Holy Spirit in You IS the Dominant Spirit

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4

Have you ever walked into a room, a building, a store or some venue where you immediately feel feelings you had not, until that moment, felt?  Feelings such as anxiety, intimidation, fear and discouragement, just to name a few.

These are feelings that may make you feel twitchy, flustered and often makes you want to run!

2 Corinthians 2:11 says that we are not unaware of the schemes of the enemy.  The devil is crafty and he will often try to trick us by making us believe that these feelings are actually coming from us, when in reality there is an external spirit at work in the room that we have just entered.  If God created you as a sensitive and discerning person, you know exactly what I mean.

Sometimes these things can feel so overwhelming to a discerning person that it is difficult to find the inner peace and to actually think clearly enough to realize what is actually happening.

Personally, I have worked out that if I am suddenly and unexpectantly feeling a certain way that I was not previously feeling (especially intimidation and fear), then it is actually my invitation into intercession for that particular location and the people within it. This happened to me recently, and I heard the Lord speak in the midst of my discomfort, “YOU ARE the DOMINANT SPIRIT in this place.”

Here’s an illustration from life that the Lord gave me yesterday.  

I was driving down a busy motorway in Brisbane, just past peak-hour morning traffic.  I was doing exactly the speed limit, not even one over. There were dozens of cars going around me, all in such a hurry.  Some would tailgate me until they could get around me and punch on the gas to prove how badly they needed to go faster.

Others were speeding past me. Some were overtaking me while others undertook me.  They were all rushing around in a manner that I could literally feel their anxiety.  Yet for me, I was not bowing to the craziness around me.  I REFUSE to speed, so I was just rolling along with my internal peace and refusing to be influenced by what was happening around me.

I was the dominant spirit in that environment, and my speed was actually causing those following me to go slower as well.

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you..” – Romans 8:11

God also reminded me of my dogs. We have a boy named Frodo, who is an alpha male.  We live with a family who has a gorgeous boy named Pepper, who is also an alpha male.  They are both good boys with huge personalities, and it took some time for them to work out that Frodo was the true alpha in the room.  There are still times that just Frodo’s presence causes Pepper to get angry, bare his teeth and growl, but as soon as Frodo begins to rise up as THE alpha, Pepper backs off. Frodo is the dominant male in the room.

If you have the Holy Spirit living inside you, then you, too carry great authority (check out Ephesians 1). YOU ARE the DOMINANT SPIRIT in the room, because you carry Him within you.

One final testimony to encourage you!  I had a medical appointment one morning in a part of Brisbane that is known for its night life.  I had a 2 minute walk to the train station, and ran into a homeless woman just as I was about to enter the station. God gave me a word of knowledge about her health and circumstances so I asked if I could pray for her.  As I began to pray we saw her physical healing take place, but there was a woman sitting on the sidewalk across the road from us who began to scream at the top of her lungs, “No, DON’T TOUCH HER!  Keep your hands off….” And then she yelled at the lovely woman that I was praying for, “Don’t let her do it!  Don’t let her pray for you!  Don’t do it…it’ll ruin everything!  Noooo!”

I could hear her screaming at me, but for a second I was unsure of whether or not she was talking to ME, so I started praying in the Spirit just to regather my thoughts.  This seemed to make matters worse, and it caused the woman’s yelling to grow louder and more aggressive.  I quickly realized that this was a demon yelling at me, not another homeless lady.  So, in my righteous anger, I asked the lady that I was praying for if she knew Jesus – and got to lead her to the Lord – but not before a group of rather large men approached me shouting the same things at me that the demonized woman across the street was shouting!  They never got within a few feet from my person, but each of them was manifesting something nasty that was designed to intimidate me and cause me to leave the scene.

Just about the time I saw my woman accept Jesus, find healing and find deliverance, the woman across the street started to scream as if someone was stabbing her!

The men began to shout loud obscenities as well, and I suppose all the ruckus caused the police to arrive.  I was asked by the police to leave immediately.  I politely submitted to their wishes and turned into the train station, where the Lord so graciously processed with me what had happened.

I am a carrier of His glory, and I walked into a territory where demons seemed to have free reign. Yet He who is in me is greater, because I have the Spirit of the Risen Christ within me, so I was the dominant Spirit.  Just like Pepper getting cranky when Frodo walks into the room as the alpha, I seemed to have stirred up the spiritual atmosphere when I came walking down the street carrying Jesus inside of me!  

But I am not unaware of his schemes, and I knew that I carry Jesus therefore I carry authority. The intimidation tactics did not work on me because in that moment I knew who I was and WHOSE I was.  Had I allowed the intimidation to affect me, the woman would not have been healed, delivered and saved that day.

If you have Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit within you, you ARE the alpha.  You are the dominant Spirit, and you carry great authority.  Let’s ask Him to show us more and more how to navigate this in our lives.  

 …having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church…” Ephesians 1:18-22

~ Mandy Woodhouse

 

  

 

There is Courage in our Yes and in our No…

The story of Esther in the Bible shows us what a powerful “Yes” it was for Esther to courageously accept the assignment to save her people and a nation.

