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Intimidation Screams

In keeping with my recent encouragements for us all to “Be not afraid”, and “Fear not”, I found the following to be super encouraging and well written.

I hope you will as well.

I share this here with you with the permission of the original author; the formatting is my own.

Carla Jean Ives

Breaking Intimidation…Intimidation Defined: to make timid or fearful : frighten; especially : to compel or deter by or as if by threats.

I’ve been in a spiritual battle for the past two weeks. I’ve evaluated my heart, checked for open gates, rested my body, reduced distraction, refreshed my soul with people I love and spent hours in the Word of God and prayer.

Today, I finally identified my unseen enemy…Intimidation.

The spirit of intimidation is debilitating and subtle. It sneaks up on you, hits hard and runs. It’s fueling chaos all over the world. It’s laying over the global Church like a heavy, wet blanket, trying to smother God’s people into silent submission.

Intimidation has many voices. It shouts through politicians and political parties, screams through the screens of mainstream media, spreads fear through real and imaginary stories that are shared like juicy gossip on social media.

Sometimes it comes through strangers who attack our spoken thoughts or even those we would least expect – our Christian brothers and sisters, our friends.

Intimidation is loud, harsh and unfeeling.

It sends one message to everyone in it’s path…Be afraid.

If we believe the spirit of intimidation, fear will immobilize us.

It will silence us. It will divide and conquer us. It will steal our sleep and torment us in our waking hours.

IF we believe the voice of fear…I refuse to believe it anymore. I know what the Bible teaches.

I’m not fighting people. I’m not fighting politicians or political parties, movements or causes, rioters or looters, races, cultures, a gender or generation, history or history-makers, sinners or saints.

I don’t see any person as my enemy.

It makes the fight so much easier when I recognize that I truly only have one enemy – Satan – and his little demonic minions who have been legally stripped of all power to act UNLESS the Church is silent.

Which is why Intimidation has been so busy…The Bible says “we wrestle NOT against flesh and blood.” (Ephesians 6:12) Our fight isn’t against one another, friend.

We’re getting beat up and bloodying our knuckles for no reason. Fighting one another will never shut down, shut up or shut out enemy activity.

It’s a battle that is won first in the spirit and then manifests in the earth.

Tonight, I am declaring that the airwaves are being reclaimed for the kingdom of God.

I’m announcing the defeat of intimidation, deception, manipulation and destruction in the Name of the Overcomer, Jesus Christ.

I am proclaiming the victory that Jesus won at the cross over every sickness and disease.

I am affirming my commitment to teach the Word of God, make disciples and to do my best to live my faith loudly.

I’m decreeing healing over the land and ripping that ugly, wet blanket of intimidation off of the Church so she can rise up and take her place, bringing Kingdom order to this world in chaos.

I prophesy a unity coming to the bride of Christ that gathers us from every tribe, tongue, race and nation into one people who together bring transformation to our individual countries.

I’m dancing on deception and singing deliverance over the land.

I will write, speak and do whatever God’s Word and Spirit tell me to without apology.

I will love lavishly, boldly and unconditionally. I will not be ashamed of my tears and I won’t lose my laughter.

I am a daughter of the MOST High!

I know who and Whose I am.

I am NOT afraid.

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I wholeheartedly agree with the words from this women whom I have never even met.

My spirit bears witness.

Yours may, or may not, but if you’re still reading, then these words are certainly worth your consideration.

Until next time.

After the Lull

Fast forward to the present time, 2019, and the years in between, working on putting all I had learned to some practical use.

There has (seemingly) been a lull.

I say seemingly because I believe that even, and maybe especially, in the quiet times, the lull times, God is often doing a work in us so deep, and so profound, that we may not even have words to express what is happening on our insides. We may not even know!

Then one day, the times of quiet disappear, and everything erupts! There is drama everywhere, and there is nowhere to hide.

It is during times of duress, that we begin to realize what all that quiet was about.

All the while it was growing us, and fortifying us, “For such a time as this.”

I believe we grow infinitely closer to God because we depend on Him more.

Enter this book .


I’ve had this book on my laptop for several years. (Ever do that?)

I don’t ever remember reading it.

Until now.

Funny how things can hang out for the longest while, only to reappear at just the right time.

How long have I been asleep? How long has God been working in the silence of my heart? What have I learned from that time?

Dekker maintains that we follow Christ, and then we are all prone to forget the truth that sets us free all too often, each day, each hour, each moment.

