Joy Schneider has been a prayer warrior since her commitment to Christ more than 35 years ago. She desires to see the Body of Christ war effectively in spiritual warfare. Her first book, Identifying the Hierarchy of Satan: A Handbook for Wrestling to Win, seeks to equip those who have entered into spiritual warfare. Many have been beaten down or confused. Through her teaching and writing, she brings understanding so people see the enemy and the operations from the enemy’s camp with new eyes. Joy is affiliated with Cyrus Foundation, Inc., a non-profit ministry devoted to the regathering of the Jewish people to their homeland, Israel. She has been a part of conference coordination in the United States, Canada and Mexico. She is a member of AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association). She has two married daughters and eight grandchildren.
A RODEO CLOWN’S MESSAGE
I was a young mother of two little girls when I made my commitment to Christ as I knelt at my bed more than 35 years ago. A blizzard raged outside our home one Sunday morning in January. Unable to drive to church, I flipped through the television channels to find a message for my stay-at-home church service. My search stopped at the sight of a rodeo clown dressed in his full clown attire with his face painted with a big white smile and bright red nose. Wilbur Plauger was the guest speaker prior to going to his duties later in the day at the National Western Stock Show. The Lord was so wise to use a clown to carry His message to someone like me. Laughter is important and I was ready to listen. However, serious words came through the painted smile on his face as he spoke with tears in his eyes. He told of our need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I knew his words were ministering to a cry in my heart. Over the years, I prayed to Jesus many times, but a relationship where I would talk to Jesus and expect Him to respond to me was another matter. On that snow laden wintry morning I committed my life to Jesus Christ and invited Him into to my heart to be my Lord and Savior and asked Him to fill me with His Holy Spirit. A downpour of goodness so filled me. I was saturated with His love. I basked in that love for a week or so when I became aware of an intense hatred directed at me. I knew God’s love was not waning away but was present and intact. However the awareness of hatred was a definite reality. I knew satan was out to challenge my new life. I was not afraid but cognizant that I was standing in a place of conflict. I knew I was to encounter future confrontation between the kingdoms. So you might say, my entry into spiritual warfare started at the get-go. There is something about when you feel the love of the Lord and experience the hatred of the devil that you know you need to learn some things. I began a lifestyle of reading and journaling what the Lord taught me. Soon intercessory prayer became a part of my walk with Christ. Intercessory prayer of its own nature means you are praying about matters regarding light and darkness. Praying for people means you many times confront the evil afflicting lives – and the personalities behind oppressing activities. Satan levels bombardments against believers and unbelievers alike. The compassion of the Lord is at work to train those who desire to be used of Him. I found the Lord is faithful to teach, equip, encourage, counsel and strengthen those that will walk out the warfare of the kingdoms.
ARE YOU IN SPIRITUAL BATTLE?
If you are in a spiritual battle, I trust you will find encouragement and pertinent information to help you in your wrestling endeavors. Ephesians 6 indicates we will wrestle. I know I had to learn to wrestle and so will you. Be assured, the same Teacher that taught me will teach you. He is gentle and patient and knows how to strengthen those weak places in us and counsel us with His wisdom. Our journey together will be one wrestler to another, albeit one soldier to another, sharing what was learned and what was experienced. The Lord sent His disciples out two by two at different times. Jesus won the victory. He wants us to live in the triumph He obtained for each of us. Be encouraged. As you grow in Christ and are built up in Him, you are able to overcome every tactic and strategy of the enemy. I pray you are equipped and bold to stand strong. As new creations in Christ Jesus, you are destined to rule and reign — in and with Him.