Kevin and Leilani Humble, WorldVenture: SE Asia (Actual location withheld for security purposes.)
As God calls new believers to Himself, we are responsible for the care and feeding of these new disciples, which includes the fighting of spiritual battles.
One evening, we were called to pray for a man who had been ill for several months. As we entered the dimly-lit room, we picked our way carefully through a crowd of hopeful and quiet family members sitting on the floor with the gaunt, sickly man and his wife. We quickly assessed the situation, praying quietly, asking for the Lord’s guidance. He impressed, “Tell the story of Lazarus coming back to life.”
I paused and gathered myself, then shared in all earnestness the wondrous story of Jesus, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Afterwards we talked with the man and his wife and in front of everyone gathered, prayed for his healing in the name and power of Jesus Christ.
The next morning, I returned to the home where he was sitting up. Another man was in the shadowy room, bent over. I did not know who he was, or what he was doing, but went about checking in with the patient, asking how he was feeling today. He was still in pain. A moment later, the strange man straightened his back, revealing a bowl of liquid. He was a witch doctor who was casting spells over his ‘holy’ water. He dabbed it on the man’s chest several times and I realized anew the spiritual tug-o-war that was alive and well.
I Peter 5:7 warns: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”