3 DAYS FASTING AND PRAYER FOR JULY 16TH, 17TH & 18TH 2021
3 DAYS FASTING AND PRAYER FOR JULY 16th, 17th & 18th 2021
THEME: "STRONGHOLDS ARE TUMBLING DOWN"
SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 10:4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…,”
Precious saints there is a spiritual battle for dominion and authority upon the earth at present and it is only heating up more each day. It is a battle between good and evil, right and wrong, and we are seeing a shift taking place within this hour from an international, national and local level. Never before have we seen, how the enemy is blatantly coming out more aggressively and openly. Isaiah the prophet spoke of these very days of pandemics, rumours of war, deceptions, and natural disasters etc according to:
Isaiah 60:1-3 “ Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Even though it is speaking more of the great tribulation to come, the antichrist who is still being restrained by the church that is empowered by the Holy Spirit according to Pauls 2nd letter to the Thessalonians. We as the remnant church that are preparing for the glorious rapture of the bride, can stand in the gap to see God’s kingdom come.
2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 “And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”
So essentially the stage and the culture is being set up right now precious saints, as you read this today the Antichrist is preparing to take his seat of authority at the appointed time. You only have to see the unrighteous and wickedness that is growing day by day.
We can see today, an increase of horrendous crimes such as Murder, Rape, Theft, Aggravated assault, abductions, ritual abuse, paedophile attacks, human trafficking and abuse that has skyrocketed. The courts are full, the prisons are overflowing more now than ever before, and this corruption starts from the very top. We have propaganda media and politicians telling us half-truths, and in some cases straight out lies.
You have even said to yourself on many occasions “what is going on in today’s day and age?” knowing that with the recent pandemic our freedom that we once took for granted, seem to be slowly taken away from us. A feeling that a new dispensation is about to start. Yes, and you would be right in thinking and sensing in the spirit this shift, as it is all just preparing the culture and stage for the antichrist to be revealed precious saints.
There is a ferocious battle for Righteousness within each nation across the face of the earth right now precious saints. For we have things in the natural for instance, laws are being passed every day that are an abomination to God and in many cases are there to silence us from speaking the truth. Truth has become an offence to many that hear, who have become void of it or indifferent to it.
Isaiah the prophet again spoke of what was to come according to: Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Paul also warned Timothy about the perilous times and perilous men that would come in the future: 2 Timothy 3:1-6 “ But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,”
The church of Jesus Christ is the beacon of light, but in some cases that light has faded out. The Church is an embassy representing heaven within each nation. Now I am not just talking about the established church in big buildings, but rather a church that has been called out from amongst this worlds system. For each born again Christian is an ambassador for Christ Jesus upon the earth precious saints.
For Paul confirms this in 2 Corinthians 5:20 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be you reconciled to God.”
We are in a spiritual battle today that requires a lot more grace precious saints, for we are moving into a new season, and this brings a new level of opposition. For the hordes of hell are being released upon the unrighteous with many being used to bring about the enemy’s agenda upon the face of the earth. Therefore, we need to make a stand in prayer like never before.
Matthew 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” What is happening around us requires us to stand more firmly in the Lord with the pressures around us and this world’s system.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…,”
See our faith in God's spoken word releases the power from heaven that binds (or ties up) the evil we are facing. Similarly, when we loose something on earth, we "permit and declare [it] proper and lawful on earth"
Matthew 16:19 “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.” So, everything that we loose, or bind must be in accordance with God's word.
There are so many things that we pray for, and we wait for God to respond when in fact God has already told us what to do. He has already given us the strategies against the enemy’s throne, altars and gates that we need in order to succeed in this spiritual warfare. God is not going to come to earth and do the things that He has already given the church the authority or ability to do precious saints. That is what binding and loosing is all about. Using the spiritual authority, we already have and carry out the work of the Kingdom.
We are up against a very well organised demonic army that has its own hierarchy and levels of satanic authority. These authorities can be set over empires, cultures, nations, and regions of the earth. They can be behind natural and supernatural government.
