What is a thief – someone who comes and takes your things without asking – kind of like you teenager that takes the last bite of your favorite ice cream out the fridge! I want to do is take it back but it is now digesting in your wonderful smiling sweet heart of teenage bliss.
How can we prevent from this happening again besides putting a pad lock on the freezer door or better yet, LOCK the lid up!
We can sort of lock it up in our life – well not sort of but truly lock up things to keep the thief from penetrating our lives. We have all kinds of weapons. Not weapons we can actually hold and take action. We have the word of God as our weapon. It is the double sword in our lives.
We don’t realize in our life we have bait dangling in front of us. My husband is an avid fisherman. We have bags and bags of nasty worms and lures with hooks that would put a good stick in you. I know what those lure/traps look like. But, we do not see the spiritual lures and hooks in front of us. We are actually carried away by this bait, sometimes without knowing we are.
We all have weaknesses – even if we don’t want to admit. I wouldn’t be the first to raise my hand and say, ” my weakness is envy”, While I am thinking of my neighbor’s new shiny mini van that would keep my kids from killing each other due to the fact it has an air craft carriers instruments.
My envy steals the joy I should have for my life in front of me. Sure, I have a car that 3 children are smooched into because it is a sardine can. I usually have a headache by the time I get to Walmart 5 miles away. I should be thankful I have a vehicle. I have the children that drive me crazy in my life. Frankly, I would be lost without the chaos in my life.
Now back to that thief. Do you know what your thief looks like? We have glimpses of him in the Bible.
James 1:14 ” But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own heart”
1 Peter 5:8 ” Be sober spirit, be on alert. Your adversary, the DEVIL, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
We are our own worst enemy. We are easily enticed by wants, fibs, envy,pride and so on… it is a TRAP. Don’t let those feelings get you down. This only brings you so far away from you Lord that he will only a speck of light. Our Father wants you/us to be strong and victorious ( blog I wrote last week) We need to know – that even if the enemy can to destroy. Jesus came to bring us life and freedom.
We don’t need to have temptations in front of us. We can see the temptations – but with simple prayer and the thought we are able to have our Father here for us picking up all the trash we carry with us. Those feelings that make us have a hole in our strong bond.
Always keep in mind – we have that weapon – we have that support – we have a pad lock – we have the love from a power we can never grasp. We can take that roaring lion to flee off like that little kitten that runs off when you peek at it.
I know I am not perfect – ever day I have temptations, feelings, haunting of the past that I need to let go. I have to pound my first and say NO I won’t let you steal my joy!!
We need JOY to fill our hearts daily – have you have your fill today??
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
3 How long will you assault me?
Would all of you throw me down—
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
4 Surely they intend to topple me
from my lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.[<a title="See footnote b
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God[c];
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.