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Blog Interview with Jené Walker (JW) by Crystal Flanagan (CF) of Fruitful Concepts
CF: At what point did you realize and accept God’s assignment to write your new book, Meditations for a Surrendered Life: Winning Daily Spiritual Battles against the Enemy?
Although several others had planted seeds before her about my book, it was that prophetic word from this lady that caused me to accept and actually complete God’s assignment to write this book. Through total surrender of my life to God and walking in obedience to His instructions, I was able to hear God more clearly when He would speak to me. Through total surrender to God, I was able to relinquish any preconceived fleshly thoughts I had about the book and how the book was to be organized. God later revealed that for my first book, I would compile my writings and quotes and organize them into themes or categories of meditations that will help His people during their moment by moment struggles each day.
CF: You discuss the importance of being equipped to fight the spiritual battle? How important is it for Christians to be in communion with Christ on a daily basis?
In addition to the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, another very important piece of armor for me and I think all believers is prayer in the spirit without ceasing – for yourself and others. Prayer is another means for us to communicate with God. Being still and listening for God’s response after prayer is another opportunity for God to speak to us. I need to hear from God about how He wants me to handle every situation in my life. I’ve already done life my way. Now, I have to hear from God before I move.
I had to stay in God’s Word and pray and fast to be delivered from the spirit of rejection. The spirit was strong and on me since childhood. It caused me to have low self-worth. That is spiritual warfare. That is a spiritual battle. In order to be equipped for battle and to win daily spiritual battles, believers must employ all the spiritual armor of God. Every piece of armor that Paul identifies in Ephesians chapter 6, requires us to be in daily moment-by-moment communion with God.
CF: Your book stresses the importance of living a “surrendered” life. How vital is it for Christians to surrender to God?
I was doing warfare in my house one evening and Holy Spirit said, “Pick up that book off the floor.” I looked down and it was a book entitled Pigs in the Parlor. I opened it up to a page that explained the most common symptoms of indwelling demons. God immediately takes my eyes to “Religious Error.” Hammond explains that involvement to any degree in religious error can open the door for demons. As I scratched my head, The Holy Spirit says read on. Hammond further explained that objects and literature from sources of religious error have been known to attract demons in houses. Well Hammond was specifically referencing, false religions, cults, the occult, and false doctrine; however, the Holy Spirit was leading me to my bookshelf. I went in my study and saw an extensive collection of African American fiction that is borderline erotica. Jesus said to me, “Totally surrender.” Needless to say, my son and I (whom I had exposed to this filth) took every book off the shelf.
What does it profit me to gain the whole world and lose my soul? Ask yourself that question. How long will Christians halt and limp between two opinions. If God is God, serve God totally. But if the devil is god in your life, serve him totally. God hates a lukewarm church so we must die to flesh and totally surrender ourselves to Him. I had to go “all in.”
CF: At what point, in your opinion, and spiritual discernment, do you believe that Christians either lose or win against the Enemy’s attacks?
God’s Word has power. The Holy Spirit empowers us to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the devil but we lose if we don’t use our authority. Stop focusing on the person being used by the devil and fight to win. To fight with your flesh when God has told us to use spiritual weapons, is to fight a losing battle. Pray, fast, study and use the Word of God in your defense, have faith, walk in righteousness, keep the peace of God, wear the helmet of salvation and you can’t lose.
CF: How has your faith played an impact in your personal and professional life?
CF: For an unbeliever that may not know about your ministry and is curious about your book, what is the first thing that you would tell them?
There is no way to the Father except by Christ. In a world full of darkness, Jesus Christ is our only light. Through Christ, you are protected. Through Christ, you will have eternal life after death. Through Christ, although you will suffer on earth for the kingdom, you will be victorious. Through Jesus Christ, you will inherit the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and a peace that surpasses all understanding. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, you are able to employ spiritual weapons to combat his attacks. Read my book as believers and non-believers alike share in the same kinds of sufferings. The Holy Spirit will use the meditations in this book to change your life. You’ve tried everything else, won’t you let Jesus, the Messiah, our King, the Saviour be your last “try?”
CF: Can you provide more insight on your ministry?
