Spiritual Warfare
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As christians, the bible is clear that we are under attack from the evil one, Satan.

1 Peter 5:8 states, Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Right now, as my husband and I pray about adoption, a dear friend reminded us that Satan hates when christians do God's work, things like adopting children who need parents. And we have felt this recently at home and within our outer family. 

Satan is spreading lies that everything is not ok and trying to make us feel defeated each day. We are struggling through dealing with a sinful 22 month old who wants nothing more than to disobey mom and dad most of the day. By the end of the day, me, as the stay at home mom, has often wanted to cry out of defeat, and my husband has been exhausted from stressful work situation. 

I know that Satan wants us to forget about doing God's work and adopting a child right now. He wants to put too many obstacles in our way to even think about caring for an orphan like it mentions we should in the bible.

I reminded my husband last night and this morning not to let the devil get a foot hold in our mind. Not to believe the lies that we aren't good enough. Not to believe the lies that we are not capable parents. Not to believe the lies that we can't handle this life. It's true we need Jesus desperately to get through each day and it's challenges and he designed his children to need him in this way.

Satan has tried to push guilt onto me for extended family matters that are out of my control. I have to remind myself to take my thoughts captive and to trust in the Lord, God almighty.

Psalm 34:8 states, Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

I pray that I can remind myself of these truths every minute that the devil tries to spread lives about myself or my family and friends. I pray that my heart will stay pure for the Lord and I will not tire of doing God's work in raising up a Godly son. I pray that I can discipline my child, with love and grace. I pray that I will be a grace ambassador to my child and teach him of our desperate need for Jesus.

If you are struggling believing lies, reach out to friends, family, church members who can help and pray for you. This is God's commandment to us that we pray and intercede for each other. 

2 Corinthians 1:11 states, "And you can join in helping with prayer for us, so that thanks may be given by many on our behalf for the gift that came to us through [the prayers of] many."

I pray fervently that we can all put our trust in the Lord and seek him with all our heart. The enemy has already been defeated!