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Five Benefits Of Contemplative Prayer

Meditation and contemplative prayer are not something we generally associate with prayer. Instead, we associate prayer with talking to God and waiting on His answer. Thanksgiving, blessing, praise, asking, seeking, and supplication are the most common ways we pray.

So, what is contemplative prayer? As the name implies, it is prayer where we contemplate. Meditation is one way we can perform contemplative prayer. But do we mean by to contemplate?

The Oxford dictionary defines contemplate as thinking about, looking at thoughtfully for a long time, or meditating. Some common synonyms are study, consider, and weigh.

Meditation is defined as ‘to think deeply,’ to consider in silence for a lengthy period of time.

These definitions are basic, but the general idea consists of long periods spent thinking deeply, considering and looking at or studying the Word of God, or in intimate communion with the Godhead. The Godhead is the three persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Yes, they are people, and the most essential part of the Christian life is fellowship and Communion with each member daily. But, there are times when we need to shut everything down, television, cellphone, social media, and even family, to ‘contemplate’ on the Word and with the Lord. There are many benefits to doing so, but I will discuss five.

Draw Near To God

One of the benefits of Contemplative prayer is it allows us to draw near to God in a profoundly intimate way. Through contemplative prayer, we quiet our minds and open our hearts to the presence of God. As we journey inward through contemplative prayer, we are blessed with the opportunity to experience the divine love of God more fully. In this way, contemplation allows us to deepen our relationship with God and enjoy a more intimate connection with the Divine.

Our Spirit man is hungry for fellowship. As humans, we need other people around us to do life together. Likewise, we need a relationship with God that can come from deep, intimate fellowship. By studying and meditating on the Word and asking questions about particular passages, we begin to open our hearts for a deeper walk.

Contemplative prayer has been practiced by many as far back as the Old Testament days. For example, the Psalmist wrote a lot about meditating on the word. In fact, Psalm 119 is written entirely about the word and the benefits of meditating on it.

In his Pamplett ‘Practicing His Presence’, brother Lawrence discusses how a life of meditation and contemplation brings in more of the presence of God. Finally, the monastic movement gained momentum through the centuries because of the desire for many to live in solitude and quiet prayer to draw closer to God. However, we need to learn this practice in a hurried and on-the-go world.

Allows Us To Break Away From Daily Life

We live in a world that constantly demands our time and attention. It seems harder and harder for many to find time to read the Bible, let alone pray and just sit before the Lord. When we carve out time for contemplative prayer, we allow ourselves to break away from the daily routine of life and get in touch with God.

In the silence and solitude of contemplative prayer, we can clear the junk out of our lives and focus on what matters. This can be a difficult task amid a busy life, but it is worth taking a few moments to connect with God and recharge our batteries. If you haven’t tried contemplative prayer before, I encourage you to give it a shot. You might just find that it’s precisely what you need to get back on track.

Besides, Jesus is waiting for you. He wants to know about your problems, issues, likes, and dislikes. Jesus wants to hear how your day went. He also wants you to hear what he thinks about you. So breaking away to enter contemplative prayer should be a regular part of our day.

Increases Our Ability To Hear God’s Voice

Contemplative prayer is a powerful tool to help us hear God’s voice. In the silence of contemplative prayer, we can quiet our minds and open our hearts to God’s presence. Then, as we still our minds and bodies, we become more attuned to the Holy Spirit, and we can begin to hear God’s voice speaking to us.

This doesn’t mean that God will start speaking to us audibly, but rather that we will become more aware of His leading and guidance in our lives. Contemplative prayer can help us connect more deeply with God and hear His voice more clearly.

In the busyness of our lives, it can be easy to forget God is always with us and available to us. But, when we take the time to pray contemplatively, we are reminded that He is always here for us. Contemplative prayer increases our ability to hear God’s voice because it allows us to focus on Him and tune out all the other noise in our lives. It’s a chance to truly connect with God and listen for His guidance.

