Do you know that fear of telling someone about a good change you see in the life of your prodigal, about a prayer answered, a fear that if you say it out loud, something bad will happen—either the good thing will go back to bad, or that something worse will happen; a fear that if you tell someone and something bad happens, they will think badly of you?
I know firsthand the fear of speaking a raindrop aloud because the enemy might hear and make things worse or there would be a two-steps-back situation soon to follow.
How many times has this happened? You see a victory, and you testify to someone about it, and the next thing you know, your prodigal has gone back to the sin, and the victory seems annihilated. Sometimes, it seems things even get worse. How can this happen?
We know the enemy cannot be everywhere, and he cannot comprehend prayers in tongues or groanings that cannot be uttered. He is not privy to the heart and mind and plans of God, so he watches to see the effects of God at work, and he attacks there. It is a futile effort, because he cannot change or undo what God has done.
Then he takes it one step further. Intimidating us into not testifying of God’s work in the lives of our prodigals is a trick of the enemy to keep us from overcoming, because we overcome with the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). Sharing the goodness of God with someone who will rejoice with us and will stand with us in belief that the work will be completed in our prodigals’ lives builds our faith (Philippians 1:6).
There is power in our words. There is victory in our words. There is praise in our words. There is thanksgiving in our words. There is faith in our words. There is overcoming in our words. When we put into words, actually say aloud, what God has done, it makes it more real, more tangible to us and increases the faith and hope in the listener, as well.
We do have a recourse, a not-so-secret weapon: God Almighty! We can head the enemy off through prayer. We can overcome the enemy’s tactics to attack in areas where he sees God’s work through prayer because our God is so much bigger than the enemy, and He has all power! We can pray protection over our prodigals. We can destroy strongholds in the mighty name of Jesus. We can ask God to stop Satan’s torture and manipulation of our prodigals. We are of God, “and have overcome them, because He who is in [us] is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). First Chronicles 29:11 tells us about our Lord: “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all.” This is truth!
We will not allow Satan to steal this victory from us by convincing us to hide it under a bushel. We will not allow Satan to steal our victory, period! We will testify!