CF: What do you hope readers will gain after reading your book?
CF: Will there be any additional projects in the near future?
To learn more about, Dr. Jené Elaine Walker or to purchase her book, Meditations for a Surrendered Life: Winning Daily Spiritual Battles against the Enemy you can visit her at http://www.meditationsforasurrenderedlife.com/. To access Crystal Flanagan’s Fruitful Concepts Blog, click here.
This is not the season to be deceived. Too much is at stake. The enemy is ramping up his deception game and using even the people of God in his conspiracy against us and the kingdom. He does not want you to give birth this season. But since he can’t abort your purpose, he is sending decoys. Be discerning in this season. Do not be distracted by distractions. The game hasn’t changed. In the same way you recognized game when you were in the world, use your spirit to discern people who are being used to throw you off your spiritual game. We can’t afford to be distracted in this season. If their “yes” isn’t really “yes;” if they don’t show up when they’re supposed to; if you’re struggling to figure them out; if they talk a good game but there’s no follow through, how many more signs do we need? Run! Run away from distractions toward your destiny. We don’t have time for it. We have too much kingdom business this season. Every person sent to you isn’t for you. Be vigilant and be obedient and take off the blinders. Jené Elaine Walker
John 8:44 (NIV) “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Remember that we are dealing with a demonic spiritual realm of influence. We can continue to downplay the seriousness and power of the devil or we can begin to use the power of Holy Spirit within us as believers of Yeshua, the Messiah. Pray like never before. Engage the enemy like never before. Kingdom generals in Cleveland, we are praying and warring with you. My condolences to the Godwin family. 🙏🏾 Jené Elaine Walker
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Luke 10:19 “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
I couldn’t find a passage of scripture that states ‘if your great grandmother commits adultery, then your grandmother will commit adultery, and your mother, and you, and your children, and your children’s children.’ But if we’re honest in our spiritual assessment of our family’s lineage, just like in the lineage of our some of our biblical brothers and sisters, we can draw a spiritual conclusion. We often struggle with and repeat the same sins generationally. Reflect on the sins of your family, whether it is sexual immorality, acting in anger and having bad tempers, abandonment, lying, bad stewardship, manipulation, deceiving or perfection. There are sins that are also crimes according to the law such as pedophilia, rape, molestation, theft, etc. Unfortunately, these too are sins that we may see repeated in a family line from generation to generation. We have been letting ourselves off easy stating, “Oh I’m dealing with a spiritual curse” or in the natural realm “It’s because of a mental issue” when in actuality, haven’t some of us just been giving in to the desires of our flesh and lust and committing the same sins our family has committed for generations?
What Holy Spirit showed me is this – these sins aren’t necessarily generational “curses” but in some cases, they are generational “sins” that we commit at will. Yes, our sins can affect our bloodline and we can pass things down through our blood in the birth canal such as addictions and diseases. We tend to identify those things passed down through the birth canal as “curses.” We can even have spirits that we are plagued with that open up the door to attack and enter the child in our womb and spirits can be passed down such as sexual immorality – lust, homosexuality, etc. or even rejection. However, in the case of generational sin we are spiritually repeating the same sin that we saw our parents and their parents and their parents’ parents commit.
One biblical example of generational sin – in a simplistic explanation – is in Abraham’s lineage. In Genesis Chapter 20:2, Abraham lied to the king and said that his wife Sarah was his sister. Now even though Abraham later cleaned up his lie by stating that Sarah truly was his “half” sister, he gave that information to the king with the intent to deceive the king in order to save himself. He had a fear of authority. In Genesis 26:6, Isaac, Abraham’s son, lied to the king and said his wife Rebekah was his sister to save himself. We see the generational sin of lying and deception out of fear of authority. Then, Isaac’s son Jacob deceives Isaac by pretending to be the oldest son Esau in order to get his father’s blessing. Jacob’s motive for lying may have been different from Abraham and Isaac but do you see the pattern of the same sin? Are lying and deception issues in your family? Is there a fear of authority that causes you to cower down, stutter, stammer, or even lie and deceive out of fear? No matter how subtle the generational sin may be, spiritually reflect so that we can strategize for closing those portals for the fear of authority.
