Crossing Over in the Spirit Realm!
Do you have a place in time where you were so thirsty for God that you were willing to cross over a bridge to find “Living Water” – no matter the cost? You allowed the breath of God to breathe healing, hope, joy, restoration and new life into a situation that only the Holy Spirit could know. This past weekend Pastor Dan Rhodes, his wife, Sheila, My husband, Steve, and I experienced just that at the Community of the Holy Spirit Church in Willoughby, Ohio. It was The living Word in action! Ezekiel 37: 9, 10 came prophesying to dry bones. These bones were dead, with no life but when God’s breath came….they came to life – “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath and breathe on these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied!!!”
This weekend at Community of the Holy Spirit Church in Willoughby, Ohio people came hungry for God’s Spirit to move among them and to touch their life. They came not because they simply showed up to church one weekend but because they were stirred by the breath of God through Pastor Chris, Minister Vicki, Mother Judy, and the leaders of this church weeks ahead of time. A conference of this size comes with a price naturally and spiritually. It started with the leadership and the people praying, fasting and preparing for a move of God to take CHS into a deeper walk with Christ. It took men and women behind the scenes to provide financially, to prepare the food, to clean the sanctuary, to set-up tables and to organize notebooks. As we arrived Friday, before the Conference even began, we met with the leaders of this church to worship and pray for the Breath of God to move upon this place. We were calling out to God to breathe a powerful anointing for those who came to speak, teach, prophesy and worship. To walk in Deeper Waters you will always pay a price for preparation.
Saturday and Sunday were the fruits that came from this preparation. I experienced almost instantaneously the Holy Spirit moving in power through a group of people who came thirsty and hungry to hear. The blending of the gifts of the Spirit moved effortlessly as Pastor Chris led us into worship. Worship opens the door of Heaven to move upon the people. Pastor Dan and Steve taught the Word through illustration and demonstration, which opened Deeper Waters for the people to receive. The gift of prophesy flowed through Sheila because the people received this Word and were hungry. Sunday, we all crossed over a bridge in the natural as we laid our concerns and cares down and took the next step spiritually to move forward as God called us individually and corporately. Visions, through Minister Vicki came to life as she stepped into the Deeper Waters and saw dry clay shattering off the lives of people who are now restored. I was given the opportunity to release my gifting, as an artist and to paint on canvas as the Spirit flowed. During the closing remarks, I presented my two Spirit Canvas Paintings to the church as a reminder of what God did for us this weekend.
Walking in the Spirit realm requires us to walk in Deeper Living Waters and yield ourselves to what God is saying in and through our lives. It requires us to be mindful when the Holy Spirit is telling us to read the Word, pray for those in need, forgive those who have hurt you and restore the broken hearted. This may not always be in a building that we go to on Sunday called the church. We are the church!. Prophesy should also be released – in your workplace, in your home, in the “world” where the lost are found. Walking in the Spirit is a 24/7 opportunity to touch someone’s life. Before you ever speak a word over someone, make sure it lines up with the Word of God. The Fruits of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) is a sure key to knowing if your words line up. Be sure that whenever you begin moving into the Realm of the Holy Spirit, you will be invading the powers of evil that attempt to rule the world. Remember that even if Satan tries to hinder or thwart you after a move of God like this, the Lord can take that which is evil and turn it to good (Genesis 50:20).
I met new friends who I can now call family – brothers and sisters in Christ who encouraged me and blessed me. Pastor Chris, Minister Vicki and the leaders were so gracious, loving and generous to us all and for this we are eternally grateful. ~~~This beautiful posting was written by Robin Shirreffs who did the Spirit Canvas Paintings at CHS this past weekend.)
I LOVE THE BODY OF CHRIST AND AM SO GLAD TO KNOW CHS (Community of the Holy Spirit Church) IS PART OF MY NEW FAMILY!