Seeking help from a Saint?
Wisdom from an Angel?
PART 2 in the series on The Supernatural in the Church
By Terry L. Craig
© 2008, 2015
This is such a complex subject . . . but the simple, foundational wisdom that is available to all of us seems to fly right over the attention of many Christians. There are three components to this subject. God, you, and others:
God is God of course. I believe He is limitless in His love for us and His capacity to show it.
You. Well, you are you. How and what you think about yourself impacts your communication with Father.
Others. God can use anybody or anything to speak to us. To trust others with our souls, however, is a mistake we are repeatedly warned to avoid.
In Part 1 of this series, I asked people to consider whether or not God actually speaks to people (personally or through angels or prophets) anymore. And one simple truth is that if you decide that God can’t or won’t speak to you—He will probably honor your wishes. If you are prone to scoffing, yet think of yourself as an upstanding Christian . . . perhaps you should look at what God thinks of scoffers and those who are prone to doubt His words. Let me say it’s a sobering discovery if you’ve never looked up these topics in the Bible.
If you’re reading this, there is probably at least some part of you that would like to think that God is still in the business of communicating with mere mortals and/or intervening in our lives. Again, I happen to believe He does, but I also think there is a lot of turmoil in the Body (both pro and con) regarding the supernatural. Most of the turmoil, in my opinion, is caused by fuzzy thinking. The Bible is packed with accounts of supernatural interventions of God (and some of Satan) in the lives ordinary individuals.
Is it wrong to seek God? No. God longs to have you come and linger in His presence, seeking His face, listening for His voice. To whom will Father speak? Those with "ears to hear."
DO YOU HAVE EARS TO HEAR?
The problem comes when we are seeking something WE have decided is right or good or that we must have, all the while trying to slap a seal of God’s approval on it. Such an attitude is a mask for witchcraft.
What is witchcraft?
The essence of witchcraft is found in 1 Samuel 15. King Saul has creatively disobeyed the Lord—he has done what he wanted, then tried to say he did it in order to honor God. How many of us do this?
"For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” 1 Samuel 15:23, NIV
The essence of witchcraft is this: MY kingdom come, MY will be done. If this is your heart, it is unlikely you will hear from God . . . but if you do, remember you will stand in judgment for what you did with what you heard.
How many Christians today are asking whether or not they should leave their spouse for another person? How many are asking God to give them direction when they’ve set course for something His word has already told them not to do? How many will “shop” for a word from someone or a verse of Scripture that will permit them to run to something they’ve already fixed in their hearts as the almighty THING they’ll lose everything to keep?
Jesus tells the story of a rich man who died and realized he had entered into judgment for how he’d lived his life. He could see Abraham on the “other side” (Paradise) and asked to be able go back and warn his sinful brothers. The simple wisdom we can see here is that if someone has their heart set on what they already know to be sin, then even the supernatural won’t alter their course.
27 “ . . . ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” Luke 16: 27-31, NIV
WHAT (OR WHOM) IS AT THE CENTER OF YOUR SEARCH?
The same people whom God delivered out of Egypt decided that they'd rather hear from MOSES than directly from God. (Ex. 20:19) They placed Moses as a buffer between themselves and God and it had a threefold purpose: The first was that they felt freed from the (possibly terrifying) position of standing before a God from whom nothing was hidden. The second was that they weren't responsible to personally hear God's words for themselves. The third was that they could choose to selectively disobey what Moses said and it wouldn't (they rationalized) be the same thing as disobeying God. To attempt to put a "saint" or angel between you and God implies one or more of those same motives.
What should the Lord's people do?
Call now, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn? . . . But as for me, I would seek God, and I would place my cause before God; Who does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number. —Job 5:1, 8, &9 NASB, underline and bold added by me
(The Lord says) And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.—Psalm 50:15, King James Version, underline and bold added by me
(The Lord says) He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.—Psalm 91:15 King James Version, underline and bold added by me
As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:27-28, NIV, underline and bold added by me
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” [Jesus speaking] John 16:33, NIV, underline and bold added by me
Jesus said: "My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." John 10:27
Who better to seek than the Almighty, THE healer, THE answer, THE creator of all that is seen and unseen? Is it that you think He is too busy to be bothered by your problems? Incapable of multitasking? Perhaps your god is too small. Is it that you feel too dirty or defiled to be heard by God? Maybe it’s a good time to simply recognize that, repent, and fall into His mercy. Stop making excuses and simply run to God. No one is beyond His help.
He MAY send a prophet or angel to encourage you along the way, but this shouldn’t be what you are seeking.
“I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.
“You must not have any other god but me.
“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods . . .” — Deuteronomy 5:6-9, NLT
Here are the words of a man by the name of John who wrote the book of Revelation and saw both saints and angels in Heaven.
At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.—Revelation 19:10, NIV
I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”—Revelation 22:8-9, NIV
If you are in trouble or need today and you’re open to WHATEVER God has for you, that’s a good place to start. Trusting our Heavenly Father is never a mistake.
Jesus said to pray like this: "Your kingdom come, LORD, Your will be done, on earth (in my life) as it is in Heaven (which means: without fail)." When your heart is set upon Father and HIS will, nothing is impossible.
Copyright 2008, 2015 Terry L. Craig
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