For three nights in early March, evangelist and author Joey Perez held a teaching seminar at the Encore Center in Harleysville, sponsored by Arise Community Outreach. Joey has been seen on the 700 Club and written two books: I Lived to Tell About It and Mysteries of Angels. He is the driving force behind Worldwide Evangelistic Ministries, headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.
Joey spoke each night about the need for saints to be in prayer and to know who their adversary is in this world. Through Bible teaching, he showed that we as believers have power and authority over the evil forces present in the world today.
Joey began by teaching about the need to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and to use the spiritual weapons available to us (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). He reminded those in attendance that we are not fighting flesh and blood, but spiritual beings. He told stories from his own life growing up in a household where idolatry and witchcraft were practiced. Other stories came from his work in evangelistic ministry around the world.
Next he focused on the need to be persistent in prayer (Luke 18:1-8). He stressed that prayers made in the will of God will avail much. Attendees were reminded of the words found in Luke 11:9 that those who ask will receive and those who seek will find. God wants to give us good gifts and when we are in a close relationship with Him we will receive those good gifts. Prayer and spending time studying God’s word help us to build that close relationship with Him.
Joey stressed the importance of protecting our hearts and minds from things that can give the devil an opening to enter our lives. He suggested that not just individuals and families, but churches as well need to be vigilant about giving an opening to those spirits that come to tear down and destroy.
Joey feels the Indian Valley area is ripe for a movement of the Holy Spirit. It is hoped that everyone who attended the three nights of meetings will take Joey’s message to heart and share that message with others.