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Thursday, October 16, 2014

#8 Face-to-Face with a Demon

C. Peter Wagner goes on to share 
from his book, WARFARE PRAYER:

It began in the early 1980s when 
Pastor Lorenzo found himself 
face-to-face with a demonized 

Although he felt totally inadequate to attempt it, he rebuked the demon in Jesus' name.

It left and the woman was delivered! This did not launch Lorenzo into a regular ministry of deliverance, but it did perk his interest.

Just then one of his church members traveled to the United States, learned some things about spiritual warfare, and reported back to the congregation.

Lorenzo sponsored two spiritual warfare seminars in his church. One was led by Edward Murphy of Overseas Crusades and the other by John White, the well-known Christian psychiatrist and author from Canada. The process of retooling a congregation was underway.

Soon afterward the battle began in earnest; The enemy attempted infiltration. A woman who feigned conversion to Christ was discovered to be an undercover agent of the demonic forces over Adrogue'.

Demons began to manifest openly in church services. Satan was counterattacking and attempting to intimidate the believers.

Eduardo Lorenzo says,

   "Satan was happy if he could keep that little Baptist 
    church on its merry-go-round. He had effectively 
    blinded the minds of the unsaved in Adrogue' to the 
    gospel. Through the years several other churches 
    had been destroyed. Now we ourselves were under
    direct attack."

Through a prolonged process of prayer, ministry and discernment, Lorenzo and his leaders finally identified the chief demonic principality over Adrogue'

They even discovered the name of this territorial spirit. Sensing God's timing for the final battle, they recruited a team of 35 or 40 church members who agreed to spend Monday through Friday of a certain week in prayer and fasting.

On the Friday night 200 believers, 
almost the entire congregation, 
joined together for the strategic-
level intercession.

They took authority over the principality over the city and the lesser demonic forces. At 11:45 that evening, they collectively felt something break in the spiritual realm.

They knew the battle was over. The evil spirit had left, and the church began to grow. Not only did the membership triple in a short period of time, but now 40 percent of the church members are from Adrogue' itself.

The year of the victory was 1987!

(Google images and emphasis added

 #8 Face-to-Face with a Demon
By C. Peter Wagner
(pgs. 21, 22) Regal Books

Prayer for your pastor:  Knowledge. "Enlighten the eyes of my pastor so that he/she may know the hope of Your calling, the riches of our glorious inheritance in the saints, and the incomparably great power that is in us who believe. Let my pastor see the full revelation of Jesus Christ. May he/she know Christ and the power of His resurrection"(Eph. 1:18-19; Gal. 1:12; Phil. 3:10)  (Scripture-Based Prayers to Pray for your Pastor by Terry Teykl)

Let’s pray: 

   Father, we need your help to
understand what our area's problems
are for spiritual warfare.

Guide our leaders to search out
what we should be doing to combat the
evil one's attempt to keep us from reaching the lost around us.

I know that there are folks who desperately need You, so I ask for spiritual understanding, in order to help them.

I ask in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Ezra 10:4 "Arise, for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it."

Today’s quote: William Cowper – “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees.”

Some thoughts today: When we try to manipulate the outcome in a situation, we're doing it for selfish purposes. It's actually witchcraft practice.

- The purpose of blessing, is for the good of someone else's life. We have the authority of Jesus to bless others. Let's aim to do that, and not try to "make them" decide to do what we suggest. (That's hard, as we think we know what's best for them to do...)

- Just because you're "done" with someone you're concerned for, doesn't mean God is. Keep praying, and trust that He is still working in the situation. It takes time to accomplish His will, remember.

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