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Soon after Uncle Douglas (who is the same age as our son) came to live with us, his older teen age brother, David paid us a surprise visit. He was trying to convince Doug that we did not really want him and he needed to get his things and come live with him and dad.
I only overheard part of the conversation, but I could see
Douglas was in tears as he rushed to our upper floor.
Hurrying up the stairs after Doug with David trailing behind me, I caught up to him in the bedroom that he shared with our son Steve. He was pulling his belongings out of the dresser and I ordered him to stop. He did stop as he wiped his eyes and looked at me.
I told Douglas, “You are NOT going anywhere,” and turning to David I continued to use my commanding voice and said, “David, you are only causing trouble and I want you to leave now, because Douglas is staying here, and Bea wants him here with her and us.”
David wasn’t all bad, he thought he was rescuing his little brother, but I knew what would happen if I allowed Doug go with him. A twelve year old is impressionable and living with us - - at least he was in school and attending church.
Sheepishly David hung his head and retreated down the stairs to leave. I told
Douglas to put his things back in the dresser, and to go wash up for dinner. He did and all was well.
The Devil does not make personal appearances, but he often uses our family or friends to stir up trouble and bring problems. It is when we recognize what is actually happening that we can get the upper hand. Look behind the problem not the person, and know that you are under attack.
Our family and friends are not the enemy - - Our family and friends are not the devil and they are NOT demon possessed, but there are instances that they can be USED by Satan when he plants suggestions into their minds and they act on them.
When trouble begins, there are times we stand in the place of Jesus and we must speak out and act like Jesus would do. Just be wise and not foolish as we listen to the Holy Spirit along the way.
When his disciples were afraid, Jesus spoke peace to the storm.
While others watched the money changers, Jesus turned over their tables and told them that God’s House was a place of worship, and they had made it a den of thieves.
When his disciples wondered how they would be able to feed a multitude, Jesus had the answer and supplied their need.
God is interested in our everyday lives, and when trouble comes, he is ready and willing to provide an answer. If He instructs us to speak out, then that is what we must do.
This post is linked with Jennifer at: God-Bumps and God-Incidences
Also shared at: Joy’s Wednesday; Flaws and Nakedness