"This means war. And the battle's still raging. War." -Petra
Satan has always... always been out to destroy the family. Petra reminds us in their song, This Means War, from their album of the same name, that Satan "took a third of all Heaven, when he went to Hell."
He sought to destroy the very family of Heaven before their was a family on Earth to conspire against. That said, he knows his fate is sealed. So he has nothing except to keep people from sealing their fate with Christ; for Christ.
Anything to keep kids from becoming healthy, functioning adults. Let alone, followers of Christ.
Anything to keep followers of Christ from establishing healthy, functional homes; where kids witness first-hand, a genuine faith in Christ and a passion for the things of God.
Anything... to keep people from becoming people of God; more specifically, effective people of God who fulfill not only the calling God has placed upon them, but bear witness to the goodness and grace of God with any and all who they come in contact.
Frustrated. Stressed. Distracted. Angry. Bitter. Unfulfilled.
Anything that discounts and detracts from the work of God in our lives and His purpose being carried out for the cause of Jesus Christ.
Of course, like any other battle, war is hard on everyone. But perhaps for none less, than those on the front line. For what good are the soldiers without those leading them into battle?
So, we pray, on this #youthPastorWednesday, for pastors who are feeling the effects of the war within their own lives and families. May God strengthen and restore their hearts and minds; granting discernment in the difficulty and challenges they face. For their ministries, may God grant to them grace and understanding as they teach, challenge and work with kids and youth. Pray God's protection over their lives; that whatever was meant to distract, detour and derail them would fail. May the anointing of the Holy Spirit rest upon them, as they live under the power of God at work in their lives, their homes and churches; impacting the communities and culture-at-large with the truth of God and the love of Christ.
Indeed, this is war.
Spiritual warfare being displayed to a physical world.
But greater is He who is in us
Then the enemy of our souls at work against us.
No power on earth, can take His love away.
God be for us.
For the cause of Jesus Christ.
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