- An Example of Needing the Power of Humility in Spiritual Warfare
- Humility Is a Force. And It Works Side-by-Side with Honor.
- Closing Prayer
The Word says that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. The power of humility quickens you in the spirit so that you can discern wisely and walk with authority.
Humility grounds you in and centers you on God. It helps you remember that…
· It’s not your wisdom
· It’s not your knowledge
· It’s not your intelligence
These are all given to you as a gift from God.
Join Rabbi Curt Landry in this podcast as He unpacks the power of humility as you war in the spirit. Honor is the currency of Heaven. Honor comes with humility, and you can’t have what you don’t honor. Therefore walk humbly, repent of any pride, and begin to see prayers answered.
Transcription from Podcast (Revised for Readability)
Welcome to Ancient Principles, Kingdom Authority.
Today we're going to talk about praying in the heavenly courts and the power of humility in spiritual warfare. It’s important to have a value system of humility when you go into the heavenly courts to pray because the Lord resists the proud, and He gives grace to the humble.
In this podcast, I'm going to pray with you through some things and I want you to be acutely aware of the inner knower, the Holy Spirit, quickening to you about the places you might have pride and need discernment.
He's going to do it in me as we go through this podcast, but He’s also going to do it in you. I just want you to be aware. Listen, we all have areas of pride, where we lack humility, where we think we're over something, and then we'll have an event happen, and it will awaken. I'm going to give you an example.
An Example of Needing the Power of Humility in Spiritual Warfare
Christie and I had only done a little traveling during the whole two years with COVID. We're going out to the Los Angeles area to connect with some Curt Landry Ministries (CLM) partners and donors.
So on this particular trip, we went to Los Angeles first, where I grew up. So we flew into LAX, and I grew up in the neighborhood right near the airport. It was a very familiar area to me. And, like anytime you are at an airport, there are always a number of people you have to interact with: rental car people, people driving the bus, and all the staff at the airport.
As We Started Talking with People, We Realized How Emotionally Wounded and Stress They Were
Christie and I are Oklahomans; we just talk to people. So we're talking, and people are very open. And what was so shocking to me was how emotionally wounded and stressed out the general public was everywhere we went on this trip.
This opened up my mind. It humbled me that, first of all, the Lord has kept us where we live in Oklahoma. Secondly, it humbled me to think what we're carrying is what they need.
Yeshua is the answer, but we also carry something they need, an understanding of spiritual warfare. We can’t think, “Well, they'll get it from somebody else,” which is a prideful thing to say. It's like, no, the Lord says, “I'm putting a demand on you and what you carry. I want you to give it to these people.”
So a lot of times, pride is not as obvious as “Oh, I'm prideful because I'm successful, or I got this grade on this test, or I was accepted into this club or a sorority,” or whatever. It's not. Sometimes it's prideful thinking, “You know what? What I have somehow it's mine, my intelligence, my wisdom, my knowledge.”
To battle pride in spiritual warfare, you must understand…
- It’s not your wisdom.
- It’s not your knowledge.
- It's not your intelligence.
These are gifts from God. And when it's a gift from God, this is where humility comes in. If the Lord tells you to give it to the guy at Avis rent-a-car and minister to him and spend time, even though your calendar is full, you do it.
In your mind, you are thinking, “I'm just wanting to get to the hotel, unpack, and take a nap before the meeting.” Know that God is at work, and humility is to say, “Yes, Lord, Your will be done, not mine.”
So sometimes, we have to pray and say, “Lord, show me where the pride is.”
Humility Is a Force. And It Works Side-by-Side with Honor.
And humility is a force. If you’ve followed me, you’ve likely heard me say, “Honor is the currency of Heaven.” This is because you can't have what you don't honor, but you also can't have what you pridefully want.
Honor and Humility Are the Currencies in Heaven
Similar to honor, humility is also a currency in Heaven. So keep this in mind as we pray today. I want you to take into consideration what you learn in these prayers. They are touchpoints from the Holy Spirit about areas you may need to repent of. Maybe I need to repent of some places where pride has seeped in because it’s part of life. We'll do it together, praying and asking the Spirit to guard us against it consistently.
Things to Remember When Battling in the Courts of Heaven
There are keys we must remember when we're battling and praying in the Courts of Heaven.
- Walk in humility.
We have to walk in humility when we start having a lot of victories because pride can creep in, and you start thinking, “Well, maybe I'm the one doing this.”
So we have to walk in humility because God's Word says, “The Lord resists the proud. He gives grace to the humble.” We see that in the Bible in James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5.
Humility is essential to spiritual warfare. It impacts the victory and the verdict that you receive. We need to understand that we only receive because of the power of the blood of Jesus. Humility leads to repentance and wisdom.
- Live a lifestyle of repentance.
So I always try to encourage people. I don’t want to focus on negative things. But here’s the key: you must have a lifestyle that's quick to repent. That is the beginning of wisdom, understanding the longer you leave an offense or wound uncovered, the worse it will get. Repentance covers the offenses and wounds in our lives with the blood of Yeshua.
Christie and I have three grandchildren, and they all are little daredevils. These are fearless little people who like to jump off of anything. I mean, they love to swim. Praise God, two of them are swimming. We got one more to go. But in the process of being healthy and loving all that activity, they get wounds, scrapes, and bruises.
When they get a boo-boo, you pray for them and kiss the boo-boo. Then you got to clean it off with some antiseptic and put Neosporin and a bandaid on it. So the sooner you can get it covered, the better.
So why is that important? The reason it's important is that the wound is going to become an issue if it gets infected. If it gets cleansed immediately and treated appropriately to get rid of the germs, and it doesn't get infected, then the body has a natural way of healing itself.