Developing A Lifestyle Of Listening

Another benefit of contemplative prayer is it helps develop a lifestyle of listening to God and His voice and less time talking. It can be difficult to find silence and stillness in a fast-paced world where we are constantly bombarded with noise and distractions. But in contemplative prayer, we quiet our minds and hearts before God, creating space for Him to speak.

As we learn to listen for His voice in the silence, we begin to integrate contemplative practices into our everyday lives. We become more aware of His presence amid our daily activities, and we learn to slow down and pay attention to His promptings throughout the day. As a result, we develop a deeper relationship with God and a greater understanding of His will for our lives.

Listening helps us hear the Holy Spirit telling us when we are grieving Him or getting out of alignment. By listening in the middle of the daily chaos, we can avoid the traps of the enemy, and we can always walk in a manner fitting to the Kingdom of God. We are more prone to obey the words of Jesus than to let our flesh dictate the terms of a given situation.

Thus, a listening lifestyle does not mean we are always silent, but our heart is postured and ready to hear what the Holy Spirit is telling us at any given moment.

We Behold His Glory and Are Transformed

The fifth benefit of contemplative prayer is that we behold the glory of God and are transformed. In contemplative prayer, the more time we spend in meditation and His presence, the more of His glory we behold. The more of His glory we behold, the more we are gradually transformed into His likeness.

The Bible says that “we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Contemplative prayer is one way that we can behold the glory of God and be transformed by it. It is the vehicle whereby we can unveil our faces before Him.

As we fix our eyes on Him, He changes us from the inside out. We become more like Him in character and conduct until we ultimately reflect His image perfectly. Therefore, contemplative prayer is a powerful means of sanctification, transforming us into the people God intends us to be.

It’s A Process

A life of contemplation and meditation on the Word and God is a process. It is a journey that is filled with joy and transformation. However, we should not take it lightly. I believe it is a discipline that every believer should practice at some level regularly.

Don’t quit your job and join a monastery or move to the woods to seek more solitude. Begin where you are and make changes and adjustments as God speaks to you. Don’t let anything, a relationship, TV show, or a job prevent you from practicing this as part of your walk. Enjoy a life of Contemplative Prayer.

Let me caution you that I am speaking of meditation on God’s Word and with Jesus, the Father, and Holy Spirit. Yoga, transcendental meditation, Zen Buddhism, the Quran, Pearl of Great Price, or Book of Mormon are not part of the life of contemplation a Christian should be involved in. Using crystals, smoking pot, or any drug, including alcohol, is not part of the contemplative lifestyle. Jesus loves you and wants to connect with you and not a you that has been influenced by some other form of meditation or prayer.

These other methods and practices open up occultic and eastern religious practices and many dangerous doors. Therefore, stick to the plan that Jesus gave us. Be Blessed.

This Passover Discover Hexit: Long Before Brexit There Was Hexit

Passover is coming up, which means it’s time to learn about Hexit. Oh, you have never heard of Hexit? Hexit is the ancient Hebrew exit that occurred long before Brexit made headlines. Just like Brexit, Hexit was a big deal at the time. But, unlike Brexit, Hexit will be celebrated for eternity.

But what exactly was Hexit? And why should we care? Keep reading to find out!

Passover is the Exodus story of when the Hebrews were freed from slavery in Egypt and given the Promised Land. It’s a story of hope and liberation, of God’s faithfulness to his people. But it’s also a story of failure and despair, of a people who were forced into slavery and lost all hope of ever being free.

It’s a story that has resonance for us today, as we see people worldwide struggling against oppression and injustice. As the Hebrews were brought out of slavery by the hand of God, so we are called to freedom. And just as the Promised Land was a place of hope and possibility for the Hebrews, it is also a place of rest and peace for all.

Pros and Cons of Brexit

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, a decision that has come to be known as Brexit. There are several reasons people voted for Brexit, including a desire for the UK to have more control over its immigration policy and laws. However, there are also a number of potential downsides to Brexit, including the potential for economic instability and reduced cooperation between the UK and other European countries. Only time will tell what the full impact of Brexit will be, but it will have far-reaching implications for both the UK and the EU.

