A couple would hear the Lord tell them to discontinue fellowship with a certain individual. They would pray on the timing of the confrontation and have the words to communicate prepared. When the time came, they felt hindered by an unseen spiritual force that stopped them from doing what they had set out to do. It was so strong they felt defeated and beat up in an incomprehensible way. This happened during the following two encounters as well. They decided to meet with their Pastor for prayer on the situation. The hindering spirit was revealed: the spirit of intimidation.
Intimidation is used to persuade or dissuade by frightening somebody into doing, or not doing, what they believe they are called to do. It creates a feeling of fear, awe or inadequacy. It is not easily discerned because of insecurity. We may think we are the ones who are incompetent and remain ineffectual. Self-distrust brings uncertainty. We question what we heard from God. Unsure of our hearing we become unsure in our doing. Intimidation feeds on insecurity. It’s as we trust God more than we trust in ourselves that we increase our ability to obey His leading. Our confidence is in the greatness of God in and through us.
When the Holy Spirit leads us to do something, He also empowers us. With instruction comes the unction to function. Recognizing it helps us war effectively, from glory to glory!
2 Timothy 1:6-7 “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”