Alan Wildes

Alan Wildes

Relentlessness

A friend of my 15 year old daughter recently tried to take her life (for the second time). Heavy sigh.

The turmoil that this takes on all people involved is very difficult to imagine even when you are in the middle of it. As I often do, I try to figure out why this happened. I am definitely not close enough to the situation to make any type of guess toward why other than I know that we live in a world that is opposed.

Two days later I was reading my daily scripture from Verve Church in Las Vegas and I came across a passage that quotes Jesus saying:


24 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.” Luke 11:24-26

I realized three things:

  1. I have NEVER seen this passage before in my life! I am no theologian or preacher but I have read my fair share of the Bible (especially the New Testament) and these verses leaped off the page at me.
  2. How powerful these words are and how enlightening they are when you are trying to figure out why something as awful as an attempted suicide takes place.
  3. The enemy is relentless.

After reading this text, I was reminded that this was the second time this young lady had tried to take her life. She made it through the first attempt but apparently the enemy came back with a vengeance and relentlessness! Praise God this young lady has some amazing friends and alerted her family to take action. She is safe as of today and getting help. Hallelujah!

The lesson here for me is how relentless the enemy is. The enemy is not going to just wreak havoc once. No, the enemy might leave temporarily but if it was able to get a stronghold in a place once, it knows it can probably get back in there again. It might take more help and more vicious help, but the stronghold can be established again and maybe permanently. Relentless.

We have access to angels who with God’s help can overpower any wicked spirit of the enemy; regardless of the amount. Why do we not walk closely enough with God everyday to be able to sense and feel His presence and His angels all day everyday? Why do we not have the relentlessness that the enemy does? The great news is that we can call on those angels at any time in the name of Jesus.

I have called on those angels this week for that young girl and a few friends who are dealing with crazy stuff as well. I want the same type of relentlessness in my pursuit of God and good that the enemy has for evil.

It is available to all of us. We just have to ask.

6 Replies to “Relentlessness”

  1. Alan,
    Thank you for reminding us that God IS ALWAYS there and never leaves! And not to allow ourselves to be overtaken by the relentless evil one!!
    Amen and blessings to you for your boldness to share!
    Rejoicing in HIM,

    1. Thank you Teddie. I am at a point in my life and career where I know that we all suffer from the same relentlessness of the enemy and I am not afraid to call the enemy out. It makes life harder sometimes for sure but I am going to fight the good fight.

  2. My main application of this Scripture has been geopolitical. To give one example: the US ousts Saddam Hussein from his dictatorship in Iraq and his evil is replaced by a number of sources of evil … Shia and Sunni militia, al Qaeda, etc. There was certainly justice in removing Saddam because he was responsible for enormous oppression of his own people and hundreds of thousands of deaths in the Iran-Iraq War. That being said, the enemy is relentless and the question can be raised whether Iraq is worse off now than two decades ago. Can you do arguably the right thing and end up with terrible results? In this sin-broken world, yes!

    1. That’s why you are a pastor and I am not:) Thanks for taking the time with such a thoughtful response. Appreciate you!

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