Ephesians 6:11-18 – 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
If I can be totally honest, writing this week’s blog has been very difficult for me. I had no idea how impacted I have been by the mass murder in Orlando, FL. The lives lost, the impact on their loved ones and the city of Orlando. I ask myself did they get to say I love you, I am sorry if I have offended you and just so many more things to have closure on. The finality of death closes the open opportunities we have to love each other. Yes, I am speaking to situations in my own life.
My thoughts are on the personal conflicts going on in my very own family. I’ve watched my husband for years try to be the best father that he can be to our oldest son. I have also watched how the enemy has come after that father-son relationship. Even to the point of using family members that feel like they’re helping, but are only making it harder for him to be a part of his sons life.
As his wife it’s been hard to watch him try to mask the hurt and sadness. It’s like the enemy is coming after him and the relationship with his son from every angle. There are a myriad of things occurring that could break him down as a father, man, and as a son/child of God. Being strong in his faith is constantly being challenged.
My words to him is that tomorrow is not guaranteed so cherish the time that you have with your son and allow God to do the rest of the work. The battle he is facing is not his but it is the Lord’s.
This I know for sure – he can be of good courage because there is nothing to hard for God.
I come to you Father with a heavy heart and I want to turn it over to you. Please be with my family, the Orlando families and friends as they look for peace. Also, I pray for fathers who are no longer with us because of senseless acts and for their children who no longer have their father with them. Father God, I ask that the children and loved ones of those who have lost a father will stand boldly and strongly with your help. In the matchless name of Jesus I pray. Amen