The week leading up to Easter is always insane and this week was no exception. I enjoy the excitement and the build-up of seeing everyone work together towards a common goal. It’s been good to see our staff, volunteers, and ministry teams ramp up their efforts for this weekend. Our church has looked like a beehive with all the activity going on. I thrive on these kind of events.
Our campus grounds have been mowed, landscape, and cleaned up. The stage design has been changed. Restrooms decorated. Rooms painted. The Easter Egg hunt is set to go. A video testimony has been edited and is ready for viewing in the service. A great song service is prepared. All systems go!
This Sunday will be life-changing for someone you know because many will cross the line of faith, committing to Jesus Christ.
I’ve had a huge burden to pray for your unchurched friends this week.
I have also been reminded that spiritual warfare is an ever present reality.
I’ve noticed a pattern. Around Christmas and Easter every year we get a lot of opposition.
Ephesians 6:12 says For our struggle is not against 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.
This doesn’t mean we blame the devil for every bad thing that happens in our lives, but it does mean there are forces at work to attack us or distract us at a time of year when many people will come to Christ for their very first time.
It seems like the enemy has done everything he can do to disrupt our Sunday service. Our A/C units were vandalized threatening to disrupt everything - (not to mention that this is going to cost a lot of money). Our children’s ministry director has got a kidney stone and is in a great deal of pain – on the biggest Sunday of the year. There has been tension and conflict among some people. Troublemakers. You name it. The list is too long to mention.
I love it when Satan is ticked off and his imps are working overtime. It means we must be doing something good that threatens his kingdom. BTW, I’ve never met a devil yet that wasn’t wearing somebody’s shoes.
Eph 6:10-11 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.