Her “Yes” opened up doors of favor for her with the King, exposed Haman’s plot, and saved many people.

Her “Yes” was risky – but worth it!

But not so fast …

We seem to skim right over Queen Vashti who was just as courageous in her “No” that ultimately cost her everything.

She didn’t want to be paraded around for her beauty to her husband and his drunken friends anymore. She didn’t want to just be seen as a “pretty face” or an “object of desire” anymore. She would rather be driven out because she refused to display her lovely face and figure before the lustful eyes of drunken men.

She was willing to give up everything in her “No” to not feel cheapened and unworthy anymore.

Her defiance in her “No” cost her the crown, but she didn’t cater to the vanity and sensuality of drunkards.

She courageously sacrificed a kingdom.

Rather than lower her values of modesty and worth she courageously accepted disgrace and dismissal.

Ultimately she won in her “No” as she sat in that drunken court that day and remain seated and refused to dance-even at the King’s command.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. –Winston Churchill

We all have #DivineCourage

We all can answer #ACallToValor

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~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

Voluntary Simplicity

I started practicing Voluntary Simplicity years ago. At first if felt horrible – actually it was a bit brutal in fact, but really, it is so freeing living with less.

Going fewer places and engagements allowed me to really savor the season or moments we are currently in.

I am an identical twin that had twins and everything was always around schedules and routines. Even our religion we practiced years ago was all about rituals and routines.

The accumulation of “More” kept my ears blocked from hearing God. The clutter from so much material things kept my eyes blind too. You can’t focus on what you need to when you are surrounded by “stuff.”

I find the Holy Spirit moves much more freely when I don’t keep Him confined to a ritualistic religion. I instead am in awe of the many ways He operates that I didn’t know before.

Clean out the clutter, whether that is your calendar, your closet, or your choices …

You really will have and experience so much more when you start living with less.

~ XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom

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The Promised Land

We now see the bigger picture

Father saw when He summoned 

us to the wilderness

Looking back, we so needed His intervention

If He had not intervened 

We would still be stuck 

in the past, with old mindsets

Clinging to religion

His love was deeply hidden 

in our pain, our shortcomings 

And our mistakes 

When we took off our masks

Our shackles fell to the ground

The more Father uncovered 

our hearts, the more we died

Every day we were tested to see who was really our God

Interrupting the lives of 

those He loves with a crisis, 

a challenge

Was for His bride to find herself

When we thought we were at 

the end of ourselves 

He comes on the scene 

Guiding, leading and comforting 

us with His persistent love

Into our healing, restoration 

till we discovered our worth

A small remnant knew 

this was the turning point

A once in a lifetime 

adventure awaiting them

We could not say “no”

Scared, desperate, hurt, 

We took a leap of faith

To heal, to grow, to be who Papa called us to be

We chose to go on this journey 

of love with our Father

He became our deepest need

We can be without everything

except Him

We were introduced to a 

love that made us bold 

and fearless

We found ourselves, when we 

found Him

Focus thieves no longer 

hold our gaze

There was purpose in 

every hurt

In every heartbreak

In every rejection

In every loss

Our eyes are focused on 

our Father

Everything that once held 

our gaze, disappeared 

in the background

We brought every sacrifice 

He asked of us

Paid a high price to be One 

with our Father

The bride has made herself ready

Leaning upon her Beloved

She is coming out of the wilderness

Ready to take up her position in 

the promised land

She now sees what He saw all along!

~ Ebigale Wilson

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Silence Is Always Full Of Answers

Silence Is Always Full Of Answers!

I think of this phrase 2 ways –

First; we have to tune out the noise of the world and others in order to hear what we need to from God. Get alone with Him – be still and know…

Second; when someone is going silent or “ghosting” you, look closer – look deeper, pay attention to the silence they are relaying because there could be some answers waiting for you there too.

For God alone, O my soul, waits in silence, for my hope is from Him.

~ Psalm 62:5

~XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom

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Mistreatment

Our family was reading our Daily Torah Portion this morning, and the verses from the New Testament portion were from the book of Hebrews. A few words stuck out to me and I had to stop and think about them.

Hebrews 11:25-26 He chose being mistreated along with God’s people rather than enjoying the passing pleasures of sin. He had come to regard abuse suffered on behalf of the Messiah as greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes fixed on the reward.

These verses are speaking about Moses. The couple verses before this show us that Moses chose to remove himself from the courts of Pharaoh and live with his people, the Hebrews.

The words that stood out to me were, “He chose being mistreated.”

I don’t know about you, but mistreatment is not fun. Mistreatment is actually quite hurtful and frustrating. I would never want to place myself in a position where I would be mistreated. Let’s just say, it would not be high on my list to walk into a “den of lions.”

And yet, that is exactly what Moses did in this situation. He trusted God enough that he left the “treasures of Egypt” and fixed his eyes on the ONE Who would take care of him. He “kept his eyes fixed on the reward.”

These verses made me stop and think, am I willing to stand up for HIS WORD in such a way that I will be mistreated? Am I willing to LISTEN and follow what HE wants me to do even if it means suffering “abuse?” Do I really BELIEVE that HE will reward me in the end?

