Friday, 16 December 2011

Is Spiritual Mapping in the Bible?

Nu 13.17-20 spies sent into Canaan
‘Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, ‘Go up there into the Negev, and go up into the hill country, and see what the land is like, and whether the people who live in it are strong or weak, whether they are few or many, and whether the land they live in is good or bad, and whether the towns they live in are unwalled or fortified, and whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there are trees in it or not.’
Wanted to know about the enemy / land / battlefieldJosh 18.4 Survey land and write report
I will send 3 men… ‘that they may go throughout the land, writing a description of it with a view to their inheritances’.
Record what they lay claim to.
Nehemiah 2.12-15 preceding rebuilding walls of Jerusalem by Nehemiah.
V 12 ‘I told no one what God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem…’
v.13 ‘I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that had been broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire’
Nehemiah uses the information – v.17 ‘You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned, come let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem…’
V18 ‘ they committed themselves to the common good’
Acts 17.23 Paul investigates sites and customs of idols. Used Spiritual Mapping in his evangelism.
‘ As I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship I found among them an altar with the inscription ‘To an unknown god’
know their culture / religion
art reflects idols they worshipped.
Rev 1-3 Jesus walked among the lampstands. Recorded (through the Holy Spirit) his observations, and gave direction to overcome the problem.
Much spiritual opposition to our churches can be revealed by Spiritual Mapping.
Jesus knows all that is going on in our churches and cities. As we have the mind of Christ, through the Holy Spirit we too can gain insight into what is effecting our towns and cities. Spiritual Mapping is the discipline of prayerfully looking into both the natural and spiritual realms to gain insight into the cause and effect of problems manifest in our neighbourhoods. We are then better equipped to resist the enemy and for prayer action.