Now this is important. What we know about sin is that sins of commission and sins of omission open the doors or spiritual portals for evil spirits to enter into us. So when we continue to commit generational sins, we open the door for a strongman or ruling spirits and other demons to enter in. Luke says in Luke 22:3-4, “Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.” How was Satan able to enter Judas? Because Judas had a sinful heart of greed, the portal was open.
In Acts 5:3, Luke narrated these events, “Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep part of the price of the land?” This couple withheld money from the church and lied about it. Because of the sin of covetousness in their hearts, the strongman of covetousness and other demons such as lying, and greed entered into them and ultimately caused their deaths.
So if we take the sin of “lust” lightly, please understand that the excessive thought of sex with someone or desiring someone’s body or their sex in the “privacy of our own minds” opens the door for the strongman to come into us. According to the research of Frank and Ida Mae Hammond, after the strongman establishes himself as ruler in us, he is integral in the role of other demons coming in.
So now, the sin of lust in the heart and mind have given birth to full-fledge adultery. The strong man of “sexual immorality” has taken residence in the “house” of your husband or wife from a sin that the world “measures” as minor. Can the sins that we commit originate from the prompting of Satan? Of course they can; ask Eve! However, we must let the power of Holy Spirit operate in our lives to help us to take the escape that God has already provided for us when temptation comes. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
God has made a way of escape for us before we partner with Satan to sin. We just have to choose to take the escape. Jesus died so that we would have the power to resist the devil through the Holy Spirit. We can’t dare say that the devil has too much power. Luke narrates what Jesus says in Luke 10:19 “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” We have power to overcome generational sin.
Frank and Ida Mae Hammond’s research also suggests that when we are vulnerable, demons are able to enter in. If we’re fearful of something happening to us such as divorce or our spouse leaving us, that makes us vulnerable and we can open ourselves up to the strongman of worry, nervousness, and even grief. We have to be vigilant and spiritually discerning about what is happening to us and concerning us in the spiritual ream. Then, we can uproot these demons – or even better, cut them off before they take root.
One of the most important spiritual tactics for closing up spiritual portals is to first, repent. You have to want to come out of that sin just as much as or even more than you wanted to commit the sin. Secondly, you have to actually come out of sin. Third, ask for forgiveness and turn in the opposite direction of your sin. Fourth, when you come out, the strongman and demons in you must come out through deliverance. Fifth, when you are delivered from these demons, immediately allow Holy Spirit to rule and take complete control of your life. If you don’t, you are at a serious risk of allowing the strongman to come back with seven other demons worse than him. Then you will be worse off than you were before your deliverance. (See Matthew 12:44-45.) Of course, you will continue with your regular strategic warfare plan (See your first email installment) of worshipping and speaking in tongues, praying and speaking confessions, and studying and meditating on the Word of God.
Most of the scriptures about curses have to do with God administering punishment for the sin of our forefathers. However, in Ezekiel, God said that He wasn’t going to do that anymore. Each person would die for his own sin. Then, Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law.
Exodus 20:5 “You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,”
Numbers 14:18 ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’
Romans 5:19 ‘For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.’
Ezekiel 18:1-4 “The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: ‘The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel. For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die.”
Galatians 3:13 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”
© 2017 Jené Walker International
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Isaiah 4:1 “In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, ‘We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!’”
Read Isaiah 3:16-26 at the end of the article (or in your own Bible) for background information for this lesson.
When prophets speak of “that day,” “in that day” or “the day of the Lord” it typically refers to the end times or the worldwide judgment to come. However, some events occur in a prophetic continuum -meaning, they occur more than once throughout time. For example, judgments have occurred against Israel since they first became a nation such as oppression. The prophets may speak of judgment that happens during the cultural context of the text but then again during our time, and then again during the end times. Prophetic continuum means that the prophecy continues and is carried on until the final revelation.
“Who are the Daughters of Zion? We are!”
