Overcoming Patterns of Defeat

Updated: Mar 20


Are you among the many people who have experienced patterns of defeat?

Since I was a child, I could see demonic spirits at work in my dreams. They would inflict pain or otherwise cause problems for me. I could say the words, “In the name of Jesus, go!” but most of the time the spirit didn’t budge. This didn't seem right. Yet this was my reality.

I had hundreds, if not thousands of defeats, which happened during the majority of my life.

You. Me. The world. Every single one of us is fighting a spiritual battle whether we see it or not. The realm of the demonic is in conflict with the realm of the kingdom of Heaven.

The demonic wants us to remain in the pattern of defeat. However, the Spirit of Christ wants us to break free from patterns of defeat and enables us to do so.

The principles of my story are transferable to your story whether it's demonic nightmares or other areas of defeat. You can break free of that pattern once and for all.

How I Broke the Cycle of Defeat

One day as an adult, I had five nightmares in one night. I didn’t want to be awake because I was tired, but I didn’t want to be asleep, because sleep brought torment. I had a miserable existence stuck between two worlds.

So, I called David Lage and asked him for help. I didn’t get consistent results on my own in this area, but he had consistent results in many areas. What I had done didn't work to bring a total turnaround. It was more like a tug-of-war, where most of the time I was on the losing side.

David told me the basics of what to do, but God filled in the details as I stepped out and did it. Even though I wasn't where I wanted to be, I determined I would arrive where I needed to be if I pursued it with all of my heart.

After the phone call, I took scripture regarding authority and identity and spoke them out loud. I did it with all the intensity of heart I knew how to release. I didn’t wait until I had another nightmare.

For years, I had reacted to the devil’s attack rather than being proactive.

I moved from living a defensive life to a life of victorious offense.

I didn’t go for a specified time period. I went until I had a release in my heart and just knew it had changed.

How did I know?

That knowing was like pumping a well and then letting go after the water flowed.

It’s not that you’re tired of declaring good things according to God’s promises and want to do something else, it’s just that there is simply no more need to speak because His rest is so full inside of you.

It's the same knowing, as you "know" you're born again. It's way beyond intellectual knowledge. This is the belief of the heart.

Not enduring is a pitfall I had fallen into before. I did not persevere because I let my sleepiness and the comfort of my covers determine how long I would continue. Temporarily it seemed easier, but in the long run the goal was more difficult to achieve short of perseverance.

Then, when I fell asleep, I could see the change in the spirit. In my dream, after I commanded the demonic to go, it had less influence over me. I awoke and repeated the process.

By the third time, it couldn't even touch me and left immediately. Before I spoke for it to leave, in my heart, I “saw” it as already gone. When I commanded, I held my expectation firm in that place, and then I actually saw the demon leave.

It's like pointing for a dog to go into the house and not letting your hand down until they do it. It's that internal "posture" of unwavering faith.

In less than 24 hours, it had broken its hold. I no longer had the demonic pattern of torment in the night. When I told demons to go, they left. I was no longer frustrated by what should have worked but didn’t.

Scripture Tells us How to Break Defeat

I took what the word says is true but my experience said wasn’t true and made the situation line up with the word of God. The word of God is the will of God. As we persevere, use holy intensity, and make adjustments as needed.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2 Berean Study Bible)

God's will is not that we get beat up by devils, but that we make devils the footstool of Christ as His very body. Yet, the will of God was not manifest in me in that area for the longest time.

We are transformed by what we speak and do.

Our mouth is a rudder. We can change the course of our lives by what we speak with our mouth and believe in our heart.

“Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” (Romans 12:1 Berean Study Bible)

It is through presenting your bodies. What is one of the smallest parts of the body?

It’s the tongue! We can make our mind new by changing what we speak and focus on.

I had two problems: either I wasn't speaking or wasn't unwavering believing!

The old saying is P.U.S.H = Pray Until Something Happens.

Practically, if setting a time period helps you get started, do that. But if you can, don’t stop until it’s done. Holy endurance to completion glorifies God by bringing the full manifestation of His will into fruition. It strengthens us in the process.

“We desire that each one of you may show the same diligence to the fullness of hope even to the end, that you won't be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherited the promises.” (Hebrews 6:11-12 World English Bible)

I quit waiting until the devil hit me to react. I started to play offense rather than defense, when I spoke into the situation before it hit. In warfare, this is called preemptive strikes. You hit before the enemy hits. You’re no longer living in reaction to, but taking action against.

Do this Today and Remove the Defeat
  1. Find 1-3 scriptures that apply to the area you need breakthrough in.

  2. Set aside a time for focused declaration regarding an area that needs breakthrough. Go until you know something has changed. Repeat if needed. Don’t play defense and don’t quit until you win.

  3. Declare the will/word of God with intensity.

If you notice you’re not making progress, ask God for help. He may direct you to a scripture, person, or resource to get it done.

Edited by Esther Tsai and Paul Lowery

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