And the little people, and praise God, I'm one of the ones, too, heal very quickly because we have strong immune systems.
Understanding How Repentance Works in the Spirit
But you need to understand that in the spirit when you get a cut, it is a picture of sin. If you just let it fester, it's going to get infected. Then, all of a sudden, you're going to have to get on antibiotics, and you have a bigger battle on your hands.
It's just better to immediately repent once the sin is there. Don’t wait and let it fester. Immediately cleanse it and then immediately put the Neosporin, so to say, the blood of Jesus. Put a bandaid on it and cover it and let it heal.
- Stand in agreement with God’s Word.
When you stand in agreement with God’s Word, you adopt His mindset and truth, which empowers you. So it's not enough just to speak His Word. It’s about adopting them as your own words. It's embracing and having a faith mindset that you believe what His Word says about you more than what you have thought in the past.
If the Lord has said something is wrong, then it’s wrong. Why fight the Lord? A lot of people think, “Well, maybe this is a sin.” Listen, it's really quite simple: Right is right, and wrong is wrong.
And the thing is, especially if you're sensitive in the spirit, you'll know what you're doing because you'll feel conviction, not condemnation. If He has said something is righteous, then it is righteous. And then, if something is righteous, find righteous behavior and habitually do that versus bad behavior.
Because when you make that conscious decision, you're going to have different results in your life. Come into agreement with God's Word and bring Him glory, which releases restoration to you. So one of the biggest keys to walking in humility is to say, “I surrender to God's ways, and I agree with God's ways because that is wisdom,” and that humility will open many doors and heal your body.
- Extend forgiveness.
If you’re battling unforgiveness in your heart, it blocks Heaven's powers in your life. The Lord gives you the divine power to forgive because you have been forgiven. And that's really the key to the Lord's prayer: the need to forgive others.
Probably one of the strongest things you can do is ask the Lord to show you the other person’s heart. This can be painful. My wife is the one that does the intercession in our family for this. If we're having a challenge with an employee, we're having a challenge with a relationship, or someone is suffering, she's like quick to this. She’ll pray, “Lord, show me their heart. Why are they behaving this way? What wound in their past?”
She’ll start interceding for them, and the Lord will show her, “This happened, and this is why they can't trust. This is why this rebellious behavior is coming. This is why they aren’t able to respond correctly at this touchpoint that we're intersecting within their life.”
And then she starts to intercede for it and pray, and I'll intercede with her and pray as well. But many times, I'm the one that will have to speak with them. And when I do, I feel safe bringing it up after we've interceded and prayed, knowing how to come as a father in love and, through a series of questions, say, “Hey, could it be this?”
When the disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, will you teach us to pray?” Jesus responded with a prayer recorded in Matthew 6:9–13. Jesus taught His disciples to pray by addressing their Father where He was–in Heaven. And to ask Him for His will to be done, not theirs.
So the Lord's saying, “You need to say first of all, ‘Lord, let Your will be made known to me and let Your will be made manifest to me that I might say yes.” And that's what we have to do.
“Our Father, in the name of Yeshua, I lift up Your name in prayer in the Courts of Heaven. I enter the room of atonement, and I cleanse myself in the blood of Yeshua from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. I thank You, Lord, for I am found in You, oh Lord Yeshua. Lord, today I put on the full armor of God. I put on the belt of truth. I put on the gospel of peace on my feet.
“Lord, I put on the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the mind of the Lord, the sword sort of the spirit, the shield of faith that quenches every fiery dart. Your Word shall not come back void. Your Word shall not come back void, but it shall prosper.
“My Father, who art in Heaven, Your name is above every name and above all things. I enter Your heavenly court, and I request freedom from the generational curses on my life and in my family line today. I seek You, Lord, for Your will to be done in me, in this earthen vessel. I ask for freedom, for the Landry and the Marcellino families. I ask for freedom for my family line. (Put your name in it.)
“Father, please give me this day. Lord, give me this day Your daily bread. So see, that's humility. Say, ‘Lord, I need daily bread this day. I'm not taking it for granted that You've given me abundance.’
“Lord, thank you for the daily bread, the food, the wisdom, the health, the breath. Thank You, Lord, for meeting my physical and spiritual needs. Forgive me for allowing any habitual sin to manifest in my life as it has been in my family line. I repent to You, and I forgive others who have allowed this inequity to be passed down through our family or others who have offended me in any way. I forgive them just as You, Lord, have forgiven me. Thank You for delivering me and my children, my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren, and their grandchildren from all generational curses. And in doing so, You protect us, Lord, and You provide for us.
“I surrender and cancel all fear and all doubt. Lord, I seal this work in Your courts, and I make a proclamation today, or even on this podcast, I make a proclamation today, that You will lead me not into temptation. I will not turn back to what I've repented of.
“I will not go back to the temptation of those familiar spirits that seem more comfortable than the new righteous behavior I'm adopting as habits and patterns. The Lord strengthens me and delivers me from the evil one that tries to lure me back into those habits. I decree that Yours is the kingdom and the glory and the power forever. In Yeshua's name, amen. Father God, we're praying that all generational curses and the spirit of rebellion are broken.
“And Lord, as I enter into the atonement and the cleansing of Your blood, I thank You, Lord, that we decree today at the end of this podcast now, that all iniquitous generational structures in our family line, all the way back to the garden are canceled and annulled. And all soul ties are cut with that identity and the righteous from Heaven, that righteous identity of Christ in me, is released in me and my family line. I receive it, and I seal it in Yeshua's name.”
God bless you so much. We'll see you in the next session.
Curt Landry, founder of Curt Landry Ministries, and his wife, Christie, travel extensively, preaching and teaching about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. Together, their passion is to empower families to live and leave Kingdom legacies and understand their own personal heritage.