Blocked

Blocked

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.” 

The Stirring

The Stirring

The anointing increases the anointing. When the living waters of the Holy Spirit are stirred up, more and more anointing is released. Iron sharpens iron. We are to stir up the gift of God that is in us, especially when the enemy is stirring up his evil ways. When we stir up the gift the enemy’s ways are disturbed because he recognizes the anointing.

We stir up the gift by praising the Lord for who He is, by acknowledging the reality of His presence in and upon us… and by yielding to His leading. We rekindle what we have received: Christ is in us, the hope of glory. In difficult times when we feel “dry,” we are stirred up by hanging around anointed people. The Holy Spirit will use others to keep us encouraged and edified, that’s why the enemy tries to separate us from others.

The Lord teaches us to be diligent and faithful in remembering to stir up the gift. He uses all of our experiences to teach us to go and grow with the flow; to allow the flow of the living waters to be poured out through us. With the Lord we never run on empty, but are filled to be spilled, 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.”

 

No Intimidation

No Intimidation

Intimidation is one of the ways the enemy tries to hinder the people of God from doing what the Lord is leading them to do. Intimidation means to persuade or dissuade by frightening; to frighten somebody into doing or not doing something. It creates a feeling of fear, awe or inadequacy in another person. It leads someone to look at themselves and be paralyzed by fear as their lives are threatened.

When we sense intimidation rising up, we quickly turn our focus on the Lord. He has not given us a spirit of timidity, or fear, but a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. We come against the spirit of fear. It is a spirit and we have the authority in the name of Jesus to command it to go. This spirit is not easily detected and oppression can come in quickly before people recognize and stand against it. This spirit of fear can also come with depression and when it controls the soul, it can be overwhelming.

At times when the spirit of fear is difficult to combat, the Spirit of Christ who dwells in us will raise us up in victory. The love, power and sound mind, we walk in will conquer all. Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. We do not have a spirit of fear… and we never have to receive one. We stir up the gift of God and move with boldness, 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.”

 

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