Seven Ways to Resist the Devil
Accountability of shepherds
Faithful shepherds who, under the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ, fulfill their mission, are addressed in the opening verses of this chapter. Explicit requirements are set forth for leaders and for their accountability to God for their flock..
Submission to authority
Submitting under the hand of God (v. 3) has to do how we regard authority which determines what kind of servants of Christ we become. The essence of servanthood is predicated upon an understanding of the concept of authority. You never become a good servant of Jesus unless you learn how to relate not only to Him as your Lord, and to Father God as Creator, but to the ways in which the Father and His Son Jesus administrate their authority toward us and how we respond to circumstances.Have you been going through unusual pressure, a challenge to your faith, or a test in your soul? We are a part of something taking place on a much larger scale, not only of God’s purposes in us, but as a result of the adversary’s attack and efforts to oppress hope.
The ferocity of lion-like times
In verse 8, the text refers to a “lion” as the stealth and brutality with which people are crept upon and then suddenly taken. In Revelation 12, the Bible describes the last times when there will come an intensity of the works of darkness. The Bible says prophetically that the adversary shall seek to wear out the saints (Daniel 7:24). All of us have been subjected to the soul-wearying barrage. We are told two things:
Cast your care upon the Lord because He cares for you (v. 7) and
Resist the devil, being steadfast in the faith (v. 9).
Resisting the devil is not something you do mildly. We cannot approach the battle casually, but what gains the victory isn’t human energy, the tone of our voice or the dynamism with which a prayer is prayed. Our resistance is to be assertive, but it is the appeal for the divine power of God to enter into that situation that brings the victory. There is a stance of the soul in which you go to battle. The only way you resist the adversary is to gird up and mount an attack.
Seven ways to resist the devil
Here are seven practical things a believer can do that will yield victory when following the Biblical directive to “resist the devil.” This is not an exhaustive list, but seven useful means of spiritual warfare with appropriate biblical reference.
- The Power of Repentance (Matthew 4:17)
- The Heart of Forgiveness (Matthew 6:12)
- The Spirit of Praise (Psalm 149:6-9)
- The Cross (Colossi ans 2:14-15)
- The Triumph of His Name (Philippians 2:9-11)
- The River of the Spirit (John 7:37-38)
- The Song of the Lord (Psalm 32:7)
1. The Power of Repentance
(Matthew 4:17)Trial, difficulty or pressure has a way of making us take a fresh inventory of where we aren’t, as well as where we are. Repentance has to do with your personal response to that. The problem is that most of us tend to feel condemned or disqualified by it. To whatever degree your point of failure may be true, God never surfaces violation, failure or neglect to your understanding either to condemn or disqualify. He does so in order that you might repent, confess, have it cleared, and then move with the boldness of a son or daughter of God. But you do need to deal with it.
We are not only all sinners who need salvation, but all of us sin and need forgiveness. It’s amazing the number of things we do that we don’t even notice. They aren’t calculated or rebellious disobedience; just things of neglect or things we let creep in. When Jesus says “Repent,” He says, for the kingdom—the rule, the order, the power, the sovereign might—of God is at hand. It’s right there, ready to move in on your behalf. So repent because the kingdom’s here right now, and waiting for you. That’s the power of repentance—instant kingdom.
2. The Heart of Forgiveness
(Matthew 6:12) Midway in the Lord’s prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray these words: As I have been forgiven, I will be a forgiver. The power of forgiveness is that it allows for the flow of the Lord’s life to come to us.
The issue of forgiveness is essential if we are going to successfully resist the devil. It is tragic when a baby dies in the womb because its umbilical cord becomes knotted. As children of the Lord, we linked with Him by a cord of grace He’s shown toward us. When we allow ourselves to have unforgiving attitudes toward other people, that cord becomes tangled, restricting the flow of His life toward us.
