I did it! I did it, people! I ran five miles on the West Side!! And not only did I run five miles once, I turned around and ran over five miles the next day. Blessing the land as I went each time. It was good - for me and for The Lord. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can click the pic or the link above to get up to speed.
So, yesterday - well, in the wee hours of this morning 'cause it's still 4.29.18 for 30 more minutes - I shared that I was in a great place and had been for weeks. I still am in a totes awesome place, but the enemy came a knockin' this morning. I was alerted that they were coming to steal from me and I took authority. They couldn't and didn't steal big, but I had trouble with my lunch order. I kept tripping and bumping into things and got bruised up. I got lime juice in my eye and split coffee all over myself. People were messing with me a little. Nothing major, but it's so typical of the enemy to get jealous of God's favor over me.
The thing is they didn't stop there; they decided to play dirty and hit a soft spot. First, they reminded me that God doesn't usually give me justice when other people abuse me. He does every once in a while, but the instances are few and far between. Patti on the other hand, gets big justice and she gets it quickly. I'm glad for her, of course, 'cause I love her like a fat kid (me) loves cake. But, I'm not sure if I don't get frequent justice because I'm missing some deliverance or because God has favored me in a different way.
For example, God may decide that receiving justice from people abuse is not on my 'get list' but instead He gives me more revelation than most other people get. Or perhaps He's decided I don't need that type of justice because He's favored me in the area of authority extraordinarily. Those are just possibilities, not truths about my life, and as I said, I may be missing some level of deliverance that's keeping me from receiving people-abuse justice. Anyhoo ... the enemy was being a jerk about it.
That wasn't it, though. Next, they were telling me I wasn't gonna get a lot of what I want in life, and that I may as well have a seat ... a back seat.
For a few minutes I allowed them to drag me down, awarding them a smidge of success. Then I remembered I was warned they were on the prowl. They couldn't do too much damage, especially materially, because I took authority but they launched a decent assault on my emotions. As I continued to think over the situation, I reminded myself that the enemy lies. That's one way to discern a demonic spirit - they can only hide for so long and then they end up lying and saying something contrary to God's Word. So whatever they were telling me was false, not true - a lie. The truth makes free so I declared the truth which is God doesn't withhold anything good from me because I walk uprightly. There it is. They fled. I resisted, submitted to The Word and they bounced, defeated.
It is written: Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but The LORD delivers Zari out of them all. ~ Psalm 34:19
On another topic. God and I have been discussing my looks ... since about February. I was complaining on the morning of February 3, 2018 about the challenges I have to make myself beautiful and asking God why He made me look the way I look. Then I went to the deliverance ministers and counselors training where I had a nephilim removed from my brain, and He sent someone at each session break to tell me how beautiful I was/am. This one lady even said, "The Lord has placed a spirit of beauty on you."
I fussed at him again sometime in March about my looks. That same week my church was giving personal prophetic words so I called in to get one, and the word given to me was, "The Lord says you're beautiful and your beauty is pure and can be used as a weapon against the enemy." I didn't want that word or anything to do with it.
Yesterday - 4.29.18 'cause it's now after midnight (I'm watching Livin' Single episodes and eating popcorn while I'm writing; that's why it's taking so long to compose this post) - I was again fussing at God about why He gave me all these beauty challenges when getting dressed for the day. Remember the enemy was trying hard to jack up my day and this woman was staring at me - which I don't like and will mean mug someone in a hot second. Then she said, "How lucky you are ... you're so beautiful and your haircut is perfect for you."
The Lord is obviously trying to fix the stronghold built by my perceived 'beauty challenges' because every time I bring them up, He almost immediately sends someone to speak beauty over me. But I'm wondering why it matters (this is my soul being a brat). Well ... He may just want me to get over it so we can focus on more important things. But, we know each other well enough that if that were the case, He'd just say, "Suck it up, buttercup." On the other hand, I know Him well enough to know that there's treasure awaiting me when this stronghold falls if I'll agree with Him and receive (this is an opportunity for my spirit to rule and overcome).
