It’s clearer now, that a great number of people received what they were supposed to, further back down the road.
It seems that no matter where we were and what our station was, we heard what we were ordained to hear. All of us heard a lot of God’s Word throughout our lifetimes. He placed the right kind of teachers, evangelists etc. in our path. So many of us, attended enormous camp-meetings, conferences and all sorts of revivals. God placed certain appointed vessels in all those places.
I don’t want to offend anyone by saying that many did not hear it. Some heard it, but did not receive it. However, there were many others all over our land who were right where they were meant to be. They heard it with an expectant heart, took it unto themselves with reverence and gladness, and it became a vital part of their life.
And why would it not be that way? I’m not ashamed to confess that it has taken me years to get that. It does not matter which direction, or which wrong turn we might have made, it went with us. Some of us even thought we lost all that along the way; but it yet remained.
There is a mark on everyone who is genuinely called and chosen of God. It cannot be seen with the natural eye; it’s only in the realm of the spirit world. But I can tell you who does see it; angels and all forces of darkness.
You see, so many of us stopped growing and maturing in the Spirit. There are entire realms that we know nothing or little about; and many beings can cross one between another. We are not talking about some Sci-Fi level or some so-called supernatural movie or game. Although, many of those things are indeed permeated with real forces of darkness; true wickedness.
Too often, we don’t know what or whom we are wrestling with. We can be assured, that we are struggling with something. We were exposed to certain prophets and teachers, who taught us all about this realm.
God sent them to us for that very purpose. We learned about their ranks; that they extended from the heavens, down to the very core of the Earth. Principality means: territory ruled by a prince; a position, authority or jurisdiction. Gifted Bible teachers, taught us all about this; I am a witness. They had real experience.
It’s one thing to know all about this; it’s another thing to know how to discern it, and how to deal with it. Little is said these days about the armor of God; most of us, could not recite this without looking it up.
The apostle spoke that we would need this armor, in order to deal with all of these forces that are present. Why? To be able to stand up successfully, against all the schemes, the strategies and the deceits of the devil. We are not giving credit or any place of honor or mention to this evil one. Simply to know, who we are dealing with.
Mere men do not have the power they think they do. They may have all kinds of control and do evil, demeaning and terrible things. But they can only rise to certain levels, if they are backed by the true prince of the power of the air.
All of this destruction and all of this carnage we are seeing today, is being pressed into people by dark powers with one goal in mind. These bodies will return to dust one day and they will take no authority or rule, with them. If we do not know how to deal with spirits, in a spiritual manner, we will be out-forced. Therefore, we were taught true, intercessory prayer.
Humans don’t need the devil to be wicked. They can do enough real damage themselves, all by themselves. Their envy, jealousy, all forms of hatred, strife and division, allow them to be lethal material.
However, I heard it spoken recently that most often, a spirit of this present darkness, is actually behind them. Satan loves using those full of self. His forces can hide out in people, keep a low profile, and wreak havoc on the church and those who desire to follow the lead of the Spirit. Especially, in our homes.
It’s there, that he can use our own household, to discourage and oppress us; even to the point of giving up. But, we know the wiles*. And we know about the standard.
Wiles* 1. A trick, artifice, or stratagem meant to fool, trap, or entice; device.
2. Wiles, artful or beguiling behavior.
3. Deceitful cunning; trickery.
4. To beguile, entice, or lure (usually followed by away, from, into, etc.):
The music wiled him from his study.
5. “Wile away”, to spend or pass (time), especially in a leisurely or pleasurable fashion:
to wile away the long winter nights, (Dictionary.com).
~ Robert Blackburn