Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The devil

It’s funny how people talk openly about Jesus but giggle like little kids when you mention the devil and laugh about it. We as Christians are quick to believe and will defend the story of Christ, believing completely that he is the Son of God, who walked the earth performing wonderful miracles, who died and rose from the dead. But when you mention the devil, the same people look at you like you are from another planet.

Before he was a Christian my husband would have looked at you the same way. But now he knows and he has seen evil up close and personal. It is one area where Dave and the last two pastors we’ve had in our lives really are able to connect.

Dave once spoke of this at our church when he introduced a session on Spiritual Warfare. He told the congregation that if you truly believe in Jesus Christ and the bible, you must also believe in Satan. For if you truly believe all that is written in the bible, especially the New Testament and if you really believe that everything that it says is real, that it did happen, and Jesus saved us from sin, then how (as Dave said) can you ignore it when the bible speaks about the devil and his demons who mean to do harm to us?

I think as Christians it is easier to believe there is help and salvation for us but hard for us to believe there is evil out there wanting to harm us. Dave and I have been under attack from Day one when we made a serious commitment to go forward with our adoption. When fellow Christians who adopted before us warned us that bad things would happen once we made a commitment, we were thought they just had some bad luck. Boy were we wrong! It’s been crazy at times with attack from everywhere in our lives.

Each time we relax and let our guard down the devil comes strutting back with a new way to attack us. We just got slammed again. A phone call with a voice and name from the past and everything that was going great is now changed. Wow…evil from the past brings in sadness for the future.

I’m not talking about a broken nail or spilled milk. Bad things happen but they are not evil. I’m talking about full attacks. I won’t bore you with details, but we have been attacked in one way or another from the start of this adoption. Some have been really bad and some just bad.

Our faith in God has helped us overcome it all and we are more committed than ever to bringing our little girl home. We pray each night for God’s help in our lives and to help us protect our family from harm. In these times we will see Him in ways we never have before and even feel a new piece of His heart.

There is a hope within the struggle. There is a joy within the pain. There is a love within the fear. There is a peace that surpasses all understanding of our circumstances. JESUS. It is Him. When we walk through the fire, He is with us. Our God loves to give a way of escape for His people during the difficult times. He also loves to show Himself to us in those times. Sometimes, He will provide a way out, and other times, He will use those circumstances to make us more like Him.

“Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil's tricks. We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself.” Ephesians 6 11-13

Please wear your armor. It helps in ways you cannot imagine. We’ll still get hit and we still hurt, but at least it won’t hurt so much…

The wrestle…the struggle…don’t run away from it. Take it…embrace it. Press deeply into God during it, persevering within it, allow it to prove your character. Remain faithful to God and rising up within it as a testimony to all those around you. There is One who is your refuge in time of trouble, and there is One alone Who remains faithful to you in all things. May His truth be your testimony.