It’s a Spiritual Warfare (A Testimony)

The morning of the day before the last crusade that we were going to, I walked to the bathroom to wash and prepare for the day. As I stood at the sink, something pierced my right eye so painful I had to hold onto the counter to steady myself. It wasn’t an insect; it wasn’t something that I could see. Something invisible pricked my eye so deep the pain coursed through it and it was some time before I recovered and continued to wash.

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I thought I knew who was responsible for it.

The pain in my eye stayed until the next morning, the day when we were traveling to Calamba, Laguna to support the crusade of our church there. When I looked in the mirror, my eye was so red and swollen and awfully painful. I had a sore eye, but never for a moment did I think of backing out from the trip. This crusade was the last for the year, and though the adversary, the devil, had had many attempts of harassing me from day one, from the first crusade at the start of summer, to dissuade me from crusading, and had not succeeded – obviously, he was not about to let up.

But, by God’s power, my disposition was to command, “Get thee behind me, Satan!”

After supper of the first day of crusade, while we lounged at our rented cottage, we practiced a Tagalog praise song which we were beginning to love. Over and over, we sang the beautiful song, our hands raised, hearts rejoicing, love fervent. Oh, how the demons who only exist to rile and derail a believer’s resolve to worship and serve the living God could have been trembling!

That night, still with my painful swollen eye accompanied by a slight fever, I had a restless sleep. In the morning, Hannah (who was then 5 1/2 years old) and I bathed in our private hot spring pool. After our luxurious bath (though I still had a fever), we were ready for the second day of crusade. The whole day, I had to wear my shades to protect my eye. And I had to lie down in our astrovan a few times to rest. But when the crusade ended, I was well. My eye had been healed. We went home victorious.

The day we received the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and began our journey of faith, we also acquired an adversary – God’s enemy, the devil. And from day one, he has assigned one (or more!) of his ministers (demons) who would attempt to do everything to take us back to his camp. And we can be very vulnerable to his attacks. That is, if we allow him to or if we don’t know how to resist him.

We are instructed to resist the devil. How? By submitting ourselves to God. Only God can protect us from the works of darkness. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). But we have to do our part. This is our assignment:

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Eph. 6: 11-17, emphasis added)

We are in a spiritual warfare and we need to put on the whole armor of God:

Truth

Righteousness

Gospel of peace

Faith

Salvation

Word of God

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Comments

  1. LuAnn Braley says:

    Found and following through Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy. I am rejoicing with you on your victory!

    I remember a night from my youth where I woke and was surrounded by a very malevolent feeling. I shut my eyes tight and repeated Psalm 23 out loud (multiple times) and the feeling went away

  2. The whole armor of God will be all we need. God bless you and thanks so much for sharing

  3. Hazel Moon says:

    Yes, we fight not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness. The blessed Holy Spirit comes along side us and fights with us. Yes, we need to be fully clothed, and covered with His Robe of Righteousness. Thank you for sharing your amazing testamony here with us at “Tell Me a Story.”

  4. Lorretta says:

    Here from THS and I get this. So clearly. It’s good to know others walk here too. Blessings!

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