Saturday, August 29th, 2015
Deliverance (Part 20)
A woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, 'Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.'
Matthew 15:22 (NKJV)*
Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid.
Mark 9:17-18 (NKJV)*
Satan has no mercy on children. Instead, he has personal plans of attack. The only two questions are when and how. If he thinks he can win them to his side, he may enable their worldly success. Still others fall victim to various schemes.
The desperate mom of a demon-possessed daughter was an outsider. Perhaps she was meant to become one of the first believers in Jesus. Perhaps this is one reason Satan tormented her daughter severely. But God delivered her and used it for good.
The desperate father of a demon-possessed son was an insider. Perhaps the boy had faith but the dad was an honest, but hopeful skeptic. Perhaps the child's belief is why Satan muted him and tried to kill him. But God delivered him and used it for good.
Seeing attacks on my grandson, Jack, I have arrived at some conclusions:
1) Daily, we must cover our kids in prayer, including every morning and every night. No matter how poorly our children behave, don't allow the sun to set upon your wrath. If you do, you're giving place to the devil. Make their bedtime routines fun and positive, because many children claim to see monsters.
2) We should read Bible stories to our children. Collect animated Bible videos and don't assume Disney movies are wholesome. Even more, reduce their time in media, especially shows with witches and wizards. Resist the temptation for telephone games, and certainly no solo surfing the web.
3) Lastly, I believe we should share with our children the basics of spiritual warfare. I get it; my view is controversial. But kids seem born with spiritual insight. They're simple enough to see things we don't see. To provide them Words they can speak against evil is to help them cope with fears that may be real.
To Be Continued...
* Entire Story: A Gentile Shows Her Faith: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+15%3A21-28&version=NKJV
* Entire Story: A Boy Is Healed: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+9%3A14-29&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.