For many people, 2013 was one of
the most difficult and challenging years that they've ever experienced. In 2013
there were all sorts of tests, trials, and tragedies that left many of us
wondering if we would be able to make it another day. All sorts of adversity
came to our doorways to convince us that we would not come out of what we were
facing; yet through it all, somehow, some way, we endured! With tears in our
eyes, with pain in our hearts, through sickness, through depression, through
poverty, through calamity we kept pressing and kept pressing until this very
Through the strength of God, we
rose up to meet our challenges and we prevailed! Like Paul, we were hard
pressed on every side, yet we were not crushed! We were perplexed, but not in
despair! Many of us were persecuted and even cast down, but never forsaken by
our Father. We were not destroyed, because we believed to see the goodness God
promised us in the land of the living! Our faith kept us standing! Our faith
kept us pressing every day, and it is that faith that's about to bring us into
some of the greatest breakthroughs that we have ever seen!
Stand in Faith
Though faith in God has been the
force that's emboldened and empowered us to keep standing, it is also the very
thing that the enemy hates and seeks to destroy. It is because our faith and
our position with God is something he can never get back, so he doesn't want
anyone else to have it either! That's why you must keep worshipping, you must
keep praising and serving God passionately! It torments the enemy because it
reminds him of what he lost and can never get back again!
God Will Not Forsake You
In Daniel 6, a story unfolds
about a powerful Believer named Daniel who was targeted and attacked just
because of his faith. The Bible records that King Darius named 120 princes to
rule over the land, and three presidents to rule over them, one of which was
Daniel. Darius favored Daniel because he had an excellent spirit and was
faithful over everything with which he was entrusted. Both God and King Darius
knew that whatever they trusted Daniel with that he would keep it faithfully
and wouldn't lose anything. Daniel's favor caused the other presidents,
princes, captains, counselors, and other government officials to set a trap to
kill Daniel, and they knew that the only flaw that Daniel had was that he
served his God so passionately!
The presidents and princes that
conspired this trap weren't ignorant about who Daniel was. Scholars believe
that during this time, Daniel was between 80-90 years old. That's more than
enough time for Daniel's reputation of how he prayed and got results to spread
throughout the land. People knew about how, as a teenager, Daniel fasted and
prayed and obtained favor from his captors. They knew about his friends who
defied Nebuchadnezzar's orders and came out unsinged from the fiery furnace.
They knew about the power of prayer that Daniel wielded to interpret mysteries
and rule over nations.
Even though Daniel knew that if
he continued to love his God and serve him through prayer it would be a sure
death, he refused to stop! When Daniel learned about the decree that was set in
motion, he went straight to his house, opened his windows, and let his actions
declare that nothing would separate him from the God he served! When the other
officials saw what Daniel was doing, they went to the king and made him have
Daniel thrown into the lion's den.
Once Daniel was thrown into the
lion's den, the king stayed up all that night and couldn't eat a thing because
of his concern for Daniel. The king didn't realize the true purpose of the
decree he set in motion, and on the outside, Daniel could have easily felt
betrayed and hurt by the king that had favored him; but Daniel understood a
very powerful principle: Even though the weapon may form against you, it's not
always responsible for the assignment! Sometimes the very people you trust may
turn on you or disappoint you, but you've always got to be prepared to forgive
them! Forgiveness is what keeps you out
of bondage and allows you to live in freedom while others are in spiritual and
The next morning, the king
hurried to the lion's den and wondered if Daniel made it through the night.
Daniel greeted the king and proclaimed "Oh king, live forever!"
Daniel knew he had prevailed because God was with him, so he didn't come out of
the dark place bitter and angry. Daniel came out full of joy because he knew
that he would ultimately see victory because God would not forsake him!
ALL Your Prayers Are Being Heard
Many people are discouraged
because they feel like their prayers are not being answered; they feel like God
has forsaken them! Prophecies have not come to pass like they thought, things
that were promised have not yet manifested, and you feel alone in the battle
you are having to fight! You say, "Maybe I didn't pray enough," or, "Maybe
I did something wrong that's keeping God from hearing me!" God wants you
to understand today that you didn't pray wrong and He's not refusing you! It's
not your prayer that's being blocked, it's your answers! Look at what Daniel
he continued, 'Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your
mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God,your words
were heard, and I have come in response to them. But theprince of the Persian
kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael,one of the chief princes,
came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia'" (Daniel 10:12-13, NIV).
The minute you started praying,
God heard you! He had already answered, but your answer has been delayed
because of the princes of resistance that are assigned to stop the
manifestation of what God spoke! Because of the weight of what was about to be
revealed, the enemy sent a prince to resist the answer God released!
The Hebrew word for prince means
"ruler, chief, captain, principal, commander, leader, governor, and
taskmaster." In other words, the enemy sent one of his most powerful
agents, because only power can take out power! God's response was to send one
of the chief princes, one of the strongest angelic beings, Michael the
archangel, to release what the enemy tried to hold back!
Jesus, the Prince of Peace
There is another Prince that's
about to step on the scene, and His name is Jesus Christ, the PRINCE OF PEACE! The Prince of Peace is about to step into
your situation! Supernatural help is coming in your time of trouble!
God is about to bring you out of
the lion's den, out of the darkness of your calamity, and He's going to bring
forth His PEACE in your trouble! As you moved out of 2013 and into 2014, I
declare that the Prince of Peace, the Lord who made Heaven and Earth, will
invade your situation and bring you perfect peace!
I declare that the power of God is being
released in your life to make your enemies be at peace with you!
I declare that voice of the Lord is being
released into your life to speak peace to every storm that is raging against
I declare that Jesus Christ is your peace! I
declare every form of separation and division formed between you and your
promise is being destroyed by the peace of God that surpasses all
I declare that the God of peace will crush the
enemy under your feet, and that you will walk into the grace of God that will
release you into a new season, in Jesus' name!
I speak the blessing of the Lord
upon your life and declare that supernatural help has come!
Yours in releasing the fullness
of your God-given destiny,
Dr. Mario Maxwell