God does not grant us the license to sit in judgment, even as justified as we may be in our perspective. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). You and I would not have any hope if Jesus had insisted on God’s rights. Jesus bore God’s rightful judgment of us so that we could go free. Jesus says that once you see that grace shown toward you, then you are to bring to Him the ungraciousness, unkindness, or neglect by others. Your rights are to be left at Calvary.
Just as repentance makes the way for kingdom power, forgiveness makes room for the flow of grace and life into our circumstances.
3. The Spirit of Praise
(Psalm 149:6-9) This psalm describes the assault force of God’s people who go with praises and the Word of God. It uses graphic terms of binding up the adversary, chaining him where he sought to chain you.
A frontal attack of praise is awesome in its ability to break in on the adversary. If we could see it in the physical realm, there is no question you would see an adversary that is sent away slashed and bloodied. Nothing so affronts the adversary as the exaltation of the Living God. Praise is not just a superficial expression of exuberance. On the lips of a person under attack by the adversary, praise becomes a weapon of retaliation and assault.
The grounds for our praise are what God has promised and what He has done—what has been accomplished on the Cross.
4. The Cross
All victory is on the basis of the Cross. The mouth of the empty tomb shoutsforth the validity of the Cross. If the Cross had not accomplished the breaking of the powers of sin and Satan, the grave would still be sealed.
Colossians 2:14-15 says that in Christ’s Cross, two things were accomplished:
- The blotting out of all record against us for our sins because He bore them for us; and
- He made an open show, or a “spectacle” of the devil. Literally the picture is of an ancient monarch who has gained victory over an adversary, and parades the conquered king through the streets in humiliation and embarrassment.
If through the Cross the powers of hell were broken, how is it that hell seems to succeed so effectively now? That’s because:
- God has sustained this era of grace to extend the possibility of salvation to the multitude He’s gathering to Himself, notwithstanding the ferocious works of hell that are still allowed.
- Hell only is able to perpetrate its program where it is not resisted.
What if you’ve resisted the devil and didn’t get instant victory? The process of resisting the devil (James 4:7) does not always accomplish the victory by the simple moment of assertion. The way that the adversary lays siege to the soul is often the way ancient conquerors would encircle city kingdoms and then seek to cut off their supply by ensconcing themselves against that city. Sometimes it takes time for sufficient resistance to break the attack.
We all prefer seeing the instant scattering of the works of darkness. But when it doesn’t happen that way, it’s not a matter of God being on your case, but of Him bringing us along the way of learning the process. The “muscle tone” of our faith grows under those kinds of circumstances, and we learn the wisdom of God’s time even in, through, and beyond it.
Inevitably you will see the breakthrough of grace, just as surely as night passes and the dawn comes, and then high noon. But there needs to be resistance in order for that to be realized.
Praise the Lord on the grounds of the Cross, declaring the blood of Jesus, taking that as your mantle of covering. Partake of the Lord’s table in your home from time to time. To be “under the blood” means to come under the covering of authority of what was accomplished at Calvary. It is the instrument by which the powers of hell were broken, and so we declare the victory through the Cross.
5. The Triumph of His Name
(Philippians 2:9-11) Embodied in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of the Living God, is not only the character of God, but the conquering power of God. The Bible says in this passage of Scripture that because of His triumph, God has given Him a name above every name, an authority and dominion above every other power.
Put the name of Jesus on your lips. The adversary must yield to the power of the name of Jesus which has been entrusted to us (Acts 3:6). Resist through the use of His name.
6. The River of the Spirit
(John 7:37-39) At the great feast of tabernacles commemorating the ancient time when water broke forth in the wilderness and the miracle of God’s deliverance from Egypt took place, Jesus stood and shouted out these words: He that believes on Me, out of his inner being will flow rivers of living water. Then John explains He is speaking about the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, who spoke those words just months before His crucifixion, rose from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father on high, and at Pentecost, poured out His Spirit as prophesied, so the river was opened within every one.
The Lord birthed His church with the flow of a river that included a language of communication that Paul, in his epistle to the Corinthians said, He that speaks in an unknown language is speaking to God.
