A man had a dream. He saw a naked baby crying in the middle of a crossroad. He took the baby hoping to help locate the parents. Just then a van drove past, turned down a pathway in the forest. and parked a few metres away. The man walked towards the van, hoping the occupants could help in his bid to help the child.
Four people, two women and two men got out of the vehicle. One of the women claimed the baby was hers. The man suspected she was lying. Why did she leave the baby unattended at the crossroads? he wanted to know. He insisted that the baby should be taken to the Police Station for proper identification of the parents. An argument ensued between the man and the occupants of the vehicle. They moved towards him and grabbed him with the child,attemtig to drag both of them into the vehicle.
He woke up.
We will come back to the dream and its meaning later but let us look at the key words of the message: Deliverance from Evil Crossroads.
What is a crossroad? Basically, it is a place where two paths meet. On the other hand it is a crises situation. A point in time when a critical decision must be taken- a choice- must be made.
An example of a person who encountered a crossroad where he had to make a decision is found in the book of Ezekiel:
Ezekiel 21:19-23: Also, thou son of man, appoint thee two ways, that the sword of the king of Babylon may come: both twain shall come forth out of one land: and choose thou a place, choose it at the head of the way to the city.20) Appoint a way, that the sword may come to Rabbath of the Ammonites, and to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced.:21) For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.22) At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the voice with shouting, to appoint battering rams against the gates, to cast a mount, and to build a fort.23) And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their sight, to them that have sworn oaths: but he will call to remembrance the iniquity, that they may be taken.
The King of Babylon came to a crossroad. He was torn between laying siege on either Rabbath or Jerusalem. He cast a lot at the crossroad to determine which step to take. The bible says in his right hand was divination for Jerusalem. The decision was so crucial he had to engage in divination to his gods.He wanted the gods totell hiwhich of the ventures would be successful. God told His prophet Ezekiel to go ahead of the King to the crossroad in order to pre-influence the outcome of the lot. God determined that the lot would direct the king to besiege Jerusalem due to their disobedience. At the point the king had to take a decision he was at the crossroad of life.
There are both physical and spiritual crossroads . Saul faced a spiritual crossroad. He was already King but was torn between two decisions. Samuel told him to wait for him at Gigal but the Israelites were distressed and wanted him to act fast:
(1 Samuel 13:5-10) And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude: and they came up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward from Bethaven.(6) When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.(7) And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.
:8) And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.9) And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.(10) And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
Saul was aware of Samuel's instruction but he also felt he owed an obligation to the Israelites to act. He faced a crossroad but did not counsel himself to obey the instructions of the prophet. The wrong decision led to him being cut off by the Lord.
I Samuel 13: 11-14 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;12) Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.13) And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.14) But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.
We may consider the following facts about crossroads:
Many have had their destinies mislead at the crossroads of life.
Everyone has to pass through a crossroad, spiritual or physical, at one time or the other.
People going to different destinations or in opposite directions could meet at the crossroads of life.
A person heading to heaven could encounter a person going to hell at the crossroads of life. Either of them could divert each other in a different direction.
A person you meet could serve as a crossroad of life. A new job opportunity could serve as your crossroads. Spiritually, crossroads are very significant. We should take note of the following facts:
Spiritual beings converge at crossroads.
Satanic meetings take place at crossroads.
Confusion easily sets in to a personís life at the crossroad.
In many cases split decisions, sometimes in error, are taken at the crossroads of life.
Also, people are easily persuaded to take the wrong turn at the crossroads of life.
Another biblical example can be seen in the case of the children of Israel. They encountered a crossroad when they got to the border of Canaan:
(Numbers 13:25-33) And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.:26) And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.27) And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.28) Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.29) The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.30) And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
31) But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.32) And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.) And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
Prior to this Satan tried everything he could to hinder the children of Israel from getting to this point but he failed.
He used hunger but it did not work. He tried thirst but through Moses the Lord produced water from the rock. It seemed nothing could stop them.
Satan eventually chose to wait for the Israelites at the end the journey. At a point where they had to take a decision.
Twelve men came back from spying the land of promise with two contrary opinions. It was as if the israelites were encountering a crossroad with two signpost pointing opposite directions - one held by Joshua and Caleb, the other held by the other ten spies
The multitude ended up taking the wrong turn!
