Bad Luck

Posted August 20th, 2016 by admin

My wife and I were talking about a friend, whose family has experienced several trials, difficulties, sicknesses, etc., and they just can’t seem to “catch a break”.

Do you know someone who just seems to have a difficult life, the waves of difficulty just keep on coming in, and they never seem to enter into rest? Here are some insights from my own walk and understanding on the subjects of authority, breaking curses, binding and loosing, and the like:

Health:  You want health for your family?  Thank God DAILY for the health of yourself and every family member.  When they are sick, thank God for everything that is NOT wrong with them.

Worry:  Don’t do it.  It is not biblical.  Seriously.  It gives the enemy a very strong foothold.  Consider my post on hearing.  You will quickly understand that what we allow the carnal mind to focus on (the whiteboard), will become what we talk about, and then will become reality, or if we are lucky, will only steal the joy out of every waking moment until it doesn’t.

Wealth:  The Bible is clear about a couple of things:  Proverbs states and implies that a righteous man will have wealth.  There are also many warnings not to pursue wealth.  The greatest statement about priorities is here: “Seek first the Kingdom”  What does it look like to seek Kingdom principles in your relationships with your spouse, your kids, in your job, or in the way you conduct yourself daily?  Would that not produce many types of wealth?

Weather:  If you need good weather for an event, call my mom.  She will pray, you will have sunshine.  This usually works for me as well, but don’t call me.

Other small details [remember, the devil is in the details]:

Unforgiveness:  If you have it going on in your head or your heart, don’t expect anything to go right…. really.  Roots of unforgiveness need to be dealt with.  Two more thoughts about that: This one from my friend Anthony, and this famous quote that I last heard from my wife:  “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison expecting someone else to get sick.”

Gossip:  Take less time to talk about others, and more time to listen to God about what he wants you to spend all that time doing.  Gossip is evidence of…

Pride:  which comes before a fall, and causes God to oppose you!


Posted August 20th, 2016 by admin

This one came out of left field.  I love questions like this:

Q1: When I speak to a family member, I hear the demons speaking to them during our conversation. Is that normal?

A: No. That’s not normal. There’s nothing wrong with you, you have a very active gift of discernment, or you’re certifiably crazy. The friend I know with this question is the former. She is very spiritually sensitive.

Q2: What can I do about it?

A: You can bind spirits and shut them down for as long as you are a part of the conversation. Here is why:

  1. You are a child of God
    1. But if you don’t know it and act like it, the world won’t respond appropriately.
  2. You have authority over evil spirits, through the blood and the name of Jesus Christ.
    1. But if you do not practice it and actively “destroy the works of the devil”, don’t expect immediate results.
  3. You are to “be a light” and to affect the atmosphere- “on earth as it is in Heaven”.
    1. But if you partner with darkness, how dim will your light be?

So let’s say I am in jail, ministering to someone with a spirit of anger, and I myself harbor anger and rage toward someone else? When I walk into jail, I say out loud: “Father, fill me with your Holy Spirit, fill me with your power, strengthen your angels to defend me and carry out your will, put your words in my mouth as I go without any agenda of my own, to do your work.” Then I speak out: “Spirits of anger, rage, malice, confusion, distraction, distortion, murder, gossip, division, false authority, false humility, or any other spirit that opposes the cross of Jesus Christ or his work through me, I BIND YOU, I SHUT YOUR MOUTH, TIE YOUR HANDS, and FORBID YOU TO OPERATE WITHIN 1000 FEET OF ME WHILE I AM IN THIS PLACE.” Then I pray in the Spirit while walking in to give the Spirit of Jesus a chance to creatively speak through my mouth to change the atmosphere, and do kingdom business (of which I know little).

If I carry in my own anger, I seem to have victory in all ministry areas except for the area of anger. This is called a familiar spirit. It’s like having a spy of the enemy in your camp, giving away all your battle secrets before you take action. The mature Christian realizes that through that wonderful gift of choice, if I choose to entertain sinful thoughts or actions, and not have them rightly dealt with and agreements with the underlying spirits broken, then I am giving up my victory in that part of the fight.

This is precisely why the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy sends temptations and trials. That fight in the car on the way to church, that flirtatious work situation on the day you intended to get your wife flowers… the emotional stress just before your husband walks in the door…. The enemy loves to see us disqualified, emasculated, stripped of all confidence and playing on his home turf. So what’s the answer?

Jesus is the answer. Since we can never be sinless, we need to trust in his righteousness, and not in our own. This is not a cop-out. OF COURSE, we are to be Holy, as He is Holy, and OF COURSE we are to not participate in sinful attitudes and actions. IN FACT, failure of choice (when we willfully choose to sin) seems to be directly related to my “results” in ministry, but that has to do with MY FAITH (in and of myself), rather than in the true power of Jesus to overcome all sickness, disease and evil.  To the extent that we realize the forgiveness of our own sin, we can operate in the authority of the sinless one who overcame the world.