There is an unrestricted flow of communication with an edifying value that bursts forth in the spiritual language. More than anything else, it is a language of praise. When you pray in the Spirit, you let the river gush forth, opening up streams into the desert of your circumstance.
7. The Song of the Lord
(Psalm 32:7) However dark it is, however binding and pressing the circumstance, the Lord wants to give a song, beyond whatever it is that seeks to stifle your joy. The song of the Lord introduces a divine power that is unexplainable except that the Bible enjoins us from every facet. Singing brings:
- Understanding(Colossians 3:16);
- Fullness of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-19);
- Release where you face darkness and imprisonment (Acts 15:25-26)
The song of the Lord can be sung with songs you know, or it can be songs that you make yourself. If you’re a monotone, the song of the Lord was made for you. You don’t have to have a good voice or be on anything but one note. The song of the Lord is a key means of resisting the devil.
Resist the devil. You’ve got seven ways to do it.
Spiritual Warfare Prayer's
Bind the Enemy from Interfering
Heavenly Father, we come before You, trusting in Christ's payment for us and we ask that You would bind and gag all evil spirits and forces of darkness in, near and around us, so that they may not interfere with us now. We acknowledge that You are the Ruler "Far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come." You have told us, in Your faithfulness, "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." We claim our position with You, through Your Grace and ask that as it is written, so it be done. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ we ask and in faith we receive. Amen.
Breaking Curses, Spells and Incantations
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You as Your child, born again, redeemed and washed in the blood of Jesus. I declare that You, Jesus, have redeemed me from the curse of the law having become a curse for me. I proclaim that I am a partaker of the inheritance of the saints of God. I give thanks unto You, Father, for delivering me from all the powers of darkness and translating me into the kingdom of your dear Son.
As one who is covered with the blood of Jesus, I here and now reject and disown all the sins, pacts, dedications, curses and occult selections of my ancestors or any relatives, specifically (name of person(s) responsible for the curse, if known), which has been passed on to me intentionally or unintentionally. In Jesus' name, Father, I ask to be redeemed and cleansed from all evil curses, incantations, dedications, spells, pacts and familiar spirits passed on to me from my parents, grandparents, great grandparents, ancestors, relatives or any other person, specifically (name of person(s) responsible, if known).
I now appropriate in my life, Jesus' work on the cross to free me from all curses. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I now rebuke, break and loose myself and all my children or children to be, from all evil curses, charms, vexes, hexes, spells, incantations, jinxes, psychic powers, bewitchments, pacts, dedications or sorcery, that have been put on me or my family line or by any other person or persons, (person's name if known), or from any occult, cultic, satanic or psychic source. I declare that all these curses, dedications or pacts are null and void, in Jesus'name. I reject every way in which Satan may claim ownership of me and I command all these connected and related spirits to leave me now and never return, in Jesus' name. I declare that I am totally committed and completely signed over to my Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Breaking Satanic Dedication and Covenants
I renounce ever signing my name over to satan or having my name signed over to satan. I announce that my name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life. I renounce any ceremony where I may have been wed to satan, and I announce that I am the Bride of Christ. I renounce all satanic assignments, covenants, pacts and dedications that I made with Satan, or that were made for me. I announce that I am a partaker of the new covenant with Christ.
I reject and renounce all curses and assignments made for me or by me for the service of satan. (Stop here and renounce any specific pacts remembered.) I trust only in the shed Blood of my Lord, Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on the cross. I look to the Holy Spirit for guidance. I renounce all guardians and surrogate parents assigned to me by satanists. I renounce all baptisms, rituals or teachings by satanists. I announce that I have been baptized into Christ Jesus and my identity is now in Christ. I renounce and reject all demons and familiar spirits attached to any part of me, by satanists. I reject all spirit guides assigned to me.
I announce that God is my Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit is my guardian. By this, I am sealed until the day of my redemption. I accept only God's assignment for me. In Jesus name. Amen.
