THE BATTLE AGAINST THE WASTERS
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
The Bible says that no man can enter into the
house of a strongman and spoil his goods except he first binds the
strongman. This book focuses on the activity of the evil powers that
has dealt a deadly blow on the black race in particular and has
truncated its developmental process. We are talking about the power
of the wasters. These wasters must be dealt with for they are
responsible for destroying Godís plans for individuals. Therefore, I
want you to pray the following prayer points before we continue:
1. Every virtue of my life that the enemy is
sitting upon, come to me by fire, in the name of Jesus.
2. Anything planted into my life to disgrace me, come out now, in
the name of Jesus.
A man of God went to preach in a particular place
and as a mark of courtesy, he first of all went to the palace of the
chief of the town. He greeted the chief and preached the gospel of
our Lord Jesus Christ to him. The king challenged him by telling him
to first assist them solve a problem they had with their river and
then they would listen to his message. So, the man of God went to
the river and prayed for seven hours. Then the demons in charge of
the river came out and protested that they be left alone to
accomplish their mission of spoiling the lives of the inhabitants of
that place. A dialogue then ensued between the man of God and the
demons. The man of God asked them whether they were the ones that
got to the location before the river and they said that the river
got there before them. So, the man of God said, ďSince it is the
river that got here before you, then you are strangers and it is
written that the strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of
their close places.Ē (Psalms 18:45.) That was how he succeeded in
chasing them away and, of course, he need not preach much for the
villagers to accept Christ for they had seen the raw power of God.
Isaiah 54:16: ďBehold I have created the smith
that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an
instrument for his work, and I have created the waster to destroy.Ē
Verse 17 goes further to say that, ďNo weapon
that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that
shall rise up against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is
the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their righteousness is
of me, saith the Lord.Ē
The spirit of the waster is the most terrible
demon that has demoted the black man. It has done and is still doing
a lot of havoc. This evil spirit is at work in every African
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WASTE?
a. To waste is to use wrongly. For example,
pouring diesel into a kerosene lantern.
b. Not using a thing maximally.
c. Rendering a useful thing idle.
d. To render something worthless or to make it useless.
e. To damage something completely.
Before the spirit of the wasters can take over an
environment, it must first of all have grabbed the individuals who
make up the inhabitants of the place. One thing that worries my
spirit and breaks my heart is the fact that there are so many people
around who are not working according to Godís time-table for their
lives. You will understand what I am talking about better by asking
yourself the following questions:
i. Do I really know where my Godís-given
prosperity lies? Some of us spend years and years drawing water and
hewing wood. Some of us spend years serving our oppressors. Do you
know where your Godís - given prosperity lies? As you are reading
this message, do you really know what you should do to prosper?
ii. What are the things that I am happy doing?
iii. What are those things in my life that I know can help others to
attain their maximum when I do them?
iv. What are those things that God has planted in my life that have
capacity of demand?
v. What are those things that I can accomplish with minimum
If you donít have clear answers to these
questions, then the wasters are already in place in your life. That
is the truth.
If you donít know how to pray in anger before,
you have to learn to do so to really confront the wasters. Once they
are operating in oneís life, crying is not the answer. Blaming
others wonít get you anywhere. The only way out is to fight and
A lot of men are being wasted everyday because
they never find out what God wants them to do. The devil finishes
such people completely by making them to engage in activities that
will make his job easier, for example, womanizing, smoking, drinking
and moving about in the night, and little by little, their lives are
wasting away. Such people forget the fact that nobody is getting
younger. Every day, everybody gets older and if by the time you are
40 and you have not discovered the direction you should follow, then
you are lost. Some people say that a fool at 40 is a fool forever;
but I believe that nowadays, a fool at 21 is a fool forever.
A lot of womenís lives have been wasted. Some
women are in the mess they are now because of accidental pregnancy.
They may not have been meant for the men they are married to but
because the men have put them in the family way, they were compelled
to marry them, even though there is no love between them. Many women
are collapsing under this heavy burden now and the enemy is wasting
their lives. The same thing goes for some men. That is why I said
earlier that if you donít know how to pray in anger, better learn to
do so now.