The problem of many people sets in when they get to the crossroads of life.
They take the wrong decisions.
They follow the wrong people.
They take the wrong pathway.
Examples of decisions people encounter at the crossroads of life include:
Who shall I marry?
Which church should I attend?
What kind of business should I venture into?
Who shall I reveal this secret to?
What course shall I study?
Why are crossroads so significant? Once you have taken the wrong decision or pathway it may be difficult or impossible to make up for the mistake.
You may miss the person you originally intended to meet.
You may meet a person you have been tryingto avoid.
You may miss your appointment or get to your destination late.
In the example given above the children of Israel tried to retrace their steps but it was to late:
And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.41) And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.42) Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.43) For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.
44)But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.45) Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.
We also need to note that crossroads lead to the pathways of either success or failure.
At the crossroad Ruth took the right pathway, her sister in-law, Oprah took the wrong one.
Elisha took the right path, Gehazi, who also waited on the man of God took the wrong one.
The four were faced with crucial decisions. Oprah saw a future of misery and sorrow in going further with Naomi. She felt turning back to Moab would be a safer option. Ruth however felt her commitment to the well being of her mother in law was the only option, irrespective of the consequences.
Just before Elijah was taken up to heaven Elisha was persuaded by virtually everyone (even Elijah) to step aside and allow his master experience his fate alone. He refused to yield. The sons of the prophet asked him whether he did not know Elijah was about to go to heaven. It seemed a stupid thing for him to be to follow Elijah to his grave. They told him to join them andobservefrom afar off but Elisha would not listen to their advice.
Gehazi however felt he had better options than his master. He did not see why they should have reject Naamanís gift. He took the wrong decision and paid dearly for it!
Back to the dream. The man in the story was distracted by the baby. The occupants of the vehicle were actually kidnappers who used the child as a bait for unsuspecting passers by. The victim had other plans, prior getting to the crossroads but found his attention drawn to the child. He felt he had to do something.
The snare was used to lure him into the van. Hedid not know the occupants of the vehicle had planned it all along.
How many times do we find ourselves taking decisions at a crossroad that we never planned to take. Just because of something that distracts our attention?
The meaning of the dream was explained to the man. He was told that he was about to make a major decision in life andthat he needs to pray and fast.
He had spent 13 years in the United Kingdom and by the 14th year was entitled to apply to regularise his stay in the country. This was on the condition that he did not break the law of the land within the stipulated period. He worked in a poorly paying job as a security guard until one day he came across an advert. It was for a job as a security officer. This man decided to apply. He knew it was a risk but felt he could stay out of trouble until the following year. The offer seemed too good to be true. He did not realise that the vacancy was arranged by the Home Office in collaboration with the company that placed the advert to lure illegal immigrants in the country.
At the interview venue, some plain clothes policemen walked. They asked the applicants to identiy themselves. It was discovered the man was working and living in the country illegally. The officersí in-charge failed to listen to his pleas, especially on the grounds that he would soon be eligible to apply for the necessary papers. He was reminded that one of the conditions was on the grounds that he did not work for more than a certain number of hours and by applying for the job he was breaking the law. He was promptly deported to his native country.
How many times are we faced with life-changing decisions ? Do we realise that the Devil seeks to ensure we take the wrong decisions when faced with crucial challenges in life?
One verse of the scripture we should make a habit of memorising and quoting constantly, especially when faced with crucial decisions is Psalm 119:133. It reads "Order my steps in they word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me." Itis the spirit of error that makes a person take the wrong decison at the crossroad of life. This is a spirit of iniquity.
In conclusion what must we do to ensure we not fall into this trap?
Ask for Godís guidance?
Re-evaluate your life.
Watch and pray.
Be humble so the Devil will not have occasion to tempt you.
Give glory to God alone.
Take the following prayer points:
I shall not make a wrong turn at the crossroads of life.
Every evil power waiting for me at the crossroads of life, die now in the name of Jesus.
Oh Lord, deliver me from those that are waiting to divert me in the wrong direction when it matters.
Spirit of error at the junction of life my life is not your candidate.
Powers luring me to take the wrong turn die and release me now in the name of Jesus.
My crossroads receive deliverance from satanic manipulation in the name Jesus.
You sprit of error, manifesting at the crossroad of my life, die and release me in the name of Jesus.