REVIVAL: Conquering the Strongholds

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake and Bishop Milton Hawkins shared a prophetic vision for the young adults in attendance, praying that they involve themselves in the things of God.

Elder Lawrence C. Blake and the West Angeles Youth & Young Adult Ministry hosted THE GOSPEL EXPERIENCE REVIVAL, August 15-17, 2016, at the West Angeles North Campus Sanctuary. The New Generation Choir led praise and worship as the dynamic guest speaker, Bishop Milton R. Hawkins, prayed for yokes to be broken and strongholds to be pulled down.

“I believe the Lord is in the process of giving the next generation what they need to take over the work of the Lord,” said Bishop Blake. “Get ready for what God is going to do in your life.”

Highlights from “Conquering the Strongholds” follow:

“You don’t need exegetical or hermeneutical knowledge to understand what a stronghold is. A ‘stronghold’ is something that holds you strong.”

“Breaking a stronghold starts with your honesty. You have to admit that something has a hold on you, that there’s something in your life that you need to get rid of.”

“Some people are good at avoiding what they need to confront.”

“Deliverance does not come by wishing it would happen. Deliverance happens by attacking the problem.”

“Deliverance takes work – one must plan strategically and have suitable weaponry. But in a spiritual battle, deliverance comes ‘not by might or power, but by the spirit,’ said the Lord of hosts.”

“Because I am saved, I have a keeper inside of me…I am kept by the power of God. Something else keeps me elevated mentally, in my spirit.”

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,

By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,

A higher plane than I have found;

Lord, plant my feet on higher ground

– Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1898

“Believers operate differently than non-believers, because we operate through prayer, fasting, supplication, and thanksgiving. We make known the deeds of the Lord among the people.”

“Apostle Paul is a winner because he’s a sufferer. Your advancement comes because of misery and agony.”

“Bishop Blake is a good example. Before you use the glory, you need to know the story!”

“The greater your suffering, the greater your blessing. If you don’t believe me, ask Abraham.”

“I don’t care what you’re going through, the Lord will provide for you.”

“God told David, ‘I will anoint you in the presence of your enemies.’”

“Keep your faith in the time of suffering. The devil wants to make it appear that you’re the only one going thru suffering.”

 “Before you use the glory, you need to know the story.” – Bishop Milton Hawkins

“You praise Him in the storm. If you can praise Him…He’ll bring you out of the storm.”

“Anybody in here feel like giving God a double praise?”

“Some folks have some hidden agendas. They’re here for whatever they can get. They’re not here to give.”

“Embracing the teaching of Paul helps us to stand in the face of adversity.”

“As parents, we have to pray for the school systems …Children can’t leave the house without pleading the blood of Jesus over their lives.”

“The devil is a lie. God wants you to live!”

11 Put on the whole armor of God; that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places – Ephesians 6:11-12 (NKJV)

“Tell that joker ‘No,’ until he puts a ring on it! Buy a padlock and keep it locked up! It doesn’t belong to you, it belongs to God!”

“We don’t fight with vulgarities…We fight on our knees.”

“We saints don’t fight by human standards. Fight on your knees!”

“There will always be false accusations against you. People will say you did something you didn’t do; said something you didn’t say.”

“God has you in a whole other place. We overcome the flesh.”

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV)

“Everything seems to be vulgar, constantly feeding into our spirit…We’ve got to take control over our minds.”

“What do we think on? Paul said in Philippians 4:8 – ‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.’”

“How many of you know the devil is a liar?”

“Stronghold, I command you right now, in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, ‘Drop your weapons and flee! Deceit, lies, homosexuality, lesbianism, adultery, fornication, witchcraft…I bind you right now in the name of Jesus, and I pull you down!’”

“Lift your hands up and pull it down…and when you pull it down, that’s where it belongs.”

“Jesus said, ‘Unto you, I give power!”

“The Lord doesn’t want you to leave out of here burdened; he wants you to leave…lifted!”

“Come on tell the Lord ‘Yes.’”

“Tonight is the night for your deliverance! Hallelujah!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Zechariah 4:6,  Genesis 22, Psalm 23:5, John 8:44, Philippians 4:19, Ephesians 6:11-12, Philippians 4:8, Luke 10:19.

Superintendent Milton R. Hawkins is the Pastor of Temple of Deliverance Church Of God In Christ in Memphis, Tennessee. He faithfully served as Adjutant Apostolic to the Late Presiding Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson, whom he succeeds as pastor of Temple Of Deliverance COGIC. He was also appointed by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake of the Church Of God In Christ, Inc. as National Overseer Adjutant for the General Board; he is Committee Member for the International Administrative Headquarters Planning Committee, and is Chairperson of COGIC’s Governmental Relations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC), and was appointed Police Chaplain for the state of Michigan. Superintendent Hawkins has been the recipient of numerous awards, honors and commendations, including the SCLC Presidential Award, and the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Detroit City Council.  He has been happily married to Catherine Crawford Hawkins for 23 years and is the father of Joshua Nathanael Hawkins.

Hymn, “Higher Ground”, Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1898. Copyright status, Public Domain.