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My Name is NOT, A Prayer to Break Generational Bondage

God placed it on my heart to use these last 13 weeks of 2017 — the year of completion — to break generational curses. Each week we will focus on a category until God says differently. Below is a prayer that I want you to pray every day and ask God to reveal to you the generational curses that run in your family. Ask God to reveal specifically the generational bondage that you are going up against. I want to encourage you to know that it is going to take much energy as you will be warring in the spirit, but I promise you the reward will be great and I will continue to pray and cover each and every one of you.

My Name Is NOT, A Prayer to Break Generational Bondage
By: Dr. Gimel

Lord today I break and dismantle every generational curse in my family and myself, I bind up every demonic spirit and force that has been passed down from generation to generation from my parents to my grandparents, my great-grandparents, my great great grandparents, and the forefathers and mothers which came before them. Lord today for any sacrifices that they made that were not of Christ for any words that they spoke that we’re not of Christ I break it today and I bind it up in the name of Jesus, I cover it and seal it with the blood of Jesus so it does not touch anyone, and send it back to the pit of hell from which it came. Today Lord, my soul wounds are healed and unhealthy and ungodly soul ties are forever severed. Thank you, Lord, for revealing and continuing to reveal specifically the spiritual bondage that has been passed down from generation to generation that I could not see or name in which I, a representative of my family__(insert your family’s name)__, and myself have been freed from. I thank you that no retaliation will befall my family, friends, or myself as I stand in the gap to set the captives free. I drench my family, friends, and myself with the blood of Jesus. I am not afraid because the Holy Spirit which you sent is our comforter and will protect me from the enemy. All I need to do is believe. Today and this day forward, I believe! Amen.

My name and my family’s name is not:
Abomination, addiction, adultery, abuse, alcoholism

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Romans 8:24-26 Learning to Hang in the Balance

Romans 8:24-26 (NKJV)
For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Likewise, the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[b] with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Are you impatiently patient? Do you calmly get frustrated waiting on waiting? Are you used to immediate gratification or even getting everything that you desire in every other area of life? Sometimes in life, we have had one strong desire for years, whether it is to become a c-level executive, have a flourishing self-sustaining business, become married, have children, be debt free, reconcile a relationship, lose weight and sustain that weight loss, complete a degree, or have one successful long-lasting career. Whatever the hope or desire maybe, hanging in the balance of life becomes increasingly difficult because in the flesh uncertainty of the future doesn't sit well with most of us. Therefore, as our scripture reminds us, our hope cannot be turned into the mere expectation of finding satisfaction in things that only make time and sense. It takes persistence and consistency. Persistence to be steadfast in the promise that God has given us, and consistency in our relationship with Christ, to ensure that it is He who is speaking to us. Bottomline, it is all about patience until the promise comes. Reflecting on today's scripture, if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance and the Holy Spirit will help us when we get weak. Therefore, we are not alone in this journey. The Holy Spirit is always with us and strengthens us when we are weak. It is the Holy Spirit that will assist us with working and hanging in the balance longer than we humanly possibly think we can hang there. Today, I encourage you to garner up your patience and become patiently patient while hanging in the balance of life. The journey may have already been long, but Christ will come, though he seems to tarry. I encourage you to continue to show up with faith, continue to have the courage and willpower to be persistent and consistent in your actions that reflect Christ, pray for spiritual companionship, and most importantly be still and quiet long enough to hear God's voice. Amen. 

Revelation 21:4 Your Sin Is A Manifestation of Your Pain

Revelation 21:4 (NKJV)
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Today's scripture comes from Revelation, some people say it's Apocalytptic. However, I submit to you today that it's true to it's name, it's a book where all things will be revealed; it's a true revelation! As we go through life, many of us tend to make decisions based on the emotional or intellectual state that we are in before consulting Christ. Another words, we do not pray about the situation, we do not pray for things to be revealed to us in the moment in order to make the best decision. This often comes from the fact that we go with what we know, and many times that is sinful behavior because sinful behavior comes from a deep pain unaddressed. If you are truly asking God for a new season in your life and you are ready for God to wipe away ever tear from your eye, then healing needs to take place. In order for healing to take place, then you need to pray for a revelation! You need to pray that God will reveal your unaddressed pain so you can stop acting and behaving in sinful ways. I encourage you today, to spend ten minutes every day being intentional in your prayer and asking God for a revelation of your unaddressed pain. I encourage you that once God reveals to you your unaddressed pain, that you ask God to change your ways, so you will no longer commit the same sin. Remember your sin is a manifestation of your unaddressed pain, and our scripture reminds us, there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away! Amen.

