Something happened to me a couple of weeks ago that is suddenly pressing on my heart to share with you. I have never experienced something quite like this before but when it happened I knew exactly what the Lord was doing. Since that day I have been longing for Holy Spirit to unveil my eyes even more!
He was fighting my battles for me. I did nothing to deserve the protection He offered my family in this moment. I was minding my own business when He chose to reveal to me something that was going on.
I was sitting outside on my front porch (I usually sit on the back porch but it's too hot right now) writing on a new book (yay!). I was in deep thought and in the middle of a sentence when my two oldest sons came bursting out the front door. The middle one began telling me all about what his older brother had done and how he needed to apologize and give something back or share a toy. I honestly do not remember what the issue was about, I just remember he was mad and then what happened next.
I suddenly became extremely aware that this was a demon trying to manifest through my son.
I cannot explain it, it was as if I no longer saw my son standing there but a demonic influence. I knew I was not battling flesh and blood. I don't say this to scare anyone or to put fear out there in any way. Demons have already been defeated.
“Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you." Luke 10:18-19
As soon as Holy Spirit revealed to me that this was demonic, I knew I was not to entertain it or yell at it. What he wanted, he was not going to get. I simply responded with the opposite of what my son was asking for. It wasn't him that wanted this, anyways, it was the devil trying to bring division and hurt between brothers. Like I said earlier, I cannot remember exactly what the argument was over but I did not let my middle son have his way. Instead, I tried to show him the other side of the spectrum and made him give up what he was asking for.
Then, he did something he has never done before. He clinched his fists, stomped his foot, and let out a disgusted "ahhhh!" I chose to say nothing more because I knew in that moment it was only the enemy doing that because I did not give him a chance to have a foothold on my son. I wasn't entertaining any more of his schemes because God chose to reveal the enemy in this particular moment.
Then, this week, I went to a Wednesday night service. During worship, this situation came to my mind again. I hear the Lord say to me that that was a "marker moment".
If I would have allowed my son's emotions to play me, that spirit would have been allowed to attach itself to him.
I realized, after talking this out with another mother in the faith, that it is our children's emotions that we so easily give in to that actually allow demonic oppression to settle in and attach itself to our children. We have to stop letting our children's emotions be a deciding factor in our lives. If we can take a step back and recognize that crying and fit throwing to get their way is a demonic influence, then we will discern more easily when we need to stand our ground as parents!
If you've read my book then you know I was delivered of the spirit of error. This spirit hates authority figures and perverts the things of God. It will manifest through children and adults both. There is a rage and an anger that boils up inside of the person and they refuse anything an authority figure says to them if they are under this spirit.
I don't care if it's as small as getting a cookie after you've said no, as big as bullying another child at school, or siblings arguing amongst each other. We cannot let them throw a fit or persuade us that they should get their way all the time. As parents, we need to give them a healthy balance and teach them how to properly ask, receive, and accept what we say when we say it.
Do not yell, do not complain, watch your facial expressions, stand your ground and PRAY! Not just because we want them the be amazing, loving children that ooze Jesus, but because we have to stop allowing the devil to take hold of their hearts!