A Neighbor’s Visits

This story written by Karen Matambo, a Compassion Boston Bible Worker.

We were in the middle of the lesson when Joy* said, “Oh, there’s something that happened this week that I need to tell you.”

It’s not often that Joy opens up, so we were all ears to hear her experience. 

“Remember my neighbor that lives below me?” We did. “Well, you know how she’s into horoscopes and all those things. She came up to my door the other day and started telling me how October is going to be a bad month for me.”

“The devil is a liar!”—was my first thought. Already I recognized the significance of her neighbor’s words.

She continued, “She has come up to my door and said this to me several times this week.” My Bible Work partner and I could hear the worry in her voice.

Without permitting another moment to pass, I quickly said, “Let’s pray about this.” And there in the middle of our lesson, us three ladies gathered with our heads bowed. We prayed in Jesus’ name that the power of Satan would be bound and leave the premise.

After we prayed, relief was back on Joy’s face and as we continued our lesson, she said with conviction on her face and new found strength: “You know, next time I see her, I’m going to tell her, ‘You are not allowed to say that to me anymore.’” Glory to God! Victory. 

As usual, Satan had come up like a flood looking to build Joy’s anxiety so she would be too scared to leave her home when the series began, but the Spirit of the Lord lifted up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19)! 

We left Joy’s house rejoicing at the victory won by the Lord and deeper awareness of how much Satan wants to stop the efforts in Boston. 

Dear brethren, the spiritual battle over God’s children in Boston is fierce, this being one example, but Jesus said, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

As you invite the Spirit of God to fight your battles against the forces of evil, please remember us also. 

I don’t know about you Christian soldiers, but I can’t wait to see what standard God will lift up from here until the end of the series to really put Satan to shame. Our God is mighty and He will fight for us.

*Name changed.