Proverbs 23 7-23-22

This world is full of quicksand, tar pits and landmines. Only Jesus can see us through to the other side!

17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear [reverence] of the LORD. 18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Quicksand: Ground that looks solid, but is not. We are not able to discern spiritual things without the aid of the Holy Spirit.

Tar pits: Sin is like a tar pit that looks appealing. In this world, tar is made to look attractive. The problem with tar is that it doesn’t come off without a powerful detergent. Aren’t we glad that Jesus washes us of all “tar” that we get into?

Landmines: These are set by the enemy and then left for us to trigger. For a great story and a graphic mental picture of minefields and God’s wondrous grace, watch Miracle at Golan Heights.

Many people today think that evil, Satan, and demons, i.e. the enemy, are a state of mind, as in the dark side of humanity. I don’t think so. Jesus had a lot to say about Satan, demons and evil spirits. C.S. Lewis, in his book, “The Screwtape Letters,” said that convincing humans that they (demonic forces) don’t exist is a primary tool in their toolbox. This website lists all the verses concerning demons in the Gospels, Did Jesus Believe in Demons. But, why dwell on the subject?

I look at it like this: I once was susceptible to their influence. But, Jesus opened my eyes. He came to live in me. Now, the only susceptibility I have to their influence is what I give them. My determined purpose is to NOT give these influences ANYTHING to work with. I study the Scriptures daily to fortify myself against their influence and to be able to spot the quicksand, tar pits and landmines when I come to them. In fact, I find that the more I spend in prayer with the Lord and pondering His Word, the less I think (or worry) about them at all! I am so caught up in what the Savior has to say and what He has me doing that I do not fear them or their ploys. Spiritually, I am protected; Jesus is in charge of keeping me safe. But, “it’s the little foxes that destroy the vine” that I am concerned with. My aim each day is to stay immersed in His Presence as I walk through the day.

1 Peter 5 speaks of this subject,

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devourResist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Being aware of an enemy is half the battle. The other half is simply a matter of turning away from him and his temptations to the Father, through the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit. When we do, we receive His love, joy and peace that flow from Him to us. It’s like standing under a waterfall!

Today, rather than focusing on the enemy, let’s focus on Christ as we enjoy the satisfying fellowship of the Spirit.

Abba, walking with You is like the day becoming ever brighter as noon approaches. The more I learn, the more I adore You. “These light and momentary troubles” do not keep me from coming to You; rather, they propel me toward You! Your presence is all I seek. Keep me on-task, Lord. Amen.

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