As Parents and care takers of our children, we try to protect our family physically, from things that might harm them. Being the leaders of your family you must be the first into "battle", you must be the one who knows that “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
But there is more to it than simply being the first down the stairs when there is a noise in the night. You must also be proactive, protecting your family from predators. You must be constantly aware, constantly on guard against danger your family may encounter.
Reading in Luke 11:14-23, something interesting stood out to me. This story is about Jesus and how He cast out a spirit from a man. Some of the people who were there, Said that it was only by the power of Beelzebub ( The prince of demons) that Jesus was able to cast out demons. They did not Believe that Jesus was God's Son. Jesus Responds, " Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall." Did you catch that last part? A house divided against itself will fall... The enemy knows this, and he will do anything to try bring your family apart.
This story reminded me of this verse in Ephesians it says, "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the attacks of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 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." To protect our families from falling apart as said in the end of verses 17, we should put on the armor of God every day.
Let us continue reading in Luke 11:21-23 it says, "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils." Once again Jesus is saying that we need to be armed (with the armor of God) to protect our Home, our families, and our marriages. We need to fight in prayer for our children, our marriages, and our own walk with God in prayer.
The conclusion is let us put on the armor of God daily. This world and the enemy is always trying to pull us and our families away from God, so we need to fight. Remember that we do not fight alone, God promises to fight for us, and we have power with His Holy Spirit to defeat the devil.
"The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." ~Exodus 14:14
We have all been here at one time or another, and have probably had the question enter our minds, “What do I do when the breakthrough I’m expecting isn’t happening?”
Disappointment comes quickly in life sometimes, so we need to know how to handle it well.
We can see that when John the Baptist was in prison (Mat 11), we get a hint that he was in this place. He sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He was the one to come, or should they look for another. Not being set free from prison was causing him not only disappointment, but he’d already moved into doubt about who Jesus was.
We can easily end up feeling this way if we don’t handle well the times we aren’t seeing a breakthrough.
Jesus told John’s disciples to go tell him all that Jesus was doing. Jesus redirected John’s attention from focusing on what wasn’t happening to what He was doing and to what He has done. By redirecting John’s attention off of the problems, Jesus was protecting him from what can comes next.
Jesus finished with, “Blessed is he who is not offended because of me.”
Sometimes we can easily get frustrated with God when we don't see our breakthrough. If we don’t navigate disappointment well, we can move into doubt, then into offense with God.
Paying attention to what God is doing is the key to not going there. It is like that saying,
" Count your blessing, see what God has done."
While we are expecting a breakthrough and aren’t seeing it, we need to make sure we are seeing the other things God is doing in our lives. We need to make sure not seeing a certain breakthrough doesn’t consume our attention.
If you are in this place right now, feeling disappointed, or even doubting, maybe even offended; I’d challenge you to begin to look for what God is doing, and what He has done. It will reverse your direction in a moment. It reminds you He is present, He cares, He is working in your life. It reminds you who He is.
The road of parenting and adult life can be a scary thing.. But Jesus challenges us to not be afraid, instead just to trust Him.