In The Midst of Darkness
Ephesians 6:12 – 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].
The Enemy Seeks To Destroy
The enemy is out in this world seeking whom he may devour. Strongmen are all around you and your family. When the devil shows up it seems love disappears, these strongmen will seek to destroy your family, your children, your character and anything good in your life. Their sole mission is to destroy, deter your faith and have you turn from the will of God and ultimately have the same fate as these strongmen.
I have always been told that love conquers all things. Compassion can build a bridge and relationships can be forged back together, better and stronger than they ever have been.
How do we stop these strongmen? How can we combat the spiritual world to bring peace to the physical world? The answer is prayer and scripture.
The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing, walk in prayer, and have a constant line of communication with the Lord. I see people posting memes on social media with quotes like “Not Today Satan”, but those are only words until we put them into action. Standing up to the devil and chaos is much easier than we think. Remember the Bible tells us in the MIDST of confusion is the devil. So when your life feels like it’s tilting upside down or a hurricane is on the horizon, fear not!
James 4:7 tells us to “Resist the devil and he shall flee.”
How do we resist? Be quiet, ignore problems and pray about them? Or use scripture to actually fight spiritually? The Bible says there is POWER in the tongue. This can be used to our advantage as Christians. Speak out and command the devil to cease and flee. One word will make Satan and his legion of demons tremble and leave – that word is Jesus.
Matthew 18:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
When my son started showing signs of using drugs and he went from a straight-A student to dropping out of school, you can best believe I was in constant prayer. I prayed, I walked my house binding every negative thing I could think of and loosing words of prosperity and for drug addiction to be gone. We are overcomers, we are heirs to the Throne, we have a brother (Jesus) that has already PAID IT ALL, so now we have the abilities to fight.
It was not an overnight fight with Chase, it took years that were long and hard. I would not give up, I would not stop, my love for him kept me pushing, fighting, and praying.
Ladies, the fight that my mom and I fought for Chase was draining. It consumed my life, I was on high alert at all times, I still had fear, but I had trust in God. I feared I would get a visit from a policeman telling me he was dead and when I had hit my high water mark I threw him in jail and made him go to a LONG rehab. I know what it’s like to worry about your child, to fight with them, to see them change from a loving kid to a rebellious person that acts like that want to kill you. I know what it’s like to cry yourself to sleep over your child and worry daily and wondering if they are ok. But I know God has His hand on him and although I fought the fight, I knew God would prevail and save him – and He did!
No matter what you are going through you can come through it and your children WILL come through. He is a comforter, He has our backs and He is always standing by our sides. I would ride to work and talk to Jesus like he was sitting in my passenger seat. I didn’t just “pray”, I started talking like He was my best friend. I shared my fears, my worries, my desires, my goals, anything and everything that I would share with my closest girlfriend.
As a mom, a wife, a daughter – I know we ALL have the want and desire to love and keep our families safe and on the way to heaven. I do not know why I started writing this blog post, because it started out as an inspirational post and quickly turned another way. All of us are going through a trial, coming out of a trial, or about to go into a trial. Use the word of God to fight and never cease!
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Thank you for sharing. As a momma of three boys, I thank you for being obedient and sharing. It’s easy to share the good things of our children but not the hard. As my boys have grown into men I have found I am praying that much more and harder for them. I am thankful for God’s Word that is so powerful!
Amen Tanya!! Thank you so much for your comment, I am always uneasy about sharing certain things. You girls always let me know I followed the will of God!! Blessings to you and your family!❤️
WOW!!!! Beverly this brought tears to my eyes. My first thought was….things may look good on the outside like someone’s appearance or someone’s house, etc. but they may not know the pain the person is experiencing on the inside. I have not experienced your situation with either one of my three children. (they all have had their own struggles) I have experienced some tough situations with my stepdaughter and continue to pray for God to take the wrong desires out of her heart. I also have experienced a “nine year long“ personal battle/situation that I thought would never end. I started feeling like a whimp. I kept thinking to myself how in the world did the Israelites handle 40 years in the desert when I can’t even handle this nine year personal battle. I thank God that it was not health related. However , it was not easy. Looking back over it, I have learned more scripture and made a commitment to “myself” to have alone time with God daily. (I don’t want to make promises to God that I can’t keep) I actually have thanked God for this trial because if it wasn’t for it I would not know the scriptures that I know today or have the relationship with God that I have. I am not putting myself on a pedestal as I give ALL the glory to God and I cannot thank him enough for giving me his supernatural strength to endure my situation. I really appreciate your honesty and sharing your story with your readers because there is someone out there that needs to read this and needs your encouragement to not give up. (Galatians 6:9) Enjoy your Sunday afternoon. xoxo ~Lisa~
Oh Lisa, this was a beautiful comment! I feel the same way about my trials that I have endured and there have been A LOT! Looking back, I know I needed to go through those things so I could be where I am now. And if a storm comes rolling in, I know that I can withstand it and fight it out. Glory!!! XOXO!! Have a great Sunday lovely lady!
