The Holy Spirit moves through us in many ways including what I call the “Bypass” anointing. Sometimes in our day-to-day circumstances, when we will assume we hinder the Holy Spirit from moving through us because of our flesh. For instance, we may be upset and haven’t had time to shake the dust off our feet, or our bodies are weak or in pain.
For example, Smith Wigglesworth arrived home exhausted after a long, hard day at work when he received a request for prayer. He obeyed the call to go and pray for that person. He stepped forth, and the person was healed. God moves despite us. What matters is for us to always remain available to Him. It is He who is able.
When opportunities come our way to minister to others, we must rely on the Holy Spirit. We trust the Lord as we step forth in obedience and rely on the Bypass anointing. It’s in those times that the Lord bypasses who we are, to be who He is; bypasses what we cannot do to do what only He can do; bypasses the natural to release the supernatural. We walk by faith, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 12:9 “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
We resist satan by remaining steadfast in our faith. Our faith does not vary based on our circumstances, but is constant through all unexpected trials. Our adversary sends fiery darts our way to tempt us to no longer believe in the promises of God. To be stable in what we believe, regardless of feelings, hurts, and pains we all experience from time to time, is a mighty weapon.
The victory of Christ defeated the devil on the cross. We do not re-defeat the enemy; we release and re-enforce what Christ has accomplished so perfectly. When we run to the Lord, our adversary must flee. Our enemy’s plan is to get us to run away from the Lord, but the opposite happens. Not only do we run to the Lord, but our steadfastness in Him increases.
We confront the enemy and take authority over his destructive ways in the name of Jesus. Our faith rebukes fear. Standing immovable moves the enemy away from our place of victory. We are truly more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. We are champions because of the greater one who lives in us, from glory to glory!
1 Peter 5:8-10 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”
When Jesus rebuked the enemy working through Peter, He told him he was being mindful of the things of men, not of God. Our adversary tries to battle us in our thoughts the same way. The more we are mindful of the spiritual realm, the more we can walk victoriously in the natural realm.
The Greek word for mindful is phroneo, to exercise the mind; that is, entertain or have a sentiment or opinion; to be disposed in a certain direction, and to intensively interest ourselves in a matter. When we meditate upon what we see in the natural, we magnify its potential impact. If we over-think our ways, and the ways of others, we become fearful and quench the flow of the mind of Christ in our lives.
Our aim is always to be mindful of the things of God. Reading and speaking forth the Word of God helps us exercise our mind. We press through until we are disposed to think toward the things of the Spirit, more than of the flesh. Our walk is by faith, not by sight. We do not focus too much on the human aspect, but on the spiritual, from glory to glory!
Matthew 16:23 “But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.’”
Fear came over her as she was about to express her thoughts to a question asked in a women’s group meeting at her church. This fear paralyzed her, kept her words stuck, and made her heartbeat accelerate. She just shook her head no and sensed relief when the coordinator went to the next person. The defeat and discouragement she went through afterwards prolonged her ordeal, and she sought the Lord for freedom until she finally experienced it.
When we sense fear or intimidation rising up, we must quickly resist it by turning our focus to the presence of the Lord and submitting to His ability. We don’t always recognize fear quickly enough to stand against it. The moment we do, we come against its effects. The spirit of fear does not come from God.
We yield and trust the manifestation of the Spirit of Christ. The power, love and sound mind that comes from Him will help us overcome. 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 holy 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.”
As we grow in the Lord, we learn to depend on Him in all circumstances. We know we can wait on Him. As we look eagerly for Him, expecting His mighty works, we mount up with wings like eagles. Every trial takes us higher in our faith, higher in Him, and teaches us to soar.
For an eagle, a storm is an opportunity to soar. Eagles can catch the wind of any raging storm and rise above it. They use the air pressure to ascend higher as they lock their wings and rest, weathering the storm from a place above it.
In whatever storm we are facing, we receive the strength of the Lord. We soar above the dark clouds. As we wait upon the Lord, the weight of His glory increases. We enter a rest that is unexplainable. We call upon other eagles and unite with them.
We find we can soar higher than we did in the past. We discover that in the waiting we received more of Christ’s anointing. In Him we can seek those things that are above and not beneath. In Him we can conquer those things that are beneath. In Him we abide; we rest, and we are victorious, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
Love conquers all, especially fear. If we detect fear in any area, we must remember, receive and apply God’s unconditional love. His love comes with protection, provision and miraculous intervention. We go through trials and tribulations without fear because our Heavenly Father watches over us.
Any thought that can lead to a fear-based decision needs to be taken captive. When we have gone through many trials, we may expect things to go wrong. We fear the worst so that when it happens; the pain is not as severe. We try to protect ourselves with fear; fear is having faith in the worst outcome. Worry does not know what is going to happen. We guard against having faith in what we fear. Our faith is for the best outcome. Always.
Faith knows we are more than conquerors through Christ; we have the victory in Him. God is omniscient, He knows all things; He is omnipresent; He is always with us; He is omnipotent; He is all power! Whatever we experience, we can trust His love, care, and ability to help us through impossible situations. We walk by faith and not by sight, from glory to glory!
1 John 4:18-19 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.”