By Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

    Remember Who Your Enemy Is

    Monday, June 20, 2022

    By Christy K.

    I wanted to share with you an entry in my journal (regarding my experience) from not long ago. Remember who your enemy is.

    God, I know You intended families to exhibit the love of Christ, especially to each other. Satan uses his same old tricks today as he did in the Garden so long ago. Deception and hate are all he knows and uses, and pastors’ families are his target.

    A man and a woman come together in marriage, loving, and serving You, and introduce You to their children. And Satan tries to worm his way in between family members and uses them against each other. The couple stands firm in their faith and sets boundaries and examples throughout the years and experiences lots of joy and some heartache. The joy comes from loving, knowing, and serving You and the home You bless. But the heartache sneaks in as Satan uses other people and circumstances to try to throw off the dynamics of the family You created. Your Word is rooted in the family and the man, woman, and children love and follow You.

    Eventually, the children become adults and go their own way. The world tantalizes them and pulls at them to taste the depraved culture. Still, the man and woman stand firm in what they know to be true. They are laughed at and mocked by many. They cling to Your Word and each other and pray fervently the whole time Satan toys with their children. They hold on to the promise of the firm foundation they laid, even though Satan twists their hearts, they know they are only being sifted, that the One True God holds them for eternity as the parents stand firm in their faith.

    Satan continues to use whomever he wants to accomplish his ugliness, separation, and deceit, but the man and woman of God, through tears of frustration and heartache, plead with God to restore their family to Him and praise Him in the storm. Satan trembles in fear knowing he cannot truly stand against the cord of three strands, that is not easily broken…God, Husband, and Wife.

    Remember who your enemy is.

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