Who’s Your Daddy?

“Lay down your spiritual warfare weapons,” said the voice of the Lord I have come to know, love and obey. My response: HUH?

The apparent warfare around me and around the body of Christ screamed out in demand of increasing every spiritual warfare technique I had ever learned.  To lay down all of that felt contrary to everything I had learned from my mentors, teachers, and pastors. In six words the Voice I loved had negated every spiritual warfare seminar and conference I had attended as well as every book I read and video series I had watched. Even closer to home, it wiped out what I had taught hundreds of others. Thus, it was hard for me to receive those 6 words.

Then started the conversation with Holy Spirit.  Not sure why I persist with this habit, none-the-less, it always starts out: But, Lord….

I had a lot of “But, Lords” to state and “How can it be” questions to ask. Seemed that He already knew that and He spoke to me in His loving, soft, gentle, yet firm way, “You’re doing it all wrong.”  My answer: HUH?

No doubt, we His kids, can be quite comical to Him at times I am sure.  In this case, I am certain my astonishment must have been amusing because I heard His wonderful laughter wash over me. All I could feel was joy and peace followed by love and acceptance. What could I say to that except, “Yes, Lord”? And, because He apparently knew I was ready to hear Him on this topic, I yielded, albeit a bit begrudgingly, and turned my inner ear toward Him.

It wasn’t what I heard, but what I saw next that impacted me.  I saw a small child (couldn’t tell boy or girl) chased by the enemy (demonic beings) running toward flowing purple fabric. The child ran into the fabric and disappeared. While watching this vision, I realized the child was hiding behind the leg of a man wearing leather sandals. In moments, the child, comforted and strengthened by the encounter with the man, peeked out. The enemy was a great distance away.  The enemy could not approach the man or the child.  The man spoke over the child lovingly and kindly. After awhile the child lifted their hand and repeated the words of the man. As the words were released, power flowed and the enemy disappeared completely.


Hiding in the robe of the Father

A lesson in an intense way of intercession began that day.  Holy Spirit pointed out the child was not dressed in armor as I had pictured it. The child was not holding a sword or a shield.  The child was not shouting or yelling at the devils. The child was standing strong, at peace, full of joy and lovingly protected in the purple skirts. The child listened, learned and repeated what the man said.  And the man?  Yes, you guessed it. The Man is our Father in Heaven.  The child stood hidden in His royal robes.

After this encounter, Holy Spirit had my attention and He began to explain that much of our prayer and intercession birthed in the 1990’s, particularly what we call spiritual warfare, has gone too horizontal.  It is based more on what we do, and less on what our Father in Heaven wants to and can do.  The typical horizontal pattern is to first armor up. We put on the armor of God then we spend our time in worship.  Including worship was a marvelous step forward in the beginning, but it got tipped horizontal when the term “warshipping” was invented. Worship then became a weapon in our arsenal and too many began to do it  not so much to get close to God and honor Him, but to defeat the devil.  Next on the warfare agenda: we get going binding up devils, casting out spirits,  taking the land, cancelling curses, hexes, vexes and cutting cords that bind all from our perspective and, unfortunately, mostly in our own strength. While the prayer is always somewhat effective, as we do use the word of God, and we are His kids, we end up expending much time and energy on activities and prayers that are not needed or effective. God is not the center of our focus, the devil and his works are.

Holy Spirit summed it up for me in one question: Who’s your Daddy? 

He asked me that so light-heartedly with a smiling voice.  I was exhausted, had been repenting for everything I have ever done or will do,  praying fervently to bind up the enemy attacking my household, making declarations, and still nothing had changed one iota.  When I heard that question, I answered immediately: YOU are Lord. And, then I got it.  My Daddy is bigger than the daddy of this world.  The message out of heaven: When the devil attacks don’t concentrate or give energy to him, run to Daddy,  hide in Daddy, and don’t do or say anything to the enemy until Daddy tells you what to say and do.

