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The Natural vs. The Spiritual

By Martha Noebel
Staff Writer

CBN.com I feel that the devil is mimicking in the natural what God is doing in the Spiritual. I feel that if you look at what God is doing in the spirit realm, you will be able to see what Satan is doing in the natural world.

Recently, there have been reports of many house fires. There has been much destruction. We can think about all the awful things that are happening but they are a distorted mirrored-image of God's wonderful blessings being manifested in the Spirit.

For example, there have been 18 fires in one local neighborhood in the last few months. A friend of mine and I were talking about how terrible it was. Then the Holy Spirit clearly spoke to my heart. He let me know it is because God was setting fires in the lives of His people in the spirit realm. The devil was mad and this was his way of counterfeiting what God was doing.

CBN is coming out of two weeks of calling on God, believing Him for great things, praying for miracles, and receiving the fire of God in our chapel services. The chaplain spoke on the fire of God during our Week Of Prayer. On the following Wednesday it felt like the fire of God poured out of heaven. It was powerful. It was the closest thing I could imagine that would compare to the "Day of Pentecost." A peaceful calm blew in at the end of the service. It felt like you could touch it or see it.

God spoke to my heart letting me know He was setting these fires in us as individuals and in CBN as a ministry. We were receiving faith to see mighty things at the hand of a powerful, loving, awesome God. God spoke to my heart and said He is going to do a "new thing." I sensed it is going to be really big.

I could not explain it to my friends. I kept saying it is really big.

The fire of God is being poured in us so He can use us for great things. I feel there is a greater anointing here at CBN than ever before. I feel it in my personal life as well. God is blessing His people in every way. Finances are going to come in, faith will be increased, joy will be ignited in us, and much more. Yes, we will be tested, tried, and tempted, but we will come out with rejoicing and great victory!

This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned (I Corinthians 2:13, 14 NIV).

I want to move in the power of God. I long to see the miracles of God all around me. My family will see a difference and my neighbors will know there has been a change. The world can portray the turmoil that comes from the evil one but those who have spiritual eyes and ears will know there is more happening than what we see with the natural eye.

We can walk in the blessings of God in the spiritual realm. Take hold of what God is doing. Which realm will you walk in, the natural or the spiritual?

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