Zion is also Jerusalem, the city of David or the city of God. Zion refers to Israel, the people of God. The daughters of Zion are the Hebrew Israelite women. Unfortunately, in the pericope of our text, the daughters of Zion too are being judged for the moral decay that is taking place in Israel (See Isaiah 3:1-15). As a result, God would remove everything that Israel depended on (Does this parallel where we are right now?). God would remove the pillar or foundation of Israel’s support such as the military, the government, religious leaders, and businessmen (Does this parallel where we are right now?). As a result, the nation began to fall apart. This judgment was because God’s chosen people rebelled against Him (Does this parallel where we are right now)? It sickens God, that Zion, the beautiful city of God, the city of David, and the holy mountain is filled with moral decay.
Finally, God, through the prophet Isaiah, depicts how immoral the women of Zion had become. There are several actions that we have to take in order to ensure that we don’t fall into judgment for the same sin as the daughters of Zion:
1) Cast out pride
2) Cast out lasciviousness
3) Cast out idolatry or, we will
4) Continue to suffer the consequences
Women of God, cast out pride. Beginning with verse 16 of Isaiah Chapter 3, we see that the daughters of Zion are haughty. Haughty is exalted, high, above, and proud. God tells us in several passages of scripture that He hates the proud. In 1 Peter 5:5b-6, Peter says, “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” Women of God, daughters of Zion, when we try to elevate ourselves, God will humble us. When we exalt ourselves, we will be brought down. If we have strongholds of pride, arrogance, or haughtiness in our spirits, we need to cast it out in the name of Jesus. God says for not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to (See Romans 12.). An outward expression of pride was when the women extended their necks and walked along with their necks stretched out, and heads in the air. See, we must always reject the world’s standards. We cannot do what the world – or even our grandmothers say when it contradicts what the word of God says. “Baby keep your head up!” We must be careful about the spirit behind perched heads and stretched necks. God detested it and the women were punished.
Women of God, cast out lasciviousness. Lasciviousness means “inclined to lustfulness; wanton; and lewd.”1 The phrase “flirting with their eyes” in the Hebrew translation is defined at “coquettish.” So, the women used their eyes to suggest a playful, sexual attraction; they were flirtatious. These women also “strutted” with “swaying” hips. Walking with dainty steps which is so much pretentiousness. Have you seen it or even done it in church? You always seem to have to walk around when everyone else is still and quiet during the service. Some of us have layers and layers of spirits from which we need to be delivered. A “marine spirit” is known as a lustful seductive spirit. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal it to you each time you are being charming (which is seductive), flirtatious, and manipulative with your eyes, in the way you walk, your speech, or in your dress.
Proverbs 31:30a says, “Charm is deceptive.” Charm is just as much about our “intentions” as it is our actions. We use charm when we think the real “me” won’t get the guy’s attention. Satan himself uses charm or seduction to get us to sin (Think of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jesus in the wilderness, and even us to charm boys and men to get them to like us.). Even though charm may get you temporary attention and even affection, charm will not get you 1 Corinthians 13 kind of love. Do we want to continue to use the enemy’s devices?
Women who focus on beauty are narcissistic. Narcissistic is having an excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance. Look at the world of social media and how it is flooded with “selfies.” When you look at the work selfie, “self” is the root word. The focus is on “self” so much today. Holy Spirit still puts me on “selfie” restriction sometimes now. We have to begin to discern when the enemy is tempting us in this area. Ask Holy Spirit to help you (me too) to get to the root of the stronghold. “Why do I feel that I need to seduce someone which is a form of manipulation to get what I need? What is missing on the inside of me? What tragic event triggered my need for attention or power or manipulation? Why is my focus on me so much?” Holy Spirit will reveal it to you; He does it for me. Then cast out that spirit of lasciviousness. It has to go.
Women of God, cast out the spirit of idolatry. Idolatry is anything that you allow to take the place of God. These women focused on outward appearances to make themselves beautiful. They “adorned” themselves with so many extra accessories and God hated it: ornaments, headbands, crescent necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and veils; scarves, ankle bracelets, sashes, perfumes, and charms; rings, jewels, party clothes, gowns, capes, and purses; mirrors, fine linen garments, head ornaments, and shawls. Are some of you imagining your closets now? I know I’m praying hard and reflecting right now. The enemy uses these idols to keep us in financial bondage too. I think of how I fight against an insatiable appetite for accessories and clothes and shoes. This word is confirmation that we have to fight lest we become seduced by the enemy and become victims to worldly sinful excess of these things.
