Category: Faith Activation

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

As we prepare for the Fall season, I want to share with you what God spoke to me about halloween. I fought with this for many years. My daughter wanted to celebrate because of the costumes and decorating – a time to be creative. She grew up with me doing alot of decorating with this. Then, when we became baptized together and joined Oak Grove Baptist Church in 2015, the religious spirit hit me hard. I got very judgmental and controlling about halloween! I wanted to stop it all and started telling my daughter all this religious judgmental stuff and it caused her to draw away from me and rebel. I took all the wrong approaches! I was battling a religious judgmental spirit! It actually made my relationship worse with my daughter and drove her further away! We went to the Harvest Festival and Trunk or Treat at my Church, I was trying not to be judgmental and religious even though my church was showing just fall related decor and games and nothing scary or demonic – I sat there and looked over the festivities and I spoke under my breath, ‘look at this, this not representing Jesus right!’ the next very second, I was STRONGLY reprimanded by the Holy Spirit very loudly and almost bounced me off my chair, I heard “DO NOT JUDGE MY CHURCH!” I was floored!! I repented quickly! Then I went home and I prayed and prayed. Asking the Lord to show me what to see, how to look at this through His eyes and deliver me from a judgmental religious spirit! It took some time, but I got deliverance. I learned that halloween, is a pagan holiday. We as Christians should not celebrate it as such. However, the Holy Spirit instructed me to “Take It Back For God” instead of being all religious and judgmental , use that time to bless and evangelize. Be the light. Last year, my daughter wanted to have a party at halloween. I said, ok, great I will dress up! We got all the kids here. I dressed up as “The Fruit of the Spirit” I handed out fruit of the spirit candy with scripture to each teen. I had my fruit of the spirit T shirt on! I had a colored stone for each teen with the fruit of the spirit engraved on it! (Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”)
My home was festive with a “Harvest Blessing” theme! I became the LIGHT! I told each teen that Jesus loved them very much! When they were all under my roof, my friend and sister in Christ, Gina and I prayed and decreed over all of them in the next room (they were in my garage hanging out) God’s blessing and praying for their salvation! IT WAS SO POWERFUL!! I felt the pleasure of the Lord in my obedience. I was so excited I knew that my daughter was seeing a different side of me, something fun – not judgmental. It was a good party and my daughter softened up to me and my faith. I apologized to her from before being religious and judgmental and I told her I was all wrong. That Jesus is really light and love. I felt a shift that night. I knew I was fully delivered from the religious spirit and I knew now how Jesus wants us to approach these things in our society. Jesus will judge the church – not us. We are to be the LIGHT. PRAISE GOD! I wanted to inspire you all with that today because the Lord showed me this picture yesterday and reminded me of it. Gina and my prayer I believe is coming to fruition for many of those kids. Remember Jesus was not religious or judgmental. He went to the dark places and was the light and spoke the decrees – He took authority in the dark places. The place at Caesarea Philippi was a shrine for demonic idols. Jesus brought His disciples there on purpose! He stood with them at those gates, where the people worshipped idols and those gates had been offered to idols (demons) but what did Jesus do? At that demonic place, He stood and asked His disciples: “Who do you say I am?” (He wanted it decreed out loud there! To make a show of the enemy!) Simon Peter said: “You are the Son of God!” Jesus confirmed, blessed Peter and decreed His CHURCH would be built and the GATES of hell would not prevail against it!” (Matt 16:13-17) Do you see? This is how we DO IT! We take it back for JESUS! It’s through the words and actions of our testimony to who HE IS over what the enemy has tried to influence. We must OCCUPY with the HOLY SPIRIT and the LIGHT of Christ in these dark places! BE THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS – BE THE INFLUENCER NOT THE JUDGE. – Coach Annamarie

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How To Ask God For Divine Financial Sponsorship!

How To Ask God For Divine Financial Sponsorship!

Excerpt From Chapter 5 of my book: Faith At Full Speed “Divine Sponsorship”

My Victorious Friend, when you are in complete faith, stand on ALL the promises of God through Jesus Christ (old and new testament) and love what God loves, stay in covenant with God and be careful not to get into any covenant with anything that God despises – you will see the blessings (and divine financial sponsorship) of God come into your life at supersonic speed!

How To Do Kingdom Giving, Banking and Investing – Expecting A Return On Your Investment By Faith!