Brexit was about a choice for the United Kingdom. The decision of whether it would stay a member of the European Union or not was in the balance. There are many implications beyond the effects back in Uk that would affect the Eu as a whole and the member states. Ultimately, the Eu lost about 20 percent of its economic power and a more significant share of its security stability. The people of the Uk had control over their destiny instead of remaining a member of a large Union that offered more control over their lives than freedom.

Pros and Cons of Hexit.

Let’s face it; the Hebrews were enslaved. Leaving the Egyptian Empire meant total freedom. Previously they had enjoyed the favor and prospered. But, when a new Pharoah came to power, he didn’t ask them their opinion or give them a vote. It was a slow, gradual process that found them without the excellent standing they enjoyed under the previous Pharaohs while Joseph and his brothers remained alive.

It seems then there would only be pros for the Hebrew exit. Things like the ability to go where you want, make your own decisions, choose your own career path, and not depend on government subsidies for your existence. They could also become entrepreneurs, not just working for the government, building idols and buildings dedicated to the one who had enslaved them.

The downside is that you no longer had your day planned for you, at least in part. You would have to find food in the desert before you made it home and get along with the other tribes. Did I mention their leader? Well, Moses, yes, but Moses was not really in charge. Yahweh was their leader. That is why they didn’t get a vote. I guess they voted when Yahweh heard their groans and pleas while in bondage.

Why We Remember Hexit-Passover

So, the decision was made and the date set. Like Brexit, when the day came, there would be changes that would have lasting consequences. For the Uk, it meant they could control their currency and economy and weren’t forced to abide by the rules of the Eu. But it impacted travel between the Uk and the Eu member states.

Back in the Egyptian Empire, Hexit meant the Hebrews could have an economy and travel out of Egypt, from under the Pharaoh’s control, and into their land promised to their ancestors. But, it also meant many dangers. They would find no friends, just enemies. Everything from lack of food, Amalekites and many other ‘ites,’ the desert, scorpions, heat, etc. So, should there have been a vote?

Perhaps if the Hebrews had voted and known what lay ahead, they would have stayed. Unfortunately, they forgot how many of their ancestors were fierce warriors. Remember Simeon and Levi’s revenge for Dinah at Shechem? There are many stories of wars in Goshen not mentioned in the text of the Bible but found in sources like the Book of Jasher. Like Abraham, they were fighters.

After a few hundred years in bondage, the warring spirit is gone. Freedom came at a cost. Mostly for the Egyptian empire, since it meant the loss of free labor and the loss of their firstborn. For the Hebrews, it meant they would have to make their own decisions, even following Yahweh or not. That would be an ongoing battle they fought long after entering their promised land.

Hexit Is Our Story

We can all find ourselves in the Passover story. We know of the comparison to Christ and the lamb, the parted sea symbolizing resurrection and new life, but what about the other battles and choices? Like the Hebrews, the choice was made for us at Calvary. I guess they could have stayed in Egypt. Many choose to remain in spiritual Egypt and refuse to enjoy the benefits of the kingdom of God now.

This Passover and Ressurection day celebration reflect on all that Jesus did for you. Like Israel, you can be free from tyranny forever. Yet, even though they were free, it seems their minds remained in bondage. Unfortunately, that is the story of so many who call themselves Christians.

Paul tells us that Christ purchased our freedom, and all of our sins, including strongholds, were nailed to the cross with Christ. Yes, the Father is our leader, and He is a good, good Father. But, He has given us one better than Moses, His one and only Son, Jesus. We don’t have to gather manna since Jesus is the bread of life, and He is our provider.

This spring, as we celebrate the victory of the cross and empty tomb, remember all that the Father and Son have done for us. Let’s appreciate the work of the cross and enjoy freedom liberty, and be ready for the soon return of the King, Jesus.

Four Reasons Why The Cross Is A Better Symbol Than The Empty Tomb!

