“Your warriors in the spirit receive greater power to fight on your behalf, and the damage their spiritual weapons inflict is multiplied, when you call on the keys.”
First published January 1974.
The church system tries to make God so big, so high and mighty, that He is almost totally incomprehensible, so that you can't even understand His system or means of communications or how He works or His government. How much have they ever explained to us about the spirit world or how God works or how things are organized there?
Everything God created, all the visible creation, is in some way an illustration of something spiritual. (Rom.1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,) So therefore the spirit world is not so terribly different from this present existence that we can't even comprehend it. Otherwise, when we got ushered into it we would be completely lost.
We are going to be much the same as we are now, except that we're going to have supernatural bodies. We will look like we do now, just as Jesus did after His resurrection. He could eat and drink and they could feel Him and touch Him as well as see Him, and yet He was in a miraculous supernatural body, His new resurrected body. (Lk.24:36-43 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, "Peace to you." But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? "Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, "Have you any food here?" So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence.)
Do you think that God is sitting up there having to run everything by Himself? Is He, by His one Holy Spirit, teaching everybody all kinds of different new languages and giving all kinds of different gifts? Is He doing it all directly, or through agents?
How does God give a gift of tongues? How does He give a gift of interpretation? How does He give a gift of wisdom or knowledge of certain things? How does He give all these various gifts of the spirit, healings, miracles and so on? Why can't these gifts come through separate spirits of God?
This makes it very simple, how God operates and how He gives all these gifts and different languages to millions of people throughout the World: It's through the angels and the departed spirits of the departed saints.
This makes the explanation of how you can receive a gift of tongues so simple!: God lets another spirit speak through you in another language, the native tongue of your particular individual guiding spirit who is assigned to you personally.
The so-called baptism of the Spirit is therefore not only the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but a sudden yielding and surrender to one of these holy spirits of God. So along with the Spirit of God we receive specific spirits who have these specific gifts.
We have the wisdom of the ages and the sages and all the prophets and all the kings and all the great men of the past available to help us. It is almost like God has a great library of saints and angels, spiritual helpers, all of them on call. You just put in your application: "I want such-and-such a volume. I need So-and-so.", and He, the Great Librarian, sends him right out. We have at our disposal the wisdom of the ages and the sages, the wisdom of all the kings and all the prophets that have ever lived.
What a collection He has by this time. What a great company, a great cloud of witnesses. "Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses!" Paul saw them. (Heb.12:1)
Apparently they are on assignment. They don't just drift around in space with no place to go and not knowing what their specific duties are.
There are definite differences and spiritual levels and classes and grades of authority in the spirit world, just like in the Army. There are different kinds of spirits, not only good and evil spirits, but amongst both the good and the evil there are various grades and levels of command and authority.
Another thing people just don't realize is that the spirits in the spirit world are still very much like us in their feelings and their emotions and desires and choices and opinions and preferences and all these things.
In the spirit world you may have the same characteristics and some of the same problems you have now, but you'll be better off and in more direct communication and obey better because you will be under more direct control.
"To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." (2Co.5:8) It will be like you are in the presence of the Lord all the time!
If you are you under God's control now the spirit world will not be too strange for you, and the transition from this life to the next will not be too great a change. You will still be God's child and in His care and accustomed to doing His Will, which is absolute and unquestioned in that world. And you will enjoy it, as now.
If you are stubborn and disobedient and selfish and used to having your own way and doing as you please instead of pleasing God and others, the spirit world is going to be rather difficult for you, as there everyone does as God pleases.
So, "beloved ... try the spirits whether they are of God"! (1Jn.4) Particularly your own spirit. "Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (your flesh) is of God!"
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