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DR. MATTHEW STEVENSON, III

Founder/Senior Leader of All Nations Worship Assembly, Chicago

 

Apostle Ryan LeStrange is a prolific Prophetic and Apostolic voice that has changed countless lives worldwide. Apostle LeStrange has the privilege of having a voice that is known, both in heaven and in hell. He is a man that not only preaches about power, breakthrough, deliverance and miracles, but he is a man that sees it manifest in his ministry every time he opens his mouth. Apostle LeStrange has already opened so many doors throughout his ministry career and has many more to open.

Apostle/Senior Leader ANWA Baltimore,

President Preparing His Bride Ministries

YOLANDA STITH

Ryan LeStrange is an Apostlolic forerunner that God has commissioned to impact nations by releasing the glory of God. He’s rare, yet marked with multi generational influence. This Apostle is truly turning the world upside down. Ive been personally impacted by His ministry and I honor him for how He represents the God that we serve. You will note with Ryan, that he’s consistent, loving and consistently models how to manifest the Kingdom in every aspect of life!

Founder of Elijah List

STEVE SHULTZ

Men and women, such as Ryan and Joy LeStrange, have been trained by the Lord and fully released for THIS HOUR, and the Church most needs their leadership, wisdom and discernment. 

NORVEL HAYES

Norvel Hayes Ministries

I have known Ryan LeStrange for over twenty years, since he first came to attend New Life Bible College.  At that time he distinguished himself by his diligence in seeking the things of God.  We were able to observe his giftings continue to develop when after graduation he became the Administrator of our Bible College and continued to work for us in various capacities before God moved him on to plant his own ministry and follow the vision that God gave him. We have been blessed to see how God has used him to bring His Word and power around the world. He has a strong foundation in the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to back it up.  He is also a man of great character and integrity who will not compromise his values for success or because of the opinion of men.

SEAN SMITH

Author of "Prophetic Evangelism" & "I Am Your Sign"

We are entering into a reformation period in the church that, I believe will gloriously surpass that of 500 years ago with Martin Luther. There is a Divine shift coming to our current expression of Christianity and I'm convinced that Ryan LeStrange has been raised up as a strategic voice to prophetically speak into this radical recalibration and equip the Body of Christ to stand as a supernatural catalyst in these crucial times.

T.L. Lowery Global Foundation

T.L. LOWERY(deceased)

Dr. Ryan LeStrange is an anointed Apostle and Prophet whom God has raised up and equipped to teach that the first two ministries given in the five fold list are foundational to the Church becoming all that God wants her to be. I have been personally blessed to see the Holy Spirit impart His anointing and giftings to hundreds of ministers, both young and old.  A host of these divinely anointed ministers are functioning in full faith and fruit in this harvest, reaping souls for the Kingdom and Dr. LeStrange is one of them.

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EXPOSING A CRITICAL SPIRIT

March 15, 2016

 

 

One of the most vital gifts of the Spirit that a believer can walk in is the gift of discerning of spirits. The discerning of spirits is a revelatory spiritual operation that partners several spiritual senses to rightly identify the spirit working through a person or behind a situation. It can be a life-saving manifestation of the Spirit that peels back the curtain and creates an open window into the realm of the spirit.

 

            "…to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another

            discerning of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another

            the interpretation of tongues."  

                                                                                1 Corinthians 12:10

 

In my own life, I can think of countless times when this gift has manifested in the form of a warning about a person or situation. A prophetic minister must have the discerning of spirits in operation. Many people with improper motives and even strange fire will come at apostolic and prophetic leaders. These leaders must discern the spirit that is operating undercover. This happened in the life of the Apostle Paul in Acts 16 when the girl with the spirit of divination followed him around. What she was saying was not scripturally or morally wrong but there was a foul spirit behind her declaration. This spirit wanted to derail the apostolic mission of Paul but he rightly discerned and broke it.

