Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes!
Not many understand or believe in spiritual warfare (and for sure I’m no expert), nonetheless, I do know it exists all around and been present since the Fall of man and woman in the Garden of Eden. I say this because I never knew its depth of impact and length of reach until the birth of our first-born child.
Though my flesh and voice can often shake in the presence of overwhelming darkness, the spiritual battle, the truth of God’s Word always prevails in the face of evil. One thing I do know for sure and without a shadow of doubt is the enemy (thief) seeks to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). Its just that simple. It’s complicated too! I’ve seen it up close and very personal. Satan knows his time is short, future is set and before that ultimate end desires to separate humanity from God, who by the way is the only faithful lover and redemptive provider of our soul.
My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26)
To be sure its not wicked for the Lord to allow our son to experience spiritual warfare which often torments. You see God’s Word tell us in Psalm 5:4, “For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.” His Word in Psalm 89:14 says that his throne is actually built on a foundation of righteousness and justice.
I believe this is how we can persevere well, when everything else pulls and screams toward the opposite direction, where we long to give in and up, when warfare feels more than we can handle, to remember God’s foundation of righteousness in all that he does as we seek to press on in a world full of sin and death is to focus solely on this blessed truth, we fight from victory! Somehow, in the midst of seasons of intense spiritual warfare, and coming alongside our son, God will be faithful to show us a greater picture of his goodness. That somehow, for our good, this is going to make us look more like his Son, Jesus. That it was never about how good our children make us look, but how GOOD GOD IS in the chiseling away of our sinful flesh to become more like HIM. Remembering this has been part of God’s plan from eternity past; nothing is out of his control.
For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. (Psalm 5:4)
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you. (Psalm 89:14)
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:13-18)
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves rthe crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10
Genesis 3: The Fall of Man
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5 For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
Cursed are you more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life;
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
16 To the woman He said,
“I will greatly multiply
Your pain in childbirth,
In pain you will bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you.”
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
19 By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”
20 Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.