Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the victory He provides over Satan, who comes to kill, steal, and destroy. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are on the winning team because Jesus has already won the battle through His death and resurrection. I Peter 5:8-9 tells us how we can experience daily the victory Jesus has provided. There we are instructed to, “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 (and sisters) throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” The victory has been won. Now all we have to do is believe God and stand firm in that victory.
When Satan attacks it is usually a deliberate attack to stop God’s will for our lives. Satan’s objectives are very clear. He wants to draw us away from God and prevent God’s purpose from taking place. His timing is calculated. Satan is a deceiver, a divider and a destroyer. Those who refuse to commit their lives to Jesus Christ have already refused the victory He has provided. As a result, Satan doesn’t need to waste his time attacking them because they already belong to him.
For over forty two years at New Life Evangelistic Center we have experienced one attack after another as we have been engaged in sharing the love of Jesus Christ. An example of such, were events experienced in August and September of 1984. On August 12th Penny was to speak to over 200 people at a major church about the work of New Life Evangelistic Center. The day before this speaking engagement she was attacked and slapped by a mentally ill woman who came to our home which was also a shelter. Rather than giving Satan the victory by letting that attack haunt her, she surrendered the fears and anger to Jesus and by His power went and spoke at the church where God gave her a great victory.
Then there was Charlie Lopez who had come into our training program….
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