Monday, November 20, 2017

Spiritual Wickedness in High Places

Every time we turn on the news, there’s another shooting, another person being outed for their indiscretions and so on and so forth.  It’s exhausting to watch, which is why after 9/11 I stopped watching the news.  Tried again and then Katrina.  It was only last year that I brought back the news to my life.  It’s not any less exhausting, but I realized something.  How can I effectively fight when I consciously blind myself to my enemy?  The Bible says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  (Ephesians 6:12- Emphasis added) 

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That scripture is one of my favorites in the whole Bible. As a matter of fact, it’s the premise for my entire book series, The Chronicles of Warfare.  As my readers know, there is a whole other world out there moving and influencing the one we live in every day.  The other morning during my boo time with God, I was musing after I had gotten a call about yet ANOTHER shooting.  The fact that an elementary school was targeted is just heart breaking.  I was reading in Psalms 133 that day about the oil flowing down from Aaron’s beard.  I have heard many a preacher say, the anointing flows from the head down.  I believe that to be the absolute truth.  When there’s chaos all around a particular body of Christ, look to the head and see what’s really going on behind the veil.  Just as the anointing will flow from the head down, so will everything else.  In the United States our “head” is the office of the presidency.  

Now before we go any further, let me say this. I believe wholeheartedly in the sovereignty of God. I believe what the Bible says in Psalm 75 about promotion coming from God. I believe one of two things happen during the election of a POTUS.  Either it's God’s choice or God allowed the choice of the people for His ultimate purpose.  Either way, God remains in control and ultimately all things will work together for the good of those who love Christ and are called according to His purpose.  Since this scripture applies directly to my life, I tend not to lose sleep over who sits in the oval, though I must admit, this new one definitely makes it difficult to understand.  Back to my point though, who sits at head (The Oval), whether it’s your choice or not affects the body (America).  

On the campaign trail, this man incited violence (encouraging supporters to harm opposition), he displayed his disrespect for women, his bigoted and racist remarks were cheered on or unchallenged by his supporters, his narcissism has been legendary and he’s basically a “mean girl” on Twitter.  Now, I don’t want 45 supporters to go ham and blow a gasket. I’m not here to talk about the man, because we wrestle not against flesh and blood. I’m here to deal with the spirits that are in play because of him, his rhetoric and those he chose to surround him on his presidential journey.  Like it or not, as a result of this man winning the election, some very nasty spirits have been unleashed.  The Bible says death and life are in the power of the tongue.  Don’t be fooled and think that this man’s words have no power and that they don’t influence the spirit world.  It’s not to say these spirits didn’t exist before him, because they did. However, his boldness has given them free access to flourish in the current atmosphere.  

People who allow these spirits to influence them feel like it’s okay to behave the same way 45 does.  If he can do it and get elected to the most powerful position in the world, surely, they can do it too with no consequence.  Spirits like hatred, division, anger, violence, bullying and narcissism are acting a complete fool.  Let’s not forget his sexism that fuels the rape culture in this country that is already out of control.  If you don’t believe me, just look at the news. The violence and the level of aggression is rising.  Each one of the shootings that have occurred are reaching new levels of cruelty - “Worst mass shooting in MODERN American history” or “Deadliest church shooting in American History.”  I believe that the bold and unapologetic actions of 45 are emboldening those with like spirits.  The boldness that has risen in racial tensions is absolutely ridiculous in 2017.  The way racists feel entitled to come from beneath their masks to boldly and openly display their message of hate and superiority is despicable.  I think one of the most reprehensible displays of privilege I’ve seen so far was the injustice for “60 year old white men” being jailed because they only watched child pornography, never mind the traumatic nature of whom the statement came from.  I mean, it’s like, did I just actually write that?  

As these spirits are emboldened, they are also exposing themselves. The enemy cares nothing about you. He will use you as long as you benefit him, the minute you’re no longer useful, he leaves you to the wolves.  Fret not though and see the hand of God exposing and bringing light to dark places.  The spiritual wickedness in high places also exposes the wickedness in HIGH places – the government, Hollywood, National Sports, TV executives and the list goes on and on and on.  Never think that God doesn't know what He's doing.  There is a reason and there is a purpose.  We must continue to do our part and combat the effects of this spiritual wickedness with spiritual warfare.  That is through prayer, fasting and obedience to the Almighty God.  

Finally, to my Christians, be careful with your political label – democrat, republican, conservative, liberal, etc.  Some of us are making this label an idol and putting it not only above COMMON SENSE, but above the Word of God.  But, like my mama said, common sense ain’t common.  Yes, we are to do our civic duty and vote.  Yes, we are to pray for our leaders and yes we are to respect authority, but we are also to stand up for what is RIGHT! Not what is right to man, but what is right to God.  We believers need a heart check quick, fast and in a hurry!  We don’t fight these battles and sins with hateful words, we fight them through spiritual warfare.  Like my late pastor use to say, you gotta catch the fish before you clean them.  You can’t legislate morality.  How do you justify voting for Christian values by electing hate?  This country needs an overdose of unconditional love and it is our job as believers to supply it, not add to the hate AND division.  At the end of the day, the writing is on the wall and the blood of the innocent is crying out from the ground.  The sooner we realize what’s really going on, the sooner we can actually make a difference.

I’m out y’all,

Melinda Michelle
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