Father, we come to You, covered in the Name and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that You are the ruler far above all principalities, mights, powers and dominions. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ we ask that You would break all assignments, spells, curses, incantations, vows and other forms of harm set against (me, us, name of system or insiders affected) by (name or entity if you know it..)
In Jesus' Name we ask that You would cancel any such assignment and prevent all influences by forces of darkness. All evil spirits and forces of darkness allowed access through this assignment, we renounce you and all your works and all your ways in the Name of Jesus. I am a child of God and you are trespassers here. In Jesus' Name you are commanded to depart, never to return.
Father, we ask that You fill us with Your presence and bring light fully, setting darkness under Your feet. Thank You, in Jesus' Name we ask, in faith we do receive, Amen.
Cleansing Occult Participation
Dear Heavenly Father, I have confessed all these occult sins of seeking from satan, the help that should come only from You. I repent of all these sins of occultism, idolatry and any oath I may have made to any false gods and ask to be forgiven. I repent for seeking aid, knowledge, power or comfort from the kingdom of darkness. I repent and renounce those occult sins and idolatry that I cannot remember. I close all doors or openings in my life to all occult and psychic. practices and spirits of darkness. I ask You, Heavenly Father, to seal them with the precious shed Blood of Jesus Christ, never to be opened again. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Confession & Deliverance From Specific Occult Sins
Dear Heavenly Father, I come before You and renounce all sinful, occult practices and idolatry of seeking information, knowledge, healing, comfort, identity or power from any occult, psychic or secret source.
I renounce ever reading books about the black arts, parapsychology, magic, satanic rituals, including the satanic Bible, books on false religions, and other satanic books and writings.
I renounce all sins of divination, including: palm reading, fortune telling, tarot card reading, tea leaf reading, the crystal ball or crystal gazing, candle gazing, Ouija Board, ESP, telepathy, horoscopes, automatic hand writing or spirit writing, astrology, water divining, the rod and pendulum.
I renounce trance channeling, consulting familiar spirits, clairvoyance, communication with the dead, séances, consulting counselors from the spirit realm, consulting wizards, ascended masters, spirit guides, wise masters, fortune tellers, witches, shamans, mediums or spiritists.
I renounce all demonic, occult or psychic healing practices, including pow-wow healing, charming to heal, pendulum healing, magic healing, psychic healing, magnetism or Mesmerism.
I renounce all use of occult power, casting spells or witchcraft, voodoo, black and white magic, santeria and other forms of local witchcraft.
I renounce magical or occult hypnosis, metaphysics or mind science, yoga, transcendental meditation, sorcery, astral projection and soul travel, table lifting or levitation, using pyramid power, mind control or mind manipulation, amulets and charms, powercrystals and religious medals. I renounce heavy metal music, satanic rock and black rock, watching occult movies and all demonic role-play games, such as Dungeons and Dragons.
I renounce all secret oaths to pagan gods as part of initiation ceremony into organization, fraternities, sororities and other organization, which practice these ceremonies.
I renounce being involved in or in contact with secret lodges or societies such as Freemasonry and their organizations, the Eastern Star, Rosicrucians, Edgar Cayce's teachings and readings, Erhard Seminars Training (EST), Scientology, Eastern mysticism, Spiritism, Christian Science, Jehovah's Witness, Mormonism, Unitarians, The Way, Unification Church, Armstrongism, Worldwide Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God, the New Age and its practices or any religion or organization of an occult nature.
I renounce and repent of ever taking part in any of these practices or organizations. I ask You Father, to forgive and restore me, in Jesus' name. Amen.
Confession of Faith and Position in Christ
Dear Heavenly Father, I acknowledge there is only one true and living God who exists as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I recognize Christ Jesus as the Son of the Living God, the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us.