The powers of the wasters are strong forces
working against Africa as a whole. Even if you donít know the whole
of Africa, Nigeria serves as a good specimen. This country is so
fertile that any seed you put into the soil will grow. There is
virtually nothing that canít be grown in Nigeria. God has blessed
her with virtually everything. She has abundance of minerals. Her
pilots have been rated as some of the best in the world. A lot of
very good brains are found there. The question is, what is happening
to her that has prevented her from being great? The answer is not
far-fetched. It is the spirit of the wasters. And this cuts across
all black nations. The problem is not leadership. You also get it
wrongly by saying it is bad administration or the inability to plan
things properly. The problem is the demon of wastage wasting things.
But before this demon took over the nations, it had started with
individual citizens. This is really sad.
One of the strategies of the wasters is to blind
people from recognizing opportunities. Even when they are right
under their nose, they would not see them. These spirits are
deceptive in nature. When opportunities are available to people
under the manipulation of these powers, they will never have the
true picture of what the situation is. The opportunities they are
supposed to seize will look shapeless, impossible or sometimes they
perceive them as set-backs or failure. The situation will disguise
as something else and make people waste their lives by missing
opportunities that can never be repeated.
Unfortunately, some of those who should go on
three days dry fast and address the wasters believe that their
problems are as a result of bad luck. There is no such thing as
luck. A person is either blessed or cursed. What many people call
bad luck is actually the activity of the wasters.
These wasters are the powers that plant spiritual
diseases in peopleís lives, especially the spirit of impatience.
Impatience has made many people to lose great fortunes in life. It
operates everywhere - in the banks, post offices, highways, markets,
homes and churches. It is commonly said that the patient dog eats
the fattest bone. So, if you are going to move permanently from
poverty to prosperity, from defeat to victory, from failure to
success and from nobody to somebody, you need to deal with the power
of the wasters. The other time a professor was jailed for a rather
pathetic reason. He appropriated the rice meant for distribution to
people in his local government area to himself. When he was being
taken to jail, he was protesting that it was a waste for the country
to lock up a whole professor in the jail. But his problem really was
impatience. He wanted to get rich quickly with minimum effort.
Many think that money is the answer to their
problems. How wrong they are. If you donít deal with the wasters and
you are given millions and millions of money, it will vanish in no
time because this spirit will ensure that nothing good is done with
it. It will waste it. It happened to the prodigal son.
The powers of the wasters make people give up
when they have temporary set-backs. And it could be that they are
just at the edge of success. They make people think aimlessly. Such
people just move through life without a divine purpose. It is
unfortunate. There are some people who go through life expecting the
worst to happen to them and if anything good comes their way, they
say, ďWell it is too good to be true,Ē meaning that they expect
failure all the time. These people end up blaming others for their
predicaments when they should have faced the demon of the wasters
responsible for their problems.
It is unfortunate that many lives are being
wasted. The Yorubas have an adage which says that if a man spends 20
years planning to run mad, what time is he going to be released into
the market place. Close your eyes and pray this prayer point in
boiling anger: ďI reject every manifestation of backwardness in my
life, in the name of Jesus.Ē
It is this spirit of the wasters that does not
allow people to understand that God has to expose His people to
painful training in order to turn them to champions. A champion is
somebody who has triumphed over great enemies. David was a champion.
There is hardly someone who can become a champion without fighting.
But the power of the wasters will not allow people to understand
People are said to be great for God because they
have won many battles. It is only the fellow who passes examinations
that is promoted. God may be testing you at this moment. The test of
God for your life is to make you a champion. When God tested
Belshazzar, He found him unfit. ďThou hast been weighed in balances,
but have been found wanting.Ē That was the conclusion of the
Almighty concerning the life of Belshazzar. So, in a sense, God was
telling Belshazzar that he had wasted his life.
All the physical trials that Christians are
passing through today are in reality, spiritual strategies for
promotion. An untested product from the factory is as unreliable as
the weather. But when an item is tested, it can be used and you can
also have guarantee on it. Great spiritual assignments are reserved
for vessels that do not break under trial. So, any man or woman who
is looking at his or her problems from beneath will be boxed to a
corner by those problems. But the man who gauges his problems from
Godís position, will see all his problems as opportunities to record
Godís testimony. Peter when he was looking at the storm from the
position of Christ, remained afloat, but when he looked at it from
beneath, he sank. There are many of us who are busy wasting our time
throwing stones at Moses, complaining over very little discomforts
instead of forging ahead.
