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4 Prisons That Will Keep You From Your Destiny

Are you searching for your calling in life? If so, check your heart for the prisons of unforgiveness, jealousy, envy and fear, which can lead us out of our destiny and into the dungeon.

The story of Saul and David returning home from their great victory over Goliath and his army is a perfect example of this. It reads:

"The dancing women sang and said, 'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.' Saul became very angry, and this saying was displeasing to him. Therefore he said, 'They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what remains for him to have but the kingdom?' So Saul was suspicious of David from that day and forward.

It came to pass the following day, that an evil spirit from God came upon Saul, so that he raved in the midst of the house. And David was playing the lyre, as at other times. Now there was a spear in Saul's hand" (1 Sam. 18:7-10).

Blinded to Reality

Notice that the Lord sent the evil spirit on Saul. This is much like the story Jesus told in Matthew 18 about the tormentors who drive us into forgiveness. They can also drive us out of the land through jealousy. Saul's life is an example of how jealousy blinds us to reality and leads us to irrational conclusions.

Saul thought that David would overthrow him as king simply because he was more capable. He didn't understand that God's kingdom is not a performance-based kingdom. We don't lead because we are necessarily the most qualified; we lead because we are "called" to be the leader.

Princes and princesses are commissioned to see the people they lead reach their full potential in God. This means that the greatest compliment we can ever have is when the people we are leading become greater than us. If we believe that we are leading because we are the most qualified, then we will subconsciously work to undermine other people's advancements.

Suspicion or Discernment?

The life of King Saul also shows us how suspicion can masquerade as discernment and ultimately lead us into bondage. Suspicion is the gift of discernment being used by the spirit of fear. It leads to bitterness, unforgiveness and torment, and it results in our going into a spiritual prison where all guards work for the dark side. The spirits who guard the walls of this prison have names like sickness, depression, hatred and murder.

For more on this subject, check out my book Supernatural Ways of Royalty.

Have you been imprisoned by unforgiveness, jealousy, envy or fear? {eoa}

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