I was walking our dog. He was happy and running around. The sun was beaming down on me. It was so hot that thought I was getting an overdose of Vitamin D. Yet, he didn’t notice it. I saw a beautiful little cat. Once he saw us, he immediately ran for cover. Then it happened! Our dog saw the cat also. My reaction was, “Hmm, oh there goes a cat.” This was not our dog’s reaction. He went immediately into attack mode. Mere seconds ago, he was happy as can be.
The enemy is ever present. The Apostle Paul reminds us that we are in a spiritual battle (Eph 6:10-20). Scripture also tells us that the devil disguises himself as an Angel of light (Cor. 11:14). Like my dog and the cat, you must recognize your enemy
This week…try and recognize your enemy. He knows who you are. He’s waiting for you to make a mistake. Recognize him. He might be disguised as laziness, being inconsiderate, unforgiveness, failure to pray, etc., you get the point. Early in my ministry, my wife and I would fight all week long. Well, the week we would fight would be the week that I would preach. I never noticed that trend. If you know me, you know I like looking at trends to see how things might play out. Yet, it was my wife that noticed that. Once we talked about it and prayed on it…those fights seemed to disappear. We recognized the enemy and those attacks no longer worked on and against us like they did in the past. You must do the same thing.
Happy hunting. Hunting for the booby traps the enemy has set up to get you off your Christian living this week. Ok, one last piece of advice. Listen to what people say about you. If someone says you’re “ZYX” or you do XYZ,” take the information in and pray over it. Do a self-inventory and consider the source. Ask God for guidance. We’ve talked about the enemy. Some times, the enemy is us….
In His service….