I watched a video that promised to be a real shocker. A large alligator was sunning in a high bank and a tourist boat came up close to the bank to observe him. One person was filming and many of the tourists were up close to look more closely at him. Suddenly the big gator made a lunge and landed right in the boat with them! The end of the video was a bit out of focus as everyone was running for their lives. It would be quite feasible that that old gator could grab one of them and drag them off with him.
When we get our focus off the Lord the enemy will jump right in with us. He is hungry for anything he can drag off with him. Satan is out to kill, steal and destroy. All three is his goal.
Oh beloved, two things come to mind this morning.
When we see believers “falling away” from their faith we can know they have been enticed by the enemy and he has drug them off. We just see a person saying I believe I’ve seen a new truth. But what is really going on is pure Carnage. We get fearful and run for our lives but it’s not time to point the finger; rather it’s time to pray and intercede for those who are swept from the Truth because God loves them!
Secondly, God reminds me that we are carried away ourselves when we get our eyes off Jesus. We see marital strife but the enemy is trying to pick that marriage down to the bones. We see addiction but the enemy is luring them to the edge with promises that they can’t live without his junk. You get the picture. We want what we want but the devil himself wants to drag each of us away.
All the time Jesus is praying, Holy Spirit is wooing and God is calling us back to Him. God wants us to refocus our eyes to see ourselves and others with pure love. Pure love always seeks to equip, encourage, restore, redeem and save.
God loves you and He’s for you. Whatever you are going through know that the devil wants to destroy you. But God wants to deliver you. Get your mind on Jesus, turn back to Him, give Him your situations. Praise, worship and intimate relationship with Jesus are weapons you have to keep from being drug off the boat. Run to the Lord this morning and thank Him for your faith. And ask Him to give you fresh insight for others around you. And live, pray, love and help in the Light is His unfailing love.
James 1:14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.
Deuteronomy 11:16 Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them.
Matthew 6:13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
Romans 8:34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate before the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.