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During prayer this morning, maybe my prayers for the last day or so have been answered.  I have for a few days been struggling with is she cheating, is it more than an emotional affair or friendship, not that that is ok.  

And it hit, things have seemingly been better than they ever have.  (still at a point where most couples would want to file though.)  But, why am I now getting hit with all the thoughts the flesh dwell in?  Of her cheating.  I have done a decent job over the years of letting those thoughts go, why are they hitting so much now?

And it came to me, an answer from God?  I think so.  When things appear to be getting better, evil notices, and strikes harder, desiring marriages and families to be torn apart.  And thus, the bad thoughts of what she may be still up to.  

So, with all the things we try to remember to pray for, I am going to start trying to remember to pray for protection from evil.  Something I should have been praying for all along.  

I am not saying I am right in this part.  But thought I would share.  Many people say they rebuke the devil.  But I have always asked Jesus to do the rebuking.  Why take on evil directly?  Why not have Christ, all powerful do the rebuking?  It isn't our power, but His that rebukes evil.  I for one, don't want to go head to head with the devil.  

So, after prayer this morning, the knowledge of some of the things that have been revealed to me about her and them are still there, but peace is surely with me now.  

  • You said what I was going to say.  When things get easier the enemy attacks.  It isn't the places that you struggle with that he attacks, he attacks the places where you think you are strong.

    I always thought my marriage was solid.  The things she said, how she felt.  I stopped worrying about my marriage.  Well he attacked and got his claws in her.  I'm losing that battle.  

    So yes, seek the Lord for protection and to fight the battles you cannot fight.  Pray for all of us.

  • When Jesus was tempted in the desert it says that Satan came back at an opportune time.  When Jesus was at His weakest moment the devil came back and tempted our Lord.  He does that with us as well, when things are going well and we can be thrown off the road with doubt, that is that silly lord of this earth waiting until an opportune time with us when his attacks can have the greatest impact on us.  Always be ready.

  • I agree with most of your post, Tim, but remember you have the power through Christ to rebuke the devil.  Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world.  Jesus says in His word that we would do even greater works than He did once He has ascended and the Holy Spirit has come to live in us.  We have the authority in Jesus name to send the devil running and the devil knows it, but he will do all he can to make us think we don't have that authority.  We are Christ's ambassadors...He empowers us for works through His Holy Spirit.  The devil wants us to believe he is some big bad boogey man, but he also knows once we realize we have the authority of Jesus Christ to cast out demons, send him running, etc. you can bet he gets angry and I'd bet a tad nervous.  Nothing more deadly to him than a child of God who knows who they are in Christ!  Stand your ground and make him leave you alone in Jesus name!

  • Hey Tim, I agree with Linda.  Rebuke him in the Name of Jesus.  I think that God is looking for us to take the faith step and use the authority he has given to us In Jesus name.

  • To maybe clariry,  and maybe it won't, we will see.  LOL.

    To my memory, and maybe it's just the way I interpreted what people typed, some have said that they rebuke, vs rebuking in Christ's name or in HIs power.  

    I agree with rebuking in Jesus name.  That's basically what I meant.

    Also, thought I would share this.....James 4:7 says to "submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." Zechariah 3:2 tells us that it is the Lord who rebukes Satan. Even Michael, one of the most powerful of the angels, did not dare to accuse Satan, but rather said, "The Lord rebuke you" (Jude 1:9). In response to Satan's attacks, a Christian should appeal to Christ. Instead of focusing on defeating the devil, we should focus on following Christ (Hebrews 12:2) and trust that He will defeat the forces of evil.

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