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Daniel’s Words

The clearest picture we have of a satanic principality ruling over a nation is found in the ninth and tenth chapters of the book of Daniel. These chapter’s describe what happened after the Prophet Daniel set himself to fast and pray until he received revelation concerning the prophetic future of the nation of Israel (which was being held captive by the nation of Persia).

Daniel’s Season of Prayer & Fasting:

After twenty-one days of seeking the Lord, an angel approached Daniel and explained why it took so long for his prayers to be answered. The angel comes to respond to Daniel’s heart, “Fear not, Daniel; for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand… thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days; but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia” (Dan. 10:12-13).

  1. Notice, the angel was sent to answer Daniel’s prayer on the first day of his fast, but he was hindered in his journey by the prince of the kingdom of Persia.
  2. Notice also the mention of the word “prince” in this verse. Both times they are translated from the Hebrew “sar”, which means a chief ruler, leader or commander over an army.

Since the earthly ruler of Persia could not hinder an angel from completing his assignment, and the chief prince Michael is commonly known to be an angel of the highest order, the term “prince of Persia” must refer to the satanic ruler of the spiritual kingdom of darkness that operated over the physical nation of Persia.

Princes & Principalities:

There are principalities that rule in the realm of the spirit over cities, regions, nations and governments. Some of these spiritual powers are good, and some are evil. Revelation 12:7 tells us, “And there was a war in heaven (ouranos – the abode of God, also the spirit realm); Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (satan); and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not…” Angelic forces are doing battle in the heavenly realm even as you read this, fighting one another to gain control over the regions of the earth.

A messenger angel was dispatched to bring Daniel revelation from God concerning the prophetic future of the nation of Israel; but he did not possess enough power or authority to break through the forces of darkness that were controlling the spiritual regions above Persia. Michael is one of the chief princes of heaven. Everytime you find him mentioned in Scripture, he is doing battle with the spiritual forces of darkness. So, Michael was sent to engage the forces of darkness and to open up a highway for the lesser angel to pass through and deliver God’s message to Daniel. The last part of verse thirteen says, “…I remained there with the kings of Persia”, indicating that the messenger angel was restricted by the forces of darkness until Michael set him free, allowing him to resume his journey.

Then, after he delivered his message, the angel said, “…and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come” (Dan. 10:20). The angel had to fight his way back out of the earthly kingdom by doing battle, once again, with the satanic principality that ruled over Persia.

Daniel’s Words:

It’s important for us to realize that Daniel’s prayers were the catalyst that released the angelic forces of God to break the stronghold the prince of darkness had over the nation of Persia. Once the satanic principality was broken, the earthly kingdom of Persia was finished as a world power. History tells us that the kingdom of Greece rose to greatness in 334 B.C. and destroyed the Persian empire. The prince of Grecia, which refers to the satanic principality that governed over the Grecian Empire, empowered Alexander the Great and his armies to conquer much of the world.

Dominion Reality:

I have heard the critics speak negatively about the theology of dominions, but this story clearly indicates the power and authority that angelic principalities have over nations and regions of the earth. It also tells us the important role that our prayers have in releasing the forces of God to break the devil’s stronghold. The angel told Daniel, “… I am come for thy words”. In other words, Daniel’s prayers were the active agent that precipitated a change in the heavenly realm over Persia.

In Matthew 6:10, Jesus told us to pray, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (“ouranos” – the dwelling place of God, and the abode of angels). God’s will is not automatically worked in the earth or in your life; it must be prayed through. Today, I encourage you to begin to value your words in prayer. Don’t let them fall upon the ground without expecting something… see spiritually and engage your faith to believe that angels are ready to lift your needs into the sphere of God’s hearing.

Its possible that your neighbor, your city or an entire nation is counting on your words!

Resisting Unbelief

Unlocking the "Promise"

Unlocking the "Promise"

“Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land; those very men brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the Lord.” (Nu. 14:36-37)

We often believe partially… like having faith for breakfast, but stopping short of believing God to meet all of our needs.

Let’s look at what happened in the Bible. God had Moses lead the people out of Egypt. Then He said I’m giving you a Promised Land that flows with milk & honey. So Moses sent out spies to check out the land God promised them. Joshua and Caleb came back in agreement with God’s promise (the land is good). The other ten spies came back with a bad report, focusing on the giants in the land and doubting God. How you see… is more important than what you see!

Seeing & Believing:

I know how tempting it is to focus on the negative instead of believing what God has promised! You must actively allow God to shape your perception while you look at realities that seem contrary to the Word of God! Seeing and believing are two very different issues. The Bible says that the people believed the spies with the bad report and wanted to stone Joshua and Caleb. Imagine fighting to agree with lies… that is where doubts lead us. It is amazing to watch reason or “how we see”, bring people into complaining and away from belief in God and His Promises. Doubt requires no creative energy at all, in fact it is an open door for a spirit of unbelief. When we are struggling to trust God, we need to resist the spirit of unbelief, because it is stubborn and will lead us into deception and paralyze our vision. You must exercise your faith in God’s Word, if you want to see the “promise” in your promised land!

