- Real faith refuses to look at what the enemy is doing.
- Real faith is to walk in the love of GOD even if it’s hard.
- Real faith is to focus on GOD and what He says, not our circumstances, fears, and worries (Matthew 7: 24 -29).
- Real faith is to be filled with peace of GOD regardless of what is going on.
- All you storms in my life, I command you to be still. I speak peace over my life and all concerned me. For my sake and everyone concerning and connected to me, all you storms shall be still. In the air you shall be still, on the land and under the ground you shall be still, on and underwater you shall be still, in the north, south, east, and west, on the earth, you shall be still, in my atmosphere and environments, you shall be still, inside and outside, you shall be still. Enough is enough, I command all counterfeits to my destiny, all of those who are contending with my life and destiny, all my destiny stealers and hijackers to be arrested by GOD’s Almighty’s Heavenly Army, whether spiritual or physical, may GOD’s Heavenly Throne judge you. And none of you shall escape GOD’s righteous judgment. No more counterfeits experiences, events, and activities in my life. I speak liberty in my life and those concerned me. I seal this prayer with the blood of JESUS CHRIST, the Breath and Presence of the ALMIGHTY and LIVING GOD, in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST. LORD my GOD, I put my trust in YOU. May I never go where my enemies want me to go. I declare, no weapon fashioned against me and my well wishers shall prosper, in JESUS MIGHTY NAME! Amen.
We are continuing with our series, “The Kingdom Of GOD In.” Previously we discussed about the spirit of infirmity. The Bible records that even Apostle Paul had some kind of infirmity ‘a thorn in his flesh’ that was troubling him. And in his case, the Scripture says he prayed three times to the LORD to remove it, but the LORD GOD responded to his prayers for healing not by curing him, but rather by working through his suffering to draw him nearer to GOD and HIS glory. In the book of 2 Corinthians chapter 12 verses 1 to 10, it says that “I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Your situations may not be like Apostle Paul, so keep praying until GOD answers you. If GOD hasn’t answered you yet then keep praying, and receive by faith what you have prayed for. You have to continue praying until something happens or break loose. You know, after you became born-again, you officially became an enemy of the devil for the rest of your life, so you can’t afford not to pray. The day you made JESUS the LORD and your SAVIOR, you have signed-up a contract of warfare; I’m talking about spiritual warfare, so you have to develop a prayerful lifestyle that you are going to pray when things are good and working, and you are going to pray when things are not working. You have to make up your mind that prayer is going to be part of your life for the rest of your life. Praying will be like eating to you; it’s something you have to do every day.
Today we are going to discuss about the spirit of Herod. Basically the spirit of Herod is the spirit of the devil that is after power and seeks to be worshiped. It is a killer of visionaries and missionaries. The spirit of Herod is a political spirit and plays its ugly hand in Church politics seeking to destroy those whom God has sent. This spirit seeks to destroy the young leaders, new converts, and new ideas, to stop them to maturity. It will always seek position and is self-seeking. The spirit of Herod seeks to cut off God’s highest plan.
- The Spirit of Herod or Herodias
One example of this spirit is of the story of king Herod and Herodias who plotted for John the Baptist to beheaded. The Bible records in the book of Mark chapter 6 verses 14 to 26 that “Herod Antipas, the king, soon heard about Jesus, because everyone was talking about Him. Some were saying, “This must be John the Baptist raised from the dead. That is why He can do such miracles.” Others said, “He’s the prophet Elijah.” Still others said, “He’s a prophet like the other great prophets of the past.” When Herod heard about Jesus, he said, “John, the man I beheaded, has come back from the dead.” For Herod had sent soldiers to arrest and imprison John as a favor to Herodias. She had been his brother Philip’s wife, but Herod had married her. John had been telling Herod, “It is against God’s law for you to marry your brother’s wife.” So Herodias bore a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But without Herod’s approval she was powerless, for Herod respected John; and knowing that he was a good and holy man, he protected him. Herod was greatly disturbed whenever he talked with John, but even so, he liked to listen to him. Herodias’s chance finally came on Herod’s birthday. He gave a party for his high government officials, army officers, and the leading citizens of Galilee. Then his daughter, also named Herodias, came in and performed a dance that greatly pleased Herod and his guests. “Ask me for anything you like,” the king said to the girl, “and I will give it to you.” He even vowed, “I will give you whatever you ask, up to half my kingdom!” She went out and asked her mother, “What should I ask for?” Her mother told her, “Ask for the head of John the Baptist!” So the girl hurried back to the king and told him, “I want the head of John the Baptist, right now, on a tray!” Then the king deeply regretted what he had said; but because of the vows he had made in front of his guests, he couldn’t refuse her. So he immediately sent an executioner to the prison to cut off John’s head and bring it to him. The soldier beheaded John in the prison, brought his head on a tray, and gave it to the girl, who took it to her mother. When John’s disciples heard what had happened, they came to get his body and buried it in a tomb.”
We see here how John the Baptist got arrested and imprisoned by king Herod just because he rebuked him for marrying his brother’s wife. He told Herod it is against God’s law for him to marry his brother’s wife, and the king put him in prison because of that. Not only that, the Bible says Herodias also had a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. And when the opportunity came, Herodias managed to have John the Baptist beheaded.
We learn from this first example that the spirit of Herod or Herodias is a killer of visionaries and missionaries. King Herod and Herodias perceived John the Baptist to be a challenge to them and their unlawful marriage, so they made a decision to eliminate him. The king eliminated him by putting him to prison, but then Herodias his wife managed to have him killed. And you have to understand when they killed John the Baptist, they also killed his vision and his God-given assignment.