We buy all these things and idolize them because we want to be “beautiful.” Proverbs 31:30b also says, “beauty is fleeting.” Beauty fades away. Anything could happen to cause what the world defines as beauty to fade: a cultural perception of beauty changes such conflicting opinions about light skin vs. dark, natural vs. permed, and bold features vs. keen features; genetics, an accident that causes disfiguration such as the woman whose boyfriend threw acid in her face a couple of years ago; or old age.
Finally, in Proverbs 31:30, “but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” At the end of the day, what women want is to be praise worthy. We won’t be however if we don’t allow God to be first in our lives. When He is, we are subject to Him. We fear Him and then we become praiseworthy. Cast off the spirit of idolatry. Women, if we don’t get delivered right now through the power of Holy Spirit, we will continue to suffer the consequences for our sin: an odor, baldness, garments of shame which is an indication of poverty, our men killed (incarcerated today), mourning, and finally, we will share a men with seven other women which implies a statistically shortage of men.
Isaiah 3:24-26 “Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, she will stink. She will wear a rope for a sash, and her elegant hair will fall out. She will wear rough burlap instead of rich robes. Shame will replace her beauty. The men of the city will be killed with the sword, and her warriors will die in battle. The gates of Zion will weep and mourn. The city will be like a ravaged woman, huddled on the ground.
Isaiah 4:1 “In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, ‘We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!’” To ensure that we don’t fall into judgment, we must do the following:
1)Cast out pride
2)Cast out lasciviousness
3)Cast out idolatry or
4)Continue to suffer the consequences
Isaiah 16-26 “The Lord says, “Beautiful Zion is haughty: craning her elegant neck, flirting with her eyes, walking with dainty steps, tinkling her ankle bracelets. So the Lord will send scabs on her head; the Lord will make beautiful Zion bald. On that day of judgment the Lord will strip away everything that makes her beautiful: ornaments, headbands, crescent necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and veils; scarves, ankle bracelets, sashes, perfumes, and charms; rings, jewels, party clothes, gowns, capes, and purses; mirrors, fine linen garments, head ornaments, and shawls. Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, she will stink. She will wear a rope for a sash, and her elegant hair will fall out. She will wear rough burlap instead of rich robes. Shame will replace her beauty. The men of the city will be killed with the sword, and her warriors will die in battle. The gates of Zion will weep and mourn. The city will be like a ravaged woman, huddled on the ground.”
Isaiah 4:2-4 “In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.”
1 Dictionary.com, s.v.“lasciviousness,” accessed March 27, 2017, http://www.dictionary.com/browse/lasciviousness.
©March 2017 Dr. Jené Walker
Some of us have tried to
Drink it away
Dance it away
Work it away
Twerk it away
Sleep it away
Smoke it away and
Sex it away.
All temporary fixes
that leave us empty…
But to demolish strongholds
and to come out of
a spirit of Rejection,
We have to
Pray it away
Fast it away
Study it away and
Speak it away
using the Word of God like Jesus.
This is not a game.
This is war. Dr.J.
Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
“Against the rulers of the darkness of this world” is worth reflecting upon. Kosmokrator is the Greek term for a “ruler of this world.” Paul reminds us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but there are demonic forces of darkness that literally “spiritually” rule here on earth (between the earth and the moon; the air; atmosphere). We can’t ignore this. We can’t pretend that we don’t understand this. There are demonic forces that have rule on the earth. They have influence. They have control. They have power. There are “people” who have surrendered to the influence of the rulers of the darkness of this world and they are under demonic influence – people in government, law enforcement, education, the media, hospitals, church and every other institution in the world. The rulers of the darkness of this world answer to and are under the direction of Satan. It’s real. We just need to ask God for revelation first so that we can “see” what’s happening. Then we have to ask God to help us to use our weapons to fight the rulers of the darkness spiritually. We can’t win a spiritual war with flesh. God open our hearts, minds, and EYES to receive what you’re showing us in Jesus’s name. Dr.J.
John 8:47 “Whoever belongs to God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”