Jesus, you are worthy to receive glory, honor and power for Youhave created all things and in You, all things have their being. Father God, You have proved Your love for me by sending your Son to die for me. When I accepted You, Jesus, as my Savior, I was saved by Your grace. This was a gift from You and not the results of any works on my part. I acknowledge that all my sins are forgiven in Christ. All charges that were against me were nailed to the cross and canceled; therefore, the devil has nothing with which to accuse me. You redeemed me from the kingdom of darkness, translating me to Your kingdom. Now I am made right with God. With You, Lord Jesus, I can do all things. When I was saved, your Holy Spirit came to live within me. I am conformed to the image of Your Son.
Jesus, You came to set the captives free, those bound by sin, psychic or occult powers. I declare that it is God's truths that will set me free. Jesus, You have all authority in heaven and on earth. You have conquered and disarmed all evil principalities and powers. You made a public spectacle of them, triumphing overthem by the cross. Now I am seated with You in heavenly places. Jesus, You have authority over satan and all his demons and they are subject to You. I stand strong in You, Lord Jesus, and resist satan and all his evil schemes. Jesus, I am covered and protected by Your precious Blood. Your spiritual weapons are mighty to tear down all strongholds of the enemy in my life. Jesus, bind and rebuke all evil spirits and powers of darkness that would seek to interfere with this time of ministry. I renounce all counterfeit gifts and works of satan in my life. I take my position in Christ and declare that You, Jesus, are my Lord and my God. I look only to You, Jesus, as my deliverer and healer. You know all my special needs and concerns. I claim Your word which says, "All who call upon the name of the Lord shall be set free." I call on You now, Lord Jesus Christ, to set me free. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Creating a Safe Place
Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that You are the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and that all we have is a gift from You. We ask now, in accordance with Your will for us, that you create for us(or whoever its for) a place of light and safety, so that they may come and fellowship with You, as Your children, in peace and truth. We ask you Lord Jesus, that You would be present in it and protect us (or them). May this place of safety be used to draw others within, to You. " 'For I,' says the Lord, 'will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst' ". We ask that You would set angels from Your heavenly host to guard and protect it and us, according to Your Word, which says "For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." Thank You for Your promises and presence, Father, for in Jesus' Name we ask, according to Your Word, and in faith we receive. Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for Your love and kindness toward me. It is Your kindness that has led me to repentance, turning from all my sins and turning to you.
I admit that I have not been kind, patient and loving to others when they have offended me. I have allowed bitterness and resentment to grow in me, separating me from others and You, Father. At times, I have forgotten this unforgiveness in my heart. This unforgiveness festers deep within me, at times beyond my conscious reach. This affects every aspect of my life and gives the enemy a right to torment me as stated in Matthew 18. I confess that this unforgiveness and bitterness is affecting my life and relationships today. Because of these past hurts, I acknowledge the inability to love or trust others.
I understand that forgiveness is not an emotion but an act of my will. I now choose to exercise my will to forgive others as You, Father, have forgiven me. Father, I know that You are asearcher of the heart. I ask You to search my heart. Reveal to me any hidden and secret unforgiveness or bitterness toward others that have hurt or offended me. I choose not to be ruled by a spirit of bitterness. I choose to forgive and have a spirit of peace and love in my heart. I repent, forgive and release these people right now.
I ask you, Heavenly Father, to forgive me and restore me as I forgive those who have offended me. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would bring everything to our remembrance. Dear Holy Spirit, I am asking You to bring to my remembrance anyone I have to forgive and I will forgive them in Jesus' name. Amen.
Removing Blocks & Illusions
Lord Jesus, in obedience to Your Word, which instructs us to stand firm and resist the devil, we ask You to reveal to us all structures and entities in this place that are not grounded in truth. Shine Your light into the darkness here and make clear to us all illusions or false images created by the enemy or by our own minds, Lord Jesus, and remove them. According to Your will, lead us into all truth and protect our mind from deception, so that we may serve You in all honesty, to Your glory. In Your Name Lord Jesus, the Name above all names, we ask these things and we receive them in faith. Amen.
