Fighting the Devil?

My heart is broken and burdened over the number of rejected and neglected teens we have seen out soul-winning. The youth are pouring from the local high schools, some willing to listen, most in total ignorance of the Bible.

I shared the gospel with three atheists and discovered their disbelief in God was due more to bitterness against God (this is often the true reason) than to a profession of “intellectual thinking and science.” They listened closely to the gospel and God allowed me to plant a seed. Praise Jesus!

As I have been meditating on God’s Word and seen the different attitudes toward preaching in different churches God has been opening my eyes to spiritual battles. Some weeks there is a fight for my mind to be focused. Other weeks there is great liberty in speech but the thoughts are not connecting with the listeners. At times, I lack the passion and fervency I desire to deliver God’s Word. It rarely has to do with circumstances.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood... Prayer is a must.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood… Prayer is a must.

Ephesians 6:12 says, For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We are literally in a battle against spirit beings. How often do we live in the reality of this truth? How many people actually believe this fact of Scripture?

In one church I could feel the demonic forces among our meeting. The children had never been so restless and I was struggling to connect with kids who normally would be on board right away. In my heart I knew it would be a struggle.

It was the last night of the meeting and we had several unsaved visitors. I was excited to preach the gospel! But, as we started the service, there was a lack of interest. The games were no longer exciting. The songs were losing interest. The kids were not even interested in a short video we played on a projector. They were chatting and giggling during a part of the Revival meeting that is usually the most attention grabbing.

All week had been a struggle with this group. They were well trained kids, but there was no interest. So, I did the only thing there is to do, PRAY.

During the five minute video I went to the back of the gym, turned off my lapel mic, and  got on my knees begging God to still the crowd of children. After three minutes of praying nothing happened. So, I decided to get off my knees. But, just as I did the Spirit of God spoke to my heart and said, “That’s it? That’s all you’re going to fight?” So, I remained on my knees and begged God to hold back the spiritual attack so we could see souls saved. After another minute the kids were hushed and attentive. There was a stillness in the service we had not seen all week. And three souls were saved.

This battle is not something many Christians believe or are aware of today. The Bible says that some things are “spiritually discerned.” I don’t claim to be a great man of God, but I have come to see where Satan fights. Almost every time I share the gospel with an individual, when I get to the end and ask them if they would like to receive Christ, there is a distraction; the phone rings, a child screams, a friend pulls up, an alarm goes off, etc… I just expect it every time now.

Many of you could give witness to this same struggle. We need prayer. We need it for ourselves, for our families, and our churches. There are days Bro. Dave and I both sense a fight against our purity more than normal. There are days where, for no reason at all, it is less exciting to preach. There are times when no matter how hard you focus it’s a battle to read your Bible and pray. Yes, I believe that Satan really does attack Christians.

Many people will think this story is odd. Many Christians will never understand the spiritual battle that is raging for the souls of man. But I have seen the power of prayer. I have seen God break through hearts of unbelievers because a man was willing to fast and pray.

God is so good. He has given us the victory in this battle through Christ. But first, we must see it. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;