What better setting is there for a ghostly appearance than the thick darkness of the early morning hours between 3am and 6am? Not just the darkness, but dark and stormy with a whistling chilling wind with tumultuous and eerie sounds of misty waves. You and a few close friends being stranded in a boat in the midst of the dark and stormy sea…then it happens…a ghost appears on the foggy water and it is coming towards YOU! There are screams…questions…panic…and no way to abandon the ship or to sail the sea…trapped! We have all experienced the fear of a well told ghost story, we have all seen the paranormal reality shows, we all know of haunted homes, and we all know the reality of the supernatural realm of spirits. Fear is the underlining force behind the ghosts. The fear is present because there is nothing we can do in our physical body to relate to the spiritual realm. The spirit world is real and God is Spirit and is Master over all spirits and ghosts.
God wants to reconcile everyone of us to Himself, who is Spirit, and He has dominion over all spirits. That means fellowship with God eliminates fear, even when we become very aware of Satan’s demonic activity, which is in the spiritual realm. In fact, we can be of good cheer because the joy of the Lord is our strength. There is only one way to be reconciled to God and that is through Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for everyone of us. On the Cross, all ghostly, satanic, and demonic spirits have been conquered. We have peace and cheer during the darkest, eeriest, and most fearful encounters of the spiritual world, when the Spirit of Christ reigns in us. In the flesh, is fear of the things we cannot understand, and the spiritual realm cannot be understood by flesh and blood.
Fear puts us into slavery to do Satan’s work, but faith in what is done for us at the Cross of Christ is our liberty.
Peace and cheer is with us because Christ is of the Spiritual realm and conquers all evil spirits of the spiritual realm. Satan wants to haunt us through our sinful nature, but the Holy Spirit purges the sin so that we have all boldness in the confrontation of demonic spirits. In fact, our sanctification gives us victory over the forces of evil and darkness, and that sanctification is to be set apart from the sinful nature of the fleshly world. We put on the full armor of God to make us victorious over the principalities of darkness. In that darkness, we hear Jesus Christ say, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid!” We are the Temple of God in which Christ is the Minister, and no ghost or evil spirit has a place there!
“And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spoke unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”