Atmospheric pressure is the weight of the air here on earth. As the pressure increases, our bodies begin to feel the effects. It’s interesting how something that we can’t see can exert a force on us that can cause pain and even kill us if it continues to increase. It’s the same with our thoughts. When we worry about the issues in our lives, the weight of them can exert a force on our minds and physical bodies. And like with atmospheric pressure, it can become fatal if allowed to increase. Far too many of us willingly accept these effects on our lives. Stress induced migraines, tension headaches, nausea, dizziness, crippling fear, depression, anxiety etc. can all be signs that there is something, or there are some things in our thought life that we are allowing to rule us. When this happens, we need to take those thoughts captive. 2 Cor. 10:5 says “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (NIV). An argument is something that actively and vehemently stands in opposition of a differing concept or idea that we hold as truth. This scripture that says that we have the power, ability, and authority to not just get through them, but DEMOLISH the arguments that are against God and what He has ordained for our life. My Pastor John Hansen would say, Demo That!” It is so key for us to believe and walk in this because our tongues give life or bring death to situations (Prov. 18:21). Paraphrasing Pastor John Gray, when we speak, we need to spend the currency of our mouth wisely. When speaking about our situations and circumstances, speak with anticipation. Expect God to handle each a every aspect and reveal the parts that we play in those plans. If we hold our heads down in defeat, and speak similar words, we lock the angels or blessings that God sent for you into combat with with the spirit of death that you released with your words. The Lord gave me a vision of a vast, open, barren desert. As far as I could in all directions, there were angels and demons frozen in hand-to-hand combat. The Lord told to be ask them why they are fighting. Each angel that I questioned said that they were bringing the blessing for one prayer or another that I had prayed. Some had blessings for things that I had prayed for years before. Each corresponding demon that I question said that there had been legions released because of a word of death I had spoken over my life when I did not believe God would answer the prayer I prayed for a specific situation. If there were legions of demons released from my disbelief, there must have been legions of angels sent by God as the fulfillment of His promise for a situation. I began to repent to God for ever time that I did not believe and tied the hands of his angels sent on my behalf. Each time we speak negatively about ourselves, a situation in our lives, or someone else, we release death onto the battlefield. We have to repent and know that God hears every one of our requests and tears. He knows what we are afraid of. It does not mean that every request will be yes and amen. The key is that we have to believe He loves us. His plan for good only allows exactly what He has planned for our lives to occur (Jer. 29:11). Loving God independent of that answer is the key that unlocks our faith. Faith clears the battlefield of our minds.
The spiritual atmosphere around us can also be heavy. There are times that we will suddenly and unexplainably feel like there is just something off or wrong about the very physical space that we are in. The hairs on our forearms or backs of our necks seem to stand at icy attention. When dealing with the atmospheric pressure, we can put on a pressure suit. This allows us to combat the effects of the external pressure being exerted on our physical body. It pushes back against the invisible force of the air. The armor of God does the same in the spiritual realm. Eph. 6:10-18 tells us to “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” (Eph. 6:11 NLT). This passage doesn’t just tell us why we need to put on our armor, but reveals who we are fighting. “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12 NLT). Like the atmosphere, our enemies can not be seen. But, their impacts and attacks can be felt. God’s armor give us defensive protection, but there is an offensive weapon too: “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Eph. 6:17 NLT). This means we can speak to the atmosphere, the dark spirits, and make them come under authority of God himself. What’s even better is that we don’t even have to wonder what to say to the spirits. God already wrote our script. He has already given us all of the words in the Bible that we will ever need. When you feel an overwhelming sense of panic, fear, or the like, you can quote an applicable scripture like “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.” (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV. The more we seek the Lord through reading the bible and prayer, He will reveal more scriptures promises that we can speak over our minds during a crisis of belief. Jer. 29:13 (NLT) says “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Seek God wholeheartedly. If I had not, I never would have made. Thank you Lord for revealing yourself to me, and protecting my family.
Lord, thank you for what you are doing in my life. Thank You for helping me when the battles in my mind. I give you everything in my heart that causes me to be anxious or afraid. I speak to the spirit of fear and cancel any agreement that I made with it with my words of unbelief. I align my heart and mind with yours God. I am excited, and wait with expectancy for Your answer to every unanswered prayer. I love you Lord. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
- 2 Cor. 10:5 (NLT) – We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
- Prov. 18:21 (NIV) – The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
- Jer. 29:11 (NIV) – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
- Eph. 6:10-18 (NIV) –
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
- Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV) – No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the LORD.
- Jer. 29:13 (NIV) – You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.