‘We got spirit! How bout you?!’

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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.

2 thoughts on “‘We got spirit! How bout you?!’

  1. Well, I’ll just give some thoughts.. thinking out loud in a sense. If this doesn’t speak to the point you were making feel free to delete it.. this topic just interests me so I thought I’d respond. First off, I think paranormal stuff is more normal than we realize. I think God likes to talk to us and I do a lot of talking with God and he is very conversational. My personal belief is that it wouldn’t be right to conjure up people from the dead based on what the bible tells us:
    Deut 18:9-14 When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.

    I think we war against realms of demons but that we have God and angels on our side which gives us the best of the best in terms of interaction with supernatural.
    However, when you are talking about your own struggles of mind, or the struggles we as people sometimes contend with, I think that’s a different story. I personally struggle with depression and an overactive imagination. Satan loves to distort our minds/imaginations but God also takes hold of our imaginations and is the King of a creative mind. I think God can and does heal our minds and also gives us paranormal experiences in line with his Kingdom to draw us closer to heaven while on earth. Also, I think there is gonna be a shade of gray while on this earth but thank God, he’s able to deal with the gray and grace covers us and sustains us even when we don’t understand what is happening even within our own minds.

    • Thanks Jade. That’s helpful. I found some stuff in John 7 and 10 that helped too. Basically what I got out of those passages was that in discerning God’s voice from demonic, we need to be surrendered to God’s will. That is, we need to be willing to obey. If we don’t want to obey, in my estimation, that is where we can expect more or the most demonic influence. Thanks for posting brother!

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