Romans 12:1-2 Sustaining Total Transformation

Roman 12:1-2 (NKJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Over these past several weeks we talked about developing our spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional health which starts with forgiveness. As we close out this Lenten season, I pray that each of your strive to sustain total transformation. Sustaining total transformation is achieved through discipline which truly only comes through prayer, fasting, and having an accountability prayer partner. We touched on prayer and fasting when we discussed developing our spiritual health. However, let’s explore having an accountability prayer partner. This accountability prayer partner is a person who will check you in love when your faith becomes weary. He or she will remind you that there is no gray on this Christian walk and as our scripture highlights, “that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Today, as we enter into the last few days of Holy week, I encourage you to take a health check, and ask yourself are you doing your reasonable service? How are you feeding yourself spiritually? In what ways do you challenge yourself intellectually? Does your physical health match your spiritual health? Are you emotionally stable with the mind of Christ? Have you forgiven all of your transgressors in honor of your freedom?

After you conduct a wholeness check, now ask yourself do you have an accountability prayer partner who is real and transparent with you and you can be open and honest with them without anyone’s feeling getting hurt? If not, pray that God sends you an equally yoked friend to assist with sustaining total transformation. Pray that God sends you an accountability prayer partner that is willing to stand in the gap for you when your flesh gets weak. Pray that God sends you an accountability prayer partner that will remind you not to be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind! This journey is not easy but it is necessary!

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Colossians 2:1-10 Developing Your Intellectual Health

Colossians 2:1-10 (NKJV)
For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and[a] of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. 5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it[b] with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Intellectual health is stimulating your mind by expanding the lens in which you see the world. However, often times in life when we expand our lens we only see things through the human eye and not the spiritual eye. This is due to forgetting who your teacher is. In Dallas Willard’s book, “The Great Omission,” he offers that in a world where there is a great deal of information, misinformation, and disinformation, people have pushed aside Christ. He explains, “Many Christians do not even think of him as one with reliable information about their lives” (Willard, 2006, p. 18).  As Christians, we must ask ourselves, why do we not respect Christ in our various fields of study and expertise, and why do we not recognize him as a master of research and knowledge in our fields? These are questions to ponder because in our society “Jesus Christ is automatically disassociated from brilliance or intellectual capacity” (Willard, 2006, p. 19). Sometimes we forget that Jesus is the smartest person who ever lived, sometimes we forget that it was his father who was the original environmentalist, so ask yourself, who is your teacher?

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1 Peter 5:6-11 Developing Your Emotional Health

1 Peter 5:6-11 (NKJV)
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Emotional health is understanding your emotional intelligence (EQ) and implementing ways to have a stronger EQ. According to Howard Gardner, your EQ is “the level of your ability to understand other people, what motivates them and how to work cooperatively with them.” He and other researchers in this area have identified five key areas of EQ, self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. Although each one of these areas are necessary to develop to have a stronger emotional intelligence the key piece that is missing is having the mind of Christ. Embodying the mind of Christ brings a person from simply having a superb EQ to being emotionally healthy.

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Psalm 77:11-15 Strecting Your Spirit

Psalm 77:11-15 (ESV)
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph.

Spiritual health is feeding your spirit through meditating, praying, fasting, and studying the word. This wholeness is achieved by freeing oneself from mundane practices in effort to go deeper and ascend higher in one’s relationship with Christ. Let’s explore these for spiritual health practices.

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Psalm 51:1-12 Layers of Forgiveness

Psalm 51:1-12 (ESV)
Have mercy on me,[a] O God, according to your steadfast love, according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right[b] spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

How does forgiveness make one free and ascend oneself to higher heights? Well, without forgiving yourself, there’s no growth…without growth you cannot forgive others...without forgiving others, you become bitter and bitterness results in anger, and anger doesn’t promote Christian growth.