We see them everywhere, hanging around people’s necks, tattooed on skin, printed on T-shirts, on stationary, and in front of church buildings. The cross has come to mean different things to different people. It can be a symbol of peace and love. To some, it represents hate.

Since the celebration of Christ’s death on a cross along with His burial, resurrection, and ascension are days away, I was pondering the cross and empty tomb, and I wondered why don’t we use an empty tomb as our symbol. After all, without the tomb being empty, we would have no hope, and Jesus would not be at the right hand of the Father, waiting to return and gather His people for eternity.

It seems a far stretch to think of the tomb as our symbol despite Jesus not being there. So, I will look at the cross, why it is a better symbol than the empty tomb, and why we should be thankful for it.

“The empty tomb would be a strange symbol for a religion which believed that its founder had conquered death and risen from the grave. But the empty tomb is not our only symbol, and we can never forget that it was the cross, not the empty tomb, which first revealed to man the power of God’s love.” James Stalker

Without The Cross, There Is No Sacrifice

The cross is a tree or two pieces of wood nailed together. That’s it! So, why all the fuss? In the ancient days, crosses were used as a means to execute criminals. The victims were left hanging on them to warn those who would pass by.

Paul wrote, “Cursed is everything that hangs on a tree.” Galatians 3:13.

What does that mean? Paul is conveying something to the church at Galatia linked to why Christ was nailed to one of these things. He was cursed, but the Bible tells us He took on our curse. He literally became our curse.

But, more than that, the cross became an altar or place of sacrifice. We can point to many scriptures, but Romans 5:8 and Galatians 2:20 are a couple of good ones. In the Old Testament, the altar was where the sacrifice was laid. The animal had its throat cut, and the blood was sprinkled on the altar.

It is the blood that makes atonement for sins. Thus, the cross became the altar for the sacrifice that would abolish the need for more sacrifices. Jesus’ blood was the only blood that the Father would accept for the atonement of our sins. The cross was the altar where the body of Jesus was nailed so the Father could look down and accept or reject His sacrifice. Without an altar, there would be no pleasing sacrifice for the Father to accept, and we would continue in our sins and would have to continue to offer animals regularly.

The Cross Demonstrates Christ’s Love

The cross is also the place where Jesus demonstrated His love for mankind for all time. The Old Testament is not just a bunch of fictional stories compiled to make us feel good. The entirety of The Old Testament points to the coming of Jesus and His death on the cross. It also depicts Him suffering, but rising from the dead and conquering death and the grave.

Why would He do this? What God would die for His servants/devotees. Certainly not Molech, Baal, Ra, Mirtha, or any of the ancient or modern gods. They demanded worship, but there was no relationship, no intimacy, and no love.

We all know John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in hIm should not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him. So, dying for the sins of all people so that they can live and fellowship with Him and the Father eternally seemed to be a cause for joy for Jesus.

Once again, He could die on the cross, and that could be the end of it. But the cross is no good without the empty tomb. But the empty tomb is not necessary without the cross, which means suffering, bleeding, punishment, and death. So the cross symbolizes Christ’s love for us, period.

The Cross Is A Throne For A King

It has been used for centuries to represent Jesus Christ- our King. Contrary to popular belief, the cross was not meant to be a symbol of shame or defeat but rather a throne for Jesus Christ. He was given a crown of thorns and declared King of the Jews, but His actual throne would come through His death on the cross. Let us explore this powerful symbol and its meaning for Christians today!

After dying on the cross, Jesus was buried, but as we know, He rose from the grave after three days. Several hundred people witnessed this resurrection and return to life over the next forty days. After that, Jesus ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. He is there ruling and reigning over the earth, but He is not present here.

He rules through the Holy Spirit living in those who have chosen to accept His free gift of salvation and serve Him. When we accept Him, we accept Him as King, Savior, and Lord. When He was alive on the earth the first time, He had no home, nowhere to lay His head. Perhaps the cross was His only Home. It was where He demonstrated His rulership over everything in the heaven, earth, and even death, hell, and the grave.

