Many of you are probably familiar with the Hebrew name “Emmanuel,” a popular reference for God that means “God is with us.” From my experience, I have often seen “God is with us” through life with my Holy Spirit. This is God’s way of literally living life with you through the thick and thin.
So, whether you’re about to sign a multi-million dollar movie deal, barely surviving life in a homeless shelter, or fighting for your life as you battle a terminal illness, God is still with you. Yes, the Holy Spirit experiences the same oppression as the believer. This might range from hopelessness to depression. Ultimately, the goal should be to lighten the spiritual load for the believer and the Holy Spirit through deliverance. Even a word of encouragement might help.
Another rare source of the power of “Emmanuel” is Jesus, the Son of God. Many Christians seem to believe that Jesus is God. That could not be further from the truth. I had the opportunity to meet him more than three months ago when he showed up unexpectedly. Once you are able to reach him on a regular basis, you’ll appreciate his unique ministry here on Earth. I’m hoping to interview him in the next few weeks to get his take on the Lucifer story and the upcoming wedding in heaven.
I often joke about God’s branding problem. There is a huge disconnect between what we expect and what he can do or is willing to do. The vast majority of Christians that I encounter live with an elevated level of faith to the point that causes them not to take responsibility for their own lives.
I once got into trouble at a Bible study where the teacher was talking about a spirit of depression. When I ask the teacher how she would respond to Christians plagued by this illness that were dependent on medication, she muttered a vague response that suggested that it was up to God to save us. A few ladies in the group jumped in to defend her – and God – claiming that he was in control and they just needed to trust that everything would be okay. Really?
At that point, the Holy Spirit in me rose up and I asked them why they didn’t just cast out the spirit of depression. Were they expecting God to come down from Heaven to wave a magic wand and make everything go away? If Jesus in the Bible was casting out evil spirits from people on a regular basis, then why are we not stepping out more with our authority in him to do the same? Doesn’t John 14:12 say that we are supposed to be able to perform greater works than Jesus?
On hindsight, I now realize that we were both right and technically we should do both; however, not everyone has access to God. In fact, I’m tempted to say based on my own experience that we stand a better chance when we are famous or controversial. The Holy Spirit and I are discovering that not every Christian on the planet has the opportunity to be featured on the livestreams in Heaven. From what I have heard, God, along with Jesus, the Elders and even archangels tune into these floating screens that continually revolve, switching from one livestream to another.
Are you going to be on their next one?