The devil is the accuser, and he often uses other people to propagate his alias identities over us. My first stepfather used to call me a “stupid ass” all the time. This resulted in me always feeling dumb, which really hindered my ability to learn. The name became a mental block, which manifested as a difficulty with reading. When I finished high school I only read at a third grade level.
I have met many women who were called “whores” by their fathers, then struggled with immorality their entire lives. Names can be prophetic
declarations that define a person’s identity. Because people act according to who they believe they are, these lies are ultimately acted out in their behavior.
We respond to our environment according to the way we see ourselves. Words spoken to us become names that we carry in our hearts. These
names paint a portrait of us in our imagination and become the lenses through which we view our world. Sticks and stones are breaking our bones, but names are taking away our future!
The language of dark sayings (see Proverbs 1: 6). God sometimes speaks to us by hiding truths in phrases, parables, riddles, unusual coincidences, and circumstances. The meaning is there for us to find. When we lean into God, it becomes easier to discern when those circumstances are from God or are merely unusual events in life. This unique language from God is an invitation to enter His great adventure.
Thankfulness carries an attitude of humility. Thanksgiving is the only proper way to receive what God has given us because it honors our relationship with Him by expressing trust in His goodness, even if we don’t yet understand what we’ve received.
The release of the presence of God, which carries in the Kingdom of God, happens through five actions that I am aware of:
1. Laying on of hands. This is a biblical mandate (see Heb. 6: 1-2). The Kingdom within us is released through the touch of faith, which is an intentional act for healing, blessing, or impartation (see Mark 16: 18; 1 Tim. 4: 14).
2. Proximity to the anointing. This is the principle that worked through the apostle Peter when the sick were placed in a location where Peter’s shadow would fall upon them as he walked by (see Acts 5: 15). Whatever overshadows you will be released through your shadow. This is what happened when Jesus’ garment enabled the woman with the issue of blood to be healed (see Mark 5: 28-29). The same applies applies to articles of clothing taken from the apostle Paul (see Acts 19: 11-12). The anointing of God was upon Peter, Jesus, and Paul to such a degree that even their shadows and clothing became saturated with His miracle-working power.
3. Acts of faith. Faith requires an action. Acts of faith release the Kingdom. Think about how often Jesus was brought into a situation of need because someone else had faith and took action by summoning the Lord.
4. Prophetic acts. Prophetic acts often do not seem to bear any connection to the desired outcome. Consider what happened when Elisha helped the men who had lost a borrowed axe head in the water (see 2 Kings 6). When Elisha told them to throw a stick into the water, the axe head floated to the surface. In the natural, wood does not have that effect on axe heads, and axe heads do not float. The only reason God’s power was released was because Elisha was obedient to perform the prophetic act. Physical obedience brings spiritual release.
5. Declaration. Nothing happens in the Kingdom without a declaration. When we say what the Father is saying, all of Heaven is brought into the equation. When that declaration is a testimony, we capture the momentum of the history of God’s dealings with mankind. Then a creative prophetic power is released into the atmosphere to establish the revelation of God on the earth.