4th/Oct/2006, 11:35 p.m., Shillong, India
We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. (Eph 6:12, CEV)
The revival in the Khasi and Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya (India) which continues to spread from one place to another, is however, not without the spate of backlash from the enemy of our soul. There has been criticism from some circles of both Christian and Non-Christian individuals and media against this move of God. Sometimes, journalists while reporting about the revival account tends to conclude with a negative note as was evident on the website of an internationally renown media.
In some schools the authorities threatened the students experiencing revival to be expelled, apparently, disruption of the class and school lessons being the reason alleged. But probably there would be other reasons too viz., prejudice, anti-charismata or even anti-Christian sentiments and the like.
And yet the intensity of the warfare is not with human individuals or any other organization for that matter whether they be Christian or Non-Christian, although as the apostle Paul said, we aren't ignorant of the wiles of Satan (2nd Cor 2:11). It has however, to do with demonic spirits appearing to some in vision or even in person thwarting and threatening them from pursuing after God. Needless to say, there have been cases where such evil spirits have tried to fake the anointing. At first, people under the possessions of such demonic spirits seem to fall to the ground just like those believers under the genuine anointing. However, soon they'll become very violent, at times trying to tear the Bible and some will even call themselves, "Lucifer" or "666". When this happens, believers will normally rally themselves around such person and in Jesus' name cast the demons out. In fact, such moments turns into a time of celebration of the glorious victory in the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ!
Apparently, most of these churches experiencing revival have hardly been exposed to the teaching of spiritual warfare and the Charisma probably with the exception of some. As such, at times there are the possibilities of things getting out of hands. But perhaps this would have been a perfect timing for the Body of Christ here to come together as one in trying to help each other in containing and as someone said, in "pastoring the revival" in our land. To that end, please pray in particular for the leadership in every churches, especially those which are experiencing revival, that they would have godly wisdom and anointing to encourage and lead people into the presence of God instead of discouraging them. Also, that the revival here wouldn't be short-lived but would actually grow in intensity and continue to spread in every single village and city.
Let's pray like Moses, "Show me, I pray thee, thy glory" (Ex 33:18).
Copyright 2006 Reuben Pradhan