Early one morning, Smith Wigglesworth (1859 – 1947), the evangelist, was awakened in his Yorkshire, England, home by a rustling sound in his bedroom. He rolled over and saw someone sitting in the chair at the foot of his bed. He squinted his near-sighted eyes and then recognized who it was.
“Oh, it’s just you, Satan,” said Wigglesworth as he rolled over and went back to sleep.
Wigglesworth told this story about his bedroom meeting with Satan at an evangelistic/healing crusade which was described in one of the many books written about his life and ministry.
Okay, what do you think? Do you believe the story?
The reason I asked whether you believe this particular story is that I want you to realize where you are right now, at this moment. If your first thoughts border on deep skepticism, it will take a little more work for you to understand spiritual warfare.
But no problem, that’s okay with me. I am ready for a long journey on this subject. So, feel free to ask questions.
If your first thoughts concerning the story included at least an openness or even an excitement, then hang on. I think you will enjoy yourself and learn how to better fight the good fight of faith.
Each of us are unique. Thus we fellowship in the streams of Christianity which are comfortable or convenient for us right now. Our particular streams have their own individual personalities which stress certain teachings. Some emphasize grace. Others faith. Or worship music. Or holy communion. Or relationships. Or home fellowship. Or whatever.
But the odds of your particular stream of Christianity giving teachings on spiritual warfare for your life and home are probably less than one in ten, and more likely, less than one in twenty.
Sad, isn’t it?
Because Jesus and the Bible has much to say about spiritual warfare and how we should conduct ourselves.
So that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. (2 Corinthians 2:11)
(Continued in Part 2)