What do I mean by stoning Moses? By stoning
Moses, I mean blaming others for our problems. Some people are in
the habit of heaping blames on their pastors or their former
churches instead of realizing that they still have battles to fight.
Your destiny is in your hands. Avoid looking for excuses for your
present predicament. Rise up and challenge the spirit of the wasters
and you will become a champion.
When the powers of the wasters are working in
peopleís lives, carrying out Godís assignments becomes difficult for
them. They live aimless lives - a life of spiritual procrastination.
Time has no friend. A lot of people are wasting time. Many people
who put a lot of money into very useless projects are wasting money.
The man, who has money today, becomes poor overnight because of the
spirit of the wasters.
Somebody wrote me a letter which made me really
sad. In the letter, she said she invested all her money on something
that somebody told her was hot cake in a particular country only for
her to get there and find out that she had sunk all her money on
what was not needed there at all. She never prayed before embarking
on the business. She ended up wasting all her resources.
A lot of families are being wasted. It is the
waster that circulates a woman from one husband to the other and
also circulates a man from one wife to another. Somebody came to me
and said that she wanted to marry. I asked her whether she had found
Godís chosen one for her and she said yes. The man she wanted to
marry was 57 years old while she was 48. She further told me that
the man had married five times and all the wives were dead.
Unfortunately, the sister could not see that the man had the spirit
of the wasters working on him.
The Israelites wasted all the opportunities to
hear the Lord by themselves. Esau wasted all his opportunities. If
the powers of the wasters were to be working on blind Bartimaeus, he
would have missed his healing. But he refused to lose the
Some are wasting their talents. They are using
them to glorify the devil. Some are even burying theirs. There are
many things that could get a Christian to hell fire but one which is
clear in the Bible, is the burying of oneís talent. The person will
become like the unprofitable steward who said, ďYou gave me one
talent and since I did not see you and because I was afraid, and
know that you wanted to reap where you did not sow, I buried it.Ē
The master had no other option but to throw him into outer darkness
where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Some people come to the house of God just to sit
down, warm the benches and go away in spite of the great talents
that they have. God is recording these wasted talents against them
and they have to give an account of them.
Satan can waste a personís health by keeping the
person on a job that wastes his or her health, energy and abilities.
A personís blessing, properties and spiritual power can be wasted
too. Beloved, we really need to pray hard. The power of the wasters
can make people work like elephants but eat like rats.
Cain was a wasted man. Although Samsonís birth
was prophesied by angels unfortunately, he was a wasted man.
Somebody like Goliath was a waste. In spite of his threats against
the Israelites for forty days, he only succeeded in promoting David.
You can waste anything but the most painful thing
to waste is your life. You can put a halt to the activities of the
Before you were born, God had designed a purpose
for you. If you are not fulfilling that purpose, your life is in
danger. So, you really have to decide to use your life to fulfil
divine purpose. May be you are winning the race nobody asked you to
run or you are effectively doing the wrong thing, you better be
careful. The fact that what you are doing is good does not mean that
it is right. It is said that a good idea does not necessarily mean
it is God's idea. So when a personís life is not fulfilling the
divine purpose, the person is wasting his life.
We have a lot of wasted lives around. You have an
opportunity now to fight back with all the powers that you have. The
Psalmist did not want his life to be wasted so he prayed radical
prayers. He prayed violent prayers. He prayed red hot prayers. He
prayed calling the thunder and lightening of God to strike his
enemies. He prayed that the ground should open up and swallow his
enemies. He prayed that the teeth of the ungodly should be crushed.
He got really violent. You too have that power. You only need to
exercise it in faith and pray against the wasters.
Now, look at yourself: are you walking in Godís
plan for your life? He has designed specific ways for us to follow.
The fact that God has designed the way you should follow means that
if you do not walk therein, no other path can bring you blessing.
This is the truth.
There are so many of Godís children roaming about
the streets now. They cannot be blessed until they run back to the
Saviour. Once God has decided that this is what you should be and in
one way or the other, you depart from it, you have opened the door
for the wasters.
A lot of pastors have been wasted. A lot of
elders have been wasted. A lot of deacons and deaconesses have been
wasted and many more are still being wasted. When they should be
apostles to the nation, they are still busy distributing biscuits in
one church or the other. Some women whom God has promoted are still
busy downgrading themselves by being the fifth or the tenth wife of
somebody somewhere. And God is lamenting about such lives for
failing to do what He has purposed for them.
