Twenty years ago, our family of four lived just outside Beijing, China due to my husband’s job. One autumn day, we caravanned with a few other families to a remote part of the Great Wall in our cars, Jeeps, and sidecar motorcycles. To make it even more of an adventure, we decided to bring our tents so we could camp on the Wall that night.
My husband drove the motorcycle with our two little girls and their lop-eared rabbit, Moses, tucked in the sidecar. I followed behind in our car loaded with our tents and cooler of food so we could have a BBQ on the Great Wall of China.
Arriving at our favorite portion of the Wall—free from crowds and tourists—Rick pitched our tents while the girls and I climbed some steep stairs leading to a part of the Wall that resembled a remnant of a castle, surrounded by a high and strong rampart which is defined as a “wall forming part of a defensive boundary.”
Our four-year-old Kelly started singing a Disney movie song, pretending to be a princess, while our six-year-old Christie twirled ‘round and ‘round inside her “castle.” Later that night as the sun began to set, we grilled chicken wings and then roasted marshmallows until the harvest moon lit the outline of the Wall as far as our eyes could see.
Though it’s a memory we will never forget—and it sounds like a magical, storybook life—our three years in China were actually some of the hardest years on our family. Kelly, tiny for her age, battled many illnesses that often gripped my heart with fear for her safety. Rick’s job was extremely stressful, and just navigating the traffic in Beijing often made me wonder if he’d make it home alive after work. The enemy was also stepping up his attacks on me, especially in the area of escalating fear, and there were days I thought that he would win.
Years later, when our family was long settled back in the States, I found the pictures from our camping trip on the Great Wall. One of the images was of our two small tents right in front of a portion of the Wall that included ramparts, shelters and strong towers.
I realized that for most of my time in China I lived like someone in a tent, fearful and vulnerable to the storms and attacks on my life and family that could sweep us away. While all along we had a God who was our Strong Tower, Rampart, and Hiding Place covering us.
Sadly, that is often how we as daughters of the King, and even as ministry leaders, live our lives on this groaning earth due to the attacks and lies of the enemy. We often live defeated—consumed with fear or resentment and bitterness—as the powers of darkness target our ministries, marriages, and families. In 1 Peter 5:8, the enemy is described as a “roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” But, dear one, we must remember that our Lord Jesus Christ is the bigger Lion with the louder roar! He is the Lion of Judah, seated on the throne, and Satan is a defeated foe. God’s Word shouts the victory we have in Christ because of His death and resurrection:
“Having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Col. 2:15 NIV). And 1 John 4:4 reminds us, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (NIV).
In his book Warfare Praying: Biblical Strategies for Overcoming the Adversary, my dear father, Mark Bubeck writes, “Satan roars to make us afraid and thus more vulnerable, but our purchased right is courage to resist him.”
Through His death and resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ has purchased our right to have authority to stand firm against the evil one! Let’s stop living as if the enemy is winning and we have no power against his attacks. In James 4:7 we’re told to “resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” One of the greatest ways to resist him is through warfare praying, which unfortunately has almost become a churchy cliché with few understanding what it is. . .
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