6 Reasons Why Moving In The Opposite Spirit is Powerful

What is “Moving in the Opposite Spirit”?

Move in the Opposite Spirit - and power will be released‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’ (Rom 12:21, NKJV)

‘Moving in the opposite spirit’ is a term that is often used in the context of spiritual warfare.

It means operating in the nature of the Father—through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit—when bad things are happening, or when you are coming under attack.

You are not responding to how you feel, but Who you know.
You are representing God and His Word.

And I believe God is saying,

“I am giving you grace to move in My nature—the opposite Spirit of that which has been coming against you!”

The “Opposite” Nature of the Holy Spirit

Have you ever noticed that when the Holy Spirit’s attributes are compared with the works of darkness in Scripture, they are the opposite?

For example, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim 1:7, NKJV)

In Galatians, Paul lists ‘acts of the flesh’, including immorality, idolatry, hatred, jealousy, ambition, dissensions, drunkenness and rage (Gal 5:19-21).

He then contrasts these with the fruit of the Holy Spirit:
‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.’
(Gal 5:22-23, NIV) [2]

6 Reasons Why Moving in the Opposite Spirit is Powerful

Are you in a situation where there is pressure coming against you in some way? It has tried to rob you of joy and stop your progress.

  • It may be an atmosphere. It may be in a situation, a locality or a relationship
  • There may be a person or group who have been behaving badly
  • Perhaps a decision-maker has been set against you
  • It may be a personal issue, such as a physical challenge, or battle of the mind
  • It may be a demonic assignment (spiritual warfare) that has been coming against you [1]

No matter what has been against you, your work, ministry, or your family, the One who is in you is greater! (1 John 4:4)

It’s time for that power to be broken!

Here are 6 reasons why moving in the opposite spirit may be the most powerful thing you can do right now:

1. The Holy Spirit is Moving Through You

Moving in the opposite Spirit of that which is afflicting you can be difficult to do. For example:

  • It isn’t easy to be kind to someone who has been harsh towards you or others
  • It is hard to stay full of grace in a toxic environment

It doesn’t come naturally.
But here’s the good news.

You can rest in the knowledge that Jesus has already overcome that opposing spirit!

He said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
(John 10:10, NKJV)

The only thing you need to do is rely on Jesus’ finished work on the cross. Now, believe you are the vessel of the Holy Spirit. ‘The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness…’

And as you draw on the Spirit, God’s power—tremendous power—is released through you.

2. You Are Expressing the Nature of the Father

Jesus said:
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:44-45a NIV)

When you move in the opposite Spirit, others see the likeness of God in you.

You are stepping into your royal DNA—your spiritual authority!

  • If someone is being deceitful, you are maintaining your integrity

You are the child of God and are reflecting your Father’s likeness.

3. You are Disarming the Enemy

  • It is easy to respond to criticism with criticism or defensiveness
  • It is natural to respond to pressure with frustration, or to spill out of your stress onto others around you.

This is a demonic tactic of spiritual warfare—aimed at lowering you to a carnal level.
But you can take that enemy by surprise!

Perhaps, for example, there is pressure coming on your finances. The Holy Spirit may lead you to break out and be generous.

As you move in the power of the Holy Spirit, that demonic spirit that has been at work against you is disarmed and confounded.

So, break out and do the very thing that there’s pressure against you doing.

4. God’s Kingdom is Manifesting

By moving in the opposite Spirit, you are used of the Holy Spirit to create a zone where God’s Kingdom is manifesting.

Jesus is King in your life, and now, you are bringing His rule into your situation.

Hear the Father say, “Let Me love through you. Let Me speak, pray and declare through you”

You are not moved by what the enemy is doing, or by what people are saying. You are moved by the Holy Spirit.

  • You are exercising faith in the face of everything that says otherwise
  • You are releasing the atmosphere of Heaven into your environment

5. It Clears the Atmosphere

‘for the kingdom of God is…righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’ (Rom 14:17a, NKJV)

Moving in the opposite Spirit helps us shake off any wrong attitude that has been afflicting us.

  • It transforms the atmosphere

For example, you may have an opportunity to speak blessing in an environment where others are speaking negatively.

Today, know that you are not helpless. You are empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, the One who is in you is greater! (1 John 4:4)

6. It Breaks Open Your Destiny

The pressure that is coming against you is aimed at your purpose and destiny. It seeks to rob you of influence.

A key question to ask in times of spiritual warfare is,‘What is the prize the enemy is after? What is at stake?’

  • ‘Where there is a battle there is bounty’

As you identify this, and move in the opposite Spirit—the Holy Spirit—you are releasing abundant life.

Your destiny is about to break open!

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The Prophetic Power of Spoken Blessing

[1] See  Ephesians 6:12

[2] Similarly, James compares earthly and demonic ‘wisdom’, against the true wisdom that comes from Heaven (James 3:14-18). See also Ephesians 4:29-32

[3] ‘Moving in the opposite spirit’ will mean forgiving, and releasing people from judgment (negative opinions), to set yourself free (Eph 4:30-31). But it is important to note that ‘moving in the opposite spirit’:

  • Does not mean trusting someone who has abused or broken trust
  • It does not mean placing yourself, or others in danger

The discernment and wisdom of those God has given to counsel us is an additional shield in those difficult situations where extra input is required.

