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Disarming The Enemy
(From the book, Prayers III, by Dr. Mary Craig)
Based on Dan. 9:3-21; Mat. 5:25,26; Col. 2:7-15; 1 Jn. 1:5-10; Jas. 4:2-10 and others
Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge,
and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
It is my desire to disarm the enemy in my own personal life. It is my desire to walk in Christ, rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, abounding therein with thanksgiving. I do not want anyone to spoil me through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the elements of the world, and not after Christ, for in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. I am complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power: in whom also I am circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: buried with Him in baptism, wherein also I am risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised Him from the dead. And I, being dead in my sins and the uncircumcision of my flesh, has He quickened together with Him, having forgiven me all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against me, which was contrary to me, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross: and having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2.7-15)
You are light, and in You is no darkness at all. If I say that I have fellowship with You, and walk in darkness, I lie, and do not the truth: but if I walk in the light as You are in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ Your Son, cleanses me from all sin. If I say that I have no sin, I deceive myself, and the truth is not in me. If I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me my sins, and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. If I say that I have not sinned, I make You a liar, and Your word is not in me. (1 John 1.5-10)
Holy Father, I come into agreement with Your Word, for the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God. Wherefore I lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save my soul. (James 1.21)
I confess, therefore, that I have despised the poor. I have respect to persons and so commit sin. I am convinced of the law as a transgressor. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For He that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if I commit no adultery, yet if I kill, I am become a transgressor of the law. (James 2.6, 9-11)
I confess that out of my mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. (James 3.10) I have bitter envying and strife in my heart and cannot glory and want to lie against the truth. I have followed a wisdom that descends not from above, but that is earthly, sensual, devilish, for where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. (James 3.14-16)
I lust, and have not. I kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain. I fight and war, yet I have not, because I ask not. I ask and receive not because I ask amiss, that I may consume it upon my lusts. I am an adulterer, for friendship of the world is enmity with God. Whosoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. You resist the proud, but give grace unto the humble. Therefore, I submit myself to You. I resist the devil, and he will flee from me. I draw nigh to You, and so You will draw nigh to me. I cleanse my hands as a sinner and purify my heart as one double minded. I afflict myself and mourn and weep. I let my laughter be turned into mourning and my joy into heaviness. I humble myself in the sight of my Lord, and He shall lift me up. (James 4.2-10)
I have spoken evil of my brothers and judged my brother, and so have spoken evil of the law and judged the law, so I am not a doer of the law, but a judge. Yet there is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: so who am I that judges another? I do not know what shall be tomorrow. What is my life? It is even a vapor. I ought to say, "if the Lord will, I shall live, and do this, or that." My boasting and rejoicing in my boasting is evil. I have known to do good and do it not. To me it is sin. (James 4.11-17)
I confess that the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned. (1 Timothy 1.5) I confess that the law is good if one use it lawfully. I confess that the law is made for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for those that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine. (1 Timothy 1.8-10) I acknowledge my sin and my guilt. Nevertheless, the grace of my Lord is exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am one. (1 Timothy 1.14, 15)
I confess that I have walked in the vanity of my mind, having my understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in me, because of the blindness of my heart. Being past feeling I have given myself over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But I have not so learned Christ. The truth is in Jesus. The outworking of my "old nature," my former way of life, is corrupt according to its deceitful lusts. I want to be renewed in the spirit of my mind. I want to put on the new nature which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4.17-24)
I have lied and not spoken truth with my neighbor, for we are members one of another. I have been angry and let the sun go down upon my wrath. I have given place to the devil. I have stolen and not labored with my hands what is good so as to give to those in need. I have let corrupt communication proceed out of my mouth and not that which is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace unto the hearers. I have grieved the Holy Spirit of God, whereby I am sealed unto the day of redemption. I confess bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, and malice. I have been unkind, stubborn and hard-hearted and unforgiving. All this I desire to "put off' in accord with Your Word because You, for Christ's sake, have forgiven me. (Ephesians 4.25-32)
I confess that I am dead, and my life is hid with Christ in God. I confess fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. For these the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. I have walked in these as I have lived in them upon the earth. I desire to mortify my members which are upon the earth. I desire to set my affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3.2-7)