What are you working on with The LORD these days? Are you conscientious of what He's trying to do in you, for you, with and through you? I'd love to hear about your growth processes and join you in prayer.
Speaking of prayer ... please release a verbal agreement that those who need to be at #SY5779 in October continue to see the conference information and register. God has ordained a season a freedom for some and I'm excited to help them receive it.
I bless you in Yeshua's Name and decree you'll begin to notice those things God's desiring to heal and transform in your lives and that your spirit will take authority over your souls and work with Him to see it done. Amen and amen.
From My Prophet's Room on the West Side once again
© Copyright Zari Banks, Inc. 2018
There's been a lot going on. All good. I even got promoted since I wrote last. Twice.
If you've been tracking with me, you know Patti Cake and I were in an intense prayer season, praying one to two hours a day in tongues. We broke through, of course, because the demonic can't do anything with tongues. They don't know what The Spirit of God is praying through us, they can't understand what we're asking and declaring and they can't stop the power it puts behind the heavenly players that are putting things in motion as a result.
Also, my Apostle, Prince Handley, came to Seattle to ordain me last week. That was fun. People asked me in the past if I was going to be ordained and I said not unless God says so. Well, apparently God said so because Prince contacted me last summer and said to leave April 18-20, 2018 open because he wanted to come ordain me, Lord willing. The Lord willed, provided and it is so. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for the zeal You put into my seminary training; You didn't hold anything back. 😆
That was the first promotion. I got a second one this past Monday by way of a divine introduction to someone who makes things happen. And this brings up something important. When I was praying (Building in the Spirit Nov-Dec 2017) for this year, God and I had several heart-to-heart talks (some would call them knockdown drag outs). He began showing me my spiritual DNA and that He is a PERSONAL GOD.
Many of us know (with our heads) and say (with loose words) that He's a personal God, but then we queue up behind everyone else expecting God to do what He did in one celebrity's life in ours the same way and then get butt hurt when He doesn't - if He takes longer or does differently than what our pea brains thought He should've done. And you know I'm speaking about the Zari Banks choir first. But many of us don't actually go to Him, for AS LONG AS IT TAKES, to get the answer for our specific, individual circumstances.
A lot of times God doesn't do what we want or need because we have mental strongholds that limit His actions because we think we absolutely know HOW He should do whatever. Do you ever consider that God wants to do a new thing through your situation? And the new thing ain't gon' be easy. Matter of fact, it most likely will put you in harm's way ... or at least embarrass (aka humble) you beyond all reason for while.
Heaven is solution central, and there are tons of divine solutions that have never been seen on earth because most of us are too chicken to pay the price to pull them down. If you're still concerned about comfort in life, you won't be doing those wild things with The Godhead. There's no Biblical or historical precedent for comfort prospering us in the long run. Adam and Eve were given comfort and they blew it. Solomon, too, and he blew it.
And finally to my important thought I mentioned above. During the ordination, Prince confirmed what several others have told me before - my ministry isn't like anyone else's. I work best through intimacy or small group and one-on-one situations. To get my second promotion God separated me from a group of 70 known people and even more unknowns. And it was a result of intimacy with Him first and then my small-group work that made the introduction to the mover and shaker happen. Most people want to know who you're connected to or how many you've served, but numbers don't matter when God's doing the promoting. His design matters so He custom-fitted me with a promotion for my unique design.
God is a personal God. I'm understanding and appreciating this more and more all the time. Knowing how He created me individually, to operate best in certain environments, helps me to partner with Him instead of fighting against Him for the sake of numbers. Also, my spirit is alive. My soul is increasingly in submission to my spirit, which is God's plan for us, but my spirit is growing up and communicating to and from The Father like never before.
Another cool thing is that I didn't ask for either of these promotions. God sent them to me without my natural knowledge. Now it is possible that I requested these things while praying in the spirit because then Holy Spirit is praying perfect prayers through me ... all I can say is: The Lord's sneaky and if you don't know that by now ... whoo ... you need to spend some time getting to know Him.
