HEDGE OF PROTECTION

I stumbled on the HEDGE OF PROTECTION while Arthur and I were busy drafting our pre-marriage course.  It is one of those hidden truths that once you uncover it, you can follow the thread through many scriptures in the word of God. I have always had a passion to help couples (even those with good marriages) raise their marriages to the standard that it reflect God’s heart on family.

In the year 2000, God gave me a rhema understanding of the spiritual covering in a marriage. He showed me a circle and how praying for your spouse influences your marriage and how not praying for your spouse negatively impacts your marriage.

 

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In my search to find the Godly principles of marriages in the Bible, I realized every marriage mentioned came after the fall. And most of them had some serious flaws in them. That led me to searching the scriptures for marriage principles “Before the Fall”, which as most of you know; there are only 2 chapters in the Bible (Gen 1 & 2) which match the “Before the Fall” criterion.  After rereading and meditating on the scriptures, the following scripture came to life.

Gen 2 v 8    The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.

This scripture is found 8 verses after God says in Gen 1:31 “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”

The question arose in my spirit: if God was happy with the earth the way He had created it, why did He specifically go and “plant a Garden in Eden”? What did God put in Eden that was more personal to Him than the rest of the Earth which God thought was good, very good? Not been a keen gardener, the answer I concluded was that every Garden is different by the choice of the designer. I plant the shrubs, trees and plants in my garden that I love. My neighbor plants the shrubs, trees and plants in their garden that they love. That was my clue that God had planted something in Eden which was not planted in the rest of the Earth, but was undeniably close to His heart.

A quick search in the Strong’s Concordance produced the following meaning for the word Garden:

1588  gan (gan); from 1598;  a garden (as fenced):

KJV– garden.

1598  ganan (gaw-nan’); a primitive root; to hedge about, i.e. (generally) protect:

KJV– defend.

(There are more principles relating to marriage in this scripture which I am choosing not to discuss in this blog post)

At that stage I realized that by praying for my spouse and my family on a daily basis, I was protecting the principles God planted in marriage. Whenever I prayed I would visualize our family been surrounded by a hedge of protection (the circle God showed me in the spiritual covering) that God would put there if we stayed in unity and obeyed God’s commandments.

This served my family well for a couple of years. At the start of 2012, we came against a demonic onslaught that we could not overcome.During this intense time of warfare, Kenneth Copeland Ministries aired this particular episode on Believers Voice of Victory with Gloria Copeland and Billye Brim explaining Bloodlines:

http://www.kcm.org/media/webcast/gloria-copeland-and-billye-brim/120208-take-your-place-of-authority

Please watch this episode and receive the revelation from Gloria and Billye.

Suddenly everything started making sense. I was praying right and asking God to protect my family, but I was not applying the blood line to keep the enemy away.

Heb 12:24  Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

During deliverances I had learnt that the Blood of Jesus tells the demonic realm that they had no right in the area where a bloodline had been drawn.

I copied the bloodline prayer which Billye Brim gives in her teaching and Arthur and I started praying it daily. Within 3 weeks God gave us the victory in the attack we had been facing and we had one of our largest spiritual breakthroughs ever in our personal lives.

Amos writes how we can escape the dangers out in the world that come against us, but when we get home the serpent bites us. If we delve deeper into Gen 2v8, it speaks about our home as been a safe place.

 Amos 5:19  It will be as though a man fled from a lion,And a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, leaned his hand on the wall,And a serpent bit him!

  Applying the Bloodline daily keeps you under God’s protection. God keeps His part in protecting us, however we through ignorance open ourselves up to the devil’s attacks by giving place to the devil.

 Eph 4: 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”:* do not let the sun go down on your wrath,

27 nor give place to the devil.

The serpent can only enter our homes if we give him a access. An example in scripture of giving place to the devil is:

 Job 1:8-9

8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”

9 So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

Job 1:5  So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed* God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly.

Job 1:13-19

Job Loses His Property and Children

13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house; 14 and a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 when the Sabeans* raided them and took them away — indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels and took them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said,”Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and suddenly a great wind came from across* the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

It almost seems as if God has failed Job after the devil himself admitted that God put the hedge around Job, his household, and all that he has. Fortunately, Job himself gives us the answer in

Job 3:25 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.

Job had opened the door to the serpent in his life through Fear.

