is not what’s
in your head

and it’s
not what’s
in your heart.

Wisdom is
only what’s
in both your
head and
your heart,

and then
has been
††††† ACTION!

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I didn't start exploring the truth of this law until I stopped to think about Daniel 10:13 "The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia".

8.  Each nation, institution, congregation, group, and family has its own spiritual characteristics.  God deals with each group at each level as if it was an individual having its own blessing, calling, teaching, and He judges whole nations just as He does you.

I had to check.  Are there other places in the Bible where this idea is substantiated?  Yes!  Follow how God repeatedly deals with the insensitivity of all of Edom as it came from Esau; the characteristics of Moab and the Ammonites that resulted from Lot's daughters; the Canaanites from Ham; to this day you see those that came from Ishmael at each other's throats, a pride-vengeance culture; and on the good side are the Rechabites who obeyed Jonadad to not drink wine; Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all of Israel that were sensitive to the Lord (yes it took a lot of remnants and training, but God saw the root was there).  And of course the Bible contains politically incorrect statements about: the lying nature of all Cretans; the blood thirsty nature of the Amalekites; and the despised half-bred mixed nature of Samaritans (where we are indeed given a description and verification in their origin).

So yes!  As I read the Bible the other nations and tribes are not just destroyed or ignored.  Each has its own story.  You would be amazed at how many will in the end have a remnant redeemed or restored.

I then looked at people, groups, and institutions around me.  Son of a gun, the Bible is still right!  In Exodus 34:7 God is "keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation."  When I looked at various families I saw it, the same good and the bad, the same forgiving, and the same visiting iniquity.  It isn't just genetic.  Like the Arab hatred of Israel, it is taught, it is passed down as part of their very being.  It is "right" because they know nothing else.

It does not matter if it's a backyard treehouse club with Calvin and Hobbes, a Woman's League church group in Des Moines, or a group of money laundering carbon credit trading bankers in Chicago, I am convinced each has a spirit. And might I guess that like angels at least 1/3rd of all groups or nations are fallen.  And the other 2/3rds need "testing" and stretching, just like you do.

Walk into the center on any group and just quietly observe.  The Lord will let you see their spirit if you ask.

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