Principalities, Powers and Rulers of Darkness

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:10-13. (Bold emphasis added).

I am not one who believes in demons behind every bush. I’m sorry, but I won’t give the enemy that kind of credit, BUT, the truth is, there ARE spirits that are influencing lives of those around us every day. This does not mean that every bad action or circumstance is spirit-caused, but we DO need to be aware there is evil at work and it is becoming more and more blatant as the time of the Lord’s return is approaching.

Sometimes, we as Christians just do NOT give enough credit to the carnal fallen nature, because if we can blame something else, then we can feel as if we are not responsible. It reminds me of the former comedian, Flip Wilson when he used to say in his comedy acts, “the devil made me do it.” In reality, too often times it is NOT the devil or his minions but rather our own selfish desires and wants that cause us to do things that are far removed from God’s Commandments!

However, with that all being said, there are attacks that are becoming more prevalent due to spiritual forces and influences and they definitely USE those who retain a carnal, selfish and self-centered desire to have what they want no matter who it hurts or at what cost.

Sadly, when we are unaware of these forces, they can take us by surprise and catch us off-guard, but when we are aware of what is at work, maintain an intimate relationship with the Father through the Lord, Jesus Christ as empowered by His Holy Spirit, we are usually not caught so off-guard and in fact are prepared for these onslaughts, at least to some degree or another.

One avenue the enemy has ALWAYS exploited and even appears to be accelerating in, is the area of families. The devil has always known that if he can divide families, he can initiate destruction and this has been his motive since the very first family. Adam was created first and was meant to not just be the “priest” of his family, but its protector, its supplier of all things, material, ideological and theological. He was to honor and cherish his wife and kids, not to lord it over them, but to guide, nurture and instruct them. It was only when he allowed his wife Eve, in conjunction with the wily and manipulative devil, disguised as a serpent, did the order that God had established become divided and destroyed. The consequences introduced the devil’s true intentions into the world in the form of murder and destruction.

Now before you get the wrong impression, I am NOT blaming Eve as many do, but rather, I am blaming Adam! We have no idea just how long Adam walked with the Lord in the Garden before God chose to give him a help-mate, soul-mate. The fact remains is that Adam walked and talked with the Lord and was given great responsibilities and great blessing to carry them out. In the end, it was Adam, who was created to spiritually cover Eve, who yielded to her words and ultimately the temptation of the serpent.

Jesus, Himself spoke very openly and blatantly about the devil’s intentions and motives and those who CHOOSE to follow in the devil’s footsteps; “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” – John 8:44.

Destruction, isn’t that truly what murder is? To destroy something and remove it from existence must seem like the ultimate power to him. What greater destruction than eternal murder? The enemy of our souls KNOWS that his time is limited. He was created as one of the most intelligent of God’s creations and so he is NOT stupid nor ignorant, BUT, his greatest downfall is and always has been his pride in himself. He is very much aware of the fact that God, his Creator has put a time-limit on his antics and that HIS very destruction is nearing, so what better motivation to destroy as many other souls as he can before his own eternal demise!

As we move closer and closer to the time of Christ Jesus’ return, not just to gather His Bride, but also to rule the world for a millennium, the enemy and his fallen comrades have stepped up their onslaught against God’s creation, no longer just hiding in the shadows as they once used too. Families will ALWAYS be the primary target.

In the 1980s, the divorce rate in the U.S. was about fifty percent. Today it has actually gone down to about forty-two percent, but the reason is that more couples are deciding on a civil, non-marriage lifestyle rather than to get married with the chance of divorce. Actually the divorce rates of those who have been married twice has steadily increased and those who have been divorced at least twice and are in their third marriage has increased exponentially.

There are more people living together in what is considered a civil union rather than a religious or spiritual union than ever before. The incidence of mixed or blended families has increased drastically and it is considered close to twenty percent of families where kids share parentage with their siblings. It is no wonder this generation is growing up either without hope or future prospects or feel entitled and due for their state of being. The world and not just the U.S. is RIPE for demonic and spiritual influences to abound.

Now I’m going to make a confession; this chapter in Ephesians is one of the favorite of many, many Christians, because of the Scripture I quoted in the very beginning and for the analogy of the armor of God, which is quoted by so many Christians. I have used this chapter in various forms myself in my teaching and preaching in the past, but I always looked at it in at least two parts, until this morning! As I was preparing and praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance on what to say about the principalities, powers and the rulers of darkness, as I always do, I started with the first verse to get into the context.

