25 January 2020
By Denise Mhlanga
The first prayer training of 2020, based of Gwen Shaw’s book entitled: “Redeeming the land” was an insightful learning experience on how land is defiled, and what can be done to redeem, and restore land to its original blueprint.
However, it is impossible to redeem the land when the individual hasn’t been redeemed? What this means is continuously going through a process of cleansing one’s bloodlines of any sin and iniquity that the devil may be using to attack an individual.
Regular attendees of House of Ariel Gate would be familiar with the Repentance School, which is run every month in various parts of the country, as well as sessions in some parts of the world.
The school teachings are geared towards equipping individuals who want to turn away from sin, and turn to God. The only way to do this is through genuine repentance – not one based on emotions, but one in which an individual acknowledges their sin, and want to turn to God for forgiveness of, and cleansing of their sins.
Cleansing your generational bloodline through repentance
Lessons on redeeming oneself in preparation to redeem the land are based on the Repentance book by Natasha Grbich. The book is a practical guide on how to cleanse your generational bloodline all the way to Adam in order to pave a way for God’s work to be manifested in an individual.
In order to be redeem the land, one needs to repent not only of their sins, but of the sins committed by their ancestors dating back to the first generation. For many people, the reason they are not breaking through in any area of their lives, despite the many times they have repented is because they have either ignored repenting for the sins of their ancestors, or they are not aware of the consequences these have on their lives, and the lives of their children, as well as generations to come.
The process of redeeming oneself is not a once-off act – it must done always. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, yet we still have to confess and repent of our sins in order to be fully immersed in the cleansing of his blood.
Once the individual receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, it is important that they become born and again. This action further prepares one for spiritual warfare that’s involved in the intense process of redeeming the land. Baptism is about being immersed into Christ.
The New International Version (NIV) scripture reading of Galatians 3: 13-14 says: “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.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”
Individual redemption means understanding the priesthood teachings – that is, when a person is born again, Jesus thinks that this person is now a royal priest. And to be a priest, one needs an altar and a sacrifice – this is the turning away from (repentance) from sin and turning to God for forgiveness. When you present yourself before the altar, you need to be wholly, and have the right motives. God sees what is inside and outside – empty words without meaning will not impress him, until he sees remorse and brokenness of spirit.
It is also understanding that you were not created to have a happy life –when your quest is to redeem the land – know that you will have stepped into a battle zone. The devil will come against you with all that he has. If you are fearful, he knows about it. This means you have to go down on your knees, repent and cry out to the Lord for forgiveness.
How is land defiled?
Our sins and iniquities have resulted in the land being defiled. They include actions that give evil spirits a legal right to set up a base of operation. (Read Chapter 6 pages 91-106 of the book, Redeeming the land). Some of the actions include idolatry, evil altars, murder, witchcraft and covens, psychotronic warfare, prayerlessness, adultery, sodomy, perversion and all sexual sins, alcoholism, the use of drugs, fighting, anger, quarrelsome, hatred, unforgiveness, satanically inspired toys, movies, music relationships and unwanted emotions – the list is exhaustive. When you defile yourself – the land gets defiled and when this happens consistently, the land will eventually vomit you out.
When we haven’t dealt with these issues, it would be impossible to redeem the land. We first need to acknowledge these sins in ourselves, and repent before going to war with adversaries. In the spirit realm, these are considered legal rights that the devil can then use against us. This is the reason, many of our prayers remain unanswered.
Iniquity and sin gives the enemy legal right to tempt us into any area of our lives. This could be anger and bitterness that we often do not want to repent of. When these iniquities are not dealt with, they will deter us fast from our chosen destines. The enemy uses our iniquity and sin to build cases against us in the spirit realm and when we approach God in the courts of heaven.
Why do we redeem the land?
We redeem the land because our actions and sins have tainted the land. The book of Deuteronomy chapter 28: 1-14(NIV) talks about blessings for obedience. Our redemption of the land is closely tied to carefully obeying the word of God, and doing that which he has commanded, and turning away from our wicked ways. Verse 1-2 reads: “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.”
