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Dealing with Spiritual Warfare [Time Out]

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(by Jerry Schmoyer)

When I started pastoring 40 years ago I never imagined I’d have a ministry in spiritual warfare. I didn’t even know what spiritual warfare was until about 25 years ago. I knew some Christians who struggled with sin and didn’t seem to have victory no matter how hard they tried or how much they trusted God. No amount of counseling helped. It seemed like something greater than themselves was controlling them.One of my own children was being influenced by something evil, as well. God in his mercy brought some men into my life who taught me about spiritual warfare and deliverance from demonizing.

Paul says “we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices” (2 Corinthians 2:5-11) but I was very ignorant. Since that time I have been ministering to those in need of spiritual warfare counseling. I have read many books and talked to lots of people. God has been teaching me and helping me learn how to help those who are attacked by Satan and his forces.

Being involved in this is very humbling but also very encouraging. Seeing God’s power at work in such a real way is simply awesome. Having a front row seat as lives are changed and people who have been defeated begin to live in victory is wonderful to see. The internet opens up many doors to minister and daily I hear from people throughout the world. I counsel them through email and a web site. I thank God for the privilege! I have no idea why He chose me to be trained and gifted in this but I’m glad He did!

As our culture moves further and further from a Biblical foundation, the powers of darkness are getting a stronger hold and becoming more bold in their actions. Still, most American Christians don’t really take Satan and demons seriously until they run into their blatant work on a mission trip somewhere.

The greatest impact this has had on me personally is to deepen my faith in God and to better appreciate the power of the cross. All hail the power of Jesus’ name!

Scripture

2 Corinthians 2:11, “…in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

Ephesians 6:10-12, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Reflect

  • How aware are YOU of the enemies schemes against you, your family and your ministry?
  • If Satan were to oppose you or your ministry, what kinds of things might he use to discourage and defeat you?
  • What can you do to have victory over this?
  • For more information on the subject of spiritual warfare contact me at jerry@schmoyer.net and I’ll send you a free copy of my Spiritual Warfare Handbook.

Posted on March 5, 2012

  • Randy Van Osten

    This article came at the right time. I’m going to be teaching my youth group about this next weekend. They experienced spiritual warfare firsthand about a month ago when we were on a retreat. We talked about it while we were there. However, they keep making fun of the experience. I want them to really understand how important and real demonic possession is! Thanks!

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