Tis the season!
It’s the season for getting together, visiting with family and friends. Some people you can’t wait to see, others, well… Sometimes, quite unexpectedly, you find yourself face to face with an old ‘friend’.
And so it was for me when I recognized an old acquaintance I’ve known for years. And even though he wears different faces in different places, I immediately knew who it was.
We’ll call him CRAM, because he is a controlling, religious and manipulative spirit.
If you’ve had any kind of a forerunner ministry for any length of time, then you’ve met cram. Sometimes he disguises himself as common sense, or uses other ‘legitimate’ and reasonable appeals to work his way into our ministries. Before you know it, he’s working his way to the top, into a controlling ‘high priority’ position. If you are following Gods call on your life, you need to be vigilant, because no one is above being influenced. Here are some things we need to keep in mind;
A religious spirit can be one of the most subtle. It comes in many guises, even masquerading as common sense and reason..
Once cram gets his foot in the door, he can become very quickly entrenched, and rather difficult to get rid of.
One of crams hallmarks is to ‘tone things down’ in the name of order and propriety.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. The level of freedom you experience in worship is a good litmus test for cram.
Religious spirits can crop up anywhere. CRAM will even show up in the midst of revival to shut it down. We need to be diligent, because, as I said above, we can all be influenced, without fully realizing it.
So….run into any ‘old friends’ lately?