|Posted on March 15, 2018 at 8:10 AM|
WINNING THE UNFINISHED BATTLES
Life does not always give you what you deserve but what you fight for. Life can be unfair. Consider a lady who had spent her life in sexual immorality with different men and had done several abortions. This same lady suddenly gets born again and is married before long. Not long after the marriage, she gives birth to the first child without any delay or hindrance. On the other hand is another lady who kept herself morally pure and remained a virgin, but could not get a life partner until she reached age 40. After marriage at 40, she had to suffer delay for many years before she could have her first child. Life sometimes is unfair to some people. Life will deliver your allocation to you at your location if only you fight well. Life does not treat everybody equally. Life only gives you what you contend for.
A. FIVE CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE IN LIFE AT ANY TIME
1. Those who have just won a battle.
2. Those who have just lost a battle.
3. Those who are in the midst of a battles.
4. Those who are about to enter into battle.
5. Those who seem to have no battles to fight
B. FOUR MAJOR ORIGINS OF LIFE BATTLES
Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward (Job 5:6-7).
It is important to understand the origins of life battles. This understanding will help us in fighting life’s battles with precision and effectiveness.
1. Unfinished Battles By Our Parents
If your parents defeated all the Goliaths that faced them, you might have been spared of some battles today. Many of us today are fighting battles our parents passed over to us. It could be marital battle, financial battle, or moral battle. The battle has lingered in the family because no one has confronted the battle and defeated it. We ministered to a lady sometime ago who was battling with breast cancer, an affliction that killed her grandmother and her mother. That is an example of an unfinished battle.
2. Battles Created By Our Parents
We can also call these transferred battles. If your parents took loans from several sources and died without paying the debts. They leave a battle of indebtedness for you.
3. Self-Induced Battles
These are battles you allowed by exposing yourself unwittingly to the enemy. It could be because of an error in behavior, conduct, or speech.
4. Imposed Battles
The enemy often sponsors such battles because he has seen your ‘star’you’re your potentials. The enemy of your ‘star’ can wage war against you in order to shoot down your ‘star’. King Herod saw the ‘star’ of King Jesus and decided to wage war against the owner of the star.
• Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born (Matt. 2:1-4, 13).
• And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him (Matt. 2: 13).
EXAMPLES OF BLESSINGS AND BATTLE INHERITED
I never inherited any material thing from my father. But he was a prophet and profound prayer warrior whose prayer prowess attracted attention from the high and the mighty. He was so proficient in prayer that people sought him from far and near. Today, every one of his children is a prayer warrior. I particularly took after him in prayer, and I also enjoy attention from the high and the mighty of the society because of my prayer grace.
Some people inherited material property from their ancestors in addition to satanic afflictions and bondages. Some inherited generational diabetes or high blood pressure. Some people should have made galloping progress and success in their lives by now, but for some unfinished battles in their lives.
Sometime ago, we had just finished a prayer conference in Houston, Texas, USA, and I was looking forward to my rest at the hotel. But the host pastor brought a mother who wanted her daughter to see me for prayer. The lady was a victim of advanced cancer. The cancer was so bad that her bones had become brittle and the spine was twisted. She was already looking like a corpse. However, as I began to pray for her, she reacted violently and the demons behind the affliction began to speak to me through her in Yoruba language. They claimed the father offended them and they have decided to deal with him by afflicting the daughter with cancer. After strong prayer bombardments from me and later from a senior pastor friend, the spirits of cancer left and the lady began to recover. After three months of further medical attention, she recovered. When she resumed to her office after several months, the co-workers were amazed.
This is a case of a battle meant for the father but was transferred to the daughter.
C. FIGHTING TOMORROW’S BATTLES TODAY
• And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day (Jdg. 1:21)
• And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come inhither. Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David. And David said on that day, Whosoevergetteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house. So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him (2Sam. 5:6-10).
• And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David. And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, Thouknowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet. But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent. And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall build an house unto my name (1 Kgs. 5:5).
• As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day (Jos. 15:63)
1. Some battles like the battles of peculiar illnesses, perenial poverty, rejection, divorce, prolonged singleness, barrenness, delay or failure, may not be of your own making.
2. You are fighting some battles today because some people in your family lineage did not fight those battles properly yesterday.
3. And if you don’t fight and win those battles today, your children are likely to inherit the battles they know nothing about, tomorrow.
