“…and of the prophets (people): who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: (Hebrews 11:31-35a)
One of the things the devil really likes to do is attack “older people”. He loves to start in people’s 30’s. I remember listening to friends moan and groan about turning and being 30.
The 40’s – out popped the old age jokes. You know, having Brain Fog. Hit your 50-60’s and it’s, “If my head wasn’t attached, I’d lose my mind.” People think it’s hysterically funny. So does the devil. His trick.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as (not is) a roaring lion, walking about, seeking whom he may devour (swallow down). AND Proverbs 6:2 …you have been snared (lured, taken) by the words of your mouth, caught (trapped) by the words of your own mouth.
I heard a minister say that his grandmother starting constantly saying, “You kids are driving me out of my mind.” He kept after her to stop saying that because our words are that important. Sure enough, she slowly started “going out of her mine – forgetting everything. She grew worse until the day she died.
People think it’s just a fact of life – as you age. you lose your capabilities and faculties, including your memory. BUT! That doesn’t match what the Word of God says.
The Word of God is what we are supposed to live by, not jokes. There are so many scriptures about flourishing in older age, with all ability and mental capacity. The Hebrews scripture above is just ONE scripture about what we’re supposed to be doing down here on earth.
It doesn’t say anything about, “until they get older. Then they’ll follow the world and fall apart. Too bad. So sad. They USED to be so effective for God.” NO!
A couple of months ago, when the enemy began attacking my memory and ability to speak without forgetting a specific word I wanted to say, God immediately reminded me of 1 Corinthians 2:16b: “… But we have the mind of Christ.” He also reminded me that things get worse if you don’t attack or stop them immediately.
Then He asked me if I thought Jesus went around forgetting words, sentences, sermons, and what He wanted to say to the people? RESOUNDING NO.
Then He told me to start saying that one sentence every tine the enemy tried to make me forget. Every time I couldn’t think of a word, I started to say, “No devil. I have the mind of Christ and HE doesn’t forget so I won’t ether.” Almost immediately the word I was looking for popped into my mind. Always remembered to thank the Holy Spirit, too.
I’m happy to report that the incidences began to stop almost immediately. He tried a couple of times to bring it back. Thank God He is merciful and pokes me all the time to speak right. God is good.