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Series: Feast of Passover 2015
Sun am 19 April 2015 – Eddy O’Neill
(1 John 4:4); Matt. 12:43-45; 1 Cor. 14:10; (Ps. 22:3)
I want to speak about what can happen through the power of one. A whole city can be changed and brought into another culture by the power of one. Using Las Vegas as an example, the power of one (man) released something that influenced the whole society, it created a presence. Out of the presence came an atmosphere, and out of the atmosphere came a climate, and out of the climate came a culture. Something drew people there; the pervading atmosphere caused people to lose all perspective of reality. What was the appealing factor there? Is it the natural glitz and glamour? No, rather a spirit that operates there through un-regenerated men who started speaking things and drew accommodating spirits and created a culture. It was an appealing factor, but a totally destructive factor in people’s lives, yet they still go there. A pervasive atmosphere was created that could influence an entire region. If that could happen through one un-regenerated man, what can happen through one individual in the Church of Jesus Christ? What could happen through a community like this who speak out of one voice, one mind and one heart? It would create an atmosphere, a presence which will pervade the whole area and create a kingdom culture. That is what the Church is supposed to do, to create a kingdom culture. Not a natural culture, not an Afrikaner culture, not an English culture, but a kingdom culture. We come to release what is inside of us because each of us carries presence. Releasing praises to God releases presence; the atmosphere is created, but it comes from men and women whose hearts are towards God. Something transpires in the spirit realm.
Do you believe we could be power shifters? “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). There is something greater inside of you that can be dominant and can dominate the forces of darkness. All the enemy is looking for is one who is passionate and who can draw others. If it happens in the negative, it can happen with people of faith and spirit. Men and women of the spirit draw men and women of the spirit. All an evil spirit looks for is time and space and a voice. If they can find space to occupy, they use that space to release it with voices. They seek expression in the material world. They seek manifestation. When the Spirit of God works, there is concrete evidence.
Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation (Matt. 12:43-45). That unclean spirit is looking for rest because there was some confrontation. He wants space to occupy, and from that vantage point he influences many others. When he comes back, he brings seven more with him that are worse than him and takes hold of that which he owned previously. This is real and is happening in our times and in our country. See what the enemy is trying to do in this country. He is looking for space and once he has space he finds one person and gives them a voice that influences thousands. And the Church is silent! The enemy does not want to be challenged. The only ones who can challenge him are the Spirit filled ones. The enemy wants us to just go through religious activity. We need to speak authoritatively to the forces of darkness because Jesus has already conquered. Those who have Spirit capacity need to start speaking as oracles of God into a situation and it changes.
The enemy comes back to his own house and finds it unoccupied. The devil is a loser; he does not like to lose. He has lost you and he would like to get back to his previous home.
There is a climate and culture over this area. We see demonic spirits of culturalism, materialism, capitalism and also the spirit of tribalism invade our society causing total destruction. Unless there are voices that stand up and recognize it, it will carry on. The Church has been raised up, men and women who become aware. We are not talking about being devil conscious; we are talking about being conscious of who we are. We are not unaware of the schemes of the enemy, but sometimes the Church is completely ignorant of the strategies of the enemy. I am calling the Church to wake up to that reality and stand together as one. Start releasing what is inside you and create an environment of His presence that will invade this whole area and bring order.
The Church of Jesus Christ must stand up and release the Spirit of God. If the Holy Spirit dwells in you, you have become His dwelling place. He has space but He wants release. How does He get release? Through your voice! Start speaking, worshiping, praising; you release Him and you release a presence and it invades the place.
Fathers must create presence and create the spiritual tone in the home. The media is designed to create a presence in your home. Mothers and fathers start taking responsibility in your family; create a presence in your home, create an environment in your home so you children can walk into peace. If need to maintain the presence of God.
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification (1 Cor. 14:10). They are all significant; they all have ability and power. Your voice has power and can influence, use it! Be careful not to speak the same language as politicians and economists and fall into that trap of releasing a presence of fear, anxiety and hopelessness. We should be the total opposite, speaking faith into a babbling world.
I would love to see a greater presence created, but it will come through us, through you, and out of that presence we create a climate, a greater presence of the Holy Spirit. God dwells in the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3).