Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Satan's Most Wanted list

The other night I was at Family Christian bookstore picking up my copy of Lysa TerKeurst's book Made to Crave. The book study I'll be leading at a coffee shop in Lincoln starts Monday, January 17th and also here on my blog starting Tuesday, the 18th. Can't wait!! If you want to join me, get your book & do so!

Anyway, I received a phone call and within an hour my Momma's heart would be crushed. No, I'm not going to be a Grandma again...that's not really a crushing of the heart anyway, that's just a temporary shock of the heart until the blessing arrives. 
I'm not going to share the news my husband and I received as God has made it clear this is to stay between us, but I will ask for prayer for our family. Not trying to be dramatic, just obedient to the Lord. 

Over the last 48 hours I have cried until I couldn't squeeze another tear out. 
I have called out to Jesus. Over and over and over again. 
I have come together in prayer with my husband, something we don't ever do consistently. 
I have had my face in God's Word instead of riding the coat tails of verses I know are somewhere in the Bible. I have searched His Word. I have begged Him to give me something. 
And then something major happened. 
My heart tilted. 

It is easy to get all dressed up and throw yourself a pity party, but I refuse. 
I have ripped up the invitations and am fully going to rely on the Lord. 
I have to. 
We are told that our enemy, the devil, is prowling the earth out to kill, steal and destroy. 
1 Peter 5:8
Be alert and of sober mind. 
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
As a believer, why would I take that lightly?
Why do I think that the "someone" God is referring to isn't me, my husband or my kids?

If I was told there was a lion prowling around in my neighborhood I would never send my kids outside to play. They'd be close to me under my protection. I'd do anything to protect my loved ones. Anything. 
I'll be honest here, when I pray for my kids, I often do it on my way to work and it's usually a group prayer. 
Because I'm that busy.
"Dear Lord. Please help Alyssa, Aaron  & Alivia to have a good day. Amen"
Why is my hearts' desire for my children to have a "good day"?
HOW insulting to the Righteous Father Who sits upon the throne to hear such a pathetic prayer if it can even be called that, come from my lips. I give telemarketers more respect and time then I do my Savior.
 How dare I insult the King of all Kings!

So am I going to up my prayer time as a New Year's Resolution? 
No, because that's just a plan of failure for me. 
I'm going to change my prayer life and make it a priority to spend time with God because my life as well as my family's life is on the line. 
Satan wants us. 
If you are a believer of Christ Jesus, you also are on Satan's most wanted list. 
It is time to put on the full armor of God and let God fight the battles that will be coming your way. 
Not if they'll come, when.

After a tough couple of years of learning how to rely on Jesus for what I thought was everything, it is clear to me that I missed the importance of putting on the full armor of God, praying and being in His Word...daily!
I missed it the first, second and hundredth time around, but these last 48 hours, I got it. 
I need Jesus in EVERY area of my life. Big and small, He wants to be the center our entire lives. 

Jesus, I need You.
I trust You and I will not focus on the circumstance in front of us right now, but instead focus on YOU. 
You are so much bigger than anything Satan could ever come up with and in You we believe. 
I can't wait to see what You're going to do and I promise to stay out of your way, no matter how long it takes for You to have your way.
To You be the glory. 
Between Genesis and Revelation it is not one time recorded that You ever came out the loser of any battle. 
As a couple, Gene and I seek You, love You and totally trust You with our lives and our children's.
And while you fight the battle on our behalf, we will do our part of sending forth our praises and prayers and trust in You.

I want to encourage you that no matter what. Let me say that again..NO. MATTER. WHAT. God is worth trusting. He is worth seeking. You will not be disappointed as you learn to trust in your Creator. 
You won't. 
He may not answer prayers or do things the way you would, but He knows what He is doing and if you hang in there and trust Him, His plans will be revealed and you'll find yourself in awe. 

I don't know what hit you in the year of 2010, perhaps...
Car repossessed
Job lost
Home foreclosed on
Surgeries...overall health issues
Death of a child or other loved one
Prodigal child
Having a cheating spouse
Being the cheating spouse
Financial loss
Rough marriage
Regretful abortion
Loneliness in being Single
Loneliness in being Married

you have gone through, know that IF you profess Jesus as your Savior and IF you cooperate with Him and trust Him even when it doesn't look like He knows what He's doing
He WILL come through in His holy timing like no other can. 
Put on the full armor of God.
For if you believe in Jesus, you are on Satan's Most Wanted List. 
Live prepared. 

I love You Jesus. 
I do.


Rebecca Jo said...

wow... this is so powerful...

I'm totally going to use that illustration of a lion going around a neighborhood next week - I'm teaching the youth on the importance of intentional time for God to pray... & that works so well in my lesson!!!!

Jennifer said...

WOW GIRL! This is a powerful witness! Thank you for sharing you heart and for being so open. You speak so many truths through you word!!

Love you!

Andrea said...

Oh my, sweet friend! Praying GOD sustains you and comforts you each step of the way. HE is forever faithful and will speak to you and through you every step of the way. HE loves you very much and so do we!
Big HUGS, lots of PRAYERS, and LOVE,

Melanie said...

I stopped by. It gets very tiring while under attack. I hope and pray you see victory soon.

Kelly said...

Lelia, you don't know how much I needed to read this right now. I just have had a total meltdown this morning at work, in tears due to pain with the hip arthritis stuff...chronic physical pain wears at you like nothing else...I just soaked up your words...I have decided to get the ball rolling to get hip replacement surgery this spring...I was told last year I would need it soon, and the symptoms have gotten worse..hard to walk and move...I was scared as I've never had any kind of surgery, but I have to trust God. I have been reading 1 Kings and now into 2 Kings since the new Year...talking about the high places and how so many of the kings left the high places..I don't want to worship anything else but God. And I put all my trust in Him.

Kelly L said...

Your post was a wake up call to me.. Thank you. I will pray for you and your family..

Love to you
I've Become My Mother
Amazing Salvation
Kelly's Ideas

Michelle said...

Sister, Oh yes satan has our family on his hit list...and for once in our lives together we are on the same page at the same time!!! I'm putting my armor on with you and together our family WILL be doing our part in this battle and God is so clear on what our part is and what His part is...He is our King and we are to praise Him for the victory IS His and we are to meditate on His word day and night!!! We are to pray to Him without ceasing because we don't fight against the world but against satan and his army...Oh Jesus we get it You have shown us in such a mighty way and we choose You we Praise You.
I love you Sister and am so blessed to be your sister not only in Christ but in our own sibling group:) Stand Firm love ya.

Alisha said...

I just came back and read your blog again. I am sure I will continue to do so again and again. It is so powerful and fits perfect with everything I am dealing with now. I really am thankful to always have your words to get me on track. You truly are who is bringing god to me and I appreciate it so very much.

Pat said...

Prayers and blessings to you sister. God is able to complete what he has begun in YOU and YOURS!
Consider yourself hugged,

Mari said...

Will be praying for you, Gene and the kids sweet friend. The enemy is certainly busy. You are in the right place with the right weapon. Stand firm and know that He is Lord above ALL. Hugs, kisses and blessings to you!

Zoe Elmore said...

Thanks so much for your honest and thoughtful post on my blog. Please know I'm standing with you in the battle your family is waging at this time. I hope you will continue to keep us updated on how the Lord is blessing you and growing your faith as you walk through this valley.

Sonya Schroeder said...

Hi Lelia this is my first time at your blog and I am glad that I stopped in to read this post. You are on the same journey that I was in 2010. The Lord showed me how to completely surrender ALL parts of my life to Him. I love the way you describe this journey as well. I look forward to stopping by again!! In His Love, Sonya