Now without going into detail, my family is going through some spiritual warfare in many areas, familial and medical and though my wife and I have had many years and much experience in trusting in the Lord and not relying on what our eyes alone see going around us, other family members haven’t had the luxury or benefit of our years of experience and sadly, some things just have to be learned with the guidance of the Holy Spirit!

But when teaching on what I have put down as the title, it was done in the sense of recognizing and realizing where a lot of problems stem from. Then I read what was leading up to my main subject; something the family is experiencing right now. I found it very enlightening and in truth had NEVER put the two parts together in a combined teaching, but sometimes, situations identify themselves in the light of Scripture and the truth is revealed fully in a new light!

We talk about our real battle when we go through things. We talk about the armor of God to defend against attacks of the enemy, but there is a whole paragraph that is identifying specifics that lead up to the REASON for relying on the armor of God and the TRUTH of God’s Word!! I truly believe now, it is because this is the battle that has been raging from day one with Adam and Eve through to where we are at this moment in time!

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.” – Ephesians 6:1-9.

Everything leading up to our necessity for being able to IDENTIFY our true enemy, the ability to stand in the face of attack and the armor we rely on to withstand those attacks is listed in the very first paragraph of chapter 6. You will notice that the Apostle Paul addresses the family unit AND those responsible for it and yes that INCLUDES employees AND employers and their responsibilities! All the attacks, all the battles we fight, stem from the very thing the enemy of our souls has wanted to destroy from the very beginning!

Now those of you who know me and follow my teaching know I am very adamant about the characteristics of the spiritual life being all about ACTIONS as compared to just feelings! Love, Godly love is active. It is NOT reliant upon how we feel about the subject being loved but upon our trust and obedience to God and His Word. So it is with other spiritual characteristics. For instance, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” This speaks of the commandment to HONOR father and mother which promises long life if followed. This commandment does not say, AGREE 100% with everything your parents say, but to obey them IN THE LORD! Honoring is an action that demonstrates trust and gratitude as well as giving respect when due. This is done in the Lord and as unto the Lord! But this comes with a caveat. You have to know the Lord and His ways because you do NOT obey your parents IF they are NOT following after the Lord. Just because they are your parents does not mean they are morally or spiritually right and, you will NOT be God’s child just because of your parents. You WILL stand or fall on your own relationship with God as Father. If your parents are godly, you follow them then, for that is right and honorable. If they are not, YOU DO what is godly and honorable. Ultimately it all comes back to you, individually. You do what is right, honorable and holy before the Lord. If your parents are godly and follow the Lord, (even amidst mistakes), they deserve your honor and in the long-run, it is beneficial to you.

Now parents and especially fathers; “do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Now I know there are some that would love to end this and change the comma after the word wrath to a period. However, this is NOT the case. This is a WHOLE sentence and thus a commandment of the Lord! Do not provoke, do not incite or stimulate, or do not stir up to wrath or anger your children, BUT, a big, big but, therefore or however, bring them up, instill in them, teach, stimulate them in the training and admonition, advice, counsel, guidance of the Lord! In other words, you teach them the ways of the Lord and how God handles things and not the ways that the world dictates.

Now the same thing goes for employees and employers for we ALL must work and be accountable to someone. A true employer is running a business, sure, but if he is a godly employer then he is running it like a father runs his home. The employee, though he is getting paid in some form, he is obedient and honorable towards that employer as if the employer were the parent. In the same way the enemy wants to destroy the family, he will look to destroy and employee – employer relationship for the running of the home, and especially in this day and age, is dependent upon that smooth and honorable relationship.

In closing let me remind everyone of this fact; division is not of God. Yes, Jesus stated that He came to cause division and there would be division, but that was due to one fact and one fact alone, either you place Him as the Head of your household or you do not. When He IS the Head then and only then is no division! (Luke 12:53). Jesus was NOT condoning division, only that He came demanding total surrender to Himself or there WOULD be division!

I want to leave you with the words of Jude as inspired by the Holy Spirit. He explains where divisions truly come from:

“These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” – Jude 1:16-21. (Bold emphasis added).

