Can we do something different? There have been many apostolic and prophetic decrees made concerning a new level of freedom that God is releasing. While we are experiencing this great spiritual and national freedom in the USA and in other freedom cultures of the world, there are many people that are not free. There are millions of people in prison, many people enslaved by poverty and sociopolitical systems set against them, there are people who are oppressed by abuse and addiction and people who are bound to the fleshly ways of the world. A big type of oppression is religious bondage, and that is prevalent even is Christianity. So this week can we intercede for the freedom of those who are imprisoned, in bondage, or oppressed in any way. For God doesn’t bless us just to see His children blessed, His desire from the beginning is to bless His people that they would be a blessing.
Genesis 12:2 – “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”
Let us not hoard the Freedom of the Lord for ourselves as He graces us with more of Him. Let’s intercede, and open up the gates and doors for others to experience this freedom too!
Let’s pray that the captives are set free, embrace, and maximize their freedom.
Let’s pray that generational cycles of captivity, oppression, and victimization are broken and turned into freedom, liberty, and God’s providence
Let’s pray that strongholds that cause people to return to oppression, bondage, and victimization are shattered and replaced with the mind of Christ and overcoming mindsets!
Let’s agree that soulish ties are broken on personal, local, corporate, regional, and national levels in Jesus’s name.
Let’s pray that those profiting from the imbalance of justice that captivity and oppression brings are replaced with those who only desire to execute God’s plan for Heaven on Earth in Jesus name.
Let’s pray that the silence of the suffering is converted in the roar of victorious praise to Abba!
Let’s pray that the sound of the mockers, scoffers, and irreverent is purged from our media and that the cause of the righteous will take precedence.
Let’s pray that true repentance takes place in the hearts and lives of abusers, oppressors, tyrants, and conspirators so that the land can be healed and the blessing of God released.
Let’s agree to see with the eyes of Christ and intercede for any abuse, oppression, or corruption that we witness, notice, or learn about instead of idly complaining about it.
Let’s agree to stop protecting corrupt leaders, politicians and charismatic personalities because we enjoy, or benefit from their position.
Let’s agree to deal with/repent for the evil in our own bloodlines and raising up righteous and redeemed generations instead of seeking someone else to blame.
Let’s agree to participate with God in setting people free: be it people that we know and care for or strangers and people that we will never meet in person in Jesus name.
As always, thank you for reading and sharing. Just a reminder that freedom doesn’t always look like freedom to the one who has been in captivity. Let the grace and mercy of God rule in our thoughts and opinions of others as we maximize the freedom of redemption paid for us to have by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! ♥♥♥
There is not just a harvest of new believers coming into the Body of Christ this season but also a crop of “prodigals” returning to the Body as well, are you and your ministry ready for this??? First and foremost what is a “prodigal”? In the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32, the story is told of a father who had two sons. The youngest son decided that he wanted his inheritance so that he could pursue his own desires to leave his father’s house and live the way he wanted to. So the Father agreed and gave the son his portion and the youngest son wasted it on sin and worldly pleasures and ended up living off of a farmer in a far way land tending the pigs (which was the filthiest and lowest job for a Jewish person, because it meant that they were ritually unclean). One day the youngest son began to long to return home and he decided to ask his father for forgiveness and to work in his father’s house as a servant to since he squandered his inheritance. He returned home and to his surprise was met by the Father with open arms, a ring, a robe, and a great celebration. There is more to this parable, but for the sake of defining prodigal in the way that it is being used in this article/blog post, a prodigal is a person who has wasted or squandered resources potential, opportunities, and the covenant relationship of the Father to participate with the world.
For many of us who grew up in church, we have had some prodigal seasons in our lives where we put down the things of God to do what the world does, so there is no real difference between a prodigal and a believer except where they are in the process of restoration. For example from the parable of the prodigal, we see that the Father (who represents God) had two sons. Even though the youngest son made a lot of poor choices and did not appreciate what the Father had provided him initially, he was still the son of the Father and was treated as such when he finally returned home. So please do not fall into the deception that a prodigal is a loser, failure, a nobody, or a waste of space, because before the Father a prodigal is regarded as a son, and heir just like any other faithful believer. For those of us who have made many sacrifices to remain in faith, to be consistent in our relationship with God, it is very tempting to fall into the mindset of the elder brother who felt entitled to the honor and blessing that the prodigal received when he returned home. Please sincerely seek the Lord Continue reading “Passion for Prodigals in the Harvest Season!”
