Bill Johnson says “You only have power over the storm that you have peace in.” This statement references the story of Jesus sleeping in the boat during a storm. He wakes up and calms the wind by saying, “Peace, be still.” (Luke 8:23-24). The Lord spoke to me and told me that I was going to “learn the power of peace.” I remembered Paul’s words to the Philippians: “You are in no way alarmed by your opponents— which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God” (Phil. 1:28). There is just something about courage that causes the enemy to know that he is already defeated, because courage is immune to his primary weapon, which is fear. Courage is peace in the storm, the inability to be alarmed by the enemy. When we can sleep in the storm, be calm in the face of battle and not panic in the midst of opposition, we have broken the back of the devil!
The night after this word from the Lord about the power of peace, the demon returned. My heart raced, my head was spinning and I wanted to run or scream. Jesus had already given me a strategy for victory. I looked up from my covers and there it stood. It’s huge eyes were glowing red as it stared at me. I looked at it and said, “Oh it’s just you!” Then I rolled over and went back to sleep. That was the end of my visitations. From then on I stopped being afraid and started looking forward to the battle. When the demonized people called, I would pick up the phone and share God’s love and mercy with them. They didn’t know what to do with me after that. They would just hang up. It wasn’t long before all the weirdness ceased. Courage manifested through peace is a powerful weapon of warfare. After all, the God of peace is crushing satan under our feet (see Rom. 16:20)!
One day I called Bob, who had survived kidney cancer several years before after being told by the doctors that he wasn’t expected to live.
I asked him,”Were you ever afraid to die?”
“Why not?” I asked.
“You can’t threaten me with Heaven!” he proclaimed
The enemy has already been judged, found guilty and sentenced to a powerless existence through the victory of the cross. When we confront his hold on an individual’s life, we are only enforcing the decision that has already been made in Heaven.
The first question in my mind was, “Why do the demons have permission to torment this woman? Was she a prisoner who had sin and/or
forgiveness issues in her life, or was she a captive who believed a lie?” I got on the floor and began to ask the Holy Spirit for insight into her bondage.
Suddenly I heard Him say, “When she was a little girl she was told that she blasphemed the Holy Spirit and was therefore banished to hell.” The Spirit continued, “It’s a lie. I have forgiven her.” I leaned over and whispered in her ear, “The devil told you when you were a little girl that you blasphemed the Holy Spirit, but it’s a lie! You never did that. Renounce that lie.” She immediately calmed down and began to laugh. Within seconds she was completely delivered. Knowing the truth will make you free!
Forgiveness also restores the standard in our lives. I remember one time when our kids were all teenagers. I became angry with Kathy in front
of them and then treated her disrespectfully. The next day I gathered the kids together in the front room and asked Kathy and each of the kids to forgive me. They all did, and we went on with our day. About a week later one of our boys came in the kitchen and started being sarcastic with Kathy. I walked in and told him that he didn’t have permission to talk to my wife like that.
He said,”You were rude to Mom the other day yourself!” I said, “Yes, but you forgave me. Forgiveness restores the standard.
When you forgave me, you gave away your right to act that same way because your forgiveness restored me back to the place of honor. I
repented. Repentance means, “to be restored to the pinnacle, the high place.”
He told his mother that he was sorry and she forgave him. If we don’t understand this principle, then the lowest point, the worst mistake, or the stupidest thing we have ever done in life becomes our high watermark. For instance, if we were immoral as a teenager and later on in life we have teenagers ourselves, we won’t have confidence to correct them for their poor sexual choices because we failed ourselves. Failures we have repented of are no longer the standard that we must bow to. When we asked God and those we have hurt to forgive us, we were set back up to the high place that God assigned to us. Otherwise, the worst day of our life becomes the highest place that we have the right to lead others to. The truth is that forgiveness restores the standard of holiness in us and through us.
Learn the biblical art of meditation. Biblical meditation is a diligent search. Whereas religious cults teach people to empty their minds as a means of meditation, the Bible teaches us to fill our minds with God’s Word. Meditation requires a quiet heart and a directed mind. When you mull a word over in your heart, pursuing truth in the same way that an inquisitive child’s heart pursues a matter, that is meditation. “I will meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search” (Ps. 77: 6).
Prophesy your day. When you wake in the morning, pray and ask the Lord for information about something that will happen during your day. Write it down as clearly as you understand it. At the end of the day, check and see if the event that you prophesied to yourself happened. Also see how well you understood the specific details of the event (s).