1. Satan (commander-in-chief) 2. Thrones 3. Dominions (lordships) 4. Principalities (rulerships, princes) 5. Powers (authorities) 6. Rulers Of Darkness of This World 7. Spiritual Wickedness (wicked spirits) In High Places (heavenly places)
Let us look a little further into this demonic hierarchy to understand a little more:
Territorial Spirits: Demonic powers that have been given controlling influence over specific sites, peoples and areas. The belief in such hierarchal arrangements is culturally widespread and often involves protective deities linked to homes, temples, clans, cities, valleys and nations.
Principalities And Powers: Demonic agents and structures that exert deceptive control over co-conspiratorial human political kingdoms and systems. A principality is defined as: A state ruled by a prince, usually a relatively small state or a state that falls within a larger state such as an empire. The position or authority of a prince or chief ruler; sovereignty; supreme power. So, a principality is actually not a fallen angel itself. A principality is the seat of authority or the region that the fallen angel has authority over. A prince rules over a principality. Daniel chapter ten makes it noticeably clear that fallen angels, and angels from God are both called princes:
“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.” (Daniel 10:13)
Powers: These are the sergeants that carry out the orders from the princes and pass down to lower ranking demons.
Rulers of Darkness of This World: Demonic forces involved in deceptive and destructive manipulation of natural elements and systems. Where are the rulers? In the heavenly places.
So yes, there are hinderances, but when we walk in the finished work of the cross we can overcome all adversaries. Whenever you reach a mountain top or about to breakthrough, Satan tries to stop you. But when the cross was lifted, the enemy was defeated precious saints. When He rose on the third day, that was a greater rising. Therefore, the Lord call you out from the valley of despondence and desires to place you on the heights. Just like the eagle that is unbeatable from higher altitude, the Lord is calling us to discern the times we are living and equip ourselves for the battle ahead.
So, you may be asking me then what about repentance revival that you always talk about. Well lets first look at what demonic Hindrances are to stop revival.
See principalities over cities, regions, and nations are hindering revival. These fallen angels promote dullness, darkness, and spiritual lethargy. The reason the church is not experiencing "open Heavens" is because of these angels. Principalities will not face their final judgment until after Jesus returns to the earth. However, they can be temporarily judged at times in this age. A fallen angel over a region or country may be bound for a time, if the courts of Heaven have so determined precious saints.
Imagine a powerful great revival started in Argentina in the mid 1900’s, because the principality was bound over the nation in prayer. People were suddenly open to the gospel. Pastors and evangelists were moving in remarkable miracles. People were rushing to meetings, crusades, and churches to be healed and to be saved. The nation went from being hardened to God, to being open to the gospel. It was like a light being switched on. Once the fallen angel was bound, the Heavens opened over Argentina and light shined all over the nation. Binding principalities is a major key to revival precious saints and God can also do great things through the remnant church that will cry out to Him in unity for revival.
In this 3 day fasting program we will tackle spiritual forces that are combatting our lifes and those around us, so I encourage you to put the full armour of God on as we go into war this weekend.
Please click onto the Link for more details of the program:
This month of July l we want to encourage all Christians on social media that want breakthrough and restoration to Fast & Pray along with us this month’s 3 day fast.
This is an event anybody can partake of anywhere around the world, in your home, church, friend’s house, in the village or in the city etc. The main purpose is to get people to repent and turn back to God. By using the same calendar day through fasting and prayer taken from 2 Chronicles 7:14, that it will build awareness of the need to pray for your local church. Though we are on different timeline I encourage you to just follow the dates for your respective countries.
Date: JULY 16th, 17th & 18th 2021
Fasting Days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Fasting Type: It is your choice what level you wish to fast, maybe you wish to do 3 days dry fast without water or food, maybe you wish to do 3 days with water fast? Or you could fast from food but drinking water or fluids partially. You are welcome to break the fast each evening and start again either after meal (6am-6pm) or you can go straight through as I said. The key is I want you to abstain from something to seek a closer walk with the Lord and see your spiritual breakthroughs. The key is to also follow the program that is designed to assist and be a guide to press into the Lord. You will find some helpful tips below also.
