Why do some hate more than others? (F)
Terry Dashner…..Faith Fellowship Church in Broken Arrow, OK 74013
In early 1990s Dr. C. Peter Wagner wrote a book entitled, Breaking Strongholds in Your City with subtitle, How to use spiritual mapping to make your prayers more strategic, effective and targeted (Regal Books). To finish out my series on why some hate more than others, I’m going to highlight some of Dr. Wagner’s insights, which at time of book’s publication were prophetic but, nevertheless, unproven; however, today these insights are being employed worldwide with great results. I believe you will benefit from this brief study.
In book’s introduction Dr. Wagner answers this question: What good is spiritual mapping? Says Wagner, “As many of our contributors stress, we do not regard spiritual mapping as an end in itself. However, we do believe it is God’s desire for us to pray, ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ (Matt. 6:10). We also see a cause-and-effect relationship between faithfulness of God’s people in prayer and coming of His Kingdom. When God’s will is done on earth we see lost people saved; sick people healed; poor people with sufficient essentials; and end to wars, fighting and bloodshed; oppressed people liberated; just governments; fair and equitable business practices; harmony among races, just to mention some of benefits.”
Then Dr. Wagner tackles big question: Is spiritual mapping Biblical? Again Dr. Wagner writes, “An example of spiritual mapping is seen in Ezekiel 4: 1-3 where God instructs Ezekiel to make a map of city of Jerusalem on a clay tablet, then ‘lay siege against it.’ Obviously, this refers to spiritual, not conventional, warfare.
“I mention this because some research has turned up what is regarded by archaeologists as first known map of a city, city of Nippur, ancient cultural center of Sumer. It is on a well-preserved clay tablet, undoubtedly similar to one Ezekiel used. The features on map, drawn around 1500 B.C., constitute what we today would call spiritual mapping. In center of city is written ‘the place of Enlil.’ It is said that in city ‘dwelt air god, Enlil, leading deity of Sumerian pantheon.’ We would identify it as territorial spirit over Sumer.”
With any activity that targets one phase of ministry over another, one must be cautious and aware that Satan is very deceptive. He can take believers to extremes and bury them there if they do not “watch and pray.” When a believer maps out a spiritual territory over which to intercede and bind up “strong man,” believer must stand firm in prayer and Word of God. The believer’s authority over devil is name Jesus and power of Holy Spirit. When this is understood, spiritual warfare becomes work of God through us and not because of us.
How does one know if spiritual warfare over an area is working? For one, entire spiritual climate will give way to changes. Again Dr. Wagner writes, “When children of Israel were preparing to take Promised Land, God gave them law of warfare. This is important for us today when we realize that God was preparing them for spiritual warfare, not conventional warfare. What conventional army ever defeated a city by marching around it X number of times and blowing horns? I believe these laws of warfare as recorded in Deuteronomy 20 are valid today.