Have you ever tried to get a point across to someone in a strange way? Well, I tried to explain to my 7-year-old how to take control of his fear….Beware, it’s hilarious (to me) but not altogether one of my finer moments (explanation to come!).
My boys and I love to watch movies together and will often have “movie night” on weekends. We will search Netflix for a movie we have not seen yet and spend the evening lying in my bed enjoying family time. One evening, we watched an inspiring move about a young athlete, while in his prime, had an unexpected medical condition that changed his life. He had a stroke one day, and the movie told of his victorious recovery and his struggles along the way. It was a “family friendly” movie, however Austin became fearful that, he too, would one day have a stroke.
A couple of days later while I was tucking him in bed, he brought it up again. He was scared. I was now mentally scolding myself thinking “why did we watch THAT movie?”! I then reminded him of 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and sound mind.” I went on to try to explain this verse in a simple way he could relate to. I do not know why I said this, but I suddenly told him he just needed to “kick the devil in the nuts”! What?! Why did I say that?! This slang word was a term that both of my boys had used before in their little boy humor while laughing and smirking. While I have not encouraged them to use this slang, I have not prevented it. But, why did I say this? Well, needless to say, Austin thought it was hilarious. He understood what that meant! We laughed about it together for a few minutes, prayed, and told the devil to go away, we were not afraid. Austin was not afraid anymore and has not brought up having a stroke since.
That’s not where today’s story ends….it gets better (or worse!). A couple of months later, Austin was being baptized in the small church where I grew up. We were meeting with the pastor beforehand. I do not recall what led up to this point, but out of nowhere, Austin exclaimed, “Mom told me to kick the devil in the nuts!” Can you feel my pain? I was stunned, not knowing whether to laugh or cry! The gentle pastor looked up as if he did not hear him correctly and said, “what?” I immediately spoke up and said (with a cracking voice), oh nothing, it’s nothing! The “mom look” came into play as I gazed at Austin as if to say, “not another word!” He was smiling from ear to ear, and I could not help but chuckle.
While this is a funny story, it has a lot of truth to it. While we can debate about whether or not the language chosen was a good choice or not, the truth is, Austin resisted the devil’s lies. James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” God’s word is powerful. We oftentimes think that it takes long, drawn-out prayers to change things. Sometimes things do not change instantly and we should be relentless in interceding for our loved ones (don’t give up!). But, sometimes a simple statement makes a difference instantly. We do not have to live in fear! The word of God is our weapon (Ephesians 6:13-17). I love the song, “No Longer Slaves.” by Bethel Music….watch and listen here. The lyrics say, “I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God!”
I hope you are encouraged today and empowered to take control of your fear and anxiety. We do not have to live with it, let’s ask God to help us let go and resist the devil’s lies!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for equipping me with the weapon I need to overcome the devil, the power of your Word! I proclaim that I am free from fear and anxiety, I rejoice in your freedom! Thank you, Jesus, for overcoming the grave and freely giving me the authority over the devil’s power. Amen.