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Bill Vincent is an Apostle and Author with Revival Waves of Glory Ministries in Litchfield, IL. Bill and his wife Tabitha work closely in every day ministry duties. Bill and Tabitha lead a team providing Apostolic over sight in all aspects of ministry, including service, personal ministry and Godly character.
 
Bill is a believer in Jesus Christ in the fullness of power with signs and wonders. Bill has an accurate prophetic gift, a powerful revelatory preaching anointing with miracles signs and wonders following.
 
Bill Vincent is no stranger to understanding the power of God, having spent over twenty years as a Minister with a strong prophetic anointing, which taught him the importance of deliverance by the power of God. Bill has more than thirty prophetic books available all over the world. Prior to starting his ministry, Revival Waves of Glory he spent the last few years as a Pastor of a Church and a traveling prophetic ministry.
 
Bill Vincent helps the Body of Christ to get closer to God while overcoming the enemy. Bill offers a wide range of writings and teachings from deliverance, to the presence of God and Apostolic cutting edge Church structure. Drawing on the power of the Holy Spirit through years of experience in Revival, Spiritual Sensitivity and deliverance ministry, Bill now focuses mainly on pursuing the Presence of God and breaking the power of the devil off of people’s lives.
 
His book Defeating the Demonic Realm was published in 2011 and has since helped many people to overcome the spirits and curses of satan. Since then Bill’s books have flooded the market with his writings released just like he prophesies the Word of the Lord.
 
Bill Vincent is a unique man of God whom has discovered; powerful ways to pursue God’s presence, releasing revelations of the demonic realm and prophetic anointing through everything he does. Bill is always moving forward at a rapid pace and there is sure to be much more released by him in upcoming years.

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Many have found their whole life has been a life of pain, disappointment, anger, abandonment, and rejection. Very few have hope that they will ever, ever make it into a place of safety. Most people live at the ends of their ropes. We see them coming to this other place where they begin to cry out to the Lord in the midst of their trouble. What I’ve found is very few people are willing to face what it takes to cross over, to ride out the storm of life, their wave, and have enough courage to position them for whatever it takes to make it to safe harbor. It takes guts to look into the face of fear and make the choice to live and not die. It is the strongholds of our emotions that often keep us in the rough seas. Strongholds that speak to you, telling you that you will never make it.

For many of us, facing our wound is the most dangerous thing we’ve ever done. We’ve spent a lifetime sedating our wounds with drugs, alcohol, or with immorality. This counterfeit way of meeting needs will never bring you to a point of overcoming and being the champion you were designed to be. It is in our beginning the process that allows us to overcome and break free and discover the real heroes within ourselves. It is the process of understanding why we act the way we do (our wounds) and dealing with our habitual behaviors, the strongholds of thinking, and acting on those thoughts of destruction. For those of us in the Church that are really spiritual with religious activity, we try to perform enough to earn God’s love.

WAYS STRONGHOLDS ARE BUILT
Strongholds can be passed down from generation to generation through the iniquities of our forefathers. When we allow negative strongholds of thinking to cause us to make choices that wound our families, these choices can become sin.

Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Exodus 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

But how many people do you know that, when they became born again, change their old habit patterns immediately?

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Many times strongholds are built within us from just living in our father’s house. There may have been no apparent wounding, yet we find ourselves living in the same destructive lifestyles of our fathers later in adult years. How many of you know alcoholic people who grew up in alcoholic homes? Did their alcoholic parents cause them to become alcoholics themselves? No one can make you become like your examples in life except for you. The choices are yours. Did growing up in that environment influence or cause you to have an iniquity, toward alcohol? Strongholds can be built from deep hurts that resulted from wounds we received.

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Our past experiences with relationships have caused us to draw conclusions about life. These relationships may shape our value system (what we see as right or wrong). They may determine how we interact with people or even with God. They may distort the way we relate to our families. We may begin to see life and others through the lens of how we were treated in our past. We don’t need to spend much time in the past, but we do need to understand what may be a root issue as to why we act the way we act today with the goal in mind that our past no longer should dictate our future. Refusing to allow a platform where people can deal with their struggles and habit patterns of negative thinking keeps people locked up inside. They are told that as a new creature in Christ they should just get over themselves. This will cause confusion to the person who is really trying to deal with their behaviors and strongholds, especially if one of them is seeking praise from man because this need was never met in childhood.


