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demonic attack on the Fourth of July

I should have known something was happening. This battle, the spiritual battle never ends. The demons always look for ways in. I must be vigilant in prayer always, and when I am not, they slip in. For I have declared my home, “A House of Prayer and Praise.” Openly I declared war. The Battle is The Lord’s not mine, but we are casualties, when defenses are down, when my prayers are not as fervent, they are waiting to destroy us. Who is first in this line of defense, the most vulnerable, my daughter.

Earlier she smashed a glass bulb, and stuck it in her arm, and called out to me, with blood dripping from wounds to her arms and legs. Still she had a piece of glass sticking out of her forearm. I pulled it out cautiously. It didn’t bleed as much as I had thought it would. But there she stood, smashed glass all around, and blood oozing out of the wounds she had created.

There was no reason for her self-inflicted injuries. None that I could think of. She was upset about her netflex channel not working on the blu-ray machine her grandmother bought for her yesterday. But there was no logical reason for the cutting. Except to write I haven’t been praying or praising as much as I should. We are targets. We who have named The Name of Jesus Christ. He is written on our hearts, in the indelible blood of His Sacrifice on The Cross.

Our Lord would not leave us unprotected, it is we who have strayed away from Him. When the sheep are wandering, the enemies with a fury and with a rage will harass the children of God. Therefore, we must constantly be vigilant, put on all of our armor always. Abide with Our Lord always in thought and emotion. When I don’t abide, when prayers have not been made, demons slip under the wire, because they have asked for me.

For years, they have asked permission. This is why I must abide closer than most believers. Since, they cannot always get to me, they get to me through my child.
Our enemies will get to us anyway they can, they will use anyone to hurt us. Their ultimate goal is to destroy our testimonies.

My child is in the hospital tonight with lacerations. I am most concerned about the glass that could be inside her arm. Doctors will have it x-rayed.

It isn’t the 51/50 that bothers me, as she has been put on 51/50’s before. It is the relentless obsession that the enemy has against us. It is the knowledge that they exist to destroy us. They live to steal, kill and destroy the children of God.

The battle is real. The threat is serious. They do not care who the casualties are. The more casualties the better. The younger the casualty in their estimation all the more glorious.

This is why we must continually abide with Our Lord Jesus. The abiding is the deep intimacy that believers need to overcome the troubles of the world, and the attacks of demons, as they are everywhere, relentless, they neither sleep nor eat, but are out there ready to hurt the children of Our Father.

Yes, we are saved by Grace. Grace is a Gift from The Father. But we must choose to abide with Our Lord Jesus. Not abiding, prayerlessness, not being in The Word daily, lack of worship and praise will leave breaches in the defensive line. Yes, Jesus will cover us always, but we must choose to run to Him, to take Him as our Refuge. There can be no time when we are left vulnerable. Nothing is impossible with Our Lord, but if we pull away from Him, even unintentionally, with the cares of this world, busyness, then there are enemies waiting all around to devour us. Remember what the Apostle Peter wrote,

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.”
(1Peter 5:8)

demonic attack on the Fourth of July

Matty B. Duran

Fresno, United States

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“Finally, my brethren, be strong in The Lord and in the power of His Might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against prinicipalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
and having shod on your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
above all taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the firey darts of the wicked one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of The Spirit, which is The Word of God;
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end
with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

(Ephesians 6:10-17)

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