Without the cross, there would be no reason to anticipate Jesus’ return to set up His eternal throne in Jerusalem and rule as King of the nations, King of Israel, and King of Kings. No earthly king could (or would) do what He did when he laid down His life for His people. It takes more than a crown and a scepter to reign eternally as King of Kings.

The Cross Means Complete Freedom

Finally, we come to the question of freedom and what that means to a Christian now, in this life? Every believer will tell you, “Christ purchased our freedom from sin and death,” While that is true, unfortunately, we have not been taught the whole story. If freedom from sin and its penalties and living with the Lord eternally were all it was about, why don’t we just die and ‘go to heaven’ as soon as we are saved?

Jesus purchased the key to living the kingdom of heaven lifestyle in order for us to live it out now. When John preached, “The Kingdom of God is at hand,” he said it has come near or is manifesting. That means the kingdom has arrived but not in its fullest dimension. It is here in partial fulfillment.

Because it has not fully arrived, we remain in a battle with forces of darkness known as demons, principalities, fallen angels, and such. These rebel forces are real, and their job is to keep us from walking out the kingdom life to its fullest. Thus we face life-controlling or emotional issues like rejection, shame, guilt, fear, pride, rebellion, jealousy, witchcraft, sexual perversion, the occult, greed, etc.

Chrisy purchased our freedom from these strongholds, and in the same manner, He obtained complete healing as part of the package. Just as we are in a spiritual battle, our bodies are subject to decay and death because of the sinful nature and the fall of mankind. But Christ wants us to live disease-free in this age. We do not have to wait for a new body, but we will get one at the rapture.

Enjoy The Gift Of The Cross

Christ paved the way for you and me to live free from sin, sickness, death, emotional strongholds and with victory over temptations of every manner. There we ought to be thankful for the cross, and when we see it, remember everything He has given us and what He endured to give it to us. Salvation, healing, deliverance, and a joyful life are gifts for us to enjoy now.

Changing Seasons Are You leaving Or Going?

When it comes to seasons of life, we all look forward to a nice change. But, our perspective and mindset can turn a successful and healthy transition into a disaster. If all we do is say ‘I’m leaving here,’ but never realize we are going somewhere else, we can remain in the past.

Our approach to change can affect our experience. For example, spring is here, but many still feel the effects of winter due to cold nights and mornings. Others focus on the long hours of sunlight and warmer afternoons. If we see the warmer weather as a progression towards spring/summer, we make adjustments that allow us to enjoy the change.

Whether you are old or young, there will always be in times of change. Here, I want to examine how the Children of Israel had a choice, and the majority still had the mindset ‘we are leaving Egypt’ even centuries later. You can be in exile and still be going somewhere.

Leaving Egypt: You’ve Already Left

Most disciples of Christ continue to use the phrase: “we are leaving Egypt,” meaning that they are leaving the ways of the world and the thinking that goes with the old nature. The problem is most disciples are born again and receive teaching, become filled with the Holy Spirit, and thirty years later, they are still struggling with the same things they did before salvation.

If we keep thinking the same thing, we get the same results. When we are first saved, we are excited and have a new perspective. But, without proper discipling, prayer, and the Word, we will not grow. Without growth, we become stagnant and remain the way we were before we were born into the Kingdom.

The Children of Israel wandered for forty years, complaining about the situation. They mentioned going back to Egypt regularly. The Israelites desired to go to Egypt instead of relying on what God had for them long after the kingdom was established. They were supposed to go to Babylon for seventy years and return to Jerusalem.

They left Egypt, but that first generation perished because they did not have a healthy mindset of where they were going. They left Egypt physically, but their minds their hearts were always in Egypt. We can be like them. According to Paul the Apostle, we have moved on from elementary things of the Spirit to the meat, only to find ourselves still living in defeat.

We Are Going Home

The failure of the first generation was that they didn’t believe the report of the two spies. That was the result of a mind not focused on the promised home. They remembered what it was like in Egypt. They failed to remember God’s hand working for them, not against them. They saw their bondage as God’s abandonment instead of His preparation for their land of plenty.

