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by Catherine Frakas 01 Jul 2003

Attack QUESTION from Anne Chadwick November 5, 1999 I need your opinion and if you have answer to this I would like to have it.
In the past year my family has endured untold setbacks. Our oldest son (he's now 20) came to us with his girlfriend and announced that they were about to be parents. He was in his last year of high school. He finally graduated, joined the Navy & married the girl. They have a beautiful baby girl. My husband is self-employed. Every job that he has started or given a bid on has fallen through. Those that he started would end very quickly with a problem with the customer (the latest is possibly going to result in a lawsuit). Everything would be fine with the customer one day and the next it would be over. This has been going on since May. One of the jobs was for his 1st cousin. To say that this has made an impact on our finances is to put it mildly. We have been trying to live on what I make and what our oldest daughter, she and her little boy live with us, can contribute. We are about to lose our home and vehicles, the latest utility to be cut off was our electricity, we have it back on but it took my daughters entire check. We have a total of 4 children, 3 still at home. I'm just not sure if this is from God or from Satan. One thing that makes me think it could be from Satan is this. My sister-in-law has some emotional problems, but is trying to live a christian life. She said that she was spirit filled and began to tell my husband things about our finances that she had no way of knowing. During this conversation she began to aruge with the devil and she wasn't using Christian language either. He supposedly was there in the room with her. I'm sure this sounds very far fethched but those around me that know other things that have happened to me;they have suggested that perhaps I'm living under a curse of some sort.
If you could shed some light on this for me I would appreciate it. I know this is long and I apologize for that. The bad thing is I didn't even scratch the surface of the problems that I have and had.
Thank You
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius on November 10, 1999 Dear Mrs. Chadwick:
The first thing to consider is that stuff happens and sometimes there is no explanation for it in particular – it just happens.
As for your sister-in-law, if she has emotional problems then the first possibility is that her talking to the devil is a manifestation of her illness.
Now with all this said, it is certainly possible that the devil could be contributing to this. One of the devil’s favorite tricks is to poke his finger in the wound. That is, he may not be the cause of things happening, but he will take advantage of the situation to make things worse than they have to be.
In that regard, be careful to avoid the temptation to despair. This is exactly what the devil would want to happen from this situation.
Regardless of whether these events are caused by the devil, or whether he is merely taking advantage of the situation, or even if he is not involved at all; regardless of whether this has been caused by various circumstances or caused by stuff happens, the real point for you as a Christian is to allow God to teach your and work with you through this episode.
The circumstances of our life are always a test. We, as Christians, are to perSEVERE in the faith.
If you let Him, God will make lemonade out of the lemons that come into our life.
At the same time, it can be prudent to pray spiritual warfare prayers just in case there are spiritual warfare issues involved. Here is a collection of Spiritual Warfare prayers that you can use and modify to fit your situation. Click here
But remember, allow God to make lemonade out of the lemons. Ask God what He wishes to teach you through this.
Your Guardian Angels are with you, Jesus is with you. Be not afraid for our Lord is with us always, and He loves you.
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