Should I obey God or disobey God so that people will approve of me? Well... when you put it like that it is a no-brainer. However we seldom if ever process things that way especially in the moment of decision. It's not like I have a desire to disobey God and I'm not overly concerned with what most people think about me. But then again, there are times...
Several years ago while at work, the Lord gave me a simple instruction to obey. I was standing in the middle of our shop with lots of people around, talking to a coworker about his foot injury. The Lord said "I want you to pray for his foot." I told the Lord I would and then began thinking of a time, perhaps lunch hour, where we could get by ourselves and I could pray for him. The Lord said "Do it now." The Lord then showed me a picture (in my imagination) of me kneeling down in the middle of the shop in front of everyone and praying for the man. The thought of being labeled a weirdo ran through my mind, but then again this group already thought I was a weirdo. (because of the extra large family bible on my workbench and the worship music I played all the time) I knelt down and prayed and the Lord healed him. Fear of the group was not much of an issue because I was already semi-rejected by them. No, they were not nasty to me but I was not one of them.
A couple of years later I had another situation come up where I had a similar decision to make. I heard through "the grapevine" there was a famous psychic who was saying good things about me and my teaching. He was placing his stamp of approval as it were upon me. I really did not like the idea of that at all. I thought "what do I do with this?" The things I talk about already challenge people about whether it's God, and now I'm getting endorsements from a psychic? You who are reading this probably already know this, but the majority of churches reject completely the things I talk about. Some churches are looking but skeptical, and others (a few) are already walking in the supernatural things of God. Unfortunately I began to think about my "credibility" with the church folks.
What made things even worse was the fact that the Lord told me one day "I want you to call him and tell him thank you for the kindness he has shown you." First off, I even questioned if it was the Lord's voice. Why in the world would the Lord tell me that?! But the thing is, I know His voice and it was Him. Did I obey? No, I reasoned. I reasoned every possible reason why I should not do that. "Lord I don't want to be connected to some guy who is from the other side!" It wouldn't be good for my testimony. I argued with the Lord every time He told me and guess what? He stopped asking me to do it. What was my real resistance? Fear of man. Fear of rejection from people who don't even know me. It is a sad time in my life looking back. Why?
A couple years later, after I had grown up a bit, I was asking the Lord about it (which is what I should have done to start with) and He sent me the answer. The man reaching out to me two years earlier was led of the Lord. He was going through a time in his life where he needed a miracle. He needed the power of God displayed and the Lord was answering his prayer. He did not need those who already surrounded him, he needed someone who could introduce him to the one true God who could give him his miracle. I found out the whole story later and the very sad truth is that he never did receive the miracle he needed.
I realized that I had been more afraid of the church people than the world's people. What I have come to see with more clarity is that you and I, especially those who really believe, are going to have to make these kinds of choices all the time. The religious hated Jesus, but we want them to love and accept us? It's not going to happen. The Lord has taught me through numerous examples I could share, that when He speaks, we must just obey. We can't reason and try to understand first or ask for a hundred confirmations. If we know it is the Lord, we must just obey.
Many times it's a matter of someone's salvation or healing or life and death. We must be free of fear in all it's forms. Love, perfect love, will act to save regardless of what the crowd says.
Stand apart from the crowd.
To Walk in Both Realms, You Have to Walk in Both Realms
I know it may sound strange to say it, but that is the reality. We make choices. Choose you this day who you will serve. Choose the spiritual realm and if you don’t have that kind of passion to choose it, ask God to give it to you.
My journey started out with passionate pursuit of God followed by seemingly random manifestations of God’s presence and power. I was being taught of the Lord but I still had to walk it out. I...t’s not like He told me something and then caused it to manifest immediately. The things that the Lord had shown me, I began to engage them and do them by faith. For instance, He told me about the spiritual veils that block our sight and had also shown them to me several times, but the Lord didn’t strip them away. I had to deal with them. I believe He did it this way so that I could share this process. The manifestations of those things were all over the map. I would go from powerful encounters with angels or transportations to nothing. Weeks of prayer and waiting on the Lord would seemingly yield little fruit. I did not realize at the time that the Lord was doing a greater work in me.
All the things I learned along the way I began to lay hold of…. By faith. All of the little “engagements” that I did were steps of faith that kept me focused on the spiritual realm.
To walk in the spiritual realm and I mean really walk in it you have to be engaged. It can’t be the occasional curious look, it has to be purposeful. It may be a no brainer to you but many don’t understand that. I have been told many times by people in ministry that they don’t have time to pursue God the way I talk about it. It’s not so much setting aside time to engage as it is not disengaging from the spiritual at all.
- excerpt from - Supernatural Transportation
Friday Morning Prayer Time
So... it's Friday morning and I'm looking forward to something exciting. I don't know what that might be, but I know I have to start the day in prayer. Really? Starting the day in prayer is exciting? Well, not for religious people it probably isn't but for Kingdom people it is an adventure! Much of the revelation and visitation I have had as well as other experiences of an otherworldly kind have been born out of prayer. I know that anything could happen, and for me that is exciting!
Somewhere in the midst of my prayer time, I found myself standing in a strange place. It was a place in the spirit realm, that I associate with regions or places of captivity of the soul. (If you don't know what that is, Ana Mendez has written a book on this subject and explains it very well.) But in a nutshell, it is a place where people are "captive" by the enemy for one reason or another and that captivity drastically influences their every day lives in the natural realm..
As I stood there at the entrance of this vast spiritual place, I saw many people who had various problems . Some people had sicknesses and others traumas or other bondages holding them. Among the group, I saw someone in there that I knew. I could see what it was that was afflicting him and I knew this to be true. I myself have been captive in such places and there is nothing like freedom from them. I decided I was going to go in and rescue him. I felt a holy anger rise up in me and I started to enter this place.
As I came into the entrance, an angel stood there before me. I looked at him questioning what his appearance was all about. He said "You can't go in there." Now I have spoken to a few angels and some have given me instruction or rebuke as the situations called for, so you think I would know enough by now to listen when they speak. I looked at him and said "Really? I can't go in there? Watch me." I know that sounds really bad but I was not trying to be difficult. I was passionately moved to try to help someone and my passion overcame my good sense.
The angel did not rebuke me or prevent me from going in. He immediately turned to another angel and said "Go with him." It was not apparent to me why this other angel was sent in with me, but as I found myself getting stuck in dead-ends in this place, he was always there to open a door for me to go through or make a way for me to get out. I encountered many strange things in this place and in the end, I was brought out and shown that the man I was concerned about would be delivered by the Lord. The Lord had it all under control. Thank you Jesus!
God is faithful like that. The angels knew that I was not needed in that place, but God in His mercy allows us to navigate through situations like this so that we can grow up. We need to grow up into spiritual things and not be ignorant about the unseen realm.
To many, this will sound like a fantasy. Many have no idea that a spirit realm even exists and those that do often believe that we are supposed to remain ignorant about such things until we die. Then at death, we will see and experience that spiritual realm. The Lord Jesus talks a bit about this in the book of Matthew.
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. (Matthew 23:13)
Let's take Jesus' word on this. Let's just step into all we are supposed to be in Christ and run with it!