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I have had this issue with various people over the years. “Margie” is one such case. When I met her, she had more critters than breathing room. She worked with various ministry partners over the years and off-loaded a bunch of stuff, but there was one specific entity that still hammered her cruelly in a tangible area.
She asked me for some help. When I was on the phone with her, the critter stayed away, out of reach. When the critter knew that I was on an airplane or in a seminar or otherwise utterly out of reach of Margie’s text messages, it would torment her.
So it was a game. I was able to give her complete freedom by engaging with her. But I certainly did not want to be on standby for her 24/7! That is her getting freedom at the expense of my being in bondage to her critter.
There were two parts to the solution. First was to find out what allowed this being to keep coming back when she had done everything known to us. She had renounced until her renouncer wore out. She had played all the right SLG teachings and Scripture 24/7. She had cleansed her home. She had used prayer triggers and prayer targets. Communion and baptism.
And I had hacked and whacked a lot of different ways and not been successful, other than when I was on the phone with her.
Second, she had to overcome her deeply embedded poverty spirit which convinced her she could not win against the critters.
Clearly something had to change.
Eventually God told me that this was a principality, not a demon, and that it was hiding behind some sort of sound shield when I did warfare against it. Hence it was not affected by my proclamations of truth.
It is unusual for a principality to be personally messing with a human on such a granular level. It happens from time to time, but they usually give the orders and send a minion to execute. She had come from a pretty gnarly background, with demonic stuff beginning in the womb, so clearly there was more to the story than I knew.
Didn’t really matter. If God said it was a principality, then we would run with it.
I warred against a sound shield with the sound of heaven. She got hit. We scheduled a call many hours later. The oppression lifted before I got on the phone. I assumed the principality was still around, but behind the sound shield I could not see. I asked God to send the appropriate angels to sing over the sound barrier to shatter it.
Margie has some discernment, and she thought she could sense when the barrier was down.
Then I engaged the principality. I was guessing there had been a deal in the womb. The principality gave the parents or the cult access to some kind of assets in exchange for the rights to torment her in perpetuity.
It was just a guess, but we hacked and whacked on that, and I instructed the principality on the hierarchy of Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords vs. his unimpressive position of being merely over one community.
No sense of any release, since it had already left her before I showed up. No discernment to let us know that anything was any different than any other day.
The next day it came back, with the same identical torment, while I was totally unavailable, and she pushed back with the same words she has used before, and this time IT LEFT! It left within seconds and it left without mocking her powerlessness.
So now we know!
It is a different day. This principality still wants to collect “taxes” from her in the form of torment, but we finally were effective in the legal realm so she can defend herself.
I am quite sure that it will keep coming back.
It will wait and watch for those times when I am offline, and when she is played out, exhausted, has no fight and just endures the torment. But those times will become fewer and fewer, because each time she wins, she will become more confident, and each period of time between torments will allow her to become stronger.
But for now, we celebrate the firstfruits victory. She finally had a pretty evil critter obey her and obey her quickly.
I told her to mark her calendar and schedule a party for the two of us for this date next year. Wherever I am in the world on that day, we will connect and savor the immensity of the first victory.
Of course, by this time next year, she will be big and bold and gloriously effective in helping other people get out of bondage, but for now, this victory needs to be celebrated.
That is the purpose of this blog.
Would you join us from around the world in celebrating Margie’s firstfruits victory over this principality? It is a stupendous milestone on her journey from powerlessness to powerful.
Copyright October 2018 by Arthur Burk
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From gritty to glory!By : Christine Kendrick On October 5th 2021
Arthur, truly grateful for your raw honesty and transparency in sharing the whole story! So tired of sound bite testimonies that only give the glory side and not the gritty, struggling side. You shared it all and it so resonates with those of us who are and/or have been on struggle street. Principality behind a sound shield. That's deep!
