Another great Sabbath, full of time with family and with God's people. I cried unexpectedly talking with one woman from church this afternoon. She's been through hell and back: her marriage fell apart when her husband, a respectable lay leader at the church, revealed his pornography addiction and infidelities with countless prostitutes and other women. Early on the morning of what would be the most painful day of her life, a woman knocked at her door.
"I was praying today in my closet and God sent me to tell you that Satan is on assignment to destroy your family today."
Her husband abandoned her and her two kids later that evening.
Weeks later, she was listening to Tony Evans on the radio. He was preaching about spiritual warfare. "Satan wants to destroy and kill the people of God." In a matter of seconds, her car hit a tree and flipped over. Miraculously, she was unhurt, and as she climbed out of her car, a woman approached her. "Satan tried to kill you, but God saved your life." She repeated this three times and disappeared.
My acquaintance from church is a woman who's fought battles I can hardly imagine and who's come to the other side of the pain and stands to say that God is still good. Hers was such a powerful testimony and a vivid reminder of what we're learning about in church, that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of evil.