Even in emergencies, concentrate on what Daddy can do, not what the enemy is doing.  If we have regular intimate times of interaction with Father God, we will hear Him clearly no matter the immediacy of the crisis we are experiencing. I KNOW this to be true. A loved one collapsed, could not breath and became nonresponsive. I simply laid my hand on their chest and said “You shall live and not die. Breathe! In Jesus’ Name.” Those words were said because that is what I heard in the midst of my panic, and knowing His sweet voice, I repeated them. My loved one came to and is today whole and well.

Hidden in the royal skirts of the Father, we are always safe. We learn what His voice sounds like so we can immediately respond for the sake of ourselves and others.  That is what the great warfare chapter Ephesians 6:10-18 is really all about. It begins: Be strong in the LORD and the power of HIS might. That means no horizontal praying.  I was told by Holy Spirit to stop, lay down my spiritual warfare weapons, and that I was doing it all wrong, because I was not fully and completely dependent upon Jesus Christ, my Lord. I was leaning on a method, not on HIM.

To be strong in Him means to be fully dependent upon HIM and HIM alone.  To flow in the power of HIS might, we have to be completely emptied of our ways, let go of our methods and formulas, and do it fully and completely His way.  Our vertical relationship with the Father through Christ Jesus must be intimately established or nothing powerful will happen here in the earth.  It’s vital that worship no longer be thought of as a weapon of warfare but instead as a time of intimately and tenderly drawing close to our God who then, out of His love for us, will help us.

The armor described in Chapter 6 is telling us to hide in Christ.  We have thought of each piece mentioned as a weapon, not hiddeness in Christ. The helmet of Salvation is Jesus. The breastplate of Righteousness is Jesus. The belt of Truth is Jesus. The boots of the Gospel of Peace are Jesus. The Sword of the Spirit is Jesus’ Spirit/Word. The Shield of Faith is Jesus.  As Paul wrote it in another letter, this one to the church in Rome: But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Romans 13:14. That is what the armor of God is all about, “putting on the Lord Jesus Christ” so we can do things His way and not the way of our flesh. The definition of “fulfilling its lusts” is doing things the flesh wants instead of what God wants.

What I found out is defeating the devil is easy, if we do so Jesus-style. All God asks of us in Ephesian 6 is to stand in faith believing and to pray always in the Spirit.  No shouting or binding or cutting cords or breaking curses, or confrontations with principalities or rulers, certainly no wrestling with other people. Nor does He ask us to jump up and down yelling. Nope, all that He requires is that we put on Christ and then stand in faith believing, praying in the Spirit.  When we stand in full dependence upon Christ Jesus, Father God arises and the enemy is scattered.  And Praying in the Spirit means: we hear God, we repeat in faith believing what we heard (whether it is with or without understanding) and wham! No more challenge.  This is so powerful that one single word repeated by us that came directly from the mouth of the Father via Holy Spirit takes care of the entire matter no matter how scary or complex it is. Why? Because He gave the word to us and His power did it.

Now, does this mean we never get excited in prayer or exuberant regarding His amazing works? Absolutely not! When we see what He has done let the shouting begin! Let there be jumping for joy! Dance, twirl, clap, play the timbrels, sound the cymbals and trumpets! Go crazy for God! The difference here is: our energy is expended praising and thanking God not trying to defeat devils.

Reality check is that the real “warfare” is with our own selves.  Getting out of our own way and not fulling the lusts of the flesh is the hard part of intercession. The resistance, the walls, the “brass ceilings” etc are all symptoms of our battle with pride and fear and our own heart issues, such as unforgiveness.  There are no brass ceilings or walls or resistance in Christ Jesus. From the vantage point of Father God, none of that exists.  Blocking only happens in the flesh.  If we persist in doing warfare prayer horizontally, we will constantly experience the fleshy resistance within ourselves and within the region we are praying.

