Everyone struggles with some kind of fear, but through identification and life application you can be set free.

•June 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Fear is a tight grip the enemy attempts to put on us, in order to bind our mind and make us unfruitful and unproductive for the Kingdom. As fear grips us it causes us to think in a direction that our mind should not be focused. In order to break fear off of our lives, we must first recognize the components of fear.

Here are some of the ways we may respond to fear:
• Makes us numb.
• Prevents us from doing what the Lord wants.
• Distracts us.
• Prevents us from speaking about our faith.
• Prevents us from sleeping at night.
• Makes us think we are sick and are going to die.

Fear encompasses and binds us into thinking about what we fear. Fear pulls our mind and thoughts into thinking about the past or what could happen. Fear is torment. It is difficult when fear manifests to get your mind thinking in a positive direction and thinking on the things of God.
The root cause of fear ultimately is a lying spirit making you believe any of, but not limited to the following:

• You are going to get attacked being alone in a dark place.
• You are going to get in an accident if you turn down that road.
• You aren’t going to have enough money to pay rent.
• Your child, spouse or friend is lying to you.
• There is someone in your house.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:3-5).

We can take our thoughts captive and conquer those lying spirits; the problem is that most often we don’t. When our mind gets captured and we start thinking things that are contrary to the word of God is when you should get up and get busy. Don’t sit and think and rot and stink. Get up and take authority over the attack!

I believe we can be delivered from all types of fear. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind,” (2 Tim. 1:7).

Here are some of the fears people experience:

• Heights.
• Spouse being unfaithful.
• Bridges or water.
• Spiders or snakes.
• Being alone.
• Darkness.
• Hearing noises in the house.
• Death for themselves or a loved one.
• Nightmares.
• Losing a job.

We don’t have to be afraid! There are many different ways fear can enter:
• Generational Curse.
• Soul tie to a person you are in relationship with.
• Near death experience such as drowning or a situation where you almost died.
• Trauma – An emotional and/or physical experience that was very traumatic or life changing.
• Accidents – any kind of motor vehicle accident.

Any of these incidents when not properly healed can lead us to be afraid of the thing the incident was related. Think of what you fear, and why you fear it, and ask the Holy Spirit to come in and heal the trauma related to that fear.
Fear is bondage and we all need to be released from that bondage no matter how simple or severe. We can live in freedom. Jesus came to set the captives free. If you don’t think you live in fear, what is your first reaction to any of the following situations:

• Your credit card statement arrives in the mail.
• Your spouse says, “I need to talk to you in private.”
• Your boss says, “Can I talk to you after work?”
• There is a snow storm coming or a tornado watch.
• You hear sirens go off and your teenager just left the house 5 minutes before.
• You see your spouse becoming close with someone of the opposite sex.
• You react negatively when something on your body hurts or is malfunctioning.

Instead of reacting in the negative, we need to react in the positive. We need to trust God will provide all our needs.
The word of God says, “Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident,” (Ps. 27:3). It says, “In this I will be confident.” Yes, something may rise against us, but we will not fear and we will be confident.

Our fear can come from people. We can have fear of not being accepted or fear of rejection. Fear that people are going to hurt us, not like our ideas or what we believe in. Our fear can come from what another person might think. We spend too much time wondering what other people think and in return it puts fear in us about how to act and react. Fear can be self-inflicted from our perception of what people think or the rejection we have suffered from our past relationships.

In Deuteronomy it mentions to go in and possess the land. We need to possess the land of our mind. We need to get violent and diligent in taking our thoughts captive. It says, “Possess the land.” The word possess is an action word. It means we have something to do about it. We have to get aggressive in our fight with the enemy and take back the territory he has stolen from us. If you want something, you go and fight for it. You get diligent about making it come to pass. I don’t know anything more important than possessing the land of our mind, so that we can have the freedom Christ intended us to have.
How do we apply this to daily living? We need to constantly be refocusing our minds. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things,” (Phil. 4:8). Refocus your mind.

We need to take the thoughts captive and say, “No, I am not going to think that way.” Speak out loud and rebuke the enemy. Take authority over him and the thoughts that are coming into your mind. Speak out, “I rebuke that thought in Jesus’ name.” Speak Scripture over yourself. Speak life, truth and the great things of God into your mind.

You have to say, “No, I am not going to react that way.” You need to, “Get a grip on yourself.” We need to take the thought captive into the obedience of Christ. We need to bind our mind to the mind of Christ and think how He would think. It is a constant renewing of our minds. It is not easy. It will take some time, but you can conquer your thoughts.

