Linda Evans Shepherd
Sonja, one of my dearest friends, believed a terrible lie about me. Because she wouldn’t take my calls, I couldn’t address her misperception or even apologize for our apparent misunderstanding. All I could do was pray.
Sure, I asked God to restore our friendship with peace, but I also did something a lot of Christians are afraid to do. I called out to the enemy of my soul; the very one who comes to steal, kill and destroy, to push him out of the situation. “Enemy,” I told him, “I see your handiwork here and I cancel your lies that my dear friend believes about me in the power and authority of the name and the blood of Jesus. Instead of lies, I call forth God’s spirit of truth and peace.”
Days, weeks, and months went by and there was no change. Yet I continued in my prayer and warfare.
Then one day, months after the original miscommunication, the phone rang. My friend Sonja gushed, “I now know what I believed about you isn’t true. I’m so sorry I pushed you away. Please forgive me!”
I replied, “Of course! I love you and I am so sorry for the pain our miscommunication caused you. I’m so glad to be your friend.”
Why would I forgive Sonja for believing a lie about me? I did so because forgiveness breaks the enemy’s strategies against us. But so does praise. How I rejoiced that the enemy’s power was no match for the power and the blood of Jesus. (Rev. 12:11)
Sure there are battles of all sorts, but our battles are easily won when we:
- Recognize that we have an enemy.
- Become wise to spirits such as strife, lies, and confusion when they begin to operate against us or our loved ones.
- Close all doors to attacks with tools such as God’s love, forgiveness, truth and joy.
- Pray truth, freedom and forgiveness over the people involved in these difficulties.
- Invoke the power of the name and the blood of Jesus as we cancel all assignments of the enemy against us.
- Praise God for the victory.
Believe it or not Sonja is not the first or only person who has ever believed a lie about me. But each time I’ve faced this type of warfare, God has given me victory.
So if you need to fight for peace, try this battle cry:
Thank you that greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. So in your power and authority, I declare victory over the enemy; the spirit of lies, strife, and confusion harassing me or my loved ones. I replace these spirits with your love, peace, forgiveness, truth and joy.
I cancel all the assignments of these unclean spirits over me and my loved ones — in the power and authority of the name and the blood of Jesus.
I praise you Lord that the enemy is defeated.
In Jesus’s name,
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