Strongholds can be built within us through a misrepresentation of love―how we perceive love or rejection. We were created in God’s image. God is love. God is light. God is a relational being. We too were created for love and relationships. We were created for love to flow through every fiber of our being.

Often parents express their love by the things they do for us and not by heartfelt expressed love given through words, tones of voice, and touch. This can leave a hidden anger within a person because they feel they have not been given the love they were created to receive, thus creating a love deficit. It has the potential of distorting our view of authority figures in our lives or our view of Father God.

Strongholds can be built within us by judgments or the inner vows we make toward others, God, or ourselves.

Whenever you judge another person out of a deep wound or disappointment, it always comes back to you in one form or another. It is the law of sowing and reaping.

Galatians 6:7-9 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Strongholds can be built within us through the words that people speak over us. There is something very soft and tender inside of a person that can be pierced by words.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Words can be like railroad tracks that we seem destined to follow our entire lives. Words can affect us for years to come. If we believe in the prophetic words and those words affecting us for years to come, then why do we find it difficult to believe that negative words spoken into an unhealed heart can also have an effect on us and our outcome? No one wants this to be true, but we have seen it too many times in the people we have ministered to. Again, it goes back to telling a person a lie long enough and they believe it. If we are told every day that we don’t finish things or that we are clumsy or put your own word curses here, we tend to follow those words, especially if someone in authority in our lives, like our parents, has spoken them.

Strongholds can be built within us through false doctrine or false teaching. Any teaching that does not represent the Spirit of Christ can become a corporate stronghold. A corporate stronghold is a way of thinking, feeling, or acting that a group accepts as truth. It is built within people one thought at a time until lies or deception become truth to them. They often become a hiding place for demonic oppression.

The Spirit of Christ is grace, mercy, compassion, love, meekness, and lowliness of heart. Christ brings comfort by expressing value to a person. You don’t have to do it right all of the time to be loved and honored by Christ. Strongholds can be built within us through our ethnic or cultural backgrounds. Corporate strongholds exist in every culture or ethnic group. They develop over a period of time from a practiced belief or tradition that has been around for ages. People accept that this is the way they are and feel there is not a possibility of change. We must ask ourselves, “Is this personality or character trait like our forefathers or is it like Christ?”

Strongholds are reinforced through our false belief structures.

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Job 3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

When we allow the accuser to bring our thoughts into self-condemnation and self-judgment, then our emotions will follow our thinking. If our emotions and thinking remain negative, then it will affect how we view life, treat others, and the way we feel about ourselves.

We have also seen this overflow into people’s health. Our bodies respond to what we tell them the same way they respond to what we physically feed them. Feed your mind negative thoughts on a consistent basis and your mind will send a message to your body to respond in like manner. Examples include:
1. If we think long enough that we have no value and self-worth, then we will “sell ourselves short,” treat ourselves cheaply, and the way we feel will be affected. Thus addictions, self-abuse, or sexual promiscuity can result.
2. If we believe that no one loves or cares about us, then we draw rejection out of people. People end up treating us like we feel about ourselves. Depression and hidden death wishes can result.

3. If we continue to think life is too painful to live and that we just want to go on to be with Jesus, our body can respond to the thoughts of death, and sickness sets in.

Everything dies when we don’t feed it. If we can develop a habit of not feeding our negative thoughts and strongholds, they will die. How often do you hear the saying, “All hell has just broken loose”?
Foundational Questions
1. Who in your life have you hurt and wounded from unhealed hurts of your past that have caused you to think and believe lies about how you relate to them?
2. What are the support structures that give life to your own habit patterns of flesh that wound those in your life?
3. What lies have you embraced from word curses that have set you upon your own destination to destruction?
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Revival Waves of Glory Books and Publishing (September 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628902612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628902617
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,534,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I listened to the Audible audio version of this book.

I listen to many Christian books which is also my faith and this audiobook didn't resonate with me at all. Reason being, I felt it sounded negative when it should be positive. In this book, I think I heard the words Satan, devil, demon, witchcraft, curse, and antichrist more than anything. This was preachy and fear-based. I think that this was twisting religion around to personal beliefs.

I looked up the metaphorical "strongholds" which are mentioned once in the new testament by Paul. And yes, other strongholds can and do exist but this was taken to the extreme. There were a few good points in this book but only a few. I thought the book would be more on the positive side.

DOUG HANNAH did a fine job narrating this book. I think he has a great voice.

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This book opened my eyes to many things,I needed to know.Praise God for his mercy,Grace and forgiveness he shows us.
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