POWER TO TROUBLE YOUR TROUBLE
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Psalm 46:1-11:, “God is our refuge and
strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we
fear, though the earth be removed and though the mountain be carried
into the midst of the sea. Though the waters thereof roar and be
troubled though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There
is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the
holy place of the tabernacles of the most high. God is in the midst
of her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were
moved; he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is
with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come behold the works of
the Lord, what desolation he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars
to cease unto the end of the earth. He breaketh the bow, and cutteth
the spear in sunder, he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still,
and know that I am God; I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of
hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.”
Somebody once said that life was like an onion:
you can peel off one layer at a time but as you do so, its juice
gets into your eyes and causes your eyes to be filled with tears.
There is something that is known as the trouble of life. I read a
comment by one man of God called Matthew Henry. Somebody stole his
things and the people around him found out that he was not sad about
it. So, they asked him why and he said something that shocked me. He
said: “I thank God that it was not me that was stolen and that I was
not the robber.” That was his way of looking at the case. Sometimes
we look so long at closed doors that we do not see the great ones
the Lord has opened unto us.
HOW DO YOU TROUBLE YOUR TROUBLE?
Daniel 10:12 :, “Then said he unto me, Fear
not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart
to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were
heard, and I am come for thy words.” This means that the
angel was carrying the answer to Daniel’s prayer for 21 days and
somewhere along the line something stood against him saying, “Sorry,
you will not give this answer to this man. Although God has
answered, and asked you to go and supply this thing to this man, you
are not passing here.” He was contending with the angel. Verse 13
says, “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me
one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes,
came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.”
The battle against the angel bringing the answer
to Daniel was so great that Michael had to come and assist him. What
God did was to open the veil of the spiritual world so that he could
see what was going on.
The Bible says that there are three heavens. The
first one is the one you see when you lift up your eyes, that is
where the airplanes travel. Above that is another one where
airplanes dare not go. If they move high to that level, they would
be lost forever. That is the second heaven. When people say that
whatever goes up must come down, it is when it does not go beyond
the first heavens; if it goes beyond that, it will just be floating
about there and will not come down again. This is the arena of the
dark spirits; the headquarters of the kingdom of darkness, the
kingdom of Lucifer and Leviathan. But above that is another heaven,
which the Bible calls “the heaven of heavens.” It is the third
heaven. That is where you find the paradise and the throne of God.
CHECKPOINT OF DARKNESS
The devil sets up a checkpoint at the second
heaven. A checkpoint of darkness is a place of fierce warfare. That
is why the kind of prayer required to destroy the checkpoint is
volcanic and bulldozing kind of prayer, prayer with holy anger,
prayer with inner fire, prayer with holy hatred, prayer with your
spiritual blood boiling. Good and bad spirits fight there.
Sympathetic and unsympathetic spirits fight there as well. There is
a battle between truth and falsehood and a battle between light and
darkness there. It is a place of wicked confiscation. It is a place
of wicked storage in the warehouse of the enemy. It is a place of
unprofitable delays. It is a place of destiny destruction. It is a
place of wicked spiritual accidents.
Many good things belonging to the children of God
are confiscated at evil checkpoints and stored in satanic
warehouses. For example, success, children, money, prosperity,
wedding gowns, breakthroughs, health, etc. Body parts are stored in
these evil warehouses. Many people are walking about the streets
without their real selves. Their real selves have been locked up and
their blessings stored in the second heaven. That is why the Bible
says that no man enters into the house of a strongman and plunders
his goods except he first of all binds the strongman. The strongman
himself does not have any personal goods, what he guides is what he
confiscates from people. The warehouse of the enemy has a gateman
and the gateman is the strongman.
Please, take the following prayer point: “I
clear my blessings from the warehouse of the strongman, in the name
It is at this checkpoint that prayer battles take
place. This is why prayer is hard work. Sometimes the angel of our
blessings get stuck unless you can pray fire prayers to release him.
This is why the enemy does not like anybody to pray. Your prayer
must be sharp and violent enough to bring answers down. The powers
in the second heaven can return your prayers back to you. Imagine
the battle in the second heaven for three weeks involving the angel
bringing an answer to Daniel’s prayer.
Daniel’s continuous bombardment of that
checkpoint reinforced the heavenly army. If Daniel had not been
serious with the prayer, the answer would not have come.
Check the level of your purity today. Your purity
and violence determine the effectiveness of your prayers. Check
whether the enemy has a foothold in your life.
Everything that comes down to us from God passes
through the second heaven. There is a spiritual border there with
satanic immigration and custom officers. It is at this point that a
household strongman stays. That is why we pray that our prayers
should become hot coals of untouchable fire. Many prayers go up and
bring down nothing. I pray that your prayers shall not be so, in the
name of Jesus.