We know that the Word tells us that we will face suffering. We know that the Word tells us our rewards are not here on earth. So, why do we question so much when suffering happens? Why do we seek rewards here on earth?

These are all thoughts I am pondering. I had a conversation with someone while in Israel and when I mentioned that I did not fit anywhere, his response was that we are not to fit. He reminded me that when you are truly following Adonai, you won’t “fit” in this world. And when you don’t “fit” there is mistreatment.

My prayer now is, “Lord, give me the strength to walk out what YOU ask me to do. If I am mistreated, help me know how to respond. Father, give me the wisdom to be ALL you want me to be, no matter what others around me say. Keep me focused on YOU instead of what is happening around me. YOU will always give me the strength to run the race.”

I pray that as the world becomes darker, and the pleasures of the world look more enticing, that we would all be prepared for whatever gets thrown our way. I might not want to place myself in a position where I will be mistreated, but it will happen. As long as I keep my eyes focused on my Creator, He will give me strength to stay on His path. I pray you can do the same.

Love and blessings,

Rose Horton

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King Of The Fire

Where I live in the Southern Hemisphere, the heat has been difficult to bear at times.  I’m not yet acclimatized to it, and it’s actually been affecting my body and my health.  Of course, it may not take much time and I’ll soon be adjusted, but it hasn’t been the easiest in the waiting.

I was walking to the car a few days ago after another HOT day, and I felt such a cool breeze on my face that my hair blew past my lips.  I could almost taste the current (and very missed) Autumn weather in America!  It was such a nice breeze that it took me by surprise for a moment, but I felt the Lord’s Presence in it.

He reminded me of Genesis 3:8:  They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  

What came to mind was that God walked through the garden in the cool of the day.  I felt so strongly that He was in that cool breeze, and that I could either brush it off as a nice bit of reprieve and brush Him off, OR I could accept the invitation to go deeper in worship to Him for being in the cool of the breeze!

While pondering these thoughts, He also reminded me that Hebrews 12:29 also calls Him a consuming fire.  God is indeed in the loveliness of the cool breeze, but He is also an all-consuming fire and not to be messed with.

But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. ~Isaiah 43:1-2

I felt the Lord say that whether you are walking in the fire or in the cool of the day, God will walk through the garden with you.  He’s always with you – nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38).  

He was in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 3), and He promises that the fires will not burn you.  And when the waters seem like they will overtake you, He is with you and you will NOT drown!

If you’re walking through fire or facing nothing but sweet, cool breezes – just know that as you keep your heart pure before Him, you will see Him (Matthew 5:8).  He is in the breeze just as much as He is in the fire.  He is the Lord of both.  He is the King of everything.  And the King never abandons His children!

 

~ Mandy Woodhouse

King Of The Fire

Superlatives

It is written that “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, correcting, and training in righteousness.”  However, there are some scriptures that are especially pithy in revealing the heart of God. They might be labeled Superlative Scriptures:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son – Love, Jesus

He is able to make all grace abound to you that you always having all sufficiency in everything may have an abundance for every good work – Love, Paul

May you be strengthened with power in the inner man so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith so that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may comprehend with all the saints what is the length and breadth and depth and height of the love of Christ and to know this love which surpasses understanding that you may be filled with all the fullness of God – Letter to the church at Ephesus.

There are many others and everyone has their favorite scriptures, but love and grace are themes that are continually emphasized in God’s word.  

He desperately desires that we reach out and apprehend these super important realities, for without them we are left desperately searching for love and woefully wondering where grace is to be found.  

May God direct our hearts to Christ!

~ Brad Heilhecker

Imitate Me

Paul wrote: “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.”  The writer of Hebrews advises us to “Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you, consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”  We might be tempted to think that we can forge our own paths and follow Christ based on our own intuition, but there is a reason that we have parents and pastors; it is a great source of strength to observe someone who is living uprightly and then to imitate their practices.  

Do we then improvise a little and personalize their example to fit our personality and calling?  

Absolutely, but that does not negate the necessity of having Godly examples in our life.

There was a reason that Jesus spent three years with his disciples.  Some lessons take time to learn. We can’t always come up with a scripture or a prayer to see us through a tough spot, but we can still determine to live up to the Godly examples in our life until the light of inspiration again shines down on our paths.  

Peter wrote: “Add to your faith virtue, knowledge, self control, perseverance, Godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.”  Sometimes we need to see what these things look and feel like.  

What is virtue?  How do we acquire knowledge?  How do we control ourselves and persevere?  Exactly what is Godliness?  And how do we show brotherly kindness and love?

All of us are called to be examples to the world.  Jesus said, “You will be my witnesses.”  Witnessing is not necessarily something that we do.  Rather, it is something that we are.  Good witnesses or bad witnesses, those of us in Christ are still witnesses to the world of what God’s love looks and feels like.  

It is a high and holy calling, and many crumble under the weight until they learn the secrets of abiding in the vine.  Self effort avails nothing.  Only by patiently waiting on and listening for the Lord are we empowered to press forward on our pilgrimages to the Holy Land.  So, come Lord Jesus and guide us home!

~ Brad Heilhecker