You will know where the divisions and the attacks are from. They do not come from those who seek to do God’s will, but from those who refuse to acknowledge the truth and only want what they want, no matter who is in the way. If you see yourself in this battle, the enemy is from “out there” not from the one standing next to you and the ONLY way to win this battle is to recognize the enemy and put on the proper battle gear!

One last thing, the fighting will sadly increase as the enemy knows his time is getting shorter. That means, that we will have to be prepared all the more and we will have to have one another’s backs. If we are to stand, we are to stand together as the united Body of Christ!

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Publicity – Changes People

*Pastor’s Note: I was looking for something a bit thought-provoking and as I was browsing through one of my favorite source books that I have used often, I read this following illustration. Now understand that this article and the book associated with it was published in 1995 and yet in the light of today, how right were/are these insights of the writer, Virgil Hurley and especially today. If anything, it is so much more obvious to those of us who are Christians and those who have NOT been swayed by the very media outlets so many look too!

All I can truly say, is this should give us ample reason to pray all the more fervently!!

Deuteronomy 13:11, “Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such a wicked thing among you.”

Acts 5:6, “The young men got up and covered him up, and after carrying him out, they buried him.”

Acts 5:11, “And great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things.”

Just Show It On TV

In its report on the Los Angeles riots in 1992, the Webster Commission concluded that live television coverage exacerbated the looting and violence. It was an unintended message, the Commission concluded, but seeing law enforcement officials respond slowly to the emergency emboldened those who would have been reluctant to steal had an alert police presence been in the riot areas. A media feeding frenzy sizzles with any catastrophe, war, or sensational murder. It happened at the Lindbergh trial, it happened in the big city riots of the 1960s, the Los Angeles riots of 1992, and reached perhaps its highest temperature in the trial of O. J. Simpson.

The main problem with media coverage is that it offers no value judgment on what it portrays. The cameraman shoots what is happening and the anchor people may feel free to offer an editorial comment. But it is outside the ability of the media to offer condemnation or acquittal. Only a constituted authority can do that – the police, the courts, and the Bible. Long ago God ordered His people to quickly execute His judgments against lawbreakers so that others, seeing the swift retribution, would be afraid, not emboldened. Given the nature of the media, the lengthy judicial process, and our poor memories, how do we expect to restrain criminals today?

Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Applicable Quotations

You may juggle human laws, you may fool with human courts, but there is a judgment to come, and from it there is no appeal. – Gifford

The nature of all men is so formed that they see and discriminate in the affairs of others, much better than in their own. – Terence

Justice delayed is justice denied. — William E. Gladstone

The payment for sins can be delayed. But they can’t be avoided. – Shawn Ryan

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Wasted Time On Futile Plans

There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world then realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

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Introduction – Delight In The Lord’s Law

There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world then realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

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A Holding Pattern – Revisited

This first part is not mine, but I have found comfort in it over the years and so I kept it archived in my files. I have used the idea of holding patterns in the past and right now is a perfect time to revisit the concept with an eye toward God’s plans and purpose.

*If you’re a seasoned air traveler, chances are you’re familiar with the term “holding pattern.”

That’s when your plane is unable to land because of unfavorable ground conditions. Generally, the pilot announces that he’s been told to maintain a holding pattern, pending an update from the control tower.

It happens regularly, so planes have to carry enough fuel to stay airborne until they can land safely.

The Bible says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong. Let your heart take courage.”

When God puts you in a holding pattern, it’s not just a question of having enough faith to receive His promise. It’s also a matter of having enough “spiritual staying power” to stay airborne until it comes to pass. That’s why you need to carry enough spiritual fuel to handle delays and wait for clearance.

The Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as “a rushing mighty wind” (Acts 2:2). After God had delayed Noah long enough to accomplish His purpose, “He sent a wind” (Genesis 8:1).

Anytime a wind comes from the presence of God, it blows away all hindrances and obstacles. It dries the ground under your feet so you can move ahead. It demolishes the spirit of fear and heaviness that makes you want to quit.

David asked God, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:4).

Even in times of frustration and waiting, God is still thinking about you and working everything out for your good.

His delays aren’t denials.

So, when you sense a divine breeze in your spirit, rejoice. It’s a sign that He’s clearing you to land and good things are about to happen.