So,  if we want powerful effective prayer we must make a choice: Will we or will we not hide in the Father and let Him take care of our situation.  Hiding in the royal robe of the Father means we have humbled ourselves fully, given over everything, choosing to worship Him and trust Him no matter what.  This is indeed vital as the more pride and fear we have, the less we can hear Him. The less we can hear Him, the less power of His might we have. True warfare prayer always flows out of an intimate relationship with our Lord God. It is always initiated by Him!

I will repeat that because Holy Spirit says to repeat that: The more pride and fear we have, the less we can hear Him. The less we can hear Him, the less power of His might we have. True warfare prayer always flows out of an intimate relationship with our Lord God. It is always initiated by Him!

A call is being released in this hour to the children of God to lay down their ways, formulas, and methods and simply be with the Father through Christ Jesus our Lord. Out of being with the Father will flow MUCH activity. This call is not a call to sit and do nothing. It is a call to humble ourselves, come hide in His royal robes, be healed of fear and lusts of the flesh, learn to hear His voice,  and then go say and do what you see and hear!

Take a moment to ponder: Who’s your Daddy?

If He is the MOST HIGH GOD, there is nothing too hard for HIM!  Let go, run and hide in His skirts and see what He will do.

With love to all the saints!

Rev Cheryl Birch









A World gone Crazy

Stormy seas

This morning I felt overwhelmed by prayer needs and the need to pray.  If you are an intercessor, or one who prays, you have probably had those days too. My heart breaks today for the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch TN where 7 were wounded and a 39 year old woman was killed by a masked shooter.  And our eastern seaboard is projected to be pounded once again by a strong hurricane, the 3rd one, 4th if one counts the hurricane that kicked up storms while blowing itself out in the middle of the ocean. Puerto Rico lies in devastation from the same storm and Florida and Texas are still in crisis cleaning up from the previous two. And, my prayer list for personal needs, illnesses, sudden deaths in families and on and on is growing. Seems like every day I get more bad news that needs prayer.

What does a follower of Jesus do when the world has seemingly gone crazy around them? In the language of my first prayer partners who were all 80 something and I was a kid of 41, we PRESS IN.  That phrase when I first heard it back in the 1990’s made little sense to me. I was a new believer and my question at the time was “Press into what?” My mentors smiled a knowing smile and simply said “Jesus, of course.”

Brother John, tall graying black curly hair, with a wonderful base voice came over to my side. My hands completely disappear into his large knuckled chocolate brown hands… Continue reading

Call to Fast Jan 15th – 22nd


We are in a most remarkable time in history. Though not much is “normal”, there is a lot of division, name calling and angst, the good news is our God is not surprised, He is still on His throne, the end of the world has not arrived (yet), and He has a perfectly wonderful plan for the USA to fulfill her destiny and glorify Him. We have taken many detours, but none-the-less, we are still on the road to His best for us! It’s hard to see the goal right now. The future is indeed hazy as the old passes away and the Lord institutes HIS NEW. In order to get clarity on our purpose, role, direction both individually and corporately during this time of change, the Lord put on my heart to fast 7 days from sundown on Jan 15th through sundown on January 22nd.

Read more about the fast by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/cheryl-birch-ministriesinc/a-call-to-fast-jan-15-21/1356976201000635

This is a multiple purpose fast to humble ourselves and draw closer to Him for redirection and refreshing… AND, for the transition of our nation from one President to another with PEACE. It is vital that we get in sync with our Father’s plans for us, our city, state, and nation. We MUST bless President Obama as he leaves office and bless President-Elect Trump as he enters office. That is our role as the ecclesia! To pray for all leadership whether we like them or don’t like them…. “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior…” 1 Tim 2:1-3

I will be posting scriptures, prayers, encouragement and whatever Holy Spirit speaks to my heart on our ministry page at www.facebook.com/cherylbirchministries. If you are fasting with us, make sure you have “liked” our page and watch for those posts!