From powerless to powerful -- rejoicing with you Margie!
awed!By : Cyndi On January 13th 2021
It is so encouraging that with a critter set/principality that Margie was tenacious and gritty enough to not give up. That is the heart, she wasn't going to go without a fight, nor were you. And you both won. Awesome
Sanctifying First FruitsBy : Rosario Zamora On November 16th 2018
Way to go Margie and Arthur You Victories are for some many of us a reason to Celebrate. For me the fact that Margie went from Powerless to Powerful is immense. Thank You for sharing this article I’m forever grateful to God the Father and Arthur Burke, Blessings
Celebrating!By : Ruth Thompson On October 31st 2018
Thank you Father for the revelation of your glory in Margie's healing! You are the God of 'holding your ground,' the God of breakthrough, the God of joy, of healing, of relief. You are holy.
Candace EspinosaBy : Candace Espinosa On October 31st 2018
What a mighty God we serve. Praising Him for your victory!!!
Joy Comes In The MorningBy : Rebekah Scott On October 31st 2018
The season of night can drag on ohhhh so long....... BUT Joy comes in the morning!!
I'm wildly celebrating Margie coming into the joy of morning. It's a new day! A new season marked by power in place of powerlessness!
Celebrating with you!By : Hanna On October 31st 2018
Celebrating with you Margie! I celebrate you enjoying your joy and your getting stronger and stronger in the process to full freedom for you and then for others as well. " ... whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies...." Celebrating big time!
Celebration! Celebration! Celebration!By : Roxanna On October 30th 2018
I and my spirit are so happy for Margie and celebrating with the Heavenly Host for her victory! Alleluia!
Celebrating!By : Julie On October 30th 2018
I am new to Sapphire and new to the blog but this caught my attention. It sounds like Margie and I had similar upbringing. I've had these fights and somehow I am where I am as well. I'm so grateful to meet people who have understanding! I've had so many surprise and unheard of situations like this. My latest battle was a powerful hit of illness and a 2 day battle of high fever/sickness symptoms with me taking authority against whatever I could think of and reading my battle prayers through the fever pain/haze and praying in tongues. God did it! Even with me not really know what we did, He broke that thing and after a few days of just saying "nope! This is done. You have no right." regardless of the "nothing" (or maybe less than "nothing") I was feeling I woke up with a strength I've never felt before! I know something broke and more than one demon (whatever rank but I'm thinking up there) left. I've had breakthrough since with connecting with the Lord and seeing visions and hearing Him and so much. SO, I said all that to say I'm so happy for and celebrating WITH you Margie and praying for you tonight!!!! God bless and keep fighting! AND BE HAPPY! Oh my Lord! What an amazing, wonderful, beautiful gift to get back!!! I am getting it back too and it's so awesome!! PS GOD BLESS YOU for your ministry!!! When I first heard you speak on the Redemptive gifts I sobbed. I've never heard such a kind, gentle (but def authoritative) spirit from a deliverance minister! So grateful Crystal Wade sent me to you!
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Firstfruits CelebrationBy : Carol Brown On October 30th 2018
Monumental! Doing the happy dance unto the Lord!
Celebrating with youBy : Daphne Kwan On October 30th 2018
Endurance Perseverance Steadfastness. What a boost to those who are still pressing through to their victories. Thank you for sharing. Our God is faithful!
Big milestone!By : Megan Caldecourt On October 30th 2018
I am gladly joining the global celebration of the first fruits - especially because it is exactly that - a first fruits! That means there is more and more to come. I also celebrate the tenacity displayed by Margie and yourself. You both stayed in the game long enough to see this day. May the fruit grow quickly and robustly, and may Margie see all the treasures God has given her in this painful part of her journey.
Celebrating VictoryBy : Gordon Haggerty On October 30th 2018
Celebrating with you, and savoring with anticipation the pleasant fruit to come....
celebrating with y'allBy : Tonia Borowski On October 30th 2018
How beautiful is our God! I rejoice with y'all in this triumph. Awesome God! And I thank you for the tip on planning to celebrate a year out, going to use that tip.
