This week, I have been thinking a lot about “The Battle.” I’m not sure that Christians take Satan’s attack on us seriously. The Bible refers to him as a prowling lion, looking for someone to devour. I recently discovered some interesting things about how lions hunt. Today, I want to share something that especially caught my attention, perhaps because this is something I can personally identify with….
Antelopes, while physically fast, are mentally not quite so sprightly and pay perhaps too little attention to learning from their mistakes. Sound like anyone you know? Sure does sound like me. In some areas, I am consistently strong and victorious, but in others…not so much.
I read about a group of Thomson’s gazelles crossing a patch of thick bush in order to drink. That particular patch of bush was bristling with lions who instantly grabbed and ate one of the gazelles. The rest of the gazelles scattered to safety, but over the next few hours the same group of gazelles, having apparently forgotten the recent murder of one of their companions, tried not once, but twice, more to get to the water using the SAME route…with predictable results.
Oh my goodness! How many times do I walk right into Satan’s traps? Much like those poor gazelles, I forget all too quickly that my enemy is lying in wait.
Scripture warns us, even commands us, what to avoid. We all have that one sin that we love: that one thing that we don’t want to let go of. If we let our guard down, Satan doesn’t have to put forth much effort to ensnare us … he simply lures us into his trap with that sin we love.
We have witnessed the brutal effects of sin in the lives of the people we love…..
Most all of us have suffered the brokenness sin leaves in its wake….
We go right back to the same spot where we KNOW Satan is waiting.
What are we thinking? Do we think that sin is a game? Something to tinker around with? Do we not believe that God hates sin? Do we, perhaps, believe that “little” sins don’t ensnare? Do we think that the only sins that God really hates are the ones that WE have deemed “terrible”? Scripture says plainly that God hates a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19).
Scripture tells us to resist the devil, not toy with him.
I do not for one moment believe that a Christian should live in FEAR of Satan. I claim the promise that “He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4 NIV) multiple times daily. Even so, I know too many Christians that have fallen to Satan’s snare, including myself. I know people who, while still very much having the promise of Heaven, are living in hell on earth because of sin in their lives.
I do not fear Satan, but I am fully aware that he seeks to destroy me and the people I love. I do not take being under attack lightly. When I sense the enemy of my soul is near, I know I should call on my prayer warriors and together we fight back. I can fight alone, and have, but there is great reassurance in knowing that my sisters and brothers in Christ are on the front lines with me.
It is my prayer that you will no longer absently say “that’s Satan attacking,” but that you too will sound the alarm, rally the troops, and wage war on the enemy of your soul!
After all, we are in the battle.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:11-12 NIV