The Prowling LIE-on

9:13 AMHeather

I am alarmed.  And outraged.  Because there is an epidemic going on around me, and it makes my stomach churn.  I have been living with this epidemic in my own family for some time, but have come to see the other victims in the last few weeks--an "in your face" come-to-see realization.  Three of my dear friends--without the other ones knowing this--have come to me in confidence and shared their anguish over a severe and debilitating threat to their children.  All three have a son who is being crippled by anxiety and fear.  I'm not talking "there might be monsters in my closet" kind of childhood fear.  I am talking an all out war for their emotional well being, tears and anguish kind of fear.  The kind that breaks a mother's heart and leaves these sweet Mamas exhausted and at the end of their rope.

First, one friend shared their daily struggle that has impacted their entire family as daily routines have been changed to try to ease the situation.  A few days later, another friend sat at my kitchen table and shared nearly the same story.  It was a de ja vu moment.  Then, last week, a friend called me with again, nearly the exact same story.  

Let me tell you my assessment.  It is best summed up with this verse.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil 
prowls around like a roaring lion looking 
for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8

We have an enemy waging war with us and our children.  He is seeking to devour them with his lies and deceit.  He is the Father of lies, and lying is his native language (John 8:44).  I'm not meaning to sound all spooky or creepy--but I am calling it like I see it.  

We get so relaxed in our busy schedules and we function out of pure exhaustion through our daily task lists.  And we can get complacent to the facts of this war.  But, let me assure you--it's happening.   The enemy is seeking to stake a claim on our kids by consuming them with lies about things they should fear and their inability to cope.  Or in my house, it looks different.  It looks more like a torrent of emotions and frustrations and pride.  If you have not experienced a similar emotional melt down in our home, let me tell you something.  Our cunning enemy needs only to pester one family member--because we all go down through the emotional upheaval of one child.

What I have experienced and what these friends of mine have experienced leads to a feeling of hopelessness.  We are carried on the waves of emotions churning out of control, and it feels impossible to stop the tidal wave.  I really don't have all the answers.  But, I do know a few things.  I know that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37), and if God is for us--who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).
Consider this a battle cry from a fellow soldier mom.  Moms (and Dads)--we gotta get our game on.  We gotta be warrior moms, getting our armor on (Ephesians 6:10-18).  We need to get outfitted for battle, and get down to business.  We need to wield our Sword of Truth, battling the lies with the power of the Word of God.  Pray those verses that speak to the problem--out loud, with your kids, post them all over the house.  We gotta equip our sons and daughters to wield their Sword, too!  Let's help them memorize those verses that speak to them so they can say them and pray them and claim them.  

And, we can't forget the power of prayer.  I don't mean just those desperate, "Lord help now!" prayers.  I mean, on our faces, seriously pouring out our heart prayers.  I mean prayer walking the house and each room out loud, calling out the enemy and his schemes through the power of the blood of Christ.  I mean, praying with our kids in desperate pleas--teaching them how to take a stand against the enemy so he will flee.  James 4:7 says: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  There's not a maybe there--although it's all too easy for me to read it that way because I get so bogged down with doubt.  

INTENTIONAL challenge:  The TRUTH is that we have been set free and we have the power of Christ in us to do this battle.  We must recognize it for what it is--it's a battle, alright.  An epidemic trying to sweep up our children.  So, c'mon warrior mamas--let's get to battle!  Let's get serious about holding each other up, being transparent, and doing battle together.  Let's wield our Swords, stand firm, then keep standing firm.  Let's equip our kids.  Let's remember that the victory was already won on the cross.  Let's call out that prowling LIE-on, and let him know that we are serious about being the prayer cover for our children.  Let's remind him that he's gotta flee and we are MORE than conquerors.  Who wants to do a battle cry with me?!

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