Spiritual Warfare Forum: desparate need of guidance
desparate need of guidance QUESTION from Erin on November 6, 2002 Let me first say that, I do hold a great love for God and always have, though I wasn't raised a Christian. Nor have I ever been baptisted in the formal since of the word, which could possibly the cause of my troubles lately. Ever since I was child I've have extreme spiritual conflict, a problem that sometimes leads to violent attacks. More often than not, these attacks are directed toward me, rather than my loved ones. I pray to God for guidance and protection. Most times pray helps, but on occasion when pray fails and I grow tired, I wake to find myself battered and bruised. It's very fightening, but a burden I've learned to deal with through Gods graces.
My main concern lies with my son. He'll be two in just couple of days, and I worry what might happen if I become to weary to fight back. He is my greatest love next to God, and I fear for his safety. He's become the object of a lot the conflicts lately. I made sure he was baptisted last year, but is that enough? I have also noticed that he hasn't been sleeping well this past month, nightmares. I'm uncertain what to do next...because of my turmoil I have trouble finding a church where I feel comfortable discussing my situation. I would appreciate any help you give me.
Thank you so much for time, and God bless.
ANSWER by Mr. Joe Meineke on November 12, 2002 Dear Miss Erin,
I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing these things. We will pray for you and your family.
One very important thing that you need to be aware of is the fact that God never allows us a trial that he does not also give us the grace to deal with. You witness to this fact when you state that your experiences are a burden I've learned to deal with through Gods graces. Remember - this same rule applies to your son no matter what his age is. From his conception in your womb, this has been true. It will be true for the rest of his life. Having him baptized secured his position as a child of God and removed him from the domain of the enemy.
It is also important to understand that at his age, sleep disruptions are very common. A tummy ache, a muscle twitch, growing pains, a house-settling noise or any one of a number of other things (including just getting into the habit of waking up in the middle of the night) can be the cause of his symptoms. While it is possible for him to also be experiencing some type of attack, it is more likely that he is a normal two year old who, like all two year olds, sometimes develop crummy sleep patterns (I know my two year old does). If you still feel that this problem is not a natural part of your sons development, then you may want to consider purchasing the Sleep Sound in Jesus CD. You can purchase the CD online at the following URL: Sleep Sound in Jesus (Gentle Lullabies for Baby). It is our experience that the music on this CD is effective in calming and protecting a child while he sleeps.
As for yourself, you may find it beneficial to visit the Self Help page on the Ohio Spiritual Warfare Center website (an affiliate of the Legion of St. Michael). There you will find guidelines on how to approach the subject of self-deliverance in the Seven Step process. While it is not a comprehensive look into all factors that need to be covered in making an accurate assessment for causes, it does provide some good general guidelines and may be beneficial to you. In addition to that, you may also want to consider developing a devotion to the Divine Mercy. This is also a very effective means of obtaining deliverance. If after trying these things you are still experiencing problems, please keep in mind that we will be resuming personal consultations after the first of the year. Personal consultations allow us to gather enough information to be able to make a solid assessment of the situation and a far better plan of action than the general information and guidelines that we can provide in a forum such as this. After the first of the year, you can go to the following URL and fill out the help request form: Help Request
As for your concern about the validity of your baptism, if you are unsure, you might want to consider talking to your local priest (if you are Catholic) or the minister of your particular denomination. There are such things as Provisional Baptisms that can be administered when there is a possibility of a former baptism having been invalid. A Provisional Baptism simply means that you are being baptized only on the condition that your previous baptism was invalid.
Thank you and God bless you,
Joe Meineke Assistant to Bro. Ignatius.
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