Plant Your Cross November 28
Plant Your Cross November 28
I Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; Because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Notice this scripture doesn't say, 'he is a roaring lion' it says 'he acts like a roaring lion.' He will use people to intimidate you every chance he gets.
Recently the Lord told me to go back to Detroit and plant a cross at the Packard car plant. The Packard plant went of business more than sixty-five years ago. A wealthy real estate tycoon from Peru purchased it. Before Judy and I left, the Lord told me He would provide me with a cross.
When we arrived at the specific building the Lord wanted me to be, a security guard immediately approached us and told me that I was not allowed to enter the property in no uncertain terms. However, this building is not legally owned by the tycoon. The city of Detroit said it was not part of the purchase. The security guard assured me that it was their property and "Do not cross this line."
Well, one obstacle in front of us, like a roaring lion trying to hinder our assignment. Now I needed a cross, and we were running out of time. Judy and I went to the lumber store and department stores, but we couldn't find a cross.
Then Packard Al called me, and He is a rugged old Christian man that lives in an abandoned warehouse at the plant. (Directly behind the building I needed.) He was waiting for us to arrive. I explained to him our dilemma about not being able to buy a cross. He told us to come over, and he would build one.
When we arrived at his home (?), we found two pieces of cedarwood, stained red. With all the rusted old metal, the two boards were so out of place it was like they were waiting for us.
We fashioned a cross, and as we put it together, I thought, "this is going to be way too tall." I told Mr. Packard Al what the security guard had told us. We were not allowed on the property. He said that the parcel was city property, and they could not stop us from going on it. He was very sure of himself and confident in his authority, and he knew they had no power over this piece of land.
So, from the back entrance, we walked onto the property, trusting in Al's authority. In full view of the three security guards, they were not too happy about our presence there. They became vocal but did not approach us.
Now we needed a way to stand the cross up, and it was all pavement. A year earlier, the Lord told me to build an altar on this site and consecrate the land for the Lord. As I looked for the altar made from rocks, I couldn't find it. But Al noticed a sinkhole about the size of a basketball under a piece of plywood. When I looked down, it was the rocks from the altar! They had sunk and created the perfect hole for our cross, through pavement!
The cross slipped down into that sinkhole perfectly, and it was just the right height! We slid the plywood against it to hold it into position. Seventy-five feet away, I could hear the security guard saying, "What are they doing!" But they wouldn't approach us. We poured olive oil on the cross and prayed, consecrating this ground as Holy ground for the Lord.
When we finished, Packard Al walked ten feet over and pointed to some painted gravel. He told us this was a marker that the Satanists used; it gave them a coded message into which building to go for their rituals. He had observed them on occasions entering the plant late at night.
Here is the symbolism, The real estate tycoon claims to have legal ownership of the land. The security guards enforce the disputed claim with verbal threats of fear. Packard Al knew his authority; more importantly, he knew their lack of power. We walked with Al, placing faith in his authority and took back what the enemy has taken from the Lord.
The following day, as Judy was praying, she felt as though we hadn't done enough, and the Lord spoke to her and said, "I provided the cross, and I provided the hole." She knew then that the symbolism in the spirit was where the battle had taken place.
God has plans for that property, and He has plans for you.
He is: Jehovah Jireh
God My Provider
In Memory of Al (Detroit) Hill (Packard Al)