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Destroying Fear: Strategies to Overthrow the Enemy's Tactics and Walk in Total Freedom
by John Ramirez
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1 Peter 5:8 NIV
Can you feel it—the thing crouching around you waiting to pounce? It strikes you every time you want to do something new, every time you have a breakthrough, every time you are looking to get ahead. It is as chilling as a cold wind in a graveyard. It is fear.
A lot of us think we understand what we are dealing with; fear is just a part of life, right? Wrong! While fear is an emotion we all experience, it is also a spirit sent from the pits of hell to torment us. But fear is not something that should grip or paralyze us. It is time to give this demon of fear an eviction notice.
The Lord Jesus Christ promises abundant life and peace, but many of us struggle with feelings of fear and rejection. It is time to end these struggles. We need to put the devil in his place once and for all.
We are in a season where the Church of Jesus Christ on earth is going back to the book of Acts, to that particular type of church that was born on the Day of Pentecost. They were fearless, and they regularly performed supernatural signs, wonders and miracles. The revelation of deliverance ministry in the Church is much needed today. Without this, we will never be able to destroy the spirit of fear and the works of the evil one. That is the Church Jesus Christ is coming back for, and it all begins with the freedom found through deliverance ministry.
All through the gospels, we see Jesus confronting the powers of darkness and setting people free from spiritual bondage. Being “about His Father’s business” meant healing the sick, delivering people from evil spirits and proclaiming the way of salvation.
When the imprisoned John the Baptist heard all that Jesus was doing among the people, he sent two of his followers to ask Jesus an important question:
- And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to
Jesus, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for
When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’” And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.
Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
- Luke 7:19–23
Jesus’ testimony is that He delivers His people. When John’s hope was shaken and fear stood over His thinking, He asked Jesus who He really was. Jesus’ answer was the testimony of deliverance. We must remember this is who our God is—our Savior and Deliverer.
This is all the more important because we can easily find things to fear. We see volcanic eruptions, mudslides and flash floods. The news tells us of school shootings occurring weekly. We are surrounded by cancer, mental illness and suicide. One only has to look as far as the local newspaper or social media to find something to fear. Believers and unbelievers alike are sucked into the oppressive vacuum fear creates, drowning out God’s truths and replacing them with the enemy’s lies.
Fear cripples. Fear allows individuals to believe the lie of rejection. Fear heaps one bad decision upon another until all the circumstances an individual fears come true.
Faith vs. Fear
Tony grew up without a father figure. He lived with the fear of rejection from his dad. He sought out a sense of belonging from gangs in his neighborhood to fill that void. The fear of rejection led him to the fear of retaliation from his gang’s leader if he did not follow the rules, which meant committing crimes. Eventually Tony was caught and ended up serving time in jail.
After a successful release, Tony now lives with the fears of rejection, of not being able to provide for himself through an honest living and of always living a life of crime in and out of the prison system. Despising himself and his choices, Tony perpetuates the cycle of crime: getting caught, going to prison, being released, committing a new crime, going back to prison—reinforcing the original fear of rejection that set this downhill slide in motion.
Fear cripples. If not stopped in time, fear can end up killing someone. However, it does not have to be that way. I have seen firsthand the deliverance from fear in extraordinary ways through the deliverance ministry I have shared with churches and at speaking engagements worldwide.
Several years ago I met a woman during one of my events. This woman was a practicing Muslim who had been diagnosed with stage IV cancer and was being told by her doctor to put her affairs in order because she only had a few months to live. “Go home, make peace and enjoy whatever life you have left” were his departing words to her.
Fear was tormenting her life. Every day she woke up with the realization that she was one day closer to death. She walked up to the platform and said, “John, I have stage IV cancer and was told I only have a few months to live. I am a Muslim.”
I responded to her with the following statement, “My God can save and heal you. However, you have to renounce Islam and believe He is the One true God who has the power to save and heal.” She agreed and surrendered her life to Christ right then. I prayed for complete deliverance and healing for her.
Some months later, I was back in the same church and saw a woman waiting for me at the door. She welcomed me with a big hug and said, “Do you remember me?” I apologized that, no, I did not, and she reminded me that she was the former Muslim woman with stage IV cancer who was supposed to be dead by now. Instead, she had gone to the doctor, who declared that all traces of cancer were gone from her body and she was healed—spiritually first and then physically as well. She ended our conversation by telling me, with a twinkle in her eyes, “I bring more people to the church now than the pastor does.”
