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.”
Every member of the body of Christ has a very important part in the plans and purposes of God. Just as the joints of our physical bodies work together in an amazing fashion, each one of us contributes an effective share to the whole. We personally obey the leading of the Lord with the grace our God supplies and we know we are linked to other’s walk of obedience as well.
This is seen so clearly in couples. One may be willing to work on the relationship, but if the other is not, the unity and victory pursued is hindered. It is difficult for the one who is giving their all to stand when the other is only making a very little effort, if any. One gives their best, and then they need to trust God to intervene and lead the others to do their part. In all relationships and for all that pertains to the growth of the Body–prayer and unity are the most effective weapons.
Prayer and agreement help uphold the other parts, and bring forth obedience to the Lord. As the Lord unites us together so we may conform to Him, let us pray together for one another with the understanding that in Him, we are members of the same body. As we walk in love, and with love–every joint is being strengthened. The Holy Spirit is leading everyone to fulfill their call, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 4:15-16 … but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
When we commit things to the Lord, we roll them off our shoulders and into His hands. This rolling of our works unto God is wonderfully visualized as we picture a camel burdened with a heavy load. To remove the load, the camel kneels down, tilts far to one side and the burden rolls off. Isn’t that what we do in prayer?
In our hearts, we kneel and lean towards Him–loving and trusting His care. As we do, all is surrendered into His hands. When all has been rolled over unto Him, by faith and in prayer, we rest and our thoughts are settled. We experience His peace. We no longer lean on our own understanding. We patiently wait for His instructions, knowing that He will help us with what we have entrusted to Him. We are more apt to make this commitment with things that are worrisome or troubling, but even what feels right has to be given into His care. We deliver our all into our Lord’s safekeeping.
God is willing, able and faithful. He cares for us and desires to lead us into His best. This rolling over is one way we take thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. When we do, confusion dissipates instantly. Whatever is burdensome becomes light, from glory to glory!
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established.”