Because God hides Himself from people who don’t have faith, He loves to speak through metaphors so only those who love Him out of faith are willing to understand what He is saying. Many times God speaks in word metaphors and pictures so that we must interpret what He is saying to us. This further requires our hearts to seek after Him.
I believe God’s plan for us involves us having some misunderstandings to prepare us for eternity. We see this in how Jesus purposely used metaphors to explain things that would only be understood by his disciples. We also see this in our day in how the Holy Spirit gives spoken prophetic words to people (impressions, word thoughts, mental pictures, dreams & visions). God does this so that those who may overhear the prophetic word, but whose heart doesn’t long after God will ignore it. Many times Jesus created this effect through his use of parables as demonstrated in John 6:66 – “And so from that time on many of the disciples turned their backs on Jesus and refused to be associated with him” (TPT). Many times Jesus used natural words to explain spiritual things, such as in John 6:53 when he told people His body and blood were true food and drink, it was more than many could handle, because they were not receiving his words in a spiritual way but were trying to understand them in a natural way. Remember this, even today there are things God will say prophetically that are hard to understand.
John 6:63-65 “The Holy Spirit is the one who gives life, that which is of the natural realm is of no help. The words I speak to you are Spirit and life. But there are still some of you who won’t believe.” In fact, Jesus already knew from the beginning who the skeptics were and who his traitor would be. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one embraces me unless the Father has given you to me.” (TPT)
I also believe the delay in the fulfillment of God’s promises has a similar effect – it is a type of misunderstanding. Without delay, people would simply extract the answer, right on time, for its own benefit, but would not embrace a longing for the one who gave the promise. Even secular people would pay close attention to God if everything was accurately fulfilled immediately. So, God allows delays to come into play because it shows Him who has a heart that is willing to hold on to Him.
Hebrews 11 gives us a hint that there will be many things that will seemingly conflict with the outcomes we are expecting from God. This faith chapter points out many who endured results that were in opposition to the eventual promises of God.
Hebrews 11:16 TPT
“But they couldn’t turn back for their hearts were fixed on what was far greater, that is, the heavenly realm! So because of this God is not ashamed in any way to be called their God, for he has prepared a heavenly city for them.”
We should not be forming our church around just our favorite doctrines but on all the teachings of the Bible. The Bible is not a catalog for our selection, but rather a living guide for our relationship with God that constantly breaths His life into us. We are commanded to be disciplined by God’s word, such that it permeates us and changes our approach to every human endeavor, from our approach to business, government, and the news media. By God’s Spirit, we have been given promises that even the arts and entertainment fields will be influenced by God’s Spirit among us. God help our children if we deceive ourselves to only want to feel good every day of our life. Because we and our children will lose the liberties that have been handed down to us. At some point, a nation must throw off underlying evil and bad policies. Each one of us must figure out what God is calling us to communicate and do regarding all kinds of issues in life from abortion to mandated face masks.
1 John 2:28 TPT
And now, dear children, remain in him, so that when he is revealed we may have joyful confidence and not be ashamed when we stand before him at his appearing.
Once an issue is finally seen as submission to the devil’s agenda, we become accountable to seeking to defeat that issue. If we refuse to do this, we lose our blessings and receive a curse in their place. Once Satan can argue in the courts of heaven that Christians are knowingly submitting to an Antichrist agenda, they will fall under spiritual curses. Are you under the authority of the Bible? Or are you treating the Bible as if it is under your authority?
2 Tim 2:15 NKJV
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
As an important balance to this message, the extreme opposite of submitting to a request by the government is to rebel against everything around you as an anarchists does. John Ramirez who is now a Christian testifies about joining the Santeria cult and how he was told to rebel against anything and everything around him. This is an important trigger that releases demonic satanic powers.
Psalm 19:13 implies that rebellion is easy to get caught up in because of selfish sins. The strategy of divide and conquer has been used by the elite to pit the self-interest of one people group against another leading to a war that brings about their purposes. Yet we must use wisdom to make sure our ways are not actually evil, such as taking individual revenge above and beyond what the law of our land allows or allowing our government to have agencies whose mission allows them to murder people in cold blood. Cold-blooded murder obviously releases a curse on individuals – so too government agencies.
Psalm 19:13 TPT
Keep cleansing me, God, and keep me from my secret, selfish sins; may they never rule over me! For only then will I be free from fault and remain innocent of rebellion.
Deep soul felt hatred or rebellion, by anyone, including Christians draws the demonic. Demons operate out of evil emotions coming out of human beings. You cannot participate in those things without opening a door to demonic involvement – that is just how the spirit realm works1. Don’t be ignorant of this. If we do not break deception in our lives, there will be spiritual pressures on us that we won’t understand. There are many blessings that can be stolen from us because of deception and the resulting spiritual forces that will operate on our lives personally or as a nation. Abortion is currently the core issue that is behind the greatest curses on our nation. We won’t break free as a nation until the “law” of abortion is ended. Don’t give up hope or prayers for Donald Trump, let God do the heavy lifting. He has specifically answered our day and night prayers for divine interruptions in the lives of people who have witnessed things that the world needs to know about.
1 Healing and Freedom, 2016 by Restoring The Foundations staff