Sanctifying TimeBy : Arthur On October 30th 2018
It has been several days since Margie's first victory. Every day there has been another flavor of God's grace in a different area. Some are in battles that she has been fighting for years and is pleased to gain a bit of ground. One was in an area she had never given any consideration. A couple of days ago she woke up happy. She was quite startled. She could not remember having had that emotion before in her life, ESPECIALLY first thing in the morning which historically has been one of her worst times. But God . . .
Based on the small victories of the last few days, she decided to actually go on the offense on one point and pick a fight with an enemy. She dusted off her notes from the "Got Predators?" video and lit into a particular set of demons.
The first time she did, the words had a familiar hollow ring followed by mocking from the critters. The second time she engaged them, there was fire in her words and no lip from the critters. BUT, tonight she is going to have a face a huge challenge and is feeling a bit wobbly, not sure her soul and spirit can hold the ground she has claimed.
There were some complications in getting this blog posted and it was posted for you to read today, instead of earlier. I think that is soooo cool. Basically, God is using your celebrations TODAY to help sanctify the time this evening, when she is going to have to stand her ground.
My name for God today: The Master of Nuanced Strategy.
Celebrating!By : Claire Berninger On October 30th 2018
Awesome firstfruits!!! Celebrating and rejoicing from the western United States!
"Who is like You, O Lord....?"By : Janis Leal On October 30th 2018
“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a man of war;
the Lord is his name….
Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power,
your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
In the greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries….
Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed;
you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.
The peoples have heard; they tremble;
pangs have seized the inhabitants of Philistia.
Now are the chiefs of Edom dismayed;
trembling seizes the leaders of Moab;
all the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.
Terror and dread fall upon them;
because of the greatness of your arm, they are still as a stone,
till your people, O Lord, pass by,
till the people pass by whom you have purchased.
You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain,
the place, O Lord, which you have made for your abode,
the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established.
The Lord will reign forever and ever.”
Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing. And Miriam sang to them:
“Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously….”
Hallelujah for this victory and all that will follow, for this new beginning, for this first of the new.
Sanctifying first fruitsBy : Pamela Thomas On October 30th 2018
So helpful especially re the poverty spirit. Thanks so much, Pamela
First FruitsBy : Cynthia Harris On October 30th 2018
Weeping with joy at the Lord’s kindness. This is Big stuff, indeed. Celebrating with both of you this very holy day, when He Who was the Firstfruits out of death has triumphed gloriously and made a public spectacle of His enemy. I bless your friend for the joy of rapid growth into her new freedom, and of deeply rooting into the abundance and pure freshness of the Lord’s heart for her. Bless you both for raw, unrestrained celebration today. Thanks for sharing with us.
Victory!!!!By : Tricia Reynolds On October 30th 2018
I truly celebrate brave Margie this morning!!! I am encouraged and inspired by this story. Nothing like gaining victory in where you have been enduring ongoing torment. Wow.
Thanks for sharing this.
A celebration of "Margie" using Psalm 40By : Walter Witham On October 30th 2018
I sing a new song! For my Father, the Lord has heard me and answered my cry. For "Margie", today I will sing a new song on her behalf to recognize and proclaim the goodness of our King. Well fought, "Margie"! We celebrate the ending of your powerlessness and His goodness to you!! Rejoice!! Walt
ed. note: This will be a slight departure from my daily worship, and I wonder if this is a part of a new season to fight on behalf of a particular personal war on behalf of a brother or sister? An added level of anticipation and expectation has added an extra to the ends of my smile this morning.
Wow, wow, wow!!!By : Judy Dalton On October 30th 2018
I love this! Perseverance in Jesus wins every time. I rejoice with all who were involved in this victory. So much to absorb in this blog and think on and continue with. Thank you.