Another example is the story of the LORD JESUS and another king Herod. The Bible records in the book of Matthew chapter 2 that “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He Who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ” Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: “A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
As you can see the Bible says king Herod sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old in an attempt to get rid of the baby Jesus. “Why did king Herod try to kill a tiny baby?” “What difference could a tiny baby have made to someone as powerful as king Herod was at that time?” The answer is king Herod feared that in time the Lord Jesus would take over his throne and family dynasty. So king Herod wanted to eliminate the LORD JESUS because he perceived Him to be a competition.
Sometimes the devil will try to take you out while you are still young especially after he finds out about you, in order to prevent you from growing into your God-given purpose. In order to prevent you from maturing into your destiny or stop you from succeeding in life. The devil couldn’t kill the LORD JESUS because His mission on earth was very important, so GOD had to get rid of king Herod so that the LORD JESUS could continue to live and fulfill HIS Purpose to provide the Salvation of men here on earth.
How do we know it was GOD Who got rid of king Herod? Well, the Bible says “Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
We are not alone. We don’t have to fight our own battles. If GOD is in it, if it is the plan of GOD for our lives, our battles become GOD’s battles. GOD will speak to us in dreams, in visions, and even using other people, in order to guide and protect us and make sure His plans for our lives are accomplished.
A third example is in the book of Acts chapter 12 verses 1 to 24. The Bible records that “It was about this time that king Herod arrested some who belonged to the Church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. So Peter was kept in prison, but the Church was earnestly praying to GOD for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the LORD has sent His angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.” When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the LORD had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said, and then he left for another place. In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter. After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed. Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply. On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.”
After the death of the Lord Jesus, king Herod imprisoned Peter and had James the brother of John killed. He tried to stop the preaching and the truth of the teachings of the Lord Jesus. King Herod planned to kill Apostle Peter also but fortunately Peter had Church members who were praying and interceding on his behalf. The Bible says when Apostle Peter was kept in prison, the Church was earnestly praying to God for him. And God sent an angel to free Apostle Peter from prison and escape from the hand of king Herod.
As you can see this spirit of Herod is dangerous. So what are the characteristics of this spirit?
Someone with a Herod spirit will always feel their position or title is threatened, especially by a new move of God, a new anointed one in their territory sent by God, the young and hungry people on fire for the Lord. Herod will contend by jealousy, competition, judging, or even murder. Because of fear and suspicion this spirit is recognized by its scheming and planning. It looks for its identity in what it does rather than in God. It does not trust God. It believes in its own efforts rather than God’s provision and anointing. Herod will always seek recognition by man. The Herod spirit cuts things off before they have time to mature or take root in preparation for the LORD’s plan for HIS people. This spirit can seek to eliminate you, and your gifts, your godly character, your GOD-give dreams, and what GOD has placed in you The spirit of Herod is prideful, arrogant, and self-seeking in every way. Herod spirit is dictatorship, and will set itself up as a judge over someone or a situation; especially in a legalistic way.
We saw in the third example, king Herod fell to his death at the feet of his followers who considered him a god. King Herod was eaten up by worms, eaten up by his own pride, and arrogance, because he was giving glory only to himself not to God. This is an example to us that the spirit of Herod can destroy GOD’s true destiny for ourselves. It can destroy us, the plan, and vision from God. It can destroy truth, our true worship and intimacy with God.
So let’s pray to GOD for ourselves and our loved ones. Some of us may have this spirit without even knowing it, and some of us may also be oppressed and pursued by this spirit. It’s important that we pray to GOD to help us.
- Heavenly FATHER GOD we were created to serve You only and to advance Your Kingdom not ours. Forgive us LORD for trying to advance our little empires and seeking anything for ourselves and for all our self-ambitions. Heavenly FATHER GOD please help us to be Your humble servants. Please forgive us for seeking titles and positions instead on focusing on our GOD given purposes and assignments. This we pray in the Mighty Name Of JESUS CHRIST.
- Heavenly FATHER GOD please forgive us for not using the talents and gifting You have given us to advance Your Kingdom. Please forgive us LORD for the times we have stopped Your plans knowingly and unknowingly by not recognizing You and Your Anointing or by not recognizing the anointing and gifting’s on someone. This we pray in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST.
- Heavenly FATHER GOD please forgive us for our selfishness, selfish ambition and jealousy. Please forgive us for any way this Herod spirit involved or influenced us wrongly. Please forgive us for every time when we have shut the door on opportunities for new move of the Holy Spirit because of our self-centered fear to move in Your new direction. If there is anytime LORD we have judge other people, Churches and ministries to exalt ourselves or own ministries, oh LORD our GOD, we ask to be forgiven. This we pray in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST.
- Heavenly FATHER GOD, please forgive us for trying to be recognized by men. Please forgive us for fear of men and not having faith. Please forgive us for looking for our identities, acceptance or comfort in anything but You LORD. Please forgive us GOD each time we compromised and not standing for the truth. Please forgive us for wrong submission to people and people in authority. This we pray in the Mighty Name of JESUS CHRIST.
- We rebuke and come against every dynasty and the ruling spirit of Herod and Herodias and their activities in our lives. We cancel their effectiveness in our lives immediately. We rebuke and cancel every spirit of abortion, premature death, and disruption, in the Mighty Name Of JESUS CHRIST. We rebuke miscarriage of dreams, ministries, businesses, and God- given and assigned careers in our lives. We rebuke delay of achievements and disruptions of our dreams, goals, and our God-given assignments. Any one or evil spirit scheming to make us fail in life and not accomplish our God-given destinies shall scheme in vain, this we pray in the Mighty Name Of JESUS CHRIST. Thank YOU HOLY FATHER. In JESUS MIGHTY NAME we have prayed. Amen
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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