It took many retries and a long time to upload this picture but I wanted you to see something. See the bit of spots in the picture? Not spots on my camera! My daughter Marie tells me "it is moisture in the air!" I prefer to call them "Our Angels!" Angels that are all around us, caring for God's children and keeping them from harm. :-) For those that would try to persuade me that they are not, even if proven, I will consider them reminders of the Angel's God sends for protection anyway!
"Are they not all ministering spirts sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?" Hebrews 1:14
I am still reading "The Biblical Foundations of Freedom, Destroying Satan's Lies with God's Truth" by Art Mathias. I am in chapter six, "The Principality of Self-Bitterness: Unloving Spirits". We purchased this book in February after attending the Native Leadership Gathering where Art Mathias taught us a shortened version of the "I Found Freedom" seminar. Here is more about what I have been reading and thinking about.
His teaching that all bad feelings are actually evil spirits, makes sense to me. I have been thinking that if we can have these spirits about us that are busy causing turmoil in our worlds--- spirit of anger, spirit of jealousy, spirit of resentment, spirit of retaliation, lying spirits we must also have the otherside of the spirit world, the spirits from God---spirit of love, spirit of mercy, spirit of self-control, spirit of kindness, spirit of worship, spirit of truthfulness. All of these spirits play a major part in controlling our thoughts and ultimately our actions and reactions.
We choose to "listen" to spirits attempting to sway our lives making us conform to a life deprived of faith in the God that created us or a life conformed to living in communion with God. Most of the time we never once realize that the enemy of mankind's Creator wins a spiritual battle everytime we live without acknowledging the awesome power and never-ending presence of God!
Life will be more fun without God seems to be a prevalent and unsaid lie whispered in our ears by the enemy of God. This enemy convinced Adam and Eve that God was keeping something wonderful from them by keeping a forbidden to touch tree in the Garden. This tree was there to allow mankind a choice. A choice to believe God's wisdom or to choose to believe their own wisdom (or what they thought was their own wisdom). Their choice to go their own way was made together and we all have been living with the results of to this day. Loss of our freedom and Death. He even convinced 1/3 of heavenly angels (also created with a free-will) that they could be better than God Himself.
When you compare a life time lived acknowledging God to one that believes there is no God, no hope of Heaven, each respective lifestyle is different as night and day.
The choice to know God brings freedom; choosing to allow evil spirits to sway lifestyle develops into a life controlled by chaos and broken relationships. I have seen it in my short ----almost 52 years!
Think about this. Is there freedom in smoking? When a smoker first chose to smoke, he knew Mom and Dad said, "don't smoke" but he/she decides that it's my choice... "I will smoke if I want to!" So they smoke. Now they smoke because they can't stop smoking. Are they free?
I will drink alcohol if I want to drink! Alcoholic. Are they free?
I deserve happiness - I am not happy with my spouse. Adultery. Resulting home life is miserable with suspicious accusations every time they are apart. Are they free? Is the offender even happy?
We can go on and on and on and on and on talking about all the lies we have believed throughout the years here on Earth. Evil spirits do not want you to be free! God made you to be free. God gives freedom. Don't you believe the lie that He takes away our freedoms when we learn about Him! He created freedom! This is the truth.
Life apart from God is not filled with freedom! It is filled with chains. Chains of depression. Anger. Dissatisfaction. No gratitude. Always searching for that missing something! Alcoholism. Nicotine addiction. Bulimia. At the end of it all and in too many lives --- the ultimate loss of freedoms, prison and suicide.
Yep, we all have a right to make our choices and to live as we have chosen. Be certain that you know which spirits have been convincing you. Choices made now will lead to eternal death or life eternal.