Lord God, Creator of us all, I bow down this morning before Your throne. You are Almighty! None can even begin to compare with You in any way. The ancient enemy got its head all blown out of proportion, thinking it should be the all mighty god; and in subverting other angels trying to defeat You, got itself and them all evicted from heaven. Now in anger and resentment it attempts to steal the hearts of all creation. The enemy began with 'first man', Adam, and successfully tricked him into disobeying You, Lord, not trusting You. That betrayal became an evil stain in man's bloodline that was passed down to us all. But You, our all knowing God, already had a solution to that evil act of satan. Jesus, Son of God, was born of a virgin. Holy Spirit overshadowed her and provided the holy seed that grew within Mary; thus the stain that carries through the man’s seed was not in Jesus. He was born without the taint of sin in His blood.
The enemy continues to try and subvert us. Evil is roaming everywhere and sadly it recently took the lives of two of our teenagers. My heart hurts for their families and the terrible devastation in their souls.
This recent account of the teens reminded me of the only childhood story we know about Jesus: His family traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Passover with others when He was 12 years old.
When they all left Jerusalem, thinking Jesus was in the group, His parents also left; but Jesus stayed behind. I can imagine His parent's panic when He was nowhere to be found. They searched throughout all the pilgrims, then began to retrace their steps:
Luke 2:46-52 The next day they found him in the Temple seated among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. The teachers were all quite taken with him, impressed with the sharpness of his answers. But his parents were not impressed; they were upset and hurt.
His mother said, “Young man, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been half out of our minds looking for you.”
49-50 He said, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be here, dealing with the things of my Father?” But they had no idea what he was talking about.
51-52 So he went back to Nazareth with them, and lived obediently with them. His mother held these things dearly, deep within herself. And Jesus matured, growing up in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people.
As parents or just people, we must be vigilant against the enemy sneak attacks! His lies and deceptions trap many. We keep our eyes watchfully open to the world around us. We commit to keeping our hearts pure, our eyes focused on our Lord. Take time each day to just "be" with Him. See what the Word teaches:
All of us must keep a close watch on our hearts.
Proverbs 4:23 (AMPC)
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
The enemy is seeking those whom it can capture.
1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
But we are not left without support!
Psalm 61:3 (NKJV)
For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy.
What challenge are you going through right now? Keep in mind that God is a strong tower of protection and help. He loves us, and is eager to help us in every challenge. Trust Him.