“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
While praying for the situation our country is in at the moment with the corona virus, I was struck with these verses that I strung together:
Taken from Jer. 29:13-14, 30:6-17. 31:1
And when you seek Me with all of your heart I will be found by you and I will bring you back from all the places where I have scattered you and return you to the land I gave to your fathers and you shall possess it.
So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labor, and all faces turned pale? It is the time of Jacob’s trouble but he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass that I will break the yoke from his neck; foreigners will no longer enslave them but they will serve the Lord their God. Therefore do not fear, Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet. And no one shall make him afraid. For I am with you to save you. But I will correct you in justice. Your wound is severe; you have no healing medicines. However, those who devoured you will be devoured. For I will restore health to you and heal your wounds. At that time I will be the God of all the families and they shall be my people! Amen!
I will turn all my mountains into roads of travel. (Is. 49:11)
God will make our obstacles serve His purpose. We all have mountains in our lives and often they are people and things that threaten to block our spiritual progress. The obstacles may be untruths told about us, a difficult occupation, a “thorn in the flesh.” We think if they were removed we would live a more pure life. But these are the very conditions we need for achievement, and they have been put in our lives as the means of producing the gifts and qualities for which we have been praying. The only way genuine patience can be acquired is by enduring the very trials that seem so unbearable today. Remember they are God’s mountains and He put them there for a reason but He will never fail to keep His promise.
The purpose of our trials is not only to test our worthiness but also to increase it, just as the mighty oak is tested by the storms as well as strengthened by them. (anonymous)
God is training men and women of Issachar who know the times and what Israel should do. How do they know? They have paid a price to get understanding. Understanding is what we need in this hour, not so much reason or logic-it’s having our eyes opened by standing in the shoes of others going through difficulty. That’s the only way to acquire compassion and understanding because we know that our brothers throughout the world are going through the same kind of sufferings we are. This last season has been training for the benefit of others- our roots of faith must go down deep beneath the surface to help others be able to stand in the day of trouble and comfort those with the comfort we’ve received.
I attended a conference recently on “Engaging the Courts of Heaven”. Since being involved in a freedom ministry in our home, I found this method a much faster process to freedom. There are 4 steps involved:
Agree with the adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.(Matt. 5:25)
Who is the adversary you are to settle with on the way to court? Satan, who is the accuser of the brethren. I Peter 5:8 tells us he is like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. A Greek word for accuser is kategorus which is a prosecutor looking to bring a charge against you.
Do you have a little voice accusing you of guilt, condemnation, or rejection? The enemy is looking not only at your life but if he can’t find too much there he will try to find something in your family line that has not been confessed and put under Jesus’ blood. That is why it is so important to close the doors on generational issues. For example, let’s take rejection. Because rejection was inflicted on me, I didn’t think of confessing that as sin but if I don’t want the enemy to have any place in me I will repent of it.I know that is not what the Word says about me! The Word says I am a royal priesthood, a daughter of the King, loved and accepted. This issue may have come from a previous generation or two. So I agree with the adversary that rejection or condemnation is a sin and repent on their behalf wherever this stronghold began. I forgive and bless my ancestors and then declare my cleansing by the blood of Jesus and all the ramifications of this sin. I pray on their behalf as Daniel did for the nation of Israel. I then declare rejection cleansed from my bloodline and descendants and cast it out to the feet of Jesus!
Finally we know according to I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Repentance is a huge tool we need to wield against the enemy! The Word says to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and in due time He will lift us up. Why have we neglected to confess our sins one to another and pray for each other that we may be healed? (James 5:16) Why would we stick with our pride and denial of sin when it may not even be a sin we committed but an ancestor has? Repent on their behalf and the enemy will have no grounds in you! Let’s pay attention to the enemy’s voice who is accusing you now and trick him by agreeing with him that yes, that is sin and whether I have done it or not, I agree and repent on behalf of anyone in my family line who has committed this sin. I receive God’s grace of forgiveness now! What a wonderful gift of God’s free grace. He remembers our sin no more. Why should we? It is only the enemy who is reminding you of sin and with this simple formula you can banish his accusations:
Agree with the adversary on the way to court.(Matt.5:25)
Confess any sin.
Repent of this sin.
Claim your cleansing from the blood of Jesus who covers you and all ramifications of this sin.
God will never leave or forsake you. You never have to perform or earn His love. You are under grace! Praise God!
Merry Christmas and blessings in 2020!
(inspiration and 4 steps taken from Dr. Ron Horner’s conference)
“O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir and rear their heads? Make them like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunnah who said, Let us take possession of the of the pasturelands of God.” (Psalm 83:1-2, 11-12.)
Wow, that was a coincidence to read that in Psalm 83! I had just been reading in Judges 6-8 about Gideon killing these princes and kings of the Midianites. They had taken over the land, ruined the Israelites’ crops, and killed his brothers.
As I pondered these enemies who had tried to take possession of God’s land, I asked for clues in how to pray for someone’s deliverance that I was perplexed about. What strongholds shall I pray against and help them get free? I paused and heard a whisper, “Pray against the Midianite leaders Gideon slayed!”
Excited, I ran home to look up the meaning of the their names.
Oreb-in Hebrew means raven. This word symbolized to me a death spirit. Like a vulture, the raven circles overhead looking for something dead to eat. It may also indicate a negative outlook and depression.
Zeeb-means wolf, head. I knew from my dream symbols that a wolf like a fox represented cunning, intellect; the tendency to introspect or go inward to logically figure something out (head). My pastor had said just last Sunday not to eat from the tree of knowledge because you could get caught up in your own thoughts rather than coming into God’s presence to be led by the spirit.
Zebah-means victim. The person I was praying for carried a victim mentality or self-pity about his situation. The Lord says we can’t be a victim and more than a conqueror at the same time.
Zalmunnah- means protection refused. What is protection refused? Self-protection rather than having God as our refuge and defense. Yes, that fit this person also. How many of us have been hurt and put up walls of self protection to keep pain out? The only problem is these walls keep God and others out at the same time. Basically, you are shut down and don’t feel anything. Embracing life involves a full range of emotions-joy and sadness.
What is my conclusion? These four enemies are trying to take possession of God’s pasturelands in us. I believe they attack more than just this individual I am praying for. If anyone identifies with these attacks, may I pray for you now also?
Lord, we thank you for this revelation of how to pray and ask that you would remove these enemies from our midst and from your land in the church and in each one of us.
You’ve given us divine weapons to demolish strongholds so we demolish any spirit of death, any darkness, negative outlook, or depression from our lives. We know you came to give us life abundant, joy, and an overcoming outlook to believe your promises and favor on our lives. Raise us from the dead by the power of your resurrection that we would bring life and hope to others. Help us to renew our minds by thinking on whatever is good, noble, and praiseworthy.
We demolish introspection and the tendency to go within ourselves for answers rather than inquiring for your guidance and being led by your spirit. We join our cognitive and intuitive sides of our brain to work in a complimentary, balanced fashion. Help us to become whole and derive our identity from you Jesus.
We want to be more than conquerors so we demolish any victim mentality or self-pity. We replace these strongholds with confidence that you are for us and working all things together for our good and we praise you in gratitude, taking every thought captive.
We also come against self-protection Lord and ask you to be our shield and great reward; that you would be the refuge we run to. Tear down the walls we may have erected to keep pain and hurt from us. Heal us of our wounds that we would choose life. Help us to risk living again, vulnerably and transparently, trusting in you to protect us from harm.
Help us Lord to be aware of these enemies and help us take back your pasturelands so your sheep can dwell in safety. May we enter into all that you plan and desire for us! In Jesus name. Amen