  • God is truth!
  • He is not a man who would lie.
  • In Him there is no darkness at all – He’s not even capable of telling a lie.
  • The devil is the father of all lies, he is the deceiver and thief.
  • God is good, and His plan for us is good.
  • God is faithful and will always make Himself available.
  • He will never leave us, nor forsake us.

Don’t Open the Door to a Plague!

Doubt is not something that God puts in us. The Bible says that God gives every man a “… measure of faith” (Rom. 12:3). God has placed faith in our heart, but the devil tries to negate our faith by attacking us with fear and doubt. Doubt comes in the form of thoughts that are in opposition to the Word of God. This is why it’s so important to know the Word, speak the Word and walk in the Word. If we know the Word, then we can recognize when the devil is lying to us. Realize that he lies in order to steal from you… he is after the “promise” of the Promise Land. He wants to undermine all that Jesus revealed to us in His life and purchased for us at the cross, through His death and resurrection.

Don’t let the devil rob you of your inheritance!

Encourage yourself in God’s Word and speak out loud who He is and what He has purposed for you. Give no room for the devil to deceive you. If you allow doubts to become a stronghold of unbelief in any area of your life, not only will you miss out on your “promised land”, you will end up living under a “plague”! The stubborn heart will make you feel as though you are dying in your personal wilderness. Fight the good fight of faith… and don’t entertain negative thoughts that contradict God’s Word. Take those thoughts captive and fight for fresh vision and promise (2 Cor 10:3-6)!

Faith opens the door to your spiritual inheritance! Remember the words of David, “no evil, no harm and no plague shall come near your dwelling” (Ps. 91:10), since faith comes by hearing, and hearing (breaks the spirit of unbelief) by the Word of God.

Resisting the Devil

Breakthrough & Freedom!

“Resist the devil and he will flee!”

We’ve all claimed the promise and expected the victory! But, getting the devil off your back can be a challenge sometimes. Either the devil isn’t fleeing or one demon is lined up right after the other to take the last one’s place! At least that’s what crosses my mind in seasons of heavy spiritual warfare. I’m resisting the devil all right, but it doesn’t seem like he’s paying any attention. How do I know? Well, he hasn’t budged… much less flee seven different ways (Deut. 28:7).

When Resisting Seems Futile:

In spite of resisting with all my might, sometimes the enemy continues fighting against me like he’s deaf or ignoring the power of the Name of Jesus. Yet I know God is not a man that He should lie (Num. 23:19). The Word is absolutely 100% true all the time, without fail. And God’s Word says every knee must bow to the Name of Jesus (Phil. 2:10). So what gives?

The Word is Reliable – I Need a Revelation!

When God’s Word does not seem to be working, this is what I know: It’s not God’s Word that’s not working! Usually, I am either missing some key revelation or carrying around a stronghold. Either way, I am in need of a revelation! With that in mind, let’s look at this “resist the devil” Scripture in context. Read carefully, you will hear what the Bible actually says:

“He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (Jms. 4:6-8)

This Scripture offers several clues to moving into deeper revelation and carrying a greater posture for warfare:

  1. First God resists the proud! We must recognize that resisting the devil begins with humble surrender to God! That word resist (Greek anthístēmi) means to “take a complete stand against” or a “contrary position” and refuse to be moved. Well, imagine what you would get with God resisting you? And we can’t take a complete stand against an enemy with whom we are standing in some measure of agreement. We must surrender to the King and break our agreement with the devil, if we want the King’s ruler-ship to effect our lives. In agreement, there is power; power to bind or loose, power to free or enslave… and we cannot measure the strength of our stance based upon the volume of our voice. We must find our strength in the power of God’s Word! We must fully submit to God! That’s why it’s a good idea to repent and glorify God before engaging the enemy.
  2. Second, the Name of Jesus is not a magic word! We cannot toss it around like it carries some kind of quick fix for all that ails us. True and lasting victory comes not only through faith in the Name of Jesus, but also intimate relationship with Him. The power in the Name of Jesus is released by a delegated authority that is nurtured in relationship. You cannot have a powerful faith in God, when you really do not know Him. When the pressure is on, you need to truly know His heartbeat. Our revelation of Jesus as warrior, and our submission to Him as King; play an enormous role in giving the devil his marching orders. You and I have been given delegated authority to advance the Kingdom of God in the Earth… but only under the covering of an intimate relationship. Jesus said many would come to Him saying lord, lord, doing amazing things; but He would not know them, because they practiced lawlessness (Mt. 7:21-23). A growing relationship with Christ is needed to be given authority against the devil… words are not enough!
  3. Third… New levels – more devils! Sometimes I really do think there is an onslaught of demons that come one after another. You command one to flee, and there’s another right there to take its place. Yet with more devils comes the need for more grace. What I have become sure of …is that if we worship God in the midst of the battle, He will war against our enemies! So while we must not back down or hesitate to go on the offensive against our enemies, I believe worshiping God generates the intimacy needed to pull upon God’s heart and send the devil packing.

