When it seems that the gates of Hell are coming against you, I want you to remember one thing:”MY God, My God is greater than any trash that Satan can throw against you. OUR God is greater than anything,I mean anything, that can come against us.
God is greater than death. He has victory over death and the grave.If we know Jesus, we need not fear death for it is but a stepping stone into the rest of our eternal life.God is greater than trauma. Whatever kind of trauma tries to destroy you, God is greater. God is greater than your spouse walking out on you. God is greater than being passed over for a job promotion. God is greater than facing a sickness or major surgery. He is the great Healer.
God is greater than teen pregnancy. He will walk you through that.God is greater than your teen being rebellious and doing drugs. He can heal them and bring them back.
God is greater than abuse. He is greater than physical abuse. He is greater than verbal abuse. He is greater than sexual abuse.I get it that you and I don’t understand why things like rape and violence and child abuse happen. I get sick and cry when I think of such things. I want to crawl into a corner and be fearful of the horrible things like that for a moment, and then I get mad.
I get filled with righteous indignation, and I come out of that corner fighting. I cannot beat up all of the abusers, but I can do spiritual warfare, and war I do.
I know how to pray, and pray I will. Satan thinks that he can whip us by hurting innocent ones with his evil designs, but I say, “NO MORE!”I will stand by silent no more. I will stand up and be counted. I will war against the heavenlies that bring about such evil that is perpetrated on the weak, the innocent, and the defenseless.
I decree and declare that the sleeping giants are awakened to the atrocities that are happening around them, and that they will rise up and and stand up and be counted.
How do you stand up and be counted? First and foremost, you get on your knees and cry out to God to send His angels to protect the innocent. Pray that He will expose the lies of the enemy, and those pawns that are being used to harm others will be caught and brought to justice. Then you ask God what He would have you do. He will give you a plan, and then you do what God wants you to do. It will be a course of action.
He may tell you to get involved with CASA, a child advocacy group, or foster parenting. He may tell you minister to those in disadvantaged areas or the homeless. He might even tell you to go to the prisons and be a spiritual dad to a fatherless young man. God might ask you and your spouse to minister to the younger couple down the road with a bunch of kids. He might just open your eyes to the many around you who are crying out for hope.
You might even be the road to healing for someone else. God may use you to show others the love of Christ.Jesus is at the center of it all, and He wants you to be a part of His centerpiece. He wants you to reach one person for Him. That one may be a kid, a teen, a man or woman, or an elderly person.
You just might be part of the answer to a prayer that one of them prayed for help. Isn’t that cool?
Remember God hears prayers, but He also our murmuring and complaining. Nix the griping and become a beacon of hope for the hurting and the helpless.
As Pastor Jeremy stated, Jesus goes to the extreme to find the one lost one. Jesus is reckless with His mercy and His grace.
If Jesus can be reckless with His mercy and His grace, do you think that we should be also?
Model your life after Jesus, and tell your new friends that if God reveals it, He wants to heal it. And that He does. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no man cometh unto the Father but through Him.
I am adding a prayer from a prayer warrior friend of mine:”OH God, heal the children! Rescue them from the shame the enemy would try to put on them. God, I sing Psalm 18 and Psalm 91 over them in the Spirit at this time, in the name of Jesus. Part the sea and carry them through this to the other side of peace and victory and freedom from all things they have been dealing with, in Your mighty name. Amen!
Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.