Then, the angel appeared.
The holiness affixed to his presence caused me to fall on the floor as though I were dead. The glass landed next to my nose, its water splashing my face.
“Fear not,” he said, reaching down to raise me on my feet.
“You again. Will this be a common occurrence?” I asked, wiping my face.
He ignored the question and glanced over at the TV. The screen snapped off.
“I have been sent as a ministering spirit in response to your words,” he said.
“Yes, the questions you asked in your mind just outside the door of the apartment.”
I paused, trying to remember the questions.
“Oh, about whether it was always going to be like tonight at the home group or if there was an easier way.”
The angel nodded. His posture revealed more of a laid back approach toward me this time.
“The answer to the first question is that progressive Christian leaders, college professors, and veteran anti-war activists will always be tough to convert to the ways of God. Their hearts –”
I interrupted him without thinking about the consequences.
“But I thought all things were possible for God and –”
His eyes quickly mirrored his alpha-dog status.
“Their hearts,” he said repeating each word slowly, “resemble those of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes who opposed the teachings of Jesus.”
He paused as if to check my reactions. I bit my tongue.
“It takes humility and child-like faith to lay down what a person knows in order to learn what he does not know. Sadly, most leaders hate showing their vulnerability in this way, especially if chastising and shaking by the Holy Spirit are involved. But you must fast and pray for them. Some will change and have experiences like the Apostle Paul had on the Damascus Road. These will be some of the most influential believers in the next move of the Spirit on college campuses.”
As I listened, I wondered if it would be okay to tape record his words, but I was afraid to ask. Oh well, maybe the Holy Spirit can help me remember his words.
(Excerpt from Deceived Dead and Delivered by Larry Nevenhoven, © 2013, Amazon eBook.)
My prayer today:
Lord, I pray the Holy Spirit will fall on progressive Christian leaders, college professors, and anti-war activists so that some will have Damascus Road experiences like the Apostle Paul and will end up being influential believers in a move of the Spirit on college campuses.
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?
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