We all awoke this morning and discovered over our coffee that a troubled young man shot and killed 9 precious Christians who were meeting for a Wednesday night prayer meeting at their church in Charleston, SC . This is a shocking, terrible tragedy which has already sparked cries for gun control, and stirred up yet another instance of racial angst in our country. While I think that his father was nuts for giving his troubled son a firearm for his birthday and wonder what he could have been thinking! – I want to emphasize that we do not have a gun problem in this country. We do not have a racial problem in this country. What we do have is a deep, dark, spiritual problem in this country. Can anyone look at that photo of 21 year old, Dylann Roof and not see that this is an issue with some deep demonic roots? America has consciously, willingly stepped further and further from our Judeo-Christian roots and statutes. Families, even Christian families, have unwittingly, by their actions or inaction, given legal access and opened doorways of free opportunity to demonic influences.
If we don’t believe in that sort of thing then, clearly, they don’t exist, right? Like it or not, acknowledge it or not- the world we touch and see is only half the reality picture. We live, cheek by jowl, with the supernatural. The Angelic messengers of Almighty God and the demonic playmates of Lucifer. God loves us.(John 3:16) Satan wants to kill you. (1 Peter 5:8) He wants to ruin your life and rip away the promise of your eternal destiny. It may not be popular or politically correct these days to talk like this. But, it’s true. It is a eons old supernatural battle of Good versus Evil. The War is won and the winner is assured. The Lord wins and Satan only has whatever power we choose to hand over to him. In the meantime: YOU have to make a decision on who you will follow! There is no fence sitting. No hemming and hawing. No, I’m thinking about it for a few more years of snarky, superior overblown discussion. We never know what tomorrow holds for us. Those sweet Church folks at the prayer meeting had no idea! They were totally clueless to the thought that Wednesday night was their last evening on earth. Today, Right this very minute, they sit before the throne. Martyred for their faith. Safe for eternity because they each took Jesus at his word and Believed that He WAS and IS the Anointed One- Yashuah Ha Messhiach! If you haven’t definitively done so, yet –You need to do so now while you can. Sadly, there are no do-overs.
This issue of rising demonic activity is one that we know is prophesied to get worse as we grow closer and closer to the end times. We have grown so educated and sophisticated that we think we can medicate and counsel away everything that comes along. If it has a label from a doctor then it can’t be a spiritual problem. Yes it can! Read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and spend some quality time in Acts. Jesus knew the difference between demons and mental illness or other issues. Either way, they could fix the problem! Repeatedly, we see these folks ministering first demonic deliverance and following up with healing. When the church steps into disobedience and stops doing what they are specifically told to do…disasters like we saw in the news today will follow.
The church…THE Church, the body of Christ needs to wake up, discern the times and smell the Spiritual Coffee and start taking authority over the demonic entities responsible for mental issues, addictions and health problems and the like. It is way past time for us to come into agreement with the Word of God and do what we are supposed to be doing! In Mark 16:17-20 (and many other places) we as Christians are all called to do certain things. We are not called to be a social club or a study of comparative religions or constantly fellowship over potluck chicken salad. We need to get back on track. Go back to the original pattern that was given to believers in Acts and start doing the JOB. Stop being all freaked out by the Holy Spirit! Without Him IN you, you would never been drawn and have come to a saving knowledge of Christ. Without him ON you cannot operate in the world. ( see pages on this site Holy Spirit 101, 102) How can you even discern your Spiritual Gifts or Spiritual fruit if you are unwilling to walk in obedience? Without embracing the power and filling of the Holy Spirit we are fighting blind on the battlefield of spiritual warfare!
Rest in Peace: Rev. Clementa Pinkney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lance, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Susie Jackson. Your work here is done and we will look forward to meeting you in Glory!
Serious times require Serious Weapons. You must have the fullness of the Holy Spirit or be prepared to pay a very hard spiritual price! It is time to armor up and mount up…We have a job to do and we are burning daylight!