How familiar are you with spiritual warfare?

The Bible says Satan walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. I heard those words as a child in church, and they sort of went zipping out of my mind. I wasn’t sure what that meant, but it had nothing to do with me. The pastor would talk about the spiritual warfare going on around us, and I would wonder what he meant.

However, all that changed. I grew up and married a man who is a fantastic Bible teacher. I had taken some classes from the pastor who married us, so after my children grew up, I began teaching too. And I loved studying. That’s when I learned those verses about spiritual warfare are real.

Several years ago a friend and I taught a lady’s Sunday school class together. We arranged it so that I would teach for three or four weeks and then she would take a turn. Anytime my turn came around, I would start having doubts about the passage I would cover. Or I would have thoughts about what a awful person I was.  After I worked all week to prepare my lesson I would wake up the morning the day I was going to teach, and I was so sure it was rubbish. The change in my thoughts was so marked, I learned to plan on it and pray.

Ephesians 6: 12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Today my guest is Joy Schneider and she has written Identifying the Hierarchy of Satan.

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