SATAN IS REAL BUT GOD IS GREATER
When I started pastoring 50 years ago, I never imagined I’d have a ministry in spiritual warfare. I didn’t even know what spiritual warfare was until about 30 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” (2Corinthians 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 a very 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 often I hear from people throughout the world. I counsel them through email and a web site (https://www.christiantrainingonline.org/our-ministries/spiritual-warfare/). 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!
Satan often works through fear, controlling people through his demons when they are afraid of them. Other people think Satan doesn’t exist and we shouldn’t think about him or demons. This ignorance leaves them open to demonic work. Both extremes are wrong. Satan is not someone we need to fear for God is greater than him (1 John 4:4) but neither can we ignore him. Instead, we must know how to have victory over him (2 Corinthians 2:5-11). I have written two books about this, have a web site with much information, and write a weekly blog about spiritual warfare. For more information on the subject of spiritual warfare contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a free copy of my Spiritual Warfare Handbook or answer any questions you may have.
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.
How aware are YOU of the enemy’s 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?
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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