So this happened on Halloween! The morning was heavily overcast. Light rain fell continuously. At 2 pm warning came to our phone that there would be a severe thunderstorm. I watched for a few minutes as the rain and wind tossed debris around outside. And listened to the peel of thunder. Then I felt that something must be done about it. Lives could be adversely affected.
Without much further thought I stepped out briefly into the thunderstorm and said “Peace be still, in the name of Jesus. Be still in the name of Jesus”. Then walked backwards into the house. Closed the door and went about my business.
Moments later the storm stopped. I did not realize what was happening until I saw sunshine. That grabbed my attention. When I peaked outside I saw that the dark clouds were gone. The heavy winds had ceased. Just a very light drizzle of rain was falling with the sunshine.
I felt good knowing that people were spared devastation. An hour later a thought surfaced from the enemy. “Today is Halloween. Kids will be going trick-or-treating. Leaving the thunderstorm would have stopped that. Perhaps I was hasty in my actions.” I almost agreed with the thought, then I took it captive. I examined what God’s word says and his ways. Would he have sent a severe thunderstorm to stop Halloween?
There is no doubt in my mind that the storm would have brought devastation. Lives may be lost without the possibility of receiving salvation. Surely that was not the will of God. He desires that all men should be saved. My duty was to pray over my neighborhood and share the message of hope as much as possible. I had just begun to do that work. The more I pondered on the desire of God the more I felt at peace with my early actions. I had not done it rashly. Rain was given to water the land. God gave good rain for that purpose. Water spirits have worked to misguide nations and then bring natural disasters through flooding and earthquake so they lives would be eternally condemned.
I and my family do not celebrate Halloween. To stay clear of all activities associated with this celebration we do not participate in the fall festivals. We also let people know that hesitate to share our firm knowledge that this day is a celebration of the Devil. But we definitely would not want people harmed by to prevent them from participating.
God has given mankind free will. His desire is that all men serve him with a willing heart. He could have made us like robots. He could have ordered us to serve Him and left us with no options but again, that is not His style. We know that even the angels serve by choice. If they didn’t have choice a third would not have rebelled (Revelation 12:4,9).
I am reminded of the time when Jesus was refused entry into Samaritan village. John and his brother James were very upset that the people had dared to refuse entry to the Master. They immediately asked permission to call fire down from heaven to destroy the town. Jesus response was a big “NO!”. He not only stopped them, he told them that was not his nature. They must know to whom they belong. Meaning if you are mine then you would not have desired the destruction of the people. (Please see Luke 9:53-55). Running swiftly to shed blood is not his style. Proverbs tells us that he hates the person who does this (Proverbs 6:16-20).
The Lord has been good in increasing my faith to literally speak to the wind and rain. BUT I have felt that the gift must never be used carelessly. Power and authority must never be abused. When God entrusts us with power we must always be meek. Jesus could have used his authority to destroy is opponents from his ministry begun. It would have made them fear him. No one would dare plot against him. They would flee from him. But our dear Lord Jesus was so gentle and meek that he refused to be bated. He refused to be remain angry with the Pharisees, Sadduccees, Lawyers and other leaders that contented with him regularly. He did correct them. He scolded them at times. But he would never scorned them. He accepted their invitations and ate with them, even when they failed to display common courtesy due a Rabbi. (Please read John 8:44; Luke 7:36-50)
We are children of our Father. We must walk in love towards all man. Walking in love does not mean we compromise the gospel. We must be bold to stand before governments, leaders and other officials and speak but we must never compromise.
God wants the saints to walk in the fullness of their kingdom authority and power. He wants you to speak to the wind and the rain. You must walk in love. You must be yielded to him. And obedient.
Matthew 5:45, NKJV
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.