We sometimes use this prayer for those inside who come to the Light. With any renunciation prayer, it's important that it's spoken out loud so that the enemy hears it, as well as Jesus. While reading it, dark ones around you may get angry and try to upset you. They may try to distract you, but it's important that you keep focused, don't skip any words and keep going till you reach the end.
Dear Lord Jesus, I am coming to You to ask for Your help. You are the only all-powerful and ever-present God. You are the head over all rule and authority and I know you came to set me free. Please protect me and guide me as I speak this prayer.
Lord Jesus, I believe You are the only Son of God. I accept your death on the cross as full payment to God the Father, for all my sins. I give my life, my self and my body to You, Lord Jesus. Please come into my heart, fill me with Your Holy Spirit and lead me into all truth.
Because I have believed and confessed Jesus Christ as my Lord, I know that I am now a child of God, seated with Christ in the Heavenlies. In the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, I order Satan and all evil spirits to release me and remain silent in my mind.
Lord Jesus, you Word states in 1 John 5:16 that"If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death." In accordance with this, I ask You to accept my confession not only for me, but on behalf of my alters as well.
Lord Jesus, I ask You to guard my heart and mind and to revealto me any and all involvement I have had, either knowingly or unknowingly with cultic or occultic practices, false religions, and false teachers. (Make a list of any that come to your mind). I confess any satanic or occultic rituals I participated in, as well as those done by others on my behalf, including: (mention specifically those on your list). Having confessed these things, I ask You to forgive me, Jesus.
Lord Jesus, I ask You to guard my heart and mind at to reveal to me any times when my body has been used, with or without my permission, as an instrument of unrighteousness. (Make a list of any that come to your mind). I confess that my body was used as an instrument as unrighteousness and recognise such uses as sin. I renounce these acts (mention those on your list) and ask You, Lord Jesus to break all ties created through them, and all bondages satan has brought into my life by them. I now presentmy body to You, Jesus, as a living sacrifice, holy and blameless to You, and I thank You for cleansing and forgiving me.
I reject and disown all the sins of my ancestors. As one who has been delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of Christ Jesus, I cancel all demonic working that has been passed on to me from my ancestors. I renounce all satanic assignments directed towards me and I cancel every curse that satan and his angels have put on me. I reject any and every way in which satan or his demons may claim ownership of me. I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ who purchased me with His own blood. I reject all other blood sacrifices and I announce that I am eternally and completely signed over to the Lord Jesus Christ and committed to do His will from this day foward.
In the Name of Jesus Christ, I renounce every one of the above sins and any sins like them. I turn away from them all and will do them no more. I totally renounce any past or present associationwith satan, his angels or his works. I renounce any satanic rituals I may have said. I renounce all sexual immorality, all demonic assignments, all occult practices, satanism, and any master other than the Lord Jesus Christ. I renounce all pre-marital sex and all alcohol and drug abuse. I renounce any unforgiveness or bitterness I may hold against anyone. I renounce every sin that is against a Holy God and against His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, I thank You that You have completely forgiven me. I acknowledge that the Lord Jesus took all my guilt and punishment for me, on the Cross and there is therefore no condemnation for me. I again cover myself in the blood of Christ, as my protection and ask You Jesus to fill me with Your Holy Spirit, lead me into all truth and empower me to live above sin. I commit myself to the renewing of my mind in order to prove that Your will is good, perfect and acceptable for me. All this I do in the Name and Authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, Your word tells me in 1 Samuel 15:23, that rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft or divination, and thatstubbornness is like the sin of idolatry. At times, I have sinned against You, Heavenly Father. I sinned by going my own way and doing what I wanted to do. These actions have opened the door for the enemy to have an entrance into my life, to harass and attack me. I now confess this rebellious spirit and humbly repent. I want peace and joy in my heart. Father, I choose to have a humble and obedient spirit. I reject satan and all his works in my life and body. I ask You, dear Holy Spirit, to reveal to me any areas satan has gained access to or any hidden rebellion in my heart. I do not want to give satan any legal right to harass or torment me. I here and now choose to have a humble spirit and a servant's heart. In this time of ministry, by Your grace, I will accomplish whatever You have called me to do. I choose to walk in the light and I reject all rebellion. I CANCEL all rights the enemy claims concerning me. I claim the cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus over every area of my life and mind, in Jesus' name. Amen.
