Miracles: The Dark Side

Miracles: The Dark Side

If we define miracles as a display of the supernatural, then we are surrounded by more miracles than we might at first realize. In addition to evidences of the supernatural acts of God, we also are confronted by many supernatural works of the devil.

One such manifestation of supernatural power resides in the capacity of Barack Obama to institute whatever policies he chooses and engage in whatever behaviors he desires unscathed.

This takes us back to January 14, 2014 when he said regarding the advancement of his policies, “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” In essence he was asserting that if Congress did not pass bills that would advance his agenda, he would do so unilaterally. In other words, he asserted that he was going to bypass our constitutional form of government and act dictatorially. It was truly miraculous that an American president could make such a pronouncement without being impeached or at least severely chastised, but hardly a murmur was raised.

Even more audacious has been his following through on that threat without negative consequence. As we think of his many unconstitutional actions such as changing the tenets of ObamaCare repeatedly, it is inexplicable that he has been able to do so and get away with it scot-free.

I think also of the many scandals in which he and his administration have been embroiled, his almost countless lies, his policies such as lifting sanctions on Iran, which has given them a clear path to a nuclear weapon, places both the United States and Israel in jeopardy, and funds Iranian terrorist activities around the world. Pages upon pages could be filled with Obama’s breathtaking behaviors and policies, none of which ever seem to affect him negatively. One would think that sooner or later some activity or the cumulative effect would bring him down. Instead, it has not made a dent. The fact that Obama can do whatever he wants with impunity is utterly miraculous.

Now we are finding the same phenomenon applying to Hillary. In my previous post I listed just some of her many indiscretions, and they mount daily. Yet she continues to be identified as the favored candidate as though none of them ever happened. We are talking about behaviors serious enough to put a regular citizen in prison, but these lawless activities tend to slide off of her like water off a duck’s back. Nor does her refusal to hold a press conference make a difference. Perhaps all this would be understandable if Hillary exuded charm, but even friendly pundits admit her lack of charisma and likability. Her capacity to continue on as the favored candidate is absolutely miraculous.

I do not use the term “miraculous” casually, as if I’m looking for a synonym for fantastic or incredible. Rather, I am asserting that the outcomes described above fail natural explanations—possess all the earmarks of the supernatural. Or to state the case differently, from every indication the devil is at work empowering and protecting Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

I do not know whether Julian Assange was speaking literally or metaphorically two days ago when he asserted, “The American liberal press, in falling over themselves to defend Hillary Clinton, are erecting a demon that is going to put nooses around everyone’s necks as soon as she wins the election, which is almost certainly what she’s going to do.” Regardless, we have good reason to believe that a literal understanding is applicable, that demonic forces are at work in support of the American Left.

This should come as no surprise since the American Left includes every devilish cause in its agenda, be it sexual promiscuity and abortion or hostility toward the church and Israel. We would only be surprised if their work was not demonically empowered.

What lessons should we take away from this reality? The apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:11-12 instructs us to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” His words were never so applicable. This election is not merely about immigration or economic policy. Ultimately it constitutes a spiritual battle.

Paul was not revealing a new spiritual truth in this passage but one we find in Daniel 10 where good and evil angelic forces representing various kingdoms are revealed to be doing battle.

That being the case, even though we have a responsibility as citizens to engage at the political level, we have a parallel responsibility as Christians to fight this battle spiritually. How do we do that? The apostle Paul immediately follows the description of the spiritual armor with these words, “(P)raying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” Ultimately the battle for our country and our Christian culture must be fought by the power of prayer. In my book, Counterattack, I describe the salient role of prayer in the battle for our nation, specifically corporate prayer in our primary church services. In most churches an extended and serious prayer effort is missing, and that certainly is the case regarding battling in prayer against the demonic forces opposing our nation.

Ultimately, this election will be won or lost by prayer. That being the case, let me ask this question, based on present prayer efforts, what do you think will be the outcome?

One comment on “Miracles: The Dark Side
  1. Richard H. Stoeltzing says:

    Once again, you manage to put in print, my thoughts exactly. I pray daily for our country to choose the right.

    Dick

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