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Judith Victoria Hensley Plain Thoughts

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If an air conditioner goes out in this hot, humid weather, everybody who enters will know it. I was in a store recently and not only were the employees melting, but the shoppers didn’t stay long. When the coolness returns, the change in the atmosphere will be obvious. There is an atmosphere around us where ever we happen to be working or living.

I’ve recently been reading a book called The Spirit of Python by Jentezen Franklin that also talks about the atmosphere in which we live. If I could recommend a recent book that I’ve read to people – especially people of faith – it would be this book.

Quoting from the book, “The atmosphere you sustain over time will create a climate (a predictable pattern). A climate comes from the repetition of the same thing. If a sustained atmosphere creates a climate, then a climate creates a stronghold. The stronghold defines the culture of a place.”

In other words, what we surround ourselves with creates the atmosphere in which we live. A person who listens to angry, women defiling, liquor swilling, fighting, rebellious music soon fills their brain with those thoughts and attitudes. They surround themselves in an atmosphere of bad attitude.

On the other hand, a person who is surrounded by peace and tranquility, who thinks of helping others, will live in a whole different climate. The atmosphere around them will be very different than the other person.

We have all encountered times where we walked in on something unexpectedly like a family quarrel or a hostile face off at work. The old saying is, “The atmosphere was so thick you could cut it with a knife.”

I have heard of people who have soothing music or Christian music in playing in the background of their home constantly to create an atmosphere of peace. I’ve also walked in retail shops that had something hard rock blaring over the speakers and I didn’t stay long because it did not create an atmosphere that made me want to buy a single thing.

Whatever we fill our life with (and we do get to choose most of it) is creating an atmosphere for us to dwell in. Women who thrive on soap operas often also thrive on the heartaches, infidelities, diseases and unhappiness of others around them. Men who thrive on sporting events often dress like their favorite team, talk about their own sport glory days, and think about sports all the time.

This concept of culture (our habitual behavior) and atmosphere is bigger than the individual, also. It applies to communities, cities, churches and even nations. The atmosphere and mindset of this nation has changed drastically over the last few decades and continues to change in a negative way, such as worry about the economy, our safety, and a general frustration about the decisions being made by those who are elected to govern.

We can change our atmosphere. It may be in little ways to start, but positive changes will begin to change us, our attitudes, our habits and our behavior.

In the book, The Spirit of Python, Jentezen Franklin specifically targets Christians and churches in need of changing the atmosphere to an atmosphere of praise, worship, and unity. This is an atmosphere where people’s lives can be changed, and miracles can take place.

There is a story in the Bible about Jesus passing through a town or region where he did not perform many miracles because of their lack of faith. There was a hostile, unbelieving atmosphere in that place. And yet there are countless stories of communities where Jesus passed and people flocked out to hear him and many miracles took place. The atmosphere was right to see great changes.

I have a challenge for each of us to examine our own atmosphere. What things are filling your mind and our personal space? What attitudes prevail? How can we change our atmosphere(s) in such a way that it brings about positive results? Let’s do it! Let’s create an atmosphere over our region of prayer and praise, faith, hope, success and miracles. We can do it!

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