If you'd like to grow up, mature in spirit, and experience the deep deliverance you need for your tough issues (my specialty) come to #SY5779 Abundant Harvests. It's gonna be supernatural! Patti Cake and I are going to minister deliverance as prophet and seer and get attendees set free. Not just surface free either. We're going after sustained deliverance that you will have 5 or more measurable and verifiable evidences following to prove your life has been changed and favor has been released.
And speaking of deep deliverance. I'm facing off the pharaoh spirit again but this time I want it drowned in the sea once and for all, not just facing one of the 10 plagues. You may have a lingering pharaoh spirit in your life if you have a surviving not thriving existence. I can help you with that through mentoring or you can come to the conference in October. Either way, tackle it head on and allow God to release the abundant treasures He's stored up for you for so long.
I bless your spirit to mature and come alive and seek Holy Spirit for your original design. Ha'shem Yeshua!
From my Prophet's Room on the West Side
Federal Way, WA
© Copyright Zari Banks, Inc. 2018
I ran five miles a bit ago ... last night ... yesterday. I'm not quite sure how to label it because it's now after midnight but I haven't gone to bed yet so technically it's still tonight for me. This is my second five-miler this year and second in 7 days. This matters for a whole lotta reasons that have to do with God, and that's why I'm sharing this here.
I have a hard time running in Seattle which is very problematic for a runner who spends 2.5-3 weeks there a month. First, because running is my chosen form of exercise and weight-management system. Therefore, if I'm not running, I'm expanding at an alarming rate because I eat like a growing boy. Second, I write chosen form of exercise because I thought I'd made myself enjoy running because I'm cool. Haha ... but when The Lord showed me my spiritual DNA last year, running was encoded there in full heavenly color, as a characteristic of Zari Banks, chosen by HIM before I was even thought of on this earth. Imagine that. Same thing with teaching. I thought I'd chosen to be a teacher because I love learning and sharing what I've learned, but I'm redemptive gift prophet and manifestation gift teaching. It's all God and me responding properly to His design. I can't actually take credit for it.
Back to running. The Lord told me He needed me to run - He designed me with a motion anointing in my feet - and that's why I despise working out indoors. I hate the gym; especially the dreadmill. Running in one place is complete garbage, IMO. When I run, Holy Spirit and/or angels come and they download much revelation to me and anointing goes into the land under my feet. Many of the products - videos, teachings, book chapters, podcasts - I've produced have come forth after a run spending time with The Lord.
When I first relocated to the west side of WA last May, I stopped running. I tried it, but couldn't gel with the place at all. It has hills and rain and my body and brain raised every objection imaginable for why I needed to stop and go back to the house, almost every time I ran. So, as I got busier over there, I quit. The Lord was NOT pleased with that action at all and I got told about it through consequences and by Himself and my mentor a couple times between November 2017 and February 2018. Needless to say, I bought some waterproof shoes and clothes and have started running over there again. I still don't like it - I have to fight just to run one piddly-wink mile in Seattle. But at least I know what's going on now.
Seven days ago I came home and ran five miles after not having run for two or three weeks. That doesn't happen in Seattle. Then I ran a hair under four miles the next day. Two good runs on consecutive days doesn't happen over there either. So tonight (last night ... whatever) I ran five miles again with several issues after not running for four days. I got a cramp on my right side after the second km, I got a rock in my shoe after the third km, I was hungry because I'm fasting and I tied one shoe too tight so my toes were falling asleep. All that and I still ran five miles.
So I asked The Lord, "What's the difference between here and Seattle?" and before I even got the whole question out, I heard the answer in my spirit: This land has been broken up. While it's easy and comfortable for me to run at home, God has placed me in Seattle part time to run there. To break up the land there and to release His will, Spirit and anointing there. His exact words were, "I need you to begin releasing the treasures of the land." I've been praying and asking why I need to be in Seattle, and I have at least part of my assignment revealed. I just need to get to work on it seriously so I can be promoted to the next and/or get outta there. But I'm not gonna lie ... it's hard so I run a little, then stop. Then a little more and stop.
