Some people may want to argue or disagree with me on this point but I believe a Christian who wins souls for Christ is going to encounter a lot more attacks from the kingdom of darkness than a Christian who just warms a pew every Sunday. This is one reason why soul winning is not for wimps. In case you haven’t noticed we are in a spiritual war. The devil wants to bring as many people to hell with him as possible and God wants everyone to go to heaven. 2 Peter 3:9b says that God is, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” On the other hand the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy.
I can especially notice this warfare when it gets close to an outreach where a lot of people are going to get saved. The demonic attacks against me really intensify. After an outreach it can be the same. One evangelist who ministers at Mardi Gras in New Orleans every year would say to the people who minister with him to keep their guard up against the attacks of the enemy as they go back to their home towns. He compared it to leaving a bar and as you are walking out someone hits you in the back of the head. A Navajo pastor I know says that if you’re not being attacked then you are not doing anything for God. So if you’re a soul winner and you are reading this, then you are probably under attack in some way by the devil. Be of good cheer, this means you must be an effective soul winner!
Here are some simple but important things to do continually to keep strong in this warfare:
1. Pray and praise without ceasing. By praising God we can experience His presence and Psalm 16:11 says that in His presence is fullness of joy. Nehemiah 8:10 says that the joy of the Lord is my strength. So a result of prayer and praise is strength.
2. Read, meditate and speak the Word of God continually. In John 15:11 Jesus said, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” So God’s word will bring us joy and that joy will be your strength to resist the enemy.
3. Believe God that He will turn into good anything the devil throws at you (Romans 8:28).
Soul winning is not for wimps but knowing that someone will be in heaven instead of hell makes it well worth it.