4. Many people, including very sincere Christians are victims of battles they know nothing about.
5. When you notice a particular negative occurrence, trend or pattern in your life, and in some members of your family both past and present, it is a sure sign of unfinished or abandoned battles.
6. According to the law of inheritance, children can inherit both assets and liabilities from their parents. Consequently, children can inherit either property or poverty from their parents.
7. Ancient (unfinished) battles are trangenerational battles. They are batons of spiritual conflicts that parents pass on to their children. The children simply continue the same battles the parents fought.
8. When parents fail to defeat certain contrary forces that faced them, the same forces will resume duty in the lives of their children later in life.
a) Terah didn’t defeat the spirit of delay. It afflicted 3 generations after him – Genesis 11:24-30.
b) Joab, the Israeli army commander under David became unruly and too difficult for David to handle, rather than dealing with Joab himself, David left the trouble for Solomon – 2 Kgs. 2:5-6.
c) David also handed over the spirit of polygamy to Solomon, whose record of polygamy became legendary.
9. Another type of inherited battle is the transferred battles. These are battles meant for the parents, but are transferred to the children e.g. Ahab and divine judgement – 1 Kgs. 21:29.
10. Similarly, some African parents can obtain favours from demons or Satan and use their children or future generations as collateral or surety, e.g.:
a) For Satanic Favours Like:
• success of children
• victory in battles
b) Their Evil Commitments are Sometimes Made Through:
They thereby compromise or mortgage the destiny of failure generations.
c) As a Result of All These, Many are Victims of:
• unfinished battles
• unfought battles
• undiscerned battles
• ignored battles
• abandoned battles
d) For the Successive Generations, the Battles Then Become:
• transferred battles
• inherited battles
• acquired battles
e) Methods of Battle Transfer:
• through ancestral heritage
• through sin
• through evil dedications
• unserious spiritual life
• through demonic means – incest, evil compromises, etc.
• through the genes
D. UNFINISHED BATTLES AND STRONGHOLDS
For though we walk in the 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;And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled(2 Cor.10:3-6).
Definitions of Stronghold
1. The Greek word for stronghold is Ochuroma which means a fortress or a secured hiding place.
2. The mindset of people in a particular territory. The thought patterns, attitudes and lifestyles of a people over years. Communism is a stronghold. Capitalism is a stronghold. Islam is a stronghold. Hinduism and Buddhism are strongholds.
3. Satanic or idol altars where ancient deities are worshipped.
4. A very well defended and fortified territory.
5. A place specially designed and secured to keep out all intruders or invaders. Jericho, Babylon, Nineveh, Jerusalem, Old Zaria city, and Old Kano city are all strongholds.
6. A special no go area to certain people in institutions and systems. In Nigeria, the position of the Federal Capital Territory Minister has been a stronghold. No Christian has been allowed to occupy that seat so far.
7. A trans-generational problem that a community or family or an individual has failed to conquer.
THE PROBLEM OF TRANS-GENERATIONAL STRONGHOLDS
And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters. And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg: And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters. And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu: And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters. And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug: And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters. And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor: And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters. And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah: And Nahor lived after he begat Terahan hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters. And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot. And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees. And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah. But Sarai was barren; she had no child. And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran (Gen. 11:14-32).
According to the passage above, the descendants of Abraham before Terah had their firstborns before 39 years of age. Terah, the father of Abraham was the first to have his firstborn at 70 years of age. Terah’s own father had him at 29 years of age.
Therefore, the problem of delay in child bearing started with Terah. This problem unfortunately continued down his family line, as Abraham had his first born at 100 years of age.
The name ‘Terah’ unfortunately means delay. In other words, Terah seemed to have introduced the spiritual virus of delay into his lineage. Consequently, everyone in the generation of Terah suffered the problem of delay in child bearing. Isaac was about 60 years before he had Jacob and Esau. The trend was arrested in the life of Joseph who gave birth to Manasseh without any experience of delay. Delay in child bearing became a stronghold from Terah, but was broken by Joseph. So shall God use you to break any generational stronghold in your family and community.
E. JERUSALEM AS A STRONGHOLD
• And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David. And David said on that day, Whosoevergetteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house. So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. And David went on, and grew great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him (2 Sam 5:6-10).
• As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day (Josh 15:63).
