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Susan and Robert: A Victory In Love

This story is about two real people whose names are not Susan and Robert. The lives of these real people served as n inspiration for this story. Because the lives of these two real people were a blessing to others and as well as a blessing to God, we present this story to bless your life and the life of all those you will ever know.

We present to you a transcript of one of the interactions between NewOne and OldOne, angels whose names indicate their respective state of service to our Lord.

OldOne: NewOne, look into your portal. You will see in your portal two people named Susan and Robert. Susan and Robert are a blessing to the Lord, and in turn, the Lord has blessed both of them. Susan was attacked by the darkness at an early age. The darkness saw her potential and tried to stop her from realizing her contribution to the Father's work.

NewOne: Why didn't we stop the darkness from attacking Susan in the first place?

OldOne: Susan wanted to know that as well. The answer is we cannot change reality or we cannot change the rules of reality until the Lord Jesus returns to walk the earth. Until Jesus returns, the Father wants every attack by the darkness to be used in love for His glory. We use many agents in our work on the earth. We place invisible seeds of influence in people's lives. Nearly all of our work planting seeds of influence is done without people knowing what we are doing. Some of our seeds germinate, others do not. How many of our seeds germinate depend upon how much faith a person has in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. A person of little faith is a person with arid ground. A person of great faith is like fertile ground. The greater a person's faith, the greater their responsiveness to our influence planting will be. In Susan's case, the Father called her father into the ministry. Her father's responsiveness would, in part, lay the spiritual groundwork for Susan's success later on. Her father's responsiveness to the Lord's calling was, in part, the work of his parents or Susan's grandparents. In our seed planting activities, we work for generations to get a result in the future from persons yet unborn.

NewOne: What if the seed planting does not work? What if people ignore the seeds of influence?

OldOne: Tragically, it happens all the time. Unfortunately, when people ignore God and ignore His will in their life, chaos and disaster will surely visit. In Susan's life, in the life of her parents, grandparents, on back into generations past on both sides of her family, people were receptive to the love of God. Their receptiveness got passed on from one generation to the next. The same was also true of Robert's heritage although his heritage of faith was not as visible or vocal as was Susan's. In Robert's and Susan's life, we had to start our work several generations back in their family history. To get those earlier generations on our side, we had to start in still earlier generations back in each person's family history.

NewOne: What if one of the persons in a family history does not respond to us? What happens in the future of that family?

OldOne: When that happens, we try to make up for it in other ways by introducing influences into a person's life from neighbors, friends, teachers, doctors, anyone possible to try and make up the difference when we have someone who lacks faith. The intricate nature of all this seed planting and influencing of persons is so complex, only the Father has the mind and capability to do the eventual placement of His love and power in any person's life. Although all persons are given the same amount of our influence, many persons do not respond the Father's love. Unbeknownst to either Susan or Robert, thousands of people had seeds planted by us in the history of their lives. When the darkness struck Susan, at least some of the seeds germinating would give Susan the kind of support and background she would need to multiply the Light in the face of certain darkness. We knew there would be an attack by the darkness but we did not know the specific time, place, or substance of the attack on her life. Each person is singled out by the darkness and we single out each person for our blessings and unseen influences. We take great pains in making sure people do not know when and how we intervene in their life.

NewOne: Why don't we want people to know we are working for them? Wouldn't knowing more about angels working in a person's life be of benefit to a person?

OldOne: Sometimes we do let people know we intervene but this knowledge is extremely rare. If people knew what we did and how we work, they could become dependent upon us. In some cases people can begin to worship us instead of worshipping the Father. We do not want people being dependent. God is glorified most when people are strong and spiritually healthy. God is not glorified when people are spiritually weak and dependent.

In Robert's case, we singled him out as soon as we saw what was happening to Susan. Of course, neither of them knew each other at the time. When Robert first encountered Susan in a college library, we did have to goad Robert to make him irritated at Susan's shyness, fear of contact, and fear of disapproval. Susan's affliction put upon her by the darkness made her want to avoid contact with others. Although most people would have just overlooked Susan, in Robert's case, he saw past her exterior afflictions and we got him to be irritated because he could not see what she was really like. We made him irritated enough he actually confronted Susan about her shyness and fear of contact. At first, this confrontation was shocking to Susan. However, with the groundwork we did in her family, we knew she would see Robert's confrontation in a loving way and not as an attack to shame her or humiliate her. Robert's confrontation was an epiphany event for Susan. From that moment on, her world started turning, light started to filter in, and all the groundwork of love done by us in her ancestors, neighbors, friends, and acquaintances of people in generations past, people she never knew, began to take hold. The darkness had not only put a physical affliction upon Susan, the darkness had put lies, half-truths, and misconceptions into Susanís mind about what others thought of her.

NewOne: How did you get Susan to turn away from the grip of the darkness? How did you get her to see and know the truth?

OldOne: Oh, that was pretty easy although we didnít have much to do with it. Susanís darkness was really shattered when Robert first kissed her. The darkness had no chance after Robert first kissed her.

NewOne: What if you had not gotten Robert to confront or kiss Susan?

OldOne: Of course, Robert was not aware of this, and other people are not aware of this, but we had a plan B, C, D, E, and F in mind for Robert. Fortunately for us, Susan was a beautiful young woman so our job was made a great deal easier by her beauty. In Susan's case, the Father achieved one of His ultimate victories. Initially, on her life track, Susan became a physical therapist and worked with people who needed assistance in their life like she did. In the beginning of his career, Robert became an accountant and was very successful in landing new accounts.

NewOne: What would you have done if Susan and Robert had made the wrong decision about their vocations?