66 And so from that time on many of the disciples turned their backs on Jesus and refused to be associated with him. 67 So Jesus said to his twelve, “And you—do you also want to leave?”68 Peter spoke up and said, “But Lord, where would we go? No one but you gives us the revelation of eternal life. 69 We’re fully convinced that you are the Anointed One, the Son of the Living God, and we believe in you!”
This week started out rather interesting for me. A lot of things went wrong, a lot of situations that I found myself in were unfair, and I frankly was “over it” as far as spiritual warfare goes. I felt like a front line soldier being told to go out on his/her 25th tour of duty, it was just too much. I cannot say I handled everything that was thrown at me perfectly, but with the grace of God I sincerely did the best that I could do and with the resources I had at my disposal I did all that I could do. As many of you know being an intercessor can feel like you are always living on the edge of some catastrophe or dodging some bullets matrix style that are headed in your direction. This week, OK let’s be real – this YEAR, has given a lot of us a run for our money so to speak.
The other interesting part of this week is that I kept hearing the number 666 in various parts of my day. When I paid for my breakfast the total was $6.66. When I made a sale at work, the total came to $666. Also when bought something else later in the week the total was $6.66. At first I was a little apprehensive about all of this, not really knowing what to make of it. I know that 666 is referred to as Continue reading “The Other 666”
As Halloween approaches, I really wanted to write something to encourage, edify, and admonish fellow Believers in Christ Jesus concerning the darkness concerning the origins of Halloween and whether or not Christians should celebrate it. While doing some lite “research” on the topic, I realized that there is a plethora of articles, blog posts, and videos online that teach on this particular topic. So instead of warning against participation in Halloween, which a lot of Christians typically ignore and participate anyway, while in prayer it dawned on me that it would be better to intercede for those participating in the holiday – saved and unsaved a like, instead of trying to persuade people to not participate. Another reason why I think it would be great if we interceded before, on, and after that day is because it would absolutely shake the gates of hell, as a reminder to the evil one that God is in control and still on the throne reigning and ruling over all of His people and the entire universe!
Why is it so important to pray and intercede for our loved ones, other Christians, and unsaved people concerning Halloween? Honestly, the history of Halloween was created is enough to wake up most Christians, when they are people who read and practice the Word of God. However, many people do not study their “Love Letters” enough to be convicted of participating in pagan worldly culturally and socially acceptable holidays, events, and practices that violate God’s Word. I enjoy watching theological debates, but I do not want to provoke someone to rebellion or spite just to attempt to prove a point about whether or not someone should participate in something that they revere and enjoy. I cannot tell you or anyone else what to believe about participating in Halloween, as I mentioned before there is much information about that topic available, however as an intercessor I can always pray that regardless of what that person chooses initially, that God will help, direct, and cover them in the path that they choose.
Why not just host an alternative to Halloween event? The answer to this is similar to the answer about all the information that is available, there are so many “harvest” or “Holy-een” events and celebrations planned by people who desire or are called to provide that. I believe that the best contribution that I can make concerning this topic is prayer and intercession. The problem is, that I do not want to take on this prayer campaign by myself. This is why I am putting this out there to intercessors who have a love and passion to see people set free, delivered, and the Mighty Hand of God at work. Instead of reports of finding razor blades in candy, or people that went missing on Halloween we could be praying that every piece of candy distributed to children/participants is safe to eat with no physical or spiritual ill effects and that every person who goes out trick or treating or to a celebration returns home safely and that the blood sacrifices using humans and animals are thwarted in Jesus name. Instead of reports of persons being injured or even dying because of pranks gone wrong, or children/people being drawn into satanic/demonic rituals that will have open spiritual doors in their lives that will lead them in to sin or oppression later on in life, we can pray that the plots and plans of the enemy that draw innocent children/people into traps to gain access to their spiritual lives are exposed beforehand, stopped, blocked, and destroyed in Jesus name. Instead of judging and criticizing our fellow Christians for whatever level of involvement that they have in the holiday, we can pray for them to encounter Jesus, to cultivate a deeper desire for intimacy with God, and for them to continue to grow and develop in the things of God that will lead them to their destiny in Him. Instead of complaining about all of the evil and darkness in the world and glorifying how “the devil is always busy,” we can thank and praise God that He is so merciful, loving and kind, that He hears the prayers of the righteous, and is faithful to respond to our cry. We can stand for His Kingdom, His Government, and participate with Him in cultivating on earth what He is doing in in Heaven.
