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Posted on: 7-15-112014

I have a friend who is expecting a baby in a few months.  I had to laugh at her last week when she was trying to get ready to go somewhere only to discover that nothing in her closet fit her.  She couldn’t believe that what had just fit her only a few short days before could no longer be buttoned and/or zipped comfortably.  She said she thought she had at least another month before she would need to get bigger clothes and that this had just happened overnight.  In much the same way that her expanding belly snuck up on her seemingly overnight, our sin and its consequences can occur without warning.  That’s how Satan wants it…us completely blindsided by the grave effects of our sin.  He doesn’t want us to see it coming; if we did, we may to stop it.  He wants us to be oblivious to how our sin affects us, as well as how it affects others.  When we’re blind to the aftermath of our sins’ destruction, it’s easy for him to drag us deeper and deeper into its grasp.  We deceive ourselves into thinking everything is just fine…no one’s getting hurt or nothing bad is happening to us, so our sins must not really be that bad.  We go along with this plan of thought until, BAM, it’s too late!  Suddenly, that sin jumps up and we’re nowhere near prepared to face it. That’s why we’re warned in Scripture to be aware of our adversary.  We need to be on our guard 24 hours a day every single day.  We need to be armed for battle when times are good and when times are tough in our lives. We need to be wise to the ways of Satan.  If we’re not, we will never be prepared for the attack.

“Be sober; be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  1 Peter 5:8

Being Prepared

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