Updated: Jan 23, 2019
Man, last night was rough. Have you ever had that feeling where the hair on the back of your neck stands up and you just feel like there’s something there…and it’s evil? That was us last night. This isn’t something we talk about a lot and honestly I’m not sure why because as Christians, we know from Ephesians 6:12,
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against…the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
I’ve learned to pay attention when I get that feeling - it usually means there is some sort of spiritual attack in the works. Translation: demons want to mess with our family…using fear, dreams, and whatever lies they can speak to us that we’ll listen to. Sure enough, our kids were having nightmares and multiple times we went back to pray with them and comfort them.
Nightmares happen….but this felt different, and I’ve learned as a parent who is also a Christ follower that I don't need to just sit there and feel helpless when I sense evil in my house. I can pray. So that’s what we did, we prayed. We commanded whatever was in our house to leave and not return. We prayed however the Holy Spirit led regarding our kids. We asked for protection and I believe we received it. I am being reminded all over again that the spiritual armor Paul talks about in Ephesians chapter 6 is not meant to be ornamental, but is meant to be put to good use.
Nehemiah and the people of Israel were experiencing attacks on all sides while they were trying to rebuild the walls of their city. People mocked and tried to fight them, but this is what Nehemiah challenged them with, and I think this same challenge is for us,
“Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the LORD, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”
This verse totally pumps me up as a mom. Last night felt like an intimidation…which used to scare me, but now it just makes me mad and calls me to action. I serve a big, powerful God, who loves me, and wants to give me what I need. Last night was one of those nights where I was able to look evil in the face and say, “get away from my family.” So thankful I have that authority through Christ to do this. Thankful I don’t have to be afraid.