Most disciples of Christ live life just like that. They are saved but never walk in victory. They desire gifts, healings, revival, and intimacy, and they experience God’s goodness in their lives. But, they lack much fruit. I.e., joy, peace, mercy, etc. They are not allowing the Holy Spirit to transform them.

Thus, most Christians live with a leaving Egypt behind mindset. They fail to see they are out of Egypt and never look towards home, the promises of God. Another problem is that many believers live with the mindset “when I die, I am going to heaven,” yet live defeated. That negates the work of the cross.

If we had a proper perspective of heaven, we would realize that we can enjoy the Kingdom lifestyle now. Abraham and those listed in Hebrews eleven were each looking for a city, the New Jerusalem. Joshua and Caleb (Moses did too, but was not allowed to go in) saw the promised land as their home. The rest failed to look past what they had to do to enjoy their new home.

Life in the kingdom is meant to be enjoyed now. We will live with Jesus here on the earth for 1,000 years in the next age. Beyond that, the New Jerusalem will come down, and the new heavens and new earth will be our permanent home. But why wait to live in victory? The fruit of the Holy Spirit is meant to be present now, not just in the age to come.

The exiles in Babylon soon forgot Jerusalem. It is ok to be at peace in exile, but we have to maintain the attitude that we are eventually going home. If Nehemiah had just said we are leaving exile, many would have wanted to stay without knowing where they were going.

Of course, Jerusalem was their goal, but living in exile for so long probably took the desire to go home out. So instead, they just wanted to leave, maybe go into the desert or go north or west where there were no Persians. Do you understand that leaving and going might be the same, but we need to be going!

It’s Time For A New Perspective

Whether you are entering a new profession, contemplating marriage, childbirth, or moving across town, these can be positive changes. However, they are a source of stress due to the work involved and the efforts required to go from point A to point B. Don’t let negative and anxious thoughts steal your joy.

The stress will soon be over if you persevere and go through the process. Remember, God has a plan, and He orders our steps. Pause and contemplate what God has promised you, and thank Him. It’s easy to focus on what we don’t have rather than look at what we have and where we are headed. But, if you are going somewhere, you will get there with a thankful and joyous heart. Before you know it, you will have gone through the necessary steps and will enjoy a new season.

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Why Is Disney Turning Your Kids Red?

And Why They Need To Be Heavenly Blue!

I generally avoid politics, but Disney’s new release “Turning Red” has got me and many others seeing red after reading the plot summary. I am not speaking of red in the sense of a political party, but red from anger as is the case of the teenage girl in the newly released movie.

For some time, Disney, especially Pixar, has been doling out films that are not only demeaning to the values of Kingdom of God-minded believers but are infiltrating another generation with more idolatry, eastern mysticism, and new age and other supernatural beliefs. The battle for our children and another generation may be over before it really gets started.

Here Are Three Negative Facts Regarding Turning Red

Degradation of Parents and Parental Authority

I don’t watch much of Disney’s latest inventions for a lot of reasons. But, as a parent, I have noticed how most of the material tends to be geared toward single-parent homes as if that is always the norm. Also, Disney makes the children disrespect their parents and as they approach those teen years they rebel and choose their path while still under parental authority.

Single-parent-led homes occur for many reasons and it is very difficult for parents to raise children without a spouse. However, Disney seems to always kill off the dad, or make him some worthless deadbeat. They make the mom turn to drugs or some ancestral spiritism that further delineates from Godly values.

In Turning Red, we find Mei Lee angry with her parents and seeking to be free from their parental control and restraints. As the movie progresses she discovers an inner panda spirit that pops out when she becomes angry.

In the end, she chooses to keep the panda spirit versus being delivered. She tells her mom it helps her be with her friends. The mom thinks that means her family but it doesn’t. More and more you are turning to more than sex, drugs, and rock and roll. They feel that parents are out of touch and Christianity is dead and void of anything meaningful.

