Crossing Over in the Spirit Realm!

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!!!”

2013 (10-16-2013) aIMG_5591This 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.)

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Sheila Rhodes

About Sheila Rhodes

The greatest destiny and purpose for me is serving God with ALL my heart, soul and being! My personal relationship with the Lord brings such LIFE as He speaks to me, opens doors of ministry opportunities, and gives me insight into the hearts of others who need a word of encouragement spoken just at the right time.
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18 Responses to Crossing Over in the Spirit Realm!

  1. Steve says:

    Thanks for posting all of these wonderful pictures Mrs. Sheila. It was a wonderful weekend!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Pastor Steve ~ Indeed, it was ONE WONDERFUL WEEKEND with God’s Glory in full beauty! We did everything we could do and the Holy Spirit did the “Heavy Lifting”…WE love you and Robin dearly!

  2. Vicki Fisher says:

    This weekend will be forever in my heart and memory. October 13, 2013 the day of crossing over. Mark that date on the calendar people, because that is the day that CHS changed and we will never be the same again. We turned the corner!

    Thank you to Pastors, Dan & Steve, along with their wives, Sheila & Robin. Your gifts are welcomed and appreciated. What a glorious time in the Lord that I will forever treasure!
    Thank you for being a part of our lives and now you are family! ((((BIG HUGS))))
    ~Min. Vicki

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Minister Vicki ( My Precious Friend) ~
      Wow, sometimes you just don’t have the words to express what you’re feeling and that’s the case with me. We are still “basking” in the After Glow from all the Holy Spirit did at CHS this past weekend. Honestly, NONE OF US will ever be the same again. I’m swimming in the waters and I don’t want to get out! 🙂
      Thank you, Pastor Chris, the leadership and congregation for receiving all of us with such open hearts to hear and learn and receive. Your prayers and our prayers were answered…just a POWERFUL MOVE OF GOD at Community of the Holy Spirit! Being a part of this FAMILY is a blessing and a gift to us! People came THIRSTY and they received what they came for plus more! THANK YOU LORD for all you did among us!
      Love to you and Pastor Chris from Dan and I …we treasure our friendship!

    • Robin says:

      Min. Vicki, I believe we experienced every since of emotion as we gathered at CHS. I am believing for great things to happen as the CHS family grow and move into deeper waters.
      I would love to see you put all these pics in a video. Will this be in the works? Hint, Hint.
      I will begin working on painting your salvation vision, once I have finished Steve’s book cover I am currently working on. I’m really excited about this one.
      Love ya BIG, Robin

  3. Cheryl Drake says:

    What an awesome report this is. I have been waiting with anticipation! Great posting Robin and your painting was beautiful! I love it that you use your talent to express the glory of God. It shows through in your paintings! So thankful to have been a part of this through prayer….I am humbled by the workings of the Holy Spirit! We continue in our quest to cross into the realm of the Spirit. We are spirit beings and we are energized in that realm. He welcomes us with open arms. He desires to show us things and teach of His goodness, and things to come. It’s all in the relationship we have with Him. The more you learn His voice, the more you will “hear” Him. And He has much to share with each one of us!

    I am looking forward to more ministry trips for you all. Open doors….open hearts….hungry for knowledge of the Word and of Him!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      OH MY GOODNESS CHERYL….you would have LOVED being a part of this and you were from a distance. Your beautiful Spirit Prayer sent to me was read to the leadership on Friday night and to the people on Saturday morning before the Advance began…People were wiping away tears! God heard your prayers and the prayers of so many about this past weekend. It was God’s agenda in full action…just powerful with lives being touched, changed and transformed by His power! I’ve already begun to hear of a healing that took place on Saturday. THANK YOU for the beautiful place God had you placed in my life for this gathering…Agreement in Prayer and Oneness of Spirit! I love you with all my heart…

      • Russ says:

        I am so glad there is no distance in prayer … thanks Cheryl and to all who lifted us up to the Lord for this weekend … you are part of our family and we appreciate the gift of God you are to us!!!

        • Cheryl Drake says:

          Russ, it’s a joy to join together with other believers in prayer. There is such prayer in agreement! Thank you for your kind words. I receive it! There is no other God like our God!

          • Russ says:

            I am reminded of the Word in John 16:24 “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

            Our Joy is FULL because you stood in the gap and asked of our Father for us … may His Blessings overtake you Cheryl – and keep on praying!!!

        • Cheryl Drake says:

          Thank you again Russ! I pray your joy remains full because the joy of the Lord is your strength! Bless you!

      • Cheryl Drake says:

        Sheila, you are right! I would have loved to have been there in person! It makes me tear up that the people were ministered to by the prayer I emailed you. Wow….hardly know what to say except it was the Holy Spirit at work through this! How I love it when He shows up and shows off! I love you too my dear spirit friend!!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you for joining us in prayer over this ministry trip. The flow of the Spirit was beautiful as each person ministered out of their gifting in love to one another and the people of God. Tears of restoration and a since of God’s Glory filled the church.
      We have met some new family members in the Body of Christ who will be our forever friends.

      • Cheryl Drake says:

        Robin, I am so blessed to have been a part of this ministry weekend through prayer. God is so good. I love seeing the results of prayer, and knowing there are eternal results that we may not see. Thanks for your comments. I am humbled by the awesomeness of God!

  4. Jane Hyder says:

    Dear Sheila,

    Thank you for posting this beautiful expression of what The Holy Spirit was able to do through His willing vessels this past weekend. I have been hungering to see a great move of God in our midst, and this certainly shows what the Lord can do when He has those who are willing to pay the price. I thirst to see God touch lives all across our nation as people continue to cry out to Him to step into the midst of our lives and touch us with His heavenly anointing and presence. Robins paintings are truly gorgeous, and I know that you were so touched by her gifted ability to capture the moment.

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