We Can Do It!!


In a recent dream I saw a woman standing in total darkness. A bright spotlight pierced the darkness and lit her up. She held a microphone. She stood alone on a platform. Her head was down. She was dressed in white with a red wrap. She lifted her head. Her hair shone brilliant white and her eyes flashed with fire. At the top of her voice she shouted: I CAN! I CAN DO THIS! Then she began to sing in chant with great joy: I can! I can do this! over and over. I joined her in the dream and woke myself up saying “I can! I can do this!”

I took the dream to the the Lord in prayer and He gave me Psalm 98:1 “Oh sing to the Lord a New Song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the Victory!”

Some of the dream interpretation is obvious: The woman represents the church, the bride of Christ. The Light of heaven is upon her. She stands in purity wrapped in the blood of Jesus. She radiates glory and fire is in her eyes. She stands in a place of authority and her voice is amplified in the earth.

Holy Spirit also spoke this to me: Up till that moment in the dream, when she began to declare in song chant, she was not using her voice. And, by her words, there was a thought of failure and oppression of the enemy that needed to be dealt with through declaration.    1 Thessalonians 1:24 “He who called you is faithful, who also will do it.” came to mind.

Yes, Lord, let us sing a new song of faith in YOU, of trust that You can do great things as we take our stand and lift our voice declaring Your truth. Let Your Light shine brilliantly upon us and flow through us. Restore our joy in You for YES! we can do this! We can be Your Ambassadors in the midst of darkness declaring your Your marvelous love and works. There is Victory in Christ Jesus! AMEN!

A Season to Draw Close, Fast and Pray!!!


Beloved Intercessors,
No matter where you live in the world, I believe it is vital that we start a fast and right away! It is a season to draw as close to the Lord as we possibly can.

I have been hearing about a need to fast coming from many different camps this past week and had planned to fast later in the month with another group – I will still do that. However, the ongoing assault against the intercessors and ministries on the front-line, not only in our area but everywhere, (from loss of loved ones, to sudden illnesses, to loss of income, to car accidents and on and on) is not abating with prayer alone. Then I must add to that the call to fast by the Lord this past Friday when I was praying for one of the mighty men of God in our city, to me Equals = we need to ramp up our prayers for break-through by adding some good old fashion denying of flesh. That is best done through a fast and I know it cannot wait!!!

The goal of the fast is to get closer to God, listen to Him, seek Him for Him, let the needs be known and allow Him to break down our selfish ways, and ultimately to defeat the enemy. Respond in declarations and proclamations as He reveals things, otherwise simply let Him arise and scatter the enemy as you draw closer and closer to Him.

Since this is quite sudden, which is designed I am sure to take the enemy by surprise, I am asking you join in the fast as best you can as soon as you read this.

Those of you that have fasted with us before know that I leave it to you how deep you wish or need to go into the fast. This season of fasting is immediate through the end of the month. We will fast until Saturday 9-12-15 take a short break and fast 9-17-15 to 9-21-15. I will post any additional dates.

While “fasting” television and electronic diversion is good during this time, it is not what the Lord is calling for. We are doing a food fast. Instead of spending time prepping food and eating, spend time praying and seeking to draw close to God.

Here are ways to fast for various folks that find fasting a physical challenge:
1. If you are taking medications that require food or are under a doctor’s care – please choose “giving up treats” as your fast to the Lord. For example: If you love your cup of coffee in the morning, give that up during this time or anything else that you will greatly miss, but will not affect your meds or health.

2. If you are working and need some energy during the day, a Daniel fast would be recommended or fasting a meal each day.

3. If you must have protein or you become ill, then give up carbs and sugary treats during the fast.

For everyone else choose any combination of fasting for the 7 day period. You can choose to do one thing all the days or a different type of fast each day. You and the Lord need to decided what He is asking of you.

