In dealing with strongholds of long standing that have refused to come down, we have found that renewing your mind (replacing old, carnal thought patterns of fear and mistrust with the thoughts and attitudes of God's Word) is an extremely powerful weapon. But if you've already prayed tonight, been prayed for by others, been anointed with oil, digested God's Word on the subject and you still need to make more headway, then what else is there?
There are times when only one thing is left: by the sheer force of your renewed will (which you allow to be empowered by the Lord), arise and walk! Take that first step...forcing yourself to stand up, look the problem and the foul spirit behind it right in the eye, resist it and command it to leave. It may be the hardest thing you'll ever do, but at this point it's crucial. It's time to decide that no matter how much it hurts, no matter how much terror or sickness you feel, you must arise and walk!
Remember the story of the man who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years? "When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, 'Do you want to be made well?...Rise, take up your bed and walk'" (John 5:6, 8, NKJV).
If you've been tormented long enough, take the final step. Force yourself to arise and walk!
God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:
Heavenly Father, thank you for helping me channel all the powers of my renewed will into obeying You. Just as the paralyzed man obeyed the command to "arise and walk," I will hear Your voice tonight, and shake off and resist this stronghold, no matter what the cost. I will arise clean and free again! In Jesus' Name, Amen.