“A Gentle Spirit with a Giant Message, is how I describe Holly Smith. Women are drawn to her message because of her genuine love for Christ and her transparency portrayed in her testimony. The message Holly shares thru ‘The Cracked Pot’ will touch and bring freedom to women of all generations. She shares God’s message with a passionate commitment to change the lives of others in a positive way. She recently spoke at a Powerful Journey Women’s Conference. The evidence of the power in her message was shown as her session quickly filled with standing room only. As God continues to do a great work through Holly, she will be an added bonus to any program.”
— Phyllis Jenkins, Powerful Journey
“I believe God’s ultimate aim is to cause you to conquer your greatest fear. He does this by exposing the lie you believed. One lie is to look to yourself for ability and deliverance. I didn’t need a master’s degree to follow my Master’s decree to my destiny.”
— Holly Smith
You are my witnesses; when I act, who can reverse it? I have chosen you and formed you and I knew all the crooked paths you would take until I had My way. You experienced My uplifted hand against you at times. A whole group of My people will be going into a desert season. They are blind to My ways but I have sent you ahead to show the way of obedience and to know I AM the only one who can make streams in the desert and connect my purposes and blessings to My people. Help My people surrender to Me and to life in the Spirit. I have great mysteries and treasure in store for those who choose My way. A great line of demarcation is being drawn right now! Help My people come to My side and defeat the enemies in their lives! I will go with you!
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
I have put the fear of the Lord in you. Since you, too, are subject to weakness, you are going to help those going astray. I am REAL and alive. You have chosen to follow my will. My sheep hear my voice. You have chosen wisely. Be bold and courageous for the enemy HATES you and does prowl around like a roaring lion. I have equipped you to prevail and not be devoured but to enter the land I have for you. You will run and not grow weary as I fill your mouth with my words. Pass through, pass through the gates-I have made your forehead like flint and bronze. No weapon forged against you will prosper. Stand and see the glory of the Lord move on your behalf because I AM the Great I AM and will have my way on earth as it is in heaven. I want to rebuild my people on my foundation. Listen for my voice to guide you and to walk through doors I am opening! Pay attention and be diligent in all matters. I am the pen of a skillful writer-this is not about you. This is MY work so be about MY business and all will fall in place.
I’ve come to lift up the lowly so bow before me and carry my torch of victory.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. (John 14:20 NIV)
Help others come into my Presence, still their minds, hear my voice and affirmation, feel my heartbeat. One word from me can sustain you. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge because they need the touch of my spirit. Make meeting with me the most important thing. Without me you can do nothing. Teach others to abide in me and a natural flow of wisdom and discernment will come and a peace that surpasses understanding. Trust me, depend on me. I know all things from your beginning to your end. BELIEVE you are hearing from Me and write things simply. Communicate what I have done in your life. Do not be afraid–I am with you! Help others humble themselves and wash their feet each day from walking in the world through repentance. My son was the only sinless one in the world.
I have a plan. Seek me for it because I want to give it to you. Your outlook is important to having my mind. Think on good things I have spoken to you all along the way of this journey. Those words are what make you who you are. I will use you to make my church whole.
1. How does the enemy gain access to your thoughts? What does the word devil mean? It comes from the Latin root diabolos, which means to thrust through, like a rock. It’s like the enemy is doing a David and Goliath on you. He’s hitting and hammering you with thought patterns, circumstances, and emotions that create a framework of bondage and confusion within your brain and heart. The devil intends to break through the barrier of your will, your mind, and your emotions in order to penetrate your personality. These bents and inclinations toward fear, mistrust, abandonment, depression, and even suicide can be generational. Some of your battles didn’t start with you. We will explore this subject more in the next blog post.
2. What can you do to combat this attack? Take every thought captive at the point of a spear (2 Corinthians 10:5). Interrogate your thought life to see whether it lines up with what the Spirit of God says. How do you know if a thought is coming from God or the devil? How do you know if it’s a stronghold? If it’s not peace, if it’s not energizing, if it’s not love—it’s not from the Lord.
3. Are you making God your stronghold? David said he wanted to make the Lord his stronghold and his high tower (Psalm 61:3). You see, a stronghold can work both ways. To build a godly stronghold you must tear down what you have built that militates against God’s Word. This is the warfare involved with renewing the mind—but it pays off in a new mind garrisoned with God’s way of thinking. Getting clear on who He is for you is one of the most important steps to freedom. I want to encourage you to begin the process of renewing your mind, by recognizing that in many cases, the méthodos, or the roadway that the enemy planted in your life came before you knew what he was up to.
Test and discern your life according to the Holy Spirit to begin to shut down those ramps and build up new highways that lead to victory, anointing, and deliverance.
Question: What negative patterns is God revealing to you as you read this post? What are some strategies you can employ to renew your mind daily?
When the Apostle Paul said that we “wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers,” what did he mean? The verse found in Ephesians 6:12 makes something very clear. Paul did not believe his warfare was a battle with people, political institutions, or even personal circumstance. Our warfare, like his, is an intense, personal, and close wrestling match with disembodied spirits.
1. How do you know you are under attack? One of the things I’ve noticed is that when I am in warfare I don’t feel like myself. I feel disconnected, awkward, and inauthentic. I’m not myself and I don’t even like who is showing up. Do you ever feel like this? It’s like you’re someone else. Something is trying to take over your thought process. Remember: the battle zone is in your thought life. The secret is to catch the enemy when he attempts to slip into your thought life like the serpent in the garden. Don’t let the thought take hold. For this reason Paul says one of our primary weapons is the power to inspect and take thoughts captive as they enter your mind. Paul describes an interrogation process, in which we take a thought captive “at the point of a spear.” Notice the language he uses to address strongholds: “Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
2.What is a stronghold? Think of it as a house made of thoughts. It’s a pattern of thinking that has a “strong hold” or grip on your mind. And let’s be honest: if it’s a pattern of thinking it is also a pattern of feeling and behaving. A stronghold is something that exerts an influence or leverage over the thought patterns that play in your mind. They produce a harvest of consequences. The devil is trying to rob you and your children of God’s inheritance. He does this by working to get you to compromise and bow your knee to unbelief, apathy, fear, lust, addiction, depression. Don’t let him succeed. Put up a FIGHT!3.
What is God’s goal for you? The Spirit of God wants us to be thinking beings who operate out of freedom!—NOT robots. The Holy Spirit is busy right now setting us free from CONTROLLING SPIRITS. This includes all addictions and compulsions. As a believer, you are not under the dominion of darkness (Ephesians 6:12). God created man in His image and in His likeness and gave him a territory called a garden. In that sphere of influence man was in charge. He had authority over the snake. God has put you in the garden of your life. He wants you to be free to flourish, create, and expand dominion. God made you in His image and wants your mind free to see, sense, discern, and judge.
How can you dismantle these strongholds?
Strongholds are like fortresses that must be torn down one brick at a time. Every thought that hits you needs to be countered by another thought! Lies need to be answered with TRUTH. You need a proclamation in your mouth—there is an “IT IS WRITTEN!” for every battle. These truths need to be meditated upon and literally “engrafted” into your soul. In this way God uses our warfare to do something that totally frustrates the enemy. It makes us stronger! This connects us to the lineage of overcomers described by the writer of Hebrews who said: “Out of weakness they became strong!” (Hebrews 11:34)
Question: What lies do you need to refute in your mind? What truths do you need to stand on for daily victory in the spiritual realm? LanceLearning.com