Thank you for being obedient to the Holy Spirit and writing this post. I believe He had you write it for me. I laid in bed last night praying and crying out to the Lord for my two young adult sons who no longer live at home that the Lord would draw them back to Him, that the things of this world would no longer hold an interest to them and that the Lord would send Godly people into their lives to be a witness and mentor to them. I believe as you do in the power of prayer and am thankful that the Lord is faithful to hear our prayers and that He loves our children much more than we do and more than we could ever imagine. Again, thank you and to all the mothers out there reading this blog I say pray on dear sisters, pray on!
When I read the first couple of lines in your comment, I had to stop and dry my tears. What a confirmation from God!! You are so right, we must pray on and our sisters in Christ will stand with us and pray and not cease!! You and your sons will be in my prayers. God is faithful, Amen!! XOXO!! Thank you for this comment!!❤️
First of all I love your Blog and just started following you about a month ago. You are such an inspiration in my life. Your honesty and faithful follower of Christ is such a great example. As a mother of three grown children my life has been turned upset down during the past four years. First my the estrangement of our 35 year old daughter and then her husbands influence on our sons wife. So it pains me to say that two of our children have chosen to not want anything to do with us. And then on top of it, we also havent seen our four grandsons too. We were so close to them and some days the pain is unbearable. Its a long twisted line of events of jealousy of our children’s spouses and baggage that was brought into their marriages. My husband and I brought our children up in a loving christian home and we were so close till their marriages. We surround ourselves with christian friends who are so supportive and pray for our situation for they see the pain we are suffering. We pray and read God’s promising words and we truly believe Satan in involved and it is a constant mind battle depression and anxiety. So your words today are very helpful and comforting. I know I as a mother have to continue to pray faithfully and I believe in miracles that only God can do. Thanks for reading my comment and maybe you could say a prayer.
Donna, thank you so much sharing this. We are all facing giants, some are bigger than others, but God has a plan and we will be victorious. You have sown seeds in your children and the Bible tells us that they will come back. The prodigal sob story comes to mind, but in a different way for your situation. Thank you for following the blog and thank you for your sweet words. I will lift you and your children up in prayer. The devil seeks to destroy but he has no authority over God’s children and our lineage!! Amen!! ❤️❤️ It’s so nice to meet fellow sisters in Christ. Thank you again for your comment!! So glad to meet you. Even if it is virtual lol!!
Your post hit me today. It gave me courage. Thank you. God bless you.
Thanks Johnna!! Love you❤️
Thank you for your honest post Beverly 🙂 Many people do not discuss the battle for their children against drug addiction. My husband and I faced this giant first hand also with our daughter who was 20 when she really began walking down the wrong path. She quickly progressed from passing bad checks to abusing prescription drugs to opiod’s mostly heroin ~ she did not live in our home, but had 2 young babies. I cried out to God each night to protect her and to keep my grand babies from harm. She overdosed in front of them when they were just 2.5 years and 1.5 years old. But God!!! He was there and protected them all – other people where there when they shouldn’t have been – they got 911 there and the police called us to see if we wanted to take the babies ♥ Lots of “stuff” happened afterwards that you never think you’d have to live through, including another baby being born addicted; but wind the clock forward and she is now drug free, working full-time and providing a life for her son. I believe it helps others to have more people talk about the path they have walked with their drug addicted children so they too know that by God’s grace and mercy, there is hope! Peace and God’s blessings over you and your family.
Wow!! Cindy what an amazing story! God is faithful and he certainly has been to you. You are so right about parents not wanting to talk about it. It’s embarrassing, you feel like a failure as a parent, people talk about you, but it can happen to anyone’s child. I tend to believe God has a special purpose for those that have fought hard fights and will use them for his glory. Praise God your daughter is doing well now!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼Thank you for sharing!❤️
Thank you for sharing Beverly. I believe that God has brought us together to be friends and to share in the similarities that we have been through. My youngest son went through years of drug use and was in and out of jail due to leading that type of lifestyle. He is now older and wiser although he still has to deal with the consequences of the past lifestyle that he led. Even after so many years of him leading a better life I still get a knot in my stomach when he calls out of the blue and says that he has something to tell me. Out of habit I expect it to be bad news. Hopefully with time this will get better. This past year we found that my oldest son had been using cocaine. Thank God he has a good Christain girlfriend that has stood beside him and has been a good influence. Also, for the past 3 Christmas my husband’s youngest son has been in jail due to drug related circumstances. This year he was out and we were excited that he would actually be able to attend the family gatherings. Just before our family get together he no longer answered my husband’s correspondence. We had no idea where he was or what he was up to and couldn’t reach him. We recently found out that he was arrested on Dec. 27th and it doesn’t look as though he will be getting out anytime soon. It is so sad the hold that drugs can have over our children. No matter how old our children may be they will always be our babies and we want nothing but a bright and wonderfully blessed future for them. Again, thank you for you openness and honesty to your readers to show that we are not alone in life’s struggles and that we and our children can and will overcome with God’s help! Love to you my friend!
I too believe that we were brought together to help each other. It’s so weird about the similarities- we should kin somehow lol! I will be lifting you guys up in prayer and thank you for this sincere comment. It’s good to know that a lot of us moms have gone or are going through something similar. Love you!!❤️❤️