How to overcome the behavior patterns, thoughts and habits of fear.
1. Take your authority over your mind and thoughts.
2. Speak out loud, “No, I am not taking that in.”
3. Say, “Go! In Jesus’ name.”
4. Direct your thoughts on another topic.
5. Get busy. Don’t sit and think and rot and stink.
6. Think positive.
7. Trust God.
8. Don’t react. Walk in the Spirit.
9. Get with God. Read, pray and worship.
10. Remember, you are made in Christ’s image – without fear!

Kathy DeGraw is the founder of DeGraw Ministries a prophetic ministry releasing the love and power of God, igniting people in the prophetic and releasing people from emotional bondage. She’s passionate about teaching people the power of prayer through declaring. Kathy is the author of Spiritual Warfare Declarations, A Worship Woven Life, Time to Set the Captives Free, and Flesh, Satan or God. Connect with Kathy at http://www.degrawministries.org.

Discovering the entry point to achieve freedom from strongholds

•June 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Emotional bondage is either self-inflicted, generational or caused by a trauma or incident in your life which was beyond your control. When an emotional stronghold has been established, it can be necessary to find the entry point or root cause in order to abolish that stronghold in our life. Inner healing is beneficial because it shows us how the emotional issue became a stronghold. By determining the root cause we are establishing new boundaries and walking out behavior patterns, habits and mind sets so that the repetitive cycle of emotional bondage and does not continually happen.

A practice you can use in discerning the root cause in yourself or another person is called time lining. It is finding the sin or the trauma that allowed the stronghold to enter. Emotional bondages usually enter through the act of another person such as; a spouse committing adultery, a car accident by a drunk driver, being raped or molested or severe, repeated emotional abuse. When these things happen to us, we don’t often see them as tragedies that will affect us for years to come. Through time lining we can identify what tragedy caused the current emotional issue you are suffering with and how to be healed from it.

In order to time line I ask a person (or evaluate yourself) what is the greatest thing holding them back from the fullness of God. As the person reveals an issue such as rejection, depression, abuse or any emotional ailment in which they haven’t been able to receive complete healing; I ask them when they first noticed this challenge in their life.

If they can narrow down an age for example of 13, I then asked them what happened at the age of 12, around that time frame. Try to determine if something happened prior to the incident to cause the fear, trauma or emotional ailment to manifest. If they can name a year or incident ask them again if they can think about anything earlier than that to make sure you have the absolute first occurrence.

In order to close the door to emotional trauma and root out the stronghold, the person must be walked through forgiving the abuser or the person who emotionally or physically hurt them. Once we walk a person through the forgiveness process and take authority over the spirit realm, even sometimes by casting out the demon associated with the trauma, the stronghold has been broken, and the person can start walking out their freedom.

Scriptures talk about people having issues for a period of years.

“Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, ‘Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.’ And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight and glorified God” (Luke 13:10-13).

This lady was bent over for 18 years, which means at some point she was not bent over. When you look at this infirmity, if she was bent over for 18 years, it means something must have happened in the year prior to cause this sickness to inflict her.

We see another example of a sickness for years with the lady of the blood issue.
“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ “And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction” (Mark 5:24-34).

Here again, this woman has a blood flow issue for 12 years. She had been to the doctors and spent all she had. Did any of the doctors look for a root cause or timeline the entry point? No, they didn’t. Obviously, this woman did not always have a blood issue. At one time she was whole and healed. Her faith healed her when she saw Jesus.

Be seeking the past you can remove the feelings you are experiencing in the present and the future. By time lining the entry point, you can go back and forgive anyone who hurt, offended, abused or rejected you and bring healing into your life. Spend some time in the presence of the Holy Spirit and invite him to search you and reveal to you things in your past that need to be let go of in order to walk out your full destiny and freedom in Christ.

Kathy DeGraw is the founder of DeGraw Ministries a prophetic ministry releasing the love and power of God, igniting people in the prophetic and releasing people from emotional bondage. She’s passionate about teaching people the power of prayer through declaring. She speaks at conferences and travels hosting evangelistic love tours. She has written her own prophetic and deliverance training manuals in order to assist other ministries. She is the founder of Change into Colorless, an anti-racism corporation and co-pastors a church. Kathy is the author of Spiritual Warfare Declarations, A Worship Woven Life, Time to Set the Captives Free, and Flesh, Satan or God. Connect with Kathy at http://www.degrawministries.org.

