We often experience resistance and spiritual opposition as we seek to serve the Lord. This week as we were praying together on an international zoom call with our friends from the Global Gathering and David Demian, I had this discernment about Spiritual Law:
A major change in the history of science came when men began to realize that events did not occur in nature just by chance or by accident. Every effect must have a cause. The principle of cause and effect is the foundation of science.
In the same way, we understand that God has made the spiritual world as well as the natural world with principles of cause and effect. There is the law of "sin and death" - sin causes death. There is the opposite law of "spirit and life" - the Spirit of God gives life (Romans 8:2).
Yeshua gave us "keys" that what we bind, forbid or close on earth will be bound or closed in heaven; what we loose, permit or open on earth will be loosed or opened in heaven (Matthew 16:19; 18:18). What we "sow," we will reap (Galatians 6:7). When we give, we receive (Luke 6:38).
Newton's third law of physics is that to every "action" there is an EQUAL AND OPPOSITE "reaction." It seems to me that the same is true in the spiritual realm. To the degree that we push away the forces of evil and darkness, there is an equal and opposite reaction against us. Spiritual advance is accompanied by spiritual opposition.
In a strange way, since it is both equal and opposite, the opposition can help us to understand what the truth is. Right before Yeshua was crucified, the Roman soldiers mocked Him saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" Their words, although meant in scorn and derision, were actually true (John 19:3).
Yeshua also taught us that the kingdom of God is like a woman giving birth. There are birthing pains and contractions. Yet those muscle contractions are pushing out the baby. When the baby is born, the difficulties are forgotten (John 16:21). The tribulations of the end times are the birth pangs of the coming of the kingdom of God on earth.
Yeshua also taught us that we should "know" the signs of the times (Matthew 16:3). A wind from the west, where the sea is, will bring rain. A wind from the south, where the desert is, will bring a dry spell. Just as we can understand simple causes and effects in the weather patterns, so we should discern what spiritual and moral influences will cause events to happen around us. Many political, economic and even meteorological and seismological events are caused by spiritual actions behind the scenes (Matthew 24:7, 29; Revelation 8:2-5).
Let's become aware that there will be spiritual resistance to whatever we do that is "good." Let's become "pro-active" in a prayerful and prophetic way to help advance God's kingdom of light and love in this world.
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2:16pm 02Jan18, Gabrielle Febe Lit: We see Yeshua in the face of our pastor Asher Intrater, great picture ... he is willing to give his life to save his hebrew family. May Adonai bless his ministry in 2018
2:31pm 02Jan18, Philip Latham: First class (as always). Great encouragement.
10:03pm 02Jan18, Rev Barbara Parton: We must stay Spiritually (Alert) so we will discern the times and be led by the Holy Spirit!
12:36am 03Jan18, Miriam Maranzenboim: Can you imagine my surprise when I found out that some rabbis opposed the writings of Josephus Flavius, believing that he was converted to Christianity? Brainwashing against the truth! But my book is selling PTL!
1:31am 03Jan18, Uta Schmidt: Jeshua was allowed to leave his grave by his Father. HE called him out because he found no sin in HIM. No one on earth will be able to put him back into the earth, because he is in heaven. I trust him now because he has shown his power to cleanse from sin and made me free to do his will. His Authority is unbreakeable and makes him to be the king over all nations. Fear him, oh world he is a righteous judge and love him because he is the redeemer. Israel, he is your greatest friend! Please trust him. And Nations: realize that Israel is his firstborn son! Don't try to change this! You will hurt yourself badly!
7:55pm 03Jan18, Darla Ellyson: The core teachings of this article is very true - and this week in particular testifies of this. My husband and I minister in our county and are getting ready to break open deeper teachings on warfare with a group of Believers. We have been resisted by the dark world yesterday and today were bullied with 3 specific attempts to stop us. The most recent one this afternoon involved physical harm. We see the attacks for what they are and are increasing our intercession.
9:09am 04Jan18, Monica Bailley: I am thankful that these thoughts can reach all the way around the world to Virginia, USA. How good God is. How logical are His ways.
9:12am 20Jan18, Brian and Anne Nelson: Obedience is better than sacrifice. Stepping forward in faith joining a Prayer Team to Israel is not only maturing and deepening my faith, but also I know the effects upon my family, within whom our Abba is working out His divine purposes for His Glory alone. This is extremely costly as illness and denying Messiah is Yeshua and converting to Judaism and in the process of making Aliyah by a close member of my husband's family, is challenging as I "go out" knowing they are, each one in His very capable care. Messiah Yeshua is, and by His Grace alone, my first love. Praise You, Messiah Yeshua and Thank You for this unique opportunity to humbly serve You, and You alone for Your Honour and Glory alone.
9:20am 27Jan18, Louis Moodie: The cause and effect principle is a lot closer to home and has infiltrated our live styles far more than we realise. We bombard our bodies (temple of God) with fast foods, GMOs and other excesses because it is demanded by our fast-paced lives. We do not have time to cook our own food nor even to attend to a vegetable patch in our gardens. We use medicine indiscriminately because we cannot afford to stay at home because the traditional recovery process is too slow. Our insatiable consumerist demands and fast paced life styles place a heavy burden on the resources of the earth and our bodies. No one complains because it suits the pockets of the industrialists and pharmaceutical companies. We have this dangerous cocktail of unhealthy living mixed with the regular intake of medicine/drugs, not realising that we maintain our health artificially. We must unlearn these bad habits and learn to be self-sufficient, to lighten the burden we place on the earth's resources. We must return as much as possible to good old traditional ways of providing for ourselves. We will have fewer incidents of sickness and give the earth some breathing space and perhaps fewer natural disasters.
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