Do you believe you can change the atmosphere in a room or among a group because of the presence of God that you carry within you? How about the atmosphere of a city? Can the Ekklesia make a positive change of the atmosphere of a city or region? How about the converse; can evil or the wicked change the atmosphere for the worse? Is there an overarching atmosphere over a city or region?
Many have had a sense of peace and lightness or of heaviness and darkness when entering a home, facility, or city. It is a very real thing that our spirit senses and relays to our soul. It comes from somewhere or something, and people or activities can influence it for better or worse.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27 KJV
Jesus set the example for us and we carry His peace with us to impact the culture wherever we go. The key is to go where the impact is needed. Look around your city and discover the areas that regularly have bad things happen, wickedness perpetrated, or trash accumulating. Those are the areas that need the peace of God whether changing the atmosphere or cleansing the land as the two often go hand in hand.
And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
Matthew 10:11-13 KJV
Jesus instructed the disciples to leave their peace where they could. But if they were not received, their peace would return to them.
And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, “Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.”
Luke 10:5-6 KJV
The peace we carry, I believe, is proportionately greater as our intimacy with God increases. I have been accused of carrying peace into situations. I can only credit it to God giving me such peace to carry. The ability to carry that peace at a level that others notice can only be because of the intimacy that comes from a close, loving relationship with God. To be a disciple of Christ Jesus, not just a believer, requires one to be in a close, personal relationship with Him.
Worship will also impact an atmosphere, especially public worship. The enemy has no desire to be where true worship is happening unless he can cause trouble. That attempt to cause problems can generally be overcome by taking authority over the situation.
Prayer time is also a factor that can influence the atmosphere of a location. Along with declarations and decrees, the faith and faithfulness of the disciple will produce results. When we are seeking the welfare of the community, we are seeking peace along with love and prosperity.
These things begin in the spiritual realm and impact the atmosphere before it is made manifest in the physical realm. It is the responsibility of the Ekklesia to do the work of changing the atmosphere so the changes in the physical realm can come about. If the Ekklesia does nothing, the gates are left for the enemy to control. If the enemy is in control of the gates and the atmosphere, there will be plenty of people triggered to carry out the evil deeds.
Love conquers evil. Obedience in love, and sharing the gospel of peace in love, will set people free from the law of sin and death. It is love that the soul craves to overcome all sorts of woes. The disciples of Christ need to persistently act in love toward the community as they consistently love one another as an example to the region in which they live.
A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
John 13:34-35 KJV
This was the command of Jesus, that we love one another. This was after the last supper when Jesus gave the disciples this key to showing others the love of God. This commandment is second only to loving God. Love fulfills all we need to do in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Matthew 22:37-40 KJV