Prophetic Word – Launch

•May 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Prophetic Word – Launch
Launch ~ The Lord says, “I am getting ready to launch some of you out. You have waited long.” I see a boat, and some of you have been crashing about in the waves. The boat is caught in the waves and not able to reach the shore, not able to reach your destination. No more! No more! You will reach your destination, and I will launch you. I will come in and propel you to where you need to be. No more hindrances, no more roadblocks, and no more agitations. You have been agitating around like in a washing machine and never getting to your spin cycle so you can finish what I have planned for you. The enemy has been hindering your destiny, but as my angel intervened on Daniel’s behalf, my angels are being dispatched to intervene on your behalf. Are you ready for your future? Your big beautiful future? Because it is coming, get ready, it’s near!

Can you just breathe?

•April 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Breathe ~ That is the word I am hearing in this season; just breathe.  It seems like a simple enough word; a simple instruction.  Isn’t breathing part of our natural abilities?

God recently told me to just breathe after I had been recently betrayed.  Right God, you want me to just breathe?  Our normal thoughts are “do you know what they just did to me.”  However, the thought didn’t enter my mind.  The thought I couldn’t wrap my mind around was “REALLY?  You just did that to me?”  It was a thought formed as a question and statement of unbelief.  I didn’t take in bitterness, offense or those normal emotions that can plague you after such a situation has happened.   I thank God He has filled me with so much love those thoughts seldom penetrate me.

The thoughts that did plague me was the mess and adjustment I was left with.  Breathe that is what God had to tell me.  Just breathe!  It was a good instruction.  Breathing helps us keep the pace and rest in God’s presence in the process.  What?  Rest in God’s presence when you’ve just been betrayed and have to fix the mess?  Yes!  Rest!

We’ve all been betrayed and I’m pretty sure we’ll all be betrayed again.  How we handle the betrayal, outcome and situation will determine if we move through it with a victim or victor mentality.  When thoughts rage against your mind of what the person just did and when we don’t capture those thoughts we can fall victim to our circumstances.  But, I tell you, I’ve been betrayed many times, and I would rather walk out a victor than a victim.  How do you do it?  Just love.  Be love and listen to God’s instructions.

God told me to breathe, but I believe many in the world also need this simple instruction, breathe.  Do a task and when you feel stress starting to attack, stop, take a breath and breathe.  Rest in His presence.  Step away from the situation so you can move back to the situation with a clear head.  Often we feel like we have to keep going and push through because there is so much to do, but the fact is often, we are unproductive and unfruitful when we push through because we get overwhelmed.  The solution, pace yourself and step back to take a few moments to focus on Jesus and regain your thoughts, sit in silence and clear your mind.  Even Jesus slipped away to be alone with His Father.

Breathe – I believe it’s a prophetic word for this season that will also assist us in the season to come.  Learning to pace ourselves will help us run the race with endurance and finish well to receive the ultimate prize; Christ Jesus, peace, rest and balance!

One of the ways I have learned to breathe is by being in the presence of the Holy Spirit.  I’ve co-labored with Charisma Media to help people do that through their Life In The Spirit Series.  We’ve put together a special booklet titled In His Presence.  I encourage you to purchase a copy for only $5 at http://www.degrawministries.org

Lying to a Prophet Exposes the Truth

•December 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The anointing exposes lies and the anointing brings conviction which causes people to be uncomfortable and release lies in their condemnation.  I am deeply pondering this morning after recently being lied to by a couple of different people I came in contact with.  I am amazed (not really) that the enemy hasn’t realized that when he infiltrates a person to sin that he doesn’t realize a prophet of God will expose it and use it for Kingdom advancement.

You cannot lie to a prophet.  Well you can, but when you do you have just been exposed.  You see true prophets of God, I am not talking prophetic people, but those walking in the office of prophet spend hours a day in the presence of God, in the word of God and in worship.  They know and take on the character of God.  Therefore, when sin comes lurking, it is exposed.

Why lie anyways?  What is the profitability?  Because, shame and self-condemnation have set in a lie is justified in the beholders eye and pride cannot admit, “I made a mistake.”

I’ve always disliked lies.  You can’t trust a person after they have lied to cover up something.  But, the lies always get exposed.  Whether you realize it or not the prophet knows they have just been lied to, that pride set in, or that you are trying to cover the truth.  What most people who are in position of lying don’t know is that prophets are well defined.  God has taught them to close their mouths and therefore, the lie they know isn’t always exposed to them.  However, that lie simply stinks!