I confess anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of my mouth. I lie. Yet I desire to put on the new nature, to be renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created me, for Christ is all, and in all. As the elect of God, I desire to put on bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering, forbearance, love, peace. (Colossians 3.8-15)
I confess fear and unbelief, abominations, murder, whoremonging, sorcery, idolatry, lying, as one who deserves my part in the lake which bums with fire and brimstone, as one deserving the second death. (Revelation 21.8) Nevertheless, I desire to overcome that I may inherit all things so that of me You will declare: "I will be your God, and you shall be My son." (Revelation 21.7)
I confess, likewise, that Jesus Christ is the faithful witness and the first begotten of the dead and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved me, and washed me from my sins in His own blood, and has made me a king and priest unto God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1.5,6)
I confess that I have been a murmurer, complainer, walking after my own lusts, my mouth speaking great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. I have been a mocker, walking after my own ungodly lusts, separating myself from God, sensual, having not the Spirit. Nevertheless, I desire to be built up in my most holy faith, keeping myself in the love of God, looking for the mercy of my Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Now unto Him that is able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 16, 18-25)
I confess fornication, and all uncleanness, and covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, and jesting. I have been a whoremonger, an unclean person, a covetous one, an idolater, as one having no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God, as one upon whom comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. I have been sometimes darkness, but now I desire to be and I am light in the Lord. I desire to walk as a child of light, having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, walking as wise, redeeming the time, understanding what the will of the Lord is, being filled with the Spirit, giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5)
I confess I have been and I am a fornicator, covetous, an idolater, a railer, a drunkard, an extortioner, a wicked person. (1 Corinthians 5.11) I have defrauded my brother. I have been as one unrighteous, as one who shall not inherit the kingdom of God. I have been and I am a fornicator, an idolater, an adulterer, an effeminate, an abuser of myself with mankind, a thief, a covetous person, a drunkard, a reviler, an extortioner, one who does not inherit the kingdom of God. Nevertheless, I am washed, I am sanctified, I am justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of my God. (1 Corinthians 6.8-11)
I confess that I am without excuse. Even though I know God, I glorify You not as God, neither am I thankful. I am vain in my imaginations, and my foolish heart is darkened. I profess to be wise, but I am a fool. I have changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. I deserve for God to give me up to uncleanness through the lusts of my own heart, to dishonor my own body. I have changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. I have not liked to retain God in my knowledge and deserve to be given over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not convenient. I have been and am filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, a whisperer, backbiter, hater of God, despiteful, proud, a boaster, an inventor of evil things, disobedient to parents, as one without understanding, a covenant breaker, one without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful, knowing the judgment of God, worthy of death, not only doing these things but having pleasure in those that do them. (Romans 1) The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1.17)
I teach and preach that others should not steal, and I steal. I say that others should not commit adultery, and I commit adultery. I say that I abhor idols, yet I commit sacrilege. I boast of the law, yet I break the law and dishonor God. (Romans 2.21-23)
I confess that I am a lawbreaker and a covenant breaker. I confess that I have had other gods before You. I have made unto myself graven images and the likeness of things that are in heaven above, in the earth beneath, in the water under the earth. I have bowed down myself to them and served them, even though You are a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate You and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love You and keep Your commandments. I have taken the name of the Lord my God in vain, though You have said that You will not hold him guiltless that takes Your name in vain. I have not remembered the sabbath day to keep it holy, though You blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it. I have not honored my father and my mother that my days may be long upon the land which the Lord my God gives me. I have killed. I have committed adultery. I have stolen. I have borne false witness against my neighbor. I have coveted people and things that are my neighbor's. (Exodus 20.3-17)
I ask that You forgive and remit my sin, pardon my iniquity, remove my transgressions far from me, forgive my disobedience, my unbelief, my wickedness, remember my lawless deeds no more, forgive my rebellion and the thoughts and intents of an evil heart. I come to You in Jesus' Name, confessing my faith in Him, my faith in the Blood of Jesus to cover, cleanse, carry me into the Holy of Holies. I confess that the Blood cancels my debt and liability, clears me of guilt and condemnation. The Blood of Jesus atones for my sin, propitiates Your wrath, removes the alienation and brings peace, redeems me from bondage, satisfies divine justice, and destroys Satan's hold. The Blood witnesses against Satan and his accusations, his strategies and devices for my destruction. I bring my self, my body, my soul, my spirit, my life before You under the Blood, and so I overcome my enemies-sin, self, the world system, the flesh, and Satan.
Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or think, according to the power that works within me, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Ephesians 3.20)
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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