Over the years, I have seen strange and
unexplainable things take place. I want to share one such experience because
there seems to be a silence in certain segments of the Church regarding such
things. It is actually healthy to process.
One cold winter morning, I was standing
inside the construction project of a very large church in the Rocky Mountain
region of the United States. It was early morning before anyone had arrived.
You could look out through the openings where the windows and doors would soon
be placed. Completion was projected to take place in another four months.
Standing in front of a window opening, I
looked out across the newly paved parking lot now under a covering of snow. The
night before several inches of fresh snow had fallen and covered the area.
As I scanned across the parking lot, I
noticed a set of human footprints that came from somewhere in the middle of the
parking lot approaching the construction site and finally entering an open door
frame not far from the window where I stood. Being curious, I exited the
doorway and followed the footprints out into the parking lot. After about fifty
feet the human footprints abruptly stopped and became large paw prints. I did a
double take. Thinking this might be someone walking a dog, I looked around.
There were no other tracks. It was a very distinct and abrupt transition from
paw prints to footprints- like a change in form had taken place mid-stride. The
tracks looked like a very large dog had made them. They were huge and
Immediately, I knew the Lord allowed me to
see this unusual evidence for a purpose. The spiritual world was being manifest
in the physical world. I began to pray for the church and its leaders and
against the dark spiritual forces that were attempting to gain access to the
ministry. I knew first hand the damage the presence of a wolfing spirit can
bring to a flock of spiritual sheep, especially during a building project. The
release of that prayer was why the Lord had me arrive on the church campus so
early that morning.
So much of what we are doing in the church
can be predictable. It is not evil, but it can become a masking presence to the
reality of what we face in the spiritual realm. The predictable glaze over the
eyes of many in the Church is being removed. We are about to see a greater
demonstration of the spiritual realm crossing over and leaving tracks in our
physical world. Some of these tracks are not as obvious as a wolf track
becoming human in a fresh blanket of snow, but they are tracks none-the-less.
The footprints of darkness can be seen as
a spirit of manipulation or control. It can be what Paul listed in Galatians as
the fruit of our flesh. Instead of fruit they are tracks that lead into our
circles of fellowship with the purpose of division and devouring.
When you see the evidence of these paw
prints of darkness do not shrink back in fear, but ask God what to do with what
you see. Your first line of defense is prayer. This is where the victory is
secured and where the enemy is confronted. After you and others pray, at some
point, if hearts are willing and the spiritual warfare has been properly waged,
you will see another set of prints, not as evidence of an arrival, but of a
When all of this takes place try to
remember that greater is the One who lives within you than any unexplainable
demonstration of darkness that might someday cross your path. This is such an
incredible and exciting time to be alive if we are aware.