By Agyeman Fordjour

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Today, there is so much talk about the Church being awakened and stirred up and I believe that God is doing exactly that, BUT, I also believe that when God starts to speak to us through His Holy Spirit we as the Church of Christ are not to be reactive, but rather, the Church is to be ACTIVE! In other words, we move as directed by the Holy Spirit; remember, Christ Jesus is the Head of the Church, spiritual wisdom and direction comes from Him through His Spirit.

Some of the things I have been hearing lately just causes me to shake my head because I see so much REACTION to what is going on around us rather than wise spiritual action. You see, in the past, throughout history, when the Lord wanted His Church to move forward, there has always been a time to pause and to think about what the Lord is saying to us so that we can move at His direction and in His wisdom.

When aircraft are in holding patterns, they are in constant communication with the tower for direction and the wisdom in holding a pattern that is based on the knowledge of those in that tower. So it is with God. When things are happening like we are seeing right now in our Nation and in the World, God is not silent or still. He HAS a wise spiritual plan to be fulfilled and He uses His servants. But we as servants have to wait for the commands to proceed in what ever direction and in whatever order, the Lord deems wise.

When His people are reactive to situations rather than acting on His Words, that is when confusion and collisions tend to happen and the results are NOT what God had planned. It is not easy to just “fly around in circles” watching everything going on below or before us, yet, when we are in that holding pattern, we have a better vantage point than those on the ground. There is also an order to God’s plans, for there are those that are supposed to “land” first and accomplish what they are to do and then others follow in the wisest order set by the Holy Spirit.

Our Heavenly Father has ALWAYS been a God of order. After all, He created order out of chaos and bright light to separate the darkness. His Character hasn’t changed even the slightest, but we as impatient creatures have a tendency to want to just charge ahead, when order is the necessary circumstance for God’s perfect will to be accomplished.

As I stated, it’s not always easy to watch and not do, but even in the watching, we SHOULD be in constant communication and communion with He Who is in the “tower!” If we maintain our faith (our “fuel”) we will have the strength to stay where God wants us to stay until it is time to actually deliver what He has equipped us to deliver at the proper time.

Remember, just because we see some moving forward and doing, doesn’t mean that we are all to just jump in the pile and add our abilities. God has given us our gifts and abilities to be used at His discretion and not our own. We must never forget that He is the One Who is always in control, no matter how the situation around us looks. We take our commands and our orders from Him, for it is His wisdom that will see the job or situation accomplished according to His will.

The TRUE Church NEEDS to be stirred, but it needs to be stirred like the pilot of the plane that is in constant communication with the controller and doing exactly what the controller states. When we as the Church follow our Controller’s direction there will be a very discernable difference between the True Church of Christ Jesus and the religious organization that is trying to counterfeit the True Church!

I hope this gives you something to think AND seriously pray about in this time of turmoil in the world. God IS and ALWAYS has been in control and He KNOWS what He is doing!

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Only In God Will You Find Salvation

Jeremiah has been called to warn the people of Israel. When you read Jeremiah, if you substitute the United States for Israel, you will realize that the Book of Jeremiah is not just historical, but extremely and divinely prophetic. Jeremiah, except for certain verses is rarely taught on today and yet, with the condition of the United States as a Nation, we NEED, we MUST take the words of Jeremiah to heart!

The United States has an opportunity that is quickly fading away; turning their hearts and minds back to the Lord God Almighty Who has blessed this Nation from its very beginning. He is long-suffering and desiring that no one should perish in eternity. Yet He will NOT force His will on any individual. He allows them to decide for themselves what they want and wish for concerning their personal eternal destiny. Once that decision is made and this part of life is over, the decision an individual makes will be final and God, believe-it-or-not, in His awesome LOVE, will grant that individual soul, the very decision they made.

We have seen how ancient Israel related to God as Lord and Father; we can see how the United States is today following the same pattern and since God’s Word AND His Character does not change, we can see what the expected outcome will be. You will NOT find salvation in government or in people, you will only find it in God Almighty through Christ Jesus.

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They Have Chosen Crooked Paths

Jeremiah has been called to warn the people of Israel. When you read Jeremiah, if you substitute the United States for Israel, you will realize that the Book of Jeremiah is not just historical, but extremely and divinely prophetic. Jeremiah, except for certain verses is rarely taught on today and yet, with the condition of the United States as a Nation, we NEED, we MUST take the words of Jeremiah to heart!