Her life is evidence not only of healing from cancer, but her deliverance from sin and what it means to truly live a life without fear. Her purpose in life is to tell others what God has done for her and how He can do the same for them. She lives out the command in the Bible that states, “to whom much is given, much is required.” Her gratefulness for Jesus paying the debt for her sin and freeing her from fear and disease motivates her to tell others about His amazing power to save and heal them as well.
Dangerous to the Dark Side
There is a reason why Jesus commands His children all throughout Scripture not to worry or fear. When we are crippled with fear, it crowds out His voice and His truths. When we are free from fear and worry, we are able to walk out our calling and purpose, the one our heavenly Father created us to fulfill. The enemy knows that when we are walking in our calling, we are dangerous to his mission. Therefore, he will do everything he can with the arsenal he has to prevent that from occurring. Fear is his strongest weapon, and he is not afraid to use it.
Do you remember the story of Elijah, the prophet who called on God to bring fire from heaven? This was the spectacular miracle that ended in the killing of 450 prophets of Baal for all to see. The entire story and what happened afterward can be found in 1 Kings 18, but suffice it to say, God performed a series of mighty miracles that day that people are still talking about thousands of years later.
The very next chapter, 1 Kings 19, continues to explain how angry Jezebel was and her threat to murder Elijah within 24 hours in the same way he had the prophets of Baal killed. This planted the seed of fear in Elijah, causing him to flee to Horeb. The fear that he allowed to enter his spirit eventually manifested as depression, then oppression and finally even thoughts of suicide.
So what did Elijah do? He sought God in that moment and cried out to Him. He told God he was the only believer left. However, God, in His grace and mercy, spoke to Elijah in a still small voice, revealing that He had seven thousand allies remaining in Israel—other faithful believers who also served the one true God.
After first attending to Elijah’s spiritual needs, God ministered to his physical needs, commanding an angel to feed him, giving the sustenance he needed, along with giving him physical rest. It was only then he gained the strength needed to continue to walk out God’s purpose in his life.
What Is Deliverance Ministry?
The above example in the Bible is one of countless examples where God ministers first to the soul of a person and then by healing physical or mental ailments. You may still be wondering, though, what exactly is a deliverance ministry and how do I experience that type of freedom for myself?
Look at the life of Jesus Himself when He walked the earth during His three-year ministry. His ministry was all about deliverance and healing. He cast out demons, healed the sick, cured people of plagues and released them from torment the enemy inflicted. His was a ministry of supernatural encounters bringing about supernatural freedom.
The modern-day deliverance ministry is modeled after Jesus’ example. Being free from spiritual bondage is complete supernatural freedom to walk in the purpose God created for each individual. It is seen through freedom from mental torment, freedom from a negative mind-set and freedom from being hindered by events in one’s past, present and even future. It is freedom from living in the neighborhood of demonic attacks. Knowing freedom through deliverance ministry can best be expressed as experiencing the fingerprint of God on our lives.
Beyond Prayer and Fasting
I am an advocate of the power of prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting work, and I have seen many instances of healing and breakthrough that occurred as a result of regular prayer and fasting.
However, deliverance ministry takes healing to a deeper level by dealing with the root of issues. Instead of just focusing on sickness, tormenting spirits or the emotions of anger or fear, for example, deliverance ministry helps uncover the root of the issue, taking care of the problem once and for all.
Instead of just praying for deliverance from fear, using the techniques learned with deliverance ministry, the Holy Spirit will reveal to a person the why behind the fear. What caused the fear to gain a stronghold in your life? What is keeping the fear present in your body, manifested negatively through physical and/or mental symptoms? By addressing the true cause of the fear and replacing that lie with God’s truth, fear is ripped out by its roots and becomes spiritually dead once and for all. It cannot return to keep tormenting you because it has been dealt with in total. The root is completely gone, the door has been shut and you can only move forward.
Deliverance Is for Everyone, Even the Forgotten
So many hurting people in society today do not even realize they are sick, or they might realize they have fear issues and use other means to “fix themselves” such as mental health services, prescription medications, addictive behaviors or hobbies to mask their symptoms.
