If you would, open your Bibles with me to the book of John
chapter eight. The book of John chapter eight.
As I went before the Lord, He began to minister to my heart
that His people need to be reminded over and over and over
again of who they actually are.
In John chapter eight, beginning with verse thirty-six, it said,
36. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free
37. I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill
me, because my word hath no place in you.
He's talking to the Pharisees.
38. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do
that which ye have seen with your Father.
39. They answered and said unto him, (tongues) Abraham is
our Father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's
children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
40. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the
truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
41. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him,
We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
42. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would
love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither
came I of myself, but he sent me.
43. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye
cannot hear my word.
44. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your
father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and
abode not in the truth, because there was no truth in him.
When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a
liar, and the father of it.
In these verses of Scripture, Jesus made a distinction about
their lineage. He made a distinction about their sonship. The
religious leaders were hereditarily of Abraham's seed. But
Jesus began to minister to them, "Even though you are of the
bloodline of Abraham, even though you are the seed of
Abraham, you are of your father, the devil. And the deeds of
your father you will do."
They claim Abraham as their father. But their deeds show
forth as bastard children. You don't hear me today. What
you do will determine who you belong to. Come on and
listen with a spiritual ear today. Who you serve is determined
by what you do for who you do it for. He said...
Listen. Come on, now. Somebody's trying to bind me up.
Pray with me today.
He said, "Now wait a minute. I know that Abraham is your
father, according to the natural. But your deeds really tell
who your father is according to the spirit. We come to the
house of God and we say that the heavenly Father is our
Father. But what we do outside the church really determines
who our father really is.
They didn't live under the guidance of the Word of God.
They lived under the guidance of Satan. The sons of
Abraham were to be faithful followers of God. And they
would not act the way that they acted.
Your church membership and your family connections will
not make you a true son of God. You don't hear me today.
Your last name will not make you a son of God. You don't
hear me. Your natural bloodline will not make you a son of
God. Who you serve will make you a son of God.
They couldn't hear Him because they were not of Him. When
the people of God come into the church, the only way you can
hear Him is when you become of Him. If you refuse Him, He
will refuse you.
Jesus said to them, "The deeds of your father, those are the
deeds that you'll do." As we go around in our daily walk, we
have deeds that we do. The Bible said the eyes of the Lord go
to and fro throughout the earth, beholding the good and
beholding the evil.
I want to be in a position where the Lord can look down upon
me and point me out and say, "That one's Mine." In the body
of Christ, He should be able to tell Satan that goes before the
Lord to try to accuse us day and night, "Don't touch that one,
because that one's Mine, and that one's Mine and that one's
Mine, and that one's Mine."
There should be a distinction between who's we are. No one
should have to guess about my Christianity. Oh, you don't
hear me today. I'm a Christian today, but I'm the devil
The Lord is speaking to us today. He's saying, "Understand
your position." He has called us to be sons of God. As sons
we have got to understand our position. In Ephesians two and
six it says it causes us to be seated in heavenly places in
And when we begin to get a revelation of this position, then
we will understand the authority that we have to pull down
strongholds in the Name of Jesus. The devil is not afraid of
me. The devil is not afraid of you. He's afraid of our position
But if we don't take that position... Do you hear what I'm
saying today? If we become distracted about our position, if
we become wayward about our position, then Satan is going
to set up his military forces against us.
But let me tell you something. That position that we have is a
military position. It's a position (glory to God) where we can
take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and
command the devil to come down from his lofty place.
It gives me a position in a high place. On military posts, I
don't know what it's called, but around the fort a lot of times,
in the middle they will have something like a watch tower.
Listen. They will have a place that was higher than
everywhere else. Do you hear what I'm saying? A place that
was higher than everywhere else, so that they could see the
enemy when he was on the way.
Your position and my position as a son will cause me to be in
the high place where I can see the enemy before he can get up
on me. It keeps us out of the ambushment of the devil. But
what about when I don't feel like climbing the tower? What
about when I don't feel like watching?
Jesus told His disciples to watch and pray, because they were
in the hour of temptation. The Lord is telling us to receive
our positions as sons and to watch and pray, because we are in
the hour of temptation. And the devil wants to take the saints
of God out of the house of God and place them (oh, you don't
hear me today) back into captivity.
But I refuse to go back into captivity. Because He said whom
the Son has set free is free indeed. I'm going to stay free in
the Name of Jesus.
The Lord is speaking to us today. He's saying, "Realize who
you are, and realize it's not agenda thing. For there's neither
male nor female in Christ Jesus. It's a spiritual thing. It's a
spiritual position that anybody that names the Name of Jesus
and lives according to His Word can occupy.
Why are the strongholds higher than we are? Why are there
principalities and powers and rulers of the darkness of this
world and the spiritual wickedness in the high places, higher
than we are? Why? There should be nothing higher than us
than God. He made us in His image after His own likeness.
There should be nothing higher than us than God.
But we give over our territory that has been bought with the
Blood of Jesus over the saint. I'm taking back what the devil
tried to steal from me. I'm not going to take it no more. I'm
not going to let no stronghold hover over my head. Do you
hear what I'm saying today?
We allow bills to become strongholds that hover over our
head. You know you don't have nothing to give those folks
no way, so why you worried about it? He takes care of the
sparrows, doesn't He? Oh, you don't hear me today. And
I'm a son sitting in the King's house right? So how much the
more shall He take care of me. Come on, give God a
handclap of praise in this house today.
I'm a son, and I understand my position. That's why I can
have the peace of God that passes all understanding to keep
my heart and my mind through Christ Jesus. That's why I
have perfect peace, because I understand who I am.
You're a son today. I felt a yoke break up in this place.
