Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Attack (Adoption and Our Spiritual Walk)

In the beginning, as we think of adoption (or following God in any way), satan finds our thoughts ripe for polluting. You know the lies satan tells us to try to get us to turn our backs on the thought of adopting?  What about when that doesn't work?

Then comes the attack.

Every time we step forward to bring our child/ren home, we get hit. We are surprised. Yet this happens every time.

Truthfully, I think we are a little clueless. Either that or it's like when you labor to deliver a baby biologically. It hurts. It REALLY hurts!

Yet after a relatively short time, it just doesn't seem so bad. We don't remember the reality so much and our memories fade with the reality that we have our child.

Our adoption pregnancy is often the same way. After our angelic treasure (depending on the day...hee hee) is in our arms, the roller coaster of attacks, hiccups, and stress...well, we sometimes start to forget how hard the process was.

I think that often we have a school of thought that believes when we truly step forward and follow God, that only rainbows and unicorns will litter our path.

I've heard myself say on numerous occasions, "Following God is not easy." We say it and then, at times, wonder why the hard stuff happened to us.

Strange thing is that somewhere along the way the light has gone on. Don't you just love those light bulb moments?! I don't wonder anymore.

When some of the rough stuff and craziness happens, I know why. I know that God has given us a spotlight and it's what we do in the spotlight that matters.

Let's back up...

I met a wonderful woman last year. She came up and quietly asked me if our Bekah was from Ethiopia. They were asking God if their child was in Ethiopia and she had been wanting to ask me for so long.

I remember when they committed to bring their child home. I also remember when the weird stuff started to happen to them.

They had not bought into satan's LIES. When the lies didn't work, satan attacked.

*Problems at work that had never happened before.

*Everything breaking all of a sudden (that seems to be a common one).

*Drama in a non dramatic life.

*All chaos breaking loose.

What can satan hope to accomplish?

He hopes to make us give up. He hopes to make us postpone and then just decide we didn't really hear God in the first place. He hopes to distract us and make us explode (in a very ugly way) right in the spotlight that God has given us.

The cool thing is, what we are seeing is very Biblical. We are not alone in our struggle against satan. We are not alone in choosing to follow God and satan raging battle. Here are just a few of those who fought and won (because, even in death...God wins).

Joseph was rebuked by his father for a dream given by God (the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to him). He was asked, "'Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?'" Genesis 37

Elijah took on the hundreds of prophets of baal to prove that God is God. Jezebel then pronounced that as surely as he lives that he would be dead by the next day (1 Kings 18 & 19).

Mordecai, Ester's adoptive uncle, faced death for refusing to bow down to someone else besides God (Ester 3:1-6).

Job who suffered because he was faithful to God (Job 1-42).

Daniel was thrown in with a den of lions because he would not obey men, only God (Daniel 6).

John the Baptist followed God, preached, served, and told God's truth...and was beheaded for it. (Matthew 14:1-12)

Stephen was a man of God... standing up proclaiming God's truth and was stoned (Acts 6-7).

The disciples were brought before the Sanhedrin and told not to speak of Christ anymore. They were jailed and flogged.

"The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name." Acts 5:41

Now this is the best part...

What did the disciples do with the spotlight?!
REJOICED FOR BEING COUNTED AS WORTHY! Again, it's what we do with the spotlight.

When we follow God, we get satan's attention. When we don't...not so much. We are being counted worthy. God reigns and satan does NOT have free reign. I love what
Job says...
“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted." Job 42:2
We cannot expect to follow God and have the father of lies say,"Ehhh (shrug)...no biggy."

If we step into the unknown (which the future always is) knowing that If God has our hand (and we are blind, just following His footsteps), then we can expect satan to try to tear our hand out of His. God's position is coveted by satan. He wants us bowing down to him.

It's kinda like that psycho ex-boyfriend, "If I can't have you nobody will."

Funny thing, you think satan would realize God's power by now. You think he'd realize God wins. Maybe he does though. He's just trying to take us down with him.

Let's take the spotlight that satan gives us and turn it upward. Let's really tick satan off. After all, we don't belong to him anymore.
The Lover of Our Soul is bigger, much more powerful, and always wins. 

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." Ephesians 6:10-13

2 comments:

  1. I love this post!! Yes, the "prosperity gospel" has everyone thinking God almost (makes me shudder even to type it) "owes" them something--a great life, fabulous spouse, productive and profitable job, healthy and brilliant children. . . But that just isn't biblical and I *love* the way you shared those examples and the attitude of the apostles REJOICING that they were counted worthy to suffer for His name.

    Our current spiritual warfare is of a different nature, not related to adoption this time, but I think I'm going to read your post again!! LOL

    ReplyDelete

In the joy of following our Heavenly Father, we sometimes choose to proceed with a whisper, a verse, or a downright shove...no matter how we follow Him, the momentum that follows is like nothing we've ever experienced before.

Join the momentum...it is a beautiful place to be. It's not always easy, but then the best things never are.

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