From the Pastor's Desk
I always want to use wisdom when it comes to spiritual warfare. Not everything is a devil. However, as I have considered some things people in the church are dealing with and the nature of some physical challenges myself recently, I can't help thinking that warfare may at least be a possibility.
In 1 Sam. 30, it was David's moment at Ziklag when families and possessions had been carried off, and he was forced to encourage himself in the Lord. First, the attack happened because of what God was doing. David would assume the throne in a matter of days. I preached to you recently, "It's Happening." It is here and there is more coming. And sometimes, the things taking place may well be spiritual attacks with natural manifestations. It happened because it's happening. Satan comes against us because God is doing good things.
Secondly, take note of David's response. He called for the ephod to be brought to him. Part of that was about determining God's will. But it was also part of David's worship. In other words, David did not face his battle as a warrior, but as a worshipper! Even our fast right now is a divinely strategic act to draw us near and keep our focus on the Lord.
God's direction to David was, "Pursue, for you will recover it all!" (1 Sam. 30:8). What the devil meant to destroy you, God will use to deliver you and fulfill everything He has promised in your life. God has an undefeated record. "No weapon formed against you shall prosper" (Isa. 54:17). Do not be discouraged by the attacks because the devil will not succeed.
Pastors Mark and Jennifer