I was just listening to Glen Hansard recount the story of an older spiritist couple. Their hobby was to visit those who felt the presence of some other worldly activity, and to assist them. Most of the time these spirits they dealt with were conversational according to Hansard, until one time. He mentioned it wasn’t all that uncommon for one of the couple to feel a spirit “coming through” one or both of themselves. So one day, the man said to his wife that he felt one coming through, and they would sit down and attempt to engage the spirit or spirits. WHo are you? This was the usual conjuring. Back came the reply, “We are of the dark”. Where in the dark? Well eventually they learned there were 2 spirits, a band of brothers, burned at the stake in the 1400s in Ireland, for their “sins”. Turns out these so called sins were things the brothers had been born with, physical disabilities the church had viewed punishable by death. Their mention of being of the dark was a darkness they had lived with, being caught between heaven and hell in a darkness only pierced by 2 lights, the eyes of the husband. So the wife declared them free on the grounds of there no longer existing such religious persecution for such disabilities.
So as I was listening to this story, I was considering the felt paranormal in my own life and mind, the disturbance with my own spirit. My roommate had just informed me of a label a local church I have attended placed on me to ward against the danger of associating with me. Before that, at lunch, I was recounting to a friend an experience I had lived many times before, but once recently in particular. My experience was a leading of sorts. I felt an unexplainable drive to do things outside my comfort zone, so severe I had to seek sleeping aids to get through it.
Well, I am a believer in the saving blood of the Creator and Lord Jesus the Messiah. I know the story of Samuel, Moses, David, Paul, etc., men who were spoken to directly by Jesus and instructed. I know it is possible. It may be my tendency to think God would not stop and stoop directly to me, but I believe it can happen, because it is up to Him.
My friend has always been insistent that is the adversary of Jesus, the dark one who tries to lead us to distraction. But my question is: What if we NEED to be distracted, because of the distraction we are living in? I need leading into a job path. Maybe the Lord heard my prayers and was commissioning me, like it or not, into a career of reaching out to hurting people. Maybe I just hadn’t done it in a while and it was an exercise, like a drill to get me back in good standing?
THe story about the spiritist couple touched me even though my knee jerk reaction was to shrug it off as a legend. maybe a myth. I thought well certainly it is possible to communicate with the deceased, if you have received your power to do so from the devil, the adversary of Good and Truth. I think Glen wanted to leave the story in the in-between, not to let us decide, but to teach us something, that there is freedom from oppression, that we don’t have to be a doormat.
FInally there is the Holy Spirit of God, that the Bible says indwells those who believe that Jesus is who He said he is. So you caught me. I AM of the persuasion that there is good and evil and nothing in between. That either this couple received a commission and blessing from God to communicate with spirits or they were doing so to their own spiritual demise.
Ok so there is no middle ground. How does that help me discern between spirits? The Word of God, the Bible says we must ask the spirit if Jesus rose from the dead. I haven’t gotten a clear answer on that one. Have you? I’d love to hear about it.