Many people say that they're living in hell. You're not living
in hell. You may be going through hell. But you're not living
in hell. Let me tell you why. Jesus came and led captivity
captive and went to hell and defeated Satan, and took back
those that were living in hell. We're not living in hell.
We're sons. That's what we are. We're sons. We have a
position of authority. Colossians two, verse nine and ten says
in Him we have been made complete. And He is the head
over all rule and authority.
These religious rulers were in a position of authority by Satan
and not by God. We are in a position of authority that's given
by God through Christ Jesus. But it's up to us to exercise our
You know how a muscle is. If you don't exercise it, it
becomes what? Flabby. Doesn't it? Our authority has
become flabby in the body of Christ. It's time to tone it up
again. It's time to exercise it again.
Our position gives us legal authority over the adversary, legal
authority. Let me tell you something. There's some things
that are legal. Do you hear what I'm saying? Adam and
Even, when they sinned, they allowed Satan to legally
become the prince of this world, legally.
There's some legal things that are in the Spirit. And legally
we have been given a position of authority. Legally, by
receiving Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Now unless we practice that law (you don't hear me today) it
doesn't mean a thing. You know what lawyers do when they
have a case? They stay up all night long searching their law
books, trying to find out about laws that they might have
We need to learn how to stay up all night long and get in this
lawbook right here and tell the devil (glory to God) that his
case against us has been dismissed in the Name of Jesus.
Exercise our authority.
Get the mentality that we are sons, not just me, not just our...
All of us. We're sons. Colossians two and fifteen says that
Christ already defeated Satan.
Satan has no problem with us remembering our past. You can
meditate on your past all you want to. But the problem comes
in with Satan is when you get an eye on your future. You
don't hear me today. He wants to keep our eyes open to the
past and blind to the future.
But if we could only see it how God sees it... When He looks
down at us, He doesn't see us. He sees the Blood of Jesus
covering us. Learn how to see it through the Master's eyes.
Our position gives us all the weapons that we need to pull
down these strongholds in our lives.
We have been anointed with the burden removing, yoke
destroying power of God, as Pastor Dalla would say. But
we're not using this Anointing as a weapon. We're using this
Anointing to entertain somebody. You don't hear me yet. I
feel the Holy Ghost. We're using this Anointing to show
forth how spiritual we are.
But our anointing is a weapon (oh, I feel Jesus up in here
today) against the devil. He's not afraid of anything about
you in the natural. He's only afraid of what God has given us
in the Spirit.
What is a Satanic stronghold? A stronghold is a mind set that
accepts a situation as unchangeable, even though the situation
is contrary to the will of God. Let me give that definition
again. A stronghold is a mind set that accepts a situation as
being unchangeable even though the situation is contrary to
the will of God.
There was a woman with an issue of blood eighteen long
years. But she decided that this thing has got to be changed.
There was a crowd of people (you know the story) that
thronged Jesus. But she said, "I need a change."
And as she pressed her way through the crowd, the Bible said
that she said, "If only I can touch the hem." She said, "I don't
have to touch the perimeter. I don't have to touch, you know,
the circumference, the middle of..." She said, "All I got to do
is touch the border." You don't hear me. She said, "I know
I'm going to be made whole."
She got her change because she pressed through to her
change. We get in the position where get tired and slothful
and slumber-some. And we don't feel like pressing. But if
you want a change, you got to keep on pressing.
Giving up and thinking about going back into the world. The
devil is a liar. I'm not going to just wait until my change
comes. I'm going to press through to get my change.
You're going through hell, but you're not living in hell.
Ruth was in a predicament, wasn't she? I love that girl. She
was in a predicament. Her husband died. And her mother-in-law told her, "You need to get out and go home."
Ruth was like, "Wait a minute. There ain't nothing back there
for me. I need to make a decision in my crisis."
You're going through something today... Listen. This is
important. Do not be distracted. You are going through
something today, but it's up to you and I to make a decision in
That's what set Ruth apart. She made a decision in her crisis
to go on and press through to get her change. She made up
her mind that, "I'm not going to stay back, and I'm not going
back. I'm going to press on through."
Jesus said in the book of John sixteen and verse thirty-three,
He said, "In this world you will have tribulation. But be of
good cheer, for I have overcome this world." As a son of God
in this world, you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer
because He has overcome, and therefore I'm an overcomer.
Understand your position today. The devil is only doing his
job. Do you have that revelation? It's his job to try to steal
and to kill and to destroy. But it's our job to put him in his
place. Put him in his place today. No matter what you are
going through in your life (I feel the Holy Ghost in this
house), put him in his place. No matter what you been
through in this life, put Satan in his place.
Tell him who you are. Because sometimes he wants to act
like he's got amnesia. Oh, you don't hear me today. He
knows who we are. But he wants to act like we're nothing.
You need to rise up today with spiritual indignation and get
mad with the devil. Stop getting made with folks and get mad
with the devil.
We're sons. We're sons of God. Wait a minute. He's God,
and we're sons of God. And we know that He's almighty.
Wait a minute. Come on, somebody. Get this revelation.
We're His sons. We're not going to let little setbacks stop us.
Nehemiah was building the wall, wasn't he? And there arose
obstacles in his way. But every time the obstacles were sent,
you would find Nehemiah at the altar again. And he began to
pray to the Father, "Father, I didn't try to do this work in my
own name." (Tongues.)
"I'm not trying to build this wall in my own name, but I'm
doing it because of who You are. I'm doing it because You
called me to do it. Send me the help that I need. Strengthen
the help that I already have." And he got off his knees and he
went back to building again.
You see, when you get an obstacle in your way, it's time to
get back down on your knees again. You don't hear me. It
ain't time to get on the telephone. You don't hear me today.
It's time to get on the... And then get back up and start all
over again until the work is complete.