OldOne: Actually that is what happened. We wanted both of them to become teachers so the Lord's influence in their life could be multiplied a thousand-fold through others. Because Susan and Robert were sensitive to our influence, although neither of them would have strongly testified to being sensitive to us at the time, they began to position their life more toward teaching the longer they worked in these other vocations.

 NewOne: What if neither of them had decided to become a teacher? Then what would you have done?

 OldOne: In our work, we take losses. With some people, we take enormous losses. The more we can influence a person's ancestral line, the less of a loss we usually take. There is only so much we can do in a person's life. We cannot take over a person's life. We cannot live out a person's life for them. We cannot influence a person to the point where they have no free will. All we can do is plant the seeds of influence. By eventually pursuing a teaching profession, Susan and Robert directly influenced thousands of others. Those thousands would go on to influence thousands more. Susan and Robert, although not aware of how much influence they had upon the kingdom of God, would have a major impact upon God's work upon the earth. We used Robert and Susan to plant God's seeds of influence in their students just as we used others to plant seeds of influence in Robert and Susan's life.

NewOne: Did you get Susan and Robert to make statements of faith, to evangelize, to make direct statements about God?

OldOne: No, not in this case. Not everyone in the world is chosen to be an evangelist. Some people do nothing more than place holding. Place holding is where a person does not add or subtract in regard to the Father's work. However, we got Susan and Robert committed to making sure people did not fold up and go home when they were attacked by the darkness. We instilled in Susan and Robert a steadfast and unrelenting spirit in the face of an attack by the darkness. In Susan's case, we were able to introduce enough godly influences into her life and the life of her ancestors, she did not just stand against the darkness, but she actually began attacking the darkness in providing healing and wholeness to others.

NewOne: Couldn't you just avoid all this ancestral influencing and use a new convert to get done what you need to get done?

OldOne: In doing our work, an important factor is the work we do in a person's ancestral lineage. By placing love, kindness, understanding, worship, and faithfulness in the lives of a person's ancestors, we are more able to influence the outcome of the lives of persons in later generations. In addition, we can remain more unseen and more anonymous by working in generations before someone is born. Generally speaking, we work in the past to produce the present. Robert began to love Susan even before Robert knew much about her history or her life. In his life, we made love, kindness, understanding, worship, and faithfulness the foundation of people in his ancestral heritage like we did in Susan's ancestors.

NewOne: Isn't the intent of a person more important then being victorious in life?

OldOne: No, we want victory. Many people on the earth want victory and they have godly intentions. However, wanting victory and godly intentions can still bring about devastating losses. In earthly terms, we want the goods delivered. The victory achieved in the life of Susan and Robert was a true victory for God. In addition, both Susan and Robert had freedom of choice about every matter. Fortunately for us, the influences of their heritage came into play, their own spiritual sensitivities came into play, and those influences molded and shaped Susanís and Robert's responses to events in their life and work.

NewOne: Shouldn't people be aware we are trying to influence them?

OldOne: Technically speaking, we do not do the influencing, we just try to arrange things around a personís life. The Father is really the person who provides the power or influence. All people should to be receptive to the Lordís attempts to influence them without knowing He or we are doing the seed planting. Some people refuse to accept God's reality. Some people refuse to accept the power of the love of the Father or the dynamic of Christ's love in the world. Tragically, some people love the darkness. Some people choose the darkness over the light. In Susan and Robert's life, they choose the Light. If either of them, or if a substantial number of people in their ancestral heritage had chosen the darkness, the outcome of their respective lives would have been tragically different. The darkness sought to make victims. In Robert and Susan's life, what the darkness got was not victims but victors. Each person contributes to the power and love of God by pointing their life and soul in the direction of God. The more devout people are, the more they contribute to God's plan for their life and contribute to the life other persons. The love of God and the love of other persons brings about a realization of God's power in a person's life. Robert's love for Susan gave her power, strength, and hope. Without love there is weakness, powerlessness, and hopelessness. Susan was a person of faith. Her faith was tested early on in her life. Susanís faith maximized our influence in her life. Through her, Susan's faith multiplied the love of God in the lives of thousands of others.

NewOne: What was Susan's greatest achievement for herself?

OldOne: Susan's greatest achievement was in learning how much she made up her own issue about her affliction. Susan, like millions of others, accepted lies and untruths from the darkness about her affliction and about how others saw her. Susan, like others, made up, out of thin air, most of her pain about her issue. This is not unusual. As a general rule, many of the issues people face in life are made up. Although the issues are seemingly real, much of the time the issues people face are lies fed to them by satanic evil. People often have issues tear them apart. What these people do not realize is the product of their thinking and imagination is not only unreal, but the product of their dark thinking and imagination is also an evil lie. When Susan realized Robert loved her, and when Susan realized she had nothing to fear from others, her issue of fear and anxiety melted away. Because of her freedom from the evil oneís lies, Susan went on to not only lead a productive life, she glorified God by attacking the darkness in her work with others.

NewOne: What the story about Susan and Robert means we are to plant seeds of influence in a personís life so when darkness strikes, they are to use the darkness to glorify God, even when it seems there is no way to use tragedy or darkness. Using the darkness against the darkness is one of Godís greatest victories.

OldOne: You are correct, NewOne.

Matthew 13:3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop--a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 He who has ears, let him hear." 10 The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?" 11 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: " 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15 For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. 18 "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." 24 Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 "The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?' 28 " 'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' 29 " 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.' " 31 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches." 33 He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough." 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world." 36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field." 37 He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40 "As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. 44 "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. 45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. (NIV)

A real story about real people with a projected angel conversation thrown in to bless our Lord's work.

This story first appeared in July, 2006, in the Virtual Church web site at http://www.findthepower.com

 

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