Tuesday, April 21, 2009


The lies.
The destruction.
The loss of life.
The giving up.

This is what I have seen the enemy impose on good people. People that at one time served the Lord wholeheartedly. People who in a million years, I would not have imagined would have reached this point of despair in their life.

This week I have had not one, not even two, but three families that I personally know come and share their hurt and their despair because of the enemies clutch of addiction in their lives.

Have you ever watched someone that you love, curled up on the floor, pulling at their hair and crying out "I don't know how I got to this point!!" The addiction that has a hold upon them now has your loved one saying, "I can't do this ... it is too big, too powerful over me!"

This past weekend, I sat for 4.5 hours with a sister who was waiting on news of her loved one who had made the decision that she had had enough of the enemies hold of the addiction that has robbed her of her life. It was a bone-chilling experience.

heartache. unconditional love. strength. peace. wisdom. sadness. hope. battle.

This is what I felt in that waiting room of that rehab hospital. While waiting there that day, I was reminded of David ~ when he went out to face Goliath. Everyone around him said, "David you can't do this!" But God put a sense of "knowing" within David, that he would succeed in the name of the Lord. When King Saul decided to let David fight, he gave David his armor, but what did David say? "I cannot, because I am not used to this" (speaking of wearing the armor, read 1 Samuel 17:31-39) David knew that he was to go in the name of the Lord with only his slingshot.

1 SAMUEL 17:47 "And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's."

ARE YOU IN A BATTLE? The friends that I mentioned earlier in this post are in a battle. It is certainly a spiritual battle as well as a medical battle when your loved one is fighting addictions. But friends, can I remind you that as much as the enemy is fighting to get your life ... God is fighting even more to save your life! God's Word is your weapon ... it is imperative to arm yourself with His knowledge. Reading His Word and spending time in His presence will give you the strength to face those giants in your life. You can be victorious over this battle, if you proceed in the name of the Lord!


and that is a piece of my heart today;


Denise said...

Yes, everyday we must put on the full armor of God.

Pia said...

yes, i am in a battle. i can very well understand how satan has been trying to pull me down and give up the fight. but my God is mightier. He is my anchor and i know i am victorious. we are all victorious because of Jesus Christ.

we're not backing down!

Laurie Ann said...

With God's armor we can combat anything - actually, He combats it for us, through us....I am praying for the ones you mentioned, Laurie!

Stacy said...

Very thought-provoking. Very powerful reminder of the strength of our God.