Therefore, going through each layer of forgiveness and the steps to forgive will aid in your growth. The first layer is surface forgiveness - white lies or petty situations involving someone else. For example, I forgive you for telling me I do not match or for lying to me about my relationship. The second is deep forgiveness - hurtful situations involving others. For example, I forgive my mother for leaving me and my father or I forgive my cousin for molesting me. The third is the deepest forgiveness - forgiveness of self. For example, I forgive myself for abusing my temple through drugs, alcohol or sex, or I forgive myself for not living up to my highest potential. As you note, there are multiple levels of forgiveness but the greatest one is of yourself. Hence, it is necessary to follow the process David indicated, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” Which is why we must ask God to “Create in me a pure hear, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

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Daniel 9:21-24 Striving for Wholness

Daniel 9:21-24 (ESV)
21 while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding. 23 At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word and understand the vision. 24 “Seventy weeks[c] are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.

As you begin this Lenten season, I urge you put an end to sin and bring about everlasting righteousness by building a strong relationship with Christ. In order to build a strong relationship with Christ, we must strive for completion and forgive to become free. These things may be accomplished by spending time with God. Reflecting on today’s text, Gabriel came to Daniel to provide him insight and understanding. If you are seeking wholeness in your life, you need to spend some quiet time with God so He can reveal to you how to develop and refine your spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional health. These four target areas are key to becoming whole. Additionally, wholeness in these areas necessitate completion because it is usually these areas that we struggle in the most.

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Psalm 119:105-107 How Do You Feed Your Spirit?

Psalm 119:105-107 (ESV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules. I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!

Are you hungry like a newborn infant that desires the unadulterated spiritual milk? Do you let God’s word be the lamp to your feet and the light unto your path? If so, how often do you take the time to grow your spirit through the word of God? As a spiritual being, you have to pray, worship, be open to the Holy Spirit, but most importantly commit to studying the word of Christ. The bible is like no other book, it is thee book of knowledge and if you are hungry, then feast on the Word of God!

Genesis 3:1-7 Vulnerability Doesn't Have To Be Perpetual Weakness

Genesis 3:1-7 (ESV)
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[b] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

Sometimes in life we feel vulnerable, however, we should not mistake vulnerability for perpetual weakness. Sometimes our vulnerability can be very dangerous especially when coupled with power. Looking at our scripture, Eve desired to be wiser, one can say she desired the power. In her moment of vulnerability, she succumbed to human weakness, a desire to know and have more. The serpent being crafty knew this and capitalized on her vulnerability. So, today I encourage you to win the battle against the crafty serpent and stay out of vulnerable situations. Hence, the key to deliverance is not knowing that you are vulnerable because we are all vulnerable, it is knowing when you are vulnerable. Knowing when you are vulnerable will prevent a perpetual weakness from developing. I encourage you to pray for discernment so you may know when you are vulnerable unto bad or evil influence and God can lead you out of temptation.  

Philippians 2:13 Your Connection Gives You The Power

Philippians 2:13 (NLT)
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Are you connected to Christ and the plans He has for your life? Staying connected to Christ dismantles the worry about your future because you know that He has big plans for your life. As I meditate and reflect on the scripture of how God’s power is working in us, I get excited because God has the ultimate power. His plan is perfect! Not only is His plan perfect but He's also given us the power to execute the plan. I encourage you all to stay connected to Christ and continue to let His power work through you because God can do much more than anything you ever imagined!

Psalm 19:1-2 He Is Everything You Need

Psalm 19:1-2
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.

This scripture reminds me that God is everything you need in life even when things are going wrong. Let the work of God’s hand be the encouragement that you need to press through the storms. Always remember, joy is a by-product of a relationship with God, not your circumstances, material items, or even your education. Stay close to God, see the work of His hands, and everything else will fall into place.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 Are You A Victim of Perfectionism?

Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NCV)
Those who wait for perfect weather will never plant seeds; those who look at every cloud will never harvest crops.

