We are getting ready to launch a new campaign at Saddleback Church for Easter. It is a message that Pastor Rick Warren will touch thousands of people with a word that is so desperately needed. I am both excited and anxious as we launch our study “Miracle of Mercy”, the week of April 9, 2016.
This article is for those that are both participating and leading any Bible Study. I remember when I was leading studies at the Woman’s Bible Café online with Christine Abraham. We have numerous conversations and prayers over leaders who were preparing to start a new study. It was a common occurrence among all of the leaders right before a study and during the entire study. It never failed, cars would break down, plumbing pipes would burst, kids would act crazy, marital strife would occur, if you could name it, it probably happened!
Some of it is humorous now to think of, notice I said “some of it”, but one thing we could count on, it was coming! God is amazing though, He always worked it out for us! One thing we could always count on, we grew as people, most importantly closer to God and His Word! Christine and her leaders still lead amazing studies, and she has an amazing network of women who love God and are disciples for Christ! For a great study for women I encourage you to check it out! http://www.womensbiblecafe.com.
One of the things that we must realize, that spiritual warfare increases and can seem very intense. To a new leader, this can be not only frightening, but unexpected! Even participants in the Bible Study can expect some increased warfare in their lives. It is nothing to be afraid of, because God is always in control but something just to be cognizant about. It is coming!
What I love about God is that He always prepares us and gives us a solution to every problem that could arise. I love Ephesians 6:11-18, because it gives us a breakdown on how to surround ourselves in God’s Word.
The Scripture states:
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:11-18, NIV, Biblegateway.com).
I love this! He gives us step by step instructions on how to protect ourselves.
John 10:10 says, ” The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (NIV).
So if you have warfare around you , get excited! Get excited because God is getting ready to pour into you something amazing! You are going to lead ones to Christ that either do not know Him, or in a place of staleness in their relationship with God. Get excited, and pray hard for your groups, your leaders, your Pastor. We all need one another, and lives are getting changed one soul at a time.!
Easter time is a very busy time for churches, at Saddleback we prepare our leaders months in advance to ensure that not one person is lost in the process, and definitely not one soul is forgotten.