The Battle For Your Kids
Last night my daughter looked up from the kitchen table where she was working on homework. I'd just sat down in the family room to watch the news recorded our on DVR. It was late in the evening as I arrived home from an evening Bible study and she from drama rehearsal. “Mom, the bed shaking started again a few nights ago.”
I hit pause on the DVR, “Caitie did you pray against it.”
“Yes, mom” her eye-roll was evident.
Okay here is the part where I launch into a lecture about how to pray, thus the eye-roll. She interrupts, “Mom, I don’t need the lecture. I know what to do.”
“Why do you think this started after it’s been so long?”
“It started the night when I watched that scary movie at the theater.”
Okay, my friends, there is so much in this short conversation that I don’t even know where to begin. But I find it fascinating that the demons show up when we are in the midst of this study. And as I talked with the Lord this morning, I knew I needed to share the lessons we all can learn from a 17 year old girl.
What will be difficult is that some of you reading this will reject what I’m about to tell you because it just seems too fantastic, a fantasy. I recognize that it is a risk for me and my credibility, in that I may appear unstable in your eyes or that I’m imagining what I’m about to share with you. However, what I KNOW to be true is that I have walked with our Jesus now for so many years and His words about the spiritual realm are absolute truth. I've experienced both evil and the divine. We live in the natural world that is always under the influence of the supernatural. There are demons, satan is real and he is a liar. His ministry is to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus dealt with demons on a continual basis. In reality, so do we. Some of us are blind to him and are used as a pawn in his game and some of us have learned to take away his power and defeat him.
More than anything for the rest of my life, my life’s purpose is twofold. One to live in the Presence of our Living God. Two, to bring healing, hope, and joy to the captives. To point to the freedom in Christ from oppression and sickness, emotional, spiritually and physical by defeating the enemy.
So I will take the risk because there are readers right now who are living in the midst of real manifestations of evil and are clueless on how to deal with them.
Well, no longer. Your freedom day is here.
My friends, Dineen and I have spent weeks bringing you to this place. We have explained and encouraged you to recognize your own bondage and oppression so that you can find your freedom. We have hit hard on the truth that our identity in Christ is at the core of everything, especially spiritual warfare. So, now with all of this armament upon us, we have arrived at the battle ground.
Let’s go back to my daughter. Well, even further than that. Years ago, I would go to bed and as I was drifting into sleep, where I was at that in between stage between sleep and awake, my bed would start to shake. It was a rapid vibrating shake. It was strong enough to wake me up. My friends, I would wake with heart pounding, gripped in terror, as I could still feel it shaking. Now when you are weak in your faith, you start to think you are imagining this shaking, yet your body can feel it.
Because this happened to me so long ago I don’t remember exactly at what point I came to the realization that this was demonic activity. Night after night of this shaking is terrifying. It is also interesting that my husband has never felt it (I’ve asked him). But, it was during those years that I memorized scripture about fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 became my lifeline. I would sit up in bed, heart pounding and start to tell that demon at the foot of my bed that God DID NOT give me a spirit of fear but one of power and love and self-control. I would say it out loud, over and over to this thing in my room. And with conviction. After repeating it over and over the shaking would stop.
I’m not sure how long, the number of years, this torment lasted. But it seemed like a long season. This was also the season where I was praying intensely for my husband to be delivered from any spirit that had attached to him. If you remember, I’ve shared that story where I had it out with that thing one night. Since that night I haven’t been bothered by shaking.
My friends, today the devil can’t touch me!! But guess who he’s after? That’s right my kids and my husband. And quite frankly it pisses me off (can I say that on a Christian blog?). Well it makes me so mad I could spit bullets. I KNOW how scary it is and what really makes me mad is the ugly beast starts on our kids at a very, very young age.
For my daughter, she was about age five.
And I’ve also witnessed the manifestation of something evil come over my husband.
I will share these two stories with you in the next few posts. What is imperative to know as I share these stories is that my love relationship with God, through the power and authority of Jesus and the Holy Spirit is my strength, power and authority. So the enemy cannot touch me. And my prayers of authority for my family absolutely bring to bear their freedom from the tormentors, the liars and all manner of evil influence.
So as we proceed forward, I want you to contemplate and pray about a few things. Ask God to help you wrap your mind around His scriptures to help you process the reality of the spiritual realm in our world today. Ask God to open your eyes to evil influences and prompt you to pray with authority. If you need help to pray with authority, watch this video where I pray in this manner. Ask God to help you listen to your children when they try to tell you about scary things they see or hear. I will be helping you in a future post on how to teach your kids to pray against these sort of things. Ask God to fill you with confidence and to remove your fear from the enemy. When we live in fear we are powerless. That is exactly what demons want. They scare us to keep us from living in relationship with God. Because when we are in relationship we live in power and authority to bind them.
So share with me your thoughts, your prayer requests and your questions. My friends remember, LOVE conquers all. The enemy is powerless in the presence of perfect love of Christ. I love you. Lynn