For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13 NKJV
I have noticed over the years that every time I have stepped into a new level of ministry, there is an attack that comes from the enemy, usually through a person, but not always. As the saying goes: new level, new devil. Revelation chapter 12 talks about how the dragon, Satan, was waiting to devour the Christ child, as soon as He was born, but of course, he was not able to.
When my husband and I were ready to launch our first YouTube video, a storm came out of nowhere and lightning struck our router and fried it, thus preventing us from launching the video. A week or so later, the repairman came out and installed our new router. That evening, just as I hit the send button again, to upload the video to YouTube, another storm came up quickly and lightning struck our router again, but this time it went through. This time, however, it not only blew up our router, but our tv and sound system also. We had to wait another week for a new router and we had to go buy a new tv and eventually, another sound system. Our WIFI has been hit multiple times, while my parents, who live next door, have never been hit; go figure. I have learned that when you try to do anything for the Lord, it will not be without opposition, especially when you try to win souls or empower people with knowledge about spiritual warfare, as I have done in my new book called: Essential Keys to Spiritual Warfare & Deliverance (see my previous post for information about the book).
This past Tuesday, we started a new small group at an apartment complex for people who are disabled or elderly. Most of these people do not drive, so they do not have an opportunity to go to church, unless someone gives them a ride.
So, on Sunday evening, before we started our new group, I got a death threat via the telephone from someone who accused my son of having a relationship with “his” girlfriend. My son and his new girlfriend didn’t know who it could be and it didn’t make sense for the person to target me, except that’s how the enemy works when you’re trying to do a work for God. Then on Tuesday afternoon, I started running a fever and having stomach flu. We prayed against it, but the symptoms persisted and I didn’t want to expose anyone else to it, so my husband led the meeting and one of our friends and sisters in the Lord helped to set up with food, etc. I heard great reports from the ones I knew who went to the meeting. Then on Thursday and Friday, someone hacked my Walmart account and tried to place $900+ worth of orders on my charge card. Thankfully, because it was from another state, and looked suspicious, Walmart canceled the orders and they didn’t go through.
Was all of this a coincidence? No, the enemy does not bother you as long as you’re not trying to do a work for God and win souls, but when you do, he makes war on you. But, God is faithful! I’m feeling better today, not 100%, but better. The charges didn’t go through on my card and other people stepped up and did what was needed for the meeting. Praise the Lord!
I believe we have entered into a new season of harvest and I am looking forward to many coming into the kingdom of God. We plan to start more small groups after this one. So, I just want to encourage anyone that feels that God is calling you to do a work for Him. You may encounter warfare, but it is worth it. Remember, the only thing we can take to heaven with us is other people. God bless you all.
In Christ ~ Kelly Rowe
I couldn’t agree more with you Kelly! Hope ya’ll are having a blessed weekend.
Thank you Robin. I am feeling better and God is opening new doors and I am excited about that. I hope you have a blessed week too.
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