A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, March 31, 2014
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” – Daniel 1:8
Last week, I was reading an article entitled "Steps to Enter Our Door of Destiny, Plus April Prayer Directives" by Barbie Breathitt. Included in this reading, were some prayer directives for April; and more specifically, to repent for all defilement in April.
Dr. Breathitt writes “it is important to repent of all defilement. Turn away from dead works in order to enter into a new season of prosperity. Cleanse your life to obtain the manifold wisdom and promises of God.”
While driving to my office this past Friday, The Lord spoke to me very clearly, instructing me to start this process now, and not wait until April. In obedience to Him, I began repenting, first in my spiritual prayer language, and then with my natural tongue. God's Holy Spirit fell fast and heavy, and spiritual fire consumed the inside of my car. I then looked in my rear view mirror to see the spirit of defilement sit up (almost like it was sleeping back there), and leave my vehicle. God is amazing!
What are you defiling yourself with, my brother? What compromises have you made in your heart, which allowed you to be defiled, my sister? Defilement comes from many things: wrong words, wrong actions, wrong attitudes and behaviors, lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). Lust is not just sexual; but anything that you have a strong desire or intense longing for which hinders or perverts your relationship with God.
Reverend Pat Robertson once said that it is not our tendencies that are a sin; but rather when we choose to act on those tendencies, then we commit sin. These also include acts committed in your heart. How are you containing your tendencies, family? Are you giving in to them, or are you giving them over to God?
The Apostle Paul gives us the clean strategy in dealing with those tendencies that rise up, and try to defile us: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 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, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).
There are also defilements that come through our bloodline, or through generational curses, which can be broken with the Power of Jesus Christ. When you choose to remain a victim, you continue to allow defilement to remain on you, in you, and in your life.
As for Daniel, he “purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself.” It wasn’t the food or drink itself which caused defilement; but rather the spirit which rested on those delicacies. When you partake in a thing, a conversation, a mentality, an activity, an action, or an event, then you are coming into agreement with the spirit behind it; thus you are serving whatever thing it was dedicated to, or birthed out of.
The Hebrew word for “purpose,” as used in this verse is suwm (pr. soom), which means “to persevere, put on”; and “defile” comes from the word gaal (pr. gaw-al), which is to “soil, desecrate, pollute, or stain” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance).
What you put on will determine your purpose, and your resolve. Are you putting on the mind of Christ, or does your purpose come from the world? Are you washed clean with the sinless and spotless Blood of the Lamb of God, Who has taken away the sins of the world (John 1:29), or are you stained with being in agreement with the world and its rancor?
A seat represents a position, and the back represents “the past, a previous event or experience (good or evil); that which is behind; unaware; unsuspecting; hidden” (Ira Milligan, Understanding the Dreams You Dream © 2010). “Back” can also represent “burden, trying to steer you” (Thompson and Beale, The Divinity Code © 2011).
Is defilement steering you, my brother? Are you burdened by this foul spirit, my sister? Do you even suspect that this is the culprit responsible for clouding your judgment, causing depression, oppression, or misdirection in your life, family?
Let us position ourselves in God’s mercy seat, Who is Jesus Christ, in Whom we are “made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:1-7).
Father, we repent for every act of defilement that we ever committed, came into agreement with, or allowed to come upon us. We break the spirit of defilement off of us, off of our lives, and remove it from our bloodline. We repent for the sins committed by our forefathers, and we break the curse of sin which has visited on the children and the children’s children to the third and fourth generation (Exodus 34:6-7). We call on the cleansing Blood of Jesus to remove this stain of sin from our bloodline, from our lives, and from our children’s lives. We break off any generational curses, and we decree this day that we will no longer be driven, influenced, or entertained by the vulgar spirit of defilement. We call upon You to cleanse the house, Holy God! Cleanse the houses of our bloodline, our minds, our souls, our physical bodies, our abodes, our dwelling places, and our lives. In Jesus Name, we thank You that You have permanently removed all defilement from us, from our lives, and from the lives of our loved ones. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to walk in holiness by virtue of Christ Who lives within you. For Greater is He Who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). Choose to plead the Blood of Jesus each and every day, being quick to repent. And continue to fight the good fight of purposing in your heart to not defile yourself; for God, Who took defilement to the Cross and set you free, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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