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









Best of Times or Worst of Times?



It is seems these words by Charles Dickens in the Tale of Two Cities mean even more to us today than ever…

As  I was praying and listening to the Lord today these words kept echoing in my heart. My own challenges and the list of folks in desperate need of prayer for healing, finances, jobs, relationships, recovery, depression, grief and more seems to be longer than ever. Combined with dooms day prophecies and the endless stream of bad news from around the state, nation and world…
It appears we are in the worst of times. At least that is what the demonic forces want us to believe. 
But, it is NOT what I believe!


Raise up your heads brothers and sisters in Christ, shake off that heaviness, get your faith revved up!


These are indeed the BEST OF TIMES ever in the history of the planet!!! 
I am so excited over what our amazing awesome awe inspiring Father in Heaven is up to all around us! Unfortunately, especially in the USA, a cloud of demonic gloom has been trying to hinder the body of Christ. Too many of our prophets have tapped into that gloom seeing what is going on in the “second heaven” (where the demonic spiritual activity occurs) and the natural world where the enemy works manifest through people and world systems.  And, way too many in the body are believing we are suffering God’s wrath and that the bowls of judgement are pouring out upon us.


Good Grief everyone, the Bible is extremely clear that we, His kids, will NOT suffer His wrath. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.) The blood of Jesus has set us apart and before any final judgments and wrath pours out we will be in His arms. No, we aren’t there yet brothers and sisters! We are still in the dispensation of GRACE, maybe the very last days of it, but we are still covered by the blood, wrapped in His love and walking in mercy and grace here on earth. In fact, if we will look up to Him, and to what is happening in the “third heaven” where He dwells, instead of at the doom the demonic camp is trying to peddle, we will burst forth into joy, glory and favor here on earth as has never ever never been seen before!


How do I know this? Well, I know it because I am walking in the glory and favor.


Sure I have challenges and some are down right nasty, but I am not focusing on that! I am focusing on the greatness of my God!  In the past 2 years, I have seen more prayers answered and prophetic words come to pass than in my whole 26 years as a believer. In the past year, there has been more shifting and changes bringing about reconciliation and unity in the body of Christ than has ever happened in the entire history of this city and region. Apostolic and prophetic doors are opening that no man could have opened and no man can shut throughout the Central Valley and our State. Unified efforts in prayer from Alaska to the Baja on the west coast are growing!  For me personally, the opportunities to be an ambassador for Christ and to be a catalyst for unity are exploding. And, I see the same happening for everyone that is fixing their eyes on the the goodness of God and listening intently to His voice.


I am not seeing or hearing anything that is doomsday from the Lord. The numerous edifications and encouraging words pouring out of His heart tell me that…If ever there was a time to be encouraged and expectant, it is now!


What I am hearing is that it is time for a mature, faith-filled, saturated with love, walking in peace and joy, power of God reliant Army to rise up out of this challenging time.


It is the birth of and refining of this Army that is most on the Father’s heart. Our relationship with HIM is the most vital component of our future. Is He your vital source? Second, as Believers, it is so important that we do our job and BELIEVE right now that God is still in control. He is still on the throne, Jesus is still “ever making intercession” for us, Holy Spirit is still walking with us, guiding us, teaching us, protecting us, His Angelic Hosts are still helping us. Third, it is high time we rested in that awesome safety net knowing that whatever He calls us to do, we can do! Working in our own strength must stop. We cannot go forward until we are operating in His strength alone and trusting that His plans are perfect even when they mess up our plans, or maybe better said, when they correct our course to line up with Him.


Don’t let the deceiver and destroyer turn your focus to his plans and to the world’s craziness as the measure of your future. Your future is GLORIOUS! Allow whatever challenges you are facing to be used by the Holy Spirit to make you more like Jesus! When we are refined, renewed, refreshed, reformed, and revived… Wow! The Kingdom of God will begin to be established here on earth as it is in heaven!


Be encouraged, walk in confidence and joy knowing that God has not forgotten or forsaken you… your greatest hour is at hand!


With love,
Rev. Cheryl

Unfurl your Sails!


There’s a new wind blowing! Unfurl Your Sails!
The beginning of this year there was a refreshing joy that came upon the body of Christ to strengthen us. I heard everywhere I went that 2015 was going to be an amazing year! Prophetic expectation was that this year would be our greatest year ever. The Lord told me it was the year of answered prayer; that prayers we’d even given up on or thought would never happen in our lifetime would be answered starting this year. For some in the body this has been true. I am in awe as I see answers to prayers two decades old pour out of heaven. Yet, for many in the body of Christ, nothing has changed and for some life has gotten more difficult than ever. The zeal I saw in the saints in early January has rapidly faded as they see answers to prayer all around them, but not for them personally or for their family.

Every person I know that is seeing answers to long time prayer right now have something in common. They went through a very dark time – some lost everything – but, they didn’t quit. They never lost hope or stopped believing. They kept looking to Jesus Christ as their only answer. So, if you are weary to the bone and ready to quit, if you are frustrated and feeling hopeless, the word from the Lord to you is to never, never, never give up! Don’t quit believing!

Don’t turn inward and give in to the “give-ups.” There is a fresh wind blowing out of heaven. Unfurl those sails of faith! Purpose in your heart to believe again! Proclaim with your mouth that you are a victorious champion in Christ Jesus and all that He has promised is yours. Fix your mind on Him and choose to receive joy and peace. Instead of dwelling on what you don’t yet have, or fixating on the challenges of life, be thankful over all that you do have and that there is a way through every trouble that leads to victory! The outpouring from heaven that is about to occur in response to faith will wipe away all sense of doubt, all thoughts of failure and hopelessness will vanish.

Is it really possible to see change and answers that quickly? YES! In literally ONE day I saw what was impossible become possible. In a moment, what could never happen, happened. And the answers keep coming. Heaven is wide open! Like never before in history the body of Christ is about to see demonstrations of God’s love and greatness just like I did! He is no respecter of persons. What He has done for me, He will do for you and MORE!

Don’t sit and quit! The wind is blowing, let’s sail!
With great JOY,
Rev. Cheryl Birch

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