Having done all to stand – Stand!

That’s the phrase from Ephesians 6:13-14 that always leaps off the page at me. At times you just have to keep standing, even when your flat on your back! There is grace… did you read that! There is more grace! And there really is more grace in Christ, than in your strength. There is all sufficiency and an abundance of grace, abounding toward you in Christ.

So, find your focus in Christ and you will see the enemies flee at your command! (Lk. 10:19)

Highlight Nairobi Ministry

Pastor Patrick Makokha Bwire (center of picture) is the founder and Senior Pastor of New Jerusalem Gospel Assembly, a multifaceted Ministry in Kawangware Slum Nairobi Kenya. He is an ordained pastor, anointed to serve and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His fellowship is filled with people who believe in the love of God and the demonstration of His power.

” And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:17-18)

Patrick was born in Busia District, Western Kenya as the first child of a poor family. Despite the many challenges of poverty, His hard working father was able to put him through both primary and high school while instilling the discipline necessary to excel in life. He was brought up by a God fearing grandmother after his mother passed away.

His salvation followed many years of involvement in Satanism. He prayed for deliverance, yet walked through many weeks of demonic attacks. In despair he committed himself to prayer and fasting, asking God to help him and deliver him from the oppression. He trusted in Christ and even at a young “spiritual age” the Lord began to speak to him. During a season of fasting he began to feel that he had seen enough and “the devil must go in Jesus name”. It was in this season that the Lord spoke to him directly through Psalms 144:1-2…

“Praise be to the LORD My Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is My Loving God and My Fortress, My Stronghold and My Deliverer, My Shield, in whom I take refuge…”

With this word in his heart, he knew that God would teach him how to overcome all the forces of the devil! As a result of God’s power and faithful training in spiritual warfare, deliverance and healing did come. Today he leads a young and vibrant apostolic ministry with a deep commitment to the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20). Thanks to his determination to serve the Lord, God’s power broke through – and He continues to manifest to this day. Truly God has a great destiny in store for this brother and his work in the Nairobi slums.

  • As a Teacher: To teach boldly the truth of God’s Word and preach liberty for the oppressed.
  • As an Evangelist: To bring souls into the Kingdom of God and also revival to the Nations.
  • As an Intercessor: To teach people how to pray for Kingdom Advancement through annual conferences entitled ‘The School of Prayer.’
  • As an Apostolic Leader: He has raised up a congregation and established an Orphan/Vulnerable Children’s Project for infected and affected children with HIV/Aids at the church. This ministry has a feeding program that is catering to children from Kawangware slum and the surrounding regions. Also the church has initiated a widows project for those living with HIV/Aids as Adults.

Recent Affiliation:

We are proud to highlight the work of our brothers and sisters in Nairobi, Kenya. New Jerusalem Gospel Assembly is making a difference and Pastor Patrick is moving forward in the face of all challenges. Through this ministry, God is reaching into the slums and bringing hope and deliverance to many families. They have connected with us here at RevivalHut Ministries to begin laying ground work for an Apostolic Training Program. Pastor Patrick has a passion to pioneer ministries that will disciple and train the next generation of spiritual leaders. Our hearts are blessed by his excitement and we ask for your prayers as we offer ourselves to the open doors we see before us.

God is up to something good!

A Strong Tower

 “From the ends of the earth I call to You, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.  For You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.” (Ps. 61:2-3)

“The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”  (Prov. 18:10)

Have you ever watched an old movie where a group of people were being pursued by an enemy? Just when it seems their destruction is sure they come upon a cave or stronghold where they take refuge. When the enemy arrives they are unable to penetrate the stronghold and those taking refuge are kept safe behind its walls.

Being Pursued: 

Many times David found himself being pursued by the enemy. When his heart grew faint from running he cried to his God for help. He called to the Rock who was higher and bigger than himself. He knew that God would be his refuge and strong tower. And God did not fail him. Time after time David found the Lord to be a faithful refuge. A place where he was kept safe from his enemies.

Run 2 God 4 Safety:

And this is what the Lord promises to all of us who run to Him for safety. He becomes the strong tower for all who call upon Him. When we find ourselves pursued by the enemy we can find safety and refuge behind the strong walls of the Lord. When our hearts grow faint, God will become our Rock of refuge. He will keep us safe from the enemy’s reach. If you are feeling pursued by the enemy today, then call upon the Lord. Run to Him now. He will not fail you. He will not allow the enemy to overtake you.

Safety is Assured:

He will become your strong tower and a Rock where you can find safety. How, you might ask… Through His Name! This is the most powerful reality of all… the Apostle Paul tells us that at the Name of Jesus every knee must bow and every tongue must confess that He is Lord! (Phil. 2:9-11) There just is no higher authority in the universe. The Apostle James tells us that when the enemy (Satan) comes, all we need to do is resist him and he will flee from us (Jms. 4:7).

So, let this be your reminder my friend – draw near to God and resist the devil and safety will be assured, because He is a Strong Tower of Refuge.