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Well, God’s leading is never predictable…
Yesterday I had begun to write a longer blog article in which I described one of three dreams I had two days ago, as I felt this morning that God did not want me to publish these things. Maybe later? Only He knows. 🙄 Instead, He began to explain them to me on a deeper level than before, however, since God’s Spirit always shows us the things to come (cf. Jn 16:13), I cannot say when and how these events will finally happen. But lately God often told me one thing in a dream and the very next day, or only two days later, it really happened. Not that He ever shows me literally about whom or about what He is talking to me in pictures. No, without interpretation no dream ever makes sense. But the worst thing we can do is trying to interpret dreams from our own (carnal) understanding and reason since God alone knows what He wants to reveal to us. The apostle Paul told us a lot about the difference between the spiritual and the carnal mind, for example here.
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:9-16 ESV)
So, continuing in my series about discerning the spirits, I want to openly tell you that as of late I had to kick out a few commenters on my blog who did exactly THIS, that is, trying to help me understand my dreams according to their own logical thinking or to tell me what to do in order to help me “mature” as they thought fit. Well, if I really sense the Spirit of God in a comment, I always rejoice. And if a commenter once was on the wrong path because he had listened to evil spirits and I had to finally block him or her from commenting, but eventually comes back with a new and spiritual understanding that now comes from God, I will rejoice again. I am always happy when I hear God’s voice through whomever! 🙂 But as I recently declared very clearly, I won’t allow demons to speak on here (see https://enteringthepromisedland.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/do-not-allow-demons-to-speak/), both to protect my own spirit and health and to protect my readers who, perhaps, are still struggling with discerning the spirits, which is truly not an easy task for us, even impossible without God’s help (Jn 15:5).
Just yesterday I found an inspiring quote I want to share with you on here. It reads,
The author or speaker from whom you learn the most is not the one who teaches you something you didn’t know before, but the one who helps you take a truth with which you have quietly struggled, give it expression, and speak it clearly and boldly. (Oswald Chambers)
With his words in mind, I am trying to explain now how we could improve our discernment as for everything we hear and read, privately or on the net. Lately I realized that God also offers His help to those who do not have His Spirit yet, to non-Christians, so to speak. If there is something they should avoid to do, He gives them an immediate feeling of uneasiness or even anger about it. If they are confronted with certain persons, maybe for the first time in their life, and they realize that they cordially dislike these persons, even these negative feelings came from God. Just think about it for a moment… If we never had enemies, God would have never told us to love them. If we serve the Eternal God by following Christ, we will have a lot of enemies. Not that people themselves are to be hated, but the evil spirits inside them that want to take control over us in order to lead us astray and away from God. But how can we love our enemies then? Should we try to be their doormat by doing their will instead of God’s who only wants our best? Of course, there is only one answer possible, “NO! Never!!”
Therefore we need to set distinct boundaries concerning those whom God shows us as His, and thus, our enemies when they try to bring us back under a law of sorts by forcing their will on us since “for freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Gal 5:1 ESV)
As soon as someone tries to tell you what God wants you to do according to their “insights” although you feel an immediate check in your spirit, a restraint as Oswald Chambers put it, please, RUN or say at least “No!” in case you cannot avoid meeting these people. This is very difficult at times because many evil spirits have forceful personalities, but it is always possible with God’s help since He wants to see His children freed of any yoke but the easy yoke of His beloved Son who said,
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mt 11:28-30 ESV)
In closing, just a sidenote as for listening to God’s voice as soon as possible. Often times in the past as I had ignored God’s very first warnings, that fact truly got me in hot water. If we do not listen to Him in the first place, He will give us several warnings later. However, it will be more and more difficult to get rid of these evil spirits to which we once opened up by not obeying God. Eventually, if we continue to ignore God’s voice, He turns us loose and lets us have our share of (sometimes very) negative experiences. Those evil spirits can deceive us so much that we even believe it is God who wants to see us suffer extremely. But no, it is only an urgent wake-up call for us! If your health has been attacked a lot lately, it might be that God wants you to draw new boundaries in order to set you free and heal you eventually. Please, trust in Him! God does not “punish” us with sickness. But sometimes He uses a vise-like situation in our life so that we finally cry out to Him and change our attitude toward others with His help and authority. That is at least the way He dealt with me lately…