Imagination Is A Powerful Thing
Maybe it was my imagination. Or maybe with was the Holy Spirit getting my attention in a way He knew I wouldn’t be able to mistake. I choose to believe it was the latter. Even though it’s still hard to believe it even happened at all!
I was sitting, quietly reading my Bible, when I heard a sound. An awful sound, that made my heart beat faster and my breath catch in my throat. Have you ever heard something that just makes you feel cold all over? Something that makes you freeze up, unable to move, waiting to see if you will hear it again?
Well, that’s what happened to me. As I was reading, outside my bedroom window, I heard it. It was a deep, guttural growl.
I froze. I waited. And I heard it again, louder this time. And the first thing to come to mind was something only a mother would think: Where, exactly, are my children?!
A Mother Is Protective!
Of course, I knew where my children were. They were both in their rooms. I knew that. But, hearing something like that, as a mother, you just want them closer! Like, close enough to touch and protect! Close enough so that I could be between them and whatever that was!
In reality, it only took a couple of seconds for me to realize there was nothing outside my window. At least, not in the physical. But it got me to thinking about some other things. First and foremost, this Scripture came to mind…
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (1 Peter 5:8)
There’s just something about the realization that yes, the devil has always been after MY soul. But to realize that my children are both at ages where he is now focusing on them as well… it’s a whole new world. One that a mother can never be ready for, no matter how we think we might be.
We Are Not At War With The Flesh
The next thought to come to mind is that we are certainly not fighting a fleshly battle. No, our battle is REAL, it’s INTENSE, and it is SPIRITUAL. Just check this out…
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)
So, what does that mean, exactly? Well, I can put it in better light with an example. There are certain things that my children do that, after a while, just make me angry. I can’t understand why they keep on doing these things, especially after I’ve explained how harmful they can be, spiritually speaking.
But that anger is rooted in flesh, pure and simple. My flesh gets angry that their flesh isn’t doing what it’s suppose to do! How crazy is that?
So, last night, after an incredibly trying day of fleshy-ness, I guess God wanted to remind me that there is a spiritual battle going on. And it’s so much more important that flesh lets me believe! These things that my children do, they aren’t rooted in the flesh, so I must not let myself REACT from a place of flesh! It’s so simple, yet so far removed from my mind for a time, it’s actually embarrassing.
Thank you Father, for reminding me!
The Battle Is Real
I wish, kind of, that I had a nickel for every time I said this. The battle is real. Like, REALLY real! We read about it throughout the Word. If I tried to provide examples of them all, it would be far too lengthy for a blog post. So I will suffice it to say, just ask God to show you for yourself. He will!
I just wanted to share this little experience with you. Who knows that maybe someone out there today really needs the reminder? It’s not the flesh. It’s never the flesh. There is always a spirit behind every move, and we know what spirit that is!
And don’t be surprised if you don’t find this happening mostly in family settings. We let family get closer than anyone else. We let family know more personal things about us than anyone else. Family can cut you to the marrow, and not spend a great deal of effort accomplishing it! And sometimes, they don’t even realize it.
- If your husband keeps on doing “that thing” that just eats you up inside…you’re not battling flesh.
- When your kids do things that make you want to bury your head in the dirt…you’re not battling flesh.
- When you’re ready to throw in the towel…you’re not battling flesh.
Another of my favorite terms, one that I often hash tag on social media, is “Armor Up!” I base it on Ephesians 6, which I hope you’ll read on your own. It gives us a great description of our spiritual armor and how we are to wear it. Going without it just one day will be enough to make you never want to go without it again!
It’s the only way, folks. It’s the only way to be prepared for what the Bible CLEARLY TELLS US we will have to deal with.
Trust me when I say, you can’t talk your way out of a spiritual battle. You can’t reason with someone who is being manipulated in the spirit, by a spirit. But you can certainly pray, and allow the Holy Spirit to do things YOU will never be able to!
Sometimes, the battles isn’t ours, but it is the Lord’s. There are times when we simply have to stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord work itself out. He can use us, when we put ourselves into a position to BE used by Him. But he will never use us in such a way as to demean someone. Even if we think it the best way to get through to them.
His Time, Not Ours
When we are praying for someone, our loved ones especially, it’s hard to not seem demanding. We pray in accordance to the Word. We ask what we think are all the right favors. It’s hard not to, but we try to pray in a way that isn’t too horribly selfish.
I can’t count the times I have cried out to God, on a pillow already wet with tears, “God, WHY aren’t you answering this prayer?! I’ve prayed like you said! I’ve kept my mouth shut! Surely, I’m not praying ‘amiss’, so WHY aren’t you answering?!”
It’s easy to assume that since everything looks like it lines up with the Word and His Will, that the prayer should be answered right away! But, His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).
All we really have a right to do, rather, it is our “job” to do, is to believe that He is able and willing to accomplish what His Word says He can and will…
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (John 5:29)
Have faith! He ain’t done with us yet!