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Spiralling

  • Spiralling from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Transcript: 
    Today I am going to be talking about: “Spiraling” 

    For those that may not know what I mean, Imagine that you are standing on top of a spiral staircase, and when you slip, you fall down, down, and down.  

    We all get up in the morning, might have a cup of coffee or breakfast, and we start our day. We have plans to do this, and plans to do that. So many things are in our mind that we need to get done. Much like an ant scurrying across the counter, they are on their way to something they believe is important at that moment. 

    Yet all the while there is a spiritual war going on in the heavens above us, and an enemy plotting a strategy to use against you today. We are usually completely blind to the spiritual realm and cannot see it anymore than we can see the wind blowing, but oh we feel the effects of it. The enemy is relentless and he wants you broken, defeated, and powerless.

    When the people of Israel began returning to their land, after being exiled for 70 years, Nehemiah and the priests began to teach them the law of Moses, which they had not kept during the exile. 

    Nehemiah 8:9–10 (NKJV) — And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

    He told them: “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” That is worth making note of. Joy is strength. There are many times while doing some aggravating work, and I don’t take the time to pray, that I am not feeling that joy, or that strength. I feel something else. 

    We get up in the morning and try to start our day off right, but behind the scenes evil spirits are plotting on how to ruin it. They get up early to. I have faced many problems that I knew without a shadow of doubt they were spiritually influenced. I have worked on computers that seemed possessed and had to play the exorcist with them. 

    We bought a dell server off eBay once and when it arrived, I started it up and it would just flash error after error. I would fix one and another would pop up. I reseated the memory, the processor, the hard drives, re-checked all the connections and you could push the power button, and it would just die with some new error. I dreaded shipping it back as it weighed around 85 pounds. I finally stopped, laid hands on it and prayed a moment, and it started right up and ran perfectly fine. It is in use here today. I should have opened with that.

    We are part of a spiritual war, like it or not, know it or not. Ignorance does not exempt you from it. When you chose Jesus, you gained an enemy faction on the other side. 

    Now more about spiraling:  When the disciples were in the boat, Jesus came to them walking on the water. 

    Matthew 14:25–31 (NKJV) — Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

    Peter was walking across the water with no problems. Then he took his eyes off of Jesus, began to look at the circumstances surrounding him, began to panic, and then he started to sink into the water. This is a perfect example of spiraling to me, and what I want to make clear in this message.

    When you begin to doubt what the Lord has told you, and begin to look at the circumstances surrounding you in fear and panic, you will go down, down, down. The Bible is very clear on this: 

    Isaiah 7:9 (NIV): “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”

    Ephesians 6:11 (AMP): “Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 

    1 Corinthians 16:13–14 (NKJV): Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.

    The evil spirits get up early to, just like us, and they begin planning to attack you. The goal is wreck your faith in God’s help. To make you believe that you are alone, and that God will not help you. Ultimately, when something bad happens, they want you to blame God for it. They will tell you: “It is HIS fault that this happened to you. God is the baddie!” All the while, it was them, and they stay hidden out of sight planting the seeds of doubt, fear, and confusion. 

    1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) — Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

    It is a slippery slope, once you take the bait and let go of your faith, down, down, and down you will go, just like rolling down a spiral staircase. Once you slip, the evil spirits will ride you all the way down to the bottom, pushing you along. Walking in doubt and fear is the direct opposite of walking in faith. Faith is believing God. Doubt and fear is not believing God. Stand firm in what God has told you and do not be shaken by circumstances. Remember His promises. 

    How do you stop rolling down the staircase? Be proactive about your faith. Instead of waiting on something to happen to you to begin praying, start by praying first. Include it as part of your morning and then you will be prepared to face the coming attacks of the day. Whatever you do, stop falling down that staircase. Stand firm in your faith.


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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Amen, great scriptures to follow. Thank you Pastor Dion.

August 20, 2017
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Obioma Ukegbu
Obioma Ukegbu

Thank you Pst. Dion. I know that faith without love produces no results. Godly faith has no respect for obstacles. No challenge can stop genuine faith from producing fruits

August 20, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Thank you Pastor Dion! What a message and a warning as well as a reminder as to how to start the day and much more! If we don't start out the day with prayer, talking to and with our Lord, we will have a bad day. The Lord is our strength, our armour, our shield to prepare us for all the many attacks we will be facing. This includes praying before we read and study the word of God asking for the power of the HL. Spirit to direct and guide us. Thank you again and have a blessed week!

August 20, 2017
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Joann Williams-Dixon
Joann Williams-Dixon

Another great teaching.  But the good news is that ALL of Pastor Dion's work is godly, forceful, uplifting, challenging.  Pastors Dion and Sylvia are truly people' after my own heart", -- as are all of the ministry partners and contributors. Lord, we ask Your continued favor and blessings upon all, may this Work of sacrifice, honor and praise continue to grow and touch the lonely, the broken, the doubting, all in need of healing--body, mind, heart and soul.  We offer ourselves to You to be used to touch others and share our message of what You have done so mightily in our lives and those in our families.  You have assured us Your blessings are to 'the children's children".  Just as we look to Jesus, may our lives be a light to others' paths and a lamp to their feet.".  In His Precious Name, claiming His Precious Blood which was poured out for all the world, we humbly pray. Amen.

 

August 20, 2017
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Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Thank You, Pastor! I so needed to hear this today. I have been struggling as of late. It is because I have taken my eyes off of Jesus. I have not been living in faith but of faithlessness. Blessings to You and Sylvia.

August 20, 2017
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Debbie Jansen
Debbie Jansen

Thank you Pastor Dion.

September 20, 2017