Holidays can be a difficult time for many. Loneliness. Depression. Often spending time with family can be the source of our heartache. But I would like to remind all of you who are in Christ of this one simple fact: You have authority.
You have authority over the Spirit of depression, the spirit of loneliness, the spirit of rejection. You have authority over any spirit that seeks to minimize or devalue you. You have authority over the Spirit of condemnation. When you feel yourself being oppressed by any of those spirits, take authority and command it to go in Jesus’ name. Then receive God’s love, God’s acceptance, God’s comfort.
Secondly, you have authority over the atmosphere. You are an atmosphere changer. A prophetic friend relayed a story to me the other day. She said she had her eyes closed and was praying in church. A woman who often preaches on authority and identity walked by. Even though she had her eyes closed, she could feel the shift in the atmosphere, like an oppression had lifted. She opened her eyes to see this woman had walked by. As you travel to relatives’ homes or especially as they come to yours, remember, you get to dictate the atmosphere. You bring peace, acceptance, grace, hope, love. In the OT if you touched something unclean, you became unclean. But thanks be to God in the NT, when we touched the unclean, it becomes clean! We change the atmosphere!
I pray everyone reading this would have a Happy Thanksgiving. May it be filled with peace, love, hope, joy, grace, and acceptance. Go wield the authority you have been given and make this the best Thanksgiving ever!
“For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.”
Luke 7:8-10 NIV