To me this is the same thing as going back to our default position.

The one place in our heart and our head that protects us from the pain and chaos of the world, but does absolutely nothing to help us to grow and flourish.

In the world Dekker grew up in, “It was simple: If you say, and or do, and or believe the right things, you’re golden. If you don’t, you’re screwed. It all depends on you. Just like with God, or so I was led to believe.”

My story is certainly the same. Perhaps yours is as well.

Straighten up. Fly right. Toe the line. Conform. Or pay the price.

The price was often abuse by peers and those in charge, chaotic thinking, and loneliness. Add to that a startling array of disorders, diagnoses, and addictions, and the outcome is quite a mess!

If you don’t know who you truly are, and believe yourself to be the only one in this place, you try to fit in the best you can.

It is so much easier to hide.

What is your identity made up with?

  • Is your identity made up by hobbies or sports?
  • Is your identity made up by the church you attend?
  • Is your identity wrapped up in your wife, your husband, your children?
  • Is your identity made up by your career?
  • Is your identity held in your wealth and status?
  • Or is your identity made up of what someone told you; for good or for evil?

These things promise, and promise to make you feel better, worthy.

But they never deliver. They only continue to enslave.

You need to know that these identities are FAR LESS than the identity that you were born with!

The depression, the wounding, the scarring, the addictions, the habits and ill behaviors that you can’t seem to overcome, and maybe even your health issues, may have to do with how you see yourself.

YOUR OWN perception of you!

And you are certainly not alone in your struggle.

Those perfect people that you rub shoulders with on a daily or weekly basis? They struggle too.

They simply hide behind a different curtain, looking as “normal” as possible.

In God’s economy, normal looks a lot like loving;

  • Loving others even when they treat you poorly
  • Loving those who cannot love you back
  • Loving those who are difficult to love
  • Loving ourselves and others as Christ does.

We all fail from time to time.

But we must know that we are made in God’s image, and if we are born “in Him”, we can continually grow toward being that loving person He has created us to be.

If we immerse ourselves in His Word daily, the Word itself will begin to erase all of the negative corrosion that has been sticking to us our entire lives.

His word will cleanse us, and although we are still not perfect, it will continue cleaning us up, and softening our edges, making us more like Christ by the day.

What will that identity look entail?

  • RadiancePsalm 34:5 Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
  • Strength2 Corinthians 12:10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
  • WisdomProverbs 2:10 For wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
  • Compassion Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
  • Fruits of the Spirit;
    • Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.

I want to tell you one more thing.

The thing I tell you the most.

The most important thing.

Psalm 139:13-16 (ESV)

13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

No accident.

No mistake.

Just …………………. Love.

What Was That You Said?

“If my kids ever turned out like you I’d kill myself”.

WHAT ON EARTH???

These words said to him by one set in charge of leading and guiding him, one whose job was to help him to find his potential, not destroy it.

I’ve heard many horror stories like Rusty’s. I am sure you have as well.

Perhaps, like me, you were the one on the other end of those destructive words.

It has been scientifically proven that the words we TELL OURSELVES, can have a crippling effect on how we develop.

Oh the words we say over our children!

About them. In front of them. In front of others.

When those words are SPOKEN over us, the effects can be deadly.

In John 6:63 (ESV) It says; It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

If the spirit speaks life, then it stands to reason that it is evil that speaks death to living beings.

The nasty things that are said to us burrow deeply into our hearts.

They become “Our truth”, even though that is not how God intended it to be for us.

The Harvard Business Review says five positives to one negative is a good ratio for success. 

Remember Mearle from Rusty’s story above?

In my case, I had two Mearles.

First was a pastor named Gary, the second an apostolic teacher named Sharon.

These two never gave up on me. They encouraged me into a much more life affirming thought life than I had ever had before.

They still encourage me today.

Now I am here with you, espousing a life of “Quietude” for your own general well being, helping you to overcome the awful things spoken over your life.

For Rusty, he created one eighty, to help others to overcome the effects of the negative words and declarations thrust upon them by others. Visit his site and see what a positive thought life can do!

Resources on the words we speak;

Watching the Words We Speak – Rev. Lynette Hagin

The Power of Spoken Words – HuffPost

The Power of the Words We Speak – Christina Fox – For the Family ,org

Thanks for reading.

Please feel free to comment or message me if you would like to add to this conversation!