Repent of Lust & Willful Sin
Dear Heavenly Father, You have told me in Romans 13:14 to put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. I acknowledge that I have given in to the temptation to gratify the desires of my flesh. I understand that lust is saying, "I must have this at once." Much of this battle is in my mind and thought life. Because of my loneliness and inner pain at times, I have entertained lustful fantasies in my mind and thoughts. This only increased the desire to gratify my flesh. I ask You, Father, reveal to me any ways in which I have broken Your moral law and grieved the Holy Spirit.
Father, I am truly sorry. I acknowledge that all my sins are forgiven in Christ. I claim the blood of Jesus over me as my protection. I come before your presence to acknowledge these sins that I might be freed from the bondage of sin. I now confess these sins to You and claim through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ my forgiveness and cleansing. I repent and cancel all access to my life that evil spirits have gained through my willful involvement in sin. I claim the blood of Jesus over me as my protection and command them to leave me now in Jesus' name. I choose to walk by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen.
Repent of Proud Spirit
Dear Heavenly Father, Your word says that a proud and arrogant attitude goes before stumbling. I know that You hate a proud or arrogant spirit. I want to please You, Father. I do not want to stumble or bring trouble on myself and others. I know at times, in action and attitude, I have had a proud spirit. Because of my woundedness, I believed I knew what was best for me. In the past, I tried to run my life by my own power and resources. I have looked to my own intellect, ability and strength to solve my problems. Jesus, I have not denied myself, picked up my cross daily and followed You. Your word tells me that it is not by might, nor by power, but by Your Spirit that the victory comes. I haveopened the door and given satan a place in my life because of this spirit of pride.
I now repent of this pride. I also renounce this effort to be self-sufficient and not trusting or coming to You, Heavenly Father. I now come to You, humbling myself, and put my trust in Your mercy and love. It is Your kindness that has led me to repentance. I now CANCEL all ground or openings to Satan in my life. I PROCLAIM that I am covered with the blood of Jesus. I PROCLAIM that you, Satan, have no part in me or power over me. I am a child of God and the Holy Spirit is living within me. I hereby affirm my dependence on You, Father and the work of Your Holy Spirit. I ask You, dear Holy Spirit, for Your guidance, wisdom and power to renew my mind and walk according to the Spirit. I ask for Your grace to help me abide in Jesus and live a life pleasing to You. In Jesus name. Amen.
Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and praise before You. I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection during this time of prayer. I surrender myself completely and unreservedly in every area of my life to Yourself. I do take a stand against all the workings of Satan that would hinder me in this time of prayer, and I address myself only to the true andliving God and refuse any involvement of Satan in my prayer.
Satan, I command you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to leave my presence with all your demons, and I bring the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ between us.
Heavenly Father, I worship You and I give You praise. I recognise that You are worthy to receive all glory and honour and praise. I renew my allegiance to You and pray that the blessed Holy Spirit would enable me during this time of prayer. I am thankful, Heavenly Father, that You have loved me from past eternity, that You sent the Lord Jesus Christ into this world to die as my subsitute that I would be redeemed. I am thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ came as my representative, and that through Him You have completely forgiven me; You have given me eternal life; You have given me the perfect righteousness of the Lord JesusChrist so I am now justified. I am thankful that in Him You have made me complete, and that You have offered Yourself to me to be my strength.