Have you fallen victim to being perfect for others? Have you put so many expectations on yourself that are extremely demanding that you are constantly stressed? In today’s society, there are so many demands on how you should eat, dress, behave, and look, it’s endless. Instead of trying to live up to so many other people’s expectations which are surface, remember the only expectations that matter is God’s. As today’s scripture reminds us, those who wait for perfect weather will never plant seeds; those who look at every cloud will never harvest crops. Therefore, stop aiming to be perfect in the human eye, instead aim to be faithful and pleasing to Christ so you can reap the harvest that He has for you.

Psalm 118:24 Today's a New Day, Let's Rejoice!

Psalm 118:24 (ESV)
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Today’s scripture reminds us that we are to rejoice in the Lord and be glad in Him. How often do you wake up feeling joyful? Do you shout for joy to the Lord or do you dread the day before it even gets started? Often times in life we are so focused on what we do not want that we all too often forget to thank God for the breath He blew in our bodies to see a new day. Today, I challenge and encourage you to put aside everything you are going through and thank God for the life He has given you.

Isaiah 41:10-11 Who Do You Fear?

Isaiah 41:10-11 (NIV)
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. "All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.

As I reflect on today’s scripture, it reminds me that the only person, thing, entity, etc. that I should fear is God and God alone. For His word says, honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, and honor the king. When we become under spiritual attack of the enemy we need to make sure that we are not afraid of Satan. For the bible also says that yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. As you face attacks, adversities, and strife, remember to be bold and fearless for God is with you. He has promised to strengthen you. And God is the only being to fear!

Proverbs 22:1 Do You Sell Out Your Faith for Success?

Proverbs 22:1 (ESV)
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

Do you walk in integrity? As I reflect on today’s scripture, it is reminding us that maintaining a good name is to be chosen over wealth? Ask yourself, have you sold out your faith for success? Have you disavowed your morals for recognition? As a Christian, it is necessary to trust that God has great plans in store for you and where He can take you is far greater than any human being. Always remember you cannot glorify Christ and engage in deceit at the same time. Choose this day what God you will serve and choose wisely.

Ephesians 4:26-27 Are You in Control of Your Emotions?

Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT)
And "don't sin by letting anger control you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

As I reflect on today's scripture, do not let the sun go down on your anger, and don't give the devil a foothold, opportunity, or advantage; I am reminded of how the enemy attacks using our emotions. Even Jesus became angry when He witnessed unholy actions in the temple. However, anger is not an emotion that should be given into easily and frequently. Jesus was right in his anger but He did not let it consume Him. There will be many events, especially small ones in life that will evoke anger and tempt us to be filled with hatred, bitterness, and regret. I encourage you today to defeat those emotions and turn to God. Do not let the sun go down without forgiving and freeing yourself from negative emotions. Turn to God in the times of need instead of giving the devil advantage over you.

Hebrews 12:11 Have You Been Trained by Discipline?

Hebrews 12: 11 (ESV)
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

More often than not, it is easy to identify a disciplined versus undisciplined person. Disciplined people understand the importance and necessity it has in and for one's life. Discipline of the mind, body, and spirit is challenging and as the scripture notes painful rather than pleasant. Although that may be true, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Fasting and praying diligently produces the discipline that is needed for what God has called us to do; for God has not called us to impurity, but to sanctification. I encourage you to be a person of discipline, who works diligently and faithfully toward a bountiful harvest. Pray that your conduct shows others what it means to be a faithful Christian. Therefore, today choose to be disciplined in your mind, body, and spirit, so you can yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

James 3:16 Zealousness for Christ or Jealousy for Others?

James 3:16 - For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

Do you possess zealousness for Christ or jealousy for others? Considering the competitive world that we live in, do you tend to be on fire for Christ knowing that He is the way-maker or do you tend to covet your friends, family, and even enemies? Now, I am not blind to the fact that we are imperfect beings. Hence, seeing others in certain positions or possessing material things may incite a spirit of envy. However, I submit to you the more you count your blessings instead of others, the better off you'll be. Our scripture even reminds us there will be disorder and every vile practice when jealousy and selfish ambition exist. I encourage you to ask God to deliver you from the pain of jealousy so you may be zealous for Christ!