Again I say, substitute the U.S. of America for ancient Israel and hear God’s cry! His love for us has not changed, but this nation’s love for Him has been abandoned for this nation’s own lusts and desires and willfulness! Yet, do not ever forget, the Lord is long suffering and desires that NONE should perish and is only waiting for His creation to cry out to Him so that He may redeem them back to Himself! If you ARE a child of God, you SHOULD be praying for those who have turned their backs and rejected God as Father.

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Shout Joyfully To The Lord!

“Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. Sing to the LORD with the harp, With the harp and the sound of a psalm, With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the LORD, the King. Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it; Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the LORD, For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, And the peoples with equity.” – Psalm 98:4-9.

In spite of all that is going on, can you STILL shout to the Lord joyfully?! Creation aside from mankind is rejoicing, will mankind follow?

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Creation Groans

Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying:” ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” – Luke 19:37-40.

We as a people, and yes, I am speaking to those who claim to be Christians, get so wrapped up in the affairs of the world system, the local happenings, the global situations, politics, celebrities, etc., that we have a tendency to forget the rest of creation.

Now before you raise your eyebrow at me, I am not an environmental activist. I do care about the environment, but insomuch that it was given to man to care for AND to enjoy. Yes, I said enjoy, NOT abuse, but this is not an essay or lesson on that so much. I want to direct your thinking to something else, something that is all to often overlooked.

God Almighty created everything that we are able to see and perceive and even that which is beyond the scope of our natural senses. As our Heavenly Father, He set us right in the middle of all this creation. To much of the time, we admire and are in awe of that creation (as we should be) but without giving it much thought other than what science tells us. Even scientists today leave out a big part of creation due to the fact that if they can’t perceive it or quantify it, it must not exist! Yet the very science, and I’m talking hard science, not theoretical, is known to them because of the originator of science, God, Himself. He is ALL knowledge, Omniscient. But again, since the scientist who is part of the natural world cannot see, perceive or quantify, they can’t acknowledge God.

But think of this the next time you look at the Milky Way through a telescope, or view cells through a microscope; God didn’t just create ALL that there is, He also spoke into existence the very laws that science is so fond of that governs the very actions of the universe and galaxies all the way down to why the smallest cells perform as they do. We have galaxies that are ever expanding, the moon and sun rising and setting, the tides coming and going creating a filter effect that cleanses the oceans. We have forests of trees that “breathe” in carbon dioxide and give us oxygen to keep our very air breathable. I could go on and on and God did all this by speaking those laws into existence.

The earth itself is created in such a way that the magnetic fields shield us from solar radiation. The core is surrounded by a liquid, molten fluid that is continually moving through convection. The very ground that we stand upon that we perceive as solid, is floating upon that liquid. All with the laws implemented by the Lord Himself, to allow mankind to live and flourish on this same earth.

But man, in his natural wisdom has become arrogant and has substituted a lot of THEORY for facts and when they speak, scientifically, they speak as if their theories ARE facts, which they are not! They are conjecture, they are hypothesis that need to be verified, but that has never stopped most worldly scientists from expressing them, and especially theories that have become popular and traditional as fact.

But I’m not letting some Christians off the hook either. In this age we live in where God has opened up more of His knowledge to us, AND especially to His children, we still have those who refuse to believe in what is factual, believing that the Bible contradicts true science, factual, hard science, when in fact it doesn’t. They will ARGUE, just to hold on to long traditional THEORIES of Biblical interpretation, when in fact the very Bible itself tells us that “in the last days knowledge (true facts) will increase and our understanding will grow!” These Christians, and I still call them Brother and Sister, have put God Almighty into a box that their finite minds can comprehend, thus putting the awesome nature and character of God into something they can comprehend.

Instead of recognizing that we were made in the likeness of God, they have made God into their likeness and thus limited the unlimited expanse and existence of His very Nature and Character! Those who have drawn closer in an intimate way with their Heavenly Father THROUGH Christ Jesus and empowered by His Holy Spirit have come to realize, the more we come to the/a knowledge of Who He is as our Father, the less we truly do know. To some of us, that drives us even closer to Him, to get to know Him even greater and it will never end until He calls us home to be with Him where the natural, carnal nature will no longer be an interference!

Now I’ve said all that just to point something else out that most Christians don’t give thought too. We, mankind as a whole, are only a small part of God’s creation. He made all the rest of creation that we can perceive for us and for His purposes. But that creation that has been touched by mankind, has also been tainted with mankind’s sin and thus is also not what it was created to be!

