On “Spiritual DEFCON” and the Power of Holy Spirit Baptism

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila


I just did an Internet search using the words “Americans stress over elections” and exactly “10,300,000” results popped up. Our collective, and apparently now quite fragile, mental health is literally making headlines (particularly in the past several days) as the normalcy bias in the nation is slipping.

But this is really no surprise.

Is there anybody left, I sometimes wonder, even among controlled-media devotees, who still thinks our representatives in Washington D.C. are advocating for us, the Constitution, and the (good and enduring parts of) the American way of life?

I then did a search using the words, “how stress damages the mind” (it is well know that it damages the body) and a whopping 8,690,000 results appeared.

So, either we are at some kind of stress tipping point or another psychological operation has been foisted on us by ginning up an attitude of  “Well, then, what’s the use of trying to fight it, anymore?” thus stopping resistance before it starts.

Or I am just being way too cynical.

Of course, cynicism does provide a bit of needed comic relief amid tragedy, but it also stops critical thinking.

So what’s a citizen to do?

What’s a believer to do?


What is the spiritual  “defense readiness condition (DEFCON)” we are to assume in the current state of war which, at the core, is not perpetrated by “flesh and blood,” but rather, “principalities and powers,” i.e., the destructive spirits behind the destructive people?

Most Christians, of course, understand that the real power behind hate, control, and annihilation is the original Hater, Controller, and (would-be) Annihilator, but what we see, hear, and feel in the physical realm still has a great deal of power to feed both physical and mental stress that weakens both the immune system and the cognitive strength to be able to effectively take a stand.

So how to overcome what comes?

Lately, the Holy Spirit has been “reminding” me of 2 Timothy, 1:7:

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

“Power” as in dunamis: (miraculous) power, might, strength.

“Love” as in agapé: love, goodwill.

“Discipline” as in sóphronismos: self-control (sound reasoning, sound mindedness).

He has also been reminding me of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, as referenced most famously, here.

So how does the ordinary, garden-variety believer access all this supernatural ordnance? I mean, doesn’t it take some kind of spiritual super man or woman to operate in this high-power realm?

Truth be told, it’s there for whomever believes. Consider these words of Jesus:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father. 13And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If ye shall ask anything in my name, that will I do. (John 14:12-14, NASB).

Greater” as in “those who surpass others–either in nature or power, as God.”

But how?

This question becomes even more important these days when so many churches neglect teachings on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, on putting on the “armor of God,” and on other doctrines that speak to the power available to believers to effectively resist evil and to heal, deliver, prophecy, and exercise other “gifts of the Holy Spirit“.

Consider one more key word search of another phenomenon surfacing now: “scientific proof of the power of speaking in tongues” (3,790.000 search results). Speaking and praying in tongues is just one of the manifestations of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. See what you think of the following.


http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925492706001211 (this is an abstract of a scientific study)


There are many more such sites.

In short, we are not powerless as believers.

And these days, particularly with increasing assaults on not only the body but also the mind and the spirit as well, we need every gift, ministry–and power–Jesus provided for us by His shed blood on the cross.

If you have not yet experienced the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, may I encourage you to ask Jesus for this today.

Here is another source of information on this phenomenon available to all believers, and a previous one of my own posts on this topic, here, that I hope will encourage you as well.


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On the End Game of Evil versus the Power of the Holy Spirit

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

I am as amazed as everyone else at the brilliant state of all the technological whizbang whirring around outer space and enhancing inner space, i.e., you and me.

I am also intimidated by it, not only by the math involved but also by the potential for evil. Several of my previous posts on technology deal with this. Continue reading

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“King Catom”? On the “Leader” of the 4th Empire Before the Messiah’s Return

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Disclaimer: Take what follows with a grain of salt. I’m not a physicist or a “tekkie,” rather, a metaphorist. And I possess enough tinfoil for several hats. That said, I offer this technology/prophecy thought-provoker for today. Continue reading

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Honoring the “Mission of Joe Brown”: 56 Years–and Counting–Serving the “Dump Dwellers”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila


Mission of Joe Brown P. O. Box 537 Mapleton, OR 97453 541-268-4333

Mission of Joe Brown
P. O. Box 537
Mapleton, OR 97453

I found a small, unexpected package in the mail yesterday, but the return address was familiar: “Mission of Joe Brown, P.O. Box 537, Mapleton, OR, 97453.”

For over thirty years, I’ve had what I regard as the honor to have supported Rev. Brown’s ministry to the poorest of the poor, including abandoned and orphaned children, literally scraping and scrapping for some kind of living in a massive dump outside of one Mexico’s biggest cities.* Continue reading

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How to Overcome Psychological Operations (Psy Ops) Perpetrated Against US

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Ever wonder why certain politicians will tell the same lie over and over again after it has been proven to be a lie and perhaps even involves criminal activity, yet they can still attract and keep people in their camp–even very intelligent people whom one would assume could more easily employ critical thinking skills?  Continue reading

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Where Did All the People Suddenly Go? On the Rapture–Oct. 2016?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

As Bible scholars share the results of their studies of the approximately 25% of the Bible that deals with prophecy, one topic garners a lot of attention: the prophecy of a “Rapture,” or, “rapturo,” an event that indicates a sudden “snatching away” of believers according to the pattern of deliverance of God’s people from evil that appears many places in the Bible and in history. Continue reading

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On Recent “Protests”: A “Tragedy of the Commons,” the Commoners, and the Commander in Chief

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

A Tragedy of the Commons

A theory known as the “tragedy of the commons,” developed in an 1833 essay by economist William Forster Lloyd, occurs when individuals or groups work against their own self interest by overusing or exploiting an unregulated, shared space or resource. Lloyd developed his theory using the hypothetical case of the damage done public land, “the commons,” of a village in the British Isles where too many cattle were let graze without oversight.

The tragedy of the commons can also, I believe, describe the damage done certain shared spaces today, those in urban locations besieged by out-of-control protests (e.g., Baltimore, Ferguson—and now, Charlotte) where demonstrations against police brutality quickly degrade into riots; liberation efforts, to looting. Continue reading

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