We Have The Power To Change Our Surroundings


Evangelist Terry Thompson




When I was a child in England I can remember my parents putting salt on our walkway in front of the house to melt the ice. You could see the ice melting within seconds. The conditions of the weather did not change but the salt changed the outcome.







Matthew 5:13 says  ‘we are the salt of the earth’. The things in the world may be inclement, but the Lord has put something inside the saints that changes our surroundings.



Jesus told the twelve disciples when he sent them out on their first mission trip, Luke 10:5,



“5. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. 6. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.7. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.”



OK, so what does peace mean?



Strong’s Concordance - Peace

εἰρήνη     eirḗnē
Noun Feminine       i-ray‘-nay   Greek


Probably from a primary verb qeiro (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication, prosperity :--one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again.



The Amplified Bible says in Matthew 10:13,


“13. Then if indeed that house is deserving, let come upon it your peace [that is freedom from all the distressed that are experienced as the result of sin]. But if it is not deserving let your peace return to you.”



The writer of the book of Hebrews reminds us to be hospitable for it will bear its fruits. Hebrew 13:2,


“2. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”



Laban, Jacob's uncle, learned this lesson when Jacob stayed with him.



Jacob  Genesis 30:27


“27. And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.”

Also, when Joseph was sold into slavery, Potiphar realized what everything Joseph touched prospered, so he put him in change of running the whole house.



Joseph  Genesis 39:2,3,


“2. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.”



Even when Joseph was thrown in prison God kept on blessing whatever he handled.



Genesis 39:22,23.


“22.  And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph‘s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. 23. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.”


It's all in the doing


The secret of their success is ‘activation’. It was when Jacob and his son Joseph did things that the multiplication took place. Another word for activation could be faith in action.



Matthew 7:12,


“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”



Investing in God's called!


Even though you may not be a prophet, God will bless your labors and give you a prophet's reward as you bless a prophet.



Matthew 10: 41,42,


“41.He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet‘s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man‘s reward. 42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.”


Spiritual  wealth


Up to now we have looked at physical blessings, but God is in the business of blessing the whole man; spirit, soul, and body.  The tabernacle in the wilderness was a mobile worship center able to move any time the cloud moved. 


We are the mobile temple of God today and there are times the glory of God leaks out of our temple and all of heaven breaks loose.



1Corinthians 6:19,


“19.What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”



We are like a portable nuclear power station being salt and light to our generation. There are times when our bodies cannot contain the presence of God and all we can do is fallout.  Yes, I mean a literal fall out.  The deeper you go in God the more power of the Holy Ghost you can stand in and carry!   There will come a time when the anointing will radiate from you and affect others around you just like Peter in Act's chapter five where even his shadow was anointed.



Acts 5:15,16,


“15. Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. 16. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.”


I am looking for the greater things!



 Living In The Glory





There was a well-known Evangelist in Wales UK called George Geoffrey.  He was the founder of the Elim movement.  One day he was asked to go to speak at an engineering factory during their lunch break. The owner of the factory was so excited that George Geoffrey was coming that he offered to give him a guided tour around the factory before he spoke. 


As the owner and Geoffrey started to walk down the aisles they heard a commotion behind them.  It was the operators.  They were all falling to the ground as the owner and George Geoffrey past them. The anointing was so strong that the men could not do their work.



Azusa street


It is said that when the 1906 revival at Azusa Street was in progress people who were simply walking on the sidewalk passing the building was slain in the Holy Ghost.



Dedication of Solomon’s temple


When Solomon had completed the temple in Jerusalem he dedicated it unto the Lord.  The glory of God came down so powerful that the priests could not stand in the temple.



2 Chronicles 5:14,


“14.So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud:  for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.”



I surrender all


Are you really ready for a move of God?  It may cost you everything you have, your TV time, your leisure time, and your vacation time. Your priority will be turned upside down, but God has an uncanny way of taking everything you have and giving you double back!!!  After all, that is what he did for us when we became born again. 



Let's turn this world upside down for Jesus!!  It's time to fan the flames of the glory of God!!!  Let us change our surroundings with the presence of God!!!




Keep under the spout where the glory runs out!!!


Love y'all,

Pastor Terry Thompson.



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