Because this blog is all about God, I am reluctant to say much about my own thoughts or sharing my life. But I have been witnessing the increasing chasm between the spiritual and carnal Christians (those who are more accustomed to use their five senses) all over the world. So I have decided to share a bit here, despite the limitation of my words.
I have lived in different parts of the world and have encountered different customs and cultures for the bulk of my life.
In the last ten years I have gradually encountered the reality of the
holy God in the Spirit, in the Bible and in life. I realized what it
means to have the reverent fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2). This means
agreeing the spiritual existence of absolute good and evil and the final
accountability everyone must give to the holy God, who abhors things
done not of the Spirit, but out of man’s flesh or carnality.
Jesus has Himself declared, the ruler of this world has nothing in Him. His disciples followed the same principle.
When one aligns with God, one does not yearn to be the same
as the Jones. What do Christians have to do with evil? Why bring in
their customs and cultures which are abominations in the eyes of the
holy God? God wants us set apart for Him, away from the world and its
customs, just as He had warned the Israel people.
Being spiritual means we live in awareness of two realms: the
physical and the spiritual. The spiritual reality governs the physical. All
customs and cultures have a spiritual realm where the spiritual rulers
rule and direct their adherents’ lives. Apostle Paul had revealed this
truth in Ephesians 6:12.
Our Lord Jesus warned the disciples to be spiritually discerning when sending them into the world! “Look,
I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrew as snakes
and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16) Jesus was talking about the
physical as well as spiritual enemies. Why? Because they were stepping
into spiritual enemy’s territory as they go out and witness for Jesus!
The pagans know better about the spiritual. They are wise on what to
avoid and when. For example, different cultures round the world have
their own ‘ghost’ festivals. The Chinese called the Halloween in the
West, the Westerners’ ‘ghost’ night, the night when the evil spirits
paraded, (like the Chinese July month when hell opened its gates and let
the hungry demons come out) and they avoid going out that night! Other
pagan religions too have their own ghost periods and festivals.
A spiritually discerning person can see spirits. They see spirits in
unclean houses, the streets, schools, offices, hospitals, shopping
malls, movie theaters, and funeral parlors. A normally fit and healthy
rational German Christian man recently testified that he walked under
the air vent of a shopping mall, and saw this huge black thing coming at
him, entered and went through him. He was instantly hit with severe
pain and collapsed on the floor. His wife and daughter who regularly
attend a Spirit-filled, Bible believing and adhering church, took
authority using the name of Jesus, prayed fervently, as he lied there
near dead, gasping for breath. he finally survived. The experience was
When Christians stay away from certain locations during certain time,
they merely obey the leading of the Spirit of the Lord, who is holy.
The evil spirits know too whether you are walking in the Holy Spirit or
not. The seven sons of the priest were attacked by the evil spirit
because they knew Jesus and apostle Paul walked in the power of the Holy
Spirit, but this group of exorcists did not. This group of believers
were trying to do the right thing, casting demon, using the mighty name
of the Lord Jesus. But they were not sent by the Lord. They went on
their own flesh and of course they suffered the terrible consequences.
When God sent Moses to Egypt to confront Pharaoh, the Lord gave him
spiritual power to overcome the territorial evil spirits controlling the
land there. When the prophet Samuel patrolled the Israel land he was
just one man, but the territorial spirit of the Philistines feared him,
because he walked in the Spirit of the Lord. None of his words fell to
the ground. He merely spoke and the words took effect.
Unless we are sent by the Lord and walk in discernment of the
spiritual realm and in the power of the Holy Spirit, we do not do
exploits. This is what I have learned over thirty years being a born
again Christian, after having suffered immense loss.
So what shall an ordinary Christian do? Find out more about the
reality of God and His words, the Bible. The Bible cannot be read as a
knowledge book. Do not rationalize away the real meaning and purpose of
the holy words. Jesus has warned clearly, as the pharisees and other
religious leaders, even His own followers/disciples did not believe in
the spiritual reality of Jesus and what Jesus has represented. Read the
four Gospels again. Ask the Lord Holy Spirit to guide you. Daily pray
the prayers of apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (1:16-23;
What happens if some still cannot hear the Holy Spirit? I believe in
the grace and mercy of God. Keep seeking to know God, keep asking His
Spirit to reveal to you. For a start, daily praying the Lord’s Prayer
can help you a lot, if you believe!
John 6:61-65 (NKJV)
61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. 64 But
there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the
beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
Hell is real!