The REALITY of our own imperfection, along with the PERFECTION of Jesus’ own REALITY is what gives hope to every sinner and saint out there, who continue to struggle with this world of flesh. The more we focus on the reality of Jesus, His power in us, and the authority he has given us, the more “successful” we will be in our prayers and ministry to others.



Posted August 20th, 2016 by admin

In my jail ministry, I have two “rules”.

  1. Read a Proverb a day (that will keep you out of jail)
  2. Break agreements with the enemy*.

In this post, I cover breaking agreements.

When you recognize dysfunction in your life, pray for discernment. Ask yourself, “What spirit is at the root of my action, attitude or situation?”
[this is assuming you have learned how to hear from God]

  1. Say this: (or something like it, as the Spirit leads): “sprit of _[the one you want gone]_  I nail you to the cross.  I rebuke you in the name of Jesus, and I break every agreement that I have made with you, known and unknown.”  Sometimes I ramble on a bit, but that’s all that was necessary.  I say things like, “I know I have authorized you in the past by my thoughts and actions, but I CHOOSE to deauthorize you know, you have no more power over me, so you must leave!”
  2. Pray this: “Father God, I repent of joining or agreeing with the spirit of _____ “  [bring to remembrance the sin that so easily ensnared…].  You may want to add confession and asking for forgiveness.
  3. Pray this: “Father, please remove from me the spirit of ________, send it far away from me, and show me what you want to give me in it’s place”
  4. Do this:  Keep your eyes closed, and listen.  Allow God to show you what your life should look like without that thing there messing with you.


*We got this method from Barry and Lori Byrne at a marriage retreat called, “Love after marriage”. Not sure if it was original from them, or on loan from someone else, but it’s Kingdom property by now.


Posted August 20th, 2016 by admin

That thing you call your imagination—that’s your “radio receiver” (or wireless adapter for you younger folks) for God to speak to you!

I liken it to a whiteboard: lot’s of space for temporary, erasable words, ideas, pictures, memories and the like.

You have creative power, so you can “draw” what ever you want by using your carnal mind in thought.

But if you can quiet your mind, and let GOD draw on your whiteboard, then you can HEAR IN THE SPIRIT.

To do that:

  1. Say this:  “I bind every evil spirit that seeks to keep me from hearing from the one true God, Jehova, Jesus or the Holy Spirit.  All other spirits not from God are prohibited from speaking to me in my mind, desires, memories, or in any other way.”
  2. Say this: “I bless my spirit-man to take precedence over my fleshly carnal mind.  Mind, shut up.  Holy Spirit, take control so that I can hear from God.”
  3. Pray this: “God, speak to me.  Show me anything that is important to YOU.  Help me to hear your voice, to “see in the spirit”, and to discern your voice from my own or from the enemy.  Speak to me now”
  4. Do this:  Push every thought from your mind.  Let it go blank.  Wait, be OK if nothing happens.  This takes practice.  It’s usually 45 sec to 2 minutes before I ever get anything, because it takes time to get ready to receive.

For more of my journey of learning how to listen, click here or here.


Posted July 19th, 2016 by admin

This is from an inmate named Anthony:

Forgiveness is one of the great principles of our Christian faith.
Faith will not work in an unforgiving heart.  The ultimate example of forgiving ones enemies comes from Jesus.  Jesus modeled this forgiveness as he hung on the cross when he forgave and prayed for the people who put him there (Luke 23:34).
Forgiveness is a cleansing that brings the power of harmony and agreement with God’s word.  Confess the sin of unforgiveness.
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32 NKJV).
Forgiveness comes first from God, knows no limits, and you can’t choose to forgive some people and not forgive others.
Forgiveness is where you experience true freedom because forgiveness breaks down walls of self-pride, self-centeredness, and selfishness.
Don’t let unforgiveness rob you of your joy.  Loving and forgiving your enemies is absolutely impossible without divine help from the Holy Spirit.  So when you ask for forgiveness, remember–Jesus is in the midst.

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Boys vs. Men

Posted July 19th, 2016 by admin

This was given to me by an inmate in my Jail Ministry class.  It is indicative of the attitude change among kingdom-minded inmates:

Boys vs. Men…
Boys ask questions…Men give answers.
Boys play house.  Men build Homes.
Boys shack up.  Men get married.
Boys make babies.  Men raise children.
A boy won’t raise his own children.  A Man will raise his and someone else’s!
Boys invent excuses for failure. Men produce strategies for success.
Boys look for someone to take care of them.  Men look for someone to take care of.
Boys seek popularity.  Men demand respect and know how to give it.