Yes, you can smell evil, sometimes it is wrapped in an ugly package of sulfur that you can literally smell and sometimes you can sense or feel evil lurking because the sin took place.  It is a confirmation to the prophet that their discernment is accurate since the Spirit of God uses all of our senses to discern.  Even though you don’t always physically see darkness in the air you can feel and sense it in the atmosphere.

What people don’t realize is that very prophet is sent to root out the lies and darkness in their lives.  So, instead of co-laboring with the Spirit of God within the prophet, their shame, guilt, condemnation and regret create darkness, sin and stench!  I hate stench!  It contaminates the atmosphere, relationship and then warfare prayer has to be done to put things back in order.

As I ponder deeply, the Holy Spirit gives me revelation into these situations.  Will I confront these people and situations?  If the Lord calls me to be a Watchman and release the information.  Otherwise, I will do what He calls me to do, take their darkness and turn it into the light and freedom for another person, so that out of their sin, someone may be convicted  to bring forth the change in their life that another person does not desire to bring forth.  What will you do with information the Spirit of God brings to you?

Unaware of the Blessings of Biblical Prophecy

•December 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE BLESSINGS WHEN I REALIZED I WAS LIVING OUT THE VERY PROPHECY OF THE BIBLE!

The past several months I’ve been radically blessed by God.  Ever since I start doing a first–fruits fast at the beginning of every year for the past five years, I can see blessings almost every day that extends through the end of the year.  The blessings can be a simple someone purchased me a coffee to I received donations of clothes for my community be love pantry or even larger donations such as material possessions, finances or favor with God and divine connections with a person.  With all the blessings I have experienced I know they are of God, for God’s people and they belong to God, but still I am grateful.

Recently the blessings we have received have outgrown our home which is my ministry center.  Over the past 15 years, our home has been a place of ministry.  Our children do not know what it is like to live in a “normal” home without people knocking at the door anytime, ministry stuff in every room in spots for drop offs or pick ups or for my team to put away.  There are desks, bookshelves and storage room and ministry items in every place we can find room and still have it look neat and tidy.

A year ago God called me to open a community be love pantry in which He tremendously blessed.  He has sent community people to drop off donations, help collect items, and social media and ministry partners to purchase that which we don’t get donated.  We run a homeless pantry, shoe/coat pantry, household items for the less fortunate or those just getting a place after being released from prison, coming out of homelessness or leaving a domestic violence situation.  We have been blessed to help people with food, health care items, bedding, clothes, household items, and much more.  Our place is currently bursting at the seams with storage units wall to wall, ceiling to floor in every area of my basement, in which we also host our home church and small group meetings.

Needless to say with a community pantry, office, resources, books and media stocked up and traveling supplies for all our road trips we are in desperate need of a ministry building.  Sometimes growing pains get the best of us with me, our children and teammates crying out in a desperate plea to God for a building.  He spoke into my spirit years ago He would provide me a building for free and recently confirmed the word through a reliable prophet.  God repeatedly has told me every word is true and I will have that building for free.

There are times I get impatient waiting on God.  In fact, I used to get jealous when another church or ministry would receive their building.  I would think, “Why not me God?”  I’ve been obedient.  I’ve waited, prayed, and sought you.  There would even be times I thought I deserved it more or waited longer.  Then I realized just because they got a building doesn’t mean they did it with God’s blessing and favor.  Many have done it in their own strength and ability and not in the will of God.  Praise God those feelings are now long gone, and I can rejoice when someone gets their building.  However, I still experience the growing pains of my home being used for a ministry center, my children’s occasional complaints of how they want their house back and how I don’t know how I am going to fit anything else in my home.

Lately, my team and family all have been saying and speaking how much we need a building.  I would like to say we are waiting patiently, but more so I will say we are waiting anxiously, with anticipation, and sometimes wondering when it will happen.  It’s not a matter of if, we know God is true to His word, but how it will happen, when it will be and where it will be.

My husband shared our church service recently about the Scripture in Malachi.  I was talking about the blessings God gave us just last week.  My husband made a reference to Malachi 3:10.  “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.”  It was like a light bulb went off in my head.  I got it!  I finally got it!

Okay, it’s not like I just got it.  I’ve always known to bring all the tithes into the storehouse; I knew we could test and try Him in this.  I knew He would pour us out blessings.  However, it was a new revelation!  I had been complaining about bursting at the seams, with my house/ministry center being filled with blessings when I was living out the very prophecy of the Bible!

My husband and I have tithed, offered, given alms and gone above and beyond in our giving for many years.  My ministry is a giving ministry to other ministries, small churches; we give to people, our community, the poor as the Bible instructs and to the children at Smile Train who need a new chance at life.  We had been tithers and given above and now God, my Lord, He was pouring us out such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.