Heavenly Father, come and open my eyes so that I might see how great You are and how complete Your provision is for this new day. I do, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, take my place with Christ in the heavenlies with all principalities and powers (powers of darkness and wicked spirits) under my feet. I am thankful that the victory the Lord Jesus Christ won for me on the cross and in His resurrection has been given to me and that I am seated with the Lord Jesus Christ; therefore, I declare that all principalities and powers and all wicked spirits are subject to me in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am thankful for the armour You have provided, and I put on the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of peace and the helmet of salvation. I lift up the shield of faith against all the fiery darts of the enemy, and take in my hand the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and use Your Word against all the forces of evil in my life; and I put on this armour and live and pray in complete dependence upon You, blessed Holy Spirit.
I am grateful, Heavenly Father, that the Lord Jesus Christ spoiled all principalities and powers and made a show of them openly and triumphed over them in Himself. I claim all that victory for my life today. I reject out of my life all the insinuations, the accusations, and the temptations of Satan. I affirm that the Word of God is true, and I choose to live today in the light of God's Work. I choose, heavenly Father, tho live in obedience to You and in fellowship with Yourself. Open my eyes and show me theareas of my life that would not please You. Work in my life that there be no ground to give Satan a foothold against me. She me any areas of weakness. Show me any area of my life that I must deal with so that I would please You. I do in every way today stand for You and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in my life.
By faith and in dependence upon You, I put off the old self and stand in all the victory of the crucifixion where the Lord Jesus Christ provided cleansing from the old nature. I put on the new self and stand in all the victory of the resurrection and the provision He has made for me to live above sin. Therefore, in this day, I put off the old nature with its selfishness, and I put on the new nature with its love. I put of the old nature with its fear and I put on the new nature with its courage. I put off the old nature with its weakness and I put on the new nature with its strength. I put off today the old nature with all its deceitful lusts and I put on the new nature with all its righteousness and purity.
I do in every way today stand into the victory of the ascension and the glorification of the Son of God where all principalities and powers were made subject to Him, and I claim my place in Christ victorious with Him over all the enemies of my soul. Blessed Holy Spirit, I pray that you would fill me. Come into my life, break down every idol and cast out every foe.
I am thankful, Heavenly Father, for the expression of Your will for my daily life as You have shown me in Your Word. I therefore claim all the will of God for today. I am thankful that You have blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I am thankful that You have begotten me unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I am thankful that You have made a provision so that today I can live filled with the Spirit of God with love and joy and self-control inmy life. And I recognize that this is Your will for me, and I therefore reject and resist all the endeavors of Satan and of his demons to rob me of the will of God. I hold up the shield of faith against all the accusations and against all the insinuations that Satan would put in my mind.
I do, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, completely surrender myself to You, Heavenly Father, as a living sacrifice. I choose not to be conformed to this world. I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, and I pray that You would show me Your will and enable me to walk in all the fullness of the will of God today.
I am thankful, Heavenly Father, that the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses, for destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and to bring every thought into obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore in my own life today I tear down the strongholds of Satan, and I smash the plans of Satan that have been formed against me. I tear down the strongholds of Satan against my mind and I choose to think my thoughts after You, blessed Holy Spirit. I affirm,heavenly Father, that You have not given me the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. I break and smash the stronghold of Satan formed against my emotions today, and I given my emotions to You. I smash the stronghold of Satan formed against my body today, and I give my body to You, recognizing that I am Your temple; and I rejoice in Your mercy and Your goodness.
Heavenly Father, I pray that You would renew me with your life; show me the way that Satan is hindering and tempting and lying and counterfeiting and distorting the truth in my life. Enable me to be the kind of person that would please You. Enable me to be aggressive in prayer. Enable me to be aggressive mentally and to think Your thoughts after You, and to give You Your rightful place in my life.
Again, I now cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and pray that You, blessed Holy Spirit, would bring all the work of the crucifixion, all the work of the resurrection, all thework of the glorification and all the work of Pentecost into my life today. I yield my life to You. I refuse to be discouraged. You are the God of all hope. You have proven Your power by resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead and I claim in every way Your victory over all satanic forces active in my life and I reject these forces; and I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, with thanksgiving. Amen.