I have two guard dogs on our farm in Brazil. Victoria is my 3 year old St. Bernard and Valentine is my 5 year old German Shepherd. They are my buddies. Sometimes when I have had a long day, I sit outside by the garden to watch the sun go down. Both my “girls” come and love on me and all feels right in the world again.
Valentine and Victoria are sweet, but they are also trouble makers. Victoria is a real air head, but Valentine is smart. She leads Vic into trouble quite often.
Last year they got to chasing after a porcupine and both girls came back with their faces, noses, ears, tongues, cheeks and necks completely pierced with quills. They had to be tied down and a vet came to remove each quill, one, by painful, one. It was terrible.
Last year they also ran skunks a couple of times. Vic got sprayed at close range and she cried for hours while rubbing her face on the ground. Valentine disappeared when we called her and I knew she had instigated the chase. We don’t have air conditioning and all our windows were open, so my WHOLE house smelled for days because of that skunk.
But, in truth, it wasn’t the skunks fault for my dwelling to stink.
It also wasn’t the fact that my windows were open.
It was not even Valentine’s fault for leading Victoria into the chase.
It was Victoria’s fault for not recognizing danger.
In Revelation 2:24, there is a church that Jesus is referencing called Thyatira. He says there are those who have not known ‘the depths of Satan’. The enemy’s ways and heretical doctrines are expansive. Even the knowledge of them is something to be avoided.
We should recognize the danger in the “depths of Satan” and steer clear.
Take Saul in I Samuel 28 where he brings in a woman with a familiar spirit to call up Samuel (who has died) when God wouldn’t talk to him anymore. This woman put her life on the line to perform something God has never condoned in order to “help” Saul.(And fyi, that was not Samuel she conjured)
- The world will always help us go further away from God.
- The world is NOT our friend.
- It is up to US to recognize the danger!
The paths we take and the people we choose to follow make a difference in our lives.
I think it is interesting when people leave the things of God and begin sliding further and further into the world, their attitude begins to change. They begin to complain about the church, the people in the church and anything else to do with the church. All of a sudden they have friends that are “supporting” their bravery and stand against the “rules and regulations” of their local church.
I have watched it over, and over, and over again.
There is always a welcoming support group into rebellion against God. And make no mistake, it isn’t rebellion against the church, it is rebellion directly against God Himself.
When we are not dwelling in God and letting Him rule our lives, we are easily led astray. We don’t recognize the danger in what is happening. We lightly esteem the Bible and all It teaches us about Christ. We twist verses to fit our lives and take no regard to the fact that we are acting in contradiction to Our Heavenly Father.
This is scary.
But we don’t notice it because our “friends” are protecting us from being “judged”.
We don’t notice because our “friends” are there for us as we “suffer” for taking a stand against the institution.
And all the while, Satan leads us further and further away from holiness and a clean relationship with God.
Just like Valentine always led Victoria off into some crazy escapade after another. Victoria didn’t stop and think about how it could turn out, she got caught up in the excitement of something daring and different. And in the end, it always turned out badly.
Shortly after Saul had the “witch” conjur up a spirit she said was Samuel, Saul fell on his own sword and died.
Sauls path of disobedience was always leading to one place: death. He was bent on pleasing himself rather than God. He didn’t wait on Samuel to make the offerings, He didn’t destroy the Amalekites and he always thought he knew better. But in the end, his sin brought death.
“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:15
- Sin never ever has a good ending.
- Sin never leads us to a better life.
- Sin never makes you truly happy.
So why do we follow after friends that lead us in that direction? Why do we think they are welcoming us into a better world?
Today Valentine has disappeared. I don’t know whether or not she was hit by a car, stolen or is dead in some valley. It hurts me to think about her, but I am not surprised. Trouble always meets an end.
Your “friends” who want you to join them in their despair are leading you to a miserable end. They may not realize it, but you should wake up and realize that destruction is on the horizon.
Satan wants to destroy you.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8
The depths of Satan are not anything we need to explore! We would do well to avoid him at all cost.
Today, let’s dwell in the thoughts of a Righteous and Holy God. As we do, we will be able to recognize danger and steer clear of it.
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16
What path are you on?
Who are you following?
Take time to recognize danger. It could save you a lot of heartache.
Until Next time, Lord willing,
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Today’s Reading: Exodus 5-6 / II Samuel 3 / Psalms 29 / Acts 4