All of a sudden this creepy guy who had to be the devil came out of the trees and walked up to us. He was dressed all nice and he smiled this horrible, evil smile at me. Stopping right where we were, he said to me, “Hold out your hand.”
Jesus began screaming, “No! Don’t do it! Don’t listen to him!”
Automatically, as if I had no will of my own, I held out my hand. He grabbed it and pain went shooting up my arm. I’m still sitting in Jesus’ lap and His words are strong in my ear, “Stop! Don’t listen to him. You don’t have to listen to him.”
Finally the devil drops my hand, still smiling, and says, “I’ll be back. I can access you anytime I want.”
He walks away and leaves me and Jesus. I’m crying. Jesus is hugging me tight and saying, “You can’t give him access to your life this way. You have to stop.”
The Lord gave me that alarming image recently when He was talking to me about fear and anxiety. You see, God is the author of all goodness: light, truth, love, joy peace, gentleness….etc. The enemy is the author of every bad thing: jealousy, hatred, lies, insecurities, and of course fear and anxiety. When I let those things become large in my life then I am listening to the WRONG voice. I’m giving the enemy access and he always does damage. Praise to God for He is the author of freedom and I know He has victory in store for me.
The day I got that image was the day I sat in the kitchen and Nick prayed for me and I walked out the door without my crutches after having needed them desperately the day before. What I didn’t know was that my good friend Amy had woken up at 6:30 that morning praying intently for me. This whole thing has been beyond my comprehension. All I know is that my leg is better all the time. Yesterday I felt challenged to take my brace off which I have been wearing for over a year. I went all day without it. So far, so good. I’ll keep you posted.