The Lord started teaching me about land that's blessed or defiled roughly four years ago. Land matters to God - that's obvious throughout The Written Word; especially when He recorded words such as, "Remove your sandals, the place where you stand is holy ground (Exodus 3:5)," and "I have chosen Jerusalem for My Name to be there (2 Chronicles 6:6)." Location matters to God. Make sure you're where you're supposed to be and doing what you're supposed to do (preaching to the Zari choir).
When I finished my run I prayed for God Almighty to make the land respond to my feet and spirit the next time I set foot in Seattle, WA. He'll do it because it's in agreement with His will (1 John 5:14). He wants that land broken up so that it can become and produce what He ordained when He laid its foundations.
Speaking of land and locations: The #SY5779 conference this October is in Pasco, WA because the land here is spiritually fertile and ready to host a gathering of Kingdom citizens. The corporate prayer and mobile expression of The Kingdom of God on earth will bless this land and make a huge deposit. By hosting the conference here, we'll begin to tap in to previous God deposits and also potentially reverse some old demonic junk.
I bless Seattle and Pasco and call forth the treasures in the land in Yeshua's Name! Amen.
From Home - still and again because I've been praying 2+ hours daily and getting so much from Holy Spirit!
© Copyright Zari Banks, Inc. 2018
I watched another show the other day where the actor said, "By dying, we get to be the people we've always wanted to be." They were talking about zombies, though, because that's a chosen route for the demonic to pervert the truth about the spiritual realm.
But as far as God is concerned, this statement is totally true. In Galatians 2:20 Rabbi Shaul declared, "I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live but Christ lives in me." This is a lofty goal but it's where we want to be as believers. I thought I was there before, but after a stern talking-to by The Lord last fall I realized that I was still too immature for Him to send me into some assignments He'd planned for me.
Yes, Christ lives in me and I have Holy Spirit in me, but I must admit (and most of you should, too) that the amount of Christ and Holy Spirit Paul had in himself is far above me. And you, too, I suspect ... unless you're able to shake off poisonous snake bites already. I'm not trying to offend anyone but The Lord let me know straight up last year that my spirit was a big baby, and that if I truly wanted to walk on my Kingdom Path I needed to stop whining and grow up. Afterward I had a how-dare-He attitude for a few days (or weeks) and then realized the how-dare-He attitude was the exact, immature, whiny-baby spirit He was referring to.
Speaking of a maturing spirit - mine is progressing nicely, by the way - a mentee shared a prophetic word received with me and asked me what I thought about it. You already know I had a mouthful, but my main advice was that a mature spirit is required to properly steward a prophecy. I have a teaching titled Investigating Personal Prophecies, which I haven't published yet, that came about after having several heart-to-hearts with The Spirit of Prophecy and The Father. The Lord explained to me several things about prophetic words, some of which I'll list here.
Of course, this isn't an exhaustive list, it's just some of the things He spoke to me about:
I'm gonna stop because otherwise I'll end up laying out that entire teaching. Actually ... I'm gonna share one more thing The Lord showed me about personal prophecies. Personal prophecies should match your spiritual DNA and not just make your flesh (soul - mind, will, emotions) excited. What's the difference? A mature spirit discerns between soulish prophecies and godly ones, and the first thing to do when you receive a prophecy is to examine it using The Holy Scriptures (Hebrews 4:12) and spending lots of time with Holy Spirit.
You shouldn't just believe a word because you've been told it twice or even five times before. Your soul will believe whatever you've been telling it (you or the enemy or your parents, teachers, etc.). Your spirit will not.
I really, really wanna teach investigating personal prophecies as a live event where you bring your prophecies and we go over them. I even have a worksheet grid that helps you look at them honestly. Lord, if that's something You need for The Kingdom - or even one of Your kids - I volunteer to host. LMK, Almighty.
Don't think I don't enjoy prophetic words. I love them. But I've received many that were all flesh and didn't profit me; instead they wasted valuable time ... and it was often because the person loved me and they were simply reading my soul and declaring what I desired as opposed to what God ordained in my book (Psalm 139:16). I've done it myself. In my circles this mostly didn't happen out of mischief it was just immature spirits.
