Monday, March 7, 2011
Stealing, Killing, and Destroying
We all know and stand firm to the fact that the devil comes "only to steal , kill, and destroy." What we fail to recognize, though, is on whom he places his cross-hairs. Satan has no concern for those who are weak in their faith. Rather, his concern rests with those who pose the greatest threat to his plan. Just as Jesus said, " Those who are well have no need for a doctor" , those who are weak have no need of being destroyed. It is those who hunger, who thirst, and who strive after God who satan sees as a primary target of his destruction. Those who are in the word, in prayer, and pressing forward into God are the ones who are to be the most weary. The story of Job illustrates this truth beautifully. Job was a man who "was blameless and upright, one who feared God," a man of true faith. It was he who God allowed to be tried by satan knowing that he had the strength to resist the temptation of sin that was set before him, as promised in 1st corinthians 10:13. This is why Christians of strong faith are to take the most caution in life. We must put on the whole armor of God so that we may be able to "withstand the schemes of the devil." All too often though we view this act of " getting dressed" as a single event, a once done, always done type of occurrence. It is this though that proves to be the greatest mistake a growing Christian can make! It provides Satan with a massive chink in the armor in which his fiery arrows will pierce through. Instead, this command is to be followed daily, consecutively, and repetitively. Even still though, we are not to be discouraged when we do fall. It is human nature to do so. The apostle Paul delivered this idea in Romans 7. There is absolutely nothing good that dwells inside of us. We are bound to stumble. And in these times in which we have fallen it is easy to forge the idea that God's grace and blessing have left us. Hebrews 13:8 says otherwise, though. Instead, it is clear that it is not God who has departed from us, it is us who has departed from God. Even still, do not lose heart: the spiritual state we were in before this time of failure still remains, awaiting our return. We must confess our sins and turn back to Christ to be restored this this state. Once we do so the clouds in the night time sky will begin to break away and reveal a shining moon and stars, shining just as bright as when we left them. Thank God for His grace, mercy, and forgiveness.