(I have been in ministry for 50 years and in spiritual warfare ministry for almost 35 years. God has used both to teach me and make me more like Jesus. I’d like to share some of the lessons I have learned through studying, writing, teaching, counseling and praying spiritual warfare.)
When I was very young, in my early teens, I developed a strong interest in the paranormal. I read all I could find about this strange, unexplained phenomenon. I was enthralled, yet scared at the same time. I didn’t understand what it was all about but wanted to. Now I do. Then I was helpless should anything like that happen to me, now I know I myself am still helpless but in Jesus I can and do have victory. I know it is only God’s power and protection that has kept me from being destroyed long ago.
God has enabled me to be able to help others in their own spiritual warfare battles. Actually the only help I can give is to point them to Jesus and help train them in how to avail themselves of His power. I’ve seen a young lady who was abused early in life and as a result was suicidal and depressed, unable to change, turn her whole life around and grow to healthy maturity through the presence of Jesus in her life. I’ve had victory over fear in my own life through His power. I couldn’t overcome it on my own, but with His help I have grown in faith and victory over fear.
In India I teach on spiritual warfare in every pastor’s conference. I emphasize the truth that our power and protection is “in Jesus’ name.” Demons don’t have to listen to me or you, but they must listen to us in Jesus’ name. We are helpless, but Jesus is not. All power is His, and He had promised to make it available to us when we minister in His name and will.
Luke 9:1-2 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Luke 10:18-20 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Do you ever feel helpless as you face sin and evil around you? What do you do when that happens?
Do you believe Jesus is with you and is greater than Satan’s forces
by Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer, Christian Training Organization