Fasting Teaching - https://youtu.be/DFWacd-8ShY
PRACTICAL TIPS FOR FASTING:
1. Avoid medical and even natural herbal drugs. However, if you are under medication, these should only be withdrawn upon the advice of your doctor.
2. Limit your physical activity and exercise. If you have a workout routine, adjust it accordingly.
3. Rest as much as you can if needed be.
4. Maintain an attitude of prayer throughout the day. Intercede for your family, pastors, church, nation, missionaries & world missions, etc.
5. Drink plenty of clean water if you are joining the water fast.
6. As your body adjusts, be prepared for temporary bouts of physical weakness as well as a greater likelihood of impatience, irritability, and anxiety.
FASTING BRINGS REVIVAL:
“. . . in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.” Daniel 9:2,3
Fasting helps us prevail in prayer and intercession. Daniel understood that Israel was headed for destruction. He also knew that in times like these, there is only one recourse—intercession through praying and fasting. Throughout human history, God has brought revival and delivered nations from destruction in response to prayer and fasting.
FASTING IS AN ACT OF HUMILITY AND CONSECRATION:
“. . . I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting . . .” Psalm 35:13
Humility results in the grace of God (James 4:6). When we humble ourselves in prayer, we have instant access to the heart of God. As we deny ourselves as an act of consecration, we are better able to exercise self-control over our emotions and desires.
SPIRITUAL CLEANSING & SPIRITUAL EYES OPENED:
Fasting can be done for one meal, one day, one month or for however long God leads. It depends on how the Holy Spirit speaks to us. Shorter fasts are easier to endure until we have built up our “spiritual muscles”. A three day fast is most beneficial as a spiritual cleansing. An example of this is Paul being thrust into his fast upon conversion. After the three days of cleansing, he received the Holy Spirit and his eyesight when Ananias laid hands on him (Acts 9:17-18). We also can be spiritually cleansed by fasting so that we receive more of the Lord’s Spirit and have our spiritual eyes opened to new dimensions. A three day fast is also especially helpful in breaking any addictive habits.
These then are two reasons for fasting: We receive spiritual cleansing and our spiritual eyes are opened, and we also obtain victory over the devil. When Jesus encountered Satan, He was able to overcome Him because His fasting had given Him spiritual strength. Isaiah 58:6 also gives us light on this purpose of fasting: “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?.” Many people believe that fasting is to move the hand of God, when in actually it is to make Satan turn loose of the things he is holding.
BREAKING STRONGHOLDS & BUILDING FAITH:
Fasting loose the bands of wickedness. When Jesus discussed the keys to the kingdom, He told us to bind and loose. When we fast, we loose the bands of wickedness, undo the heavy burdens, set the oppressed free, and break every yoke of the enemy. Fasting is an important key to getting the victory over hard situations that do not seem to respond to normal prayer.
Fasting builds our faith. In fact, this is what Jesus meant when he spoke to the disciples in Matthew 17:21 in answer to why they were not able to cast a demon out of a child. He said, “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” He was telling them if they wanted their faith to be at such a level as to be able to cast out demons, then they must fast and pray for their faith to increase.
Fasting also makes it easier for us to hear the voice of the Lord. We find an account of this in Acts 13:2 “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
While fasting, the Holy Spirit spoke to them and gave them direction. We too can be directed by the Lord if we seek Him through prayer and fasting.
When we deny our natural cravings, our spiritual antennas become more attuned. We become more sensitive to His voice as we divest ourselves of worldly distractions. We are better able to focus on God and submit to His will. This opens the door for more of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Fasting and mourning are closely associated in the Bible. Two examples of this are found in Ezra and Nehemiah.
Ezra 10:6: “Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away.”
Nehemiah 1:4: “And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven.”
From these Scriptures, we see that fasting and travail (a prayer burden from the Lord that brings crying and tears) were combined. Both of these men were fasting for the repentance of God’s people. How we need this same kind of intercession today. Here were men so burdened for the sins of their people that they fasted, travailed and prayed.
