Saturday, November 14th, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 13)
The wicked strut about on every side when vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
Psalm 12:8 (NASB)
Our pursuers were swifter
Than the eagles of the sky;
They chased us on the mountains,
They waited in ambush for us in the wilderness.
Lamentations 4:19 NASB
We have to pay for our drinking water,
Our wood comes to us at a price.
Our pursuers are at our necks;
We are worn out, there is no rest for us.
Lamentations 5:4-5 (NASB)
So all these curses shall come on you and pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you would not obey the Lord your God by keeping His Commandments and His Statutes which He commanded you.
Deuteronomy 28:45 (NASB)
The enemy's hot pursuit is risky business for anyone outside of his camp. Believers can feel the dragon's breath and see his claws extending all around them. Right now, most Americans purchase lots of wood and pay dearly for their water.
Without doubt, the wicked strut about on every side and vileness is exalted. But let's refuse the easy judgment of street-walking addicts or smut-talking stars. Instead, let's Cross-examine ourselves. Have we become modern scribes and Pharisees?
Are we chiefly concerned with rules and comforts, rather than following God's Example? Truly, how many famous American Christians resemble the Carpenter? Maybe He's seen better among prisoners in North Korea or Iran.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: where do these speculations leave you? Perhaps considering your brethren? Perhaps being chased by Satan's team. If so, congratulations to you. You're counted worthy as a target.
But practice a soldier's vigilance. Beware enticing, get-it-quick, roles. Beware rulish, play-it-safe preachers. Beware wealthy, living-big leaders. Beware families who pull you back. Because Satan can work through them all.
Understand what he is pursing. Your life? Sure, but Jesus won it back. Your light? Yes, to add you to his team. If that's not possible (no, it's not), then he wants to frighten you badly: to keep you out of entertainment. That just isn't going to happen.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.