When giving to the Lord, we have the tithe (our obedient 10%) or an offering (over and above the tithe that is given with the intent of love for the Lord and believing Him in making good on His promise in Malachi 3:10) our first fruits (a first offering to the Lord each year or the first of something new the Lord has done in your life – first paycheck of a new job, first sale of a new book, etc) Then there is a seed offering (where you intentionally give unto the kingdom of God and name the offering as a “seed” that you will be expecting a harvest from. )

When you plant corn you don’t get daisies, right? You expect a corn harvest. It’s all about being specific with your seed. So you write your check, or send it via website, you write what the name of the seed and what the harvest you are expecting by faith. So you have a $25 seed, you say this prayer over your check or transaction:

“Father, Thank you for this $25. I offer this up to you Father and plant this as a seed into your Kingdom and I name this seed “new car”. I believe by faith that this shall produce a harvest for which it is sent according to Your word Father in Isaiah 55:11 that so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it.. In Jesus name I receive my new car in faith, Thank you Father, Amen”

You can even name your seed “for the salvation of my loved one _____” or “for the restoration of my marriage” or “for the returning home of my prodigal _________”

YOU CANNOT EXPECT A HARVEST OF BREAKTHROUGHS AND FINANCES IF YOU DON’T PLANT ANY SEEDS

(click here to sow a seed now – name it and we will pray over it and come into agreement with your seed offering into our ministry)

God makes it simple and wants us to understand Kingdom Finance and Giving.  Once your check or offering is decreed by faith into the Kingdom of God, it changes realms and is not under the earth curse system, but God’s unlimited Kingdom, where there is no lack – only abundance.

You also want to make sure the ministries where you “plant” your seed are growing and producing much fruit of the Holy Spirit and advancing the Kingdom of God. You want to sow into “fertile ground”.

You can also decree a 1000 fold return on your seed financially. WHEN YOU GIVE – GIVE WITH FAITH AND SAY: I AM BELIEVING GOD FOR 1000 FOLD RETURN ON MY SEED!! ACCORDING DEUT. 1:11 – “Father I sow this seed of $____ into your Kingdom and decree by faith over this seed that it will be blessed and multiply 1000 fold financial return according to Your promise in Deuteronomy 1:11 for me and my household and the ministry I am sowing it into in Jesus name, Amen!”

There are many teachings out there on Kingdom finances and giving. I have been guided directly by the Holy Spirit on Kingdom giving and I am excited to share this with you because I have received abundantly!  He will never steer you wrong and I want to encourage you to seek Him deeper on your finances too!  I also find it powerful giving your “FIRST FRUITS” to your loving Heavenly Father. First Fruits is a direct gift of love back to God – and it pleases God.  The Holy Spirit has given me a good understanding of how this works and why God set it up this way. It’s all very sacred and all very beautiful when giving to the Father and thinking of Him first.  The best understanding is this wonderful teaching I heard one time, I cannot remember where I heard it but it has stuck with me……

First Fruits Offering Is Like a Box of Chocolates!

“A father has two young sons, he wants to bless them each with a beautiful box of assorted chocolates. He gives each boy their box of chocolates and tells them he loves them and to enjoy. One boy runs to his room and digs eagerly into the box, and quickly eats up all the candy, chocolate all over his face, and is full and satisfied.  The other boy, stays near the father, opens the box of chocolates, thanks the father for the gift, and reaches the opened box  back up to the father, and says; “Father, would you like the first piece?”

Oh, how I love that little story! It fills my heart with the true relationship of how we are to be with our loving Father God! Even when we get great blessings – He wants to share them with us!  This is the First Fruits.  I have found when I do this my relationship with God grows deeper, and more good gifts that come from above to share with Him!

James 1:17, KJV: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

When God brings your DIVINE SPONSORSHIP, bless Him back with the first part of it.  This is a very powerful act, and when you do this with love – you are in the GLORY covering with your finances!  God says to TEST Him in your offerings and watch Him pour out a blessing that you can hardly contain!

Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”

Understanding God’s financial laws of sowing and reaping is key to your financial growth and divine sponsorships. Giving to Israel based missions is always important for your expediting finances and blessings and connecting yourself to the promises of Abraham. My ministry directly supports Israel. You should never come to the Altar of the Lord empty handed. You give what you can from the heart. Also understand when you give to a prophetic ministry you are blessed by a “Prophet’s Reward”. When we give to a prophet (like the shunamite woman did for Elisha) you receive major blessings and even miracles. My ministry operates under a prophetic mantle and we have seen so many words come to pass for those the Holy Spirit has spoken through me..  I am so grateful and humbled to operate in this calling and office of the kingdom!  God is TRUE to His word!

You have a choice to give an offering or sow a seed where you want.  God gives us free will, but we must give with the heart. I have learned it’s important to give where you are being fed the most. This is the “fertile ground”.  I also have been instructed many times by the Lord where and how much He wants me to give.  It’s important to step out in obedience – God will always return the blessing swiftly to you for your obedience. Obedience brings quick supernatural breakthrough!

Here is a prayer that I pray over my tithes, seeds and first fruit offerings to the Kingdom:

Tithing Money in the Kingdom – declare: “God is my treasure, God is my prosperity and my source of all my supply! God is my security!”

When you give, give with your heart in the kingdom – give to God  – I acknowledge God as my everything and He prospers me!

Lay your hand on the money, envelope or transaction you are giving to God. Then declare:  I acknowledge God as my prosperity and my source! He prospers me!

“Father, in the name of Jesus, I’m a believer! I believe what YOU say and YOU prosper the work of my hands!

