A Spiritual Battle

The Devil seems to attack the Lord's work differently in different places. In the United States, it seems the biggest obstacle we have to face when doing prophecy meetings is either lack of attendance or lack of decisions. Overseas, however, Satan's attacks are much more prominent. Several years ago when I was in Sierra Leone, Africa with ShareHIM doing an evangelistic series, I was able to experience that firsthand. Little things would often go wrong, especially with our technical equipment. One of the other speakers who would carpool with me part of the way would often experience the same issues as I would on a given night. One evening my computer randomly shut down just before the sermon and would not start up for awhile. When we picked up the other speaker after the meeting, she told me that the craziest thing had happened. I said, "Let me guess. Your computer shut down right before the sermon." She responded, "Yes! Exactly!" Spiritualism is engrained into the lives of the African people and we could see the smoke ascending from their "spirit trees", in some cases right next to where the meetings were being held. We even witnessed a demonic attack that would not allow a young woman to be baptized.

While doing evangelism in the United States it's easy to forget that we really are fighting in a spiritual battle. It's easy to go through the motions and not think about the eternal destinies being decided all around us. Paul tells us that "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" (Ephesians 6:12). As we reach out to our local communities, let's make sure and bathe everything we do in prayer. God is more powerful than anything the devil can throw at us, but we need to ask Him for His help. Let's not try and fight this battle alone!

Asking for His help,

Pastor Sutherland