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SHIELDS UP! HERE COMES ANOTHER ONE

Have you ever been to a place in life where so many things are going wrong it just seems ridiculous? A place where you have cried all the tears you could possibly cry, cried out to God for help in more ways you thought humanly possible and still the attacks keep coming? Some of the attacks are big while others are little nuances the enemy keeps pelting you with to the point where all one can do is laugh. I am so there!

The enemy has been throwing arrow after arrow at me to the point where what is called Murphy’s Law has become very real to me. Everything seems to be going wrong and just when I think nothing else can go wrong it does. I will not bore you with the details but the one that put me over the edge was July 9 when I literally flushed my cell phone down the toilet. It just fell out of my back pocket as I turned and pushed the handle down to flush. Before I could react, my phone—that basically carriers my life on it-- went swirling through the pipes and into the septic tank. I thought it might have gotten stuck but in case you did not know, moving water is a strong force. As I went out and told my family what had happened I began to laugh. I could not stop laughing. I laughed so hard I began to cry. Tears streamed down my face and I tried desperately to tell these people, who must have thought I had gone completely mad, that I had flushed my phone down the toilet. Their response, almost in unison, was, “Why did you do that?”

A phone may not be a big deal for most, however I am on a very strict budget and a new phone was not part of the plan. However the phone was just the proverbial ‘icing on the cake’, ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’, and any other cliché you can think of. To give you a visual of the constant attacks just imagine a rock slide that starts with a tiny pebble at the top of a mountain and suddenly, as it begins to roll down you look up and there are thousands of tiny pebbles coming at you. There has been so much stuff coming my way lately I now quote a dear friend who always says, “You just can’t make this stuff up!”

To make matters worse, for the past few days I have been ill with some type of summer flu. I do not know about you but I am really such a baby when I get sick. Usually my husband or my mom are here with me and pamper me by making sure I have medicines, food, lots of water and rest. Not this time.

As I lay in bed last night feeling sorry for myself I began reading through my journal which I have kept for the last three plus years. My journal is basically a history of how God has moved and been with me through everything. I read about the times the enemy had attacked me and how my heavenly Father, in His mercy and love, put out each and every arrow. Don’t get me wrong the enemy is still trying to penetrate the shield of faith God has provided me with however he will never win. God informs us in Ephesians 6:12 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 realm.” (NIV)

I started reading in Deuteronomy this morning. Have you ever noticed the second through the fifth books of the Bible are not exactly favorites among many Christians? Well this is where the Lord led me so that is where I began reading. As I read the outline under what my study Bible titles Megathemes the first theme was history and immediately a cord was stuck within me. Can you guess why? Chapters one through four of Deuteronomy consist of Moses’ first address to the children of Israel. In these chapters Moses reminds God’s children of all the things God has done for them and all the things God had brought them through. All the prayers God has answered for them, all the victories in battles God gave them, and of course loving and caring for them even in their rebellion. God was always with them.

God sent me to my journal last night because I needed to be reminded that He is still on the throne. He is still in control even when things in my life seem to be out of control. He confirmed it was Him speaking to me last night but bringing me to His word and showing me there how no matter what He is with me.

I would like to encourage anyone going through a fiery time in their life today to stop and take a few minutes to look back at how God has brought you through many trials already. Our heavenly Father says He will never leave us or forsake us. That is a promise He gave to me and you. Take up the shield of faith with me and hold it high in the air because we can put out all the fiery darts of the enemy clothed in the full armor of God.

Always loving our Lord,

Lori Robbins

3 O’clock Prayer Ministries Inc.

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