Spiritual Warfare Online Course

If you would like to study further on this topic, I invite you to join my Spiritual Warfare Online Course.

This course (suitable for beginners) includes around 30 mini-lectures on video, and is full of Biblical wisdom and faith-filled strategies to help you overcome in time of battle.

I give you clear guidelines and step by step points on how to recognize and combat spiritual attack.

You can find out more here: ‘Spiritual Warfare: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’

© 2019 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

62 thoughts on “6 Reasons Why Moving In The Opposite Spirit is Powerful

    1. Catherine Saint Fleur

      Thank you for this message is a rhema word. Right on time snd I am encouraged as it confirms what the Holy spirit has been doing in my life in the midst of my warfare. May Father bless you and your ministry.

      1. Helen Calder Post author

        Hi Catherine, sometimes God brings us across a timely message because He is confirming He’s at work, and releasing a fresh infilling of His Spirit. I believe this is true for you. Praying for you right now

      2. LaChrissa

        Hi Helen! This is LaChrissa! These words are such a lifeline to me right now and astoundingly accurate!I am in awe, Thank you and bless you and your ministry! OMG!

  1. Cathrine Chimoyoh

    Came at the right time. Great assurance knowing that the Holy Spirit is always with me and is empowering me to pray. Thank you Jesus Christ.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Yes that’s so true, Cathrine.
      I’ve just been working from this verse on the prayer school this week: ‘Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered’ (Rom 8:26) <3

  2. Ambani Sandani

    I am going through hard time and it feels like depression is pulling me, I am trusting God for the Grace

  3. Jacinta Mwsi

    Thanks Hellen for the continued posts,the are a blessing.I would have liked to join the online class however,I pray that in the near future you will allows to join it free of any charges.

  4. Testimony

    Wow. This is so timely.. I like this more..”You are not moved by what the enemy is doing, or by what people are saying. You are moved by the Holy Spirit.” God bless you Helen because He uses you to speak to me all of the time.

  5. Goodwill

    Good day .
    Thank you for sharing the power of love because God is love , today you brought me back in the way of trusting and resting in the finished work of the Cross of Jesus and the finished work of God the father that he did when he raised him from the dead and that no harm will come upon God’s anointed and his prophets /prophetess . Thank you for helping me realise it is not about us but it is about how we protrey God flour father and of our rightouess Lord Jesus.
    It is about what he wants to do at the moment through us not how we feel and following the Holy spirit eventually bring joy because it all things work for good to them who loves God Adonai.
    Wooo so powerful may strengthens his servent to honour him in Jesus and Holy spirit.

    Thank you now I see.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Amen to all of that Goodwill. Writing up this teaching gave me some fresh inspirations and insights from the Scripture and I’m so glad it helped you too!

  6. Daphne

    How awesome God is for inspiring this message through you and delivering it in the midst of a mini-crisis related to this very topic! I am grateful for your post and the encouraging message of faith, hope, trust and love which can help us overcome any situation. I needed this reminder expressed just this way – “moving in the opposite spirit.” Thank you.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Daphne, I’m praying with you right now – as I read your comment, I was reminded of Jesus in the boat with the disciples in the storm. He’s with you too

  7. Maureen

    Thank you for this timely word . At a time that I’m weary and very discouraged . The enemy is attacking in every area of my life . Praying to receive the Grace of HIs Nature.

  8. Martha Smith

    WOW! Very true, powerful encouragement. I was oppressed, so very discouraged with enemy’s attack. But, i was quickly reminded of one of Paul’s epistles in
    Acts 16: 17-18. Even though I was grieved of what i see around me, i went boldly to the throne of grace.
    When i was finished with the conversation with my heavenly father and sat, immediately i saw your email!
    Truly we serve a living God who knows our struggles. You never know how much you have encouraged me in the very act of opposition!
    Please, continue to pray for me for my book publishing*
    May God mightily continue to equip you.

    Thanks alot!

  9. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Martha, I love the stories of Paul and others in Acts
    I’m praying with you right now ~ His grace is abundant towards you Martha

  10. Kwadjo Agyeman

    The Lord God The Holy Ghost always has a Word on time speaking life and instructional wisdom to abundant life. Thanks for your obedience to Christ Jesus. This spoke accurately to my current situation.

  11. Zoleka Lusiti

    Power is Being Released as You Move in the Opposite Spirit! Wow, I can feel the Holy Spirit working in me already cause even when people or circumstances are working against me I listen to that voice that says “don’t stop on account of opposition, go on, take another step again, I am with you”. The only problem is that sometimes I get confused or distracted and end up having to start afresh. May you pray with me that I mature in faith and stay strong.

    Thank you so much Helen, blessings to you!


    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Zoleka, I’m praying with you now – may you know His abundant grace to help you stay on track! (Heb 12:1)

  12. SIMON

    Praise God this is what I am passing through prophetess, may the Lord deliver me from the enemies fighting my life my children, my brothers.
    And pray for for the will of God to be done in my ministry.