Applying the blood lines daily has positively impacted our spiritual growth  (you are spend time focusing on God and not trying to bring chaos in order), kept my family at peace, allowed us to enjoy each other as a family as we are not running around putting out fires everywhere, given us times of peace even though the world had predicted a storm,  helped us steer through very troubled times with ease and peace, kept us healthy, has helped us to focus on the important aspects of God’s character by having more time to help other people, and the most important to me, it has kept my children safe when i have not been able to be with them to guard over them (going to school and functions), it has kept bad influences at bay as a demonized person does not enjoy coming into our home.

However, we needed to do our part in benefitting from this Blessing. We needed to keep the hedges closed by not allowing strife in our family. (Ps 133v1-3 where there is unity, God commands a blessing). By dealing with our fears at the feet of Jesus (perfect love casts out fear). By walking in forgiveness. (Eph 4v25) are a few points to mention. Do not look at the list I have mentioned and think “How am I going to enjoy this level of protection if stop my children cannot stop bickering?”

The answer is simple. The Holy Spirit is our teacher. If you allow Him, He will guide you ever step of the way as you grow in God. I only mention all the benefits to encourage you to push in with the God on this point. The Holy Spirit taught us step by step about the unity, about how to deal with fear, about walking in forgiveness, about loving other people. I can guarantee you that my family have still not learnt all the principals we need to be in perfect protection. But we are willing to learn and the Holy Spirit teaches us the next truth at the exact time that we need it. He will do the same for you as He is no respecter of persons.

Praying has a side to it many of us are not aware of.  Take for example the minister of an intercessor.  If God shows an intercessor that there is a wave of crime coming to a city. What is the Godly thing for an intercessor to do? The intercessor will pray and intercede until that burden has lifted. Was the city aware of the wave of crime to about to be unleashed upon it? No. Did the intercessors prayer make a difference? Yes. If the public did not see the results of what the intercessory saw, does that justify an accusation that the intercessor did not hear God? Or does it confirm that the intercessor heard God, did what God required of her and brought peace to a city which was possibly targeted for a wave of crime by the demonic realm? The results of us praying over our families are never witnessed by anybody except the demonic realm. However, take a few days off from praying the hedge of protection over your family and watch the chaos erupt.

I encourage you firmly; stand strong when it comes to defending your family in the spirit. It is our duty as a parent to protect our families in spirit, soul and body. You will never feed your children poison deliberately. Don’t make them fight their own battles in the spirit. It destroys them. Children need a safe haven to mature and to learn to love God and to imitate their parents. When you pray this prayer, you are putting up a hedge of protection in the spirit that you cannot see with your natural eye, but your children’s future will be drastically altered by your faithfulness in praying for 5-10 minutes a day.

This is not a tool to beat your spouse with and say “but you are not praying”. Any prayer is better than no prayer. God is a Faithful; He does sanctify and protect the non-praying spouse through your prayers. Keep going strong. You may be the protection your spouse needs to enable the seeds of truth to germinate in the correct spiritual environment.

Prayer is the medium to usher in miracles.

I encourage you, God is faithful. He will train you through the Holy Spirit. God is able to look after your family better than you can. All He needs is for you to be obedient, to trust Him and to embark on this exciting journey of limiting the devil’s activity in your family.

Download a skeleton of the Bloodline prayer to pray here Bloodline Skeleton

THE POWER TO CHANGE DESTINY

I’ve opened a new category…For The Brave of Heart only!

Please read this blog only if you are “FEELING BRAVE IN HEART”. It is a little STRONG in opinion and emotion.

With the death of Amy Winehouse making headlines, I did what I normally would when I’ve heard information of such a nature. I started praying for her family and friends.
Do I know them? No.
Your next (unspoken) question would probably be: “So why bother praying for someone’s family and friends that you don’t know?”

Amy Winehouse
Simple answer:
1. God loves them (saved or unsaved).
2. They’ve just lost someone they love and are brokenhearted. My Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, and many people reach out to God for comfort on the death of a loved one. (another opportunity for people to find God, if someone is pushing through in prayer for them)
3. They are huge influences in their field. (This is the actual point I would like to expand on.)

I have kids in various age groups. And through the years they have listened to secular artists such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Katie Perry, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Ricky Martin, Michael Jackson are just a few of the names I’m able to recall at this point. My kids have raved about them, googled them, hung on every word they’ve said, looked what clothes they wore, who they were dating, bought magazines because they were on the cover, bought clothes designed by them, bought clothes because their faces were printed on the clothes etc. Picture of “influence” starting to look familiar?

As a Christian, a parent and a leader in the church, I had no clue how to deal with this infatuation my kids had with “STARS”. Hollywood seemed so much more glamorous when compared to Christianity. How does a Christian parent cope with such a challenge?