Today is the day when you really have to break
yourself loose from the wasters. So, take a hard look at your life.
What things of lasting value have you done so far for Jesus? He is
saying, ďI spent so many years for you, but how many minutes have
you spent for me?Ē "I suffered a lot for you, what have you done for
me?Ē Think about it. If as you are getting older, you look back and
really cannot put your finger on something you can say that you have
done for the Lord, something that people can remember and glorify
the Lord because of you, then your life is being wasted. Maybe all
you can point to is that you have become a chief not knowing that by
calling yourself a chief you are demoting yourself. How can the
children of the Most high God be calling themselves chiefs? It is a
Do you want your life to be like that of a
certain sister who died and all that could be said of her was that
she married 7 husbands, had 15 children, 2 for each of them and
nobody could tell the father of the last child. Some funny priest
would say, ďThank God for her life. She has gone to heaven.Ē She did
not go to heaven, she was wasted.
A lot of pastors are wasting themselves like
Gehazi. They are running after gifts and money. They run after
people who will give them things. They are operating with the
anointing of Gehazi. This will not get anybody anywhere.
Beloved, you have one life to live and it is on a
one-way traffic. There is no reverse journey. It is like an arrow
that has been fired from somewhere. It is going somewhere and it is
not coming back. By the time your life ends, what is going to be
written in the Book of life about you? Will it be said that you
spent your life fruitfully or that you wasted it?
One man of God said that there are two ways
people pass away: they either die or they are killed. Those who dead
are the ones who fulfill Godís purpose for their lives. Conversely,
those who are killed are those who did not fulfill Godís purpose for
We need to battle against the wasters. This is
what is affecting Africans as a whole. When there is a witch in the
family of twenty and the witch wants to eat up eighteen people
within two years, she will first of all eat up all the bright ones.
Anyone who wants to be bright gets attacked by the witch. Any child
that is intelligent would be attacked by the wasters. If you see any
child that is seriously sick in school, check, he must be a bright
person. Such children usually see strange things that other people
around them cannot see. So, when the useful ones are finished, who
will help the others?
A lot of people who could benefit our country now
are busy cleaning streets and washing gutters in London and America.
Medical doctors have been converted to security guards in America.
African dentists are washing plates. In Saudi-Arabia, top African
professors are working under people who are not qualified to be
their students because they want money. Where are we going? This is
a waste which first of all started with individual lives.
People are running away from the farms. They want
to work in the cities and when they get to the city and discover
that there are no jobs, they take to armed robbery. God forbid that
somebody will read this book and the wasters will still be working
in his life. Review your life. Is your life not being wasted as it
is now? If it is, then you need to reverse the trend.
If God says you are to be a blessing to this
nation and it has not been so, it is simply because you have been
doing the wrong thing, succumbing to the powers of the wasters. You
must refuse to be wasted because God did not create you to be
1. I refuse to be wasted, in the name of
2. Every waster of my prosperity, fall down and die, in the name
3. Every aggression against my prosperity, be paralysed, in the
name of Jesus.
4. My blessings shall not stagnate, in the name of Jesus.
5. I reject weak financial breakthrough. I claim big financial
breakthrough, in Jesusí name.
6. Every hidden devourer, be bound, in the name of Jesus.
7. I release myself from every evil family pattern of poverty,
in the name of Jesus.
8. All my prosperity on every evil altar, I withdraw you now, in
the name of Jesus.
9. Every spirit of leaking pockets, come out with all your roots
by fire, in Jesusí name.
10. Every prosperity paralysis from household wickedness, come
out with all your roots by fire, in Jesusí name.
11. Every clever devourer, come out with all your roots, in
12. Every spirit of fragmented life, come out with all your
roots, in Jesusí name.
13. Every spirit of debt, come out with all your roots, in
14. Every handshake of poverty, come out with all your roots, in
15. Every financial paralysis by witchcraft, come out with all
your roots, in Jesusí name.
16. Begin to tell the Lord the type of prosperity that you want
and He will give it to you, in Jesus' name.
17. Every satanic insect prepared against me, be dissolved by
fire, in the name of Jesus.