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Engaging the Enemy

Engaging the Enemy

5 church leaders describe a time when they encountered spiritual warfare
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Most Christians acknowledge the reality of spiritual warfare. After all, Paul warned that "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the … powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph. 6:12)." The trickier question seems to be, how exactly do we wrestle? How do we—confined by flesh-and-blood bodies in a physical world—wage war in the heavenly realms? We asked a handful of church leaders to share about a time when they encountered spiritual warfare, and what they learned through their experiences.

To go deeper, see our recommended resources on spiritual warfare.

Bob Page

Promises Kept

Deliverance can bring freedom to multiple generations.

Before I actually encountered the demonic, I had a flawed theology about it. Even though I was a pastor, I saw the whole thing kind of like flying saucers—yeah, I'll believe it when I see it. Well, that all changed when a person in our church had a troubling case of demonization. Working with her was the first of multiple encounters I had with the demonic over a span of four or five years.

I remember one of these cases in particular, where we were helping a family that had been plagued by demonic forces. The wife was pregnant, and at one point, suddenly a demonic voice within her started screaming, "The baby is mine! The baby is mine!"

We ended up baptizing this young woman and there was an incredible breakthrough. She professed her faith in Christ and when she came up out of the water, there was just an amazing release. Then on the day that we dedicated that baby to the Lord, there was unbelievable resistance. The woman started thrashing around, almost as if she was having seizures. She was able to pull herself together to get on the platform that day. But it stopped completely right at the point that she and her husband dedicated their baby to the Lord. It really opened my eyes to the significance of things like baptism and dedication.

There's an incredible calm in the moments after someone is delivered … Suddenly you hear the clock on the wall ticking, the building creaking.

There's an incredible calm in the moments after someone is delivered. Once the demons leave, there's just this feeling of peace that envelops the room. Everybody in the room feels it, a great quietness, and a sense of sacredness. Suddenly you hear the clock ticking on the wall, the building creaking; you can hear every single sound.

A few years ago I received a letter from that girl that we dedicated as a baby. She was now 18, and in the letter she told how her mom and dad recently sat down and shared the whole story with her. She was writing to tell us how grateful she was. She wanted us to know that she loved Jesus Christ with all her heart. She was about to leave on a missions trip and asked if we would be her prayer partners. What an unbelievable letter to get! All these years God had his hand on her, protecting her, and making good on the vows made at that dedication. We praised God for being faithful and keeping his promises.

To go deeper, see our recommended resources on spiritual warfare.

-Bob Page senior pastor, Evangelical Free Church of Crystal Lake, Illinois

From Issue: Spiritual Warfare, Spring 2012 | Posted: May 14, 2012

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Nigel Forsyth

January 02, 2013  12:03am

Gunna be a Christian ? wake up in a war zone :) Either learn that church is a truly spiritual body involved in a war or you wont understand why youre getting shot at .

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May 25, 2012  3:20am

I am not a preacher or Leader, but true to the dot the experiences,as a lay christians, we too being encountered by evil forces and it is the finished of work of our Lord Jesus Christ at the cross of calvary, we have triump over all evil forces. Amen. Halellujah. Romans 8:38: And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. Amen.Praise the might name of our Lord Jesus Christ and blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Halellujah

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