“Put on the full armor of God so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11
The other day my husband and I were blindsided by the message from one of our son’s friend that he had told her he was interested in changing his gender. That was one area of this morally changing culture that I really didn’t want to address, face, or surely have to deal with in my own family. Please, Lord.
That morning I had to move on to the events of my day such as going to church and “looking good.” But when I got there, I could already sense the presence of the enemy all over me. Not necessarily over everyone else. Right then I began remembering those verses in black and white on the right hand side of my Bible in the last chapter of Ephesians that says, “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” Further down the page, in my memory, I said out loud, “Stand firm. Stand firm, Dianne.”
A minute or two later a friend came by and asked about my son. She had prayed for him earlier in the spring about other issues. The tears were about to spring forth. I pushed them back hard. No, I was not going to cry. Not this morning. Not over this and give the enemy the pleasure of seeing me wallow in self pity. She wrapped an arm around my neck and began praying. I heard most of what she was saying. I opened my eyes to glimpse others coming in the room for the Bible Study, but no one came up to us. Good. They could tell we were engaged in prayer.
That morning, the Lord Himself brought many women to the Bible Study, with their own needs, hurts, wounds, and the Lord graciously kept my focus on them. Most of the time. That evening I returned to church for the evening women’s Bible Study and met many more women and their presence just fueled and encouraged my heart.
Even as the teaching was about the power of the Holy Spirit and who God is and who I am in Christ, still, I was thinking on the word “Stand.” Standing up to the enemy. Standing firm. Not cowering to his scheme to defeat and demoralize me. If I truly do claim to be a Believer in the Lord, a follower of His teaching, committed to reading His Word each morning, praying constantly, then why don’t I take Him at His word and TRUST HIM to deliver my son? TRUST in His promises that He will protect me from the schemes of the devil when I TRUST in Him?
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13,14
A day later, my husband informed me in front of our sons that our younger was indeed NOT interested in making such a drastic change. What was that “friend” thinking, he said. I let it go. But I kept up my armor of God. The thing is, even if things don’t change around me, like God doesn’t deliver me from some awful circumstances, still, God is with me. His Word never changes and when I go to Him and to His Word and to the powerful hymns of faith and dwell on them I am truly comforted.