He was fulfilling His word, yet while I was grateful for the word I was also frustrated with the lack of room we had to contain the blessings.  I went back to thinking about the building that He said He would give me.  I thought, I needed to see the blessing, which He would pour me out, that there would not be room enough to receive it before the building came.

I have to say I have definitely spent some time in repentance over this.  Not that I ever complained about one blessing, I haven’t.  Most times, I weep at the goodness of the Lord when the blessings come.  But, I did have to repent for overlooking what He was doing; for complaining that I didn’t have enough room when He was trying to prove a point.  He will complete His Word.  It will manifest in our lives.  However, sometimes we are looking at what we don’t have instead of receiving the message God is attempting to convey.

He poured us out such a blessing we can’t contain it!  What can be more exciting than that?  What I’ve come to realize, I’d like to say over the years, but the truth is more recently, is that I don’t have a building because it wasn’t God’s time for me to have a building.  He could give me one and call someone to be obedient at a moment’s notice.  He could put it on someone’s heart or in their spirit.  I will have that building.

I will wait.  I will gladly wait on the Lord.  And in the meantime, I will not complain that He is fulfilling His Scriptures, His Word, that when I tithe He will pour me out such a blessing I cannot contain it.  I am grateful, forever grateful, for what He is doing.  I’m even more grateful that He revealed the prophecy of the Bible to me.  Now instead of having growing pains, sometimes being impatient, and not understanding why I don’t have my building, I can rest.  I can wait patiently, knowing that once again He revealed His Scripture to me.  As I sit in the fulfillment of the blessing, I can share the testimony with the world that He fulfills His Word to pour us out such a blessing we cannot contain it.

Shalom ~ I’m at peace in the waiting of the fulfillment of His Word and hope that you too can wait patiently on the Lord.

In awe of God!

•December 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I can’t leave my secret place this morning.  I am so in awe of what the Lord did yesterday.  I am moved, greatly moved.  I am simply amazed at His goodness, and I don’t ever want Him to stop amazing me.  You see, yesterday was my birthday, and I spent the day giving away gifts to others.  It was not the first time I gave away gifts.  In fact, for the past few years, I’ve been going to the mall and giving random strangers dollar size gifts wrapped up in birthday paper and surprising people at random.

However, this year led by the Spirit of God, I threw a birthday party for the less fortunate in my community.  Yes, it did have some dollar store gifts people could use as to fill their children’s Christmas stockings, but it had presents, lots, and lots of presents parents who were in need could give their children.  I even had some household items the parents may need themselves!

It was a party I will long remember!  It was a party I will try to out do next year!  I had a blast, and the blessing was truly mine!

It was interesting meeting the people in need and hearing their stories.  One of the stories I believe we don’t hear enough is that a lot of people who are in need, low income, or physically without is that they are special need parents.  The enemy has dealt them a hard blow.  Jesus comes to give life and give it in abundance, but the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).  In these mother’s wombs, the thief came with sickness and disease and these children were born with down syndrome, autism, among other ailments and mental diagnosis’.  The reason some of these parents are in a poverty income is because they are being the best parents they can be by taking care of their special child.

So often we are quick to judge someone’s condition.  We don’t know their abuse, suffering, trauma, depression, divorce, abandonment, unfair imprisonment or our government not taking care of our military families.  Each and every family has a story, but more so, each and every family deserves love and Christmas.

I’m in awe of God this morning.  How He used me to bless others.  My simple prayer of declaration has been, Lord bless me so I can bless others.  God fulfills His word all and every time.  It was the Spirit of the Lord who led me to pray such a simple prayer in my secret place time.

I am grateful, forever grateful that God has given to me so I can give to others.  I am not a wealthy person, we have struggled ourselves.  I don’t have an abundance to give from, but what I do have is His.  He gave it to me, to begin with, and He can tell me what to do with it.  There used to be a day I held tight to God’s money.  I’ve learned to trust God with my possessions and income and that when I do, I cannot possibly out give God.

I will never know this side of heaven the lives this birthday give away saved.  The parents who felt hopeless, helpless, were suicidal, depressed or didn’t know how to make Christmas happen.  I will never know this side of heaven how many people observed, heard about it and it called them to action.  I will never know this side of heaven the effect this had on people.  It’s all I do know, and all that matters is that I did it all for the glorification of Jesus’ name.  So that His name and love would be known to all…the observers, the servers, and the receivers.

What Kingdom impact will you make to make known the name of Jesus?