I asked the LORD, “Is it possible to believe in you and remain in spiritual infancy till death, to remain in a place of carnality and never coming to a place of knowing you?”
He said: “Yes!”
I asked: “How is this possible, LORD?”
He said: “Strongholds!”
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,” Ephesians 6:12 (NIV).
We are quick to judge on the surface and assume we know where each person stands with the LORD. We so often talk about the religious people, as though they are the same as the Pharisees and Sadducees.
We look at our own liberty and use our position of freedom to condemn those entangled and bound by religious strongholds.
I’m guilty of doing this and have come to repentance on the matter. It is a subtle device of the enemy used to ensnare us and it is rooted in pride.
This is what the LORD says concerning this matter:
“Do you see My children whom you call religious, awake before sunrise to come and sit at My feet to honor and worship Me?
Do you see their tears when they sob with such anguish for falling short and not adhering to the standards they have set for themselves?
Do you think I turn My back on the one who calls out to Me in faith and trust?
Do you think I grade My children according to your ways and your thoughts?
I AM not a respecter of persons. I see past the strongholds, directly into the heart I formed with My Hand.
You who were condemned, why do you become the condemner?
I have said: You must bless and not curse? You must overpower darkness with My light?
When you seek to vindicate yourself you are using carnal weapons to pull down strongholds.
My commands are simple. Hear Me:
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you,” Luke 6:27-31 (NIV).
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” John 1:4-5 (NIV).
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven,” Matthew 5:16 (NIV).
~ Ashley Hutheram
Ashley Hutheram – a son of God in Christ Jesus.