Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Armor of God


She is no longer set on my destruction. She and Cody have been much nicer. And I know why. Last Saturday I had to speak for an hour at a 4 stake youth conference. Last week was a terrible week. It seemed that Cody and Liz were set on destroying everything in their paths. I was in a really bad depressed place with a darkness hanging over me that I can't explain. I had one million things that needed to be done. All my older kids could do was tattle and fight. Every time I tried to study or prepare for that talk I got hung up and couldn't do it. Finally, Friday I was at my breaking point. I called my mother in law and had her come help with the kids so I could work. I worked on it all day and still it just wasn't coming together the way I wanted. After I came home from the Friday night activity I finally had Jeff give me a blessing and finally the darkness cleared and I was able to put it all together in a cohesive manner. In the end, the talk went well and many of the youth said they were touched.

I have never had that happen like that before. I have never been so stumped or had so much unleashed on me the week of a talk or presentation. It wasn't until that night before I spoke, when I really sat down to think about it did I understand. I was speaking on putting on the armor of God. I was basically going out to tell the kids how to resist Satan and his influence and how to stay on the Lord's side. Of course SATAN didn't want me to have the spirit or to give that talk! Part of my pat. blessing says that Satan will put roadblocks in my path at every chance and I need to be on guard to always recognize his actions. I wasn't on guard. I didn't get what was going on until it was almost too late. I am grateful again for the priesthood and for that blessing that let the light back in and made it possible for me to give that talk to the youth. There was an important message there for someone. Here is a quote I used in my talk and I think it's so true:

M. Russel Ballard said, “Long before the world was formed, Satan and those who followed after him raged against the forces of good and tried to overthrow the work of God. That struggle has not ended, only shifted battlegrounds. It is ruthless and relentless, and the objective of the battle is your eternal soul and mine.”

We all must “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day. …
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” (Eph. 6:11–18.)

13 comments:

DocMuscles said...

Your message to you youth (and the adults) was wonderful.
I have found much of the same experience in preparation for talks are this way especially when I am preparing to teach large bodies of members in the stake. I often recal the words of Moses: "And it came to pass that when Moses had said these words, behold, Satan came tempting him . . ." And Moses said, "Who art thou . . . and where is thy glory? . . . Get thee hence, Satan; deceive me not. . ."
"And now when Moses had said these words, Satan cried with a loud voice and ranted upon the earth . . .
"And it came to pass that Moses began to fear exceedingly; and as he began to fear, he saw the bitterness of hell. Nevertheless, calling upon God, he received strength, and he commanded, saying: Depart from me Satan, for this one god only will I worship, which is the God of glory. " (Moses 1:12-13, 1, 19-20)
Thanks, again, for being such a great spiritual pillar in our stake.

Christy said...

I swear, everytime I read your blog I'm like the Grinch- my testimony grows 2 sizes bigger.

No matter how trying your experience is, in the end, you always see the blessings behind the trial.

How do you do that?!

You inspire.....

Katie Price said...

i remember when i was teaching the laurels, and there was a quote in one of my lessons about how satan knows each one of us so incredibly well, that he knows exactly how to tempt us and discourage us. i have thought about that a lot. it's sad that he can use that deep knowledge of who we are to hurt us. sometimes it's hard to fight.

i can't wait to see you in like twelve hours.

Julie said...

I always have a hard time trying to prepare my RS lesson. I know it's Satan trying to tempt me (and it seems like my kids) to do something, anything else. I have to work really hard at trying to create the peace I need to let the spirit talk to me. It is a rare day that I feel like I can be prompted or touched like I know my Heavenly Father wants me to be. I guess I appreciate those times more and more. Thank you for your great example. You inspire me.

Shawn H. said...

If you're going to cut and paste entire posts and stories, please don't cut from blogs that are linked to my blog. That entire post is on my brother's blog. Sad, Melanie. Very sad.

Amie said...

Aww... that's awesome. =)

Natalie said...

Melanie, thank you! I needed that. Satan is sitting on my shoulder today. Thank you for helping me realize that...now off to put on that armor!

April said...

There is a great book that I've read a few times and it explains things very clearly. It is called..."Putting on the Armour of God". It really has helped me and I seem to quote little things from it to my children now and then.

KaMaLa said...

I thought your talk was fantastic, as always!!! I'm going to miss them. :(

Sher said...

I think we all have those times where when we are trying to prepare something spiritual, satan tries his best to distract us, I wish I couldn've heard your talk! (yay! i found your blog!)

Jennifer Burke said...

Hey Friend!!! Long time...
I chatted with Lisa yesterday and got your info. I want to catch up soon. Are you in Arizona? I may come in January. Let's talk soon.

Your fam is beautiful!
Lots of Love
Jenn

Katie Price said...

Are you done counting your blessings?

Kade, Amber & Brekkyn said...

She is so beautiful and I can't believe how big she is getting!! When we were "passing lifesavers" she was just brand new!!