I have felt from the beginning of my season of suffering that Satan would love nothing more than to get his toe in and just go ahead and finish our family. From the get go, I felt in my heart of hearts that one of my biggest battles wouldn’t be processing all the grief or paying the bills or even the day to day of raising kids as a single mom.
I’ve felt that my biggest battle in this whole thing has been a spiritual battle.
My enemy has not been grief or a heart attack or the broken water heater. There is an enemy of my soul and the souls of my seven children. And he would like nothing more than to use our tragedy to complete the job.
Oh how he’d love to mess with our minds — to convince us that God isn’t really in control and that God will not really take care of us. How he’d love me to live in fear, to parent out of fear and to cower at what life might dish out. He’d love to take all the good that God has done, all the beauty and the gifts that God has given — and is giving — and forever mar our life as ugly, broken, less than what it could-should-would have been.
Satan hates a strong family. He hates a family who is following after God and is in the Word and trying their best to raise children who love the Lord with all of their hearts. He really hates God, but strong families are in the way.
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The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. John 10:10
Steal our trust, kill our hope, destroy our families. This is the work of Satan and we can see it all around us. Satan is chasing hard after families and the wreckage is piled up in our neighborhoods, in our schools, in our churches.
Satan loves to work hardest when we’re at our weakest.
Isn’t that exactly what the devil did to Christ? Not even God himself, while clothed in humanity, was immune to Satan’s attempts to destroy.
Satan came at Jesus when he was alone, in the wilderness, surrounded by wild beasts and weak from fasting for 40 days. Satan didn’t come at Jesus when He was teaching in the temple or surrounded by his 12 apostles. He chose to attack Jesus spiritually when Jesus was isolated and weak in a barren wilderness.
And the devil didn’t just try it once. Oh no. He kept coming back, coming at Jesus three times in quick succession and each time attacking with lies. But every time Satan threw out his lie, Jesus soundly refuted it with the truth of scripture. The Word that became flesh for us refuting with His word.
That is precisely what we have to do. Every single time Satan throws a lie at us, we need to refute it with scripture.
- Look at the statistics. How can you possibly think kids raised in a home without a father will be okay?
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. Psalm 68:5
- You cannot single parent. You sure don’t have the wisdom to do this.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. James 1:5
- God will not take care of you.
I will be your God throughout your lifetime–until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. Isaiah 46:4
- Does God really love you? Cause if He does, why does life look like this right now?
For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever should believe in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Even after coming at Jesus three times, Satan wasn’t done. Scripture tells us he left Jesus “until the next opportunity came.” Luke 4:13
Well, if forewarned is forearmed, we know the enemy of our souls will kick us while we’re down. When we are weak, when our finances tank or we get a diagnosis or tragedy strikes, that’s when Satan works overtime. Every time he throws a lie at us, we have to confront it head on with the truth of scripture.
While the thief comes at us to steal, kill and destroy, Christ says He is our Good Shepherd, who laid down His life for us and who came so that we would have life – “a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10
Have you sensed Satan coming at you in your weakness? When Satan whispers in your ear, call it the lie it is, open the Word and with every breath in your soul replace it with God’s solid truth.
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*This post is part of the 31 Days: Braving the Broken series. Go here for all posts in the 31 Days: Braving the Broken series here.