There are times, when we are led by the Spirit to say and do some things, that we don’t totally understand at the time. Through experience, and a deep relationship with the Holy Ghost, we learn to go forward with it; trusting that it is truly what the Spirit wants. If we really follow Him, we may not have a clue what we are saying to some person; but they, will know exactly what it’s all about. They realize that only the Spirit could have led you to say that; it is so powerful, and rewarding.
After posting the note [The Days of Healing are Returning (Part 1)], I came back to read and listen to what others might respond with. I wasn’t hesitant to cast out a devil; I was hesitant to share such an account.
It was not a pleasant subject. There are so many scoffers and mockers these days, you never know where they might shoot from. As I read people’s response, I thought that perhaps, I had not been too clear about some things. I truly appreciated what everyone had to say. In truth, most everyone was right in their answer, about what would you have done. There was a thread that drifted through our reasoning together, and that was the word, “wisdom.” And I learned, the Spirit wrote it just as He wanted.
The assembly I was attending that afternoon, was not a spirit-filled kind of church; as we call them. It was a denominational order that does not teach or preach the way some of us have heard. It’s a wonderful group of people; the most dedicated and loyal folk, I’ve ever known. Most would have surely thought, that I was attacking this mentally challenged individual; the very idea that he might have a demonic spirit, would be absolutely foreign to all of them. The leadership, would have stopped the whole thing, and likely had me escorted out. These people are hungry; but they are not there yet.
All of the stories and incidents in the New Testament, are there for a reason; they were written, for our admonition. Let’s define the word “admonition.” It means, a mild, kind, yet earnest reproof; and cautionary advice or warning. The word Admonish, means to counsel (another) against something to be avoided or to warn that something is dangerous; to urge or exhort; to actually remind someone of something forgotten or disregarded. A certain damsel who was possessed with a spirit of divination, followed Paul and the others around, for “many days;” and she wouldn’t let up what she was saying. Finally, Paul turned to her and cast that thing out. Why, did he not do it, days before?
There’s another thing we have to deal with. A comment was made, that the leadership, is not always happy to see others deal with spiritual situations. If people are not encouraged or even discouraged, from operating the gifts that the Spirit has empowered them with, you won’t get very far. And one of the most important things about all of this, is that no one else may see what you see; even among those who say they are filled with the Spirit.
I believe, that the Lord, is preparing many of us for these things. I yearn for deliverance for this person. But I have to follow the Spirit, and be prepared.
See: The Days of Healing are Returning (Part 1)
~ Robert Blackburn