As a parent, I encountered my own problems but I always geared my children towards the Word of God and let them see for themselves. I raised them in church and let the Holy Spirit have freedom in their lives. Fortunately, they are still serving God and ministering to Him. As parents, we bring past baggage into a family and we must learn to lay it on the cross.

We must also trust the Holy Spirit with our children. The middle school years are hard enough and I admit many churches don’t meet the spiritual needs of our youth. We have to offer the full gospel and not continue to give a watered-down version void of the supernatural. We also have to be careful who we let educate them.

Regardless of where children are educated, we, the parents are still responsible and will be held accountable. In many instances, government-led education divides families and causes a loss of spiritual identity to a generation. It must be reversed. Thank God for Christian educators in public schools and parents who pray for their children and raise them to fear God and not man.

Your Inner Self Needs Redeeming

Mei Lee holds out for the Red Panda spirit that has been in the women for generations.

Many Disney movies deal with this New Age teaching that we have to capture the inner self. Our inner self is born with a nature to sin. Mankind is not good. We are morally bankrupt without proper rooting and grounding in God’s Word.

Until we are born again we are void of anything good. All of our good is based on our work and our own efforts. We need to grab our inner self, our soulish nature, and nail it to the cross. That is the only valid response, not partnering with a demonic spirit that takes over when we can’t control our anger.

Anger, like any emotion, has to be dealt with not through anything we can do on our own. Instead of seeing red, we need to see blue as in Holy Spirit blue. The Holy Spirit is our teacher, counselor, helper, and the one who enables us to bear good fruit. (See Galatians 5:22)

Anger can be handed down from previous generations, but it is not something God wants us to keep or a red panda to burst out when we can’t control it. Instead, His choice is repentance and coming out of agreement with it. Repentance is the answer to all of our inner needs and issues, whether rejection, pride, rebellion, or fear.

You Need Deliverance

I don’t care how long ago you were saved. You and I both have issues we are dealing with. We need deliverance from strongholds like pride, rebellion, anger, religion, and many more. It is part of the process. Salvation is a process, as we are being saved, and prepared for the day of redemption.

Disney, Hollywood, and others have brought in Eastern religions, eastern mysticism, and New age thought to such an extent that sometimes we hardly recognize what is wrong. In Pocahontas, she talks to a grandmother’s spirit in a tree. In Encanto, there is a shapeshifting relative, and each member of the family has some special supernatural ‘self’ that helps the family.

The list is endless, and Disney is not alone. Books and other written media also encourage sorcery, divination, familiar spirits, and other forms of witchcraft. I realize that many Christian movies and media are cheesy and simply void of good characters and plots.

Still, the church has witchcraft flowing every Sunday. Manipulative prayers seeking to stronghold God into getting what we want or cursing our fellow believers have become standard. Why? Because our society is filled with it, and rather than be the agents of change, we are changed.

We need complete freedom from the strongholds we carry. We need healing from our past hurts and wounds. Perhaps we would be better parents if we nail our life-controlling issues to the cross and let God heal our hearts. Perhaps we can share some of the blame with Disney. But we can stop it by filtering what we allow into our eye gates and those of our families.

Time To Turn Holy Spirit Blue

The answer to Disney, Hollywood, and western culture is allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us. By keeping the panda spirit, Mei Lee made a statement to her generation. You can choose what you keep. That goes for all of us.

You have a choice to let Holy Spirit have complete control over your mind, will, and emotions. When you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, you give Him everything you have. That means He comes to live inside of you so you can live the Kingdom Lifestyle now.

There is a lot of good material on deliverance, healing, and freedom in Christ available now.

Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Myers, continues to be a classic on this subject. It is a good read. For children, we, as parents, can teach them the Word, and as they grow older, we can explain inner healing and walk them through it. There are many resources available, so there is no excuse for any child of God to continue seeing red in the ‘spirit’ when they can see blue, with the Holy Spirit.

Resources for Deliverance in Children:

Deliverance for Children and Teens by Bill Banks is available on Amazon

A Manual for Children’s Deliverance By: Frank Hammond, Ida Mae Hammond

Available at Christian books .com or by clicking the link above.

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