“If you ever need someone to come to training to talk to people about Spiritual Warfare, I’m your person.”
So began the conversation with one of the newest volunteers at Care Net. She shares that each week is a battle of some sort as she prepares for her shift at Care Net. Whether it be at the house with her children and/or husband, or the traffic on the way to the center.
Another volunteer shared with me that [the day she volunteers] is the hardest day of the week, and yet when she shares with a young girl confused about her pregnancy she knows exactly why she is here. She shares with girls the truth behind the secret of abortion because, as she said, “I kept this secret to myself for too many years”.
One of the questions asked of everyone wanting to volunteer at Care Net is, “Volunteering at Care Net is spiritual warfare. How do you feel you will personally deal with this?” This question is not asked lightly. How do you deal with spiritual warfare?
Number 1: Pray. After all, if Jesus went away to pray we should too. Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
Number 2: Speak and believe truth. Jesus says in John 14:6, “I am the way the truth and the life . . .” Believe what Jesus says and speak it just as He did in the desert when tempted by Satan (Matthew 4:1-11)
Number 3: Choose not to fear. The natural reaction to a spiritual attack is first fear, then worry. If we stay in that place of panic, we forget to do the first two actions: pray and speak the truth. Do we believe God is bigger than our worry? Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” A Veggie Tales song has it right: God is bigger than the boogey man.
Number 4: Let go of control. When we encounter a spiritual battle, we tend to want to make everything right in our own strength. Unfortunately, we can't control others. We can't micromanage difficult situations. We can't orchestrate outcomes. We are not God.
Number 5: Watch God work. The amazing thing about God is that He's creative and doesn't always achieve His ends in ways we would anticipate. His ways are mysterious. We must have faith enough to believe in God's unpredictable creativity. Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.”
One of the first and strongest things we suggest at our training is to get a prayer partner. Satan hates what we do at Care Net and he will stop at nothing to prevent us from doing God’s work. I used to think, “I can handle spiritual warfare”, until Satan attacked my kids. Now that’s a low blow…but my God is bigger.
Do you ever feel like you want to do more for the Kingdom of God? Do you have a passion for the lost? Do you have the gift of mercy, encouragement, and/or teaching? What if you could sit and the world would come to you? If God is prompting you to be involved here, Care Net’s “Spring Training” is March 18 & 19 and April 1 & 2. Both weekends are required. Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
If you have questions call the Port St Lucie office at 772-871-2211 and speak to Rayma, or the Stuart office at 772-283-2911 and speak to Nancy.
Lead Center Director