God had promised the land of Canaan by a covenant to Israel. Moses understood this promise and spent all his ministerial years trying to reach Canaan but he never got there. When Joshua took over, he soon discovered that the most difficult part of Canaan to conquer was Jerusalem the land of the Jebusites.
The name Jebus means, ‘it shall be trodden down.’ The Jebus were the remnant of the Canaanite people who dwelled in the land of Canaan. They were a war-like people. They were fighters and they had a fortress or a stronghold city set on a hill called Jerusalem. Before the time of David, the city Jerusalem had never been ruled or conquered except by a man called Melchizedek. The Bible refers to him as the king of Salem. He was without parents and the Bible did not give us his antecedents. After him, no one was recorded to have ruled Jerusalem. Because Jerusalem was a stronghold and a fortress, no army could conquer it for years.
God’s directive was for Israel to eliminate the Jebusites. However, they found Jerusalem a stronghold and a fortress that was difficult for them to conquer despite their efforts. Joshua tried his best but could not conquer the Jebusites. Therefore, Joshua and his people settled down to live with the Jebusites in Jerusalem. This cohabitation continued until the time of David. When David came on the scene and declared his intention to conquer Jerusalem, the Jebusites taunted and mocked him saying, the blind and the lame in the city where enough to stop him. Nevertheless, David would not be deterred. He mobilized his army and routed the Jebusites. He took control of Jerusalem and named Zion, it the city of David.
David inherited a trans-generational battle – from Moses to Joshua, and Joshua to others before David. David terminated that battle in his own time, thereby making life easier for his descendants.
1. Why We Must Fight The Strongholds
a) Unless we fight certain strongholds, the Jebusites (the blind and the lame i.e. those who are less qualified, less skilled, less talented, less anointed than us), will limit us and rule over us in our workplaces, cities, states and nations.
b) Unless we conquer the strongholds, we shall continue to coexist with the enemies of Zion, i.e. the enemies of God and the gospel.
c) Unless we fight the strongholds, they might even gain perpetual dominance over us.
d) Unless we fight the strongholds, we shall expose our descendants to needless and endless wars.
2. What Strongholds Do To People
a) They limit and prohibit men.
b) They restrict and confine men.
c) They reduce your sense and power of creativity, fruitfulness and productivity.
d) They hold you to ransom.
e) They keep you perpetually deprived and enslaved.
f) They deny you access to your inheritance and privileges.
g) Strongholds prevent you from becoming your best in life.
h) Strongholds prevent your children and better talented, skilled and qualified people from getting to certain positions in their offices, cities, states and nations.
F. THE RESULTS AND BENEFITS OF DAVID’S CONQUEST OF JERUSALEM
By defeating the Jebusites and capturing Jerusalem, the following three things happened through David and to Israel:
1. David made it possible for other kings and generations after him to rule in the city. He paved the way for them.
2. David fought the war his children should still be fighting; he made life easy for them forever.
3. David bequeath to Israel a befitting national capital. He left an eternal legacy.
There are certain battles we need to fight, rivers we need to cross, giants we need to conquer and lions we need to kill to make life easy for our children, their children, and their generations to come. The Jebusites must be trodden down as their name implies. We must not allow them to continue with the oppression. We must resist them and defeat them.
A Practical Testimony
A beloved friend of mine shared this fascinating story with me long ago about a lady who suddenly noticed she was having dreams and premonition of death. The pattern in her family was that people died at 35 years of age. No matter where the family members were located, they always died at 35 years. Nobody lived above age 35 in that family. Therefore, when this lady began to approach the age 35, she began to have fears and dreams of death. She went from place to place for spiritual help, praying and fasting until she got to a pastor friend of mine. Having narrated her ordeal and family history of premature death, my friend declared a three days fast with her to seek the face of God on what to do about the situation. He then instructed the sister to visit her village to inquire about the reason behind the repeated premature deaths in the family.
