4th August 2007
Killing & Destroying, or Abundant Life
I'm going to share with you here my response to a
brother's comment regarding our battle against Satan's plans
and purposes for "killing our bodies and destroying our faith"
I feel led to speak to this ...
It seems to me that there is a place in God where all we see
is Him. What I mean by that is, once we truly come to know the sovereignty
of our Father; He Who "forms light and creates darkness" and
He Who makes "both peace and evil," then we no longer "engage in
battle with the enemy" (not as most Christians think of that "battle,"
anyway) but rather, we are just able to discern God's
purposes in USING darkness and evil for good. We then can be
sensitive to the Father's timing to put an end to evil and
dark situations, because we can recognize when the
divine purposes for those things have been fulfilled.
I think that because many Christians today don't
know the Father very well, they have no mind for His purposes in
things (even evil things), so they often fight against things that they
are supposed to suffer for a while, and they suffer
things that they are actually supposed to fight against.
I know of the authority that we have over the works of the
devil, and when the Father gives me a word to exercise that authority,
then that is exactly what I do. But I also know how the Father uses
the devil as a tool in His hand for the perfecting of His saints. So I am
also careful to be sensitive to His timing for things -- to know when
to "suffer" and allow something, and to
know when He wants me to pray against something or
take authority over it. Are you with me?
These things have been carved on my heart in deep and profound
ways, brother. I'll give you a brief example...
About a year and a half ago, I was in Albany ministering to a
woman who was experiencing kidney failure due to an error in the prescription
for her blood pressure medication (she's okay now - she was healed while I
was there, but that is not the point). This woman was
quite distraught when I first met with her, as death was looking her
in the face and she was very fearful of dying.
I told this lady one day while we were walking,
"Because of my relationship with the Lord, I have no fear of death." Well, I
really didn't think that I had any at the time, but God would soon use the devil
as HIS TOOL to prove otherwise.
Now, I knew when those words came out of my mouth that I was
going to be tested and tried by them. I had been praying that I, like Job, could
say, "Though He slay me, I will trust Him," and God had a plan in the works to
build some big TRUST in me. So, like with Job, our Father said to
the "enemy," "Go ahead and touch David's flesh, but you cannot kill
(I'll cut right to the chase here)
Just a couple of days after those words about "no
fear of death" came out of my mouth ... my kidneys pretty much shut
down. Yep. I soon found myself smack dab in the middle of the same
situation as the woman that I was ministering to. Now I don't have
time to go into all of the details of this here, but let's just say
that the Father commanded me at the time not to seek any medical attention
for the affliction, but rather, He insisted that I just TRUST HIM
in it, even if the thing kill me. For a few days there,
brother, the Father even refused to let me (or anyone else)
even pray for me to be healed (He had given me a promise that this
thing wasn't going to lead to death, so I was holding onto that).
Now, was I going through this because God wanted me
to be sick? No, of course not. The Father was simply bringing me
beyond my present level of faith on into just the kind
of TRUST relationship with HIM that I had asked for. What I was
going through was etched into His divine plan for my perfecting.
The illness that had come upon me WAS PRESCRIBED BY GOD, administered
through the devil, and was something that I WAS TO SUFFER (allow) UNTIL He,
my sovereign DAD, got what He was after IN MY HEART! (that was a
fear of death that I didn't even know was there).
Do you see what I'm getting at here, brother? God
simply used "the enemy" as the smith to blow on the fiery coals that were
being used for my purification. Sure "the enemy wants to kill our bodies
and our faith," but who cares! Our Father is big enough to use every wicked
thing that the devil tries for our perfecting! A big point that I'm
trying to make here is that many Christians today place way too much emphasis
and focus on their physical healing or their deliverance when
God is not even concerned with many of the things they are "praying
about" and "warring against" because those very things are
being used (for a time) in the perfecting of their souls! Our
souls are what need perfecting at this time of Kingdom development, not
our bodies! Salvation means to be MADE WHOLE! This is a progressive work - it
starts in our spirits (free gift), gets worked out (through trials and
afflictions) in our souls, which then leads to the full redemption of our
bodies! Many Christians have the process of salvation all
twisted and out of order, dear brother! When the mind, will, and emotions of man
come into complete subjection to the Spirit of the Lord, THEN resurrection life
and power will flow out into the man's physical body to the point of
perfection (of course, we're talking about divine health here, not just
I hope that I'm making some sense here. Eternal Life is to
know the Father. To know the Father is to understand His ways, and
to COOPERATE with Him in His work of perfecting us. I tell ya, man, there
are a lot of people out there who are fighting against God in
their praying for healing and deliverance (for themselves and others), and
that because these people simply cannot SEE things through the
Father's eyes. These people, often times, in what they think is "fighting
against the devil," are actually fighting against the perfecting of their
own souls. These do this because they understand not the
Father's ways, His timing for things, nor His sovereignty over
A lot of this has to do with God's timing, brother. It is
only by seeing things from the eternal realm where time matters not, that we can
be sensitive to the Father's will in the domain where times and seasons
Oh yeah, ... and one more thing ...
Once I understood what the Father (not the devil) was
doing in the midst of that kidney affliction, I just yielded
myself to His work and worshipped Him in it (even though it
appeared that He might slay me). THEN did life and vitality
flowed into me like a river. THEN I was fully healed.
And this too ...
The Lord just quickened me to the clock which now reads
10:10 am. I believe that in this the Lord is bringing my attention to John
10:10, which is the verse about the enemy coming to rob, and kill and
destroy, but the Lord coming so that we might have LIFE and that
ABUNDANTLY! What many folks seem to miss in this verse is that the enemy's
"coming" and the Lord's "coming" is often times the VERY SAME COMING!!
... just a "coming" from much different perspectives and for
much different purposes.
Think on that, man. It can bring us much peace, no matter
what the devil brings our way.