I have spoken at conferences where people come plagued with fear. They are fearful to leave their homes and tormented to the degree that it is evident on their faces, in their body language and even hinders them from functioning normally in society anymore. Sometimes it is so bad they have lost employment because their fear takes over every aspect of their lives. After experiencing the freedom that can be found in a deliverance ministry and encountering God personally, they walk out of the building a new person. I receive hundreds of emails from people around the world about how God has given them back their lives because they now walk in His freedom, out of the clutches of the enemy.
The true Church has the answers. The true Church knows what needs to happen to help heal the lost and forgotten. The true Church also knows that every form of real healing starts at the cross. The true Church knows that without an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ—without bringing the unbeliever to the cross—their hope of being healed and finding freedom is temporary at best.
It is my mission to bring those who are forgotten, the unbelievers, to the foot of the cross to experience their own personal encounter with Jesus Christ. That is when real healing can begin.
God is the model for how earthly parents should interact with their children. If you are a father and you see dirt on your child’s face, you are going to deal with it. You know how to clean the dirt off the face of your child, and your child will have a clean face as a result. It is the same with God. Our lives our dirty, and whether we acknowledge the dirt or not, God sees it and knows exactly what needs to be done. He will take the steps necessary to make us clean.
Believers know that the only way to get clean is to bring our spiritual dirt to the cross and let Jesus do the work. But oftentimes this remains just head knowledge after our salvation and does not find its way deep down into our hearts. This book is designed to draw believers and unbelievers alike to the foot of the cross, to give our spiritual dirt to Jesus and then allow Him to work in us to make us clean.
My prayer for Destroying Fear is that it will start an exodus for many around the world. My desire is for people to use the techniques shown in this book and experience their own personal encounter with God, to experience freedom and peace of mind for themselves as only God can give.
I Am Saved but Still in Bondage?
This book is about destroying fear, but if you do not have the true foundation of a genuine, intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit—if you are not deeply rooted with the Holy Spirit—you will never overcome fear on any level or any demonic attack that the devil throws at you. I say this because in my travels I hear many people talk about Jesus, and even on Christian television as I hear Jesus preached, one important thing is often left out of the equation: the Holy Spirit.
After Jesus left the earth, He promised to send us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, and today we have lost track of that vital Person of the Trinity. We have lost our relationship with the Holy Spirit, and that is why we are under attack by the devil and living in fear. We know every other voice that comes our way, but the number one voice, which is the Holy Spirit, is foreign to us these days. That is a tragedy for every believer who calls himself a Jesus follower.
A Voice Like No Other
In my demon-worshiping days I knew every voice of every demon in the spirit realm, even the devil himself. At that time that was so important in my demonic walk, but in 1999 I had a miraculous encounter in my life and heard the voice and words of the Holy Spirit for the very first time. It changed me forever. This voice was nothing like all the other voices I had ever heard. The voice compelled me, and it was so beautiful, like standing by a brook of water in the woods. It gripped me from head to toe with love, and even though the devil was a spiritual pharaoh in my life, ruling me with fear, I walked away to my new life and never looked back.
This chapter is heartfelt, the cry from my heart to reach out to the Church at large that considers itself to be under the banner of the finished work of the cross. But now so many have come to a place as ministers where they are more worried about protecting their self-image in the pulpit, so they just let people stay in bondage as prisoners of fear because it is more important to protect the image of their churches—and themselves—than to set the captives free.
The casualties, the people who have been left on the spiritual battlefield, are those who sit in the pews and are bleeding spiritually. They are being tormented by demons of all kinds of fear—anxiety, worry, depression, oppression, sickness, etc.—and no one is going back onto the spiritual battlefield to pick up our brothers and sisters, because the church buildings, our self-image and political correctness have become more important than going the extra mile to destroy the works of the devil inside our churches.
Who has bewitched us that now we are preaching a different gospel? I say this with a broken heart and with tears in my eyes. We need to wake up as the Church and invite the Holy Spirit back into our hearts, churches and pulpits. The late Pastor David Wilkerson said it best, this is “a call to anguish.” That was one of the most powerful sermons he ever preached in his lifetime. Today you can go to YouTube and hear that powerful message.
Where are the Nehemiahs of our time? He had a cry in his spirit when he heard the report that the walls of Jerusalem were burnt down and lay in ruins. This man was moved by the Holy Spirit and cried out to God. The Lord heard his cry and answered it. We need to be the Nehemiahs of our time because the spiritual walls of our churches are burnt down. There has to be a cry and an anguish in our hearts for the Body of Christ.