After praying for several days and asking God for wisdom on how do I teach my kids that people are not “bad”, but just “unsaved” and that what they doing is “not wrong”, they have just not had the “Godly input” that our children have been privileged to have had. I was trying to teach my children the principle of “not judging someone” before you’ve even started praying for them.

God took me to the following scripture:

1 Tim 2:1-3
1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
(NKJ)

At that stage my answer was: “Yeah, I do pray for the government every now again. This does not solve my problem with my kids”

Until I took a closer look at v2: …and all who are in authority.
Authority means you have an ability to influence someone… good or bad.

God said: “Who is influencing your children the most: Me or the STAR they’ve obsessed with?”
The way to find out what’s in someone’s heart is to listen what comes out of their mouth! My kids were talking “stars, fame, money, clothes, Hollywood”
The main influencing factor in my children’s lives is the “STARS”!
The Stars where having more of an impact on my kids with their “flashy lifestyle” while not having the responsibility of discipline, their schooling, their manners around the dining room table, their manners towards people etc. All of the “unpopular stuff”, such as the list I’ve just rattled off, was left to the inadequate, boring, not-so-famous-parent!

Challenge: how do I change this!

After God showing me the real influence in my children’s live and bringing the scripture in line with the reality, I was able to tackle the problem from a Godly manner.

I approached the subject from a different angle. Every night when we prayed together, I would get my children to pray for the salvation of the person that “influenced” them at that stage. Very quickly, they started seeing through the façade of the fame and started lining up their behaviour with the scriptures and asking me if what that person was doing was right. And it became a powerful evangelical and equipping tool in my children’s lives.

The lesson they learnt:
1. Saved or unsaved: People are important to God.
2. Saved or unsaved: God loves people.
3. Saved or unsaved: Jesus died for people.
4. Saved or unsaved: I was to become more like Jesus and become the mediator between God and man by standing in the gap for the people. (Please refer to one of my previous posts: “I want to be more like Jesus”)
5. As a Christian, I can influence the destiny of someone’s life without them even knowing me or that I’m praying for them.

What sparked this post, was the Christians ungodly responses to Amy’s death on places such as Facebook, Twitter, sms’s etc (yeah, I am also subscribed to most of the social media networks). But sadly, this is not a once off trend I’m referring to here.

In 2011 alone, I have witnessed similar responses in the following situations:
1. When President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, I was horrified at these people who, on a daily basis profess they are “godly” (and even scarier thought: these people were trying to input into my life and tell me they have a message for the Body of Christ), come out with statements: “The demon is dead! Finally!” “The devil can have him” “let him rot in hell”.
2. When Japan was hit by numerous disasters earlier this year! “This happened because the Japanese do not serve God and He is judging them” What junk!

I’ve read what Christians have said of Amy Winehouse: “a tool used by the devil”, “a drug addict”, “wasted talent because the devil used her voice and God did not get the glory for the voice He gave her”.

Christians, dare we change our outlook of people and see these people as “unsaved children that My God loves and wants them in heaven”. Hell was created for the devil and his angels, not for people who the Christians have not wanted to pray for.

We all want to be leaders and Fathers in this wonderful Faith, let’s focus on what’s on God’s heart: PEOPLE and lets leave the judgement for Him to do on judgements day.

We all deep down have a desire to want to known as the person who impacts other peoples lives tremendously. Let’s learn to impact where it really makes a difference!
Heaven and hell are two total extremes. I reckon that is probably the biggest impact you could ever have on an individual’s life.
In prayer destinies are changed! This is probably the most important life changing impact you will ever have on an individual’s destiny, whilst obtaining God’s favour and been rewarded! What a great privilege to get approval from the one we love the most!

What a powerful testimony to your children that one of the “STARS/FAMOUS PEOPLE” got born again and is now ministering the Word of God. What would cement your child’s faith and trust in God more than seeing His power overcome the evil one.


Maybe the ending of Amy’s life would have been different if more parents with children following her music had adopted the response “Let’s pray for Amy’s salvation so she can glorify God with her beautiful voice”

Let’s trust that in her final minutes on earth, an obedient Christian somewhere was prompted to by the Holy Spirit and was praying for Amy’s salvation. Would it not be an awesome testimony to the power and grace of God’s salvation and forgiveness if Amy had cried out to God in her last moments and that she has been accepted and entered the Kingdom as a daughter of the Most High God!

Let’s pray for the “influences/authorities” that shape our lives, in doing so, we become destiny changers!