Our church was broken in to last night. The perpetrator got in through a window, and kicked open the locked office door. They rustled through some desk drawers, and most significantly, stole Adam’s guitar.
We’re thankful no serious damage was done to the church, and that no other expensive equipment was stolen. Regardless, we’re a bit shaken up, and really sad. Adam has spent innumerable hours playing that guitar, writing songs, and leading worship with it since 2008. The sentimental value is truly measureless.
As I spent a few hours today calling pawn shops, and music stores, praying for a miracle, I’ve become incredibly aware of how deeply Satan hates the chosen, and cherished people of God. He will stop at nothing to tear down, destroy, and discourage the church, attempting to leave them completely ineffective for gospel ministry.
The war Satan wages against us is great, and we must not be “ignorant of his designs” (2 Corinthians 2:11). Brothers and sisters, we are in a fierce battle, and to fight well we must have an understanding of the enemy’s strategy.
Satan adamantly opposes those who are proclaiming the gospel, and the excellencies of Jesus (1 Thessalonians 2:18). His greatest enemy is the truth (John 8:44). You can be assured that if you are faithfully proclaiming the gospel, and reaching others, you’re automatically a target for Satan’s schemes.
I am so grateful to be under the authority of very godly church leadership, with a pastor who doesn’t gloss over the hard parts of Scripture. The gospel is boldly and faithfully proclaimed from our little New England church every single week. Ministry is slow here, but I believe God is working.
We have been talking about, and praying for revival in this area for a number of months now. Countless prayers have been uttered for a fresh working of the Spirit in the hearts of our people. My prayer is for a richly humble, gospel-enamored vision among men and women, young and old, that spreads throughout the region.
New England is the neediest mission field, and the least churched region in the United States. The most post-Christian cities in America are primarily in New England. But, God is moving here, and we’re praying boldly for another gospel awakening. It’s happened here before, and we’re asking for it again.
There is a heavy spiritual darkness that sits over this region of the country. It’s thick, like the lingering stench of cigarettes in Adam’s office as he tidied up his disheveled desk this morning. For believers who are clinging to the pleasures of this world, satisfied with a comfy, safe, suburban life, this darkness can go relatively unnoticed.
We can only assume that Satan isn’t going to feel threatened by Christians who are inwardly focused, and apathetic about the gospel.
That’s why this break-in lights a fire in me.
I don’t believe my faithful, gospel proclaiming, worship-pastor husband’s guitar was stolen in an incident isolated from the spiritual realm. This is warfare, friends, and by God’s grace we will persevere until the end.
The enemy has been defeated by King Jesus. The serpent’s head has been fatally crushed, and the gospel has been proclaimed (Genesis 3:15). His fate is sealed “forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).
These lyrics brought great comfort to my heart and mind today.And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him. (A Mighty Fortress is Our God by Martin Luther)
Hallelujah for that “one little word” from our sweet Savior Jesus!