I received a phone call from an old boyfriend and there began a big testing in my life. He called to say he was in town on business and wanted to connect and catch up. Hearing his voice triggered memories from college days.
I learned our situations are similar: we’re both married with children and grandchildren. Like me, he became a Christian years ago and is involved in Christian service. We talked awhile and exchanged email addresses.
The next day I received an email. The following day there was another. For some reason, when I’d see his name in my inbox my stomach would tighten–butterflies? Like a teenager, I was foolishly becoming infatuated. I sensed the feeling was mutual.
It was on the 6th day when I knew in my heart this would only lead to trouble. I knew it was wrong and it had to stop. I decided to write him my last email:
“There is no good reason for us to continue corresponding. I think it’s best that you not write me again. If you do write I will delete it before reading and I will not respond. I’m glad to know you love the Lord Jesus. I will pray that your love for God will continue to be strong. I will also pray for your marriage—that your love for your wife and her love for you will grow deeper with the years.” I signed it, “In Christian love.”
The letter was finished, but I discovered I could not click SEND. I didn’t want to send it! I was in a spiritual battle held firmly in Satan’s clutches. I began to cry big tears. I didn’t really want the emails to stop! I even imagined running into his arms as I did when I was 19.
Desperate, I cried out to God. “I can’t do this! Then I used the name JESUS: “Help me Jesus! Help me Jesus!”
That very moment Jesus saved me from Satan’s power. I clicked the send button and IMMEDIATELY the infatuation was gone. It was over! I was overwhelmed with joy! Satan was defeated! I went to my dear husband and gave him a hug.
My thoughts of that old boyfriend disappeared. I praise God that I never heard from him again!
Why did I share this story? It’s because I believe many of us are vulnerable to the schemes of the devil. Satan is a thief who wants to steal, kill and destroy. He wants to steal our faith. He wants to kill our Christian witness. He wants to destroy marriages. We need to be alert to his tactics.
“Thank You, Father, for Your faithfulness in allowing me to remember to call on Jesus, the name above all names, for supernatural help when I needed it. Thank you for your immediate response to my cry.”
- There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12
- The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
- SONG: GIVE ME A HEART – Lyrics by L.W. Howarth; Music by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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