Now God has shown me a larger portion of my spiritual DNA so when the words come back off, I'm quicker to trash them or at least remove the fluff because they're often partially correct; but then we humans get in a flow and start adding things God didn't actually say. I've already had to repent to someone this year for something I said last year. They wrote to tell me they were taking action and I said I hoped I had enough humility not to have presented the word as Law, but as a possibility.
I know I said I was gonna stop but I just remembered a relevant example. Last April I received a word from someone who said they kept seeing/hearing Secretary of State and so they prophesied diplomacy and government over me. Well, what actually happened was when I switched my businesses from DBA (doing business as) to an S corporation, I had issues with the Secretary of State that required a few folks praying with and for me to get past. Continued prayer truth be told, so if you're willing to pray for me declare extraordinary grace and favor for me with every WA State agency because they're all up in my biz ... literally. Hahaha. This state is big business friendly - Amazon, Microsoft, etc. - not small business. So I've either got to become big biz or drop some God bombs on 'em.
Back to that word: there may be a larger role for me in government or with the Secretary of State in the future, but as of right now it appears God was only giving me a head's up about a minor battle that was on the horizon. Therefore, I didn't necessarily need government or diplomacy spoken over me.
Now I'm really done. I bless your spirit to awaken to God's treasures ordained for today and this season, and to seek and receive all the wisdom needed to possess them. Register for #SY5779.
© Copyright Zari Banks, Inc. 2018
CASE STUDY: Jane (not her real name) loses a female friend around the same time every year. It's 'never her fault, it's always theirs' or either she doesn't 'understand what happened.' After looking at this issue I can see that there are - at least - a couple of demonic structures at work in her life.
One is the seasonal devouring. I spotted this one easily because I just broke through a seasonal devouring curse myself. This year of deliverance has proven extremely fruitful for me. Praise God, praise God!
The other is her own spiritual bump (demonic occupation) that she hasn't dealt with, yet. Namely, not taking responsibility for herself or her negative thoughts and actions in her woman-to-woman relationships. Recently she had an opportunity, perfectly engineered by God, to bring her breakthrough in this area, but instead she relented to the comfort (habit) of believing the enemy and experienced her regularly scheduled friendship loss. A really sad thing about this is that when she passed on God's window for breakthrough, she reinforced and empowered the demonic handshake again.
If you feel so inclined, release a prayer of agreement that she get fed up with the enemy stealing her friendships every year and decide to fight them (as long as it takes) until victory. I'd love to see how this works out; whether she continues with my mentoring or not. I'll report back if I get any further movement with Jane.
And speaking of cutting ties with the enemy, after about seven years of getting close to marriage and having the relationships fall apart, God healed my spirit and removed a reproach that made me unavailable in the spiritual realm. I recorded the testimony in Breaking Generational Curses Part 3: Spirit Husbands. You can download that teaching if you have the need, book a mentoring session with me or come to the Supernatural You 5779 conference in October.
I also experienced another data point of the favor released to me from God after that healing took place. For a long time I used to love romcoms and Hallmark movies - you know the type. But after all the breakups those movies began to rub on my spirit something terrible.
Proverbs 18:14 tells us our souls (sheer will) can help us make it through sickness, but who can endure a wounded (broken) spirit? Not marrying had wounded my spirit something awful, so that I couldn't even watch those sappy love stories and didn't want anything to do with them. But a testimony of my recent deliverance is I watched a Nigerian movie called The Wedding Party yesterday - it was totes cute, bt dubs and the soundtrack is nice, too - and I wasn't butt hurt that I'm not married. That's huge.
God is so good. I've been going through some serious deep deliverance since Rosh Hashana 5778. It hasn't been easy in any way, shape or form, but the treasures being released to me are increasing in quality daily - and it's good.
© Copyright Zari Banks, Inc. 2018
I have a couple testimonies to share before I get into the warfare bit.
