Two prerequisites must be met in order for the enemy to leave us alone.
1) We must surrender ourselves to God
2) We must make an effort to repel the enemy.
These two actions together present a coordinated plan of attack.
Many of us claim to do the former, yet we are surprised when we get caught in the enemy’s traps.
Well, weren’t we playing with the cheese?
I know, it can be difficult to do. But with God’s help it is possible.
The mouse may think itself clever enough; its arm just skinny enough to slip through the snare; the cheese just so delicious that it is worth getting caught just to taste it.
Hmm…are we like that? So wrapped up in ourselves and our selfish desires?
Well, as the mouse eventually finds out, he is not smart enough; he gets caught and so will we.
Many times we forget just how cunning the enemy really is until it is too late. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:3, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray…”
We probably won’t get caught the first time, so our egos will get puffed up.
We’ve got this, we tell ourselves. So we do it again.
And again and again until wham!
The trap shuts close.
Friends, we’ve got to keep our eyes [and minds] fixed on Jesus, or we will be distracted by the variety of seemingly-to-die-for cheeses the enemy sets out for us.
And trust me, he knows which ones are our favourites.
Consequently, Paul’s fervent prayer for the new believers back then is still relevant for us today. “[That] they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil…” 2 Timothy 2:26
It begins my friends with what we hold dear.
It begins in our minds.
This is why Solomon warned us in Proverbs 4:23 CEV, “Carefully, guard your thoughts…”
The enemy knows what his end will be and that his time is short; therefore, his goal is to find as many people with which to share his demise.
The Bible warns us that we cannot serve two masters. One will always be shortchanged. (Matthew 6:24)
So, “Choose today whom you will serve,” Joshua 24:15a NLT.
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