Here are some ways to fast:
1. Daniel Fast: primarily veggies of all kinds, mush (like oatmeal), lentils, beans,
and fruit or nuts in small amounts
2. Juice and broth fast (no solid food,only liquids)
3. Eat only one meal a day – water, juice or broth the other meals
4. Give up one meal a day – eat very simple small meals the other 2 times
5. No food, water only (again, if you are not healthy enough to do this even one day,
choose another fast)

The enemy has to let go of what belongs to the Lord and thereby belongs to us! I see this fast working like a crowbar and prying the enemy’s grubby fingers off of everything he has grabbed. All glory to God because He is the one that will accomplish the victory as we turn to HIM!

Thank you for joining in whether it is one day or the entire season of fasting.
With love and joy to you
Remember to pray for each other!!!
Rev. Cheryl

Transition to Glory

Ancient Gate from dark to light

If ever there was a time to pray in all of history, it is NOW!

The spiritual SHIFT of the ages is upon us! The Lord is opening His ancient door and we are in passage to something wonderful in this remarkable season! As we move into the Feast of Trumpets, the Days of Awe and Yom Kippur – we can expect this huge shifting in the times and timing of the Father’s plans to impact the earth. He has been speaking to me for months now that we are in a Transition time to “full glory.” Things are happening all around us that are paving the way to culmination of this dispensation and the birthing of a whole new heaven and earth.

Those whom He is preparing in the body are about to become humble selfless Demonstrators of His NEW! Like a preview of what is to come, thousands of God’s anointed ones will move in concert to glorify Him in power.

Our journey through this Shift to the opening of His ancient doors to living with Him in Glory needs an abundance of prayer. We are dedicated to that prayer! We will be meeting this month on our usual 2nd Friday and that happens to be 9-11. This is not coincidence!

I believe the Lord is calling all who will hear to a season of more than ever intense intercession. And the call is LOUD and URGENT! When change of this magnitude is on the horizon, we must be in prayer so that we stay in one accord with His perfect plan, His word, and with each other.

Listen and you will hear the Trumpet Call to Prayer!

If you are in the Modesto CA area, join us at the Days Inn Modesto on Friday 9-11-15 at 7 Pm in room 105

Blessing you to stand strong in the Lord and the Power of HIS Might!

Pray Like Never Before


On June 26th, a day of great change for our nation, the Lord spoke these three phrases to me: ‎Pray Like Never Before‬; the‎ USA Has Destiny In Christ Jesus;‬ ‪‎Arise Church‬!

Then He gave me this message:
If ever there was a time to pray Church, it is now. Hatefulness, name calling, and vengeful attitudes will do nothing to change the hearts of people or the spiritual atmosphere of our nation. If you are angry allow the Holy Spirit to turn it into a Holy Fire of intercession. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the evil, overcome it by releasing good through praying scripture. If you are fearful, choose to trust God, (yes you can choose to trust and not be afraid) and pray in faith with His vision for the destiny of our nation.

God is not through with the USA. He is helping us, the church, to awaken and arise in Him. Our years of lack of prayer and little to no unity among the churches got us here. My firm belief is that the answer is in the mouth and actions of the body of Christ. Fervent faith-filled prayer, declarations, intercession and endeavoring to love one another as Christ has loved us will begin the process of change. Setting aside differences, embracing our sameness in Christ, becoming ONE as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are ONE (John 17) will turn the nation back to God because we, the church, have turned to Him as our only source and hope.

Our job is not to curse those who are bound in sin, but to soul by soul share the Gospel, the good news that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe on Him would have eternal life (John 3:16). It is time to come out of the shelter of our church walls like never before in history and love on people as Jesus has loved on us. Be His healing hands, His loving eyes, and His voice of truth! We are the place where heaven meets earth and our greatest hour is upon us, if we will do it His way!

Submitted by Rev Cheryl Birch
June 26, 2015

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