Paul helped the Christians in Rome to wake up to a matter that would be a vital factor in their future: …”The Word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart”… (Rom.10:8, NKJV). Some of us came through an era of religious training and teaching that left us with the understanding that the vital factors of our lives and our future would be the result of what someone else said to us. Some have grown up in dysfunctional families and some have come out of bad marriages thinking that they do not deserve anything more or different than the negative that was said about them. But the helpful instruction of Paul is that the word our ears (and the atmosphere and the environment) need to hear is the word that comes out of our own mouth. But that word must be influenced, must be shaped by THE Word of God: “…that is, the Word of Faith which we proclaim;” (v.8b). What was to come out of the Romans’ mouths was to have been influenced by the instruction of the Word from godly leaders and teachers.
(From Kathy’s message at KC2018) — What is in the atmosphere can influence our minds. Words are in the atmosphere. The prince of the power of the air has not forgotten that words have power. The Word instructs us not to be lulled into numbness by what is in the atmosphere. Rom.12:2 not only says “Don’t be conformed”, it also says, “Be transformed”.
Do we set a bad atmosphere with our thoughts or emotions or words, or does the atmosphere hunt us down to dictate our thoughts or emotions or words? I believe the answer is both. We certainly have the ability to create an atmosphere for ourselves and everyone around us. One person’s impatience in a waiting room can have everyone tense and walking on eggshells in a matter of seconds. One person’s panic can clear a room. Our expectations, meditations, fears or our mouthing against self can fill the air until it is lethal. However, not only people are able to condition an atmosphere. The devil is called “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph.2:2) for a reason. He is skilled at blowing in a foul wind to influence people and situations. The Old Testament word “ruach” is translated “spirit” most often, but it means “wind” or “breath”. In the New Testament, the same word is “pneuma”. A spirit or wind can carry a contradiction to the will of God into an atmosphere by blowing in a lie or fear or threat or opinion or accusation, etc. The air becomes its infected storage place so that it can affect and influence thoughts and feelings when it finds an advantage, an open window. Just as we breathe in air unconsciously, we can also come under the influence of what’s in the air unconsciously. It can become an influence over our emotions and thoughts and decisions.
(This is the fourth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Clear The Air” which was published in Volume 18 Issue 4 of their ministry magazine SEEC Magazine. Excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
What are we putting into the atmosphere? The prime reason Jesus knew that He must help the disciples reach a point of not being troubled (Jn.14:1) is because when people are troubled, they talk like they are troubled. That kind of talk is contagious. Talk that is troubled is anything but productive.
(This is the ninth excerpt from Marty’s article “Launching Into A New Era” in Volume 17 Issue 6 of SEEC Magazine * Marty will be speaking at the SEEC Kingdom Conference * Mar.5-7. Conference details are at https://martygabler.com/ctk-conference/)
Listen to a short audio file of MELISSA GABLER speaking on “Everything Is Set Up For You To Cross The Finish Line.” She will be speaking at Kingdom Conference March 5-7. To hear Melissa CLICK ON THIS LINK: http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2014-02-24T20_55_32-08_00