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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.