Instead of watching scary movies and gorging snacks and sweets, strategizing for the most “Christian way” to celebrate along with the world, or ignoring the holiday and pretending that it doesn’t exist or acting like we are allergic to it, how about we set some time aside (a few days before and after, if you’d like) personally or corporately to educate ourselves on what this day is really about and to pray for those who innocently do not know any better, as well as those who know exactly what they are doing. My personal goal is not to wage war, using spiritual warfare tactics, simply for the sake of contending against evil because we can. My objective is to tear down the kingdom of darkness by tearing its captives out of darkness and bringing them in to the loving Light of Christ. Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but rather to tear down the works of the evil one (John 3:17, 1 John 3:8). He came to forgive, heal, set-free, and deliver! He came to set the example of a higher way of living that can only be accomplished through a relationship with God Almighty. So just to make it clear, the need for intercession concerning this day is critical, not just because of the evil that usually is practiced on that day, but more importantly for the souls, the lives, the destinies, and the future of the Kingdom of God weighs in the balance.
At the end of my blog posts I usually invite you to pray with me to ask God for things that I thing we would agree on. For this post, however, I am appealing to the God in you to privately or publically, individually, or corporately make a commitment to pray and intercede for your loved ones, your neighborhoods, your local cities, and for protection and salvation to be released in greater measures on this day than ever before. Pray as the Holy Spirit directs you. Pray quietly or shake the walls with your prayers. Make the commitment and let’s watch God move on 10/31/2018. Amen.
O magnify the Lord with me, let us exalt His name together! Psalm 34:3
Lately I have been being blessed by Christian television programs that emphasize magnifying the Lord over every situation and circumstance and taking hold of the promises of God. What I have found is that the levels of warfare, questions, concerns, and things that cause stress have not decreased, however my peace, confidence in God, faith, and resistance to fear has increased. I have been doing this over the years, when God would remind me to through His word or a teaching, but this time is different because of the intentional focus on it and application to situations as they occur. If you want to try this out Psalm 34 is a great place to start. In each verse is a promise or result of the benefits of magnifying God over your life and every circumstance you or anyone in your life faces. Below I will share with you a few of my insights on the application of these verses to my life, however to get the full benefit of the promises of God in Psalm 34 take time (1 week, 1 month, or more) to study, pray, and ponder these life blessing verses.
When God is Magnified – Psalm 34 Application Psalm 34:1-10 (KJV)
I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Consistent praise and worship creates an atmosphere for the Lord to move and work things out wherever you are.
Continual praise also helps to regulate mood, emotions, thoughts, and decisions.
Praise aligns our perspective with the goodness of God instead of the destruction of the enemy.
What does the enemy hate more than a person receiving salvation and forming a relationship with Christ?It’s not prayer, praise, or study… although those practices give also give the evil one great anxiety as well, however it is not what he works the hardest against in the lives of believers. The enemy hates when a person, especially a believer in Jesus Christ, begins to operate in their gifting, purpose, or anointing from God. If he can use it for his own purposes he will, but that person is not off the hook from his attacks either. How many talented, gifted, extremely bright future having people have we seen the enemy sink his hooks into assisting them in their downfall. It is the same strategy that persuades actors, musicians, politicians to give into all types of things at the height of their career to bring them to utter destruction. It is the same strategy that works against Pastors, and other Christian leaders that pull them into a web of disgrace, shame, and ineffectiveness. It is the strategy that you use when someone does something (or you heard that someone did something) that you do not like or agree with. This strategy is as ancient as the origins of humanity and yet still finds creative ways to manifest itself. The strategy is shame and condemnation.
