Six out of seven of us have gotten sick all at the same time. We have sore throats, runny noses, fevers, throwing up, etc. This follows on the heels of Jake's illnesses, ear infection in me and a bunch of other junk. You reach a point where it becomes obvious that Satan is messing around in your life trying to cause strife. I recognize his devious hand and becoming aware of his presence is the first step in standing against his attacks.
Sunday I woke with a word from the Lord to share with my family. I was excited as He gave me point after point to make. Then I became ill. I hadn't been this sick to my stomach in quite a while. There I was laying with my head on the mattress, body on the floor, praying for God to heal me. I pictured myself laying with my head in His lap as He smoothed back my hair and told me it would be alright. My husband came in and asked me what was wrong and I told him how sick I was but then I told him I was still going to share what the Lord had put on my heart.
I ran to the toilet and bent over double and prayed in the Spirit. I cried out and said "By His stripes I am healed" and rejected the sickness but determined no matter what, I was going to speak even if I had to whisper it from the toilet bowl (hmmm...sounds like a catchy title: Whispers from the Toilet Bowl). I sent Bob to get groceries without me and told him we would have our home church after lunch.
The Lord really blessed my teaching and I felt 100% after I gave it. The Lord is doing amazing things in my life and in my family and it is a threat to Satan. He knows God can use a strong family with a heart for God and He knows God is making me bolder...it is nice to be a threat instead of complacent. So he is on the prowl hoping to tear down what God is building. (If any intercessors read this, we would appreciate prayer. I am feeling a bit drained emotionally, spiritually and physically.)
God is so faithful to us though and He gives us strength to carry on. He has given me a picture over and over recently where I see myself falling down on my knees right where I am and raising my arms to Heaven. I sense a strong desperation for more of Him and less of me. I also sense a need to cry out to Him for my husband and children.
I told my mom about the picture of me on my knees with my arms raised but nothing else. She thought maybe it meant I was to seek God even more and also maybe I was to pray for my husband and children. I love confirmation. It is such a sweet reminder that God is in control. I told my hubby if He sees me getting down on my knees and raising my arms and crying out to God, to not worry about it.
I have also had a strong impression that I am to annoint our doorposts, both the main doorways and into each room of the house. I am to pray over the various activities and over each family member as I do this. I asked my husband to join me and he agreed. As soon as I figure out where the children put my oil, we will get under way.
There really is a spiritual realm and we are called to the battlefield. Yes, Satan is trying to cause trouble in my family but my God is greater and He already won the war. Satan's battles are only last ditch efforts to thwart God's plans. I say this so you will know that although we don't want to give Satan too much credit for things (some things are simply human error, consequences for our actions, etc.), sometimes it is an actual attack and you need to be prepared. If you are seeking God, you will recognize an attack if it is upon you. He has given you the tools to fight back and overcome. Learn them and use them.