Sometimes we may need to pray for a lot longer in order to confront and speak to the demons that are holding us back from breaking through. If you have not fully repented, you cannot speak to demons – which is why, at the beginning of every repentance session (be it at home or corporate gathering), it is important to ask for God’s mandate, cover ourselves against backlash, and laying oneself on the altar of God, spirit, soul, mind and body before stepping into spiritual warfare
This is to be done wholeheartedly, and also ask God to reveal any hidden sins that we may have forgotten about. (For more on this, read Chapter 3 of the Repentance book). Once this foundation has been laid, continuous repentance is done until there is a shift in the spirit realm. Through consistent prayer and fasting, we build a reputation that will enable us to fight the demons. Without repentance, one has no authority whatsoever to deal with demons or redeem the land, let alone redeem themselves.
Repentance is a tool of mercy that God gives us to return to him. It is God showing us a mirror so we can see a reflection of ourselves in the spirit realm.
The kind of fasting and prayer we all need to redeem the land is that of Nehemiah – in Nehemiah 1:4, we read: “When I heard these words, I sat down and wept for days. Then I fasted, and prayed before the God of Heaven.” In order for Nehemiah to redeem the land (Jerusalem), he needed to have a broken and contrite spirit, and with prayer and fasting. That is the kind of attitude God expects of anyone turning away from sin to him. This kind of prayer and fasting requires that we humble ourselves – God responds to a contrite spirit and those who humble themselves before him, acknowledging their sinful ways and asking for forgiveness.
Fasting is telling God you are serious and desperately need deliverance from sin and restoration into God’s original blueprint. It increases our sense of humility and our dependence upon the Lord. Isaiah 58 challenges us on what God expects of us when we fast – we need to have the right motives, and he will reward us for following through. In verses 8-14, God makes certain promises for when we adhere to his chosen fast: that healing will break forth, that we will be rightly positioned with God, and that he will bring about supernatural help when we need it the most. Verse 8 reads: “Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear, then your righteousness, will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.”
God says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV): “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
How do we redeem the land?
The act of redeeming the land is confronting the principalities (of that land) head-on. They will want to know who we are and what power we have to lay claim on the land. So we need to discern in the spirit where we are at, so we know when, and how to act. Prayer will help us achieve a level of discernment that will assist us in dealing with principalities with boldness.
- Each time you sin, the devil keeps a record because he knows that that record will come in handy when its confrontation time. Assess the situation – for example, are you angry, are broken hearted, or you are envious? If so, deal with these issues first. Questions to ask are as follows: (a) What are some of your hidden sins that have you not confessed and repented of? (b) What is it that the devil can hold against you and prevent you from carrying out this mandate? (c) Does my voice carry authority when I speak to demons?
- To answer the above questions, and many others relating to your own life, you need to start with repentance. No repentance means no authority. Repentance is a key that will allow us to successfully operate within the courts of heaven. It brings us into alignment with the blood of Jesus. We have to repent completely and consistently – it a lifestyle choice we make when we turn over our lives to God.
- To deal with principalities you need water baptism, and baptism of the Holy Spirt. This then gives you the legal right to speak on what God has given you or instructed you to say at a precise time. Some people have a gift of seeing in the spirit – don’t assume that just because you can see, you have the power to deal with what you can/or have seen. In the spiritual realm, prayer warriors are categorised into light, medium and heavy weights. Know your category before taking on demons. (For further information on this part – read Travailing Intercession by Natasha Grbich).
- To redeem the land you need to build an altar and offer a sacrifice to God. Once you have done this, when you confront principalities and demons, behind your voice will be authority because the altar speaks on your behalf. Tithing also brings specific protection for land – there are testimonies attached to it, however, your motives need to be right with God. (Read Malachi 3).
- Redeeming the land is no mean feat – focus is important, and there will be many distractions along the way. The devil may mock our efforts even, ours is to stay the course, war and fight through the process – all the while, trusting God’s hand for deliverance. We need to pray without ceasing, and always be connected to the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Lastly, we need to put on the full armour of God. Ephesians 6: 10-17 reads: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
These are the spiritual weapons God has given us to fight against the principalities. Practical steps on how to break the curse to redeem the land are explained in detail in the book, Redeeming the land (pages 181 -184).