Throughout the Bible many different feasts were celebrated for varying reasons. Some feasts were to get closer to God and enjoy His provision, others were more sobering – times of repentance and remembering the deliverance of the Lord from the hand of the enemy. And some feasts were just joyous occasions, like the wedding celebration where Jesus did His first recorded miracle. The thing about feasts, or any type of celebration for that matter, is that all the preparations can be made, the invitations can be sent, but if no one shows up it’s not much of a party. It is exactly this type of scenario that Jesus uses to describe what the Kingdom of God is like. What a lot of people do not realize is that wisdom is also described as a lavishly prepared feast available to all in Proverbs 9:1-6. This understanding that the people whom Jesus was addressing probably knew of the teaching from Proverbs of the lavish feast being compared to wisdom, it is possible that Jesus was also alluding to people who enter “the Feast of the Lord” (the Kingdom of God) as people who are wise.
The understanding that wisdom is for the Kingdom of God, really brought better clarification to me about the verse in Matthew 22:1-14 where a person who attended the feast of the Lord with the wrong attire was scolded and asked to leave, or basically thrown out to the dogs. I honestly, did not get this part of the parable for a long time and felt that it was rather harsh to kick someone out after inviting them in. In light of the relationship between wisdom and the Kingdom of God, I now understand that verse to be about exercising wisdom to gain entrance to the Kingdom and to remain partaker of Kingdom rights and benefits. The man that was asked to leave the feast was not wrong for showing up Continue reading “The Feast: Wisdom in the Kingdom”
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
Proverbs 16:25 (NLT) There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
Psalm 55:6-9 (NIV)Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Sometimes on your spiritual journey with God you begin to go into places that you have never been before, uncharted territories: some full of blessings and wonderful times of refreshing and others full of turmoil, wondering, and contending. In these times we often feel like what we have and know is not enough, like there is information or resources that could assist us if we only knew what they are or had access to them. There is a desire in the unknown place to have guidance, to have understanding, and clarity beyond what you feel you currently are working with. These conditions are perfect for growing in your relationship with the Lord because it Him that is drawing you to seek Him.
Recently, the church that I connect with did a teaching on “Seeking First the Kingdom of God.” It was full of insight and wisdom that we can apply immediately in our lives. It reminded me of this deep desire that I usually have to be mentored. It seems like I find myself in situations that no one can help me with, thinking things like: “If I only had a mentor, a guide, a person with relevant experience to assist me through what I am facing everything would be sooo much better.” In those times sometimes I do seek counsel or advice from people in my life or who I think would have relevant information. But there are somethings that seeking the Lord (preferably first) is required in order to get the guidance that I need. Depending where you are in your relationship with God, it might take you trying to figure it out on your own before you seek the Lord. If that is where you are, just ask the Lord to help you realize right away when you need to turn things over to Him.
What about the desire to be mentored? Honestly, I think that a desire to be mentored should be put before the Lord to find out if He wants to mentor you via a person in your life, a ministry that you can connect with, books and teachings that are available for purchase or for free, or if He wants to mentor you personally via the Holy Spirit. Pursue the desire to be mentored in prayer and pay attention to what is available to you within reach. More often than not, the Lord will use a combination of methods to mentor you, so try to be sensitive to His leading as you step out into the learning process.
Why the need for mentorship? There is a lot of teaching that says that a person cannot get to their God-given destiny by themselves and that we were designed to be interdependent on each other in order to fulfill Kingdom mandates. I think that this is true, although there are also times of retreat or hiding where it’s just you and the Lord, so it’s up to you seek the Lord and find out what season you are in.
Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 both mention the way that seems right to man, but its end is death. When you are entering unknown places (unknown to you, not to God), there will be many options for you to experiment with along your path. Some options will be good, but not God’s best, others will be not good at all, some will cost you more than you are willing to lose, and others are ordained of the Lord. Sometimes the only way to distinguish which option is best for you is to seek the Lord. He will never lead you wrong or guide you to a place where He cannot protect, provide, and release His Presence to you. Some ordained places, or people for that matter, are not going to be your first choice. The options that look new and shiny, that sparkles, and makes cool noises might be the first to capture your attention. So ask God for discernment when you are not sure. Remember that Jesus was the stone that was rejected, but ended up being the chief Cornerstone forever. If you want to reject something immediately ask yourself, and God, why? Is it truly something evil or is it just something that makes you uncomfortable? God leads us in to uncomfortable places sometimes, so that He can reveal His glory and also so you can be a witness that the outcome was all God’s doing. If you stick to the familiar, you may not be ready for the mentorship yet, therefore test what makes you uncomfortable with the Word, in prayer, and let Holy Spirit lead. Who are you listening to? There is so much “positive” and “affirmative” messages out there that it is sometimes easy to just agree with what sounds good. Beware, some of those messages that sound so good are really just feeding the flesh what it wants, and not nourishing the soul and spirit. Once again, test it out against the Word and in prayer, sometimes you can begin to discern the source of the message and the intent.
The Way of the Dragon, Karate Kid, and the Star Wars movies are worldly examples of what mentorship might look like. There are people who mentor professionally regarding career advancement, and people who voluntarily mentor as a way of “giving back”. Some confuse mentorship with apprenticeship, the difference is that all apprenticeships have an element of mentorship involved, but not all mentorships are apprenticeships. Apprenticeships allow the person being mentored to work directly with the mentor, usually in a trade or vocation that involves detailed work. Mentorships often allow for meetings between the mentor and mentee for a time of sharing ideas, experiences, and tips for success. Some mentorships are very personal, while others are group based. When God is leading you in to a time of learning, training, mentorship, or apprenticeship is always a good idea to invite Him into it, even if you feel like He’s the one leading it. It is too tempting to starting going in a direction after being led by Him and to begin to think that we know the way!
What is needed during the time of mentorship? To be honest, I learned a lot of the following by doing things the wrong way, so please take hold of this so that you do not have to learn the hard way like I did.
Humility – It takes something special to realize that you do not know it all and that you need help. Stay humble even if the information you are receiving seems like stuff that you already know. You may have some experience with it, but your mentor(s) may have other keys and revelation that you have not uncovered in your own experiences. Humility also helps you to stay focused on the purpose pf the mentorship, you are there to learn, build relationships, and discover what is unknown about yourself and the area that you are growing into.
Teach-ability– This one is a complement to humility, but it is not the same. It requires a person to sometimes give up an old way of doing something to make room for the new. This is where a lot of people mess up, because if we find something that works, we are taught not to get rid of it. The “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it mentality,” is sometimes hard to let go of, if that paradigm in question is working and producing in your life. Even when it is not producing it can be hard to let go, because you have hopes that it will work. Remember you do not have to always give up everything to learn something new, but you do have to make room for the new ideas and concepts that you are learning. This may involve “stretching or expanding” in your perspective and expectations.
Submission – Mentorship is a process. It is not always just receiving info from a successful person or organization. It will more than likely require homework, introspection, applying what you have learned, figuring out what works and what does not. It will not necessarily be an easy or fun way to spend your time and effort, but it is worth it. Whether you are very self-critical, not self-critical, or somewhere in between it may be hard for you to hear the feedback that your mentor gives you, even if that mentor is Holy Spirit. Be prepared to “dig deep” and remember to communicate when something is not quite matching your needs/situation.
Diligence –Your mentor (even if it is Holy Spirit) may ask you to do things that you do not want to do. They may focus on things that you cannot even believe that they would find important (remember Karate Kid “wax on, wax off”?). You attitude, and effort makes a difference not just for your success, but also in respect to your mentor. The same way a parent can tell when their child is halfheartedly following their directions, so can a mentor determine when a mentee is not fully taking hold of their advice. Whether or not you think it shows in the finished product or not, do not deceive yourself into missing out on the full experience of the mentorship.
Desire – Do you want to be mentored or do you want someone to manage you? Mentors will give advice, suggestions, and share what worked for them but they will not force you to do what they are sharing with you. Taking hold of what they share and applying it is your responsibility not theirs. If you need answers and solutions immediately ask for it, but do not confuse that with being mentored because that is not the same thing. Do you want a mentor or do you want a friend? Even if you like your mentor and your mentor seems to like you, let them establish the boundaries of how personal the relationship will be. They may have a lot on their plate and spending time with you as a friend, even if they genuinely like you, may not be part of their plans. Do you want a mentor or a trainer? If you want someone to give you a proven “system” to work from a trainer or “coach” might be better for you. It still involves some mentorship, but it will possibly be more hands on and give you specific instructions/directives to apply.
