I want to write a series of messages on what transpires within the heart of the true saints of God. Throughout 32 years of ministering to these saints of God, I have found a mass of concerns that have defeated far too many well-meaning saints. I have noticed that in the last four years there is an overpowering plague that has troubled the finest of God’s people. These are things we need to understand lest we be brought to a place of complete despair.
The marvel of the holiness of God reigning in a previously sin-plagued human being, is one of the great achievements of the power of Jesus. This heavenly ambiance within an earthen vessel where the righteousness of Christ reigns, is an exhibition so powerful that Satan relentlessly pursues to bring heavy destruction upon it. God will at times use these abrasions in times of trouble and even sorrow, to bring sanctification to a saint through the Holy Spirit. However, we must take note that not all is sorrow and heartache within the heart of the redeemed. Often, the saint of God can lose his joy when the enemy pursues his soul. The idea that God is constantly chastening us and finding fault with us is simply not the truth of His ways. God Almighty from Heaven is all about building us up and bringing us to a deeper walk with Him through His redemptive ways. If the god you listen to is always tearing you down and overpowering you with inductions of guilt and irrelevant pressure against your soul, know one thing clearly: it is not the Father Elohim.
Satan can transform himself to appear as an angel of light, making us think that it is God that is speaking or chastening us. When God chastens us, He corrects us; this is exactly what He achieves. God truly does chasten those whom He loves, but that is not all He does. Some saints allow themselves to go through a continual beating for years until even their desire for God becomes jeopardized and soured. My friend, this is simply not God! God’s love does not damage your passion for Him. God’s loving conviction does not tear you down. Jesus said, “I will give you rest under my yoke”. God’s love does not spiritually destroy His saints. God chastens us when we need to be correctively loved, then He moves on leading us into deeper things of faith, joy, hope, grace, and love. God does not damage the saint. Satan is out to destroy, damage, kill, and deceive. When God corrects us, He does it by convicting our soul through the Holy Spirit. When God rebukes us, He does it with a full disclosure of love and perfect timing. Yes, God does lead us to brokenness but not by obliterating us into a cloud of constant condemnation of despair.
There are angels that are transformed, appearing as light that can speak swelling words of understanding or pretense of light. They seek to destroy the soul of God’s effective ones and bring them into the bondage of condemnation. They inflict words that cause great harm and offer nothing redemptive. These thoughts pursue the slight faults of the saints seeking to obscure their view of God. These thoughts from the disguised are utterly sinful and they seek to tarnish the spirit of a clean saint. The Holy Spirit always has the right timing when He speaks, instilling trust in His care. The angel of light has the wrong timing, inflicting despair.
Why does God call Satan a pretending angel? These angels seem super-spiritual whether in thoughts or in ability to speak into a situation. The problem is clear — that it brings the heart into deep constant despair and condemnation. These thoughts, whether they come through man or to man, are very destructive and anti-Christ. They hold themselves as bearers of light or revelation. These punitive thoughts appear to be out of concern, therefore going easily undetected because they seem so spiritual. The saint in his purity has a sensitive conscience to reverence God in honor and to maintain the fear of God. This makes him vulnerable and an easy target.
These people or thoughts are ‘wondering stars’, as Jude describes them. They rove and move but are wanderers in the desert of defeat and ensnarement. There is a carnal tendency for the saint to sense that God is constantly against them. This is never the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will never issue such antagonistic influence of constant despair upon the saint. Satan, as an angel of light, will certainly do so, but it needs to be quickly understood that this it is not the Holy Spirit. Does a godly loving father castigate his son for several years in an unrelenting way? Then how could we perceive that God does this to us? These are tactics to rob the joy of the saint and can never be received as being from God, regardless of how spiritual they may seem.
Proverbs 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: V. 12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth, [Greek: convicts] even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.