A certain brother called James prayed with
aggression for a wife and the Lord called an angel and said, “Angel,
take this sister down to him.” When the angel got to the checkpoint
at the second heaven, they asked him where he was going and he
answered, “I want to go and give a wife to Brother James.” They
said, “Sorry, hold on, let us call his ancestral strongman. That one
came and said, “Angel, you cannot give him this wife because his own
spirit wife is here.” His grandmother has a covenant with us here,
therefore, you cannot take this girl to him. Apart from that, his
grandfather signed a covenant with us here that all the men from his
family must marry witches and this one you are taking there is not a
witch. So, angel, return the wife.” The angel returned the wife.
A brother prayed asking for promotion. But as the
angel was taking the promotion to him, he was stopped at the second
heaven. They asked him where he was gong and he said, “I am going to
Brother Johnson Oko. They said, “Sorry, we don’t have that name
here. His real name is not Johnson Oko but Fadeyi, therefore you
cannot take this to him. His mother had him for another man and
transferred him to the wrong father. His real father is Fadeyi. So,
go back.” And the angel went back.
Also a sister, Bimpe, prayed to God asking for
promotion. She said, “O God, I pay my tithe, but no progress, why?
And the queen of heaven turned up with the angel bringing the
promotion and said, “You cannot giver her this promotion because
here is a list of 40 men she has slept with and 39 of them are our
agents. So, she is not going anywhere.
Beloved, this is why we must pray. It can a
terrible thing when your battle has been transferred to the
checkpoint and you don’t know what to do. The first way to trouble
your trouble is to deal with the checkpoint of darkness. Once you
attack the evil checkpoint a signal goes into the dark world
indicating that you are trying to be free, and they get
reinforcement. If you give up at this level, you will lose the
answer. Prayers to address evil checkpoints are not prayers on the
horizontal level but on a vertical one. You must be sure of what you
are doing. A person may come from an area where they have formed a
geographical covenant that nobody in that area will prosper. When
you start you prayer, it is at that checkpoint that they will stop
the angel bringing your answer. Unless you apply violence, the angel
will not pass through.
Another way to trouble your trouble is by
destroying curses. Your mouth contains double barrel power. The
words you speak can destroy or promote you. When a man who has a
backing force speaks some words those words can cause trouble. The
words you now speak, backed up by the force, can limit a life or
explode a destiny.
WHAT IS A CURSE?
A curse is a set of words issued for destructive
purposes. A curse is a commission given to satan to limit the life
of a person. The enemy may decide to take 20 years out of the life
of a person by issuing a curse. A curse is a force of retardation.
So, if you dream of your primary school days , secondary school days
or that somebody converted you to a housemaid or houseboy or slave,
then you need to break the curse of retardation.
A curse is a tragedy that moves from generation
to generation. You have to understand that. This is why we have a
lot of educated illiterates around. Their chains of degrees cannot
help them. Education is not an ability to nullify curses or the
ability to defeat the forces limiting your life.
A family weakness can move from generation to
generation. In some families, it is the curse of premature death.
God said to Eli that no man in his family would enter his grave with
grey hair. There are families like that. There are some families
where their members never rise above a particular level. In Joshua
9:23 we see the curse that was put upon a whole tribe. It says, “Now
therefore ye are cursed, and there shall none of you be freed from
being bondmen, and hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house
of my God.”
A family or a community can be in a position
where it never produces a great person. There are communities where
you cannot find any educated man. Therefore, a curse is a terrible
thing. It has a backing force and what you can call an enforcing
spirit. Physical relocation does not stop a curse. You need to know
how to destroy it. And immediately you begin to do that, your
trouble knows that it is in trouble. Escape by physical relocation
is not the answer but spiritual relocation.
I know a brother who ran away to America and did
not tell any member of his family. He settled down there, got
married and had four children. He was not writing to anybody at home
and nobody knew his whereabouts, and he was doing well. But one
night, he had a dream where he saw a dog running after him until it
caught up with him and started biting him. When he woke up he knew
that there was trouble.
The following morning, a letter arrived from Nigeria with the name
of his junior brother at the back as the sender. His people did not
know where he was for ten years but after he had the dream of the
dog which dealt with him, the following morning, policemen came and
showed him a form he filled about four years earlier. “Were you the
one that filled this form?” they asked. And he was instantly
deported to Nigeria. It was with the dress he had on that he arrived
at the airport in Nigeria, leaving his wife, children and everything
over there. He relocated physically but did not relocate spiritually
and trouble followed.
An invisible force may control or destroy
somebody’s destiny, future and progress if the person is under a
curse. When Elisha came out from where he received double portion of
power, the people of Jericho rushed to him and said, “Sir, the
foundation of this place is pleasant but the water is bitter and the
ground does not yield fruit.” Why did they go to Elisha? Because the
anointing of God upon him could break that curse. Elijah did not
break it before he left. The man who issued the curse was Joshua.
When he got to Jericho, he said, "woe unto that man that will
rebuild this city. When he is laying the foundation, his first son
shall die and when he completes it, his last son shall die.” Four
hundred years later, it happened just like that. Now they wanted the
curse upon Jericho to be broken and Elisha broke it. I pray that
every old curse that you are labouring under, shall be broken today,
in Jesus’ name.
