When the goin gets tough…

Who automatically started singing, “…the tough get go, go, go, goin?”
I loved Billy Ocean when I was young.
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So when my friends texts start coming in asking for prayer for things going on with their sons and I share with them a struggle we are having with our son, God revealed two important things to me.
1) The enemy hits hardest where he knows it’ll hurt the most.
2) He only attacks when he knows there’s territory at stake.
In my and my friends case, he hit our children.
The enemy is trying his hardest to bit by bit to discourage us by buying a round trip ticket on the struggle bus.  He hits our sons because he knows our love for them is fierce.
AND he knows they have been prayed for since they were born.
He knows that they have a future and a destiny.
One God promised us that in Jeremiah, is one to prosper them and not destroy them.

But what if they seem to be destroying themselves, Lord?
When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.–Psalm 56:3
What if there’s nothing I can do to help them?  To control?  To intervene?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.–Joshua 1:9

So when your child, the part of your heart that is on the outside of your body…
chooses a life of sin…
seems to be wracked with anxiety…
has a spirit of anger and a hard heart…
speaks lies and disobedience…
Be strong.
Be courageous.
God’s word NEVER returns void.
Trust in the mighty hand of the One who knit that baby inside of you and sustained you both.
Be still and know, I mean KNOW
God’s got this.
All of these people have work to do for the Lord.
If you aren’t doing anything for God, then the enemy doesn’t have anything to worry about with you!
The enemy is real and because of his nature of death and destruction, he will use any means necessary to cross you off his “to-do” list.

Just like if you were a high ranking official in the military.
God’s already given you the power.  It’s up to you to execute it.
It’s like electricity.
The power to run our house doesn’t come from us.
It comes from Kentucky Power.
But it’s up to ME to use it: to power my heat, to run my stove, to light my bedroom.
God’s power was given to me when His son died on the cross.
It’s up to ME and you to utilize it.

So you stand up.
Take your authority that Christ Almighty has given you.
Look the enemy (who by the way isn’t your son or daughter)
and command the enemy to take his filthy hands off your child.
Then pray God’s protection over them.
Each day after that, thank God for the work He is doing in your child’s life and trust Him with the rest.
Day by day.
Hour by hour.
Believe that God is finishing the work He began.
God’s given you the authority to do so!
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