October 16, 2011

The Threat

Posted in Christianity at 3:26 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

When I took my dog, Lilly, outside for her morning ritual a few weeks ago, we came face-to-face with the pit bull from down the street. Somehow, the dog had gotten out during the night and was roaming the neighborhood. Because it was still dark out, I couldn’t see that there was anything unusual outside until we stepped out of the door. However, Lilly had barked at me a couple of times to warn me, but I thought she just wanted me to hurry up. As soon as we got outside and the pit bull ran up to the porch to greet us, I knew differently. Lilly and the pit bull stood nose to nose, with Lilly barking her ferocious, high pitched bark that makes me cringe, while the pit bull just stared at her curiously. She thought she was just as big, if not bigger, than that pit bull that was at least five times her size and who had a mouth as big as her head. She was determined to protect me, and her territory, from this intruder. Seeing that she wasn’t backing off, I quickly scooped her up and ran into the house, thanking the Lord for his protection.

In the same way that Lilly tried to protect me from this threat, we should also fiercely protect our relationship with the Lord. As Christians, we know that Satan will use many things to attack our relationship with the Lord, including doubt, fear, anxiety, and depression. These are just a few of the things that Satan uses to drive a wedge between us and God. Satan knows our weaknesses and uses those against us. He tells us that God will never accept us as we are and that good works are enough to get us to heaven. But we know that these are lies told to us by the Great Deceiver. Through his grace and mercy, God has made a way for us to be restored to him through his Son, Jesus Christ. With God’s help, we can put the lies of Satan behind us and have a closer relationship with him.


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