After Sunday's third service I was blessed to meet so many new families visiting Dallas Bay for the first time. Their wonderful comments encouraged me once again confirming we are following the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Unsolicited affirmation is a great way for anyone following Christ to measure if they are fulfilling their God given purpose. Ironically, another is unexpected appearances of the enemy. I believe the only people, or Christian churches, that aren't opposed by Satan are those that are simply not threatening to reclaim enemy ground. This leads me to Sunday's last meet and greet.
As I worked around the coffee shop spending time with one great family after another, one man stood in the corner apparently waiting his turn to speak to me. After everyone, except myself and the deacon of the week, had left I approached the man to shake his hand. Immediately I could tell something was bothering him. He quickly informed me that he had waited to show me a video on his wife's phone. The man was visibly shaken. He told me he had watched it only once and would not watch it again. He even walked out of the room and into the hallway as he handed me the phone. Since I have not asked the man's permission I cannot tell you what the video revealed. I can only tell you that it was the creepiest thing I have ever seen. It was a clear manifestation of the demonic.
After watching the video I called the man back into the room. His first question to me was, "preacher, what do I do?" After asking some clarifying questions I told him that he needed to take control in the name of Jesus. Jesus has told us that He has been given "all authority in heaven and on earth" and that He had invested that authority into His followers. I'm not sure if the man did that or not, but I haven't heard anything from him since Sunday.
I know the story is vague but let me assure you if I told you everything you may be sleeping with the lights on tonight. The point is this; Satan will attempt to frighten, confuse, or distract believers who are serious about their faith. The key word is attempt. He has no control over us except that which we give to him. I remember my former mentor telling a story of a late night demonic visitor. He had traveled to another city to preach a series of revival meetings. That Saturday evening an evil spirit sat upon his chest as he lay down in his motel room to sleep. He quickly rebuked it in the name of Jesus and the pressure on his chest was gone. However, activity continued in his room. As items were moved and as eery sounds emanated from the darkness, the preacher simply stated, "You can entertain me all night if you want, but you can't scare me." The activity ceased. The week was a great success in which the Lord delivered many in that church from the darkness into the light.
Sometimes we need to be reminded that "we do not wrestle with 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." (Ephesians 6:12) This is the norm for a believer. Spiritual opposition is an indicator that you are being used by God to peel back the darkness and let His light shine through.