Now think of this. As great as the scientists of NASA and other space agencies are, as great as the oceanographers are who have delved into the deepest regions of our oceans, they have NOT been able to keep the taint and stain of humankind from those pristine environments. Right now, at the deepest part of the oceans, the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, almost a full seven miles deep, has garbage and waste on it’s ocean bed thanks to man’s abuse.

The Voyager missions, both 1 and 2 from the middle to late ’70s have now reached into what the scientists refer to as interstellar space. In other words, they are beyond the pull of our Sun, in the far reaches of our solar system and are now in a space beyond our solar system and they are still going. Everywhere that those spacecraft go, they take along with them, the taint and stain of mankind’s sin and corrupt every part of space that they inhabit! They could have been the most sterile objects in the universe, but they cannot be sterilized from the taint of mankind’s sinfulness.

It is no wonder then, that as each day goes by, Creation groans for release. The rest of Creation is tied in with man’s redemption and creation as a whole must realize it. I want you to carefully read and think about what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans. It explains a lot of what we are seeing today and should be a reminder that redemption MUST be close!

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” – Romans 8:19-25.

Creation was subjected to futility along with mankind, but unlike mankind, it was NOT done willingly. Now in case you think the Apostle is speaking of mankind as the creation, you will see that he is tying creation WITH mankind’s hope for redemption in verse 21 and verse 23. The redemption of the rest of creation is tied in with the hope of salvation and redemption that we have and hope for in Christ Jesus!

My wife and her sister follow this person who keeps track of earthquakes and volcanoes all over the earth, Dutchsinse, on Facebook and we were discussing some of the things going on. Many attribute the number due to social media and the availability of instant reporting but the facts remain according to those who watch for activity like this, that there most definitely IS an increase in circumstances and those instances are actually increasing daily. The earth IS groaning.

Now here is my take on it and yes, I have been told numerous times throughout the years that I OVER spiritualize situations. Well, my contention is that there is far more going on in the spiritual realm than natural man will EVER be aware of!

Now some may put this down to judgement coming and growing and that well could be, but I want you to consider this in light of the Bible. As mankind continues to reject God as Heavenly Father and Sovereign Lord, rejecting the very truth of His existence, and as fewer and fewer are praising Him for the blessings we DO have, maybe, just maybe the rest of creation is taking mankind’s place to do the praising. For if mankind as a whole is not looking for God’s Kingdom to come, then creation, which according to the Apostle Paul is definitely looking for their redemption.

As Jesus stated in the Gospel of Luke, if man refuses to praise Him, then the very rocks, the very earth will cry out! Now before you think I’m “off my rocker,” I do believe this is all leading to the Lord’s coming back and the tribulation, which after the initial seven years will bring peace to the earth and creation as Christ Jesus takes His Throne for the next one thousand year, millennial reign. Remember, it was God who spoke into existence the very laws governing the workings of all of creation, so creation is only doing what it has been “programed” to do. But, I would like to think that as mankind refuses to give God Almighty praise through His Son, Christ Jesus, maybe, just maybe, the rest of creation will take up the chorus of praise with those few saints who are willing to join in!

Remember, according to Jesus, the way to salvation is narrow and few find it, but broad is the path to destruction. We MUST continue to pray for the lost; knowing that many will refuse the Lord’s gift doesn’t negate the fact that we must pray, but just be aware, the Lord’s Word has always been true and is ultimately FACT, not theory!

Now, I give this to you not to advance some new doctrine, but rather just to make you look at what is happening in the world and when you pray and commune with our Heavenly Father, consider all that is at stake. The whole world and the universe itself is waiting for our Redemption so that IT can also be redeemed. How amazing is that fact?!!

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Of Such Is The Kingdom . . .

“Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” – Luke 18:15-17 (also Mark 10:13-16).

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

“Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” – Matthew 18:1-7.

August 5, Sue and I became Great-grandparents and what a blessing. It was a couple of days later when we greeted the little man, but once we held him, we knew beyond reservation that our family had been blessed by a tremendous miracle. He was perfect. I know, I know, it sounds so biased, but little newborns usually have misshapen heads and are all purple and such, but he was, just after a couple of days, bright and oh so alert. But then, why not, for there had been much, much prayer that had preceded his birth.