When she arrived at the village, she was fortunate to find the only elderly man remaining in their extended royal family. The man was almost 100 years of age. She narrated her plight to the elderly man and pleaded with him to tell her what he knew about the premature death raging in their family. Then the old man began to narrate to her what he knew about the family. He said, “This is a royal family and I was told that the first royalty in our family line had many wives and he had this desire for new young women. In order for this royalty to accommodate a new wife, he would accuse any of the older wives of witchcraft. Once the villagers hear of such accusation, they would execute the suspected witch publicly. By the following day, the young men of the village would tie palm fronds around the hut of the accused woman. Then they packed her belongings and put a calabash on her head and stripped her almost naked and marched her to the evil forest where she would be butchered and killed. By the following week, the king would acquire a new wife. But there was this particular woman among the king’s wives that was about 35 years of age when she was accused of witchcraft by the king. She was almost the oldest among the king’s wives. But because she had a misunderstanding with the king, the king pronounced her a witch. When she was to be executed, she told the people of the community that she was not a witch as accused by the king. She said she was wrongly accused by the king and that because of the wickedness of the king and the villagers, nobody in that family will live beyond the age at which she dying a premature death.
She declared that no one in the king’s lineage will live beyond 35 years. She placed a curse on the entire lineage, and for over 200 years, nobody in that family lived above 35 years.” This was the information the lady needed to solve the mystery of death at 35 years in her family. When the lady was through with gathering that information, she went back to Lagos to give the report to my pastor friend who took her through repentance and spiritual warfare to break the curse of premature death over the family. The battle was fought and won decisively. As at the time of this writing, the lady in question was over 55 years. She fought the battle and won it. She did not pass it over to the next generation. She saved herself and the entire generation coming after her. She gave them liberty to live by confronting and defeating the Jebusites of her family.
May God supply you with the requisite grace and spiritual fire power to defeat every Jebusite spirit afflicting you and your family members in Jesus mighty name.
SPECIAL PRAYERS TO WIN ANY UNFINISHED BATTLE
1. Father, I thank you for the trans-generational blessings you have ordained for me through father Abraham.
2. Father, I thank you also for the blood of Jesus that redeems me from every ungodly parentage and inheritance.
2. I therefore claim my new-birth parentage in Abraham through Christ Jesus; I declare that I am a blessed seed of Abraham.
3. I repent of the sins of my parents that opened the door for generational battles; I ask you Lord to forgive us and have mercy on us, in Jesus name.
4. Let the consuming fire of God locate the virus of Terah in my father’s house, in Jesus name.
5. Father, I petition against every unfinished and transferred battle from my parents. Let the battles and the forces responsible for them depart from me right now, in Jesus name.
6. By the blood of Jesus, I reject and renounce all satanic transfers and handovers from my parents.
7. You present battle of my life you shall not be transferred to any of my children; as the Lord lives, as my soul lives, my children will not fight this battle in the name of Jesus.
8. I command every unfinished parental battle to terminate in my life, in Jesus name. I decree that these battles will not be transferred to my own children, in Jesus name.
9. By the blood of Jesus, I release myself from the powers of my parent’s spiritual failures.
10. Like Solomon, I shall enjoy rest; my life shall not be characterized by endless battles, in Jesus name.
11. David fought battles throughout his life, but Solomon had rest. I decree that I shall enjoy rest because Jesus Christ fought my battles on the cross.
12. Therefore, I apply the victory of Christ to every battle situation of my life.
13. Let the power of evil covenants and curses be nullified by the blood of Jesus.
14. I command the altars contending with my life to break into pieces and catch fire, in Jesus name.
15. I decree that my life shall not be used to settle any generational debt to Satan. I use the blood of Jesus to cancel every speaking of evil generational debt, in Jesus name.
16. I decree that the powers that stopped my parents will not be able to stop me, in Jesus name.
17. I receive power to prosper and succeed far beyond my ancestors, in Jesus name.
18. Father, help me to cross the barriers my ancestors could not cross. Use me to set new records of success in my generation, in Jesus name.
19. I command you Jebusites occupying my inheritance to be evicted by fire in the name of Jesus.
20. Because I am born of God, I shall overcome the world and every battle in it, in Jesus name.
21. By the blood of Jesus, I blot out every evil family record that may be speaking against me.
22. Like Joseph, I receive the anointing to terminate generational battles.
23. Like Jephtha, I receive the grace to rewrite my family history positively.
24. Like David, Lord use me to kill the Goliath my seniors could not kill.
25. Father, empower me to defeat the forces that defeated my parents.
26. Lord, give me power to win the battles my parents could not win and to possess the blessings they could not possess.
27. Because I am a seed of Abraham, I shall always possess the gates of my enemies, in Jesus name.
28. Let the anointing of prevailing prayer fall on me now, in Jesus name.
29. I receive power to travail in prayer until I win this battle, in Jesus name.
30. I thank you Father for giving me victory over every unfinished battle of my life.
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