Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion,
looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)
Last weekend I was soaking up some of the Florida sunshine in my backyard. Shadows kept interrupting the sun’s rays as I lay on the beach chair. I reluctantly cracked open my eye to discover the culprit of the interruption. And I nearly leapt off my beach chair as a scream reverberated in my chest.
Flying almost low enough for me touch (well, ok not quite that low) were two humongous vultures! They were floating in concentric circles above me while looking for something dead to devour. Since, I wasn’t dead I closed my eye again trying to relax. But it was rather disconcerting to think about those two death stalking birds flying right above me. I made sure to move a lot so they wouldn’t mistake me for a tasty morsel.
As I drifted in and out of a light doze my mind wandered to the Scripture from 1 Peter above. The vultures were a great analogy for how the enemy of our souls circles around our Christian walks to see if he can find any “dead” area(s) that he can try to use to make us trap ourselves.
Vultures are opportunistic scavengers. They don’t work to get their prey they simply wait for death to overtake the animal – then they make their move devouring what’s left. Basically, the prey falls to its own demise. The vulture simply takes advantage of the situation for its own benefit. Sometimes the enemy is just like a vulture.
Our job is to stay “alert” so that we don’t fall victim to the temptations that bring death (e.g. unforgiveness, bitterness, addictions, adultery, fear, pride, anger, etc) into our lives. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to let that opportunistic scavenger (aka the enemy) even contemplate devouring me! Therefore, I need to make a concerted effort not to let myself be tempted to let any “death” begin to grow in any area of my life.
Over the years, I’ve slowly learned to recognize whether my actions will bring death or life in a situation. While some situations were easy to decide to choose life, others were harder because the outcome was not predictable. I’ve had quite a few trial and error scenarios where I had to learn from my mistakes. The good news is that I did learn from them.
I learned that my most effective weapon…is prayer. Simply, drawing nearer to God by having a conversation with Him about what is going on in my life. The closer I walk with Him the more I will chose “life” in all areas!
The more areas of “life” we have the less likely it is that we will become prey to that humongous vulture circling around us looking for something dead to devour! If you have areas of “death” (e.g. unforgiveness, bitterness, addictions, adultery, fear, pride, anger, etc) in your life I encourage you to come to the Glennon House for some prayer time with one of our trained Prayer Ministers.
Starting today…let’s choose LIFE!