Our spiritual walls in the Church today are burnt down by the spirit of this world and by a spirit of witchcraft. We have fallen away from our true calling of winning souls and setting the captives free. We have forgotten that our mandate is to help God’s people, our brothers and sisters in Christ, to stay free and walk in that freedom and their purpose and destiny in Jesus Christ. Each of us has a destiny that Jesus Christ has ordained for us before the foundations of the earth.
This leads us to the million-dollar question today: How can a Christian be in a state of demonic bondage when the Kingdom of God does not share territory with the kingdom of darkness?
The statement I am about to make is not meant to be throwing stones at the Church, but the answer to that million-dollar question is this: We are in denial, and we have failed to embrace our true calling of what God, through Jesus Christ, has called us to do on the earth. The early Church was feared and respected everywhere they went, yet we have lost our way as the modern-day Church. We have abandoned our responsibility to care for, love and nourish the Body of Christ to bring them to freedom.
It is time we put the devil and his kingdom—every witch, warlock and spiritual warlord who has aimed their demonic arsenals against the Church—in their place. We must rise up to claim our true identity as Christ followers. He shed His very blood for our redemption. The reason we have broken spiritual walls in the Body of Christ is because we abandoned our relationship with the Holy Spirit.
A Holy Invasion
The early Church in the Upper Room never lost sight of their mission once the Holy Spirit invaded them. They wholeheartedly depended on the Holy Spirit through prayer, fasting and waiting on God. Those were the main principles of that awesome church in the Upper Room. And today many churches rely only on formulas and worldly ideas—how to grow your church to be successful. The spirit of Ichabod (meaning “the glory has departed”) rules over many churches today and now we are spiritually sick. When you are spiritually sick, fear creeps in. The evidence of Holy Spirit is fire, and we see His power in Peter preaching one message on the Day of Pentecost when three thousand people were convicted. Those same people, who were yelling “Crucify Jesus Christ!” fifty days earlier, now became believers.
How is it that many of our brothers and sisters, who love Jesus Christ with all their hearts, are still in bondage? Many churches have a vague notion of who the Holy Spirit is. They knew Him at one time, but now they struggle to understand His role. He is overlooked many times in our services today, and we grieve Him tremendously by shutting Him out. Little do we know He is just as divine as the Father and the Son. He is just as important. Without the Holy Spirit in the church, well-intended Christians can go to church service on Sunday, give offerings and tithes and sing praise songs, but still be in bondage.
Without a true relationship and intimacy with the Holy Spirit (the third Person of the Godhead, the Triune God), the devil will keep us in bondage to fear, doubt and unbelief. There will be strongholds instead of freedom, and we will just be surviving instead of thriving Christians in the church at large.
To the Body of Christ, I want to share these Scriptures because I am not afraid to share with you about how beautiful and important the Holy Spirit is in our walk with Him.
- As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit
said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work
to which I have called them.”
- Acts 13:2
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”
- Revelation 2:7
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
- 1 Corinthians 2:9
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father . . . that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love . . .
- Ephesians 3:14, 16–17
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
- Romans 8:9
For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
- Philippians 2:13
Meditate on these Scriptures and let them be the spiritual oxygen that you breathe so you can have the victorious life our Lord Jesus Christ has predestined for us who are saved.
Now that we established first things first, knowing the importance of the Holy Spirit, it is time to turn the tables on the devil and give him an eviction notice out of our churches and out of our lives. As I stated before, a witchcraft spirit of fear and manipulation is controlling many churches today. Satan has unleashed witchcraft spirits against the end times Church. He is looking to bring down as many churches as he possibly can, knowing that his time is short. His greatest weapons to enslave the Church are fear and manipulation.
Church, we have been asleep on the job for too long. We must wake up and take a stand as the Body of Christ today to destroy the forces of darkness and banish every malignant spirit from our churches, lives, families, loved ones, businesses, workplaces and finances.
We must understand that the devil goes to church, and he does not want us to grow in holiness, starting from the pastor on down. He came to steal, kill and destroy our churches and our very lives, as well as the ministers our Lord Jesus Christ has appointed for such a time as this.
Pray these powerful prayers with me, with the fire of the Holy Spirit. As you do, the fire of the Holy Spirit will cleanse out all satanic invasion and demonic visitors from the pulpit, the pews and the Church as a whole.