Perhaps you are like Peter who was fishing and
catching nothing. You could be labouring under a curse. Something
happened to Peter and I pray that the same thing should happen to
you today, in Jesus’ name. What happened to Peter? The Lord entered
his boat. The Lord shall enter my boat, in Jesus’ name.
The people of Jericho located their curse. Many
of us need to locate the source of the thing happening to us. Many
people are suffering from bad diseases that doctors cannot
understand. In some families every first daughter would have a child
without a husband and some none of the women settle down. For some,
the women feed their husbands. Even if the man had a job before the
marriage, he would lose it after.
These people chose Elisha because his anointing
was comparable to that of Joshua. So, if a powerful native doctor
puts a curse upon somebody, he or she would need a person with a
higher anointing to break it. A certain man lost his five children
and wife in one day. He went to a powerful herbalist for retaliation
and the herbalist said, “Sorry, I have looked at this thing and I
cannot do it. From what I can see, the only group of people who have
the capacity to break this kind of thing and to retaliate are those
of the church by the UNILAG gate. Go there.” The man came to see me
and said, “Sir, a herbalist said I should come here.” So, the
herbalist could see what many Christians cannot see.
I know a brother who had many degrees but no job.
Everything was upside down for him. Some people took him to the
highest gathering of witches in Nigeria where he tabled his problem.
They looked at him and said, “It is your grandmother that is in
charge of your problem. But, you see, whenever we have problem she
is the person we contact. Therefore we cannot help you. Go somewhere
Later he came to MFM and started praying and the
Lord delivered him. You may have come from a family where no one is
prospering, I prophesy to your life today that henceforth your case
shall be different, in the name of Jesus. If you have come from a
family where nobody has a lasting marriage, I prophesy unto your
life that your case shall be different, in Jesus’ name.
Make the following declaration: My problems are
in trouble, because God shall trouble them, in the name of Jesus.”
There are situations where you find people who
have a lot of money but no peace. In some families some brothers
threaten to kill another. In many situations, many people run in
circles because forces of retrogression have set in. If you do your
best and nobody appreciates you, it means that your heaven is
becoming brass and you need to pray today.
Another way to trouble your trouble is to get rid
of sin from your life. In anything you are doing, you must remember
that God is the Lord of harvest. You cannot live in sin and expect
prosperity. You cannot cheat people and prosper. An adulterous man
who does not repent would one day impregnate a woman outside
marriage and that child of adultery would move into the family and
dismantle the structures he has put up. That child would be sent so
that he harvests what he has sown into life. So, anybody who is
living in sin is sowing evil and as he sows evil, he would reap
evil. So, sin is terrible.
Some people have what can be called family sins.
For example, Abraham told Abimelech that Sarah, his wife, was his
sister. Forty years later, Isaac told the same Abimelech that his
wife was his sister. Sixty years later, Jacob and his mother
deceived their father. Eighty years later, Jacob’s children deceived
him that Joseph was dead. Hundred years later, Judah slept with his
daughter in-law who deceived him. So, you need to confess every
personal and ancestral sins and get rid of them fast.
Dealing with evil dreams is another way to
trouble your trouble. Any dream that you keep having and is setting
you back, you should deal with it. All the dreams of climbing and
never getting to the top, all the dreams of running around and
getting nowhere, is a way of God trying to tell you that something
wrong is going on. You need to wake up and start to fight.
God has a purpose for bringing this message to
you. He has not brought it to waste your time. He has done so that
your enemies will regret. He has done so that your problems can be
chained and buried.
Close your eyes and begin to confess your sins.
Tell the Lord to forgive your sins and to destroy anything that will
strengthen evil angels at the checkpoint of darkness against you.
Tell the Lord you want to pray and get results today.
O Lord, convert my disgrace to grace, in the
name of Jesus.
O God, convert my disappointment to divine
appointment, in the name of Jesus.
God, convert my weakness to strength, in the
name of Jesus.
O God, convert my mess to divine message, in
the name of Jesus.
O God, convert my frustration to fulfillment,
in the name of Jesus.
O God, convert my ashes to beauty, in the
name of Jesus.
My father, convert my pain to pleasure, in
the name of Jesus.
My father, convert my lamentation to
laughter, in the name of Jesus.
O God, convert my night to day, in the name
O God, arise and convert my problems to
promotion, in the name of Jesus.
Every checkpoint of darkness, break, in the
name of Jesus.
Every masquerade pursuing me from my father’s
side, what are you waiting for? Die, in Jesus’ name.
Every masquerade pursing me from my mother’s
side, what are you waiting for? Die, in Jesus’ name.
Inherited failure, die, in the name of Jesus.
(Lay your hands on your chest and pray:)
Where no member of family has reached, O Lord, take me there by
fire, in the name of Jesus.
O caldron of darkness hanging in the
heavenlies, break, in the name of Jesus.
My trouble, you are in trouble by fire, in
the name of Jesus.