Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Loud, the Sneaky and the Imaginary

The devil is working against you. 
He is walking around like a hungry lion 
with his mouth open looking for someone to eat.
~1Peter 5:8
You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
~Psalm 91
I have given you all the power ...
Nothing will hurt you.
~Luke 10:19

The Word makes it clear we are in a war.
The war, however, is not the point of the story.
The point of the story is that our God wins. Through us.
We just have to be clear about the nature of the battle.

We fight against three types of enemies:
the loud, the sneaky and the imaginary.
The wannabe lion walks around and roars.
If we are on our game, the lion is easy.
The lying roar is very loud and we should
be training in the Word to counter it with truth.
The sneaky snake is a little trickier.
When walking along, we usually don't look down.
The snake comes out of nowhere
and we have to act quickly to crush it.
These are the, "What the heck was that all abouts?"
Blindsided. Never saw it coming.
But training in humility and forgiveness
can keep us safe when we get attacked like that.
We cut it off at the head and walk on.
But those dang serpents.
Can't see these at all because
they live in our imaginations.
That is my everyday battle ground.
"Practicing the presence of problems"
is my default button if I am not careful.
The vain imaginations grow quickly 
but they are so much more subtle.
"How the heck did I get down this road?"
Thought by screaming quick thought.
Today I confess that God wins it all.
He has given me the authority to crush 
the lion, the cobra and the serpent.
The loud, the sneaky and the imaginary.
I counter by practicing the presence of God
until the presence of problems disappears. 

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of
the Almighty, Whose power no foe can withstand.
I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress,
in Him I lean and rely, and in Him I confidently trust!
~Psalm 91

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