[An excerpt from the new booklet by Joseph Luxum “Principalities & Powers”]
We have been searching for answers to oppositions and hindrances and developed elaborate hypothesis, which in time took a form of yet another religion. God did away with ritualistic religious observances by giving us His Holy Spirit by which we are able to grasp eternity. Yet it seems that we have permitted the fleshly entities to gain the upper hand over the spiritual ones. The natural man clings to natural things and because most of its preoccupations are physical, like food and drink, shelter, bills etc, through these capabilities we also filter spiritual things. The result is yet another ritualistic observance, often blind and void of any spiritual substance. Mysticism and symbolism seems to suit the natural man quite well.
The ancient world was very busy trying to explain the hindrances phenomenon and as a result developed the famous mythology of gods and demigods like Hermes, Poseidon or Pegasus. The Sumerians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians and Greeks were steeped in these fantastic notions to which the exiled Jews partially subscribed to, only to discard them later on. Nonetheless, it was too late for the emerging Christian church not to inherit this popular literature, and these are the reasons why the New Testament is spiked with references to those popular ideas and beliefs of that time.
The natural response to any hindrance is the unseen opposition yet we know that only time rules over the physical and never over the spiritual realm. Things get crossed and fall into different time slots, which we did not plan. Dealing with time is not easy. That’s the first hindrance. Another hindrance is the need for us to sleep. The Scripture tells us that God does neither slumber nor sleeps. He is God. Period. We sleep within the patches of darkness, which keep the intervals between days. Each patch of darkness we call night and our bodies must rest in order to properly function during the day; and if not, we will experience hindrances.
Only in darkness things can hide. The truth is not darkness, but rather light its reverse. The truth reveals and a lie obscures. Lie hinders while the truth leads and helps. Evil can lurk in shadows, therefore in darkness; goodness stands in the glory of light, etc. In the spiritual realm darkness plays no role, just as time or distance. In the New Jerusalem there won’t be any need for sun, moon or stars the Bible says. Therefore, quite naturally we see that these compose the natural world for our bodies. Our spirit person deals with only light, no space and no hindrances.
We conclude that hindrances occur when we deal with the contrast between the spiritual and the natural in the common-to-earth way. The physical realm always will hinder the spiritual realm because of its inherent properties, like time, darkness and matter. Imagining that it is the other way around is false, because open spaces do not hinder us. Light does not hinder, but helps us to see clearly.
Only in darkness we insinuate and imagine things. Once light sheds its glorious property into any dark area it will illuminate its true reality and then all insinuations and even silly imaginations suddenly vanish. It would be deemed as unintelligent and even foolish to stubbornly adhere to one’s imaginations or even doctrines when the light has already revealed the falsehood of that imagination or doctrine. What remains is repentance, which is only possible when the greater light of truth falls on the darkened-with-human-limitations area. After repentance grace arrives in order to lead one on the overcomers’ highway to glory. If a spiritual man never encountered any physical hindrances, he would have nothing to overcome. But he is called an overcomer because he leaps over those obstacles. In John 16:33 Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” There is nothing to overcome in the spiritual world such challenge presents only the physical world.
Darkness versus light
Darkness contains no energy; light does. Darkness does not cost you anything; energy does. Climbing a mountain costs you an energy output; sliding down the mountain is easy. Apostle Paul said that he who does not work should not eat. Food is energy and to get it one must put out more energy. Health is energy, illness happens because of waning energy. A weakened immune system exposes our organisms to infections and invasions of parasites that steal the life energy. Living organisms feed on other living organisms and that is the cycle of life on this planet. However, spiritual life differs from the natural one; and it is only common to humans who use reason and intellect.
During the night, temperatures plummet. Scorching hot desert becomes very cold during the night hours. Darkness fills the space and any floating mass can only be seen because of the reflecting sun. The universe is dark and cold; and there are black holes of which we can only speculate for they are indeed frightening.
In religion we also have those frightening black holes, and no one wants to touch them for they have proven very useful. The mystified realm of darkness can easily control ignorant crowds and since it is mystified we can add to it whatever we like to make them even more fearsome. Scaring people with hell, demons and eternal damnation and limitless sufferings was the best way of gaining numbers. Nonetheless, the faithful do not stay attached to God, but rather to the frame that holds God’s picture—religion.
In John 6:65 Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” Unless it is given one to come to Him, one is not able, on his own, to come to Jesus. No one finds Jesus, but rather the other way around—the Good Shepherd finds His own but lost sheep. It comes down to the three types of people: the seed, the tare and the filed. To one it is given while to another it is not. Those that love darkness and its spook will remain in it for eternity, but those that are drawn by-and-to the light indeed behold the truth for the Heavenly Father draws them. Jesus solely came to bear witness to the truth.
[John 3:21] “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
[John 18:37-38] Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out…
Pilate did not wait for the answer for he was not drawn to Jesus or to the truth. He was of darkness and did not like the light at all for it blinded him and exposed secrets.