Day 1 – DESTROYING THRONES, GATES AND ALTARS
Friday, July 16th, 2021
Scripture Text: Psalm 11:4 “The Lord is in His holy temple, The Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.”
Revelation 2:13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells”
Precious saints we are in a spiritual battle and the battle appears to be over "thrones, altars and gates"(Authority). See the enemy has occupied thrones (seats) in cities, nations, and people's souls for thousands of years. Satan desires to be king and to sit on thrones that give him authority to occupy those places and peoples with his demonic agendas. He not only uses his demonic hierarchy according to Ephesians 6:12 principalities, powers etc to take their seats of power, but also uses human agents that serve him upon the earth.
That is why satan will place those he chooses within positions of power within all levels of governments, financial institutions, religious institutions, educational institutions, media outlets (Big Tech), commercial company and all levels of judges within the courts etc. Yes, satan has a very organised pyramid system with him being at the top and those below that serve him from the occult such as the Illumanati, freemasons, witchcraft, false prophets, shamanism, voodoo etc just to name a few.
Those that serve him do so at their own detriment and are deceived by his false promises. Now remember satan is the prince of this world and knows his time is short, so he will try to control as much as he can within all levels of society.
Now a throne is a symbol of legal authority over a kingdom. The Hebrew word for “throne” is kisse or kisseh, which translates an elevated seat occupied by a person in authority, whether a high priest, judge, military chief, or king. The word “throne” in Greek is the word thronos, which means a throne seat, a chair of state having a footstool.
So that is why it is equally important that we have Christians in all levels of society also to advance Gods’ kingdom upon the earth. Despite what the enemy is doing around us within this end times, God has already defeated the devil through what Jesus did at the cross. Remember the devil lives under our feet precious saints hallelujah! We also know that Christ's enemies will one day be made a footstool under His feet according to Hebrews chapter 10.
Hebrews 10:12-13 “But when this Priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time, He waits for His enemies to be made a footstool for His feet, 14because by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are sanctified.”
As you can see there is a throne of God and a throne of Satan. There are those that wish to represent the devil’s kingdoms upon the earth right now, and yes, some of them are sitting on demonic thrones all around us. However you must understand that satan is limited, as he can only be in one place at one time. Hence why he needs his wicked workers everywhere. He is paranoid of God moving through the saints and revival coming to the church of Jesus Christ. God is omnipresence and can be everywhere and is omnipotent being all powerful, so the devil is limited and that’s why he uses monitoring spirits and agents across this world to do his bidding.
There are those that are working in regional roles for satan to help in his agenda to weaken the nations according to Isaiah 14:12.
Isaiah 14:12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!”
We only have to see this being played out today with the level of wickedness being paraded before us in the open. The amount of corruption and passing of laws that are an abomination to God and purposed to weaken the nations, as the enemy knows that righteousness exalts a nation according to Proverbs 14:34.
Psalm 94:20 “Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, Have fellowship with You?”
So, wherever there is a throne, there is an altar. Where there is an altar, there is a gate. A throne is a symbol of legal authority. Thrones are set up at gates (2 Chronicles 18:9, Esther 5:1, Revelations 4:1-2). The enemy uses these gates to block our blessings and will use whatever legal right connected to evil altars needed to do so. Thrones stand over altars and gates and the one who sits upon the throne is the actual power behind the altar. So that is why we have prayers to deal with wrong foundations, generational curses and evil family altars etc. Because we have people that have been saved and trying to live a godly life, but they have setbacks that cannot be explained. See Jesus went to the cross to deal with the curse of sin and death, but He still requires us to move in that finished work and take up that authority by faith and exercise it over all demonic powers holding us back precious saints. To deal with any stronghold or wrong foundation, we have to destroy the demonic throne and the power that is working behind the altar with confessing God’s word, renouncing curses and spiritual warfare prayers.
