Paradigm Shift- “Christ in you the Hope of Glory”

Merry Monday by Parris Bailey

“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col.1:27

Having a “Holy Discontent”-
Last Friday we had our women’s “one day retreat”. This year the theme was based on “The Wizard of Oz”. The women pastors had been meeting for weeks discussing the food, decorations, costumes and, most of all, praying that the Holy Spirit would show up. To put more heat on that day, I had all of the women pastors meet at a house on the river the day before so we could just pray, try to focus and fast. Our preparations paid off, the north shore was filled with women hungry for the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of life filled the air. God was among us and we will never be the same.
While studying about Dorothy, I found out her name means “gift of God”, I am glad Dorothly blew out of Kansas. Her world needed to get much bigger than Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. She needed a paradigm shift. A paradigm shift is a change from one way of thinking to another, it’s a revolution, a transformation, a sort of metamorphosis. It just does not happen, but rather it is driven by agents of change. She was having a “Holy Discontent”. I respect the fact that she went looking for the Emerald City, that beats sitting around Kansas and staying the same. God brings each of us to a place where we begin to itch, I call it the “Holy Discontent”.
In Dorothy’s case, a tornado blew in, not just in the physical, but also people all around her were rocking her world. It appears that she not only lost her parents, but she was also getting ready to lose her one and only constant companion, Toto. Dorothy was having a revolution, a transformation, a metamorphosis that was brought about by agents of change. I pray that you too can join in the revolution.
While we all shared at the retreat, I began to see each of us going through the same transformation- a pardigm shift, so to speak, throughout the day. I saw the Marysong girls step up and sing, share, serve and worship like they had never done before. They too have had a change in their lives that caused a shifting. Then I watched the women pastors preach their sermons with annointing and boldness. I know firsthand that God had visited them in their brokeness and heartbreak. Instead of holding on to all of their Totos and their Auntie Ems in life, they too “have been looking for a city whose builder and maker is God”.
C. S. Lewis said, “We may ignore, but we can’t evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.” How about you? Are you still hung up with Kansas and Toto? Still looking around to see if the Witch will come and tear out all your stuffing? Or are you like the Tin man who got all rusted out because of offenses. (He didn’t treasure the anointing within him!) Last of all the lion, he always had a excuse why he couldn’t be a lion (we refuse to put on Christ!)
I pray that you will have a “HOLY DISCONTENT, a PARADIGM SHIFT! That you have an explosive power of new affection swelling up within you! Christ in you the hope of glory! No, Dorothy we are not in Kansas anymore!


  1. What will the Lord have us do next??? What an exciting thought…LOL Who knew i could be so much fun serving God… Loved how you wrapped up the whole story…

  2. Dear Pastor Parris–Kim Lomonaco shared today’s message with me…she had already given me a “Cliff’s Notes” version of the Retreat event …haha..and I’ve looked at all the pictures posted on Facebook (and loved seeing so many familiar faces of the women of GOD there seeking and receiving His glorious blessings that day!). So, your message made sense even though I wasn’t in attendance! However, without the background information, your message is still clear. They are anointed words…which “speak into” my life. They express challenge, are life-giving, and inspiring.
    Good words, and good stuff! =>All leading us into knowing more completely, the Goodness and Grace of Our Father GOD.
    –And, like Kim said to me, “I’ll never look at the ‘Wizard of Oz’ the same again!
    May Blessings of GOD flow back to you even more than you have poured out~
    ❤ Linda O.
    Huntsville, AL

  3. I recently awoke from a dream where i failed God yet Again.
    In my dream he gave me a choice sin or his very presense, and as i tried to reason having both, his presense left me. I awoke crying out to Him, “Please dont take away your presense”, i quickly repented and asked him how to have strength in my sleep. I started to feel the Holy Spirit presense come back all over my face, head and my spirit. He burned into my mind PS. 119 . I shut my Mouth and just listen to him then i seen the word “MISE” I looked the hebrew definition and it read LAW. If i want more of His Presense i have to obey his Law and comandments without any compromise 100% all of the time. Christ is in me, and i am not making any compromises 100% pure Holy Fear!
    I have been attending your Revival and put together a Video Please tell me what you think. Leave your Feedback. Thanks, Jack . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0GaSt-P-O4

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