These prayers may sound alike, but they are not alike. When witches come together with different powers of different ranks and witch covenants, they attack from different spiritual-realm levels. It is the enemy’s trick to confuse the believer so we will pray one way and then he will come in another way. All these individual prayers are important to hit the enemy back from every level.
Get ready to fire your arsenals of fire.
- God, You are a consuming fire. Let the enemies of Your Church be consumed.
- I declare by the power of the Holy Spirit, let every witch infiltrating my church fall to the ground by Holy Spirit fire, in the name of Jesus.
- I destroy every astral-projecting witch that has come into my congregation. I paralyze and destroy their evil plans now, in the name of Jesus.
- Any witch that has infiltrated our services and released witchcraft, I ask You, Holy Spirit, to expose them now in the name of Jesus.
- Lord, let the fire of the Holy Spirit come upon the heads of every astral-projecting witch or any witch that has infiltrated our congregation or any demonic influence that has gripped the leadership of my church. I destroy it now in the name of Jesus.
- I release the fire of God against every witch, warlock, warlord, wizard, sorcerer and root worker that has infiltrated my church in the name of Jesus.
- Every agent of Satan astral projecting into the church at night, I cut the silver cord by the fire of the Holy Spirit.
- I loose the terror of God upon every agent of the devil that is visiting members of my church in the name of Jesus.
- I pray the fire of the Holy Spirit to fall upon every witch that is sitting in my church, until they confess their wickedness in the name of Jesus.
- Let the path of the wicked that the devil assigned against my church be slippery; let them spiral down into destruction until they repent in Jesus’ name.
- I destroy the ministers of witchcraft in my church in the name of Jesus.
- I bind all witchcraft, demonic words and spells that have come against my church and my pastors and leaders in the name of Jesus.
- I demolish every witchcraft plot, device and scheme that is aimed to stop the growth of my church in the name of Jesus.
- Any satanic plantings or burials in my church grounds, die now in the name of Jesus.
- I declare a wall of fire around myself, the congregation and my pastors in the name of Jesus.
- Today I loose the mind, hands and feet of every leader and member of my church in the name of Jesus.
- I reverse every curse, witchcraft and sorcery against any members and leaders of my church in the name of Jesus.
- May the drinkers of blood and eaters of flesh that have mingled themselves with my church members be separated from them now in the name of Jesus.
- I wash away with the blood of Jesus every witchcraft mark on me or any brothers and sisters and pastors or leaders in my church in the name of Jesus.
- I bind all witchcraft meetings that are taking place against my church in the name of Jesus.
- I recover any blessings stolen from my church through witchcraft in the name of Jesus.
- I loose my church leaders and all members from any satanic attack in the name of Jesus.
- I take back all territorial ground I have given up by compromising; I am taking it back in the name of Jesus.
- I place the pastors and ministers in the hands of the Holy Spirit for divine protection against Satan and his kingdom, in Jesus’ name.
- Today I frustrate every plot, plan and scheme, every demonic agenda of witchcraft that has been aimed to destroy my church, in the name of Jesus.
- Every article, sermon, teaching and preaching stolen from my church by witches to manipulate and cast fear, I expose them now in the name of Jesus.
- I declare the goodness and mercy of God to be poured out by the Holy Spirit upon my leaders and upon my brothers and sisters, in Jesus’ name.
Put On the Holy Spirit
Many pastors today, and even deliverance ministers, talk about the devil, his kingdom, his attacks, his weaponry, his schemes and his entrapments against the Church. They even talk about praying spiritual-warfare prayers. They talk about how you can break out of the bondages of fear, break strongholds off the mind or break generational curses and shut demonic spiritual doors. There is a place for that in the Body of Christ, but I would like to take you deeper and help you understand that none of this will work against the devil and his agents if you do not have a true intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit. You need to know Him personally and know who He is in your life.
God’s plan in redemption was that we should live a life full of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 says, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.”
As beautiful as Ephesians 6 is when talking about putting on the whole armor of God, we must remember that as Paul described every piece of armor, he was shackled to a Roman solider. To sum up the whole thing: put on the Holy Spirit—on you, in you and through you.
The Holy Spirit is the only one who can give you the victory over any satanic attacks that the devil throws at you from any level of the satanic world.
In the next few chapters, we will not only identify the source of fear—and why it is such a powerful weapon against us—but we will also go deeper into who the Holy Spirit is and His relationship to you as a believer in Christ. And that will be the ultimate weapon to crush the demon of fear.
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