In Amos 9:1, we see that there was an idolatrous altar in Bethel. According to Amos 9:1 “I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and He said: “Strike the doorposts, that the thresholds may shake, And break them on the heads of them all. I will slay the last of them with the sword. He who flees from them shall not get away, And he who escapes from them shall not be delivered.”
If we want to be free, we must destroy the idolatrous foundations, by putting our spiritual hands on it and burning the idol. We also must release ourselves from all generational curses through renouncing them where needed and destroy the family idols from our ancestry where needed. Every family altar must be dismantled through prayer and fasting. This is a must for us to see our breakthrough this weekend and rise above our circumstances.
Let us now quickly turn to see the Israelites in the book of Judges: Judges 6:1 “The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them over into the hand of Midian for 7 years.”
Unconfessed sin has consequences precious saints, and it was seven years until they truly repented until things started to turn around.
Judges 6:8 “When the people of Israel cried out to the LORD on account of the Midianites, the LORD sent a prophet to the people of Israel.”
It is interesting to note that WHEN the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, He sent a prophet to tell them what was wrong, and thereafter raised a deliverer for them in Gideon and his army of 300 men. How many of us are suffering under oppression, defeat and discouragement, setbacks, almost there and have spent years fighting and "binding" the devil, but the real "enemy" is closer home than we thought with evil altars and gates etc? Now if God allowed the Midianites to devour Israel's harvest, it was because they had legal right to do so and the people just allowed the enemy to come in. They even started worshipping Baal along with the Midianites and when we worship these false gods it gives satan a seat and throne over that area to dominate. Then the enemy will use fear to oppress the people and that is what the enemy produces well is fear. Does that sound familiar today with so much fear around the world today in the recent pandemic?
So, if you are reading this today precious saints, and you have been caught in a cycle of fear and defeat for any length of time or reason. Maybe the first step to take in breaking these thrones, gates and altars. Then allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart today and show you where you may be at conflict with God, to start with.
For He has promised whoever calls upon the Lord for Help, God would deliver us in our day of trouble. Just as He sent a word through the mouth of His prophets, showed them where they had gone wrong, stopped the mouth of the devourer and brought restoration when they repented. So, God can send forth this message so you can turn your situation around today, if we will but believe Hallelujah!
This is a prophetic word of God to you today, that your change has come and is here! If you will but align yourself to Him and align your heart to His word, and will for your life, He will manifest as your Deliverer and the Restorer of all the things has stolen from you precious saints! Yes you will be the very one to break the generational line of curses to see your family saved and set free hallelujah!
PRAYER FOCUS DAY 1:
Heavenly Father Let the earth shake and tremble and also the hills and their foundations, let them be moved and shaken because you are my God. For your word says in Psalm 18:15 let the channels of the wicked waters be seen and their foundations exposed at the blast of (Your) His nostrils. In Jesus mighty Name!
Oh Lord, I rebuke any evil foundations in my life and cast them back into the pit of hell in Jesus Mighty Name!
Lord any power of ignorance, holding me captive and preventing me from destroying my evil foundations, loose your hold on me now in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ! (Hosea 4:6)
I declare that I shall overcome by the blood of Jesus, every satanic foundation, and prisons binding me to the evil in my father’s house and which has stolen from me in one way or the other. I claim Revelation 12:11 for I shall surely testify to the goodness of God over my situation in Jesus Mighty Name!
I decree that you will expose every household enemy, break every evil foundation that has been resisting my promotion and breakthroughs in the mighty name of Jesus!
I strongly refuse to recognize the voice of the evil foundations speaking on my behalf, Let the l foundations propagating evil covenants in my life be bound, chained, paralysed, and destroyed in Jesus Mighty Name!
Every gate of the enemy anchoring bondage in my life be uprooted today by the holy spirit fire in the mighty name of Jesus!
Let the gate anchoring stubborn problems in my life be loosed from My foundations in the mighty name of Jesus!
Let all the unseen gates working any mischief in my life, be revealed, and uprooted by Holy Spirit Fire in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Let every gate hindering the entrance of the word of God within my life must now be removed in the mighty name of Jesus!