First, last Thursday - 29 March 2018 - my mom's garage door was kept sticking and got totally stuck when I was headed out (in a borrowed car). This is after it'd already been worked on by able-minded repairmen. Twice. Here it is that someone's expecting me to pick them up and return their vehicle and I can't get the garage door open to get out. When I arrived there I debated about whether I should even pull in to the garage because I was only grabbing something and wouldn't be there very long.
I grabbed the ladder to see if I could see what the problem was. All I could tell is that it was sticking at the same spot and wouldn't go any further and it was making this horrible screeching noise every time it moved. The weather was great that day, too, so half the neighbors were outside hearing, if not also watching, my garage door fiasco. I pushed the button again and again, and it would stop again and again.
I called in angels and asked for help, and then remembered I had a bottle of anointing oil in my pocket. I pulled it out, poured it on the track, pushed the button and there it went. When I came back yesterday evening, I asked if the garage door was working, and she said, "Yep ... I guess it needed some WD-40, but your anointed oil worked just fine." 😁
I LOVE anointing oil!
Next, at the last minute I got on a commuter flight yesterday that's usually booked full. There are several flights a day between my hometown and Seattle. The 530p daily flight takes commuters who fly to Seattle each morning home to Pasco at the end of the work day. This flight is usually full because of its after work time slot and because the next flight to Pasco isn't until 1115p or so. With prayer, I booked this flight only 15 hours before departure and, praise God, got a seat on it. This is an example of God's favor being released on my healed timeline. You can read more about that here. I missed this same flight last Wednesday - 28 March 2018 - because a meeting ran long and had to take the 1130p flight; again the favor of a healed timeline prevailed and I got a free first class upgrade on the later flight as repayment for that demonic theft. 😊
Now on to the good stuffs.
Patti Cake and I are in this intense prayer season because the enemy overplayed their hand, got caught and now we're mad. I'm talking big mad. I prayed in tongues for three hours last Thursday (3/29/18) - that's how big mad I am, and have been praying two or more hours a day since then. We're not playing here; they're gonna pay and they're gonna pay big. And now that I have a week of rest ahead of me, they're gonna get prayer, tongues AND fasting. They're gonna get spanked - again - by The King of Everything and they're gonna wish they'd chilled messing with us.
If you recall I taught two courses on tongues last year because that weapon saved my life. In March 2017 I was losing it ... literally going cray. I'd run all my friends off because I was so mad at God. Side Note: You can get as mad as God as you want to; He can handle it. I'm a witness. BUT if you don't get it under control in a decent amount of time, the enemy will begin to tear your mind apart. Again I'm a witness. Anyhoo, Holy Spirit has enough invested in me to send reinforcements when needed so I didn't go totally into left field. Instead of giving in to the enemy and losing my mind I went on a 4-day fast, praying in tongues two hours each day. By the evening of the second day, The Lord had shown up and I was getting right. At the end of the four days, I was full of revelation and my spirit was so on fire I was praying in tongues even as I slept.
If you don't have tongues, yet, you betta get some. Ask and receive. And if you don't get it when you ask, keep asking and fight. We all have areas where the spiritual dynamics behind the issue keep us blocked and bound. It's easy to give up and not receive tongues, but that's not God's will for you and that's not who He created you to be. Like it or not He created you a warrior. And there are battles galore out there for you to fight. Witness.
I have much more to share about what I've been learning, but that's enough for now. I'm gonna go take communion and pray for a bit before going to bed. Good night and morning (since it's 1:54 a.m. PDT).
© Copyright Zari Banks, Inc. 2018
One of the things Almighty God is addressing in our
prayer season is the SY5779 Conference. It's going to be
very different than I'd originally thought, but The Lord
gave Patti Cake and myself a similar format individually,
so that's obvi what He wants to take place.
This year's conference will be intimate, deep deliverance
so that you get the freedom you need to receive
your abundant harvests, and we've been in
constant preparation and training so that we're
equipped with the tools and the proper authority to help
you on your way. We hope you'll join us. Tickets
are available at www.ZariBanks.co. Limited spots.
Zari Banks, M.Ed
Zari is an author, teacher, mentor, speaker and entrepreneur.