Posted May 22nd, 2016 by admin

[from a letter from an imprisoned friend]”

  • Adam went to sleep and woke up married!
  • Jacob went to sleep and woke up married to the wrong woman!
  • Boaz went to sleep and woke up with a woman sleeping at his feet!

I went to sleep last week and woke up in Wilmington! (Thank the Lord a woman wasn’t involved!)”

The Cost of Love

Posted February 29th, 2016 by admin

I started a new project for a friend.
Please check out
KickStarter Cost of Love Project

I’d really appreciate you backing me in this project. You will love the book, and be helping me help others.



Posted February 26th, 2016 by admin

In Jail, we are seeing miracles.  I heard a teaching at by Steve Cioccolanti that mentioned miracles often being in the timing of an event, and so it was two weeks ago.

We have been seeing a lot of success praying for folks with diabetes.  Three inmates have been healed, and two widows (in a different ministry), and because of the testimonies, an inmate asked if I would go pray for his dad, who had had both legs amputated as a result of diabetes.  I did go and pray for his dad, and we prayed for his diabetes to be healed, but he was also having issues with his arms, pain and lack of mobility that would not allow him to raise his arms above his head.  We prayed several times, and got full healing of the pain and full mobility restored, and I got it on video with my phone.

I took the video into jail, and asked the inmate if he would like me to show it to him in private, and he said, “No, show it to the whole class”

One of the other inmates had come in with a horrible tooth-ache, and he looked miserable.  I asked him what was going on, because he looked like he was about to scream or cry from the pain.  I told him, “Great, we’ll take care of that in a little bit” [gift of faith].  After watching the healing of the first guy’s father, I asked who would like to “take care of” the guy with the toothache.  The son of the man healed said he would do it, and put his hand next to (not touching) the man’s face.  The guy with the toothache was not moving, and was not moving his mouth, either.  With everyone (14 of us) watching, about 15 seconds into the prayer, “POP!” The guy grimaces as his abscess drained into his mouth.  He managed not to throw up and reported that his pain was now about 70% gone.  After one more quick prayer, 100% of his pain was gone.

Don’t despise the Toothpick.

Posted February 26th, 2016 by admin

Some convictions are fleeting, and some are tested by fire.  This one is tested and true.

Where does the title come from?  As ministers, we all have a “toolbox” from which we draw the spiritual weapon or “tool” that we need to get a job done.  Tools like encouragement, prayer, instruction, healing, deliverance, discipleship, helps, prophecy, empathy, etc….

I am a collector of truth.  If I find it, experience it and validate it, it goes in my toolbox.  It may be that there is a better tool for the job, but that never negates the power of the toothpick.  If you know me, you know that in my areas of ministry, there are times for confrontation, deliverance, healing, praying in the spirit, but there are also times for hugs, encouragement, and tools as simple as asking someone a question, so that the Lord can answer it for them.

I have witnessed over and over again, people in the midst of teaching great Biblical / Spiritual truth…  they just can’t seem to keep themselves from stepping on other ministers, other philosophies, other teachings.  We all like to see “signs that make us wonder”, and the outward miracles that show the supernatural manifestation of God.  But why do teachers (pastors, apostles and the like) need to constantly judge across the body and badmouth other folks’ methods of ministry?  Do they not realize that God is bigger than the method, the truth or the season that He has them in at that moment in time?

Thank you Lord for what I have learned about your spiritual gifts:

1 Corinthians 12

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

I recently attended a ministry school that focused on our identity as Sons of God.  It’s one of my favorite teachings and methods of walking men into their purpose and ability.  It seems that our identity as SONS of God and as the NEW MAN is the key to operating in all of the gifts in their proper time.  No, this is not some power trip for people who want more than the singel spiritual gift they were given (not a biblical concept in my opinion.)  This is the key to walking as Christ walked.

This is the “bigger hammer” that trumps the need for many of the smaller tools, if it can be properly used.  See, if someone can fully realize their son-ship and all the power and freedom that comes with it, and believe all that is ours as stated in Ephesians 1, then they won’t NEED encouragement, inner healing or deliverance.  The problem is, that for some reason, the “working out of our salvation” takes time, and in that time, there is a need for the smaller tools.

So if you are operating in “the anointing” of your particular ministry, please remember not to criticize and judge others’ ministries.  If you do, you instantly lose credibility with your audience, who may know more then you do about using a different tool than the one you are selling.

The Big Hammer of Son-ship comes out every time it is needed.  But sometimes, the body needs the band-aid of consolation, the pliers of correction, the scalpel of deliverance, the duct tape of faithful encouragement, the screw-driver of teaching, or the toothpick of a well-placed question (or post) that will get folks to listen to the voice of God.

Brother, Sister:  Don’t empty your toolbox every time you are given a bigger tool.  And remember to support and encourage those who faithfully and skillfully wield the toothpick!