One thing the narrator said in this video that really got me was when he was talking of the prey... "It is to do battle once again with their eternal enemy." In this video, the lion never gave up his chase; not until his target was on the ground facing death.
Before Christmas a close friend of mine and her family endured the unthinkable. In the middle of the early hours of a Sunday morning my friend and her husband were awakened by the voices and flashlights of policemen piercing the darkness and their dreams. They were told that a 16 year old girl had reported an intruder.
They would later learn that their 16 yr old daughter was woke up to a man standing above her.
Thinking something horrible had happened to her family she escaped through her bedroom window, ran to a neighbors home and called for help.
When her parents turned out the lights that night they had no idea that in a few hours an intruder would let himself in through a window and hover over their sleeping beauty.
I found myself getting so mad when I thought of this because it gave me such a clear visual of what the enemy does in our lives. He finds a weak spot and lets himself in.
Before he boldly let himself into their home my friends' college son, who was home for Christmas, had seen him lurking next to the garage when he came home from a night out with friends. The guy took off running so her son thought he had scared him away for good.
With boldness in each quiet step, the intruder returned.
In the book I'm reading by Charles Stanley called When the Enemy Strikes he says You will never fully eliminate the devil's temptation from your life. No matter how mature you may become spiritually, he still has access to you. The devil does not give up stalking you, especially if you are a Christian.
Just like Satan, just like the lion in the video...our friends' intruder did not give up.
He comes to steal...that night their daughter was robbed of feeling secure in her own home.
He comes to kill...a family that loves Jesus could be torn apart, relationships killed if they don't rely on Jesus Christ at all times. My friend's family is intact because of Jesus Christ.
He comes to destroy...a young innocent 16 year olds' life has forever been changed in one night. May God be glorified through her pain and questions. May He restore in each family member every piece of stolen ground the enemy took that night.
Are some verses in the Bible just not meant for me? In Ephesians 6 we are told to put on the full armor of God. Does that mean me....or am I a seasoned enough Christian that I can I pick and choose which verses to apply to my life?
I look at my teen daughter's growing belly...pregnant. Twice in one year. Showing up with black eyes from the "dad" of Amiyah and this little one due in June.
This enemy of ours...he is so real and he is not going to stop the attacks so we best get our noses in God's Word and listen to what He tells us to do. Not just pick out the pretty verses, the ones that don't have required participation in order to see change. If I want to draw closer to God then I better draw near to Him and the only way I'm going to do that is to read His Word and do His Word. Live out what I read.
How much more ground are you going to give to the enemy?
Got to put on the full armour. It's just a must, because walking out the door without Jesus Christ before me I have no chance. My family has no chance. This battle...it's real.
My friend loves her kids and there is no way she would knowingly allow a stranger to come into her home and hover over them. Her and her husband would have never turned out the lights to go to bed knowing that someone was going to come inside and invade their lives. Everything within my friend would have fought for what she loves.
If you are a Christian then everyday you have an enemy stalking you...just waiting outside by the garage for the perfect time to make himself real in your life.
As painful as the memory of that night is to my friend, I know that God is going to continue to produce nothing but holiness in her. I have seen Jesus so loud in her life before and after that night and I know He is not finished with her or her family.
God is good...God is great and He is Who I want to live for.
Make Jesus your daily pursuit my dear friends, because I am living proof that if He is not #1 in your life, then at the end of your day you will have exactly what you started your day with...