 

There is a genuine prophetic operation of discovering spirits and avoiding deception. Yet, there are many offended, wounded and misguided believers and ministers who believe that they are being prophetic when, in fact, they are actually just manifesting a critical spirit. They continually find fault and identify perceived flaws with everyone except themselves. I have seen this foul spirit partner with a religious spirit to choke out the prophetic anointing and replace it with a disempowering deception.

 

While we are called to be a prophetic people, we are not called to be a critical people and there is a vast difference!

 

           "For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone among you, not

            to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with

            sound judgment, according to the measure of faith God has distributed to

            every man. For just as we have many parts in one body, and not all parts

            have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and all

            are parts of one another. We have diverse gifts according to the grace that

            is given to us: if prophecy, according to the proportion of faith."

                                                                                       Romans 12:3-6

 

A critical spirit is empowered by pride. A person steps beyond the boundaries of their particular assignment and through pride begins to judge what they are not called to steward. This often happens in ministry when prideful leaders elevate themselves in their own mind. That leader then begins to point fingers of judgment against others because what they do may look and sound different. The reality is that there are different levels of authority that God gives and it is key to “stay in your lane.” There are many different flows and functions of the Holy Spirit and His multi-faceted ministry. Just because someone has a ministry that looks very different from ours, does not mean that it is wrong.

 

There are major differences between the discerning of spirits and a critical spirit. The discerning of spirits is not based in the mental realm. It will often uncover something that is contradictory to a person's natural thoughts or understanding because it is a prophetic gift.

 

A critical spirit fault finds. A critical spirit is often rooted in insecurities or offense. The person that manifests a critical spirit may be overcompensating for their own insecurities, hurts and wounds. A critical spirit identifies things that are bothersome to a particular person's own preferences or ideas. It is a soulish and carnal manifestation that is totally disconnected from Holy Spirit leading. It is not based upon spiritual leadings but carnal impressions or thoughts.

 

A critical spirit often partners with a slanderous spirit to release vile accusations and tear down godly people. A critical spirit undoes the work of the Holy Spirit by blocking kingdom connections and releasing word curses. We know that to swing open spiritual doorways, words are keys in the spirit realm. Word curses release demonic forces upon the minds, ministries and lives of people. An evil counterfeit spirit does the exact opposite of a prophetic spirit by declaring vile and slanderous things in order to disrupt and disturb.

 

A prophetic anointing is filled with hope and redemption because true prophetic ministry releases the heart of the Father. Even when a warning or correction is released, there is still the loving nature of the Father present.

 

            "…for whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and scourges every

             son whom He receives."

                                                                                 Hebrews 12:6

           

 

A critical spirit manifests through pure negativity with no measure of hope or redemption. A person with a critical spirit can be very two-faced, smiling in front of you and ripping you apart behind the scenes. This spirit has no honor and justifies it’s wrong actions with a false understanding of the prophetic.

 

            "Let no unwholesome word proceed out of your mouth, but only that

            which is good for building up, that it may give grace to the listeners.

            Our words carry a lot of weight in the spirit realm. We have to make

            sure that we are building up, walking in love and using wisdom before

            we speak."

                                                                                   Ephesians 4:29

 

The best way to get free and stay free from a critical spirit is to pray a radical Psalm 51:10 prayer, “Create in me a clean heart, O God,and renew a right spirit within me.”

 

Let the Holy Spirit shine His spotlight upon the crevices of your heart and reveal anything that does not look like the Father. One of my mentors told me that it is critical to do a daily heart check-up. A radical and honest Psalm 51 prayer exposes your heart to the healing and cleansing power of God. If you are honest and humble before the Lord, you will not remain influenced by a critical spirit.

 

 

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RYAN LESTRANGE

A modern day revivalist who carries a transformational apostolic anointing, evidenced by prophetic declaration, strong Holy Spirit demonstration, miracles and healingsaround the globe and cutting edge revival-based media.

 

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