Y’all I’m just on the preaching bandwagon today. My heart is just overwhelmed and the Lord just reveals things in my heart and I can’t do anything but speak.
This child and sex trafficking stuff has always been on my heart. I have always been so cautious with my kids. But even so I have been guilty of turning a blind eye. Not because I didn’t care but to look upon the evils that would harm children in such a way cuts down deep that it makes me physically ill. I turned because my mind would be overwhelmed and fearful but what I was really doing was turning because it was so uncomfortable to even think about. It hurt so bad to imagine these poor children and what they are suffering.
Over the last few months God has shown me the importance of looking upon the hurt and the pain in me first. I turned a blind eye to words like depression because I couldn’t handle the idea that I was experiencing that. He showed me that the only way I could move past it, is to look at it knowing I was held in the midst of it.
He then started placing trafficking even more heavily on my heart. I have cried out. Tears and snot running down my face for these kids and I knew I could not ignore it and I couldn’t turn away. The fact is as believers to look upon sin and the discomfort and hurt we experience is a fraction of hurt God the father experiences when he sees these things. He doesn’t turn a blind eye. He doesn’t scroll pass quickly trying to find comfort in something good. No, instead he sent his Son. He provided rescue, he provides healing, he provides restoration. As a believer I can’t turn away even though it is painful. I can’t look away and pretend it’s not there.
My greatest weapon I have is prayer. At times I feel helpless to do anything and a deceiving thought enters my mind, “prayer isn’t going to save these kids or it would have already happened.” It’s the enemy trying to beat me down to keep me from fighting. If you look at Ephesians 6 and the Armor of God and after you are completely suited up…the action for you to do is PRAY! “Pray in the Spirit, with all sorts of prayers and requests…” the enemy knows when we are on our knees and praying fervently there is no stopping Gods children.
When we are in prayer we need to remember exactly who God is. There is nothing done in the light or in the dark that he does not see. He knows the deeds of man and wickedness that hides. We are praying to a sovereign God who is over all and who will bring forth his judgement on his enemies. We need to pray for our own hearts to be revealed. To expose the sin in us and for God to correct our own behavior. We need to intercede for the hurting and the lost. We need to ask God his direction. Today it might be praying for the revealing what is done in the dark. It might be a time of fasting and dedicated prayer. It might be some other move he wants you to take in order to be the hands and feet of God. But we cannot do any of this if we remain in the comfort of ignorance and denial. We cannot be effective if we value our own comfort feeling above looking on and praying for those in need.
Praise God he did not look away from me in my most vulnerable and deplorable ways. Praise God he came with outstretched hands to save and secure me. Praise God he did not leave me to the wickedness in this world and even in the wickedness that lived in me. Let me not turn away. Let me not return to comfort while the defenseless is being abused.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV