8:3). From this, how then do we live lives of peace, health and blessings without feeding our spirits with the staple i.e. Word of God.
it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.  For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” John 6:33
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind”” John 1:4

As long as we seek Him daily, even on our good days, He will renew us day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16)

So as we can see, Jesus as the Bread of Life meets our physical and emotional needs and satisfies spiritual hunger. By asking for our daily bread, we are exercising what we learnt in the Our Father segment – acknowledging God as the source for all we need. He is telling you to ask Him for that daily provision of what it is you need – He’s telling you that you don’t need the lies of the enemy whispering into your ear or Doctors to give you the reassurance He does.
And he says “daily” bread – this means you take it one day at a time. Don’t fret about what tomorrow is going to bring. Exercise a little daily faith in asking Him to provide you with what you need for the day.

Think about your situation and what you are hungry for.
What is hypochondria stealing from you? Remember the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus brings life (John 10:10). Because it steals, you are hungry for your peace, your joy, happiness, security etc. Real life comes by feeding on every word of God. As long as you do not include God in the battle against hypochondria, you will be starving yourselves of the needed nourishment required to win this battle. You end up fighting it alone and losing the battle.

Haven’t you ever read a verse that jumps out the page at you? Like it’s just for you at that moment? It’s as if the words have their own heartbeat and you feel a warmth rush over you. That’s because the Word is living- God’s Word when read and proclaimed over our lives literally springs into action working on your behalf. They’re not just words on a page – they’re all verbs. God’s will is that you invest in His life-giving words because with that sword you start cutting away at all the dead flesh (hypo) to give rise to a renewed person in Jesus.

Father God, I come before You today and ask You to give me this day my daily bread. I thank You Father that You are the giver of good things and I am surrounded by many blessings. You are Jehovah Jireh, my Provider and I thank You.
Father, as we both know, my one thing I need provision for is my peace about my health. The enemy has stolen it from me but with Your help I’m taking it back! Father, let us do this together day by day. Strengthen me to not worry about what tomorrow will bring. Help me to pray only for today. The more I pray daily the more You will renew me.

I pray that You guide my path to follow You and seek first Your Kingdom. Show me the right way Lord. Set me on the right path and do not allow my feet to move to the left or right. Call to remembrance for me all the good things You have done for me so far, so that it increases my faith daily.

Give me a hunger for Your Word – I realise I cannot live without it. Help me to take in the Word on a daily basis. Leaving Jesus out of the picture just will not sustain me. You give life and I ask that You breathe new life into me every time I pray and be a doer of Your Word against anxiety and not just a hearer. Teach me every day how to make Jesus the staple in my life. Father You are faithful so I pray that when I seek You I will find You and my prayers for the day will be answered. You have promised that when I seek You I will find You and when I ask You will answer. Please take the little I have until I grow more in my faith and let it flourish day by day. You say Your Word does not return void (Isa 55:11). I stand on that promise that all I give You in prayer time will start changing my heart according to Your will. Let Your Word accomplish that which You intend for me!
Help me see through Your eyes that the things of the world are not my staple, not my solution. I can’t just look to the world for resolving hypochondria Lord- it’s actually something that is a lie, so how does the world even treat something they can’t see? Only YOU can Father. I ask that the more I take in Your Word, the more my faith will be nourished. I welcome You Holy Spirit to help me through this. I acknowledge Father that You alone are my source for all I need against hypochondria. Hypochondria does not feed me, it cripples me.
Hypochondria and the enemy have stolen enough from me – so I lean on You and take in from You Lord because I want the life in me that You have promised. May Your Word bless me with strength for the battle (Ps 18:39)

Lets’ take communion:

Bread:

Thank You, Father, for the gift of Jesus. By the stripes that fell on His back, my body is healed from the crown of my head to the very soles of my feet. My mind, thought life, every cell, organ, and function of my body is healed, restored, and renewed. In Jesus’ name, I believe and I receive. [eat]

Grape juice:

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your precious blood that You shed for me. Your sin-free, disease-free, anxiety-free life is in Your blood. And Your shed blood has removed every sin from my life. Through Your blood, I am forgiven of all my sins—past, present and future—and made completely righteous. Today, I celebrate and partake of the inheritance of the righteous, which is physical and mental preservation, healing, wholeness and provision. Thank You Lord Jesus, for loving me. Amen. [Drink]