  13. Victor Ahua

    I lack words. Our God is a living God. He knows our deepest thoughts. I receive this word with my entire being. God bless you more ma.

  14. Victor Ahua

    Ah! God has not forsaken me. Coming across Helen is a divine appointment. God is using you to usher his church into its place of authority. At every word I keep saying how did she know? God bless you for me!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      I’m glad the words are timely for you Victor – may your revelation of God’s goodness and your capacity to move with Him increase even more


    Hi Helen our Mother in Christ,

    Thanks so much for your email on the topic above. The message is accurately prophetic to me as it has found me in the very actual situation. Now, I am very much encouraged to rise out of the predicament, depression disappointment, setbacks to shine (Isaiah 60:1-2) in the atmosphere of victory through the spiritual warfare as Ephesians Chapter 6 entails. God is really awesome. I thank you also for your prayer of impartation and spiritual in filling onto me. This has really been one of my prayer petitions this week.

    God bless you Helen for using you as Angel. May He increase your territory, in Jesus’ mighty name.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Clemence, I’m praying for you right now, be filled and replenished and overflow, know He is with you and for you.

  16. Ambrose Abasu

    Thank you woman of God. Your message is consoling and directing. I will take and use all the advices offered by you prophetes. God bless you.

  17. Terence

    Thanks for this encouraging, it speaks to me. I need strength to resist bad, evil and impure thoughts. Indeed the enemy knows what is at stakes, he wants to rob my joy, bring shame on me. Thanks for the encouraging word and prayer.


    Hi Hellen! Thanks for message on moving in the opposite spirit that inspires me to have a winner’s mentality against all contrary surrounding circumstances since greater is Jesus in me than the opposition of the devil. Pray for my financial breaktrough since im going through financial difficulties.Also pray for my spouse Esther for God to fight for her in her place of work because evil /corrupt forces are fighting against her progress through transfer to a very remote countryside smaller school.Pray that GOD may nullify all the hidden conspiracy/plans of the enemy against Esther since she’s one of the few female performers in that Division hence she experiences jealousy from male counterparts in the same Education Sector.

  19. Abolarin Wemimo

    When I started reading the lines of this message, I felt within me that the message is directly and only to me until I see a lot of comments here. I am blessed. God knows our heart and knows what we are passing through at the moment. God bless this ministry for this timely message

  20. Candise S

    Thank you because this is right on time for me. Before reading your post I was literally in a position of frustration and pressures was building up on my job, finances, marriage, child, mom, and everything around me. My husband just told me on yesterday that the Holy Spirit lead him to tell me I need to let it all go on my job regarding the tension and me not wanting to be here any longer and to stop getting frustrated. I have done the same thing in the past with different companies and it seems to get worse each company I go to. When people turn on you and the job seems to get overwhelming till you want to walk away. Today I read your post and it confirmed what the Holy spirit gave him. Again thank you for the reminder that I need to do the opposite of what is coming against me and stand on his word. My husband was faced with illness that put him in the hospital Sund-Wed and now he has to have eye surgery with no insurance because we were lied to by the insurance company but God can and He will. Thank you again for your post and I will continue to focus on God and being exactly what his word says I am and operate in his love.

  21. Fredi

    Thank You so much for these words of wisdom in this time of true warfare!! Sometimes I get frustrated and that is when my being human gets the best of me. Your Word reminds me my humanity is the least of who I am. I am a child of the Most High God! I live from Victory and satan is nothing more than a cosmic punk who is defeated has no authority !
    Thank You !!

  22. Felix

    I am new to your blog. I was blessed by God’s word. It strength my broken spirits. Thanks for the email. May Our God bless you.

  23. Akello

    Thank you for the timely word of knowledge. This has lifted my spirit. God has used you to bless me and many others. May He continuallly be your source in every area of your life

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Andrea, yes lots are seeing 11:11 – I’ve studied into this one and it represents transition and the imminence of something new from God. But I recommend you study into it as there’s more to discover

  24. Philip DeValliere

    But what if one is deeply doubtful that one has the Holy Spirit ? what if one has remained subject to sin ?

  25. Lucy Wanjiku Gichuru

    Thank you very much Helen you are a blessing to me. This message has made my faith strong

  26. Prudence Myeni

    Dear Helen
    I thank God for the message. Indeed is not easy to move in the opposite spirit. But when Grace loves you you become strong when you suppose to be weak. Happy when all people expected you to be distressed. Wow this message is so powerful.

    You are a blesding

  27. Pascal

    Amen this message is powerful have learn a lot of things I never know it has given me insight on how God can use me thank you for the word am blessed, hoping one day to be in your class

  28. Michael foster

    This is exactly what I’m going through the has been many angels helping me supernaturally spread the gospel I also hear my thoughts manifested in tvs and radios and they come out of other people’s mouth I’ve been using it to preach it’s interrupting millions of people secular activity

  29. Mengesha, Desalegn Abera

    I am using and blessed by your teaching in my daily life. God bless you more
    Addis Ababa,Ethiopia


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