Penelope And The Preadator
confess. Susan and I have unexpectedly morphed into the stereotypical older couple – the now rather commonplace pair that has a little dog they dote on and, in our case, she’s the aforementioned Penelope.
Penelope is a little black Pomeranian and, in spite of the fact that she is small and truly believes she’s ferocious and indestructible, out here in the deep forest where we live, there are wild animals and predators all over the place, so she’s in considerable peril. Of course, she’s no match for any wild animal, but in the course of recognizing the true danger of such a scenario, once again, the LORD showed me an important Spiritual truth.
Because we keep some chickens and a turkey or two, the wilderness all around us draws coyotes, raccoons, bobcats, possums, and skunks – to say nothing of the occasional bear or mountain lion. Did I mentioncoyotes? They come around on a regular basis, seeking whom they may devour.
Penelope knows nothing of such things, and she likes to run, so if she gets away from us (which she has on a couple of recent occasions), and goes all out at breakneck speed into the surrounding terrain, she becomes easy prey (and a potential meal), for all kinds of wild animals. Indeed, we once saw a hungry coyotedart in to the chicken coop perimeter in broad daylight, snatch one of our birds in its mouth right in front of us, and run away with it so quickly that we couldn’t stop the feathered carnage.
We also have some cattle, and have enjoyed the recurring phenomena when young calves first learn to run, for they tend to playfully prance across an adjacent pasture in a pack. A while back, we smiled as we noticed 4 or 5 young black bulls joyfully streaking across the field together, but we were unaware they were thrilled and excited to be running with a new companion, a very fast little friend running in their midst. We were shocked when we realized it was Penelope!
The feisty little dog escaped injury, but we had to repeatedly call her to get her to come to us before she finally responded. Susan says Penelope’s excuse was she couldn’t hear us because she was moving so quickly that the wind was in her ears, and the excitement of running with the bulls kept her from hearing the urgent call. It’s self evident that if she had not ultimately heard our frantic voices, and returned to the relative safety of the cabin, the matter would not have ended well.
As believers who sometimes find the wind is in our ears, we can’t really comprehend the true peril surrounding us in the Spiritual realm (II Timothy 3:1). Of course, the LORD is calling each and every one of us, but as we enjoy the freedom we’ve been blessed with, we’ve all unconsciously learned to tune Him out when we’re preoccupied with our own pursuits.
When our flawed reasoning tells us it’s safe to run with the bulls, because we have no concept of the degree of danger involved, sometimes we forget that, even though the Father has told us He will guide our very steps, we are also to maintain constant contact with Him, since we are all in the Spiritual wilderness (Revelation 17:3).
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (Isaiah 55:9, 30:21).
Obviously, God has warned all believers that theravening wolves (Matthew 7:15) are everywhere, yet we continually expose ourselves to the proverbial predators in sheep’s clothing, reasoning they still have some “good information.” At Christian Media, we receive periodic communications from supporters and well wishers who include us in their circle of Spiritual leaders; however, I am occasionally stunned to find the other voices some of our friends like to run with are the same dangerous bulls which Christ has urged us to aggressively reprove.
In other cases, I’ll receive an email categorically rejecting the primary thrust of one of our prophecy articles, and the individual – clearly resisting a move of the Holy Spirit – emotionally reaffirms the very evil the essay addressed, leaving me to wonder how they could actually read it, and not have any of it sink in. After some contemplation, it becomes clear they did perceive the writing sought to alert them to a false doctrine (or prophetic pretender), but they simply chose not to believe it. In other words, many people flatly reject the truth that they have a roaring lion in their midst (I Peter 5:8). This is roughly analogous to Penelopetelling me there is no such thing as a coyote, because she’s never seen one – so she figures she should be free to hang out at the chicken coop, and run with the bulls.
Conversely, the true Remnant of Israel is being gathered with us in the dimension of the Spirit, and we are steadily learning to hear the voice of Him whose ways are higher than ours. As we seek to abide in His Word and hear His voice, we trust that He will continue to lead us to green pastures.
“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall” (Malachi 4:2).
In the meantime, we’re keeping a close eye on Penelope.
-- James Lloyd_____________________________________
The LORD has chosen this ministry to declare things which are destined to be widely rejected by this evil generation – and the sad truth is, those who will not hear us largely consist of the existing Christian body – a group which desperately needs to turn away from the false prophets who continue to deceive them. The fact that we already know vast numbers of believers will nothear this call does not change our mission. The story of the Christian Media ministry is recounted in the James Lloyd book, THEY WILL NOT HEAR THEE.