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Cleansing the Imagination (3 of 4)

Mike Connell

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Here's another thing you need to do. You need to speak and declare the word of God, speak and declare the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 says that the sword of the Spirit is the word of God. Now you actually have to speak it, speak God's word. Now a lot of people are quiet. SPEAK GOD'S WORD! You know, how do things get into the life? You dream about them and then you speak them and they start to have life when you speak them, so you've got to take the word of God, SPEAK IT! That's how Jesus overcame the devil. He spoke the word of God. You need to speak God's word over your life, declare over your life the truth: I'm the servant of the living God. I belong to Jesus Christ. You've got to declare what God says. You agree with what God says, start to speak it over your life, develop a pattern in prayer of speaking the word of God over your life. You'll be amazed how your inner man begins to stand up, YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! It's true! But you have to decide to do that.

No one can your mouth work for you. No one can make your mouth say the word of God. You've got to choose to speak the word of God, so speaking the word of God will make imaginations go. One of the ways you can do it is you can directly speak to the spirit behind it: You tormenting spirit, I take dominion over you. I bind you. I hold the blood of Jesus over you. Be gone! Just do that, just speak directly to the spirit. If demons are the source of some things confront them with the word of God. Use your authority. Take dominion. Don't just be pussy and roll over and [unclear 00.29.18]. [Laughter] [That's right.] Come on, stand up on the inside. Get the weapons of warfare. Come on, don't be meek and mild, stand up. There's a lion in there needs to overcome. It's no use thinking you're going to take the world if you can't take your own mind! [No!] Okay, here's the last couple and then we're finished.

Okay, speak and declare the word. Here's another one: praise the Lord. Begin to praise God when the thoughts come. I tell you what, but you've got to make it vocal. You've got to express it out. Psalm 8:2 says you have ordained or you have appointed praise. God is designated praise to do something, to still. That means to cancel an operation, to stop something that is progressing, to break down the power of something to influence you - to stop the work of the enemy and the avenger or accuser. That is why it's impossible if you are praising God strongly to have your mind invaded with junk. When you stand up and begin to consciously praise the Lord and speak out strong, sing out strong, express strongly through - it's impossible for demonic things to remain around you. The presence of God comes into that. The Bible says in James 4:7 humble yourself under the hand of God, resist the devil. He will flee from you. You've got to do something.

So be aggressive and assertive. Praise the Lord. If the devil comes and every time he comes you just end up praising the Lord he's going to give up on that strategy real quick. Okay, another way you can deal with it is praying in tongues, praying in the spirit. When you pray in tongues your spirit man is stirred so [Prays in tongues 00.30.54]. Then speak the word of God. Finally the other thing is quite a simple, very practical one. Just refocus your thoughts somewhere else - really practical, just focus your thoughts somewhere else. Get busy doing something different. Just redirect your thoughts somewhere else, because what you focus on your life opens up to. In Matthew 6, I think verse 22, it says whatever is the light of your eye it'll shine light into your whole body. See, the eye is the lamp of the body, so if you'll direct your focus somewhere else, so if you're here and your mind's starting to go into a mess DO SOMETHING! DO SOMETHING! It's going to drag you somewhere you don't want to go!