I was tremendously blessed, for when I held him, with my grandkids permission, I offered him to the Lord and was able to pray a blessing over him, my grandkids and my kids who were all gathered. Yes, this old curmudgeon wept for it was a very precious moment.

Sue and I had talked just that morning about the precious and wonderful miracle that conception is. At the moment when that egg and that sperm interact, that spark of life, the “breath of God’s Spirit” (Genesis 2:7) enters into those cells and the wonder of life begins.

We were discussing how wondrous the Bible states that God Almighty, our Heavenly Father, Who KNOWS all things, knew us before and during our development in the womb. Isaiah, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote this, “Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb: “I am the LORD, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself; Who frustrates the signs of the babblers, And drives diviners mad; Who turns wise men backward, And makes their knowledge foolishness; Who confirms the word of His servant, And performs the counsel of His messengers; . . .” – Isaiah 44:24-26a.

And the Prophet known to us as the Weeping Prophet, Jeremiah, stated this under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:4-5.

I lay all this foundation before you to show you the wonder and the awesome significance of that point of conception, when life, human life truly begins. Now, I know what many who cannot understand the spiritual significance say and sadly they say those things in their spiritual blindness. But if natural life begins at that point of conception, then Spiritual life begins in the Mind of our Lord, God Almighty. For when the Word tells us He knows us BEFORE the very foundation of the World, it confirms what the Prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah stated under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit!

The Apostle Paul wrote it this way, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, . . .” – Ephesian 1:3-4.

Now I opened with the passages and statements of Jesus concerning the infants and little children. But I want to make it clear that in Scripture, it is talking about life even before birth as an infant. The Bible is very clear and the only way you can circumvent the truth is to deny it as truth and to reject the Living Word of God. Which is what is taking place every day in this world we live in.

Now I want to make it clear that we should be praying for the souls of those who are willing to abort a life that is KNOWN to God Almighty even before conception, for the Bible tells us that there is NO sin that cannot be forgiven except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 12:31-32).

We do not have to agree or condone with the sin, but we DO have to pray for the sinner; AND we can speak out, in fact it is our duty, to acknowledge sin as sin. But we have to make sure that we let those who practice any type of sin, to know that redemption can and will only be found in the gift of Jesus Christ’s shed blood given for all who accept it.

Remember this, God knows the little ones that never make it to the light of day and who are aborted before their birth. He is not ignorant of who they are since He KNOWS them before they were even formed in the womb! Those spirits reside in His presence continually. Now I cannot tell you how Heaven will be with the spirits of all these innocents, because that is one secret not shared in the Scriptures, but I can tell you that when you consider the WHOLE counsel of God in His Word, the Kingdom of God abounds with those innocent spirits! What a glorious reunion we will have when we get to see and meet ALL of those who have made it to the Heavenly Kingdom!

We can weep for the little ones who don’t ever see the light of day, but they are in the presence of the TRUE Light. The ones we should be truly weeping for are the mothers who have justified in their hearts the taking of those little lives without repenting or recognizing their sin, which again, CAN be forgiven! I don’t mean for this to come across cold-hearted, but they have lived in the natural and have witnessed the “light of day,” but the darkness of eternity awaits those who do not repent and eternity is far, far longer than the short time we have here in the natural.

So yes, we need to pray, but we also need to remember that when people say that miracles no longer take place, they do not understand the concept or the depth of what a true miracle is. If you are blessed as we are, you get to watch that miracle grow in not just natural strength and knowledge, but in spiritual strength and Godly wisdom as well! I can tell you for a fact, miracles still DO happen in wondrous ways!

Remember, the Kingdom of Heaven is made up of those who can regain that innocence through the abiding Holy Spirit. That is what being spiritually born-again is all about. In closing, I would like to leave a quote attributed to Greg Laurie, the protégé of Calvary Chapel’s Chuck Smith:

“If you are born once, you will die twice. If you are born twice, you will die once. By “born once,” I mean the physical birth. By “born twice,” I mean a physical birth as well as a spiritual birth in which you are born again, spiritually putting your faith in Christ.”

There is of course a natural death, but to those who have not been spiritually born-again, there IS, most assuredly a second, eternal death. If you are a True Christian, pray for those whose spiritual eyes have NOT been opened. Remember, God STILL accomplishes miracles!

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