Today I uproot and throw out of my life the gates promoting hell in my life, the gates of unforgiveness, the gates of prayerlessness, bitterness, anger, malice, lying, stealing, poverty be removed in Jesus Mighty Name!
Oh Lord, I stand on the word of God today and command the demolition of all the satanic gates to both household wickedness and other forms of evil activities promoted by any evil foundation, altars and the gates be destroyed from my life in the mighty name of Jesus!
Pray that the remaining of 2021 will be for you a mountain conquering year, that in this year, God will cause you to walk upon your high places - in the places of honour, promotion, and elevation in the Mighty Name of Jesus.
Pray for (Rev Robert & Aida Clancy) and your church that God will supply exceeding, abundantly above all we could ask or think. Lord any spirit of sabotage that is coming against this ministry be exposed and cast back into the pit of hell in Jesus mighty name! Pray that every financial need will be met and that we will have more than enough to carry out the vision for this month of July and beyond. Pray that doors will continue to open in latter 2021-2022 to reach nations that are ready for the gospel and hungry for revival.
Pray this prayer: Father, we are confident of this very thing; that He who has begun a good work in us; and in Robert Clancy’s Ministry will fulfil it. Give thanks to God for this and for answered prayers in your personal life also that He would provide for you according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus. Remember as you pray for others, God takes care of your needs according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus.
Pray & Declare out loud: “By God’s grace as we have meet the month of July, that the remaining of 2021 will continue to be a year of prosperity for me.”
Day 2: EVIL ALTARS ARE RENDERED POWERLESS
Saturday, July 17th, 2021
Scripture Text: Judges 6:11-16 “11 Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” 13 Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” 14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” 15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” 16 And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
We continue on from yesterday on thrones, altars and gates, I want to touch more on altars. As we see in our scripture reading of how the Israelites in Judges 6:1-10, were in such a pitiable state that spanned over seven torturous years were characterised by:
After 7 years of suffering, the Israelites finally wised up and cried out to Jehovah for help! But there was something very critical that happened between God appearing to Gideon to make the promise of deliverance to him, and in Chapter 7 when the promise was fulfilled, and the victory realised.
The story from Judges 6:25 to verse 29— “In ancient Israel, the people worshipped Baal because he was thought to be the god of fertility, weather, rain, wind, lightning, seasons, war; and they relied on him for agricultural prosperity.”
In the hard economic times because of the Midianite oppression, the people worshipped Baal but, not understanding that they only made things worse by not turning to God. God called Gideon to get his own house in order first. He was ordered by God, to first tear down the altar of Baal.
So, lets first look at this altar. An altar is dedicated to God for worship. Every altar set up is on fire. Altars are watchmen even over governments. They testify for or against us. There are visible and invisible altars. There are two types of altars which are divine altars and satanic altars. Classic example is Elijah the prophet versus 850 false prophets of Baal.
1 Kings 18:21-22 “And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.”
Evil family altars set up by the enemy can hinder us in our Christian walk. There are altars of afflictions where the victim is afflicted with diseases such as cancer. It does not matter where we are, the altar can still affect us if not pulled down (renounced and curse broken). Example: your family may have an evil altar within the home or compound and if you leave the house because you come to Christ, your family can still send reprisal attacks to you, as you are learning to grow stronger in warfare. Now some of this may seem foreign to some but being a missionary in many different countries I have seen a lot of strange things that is not always taught in Bible college. See those that come from families where there is idol worship or generational witchcraft this is common for them. This also is the same for those that come from freemason background. Witches can even build altars at various locations such as mountains, beaches, and roads. See, there are statues raised in countries that are altars and they can be Hindu, Buddhist or straight-out satanic statues in your city or region. I have driven across the width of India and have seen this firsthand how they dominate the different areas with large temples and statues. They can be found at the entrances of certain organizations and businesses in city centres. Buildings and even churches that are dedicated by freemasons or witchcraft, where certain ceremonies were done to the foundation etc.