Saturday, 21 December 2019

"Breaking the Spirit of Delayed Blessings"

Hakeem Collins
Dec 17, 2019

Recently while in prayer, the Lord spoke to me prophetically that He is breaking the spirit of delayed blessings. Many people in this season have been facing some high-level hindrances, unseen resistances, and unpredictable setbacks, especially in the areas of receiving financial breakthrough, provision, resources and help.

One of the challenges that many of His people are facing is the spirit of delay, setback and missed opportunities. In addition, there are some who are encountering shattered hope, broken promises and recurring mishaps or misfortunes. This is the season where God says that He is breaking the irregular patterns and exposing the plans of the enemy for breakthrough advancement.

That's Not God

The Bible says in Proverbs 13:12 (KJV), "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life." The Good News Translation renders that verse this way: "When hope is crushed, the heart is crushed, but a wish come true fills you with joy." This simply means that it is not the Lord who crushes our hopes or dreams and breaks our hearts. We have to know that it's this ancient enemy called the devil. The devil accomplishes this through an invisible force of delays and denials.

I love what Galatians 5:7 (KJV) says: "Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?" As Believers, God would not have us be ignorant of the enemy's devices, tactics, strategies and plots against us. If you are going around in circles like a dog chasing its tail, experiencing abrupt interferences, interruptions and distractions, and time and time again feeling like you're stuck and stagnate – that's demonic.

Take a look at this passage of Scripture in Daniel 7:25: "He will speak out against the Most High and oppress the saints of the Most High, intending to change the appointed times and laws; and the saints will be given into his hand for a time, and times, and half a time."

You can see that the devil's whole agenda is to oppress, persecute, drain and attack the Believer. While you may be facing some subtle setbacks in this season, I want to encourage you that you will weather the storm and that through patience it will work your faith and your faith will work patience in you.

Divine Delays vs Demonic Delays

Keep in mind that there are divine delays and demonic delays: A divine delay is when God says, "No, not yet," or "Wait." He uses it for the purpose of divine and spiritual growth, maturity, development, protection and for the right season and timing. A demonic delay is when you go around and around in circles and can't seem to break out of a particular loop; this is when the forces of demonic delay and denial have been forged against you.

I am reminded of the story of the prophet Daniel and the prince of Persia in the book of Daniel chapter 10, where it gives a clear, precise picture of the invisible struggle between the forces of good and evil. Daniel had prayed and an angel was dispatched to bring his request from the very first day he started to pray. However, a demon referred to as "the prince of Persia" waylaid the angel and engaged him in intense spiritual warfare. There are demonic entities or forces that monitor particular territories and places.

In Daniel's day, this evil spirit's mission and assignment was to delay and deny Daniel's prayers from ever being answered. The enemy will do everything he can to stop your breakthrough blessings from coming to you or to those who you are interceding on the behalf of. Think about it for a moment...How many times have you personally faced sudden delays and even outright denials, closed doors, missed opportunities and rejections that you attributed to God's making, when in reality, they were the making of demonic powers?

Can you imagined if Daniel stopped praying on the 15th day of his petition? He probably wouldn't have ever received the answer to his prayer. It was his persistence in prayer that superimposed the enemy's plans and activated the power of God for his spiritual victory over the forces projected to delay, stop or deny his breakthrough blessings.

Here's the point: Satanic delays are solely purposed to deny you access to the answers to your prayers. That's when delays can become denials. God wants you to target the areas in your life where you are frustrated the most and partner with Heaven to see your breakthrough in the earth (in your life). God desires to bless you, but your money and increase are not in Heaven; there are no mortal banks in Heaven. All the money you'll ever need or want is on Earth, here and now.

If you're always getting frustrated financially, then it's time you learn how to command, decree, summon and speak to your finances and blessings, telling them to manifest and show up, calling forth hidden treasures, riches stashed away in secret places. This is your portion in Jesus' name (Isaiah 45:3). I decree and declare that the power of delayed blessings and demonic cycles is broken off your life today, in Jesus' name!

As you do a spiritual assessment and audit, if you're finding yourself in the same spot for long, extended periods of time, my friend, that's not God. The forces of delay and denial are solely responsible for it.

Release Your "Prayer Bullets"

Today, God wants you to muster up enough of the Holy Spirit's power to release prayer bullets on these powers of Hell that are against your life and blessings.

One of the things I have realized in my own life is that the spirit of delayed blessings comes to hinder God's people from ever entering his/her destiny at the appropriate or set time, despite the great effort and labor we put in. Moreover, Believers who suffer from this pestering spirit, oftentimes spend unnecessary, wasted time trying to get what others normally receive rather quickly and easily. Unfortunately for some, they work tirelessly and receive little or nothing, or work so hard and do overtime to ever get anything in return, and by the time they eventually receive it, all the excitement of such an achievement has already left.

As you pray today, God will shatter, once and for all, the yoke of this delayed spirit in your life, and you shall enter a place of destiny unhindered.

The apostle Paul understood who was behind this spirit of delay: "For we wanted to come to you – certainly I, Paul, did, again and again – but satan blocked our way" (1 Thessalonians 2:18). Paul discerned that what he wanted to do was God's will. However, the devil raised several oppositions and blocked Paul several times.

Currently, there are many of you who are stuck in one place. You have lost the boldness to venture out again and start your dreams because you have faced so many disappointments, setbacks, delays and unexpected blockages from the enemy. Because of this, many of you have wondered if you made the right decision in the first place.

Again, it is the demonic forces of delay and denial that are at work against you in the unseen. Fight back in prayer and go on the offensive against these powers, and then move into God's dream for your life. Daniel met demonic resistance with supernatural persistence and received his breakthrough answer and blessing in 21 days.

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