Flexibility –Be flexible with your expectation of what mentoring will look like in your life. If the person who is mentoring you is busy, they may not have a lot of time to sit and talk and share, etc. So appreciate what they offer, it may seem like they are not investing a lot, but remember they are in their position of success because of what they invested and the lessons they learned along the way.
While I wish that I could say that I was the perfect mentee, I definitely was not, but what I have learned from the times that I did have the opportunity for mentorship is invaluable and I hope that it adds value to you and your mentorship experiences.
Father God, thank you for this time of seeking You, seeking Your ways, and seeking the Kingdom. Lord thank you for the times of refreshing that accompany the drawing to know You better. Lord thank You for selecting us to participate in Your mentoring program. Help us to be diligent, flexible, teachable, humble, and submitted to this process. Lord we did not always maximize the mentorship opportunities that You made available to us in the past so we ask forgiveness of that, and ask You to help us recognize immediately when You are opening those doors of training to us. Lord we desire to be all that You designed us to be and to be prepared for the seasons ahead so please guide us whale we are being mentored. Lord guide us to the right people, places, and opportunities that will align us with Your perfect will on earth as it is in Heaven. Thank You Lord for removing the fear of the unknown, and any other fears and hindrances that would be in our way. Lord thank You for making us skillful like King David in the areas that you are developing us in. We lift us our leaders, mentors and future leaders and mentors to You Lord and ask You to bless and keep them, to prepare them for us and their other mentors, and to align them with Your plans and purposes in the name of Jesus. Lord we seek solutions for what we will encounter in the unknown and ask that Your Presence will not fade from us in our perception as we move forward. Lord You ways and thoughts are higher than ours, please help us not to lean on our own understanding. Lord please keep us and protect us from the way that seems right to man but leads to death. Lord please course correct us if we are going or being led the wrong way. Lord we thank You and bless You for all that we ask in the Mighty name of Jesus AMEN!
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While in the season of great transition we become aware of our weaknesses and areas of vulnerability. Instead of despairing and coming in agreement with these weaknesses and allowing it to fuse onto our identities or manifest in our personalities, shore up those places of short comings with the Word of God, prayer, and apply the Blood of Jesus. Allow time for healing, restoration, and regrouping to take place, in other words take the pressure off of yourself and open up space in your life for God to work on, in, and through you.
The way to the heights of worship, praise, and adoration unto the Lord is not simply humility, it is also getting rid of offense. Offense is a sneaky culprit, because it camouflages itself as sensitivity and “hurt” feelings. It can persuade a person to justify harsh or wrong treatment of another, usually the “offender” because of the anger that is produced from the offense. It’s also sneaky because an offense does not have to be personally done against the person who becomes offended. All offense needs is an audience and attentive ears and voila! Offense is successfully planted in the heart of that person.
Proverbs 22:24-25 Amplified Bible (AMP) Do not even associate with a man given to angry outbursts; Or go [along] with a hot-tempered man, Or you will learn his [undisciplined] ways And get yourself trapped [in a situation from which it is hard to escape].
In the past when I would come across these verses from Proverbs 22 I would usually associate it with direct personal relationships. It is a little self-deceiving to believe that just simply avoiding people that “look” angry or seem to be hot-tempered is the only way to execute the application of this scripture. Because offense can be an undertone of a passionate outcry against or for something in a message that on the surface you agree with. This is why it is important to consistently study the Word of God and meditate (think deeply on it) so that you can resist offense, anger, and any other covert strategy of the enemy that would like to “set up shop” in your life.
Psalm 119:11 Amplified Bible (AMP) Your word I have treasured and stored in my heart, That I may not sin against You.
The Word of God and the inward witness of the Holy Spirit will alert you to any “twisting” or “deviation” from the Word of God in the way that it is meant for it to be applied. That does not mean that we are to “police” others in the conversations or messages that they speak, preach or teach, but it does enable you to make an informed decision on whether or not you will let that offense laced word take place in your mind, soul, spirit, and emotions.