In World War II one of the most effective weapons that the enemy had against us gaining back stolen lands, was minefields placed in the waters of captured ports. Their sinister purpose was to suddenly trigger a devastating explosion right below the surface of the water. They were usually set off by magnetic metal detonators that reacted to the iron hulls of our ships.
So it is in the spiritual world we are living in today. When you’re about to enter into your miraculous promised breakthroughs, satan uses similar devices to surprise and hurt you and set you off course. I had such a day when I was going in to possess the miraculous promise that God had promised me many years before.
It was a Friday, and God spoke to me that morning while I was still in bed and said, “Look out for the landmines that satan has placed in your pathway.” Almost as if on cue, 20 minutes later I received an email from a lawyer telling me I needed to give him a check for $8,000. The next moment we discovered that bees had built a nest outside our house and they had already stung some people.
I remembered that Jesus said if a man walks in darkness he stumbles but if he waits for the light to come on he will see clearly. It is truly this way when it comes to spiritual attacks coming against your person. Like a ship that is sailing through waters filled with explosive mines, we must move still and quietly and not do anything to attract attention to our ship.
This is so important in the spiritual realm. When you are verbally attacked do not respond if you can help it. If you do have to respond, agree with your adversary while they are in the way. Wait for the Lord to give you a proper blessing for your enemy, and then you can completely rectify the negative and cause your enemy to end up praising you.
Learning to use the spiritual attributes is so vital to your continued success. This is why one of the attributes of the fruits of the Spirit that is not talked about a lot is “long suffering.” This prepares you to endure the period of persecution as you wait for God’s redemption.
Let me tell you about a potential encounter that incurred on this fateful Friday. I sensed a dangerous person was nearby as my family was leaving a parking lot while headed to a large department store. This person was a dark black hole of gravitational pull that was so strong that everything would be sucked out of a person to just fulfill their current need for attention.
The Holy Spirit gently instructed me to walk through the crowds of people, quietly speak in tongues and keep my eyes peeled on the pathway that was right before me and never look around. I did this for nearly an hour and a half ~ passing by literally hundreds of people but not seeing anyone in particular. Then I was met by someone who said, “I’ve seen you a couple of times and so-and-so was looking to meet you. I watched them walk right by you, but they never saw you nor you them!”
I gently smiled for I knew in my heart that God had protected me from a sure-fire explosion that would’ve damaged my ability to successfully complete the destination that the Lord has put our church upon. We all must realize that the journey God has for you is so critical to the future of your family, city, and nation ~ that we must listen daily to His voice and negotiate our way through life by being led by just the wind of the Spirit.
By the end of that Friday I had passed by ten landmine attacks that had been set up by the enemy, but not one of them had exploded! We also discovered that it wasn’t bees, but hornets, that had built a nest outside our house ~ and they were much cheaper and easier to exterminate. And, by holding off a week later, I discovered that the lawyer’s need for $8,000 was an opportunity to receive an incredible blessing of finances from another company.
Silence and waiting on the Lord has many added benefits. It is time for us as a people to learn the ways of God: it’s the way you receive things, it’s the way God does things ~ and it’s the way to life eternal.