What does it mean to “fortify” and how do I successfully establish this in my home?
A couple of months ago the Holy Spirit said, “FORTIFY.” I was like what do you mean, Lord? Fortify what? He spoke again saying, “Fortify.” So, I sat still and began to listen to what the Holy Spirit was telling me. He said, “Fortify everything.”
So, I began with defining fortify so that I had a clear and complete understanding of what the Holy Spirit was telling me.
“Fortify”, according to the dictionary is a verb – “to strengthen a place with defensive mechanisms to protect it from attacks.” Another definition defining Fortify is “to invigorate a person mentally or physically or a building or a place by restoration, reviving, refreshing, or rejuvenating it.” This reminds me of Nehemiah and the defenses of Jerusalem.
Fortify Your Home
You must first identify all breaches in your home. Once you have identified where you have holes, cracks, and gaps in your walls you make preparation to repair them. Now you must assess what supplies you will need (The Word of God) to repair them. Determine whether you need some patchwork (Confessions), or if you need to repair a section by strengthening the entire wall and rebuilding with fasting and praying by the Word of the Lord.
Fortify Your Family’s Health
You must identify the areas in your family members’ lives where the enemy has taken ground. Once you know where the enemy has taken ground in your children and your spouse you prepare yourself with the Word of God to repair those areas. Where health is a concern you combat sickness and disease with healing and wholeness scriptures.
“The Lord sent His word and healed them from all disease and destruction”, or “Healing is the children’s bread that is our portion.” These are some of the scriptures you can use to go after those areas with the Word of God. It is important that we arm ourselves with the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
Fortify Your Finances
Fortifying your finances is a must too. Attacks on your finances must be strengthened with the Word of God. Using scriptures like, “There is no lack in the Kingdom of God”, or “Isaac sowed in a famine and reaped a hundredfold”, “My God shall supply All my needs.” In the riches of His Glory, my God is sufficient, He gives me daily bread. These are just a few of the promises you must learn and apply to your life. God has a glorious inheritance for His children to lay hold of. Hallelujah! We must utilize them daily.
Fortify Your Atmosphere
If you have strife and contention in your family, begin to wage war and fortify your home with peace. The peace of God that surpasses understanding, Great is Jesus’s peace, therefore Great is my peace and my composure is undisturbed. Peace is a gift given to us from Jesus. Jesus says, “My peace I give you”, how amazing is that? I have Jesus’s peace working in me. To God be the glory – I don’t have to rely on my own, but what Jesus gives.
Fortify Your Children
If you have school-age children, they too must be fortified and strengthened with the Word of God on how to be a Christian servant leader and how to be a Christian influencer and live a life that’s upright in the eyes of the Lord. Learning to combat social norms like bullying, disrespect, speaking negative words over themselves, etc.
For our children to remain the Christian influences that we are raising them to be, we parents need to continuously plant the Word of God in them as well as plant the Heavens on their behalf. When I say, “Plant the Heavens,” I mean to speak, declare, decree their DESTINY in prayer. Our children will enhance their culture, they will shift atmospheres with the peace of God that rests on them. When our children come into a room in the name of Jesus, favor, grace, peace, mercy, authority, and power follow.
Anything lost in battle, anything stolen, anything misplaced, and mishandled by myself and or my family – Lord I repent right now in Jesus’ name. I ask for forgiveness in all areas, Lord, and I thank you for the strategy of Fortifying.
Lord God, I thank You that You will not forsake me and You will not leave me. Even though it seems I have lost so much, been under so much oppression, You are the Lord my God and You will defend me and my family. I thank You for the strategy to fortify my life, my family, my home, my children, my spouse, and my belongings. Everything that You have given me stewardship over. Lord, strengthen me as I strengthen my walls so they are protected. I thank you for the Nehemiah Anointing to repair, restore, revive, rejuvenate, refresh, and rebuild all to completion. Father, I give You glory and honor in Jesus’ name. Amen.