I just watched an incredible AMAZING video. If you have 8 minutes and 23 seconds to watch it (and you aren't my poor sister who lives out in the country with only dial-up internet access) you can click here and watch it BUT read below first...
I think this video powerfully captures what happens in some people's lives when they are suffering. Whether they've been attacked by people or taken advantage of by the enemy, they are trapped and it seems easier to write them off as lost than to believe they can be rescued. Yet when the sufferer truly wants God to rescue them and is willing to submit to God AND when the body of Christ is willing to surround them with love and to fight the enemy on their behalf, the enemy flees! God, of course, is the rescuer, but WE are His body on earth and He wants us to fight on behalf of the lost and abandoned and lonely and hurt and wounded and trapped. Knowing how to do that can be so complicated sometimes, I know, but wow. If a herd of buffalo can be willing to fight for their calf, can't we be willing to fight for the minds, hearts and souls of those around us??? Sure, it can absolutely be possible for people to find freedom with only God and the Bible, but I believe wholeheartedly that in the vast majority of cases, GOD WANTS THE BODY OF CHRIST TO BE A PART OF THE PROCESS.
And just like the lions know the buffalo are stronger, demons know WE as Believers in Jesus are stronger than they are because we are filled with the Holy Spirit of the Lord God Almighty. (They just don't want us to know that.)
James 4:7 "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (!)
1 Peter 5:8-9 "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings."
Ephesians 6:10-12, 18b "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. 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..... With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."
Stand firm brothers and sisters! May God give us wisdom to know how to fight for those around us who need our help.