My job, my family, my bank accounts, they are not my source!  You Father God are my source! You Father God are my prosperity!

I am grateful and I choose to worship You today Father God! In Jesus name! Amen!!”

A specific need – pray:

“Father God, your word says in Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Therefore, Father I desire ___________ and I believe I have received it today in Jesus name!  Thank you Father God!”

I am learning about this too as the Holy Spirit reveals – I have reaped much fruit from “Banking and Sowing/Reaping in the Kingdom” and wanting to give to my loving Father who gives so much to me. The key I have found is to use your money for the kingdom as much as possible and if you have to pay into something that is not fully aligned with the kingdom of God, take what you have to pay them and make it a seed unto the Lord for the salvation of the people who own that company you are paying. For example, I met a friend for lunch one day at a mexican place that was known for the fresh dishes. While in the place, I noticed a lot of pagan decor on the walls, such as Aztec sun gods etc. We prayed over our food, enjoyed our meal then when we went to pay we declared the money as a seed for salvation to Jesus Christ for the owners and all who were employed there!   The Kingdom is a lifestyle and when you command your money all day long and what you want it to do in Jesus name – you are at a level of GLORY with your finances – watch what God does for you when you come up to this level!  There is only “Shalem” (wholeness – fullness – life – peace) nothing lacking, nothing missing, nothing broken when you are fully operating in the Kingdom!  Plus it’s fun – every day is a Holy Spirit adventure and miracles are a regular occurrence!

I just love to have all my money flowing in for my needs and then put to use for advancing the Kingdom!  God is faithful to His word and promises, and if you carry these out by faith – you can expect DIVINE SPONSORSHIP for whatever you need and more!

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Prayer To Remove Spiritual Arrows

Prayer To Remove Spiritual Arrows

My friends, this is a huge revelation that the Holy Spirit has given me to share with you! He has showed me that many of us are walking around with spiritual arrows, daggers, knives and darts that have been thrown at us by wicked words spoken over us or even from the works of the enemy against our assignments for God’s Kingdom. When we have not asked the Lord to remove them, we continue to allow the weapons of the enemy to take away all our energy, zest and clarity for what God has called us to do. These spiritual arrows can even cause physical weakness. Watch this powerful teaching, and testimony of a breakthrough from Jeno Shaw! Then pray my prayer for you to call on the Ministering Angels of the Lord to remove these arrows, knives and darts out of you and receive your healing and breakthrough!

Please watch the video teaching and testimony first before speaking the prayer below:

STAND UP AND PRAY OUT LOUD: “Father, In the name of Jesus, I ask You to send your ministering Angels to me right now to pull out every knife, dagger, arrow, spike and flaming dart that the enemy has thrown or stabbed in me over the years.  Please remove and cancel any curses and demonic assignments  or any negative words even the things I’ve said over myself in Jesus name. Remove any Jezebel spirit that’s trying to or has put a dagger into my heart in Jesus name.  Father, I thank You for sending Your ministering angels to come to my aid at this very moment and pull these evil weapons all out of me. 

 Now, I speak to the Ministering Angels that are here with me right now, thank you for coming and I command you by the authority of Jesus Christ to pull out and remove all weapons of the enemy out of me right now in the name of Jesus.  Pull out and remove forever every arrow, dart, dagger, knife, spike, sword or any other weapon that You see on me or in me.  These weapons of the enemy no longer are allowed to remain in Jesus name!

Lord Jesus come and pour your blood on my wounds from where those darts ,arrows, daggers were and any other wounds where any weapons of the enemy were removed. I ask you Lord Jesus to wash my wounds with your blood. I ask your ministering Angel’s to apply the healing balms of Gilead on those wounds and  pour the oil of the Holy Spirit upon them and then refresh me with fresh oil and I ask these ministering Angel’s to strengthen me to go into battle again and this time as the Lord is my shield and buckler and I have my shield of Faith, no more weapons formed against me will prosper! And every tongue that rises up against me you shall condemn oh Lord. And I’m not afraid of the terror by night nor by the arrow that travels by day because you are my shield and buckler Father God according to your word in Psalm 91.

I now put on my full Armor of God daily as described in Your word Father God in Ephesians 6:10-20 and put up my Shield of Faith and quench all the fiery darts of the wicked in Jesus name!

Father, I ask that you remove the scales off my eyes I want see into the spirit realm and give me eyes of understanding in Your wisdom and truth.  Send your Warrior Angels to go before me and scatter my enemies and flank me day and night with Your Sentry Angels covering me with their fiery swords and shields. I ask this all in the Name of my Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

Now thank and praise God the Father! Thank the Lord Jesus for giving His authority to ask for this help and thank the Angels for their assistance!

For your daily “Suiting Up” strategy for taking your Seat of Authority in Christ and to fully cover yourself, your family and your home – go to my “Suit Up” daily prayer strategy here. https://annamariestrawhand.com/daily-suiting-up-for-your-kingdom-purpose-for-god/

Stay strong in the Lord my friends!

Love, Annamarie

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