Skip to main content

No longer a victim

Be careful—watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord; and remember that other Christians all around the world are going through these sufferings too. (1 Peter 5:8-9 TLB)
If you have ever played the "victim", you know how easily you can fall into the pity party mode. Before long, you have yourself made out to be so this or that, the other guy totally wrong or hurtful, and the spin begins. The truth is that we have one really big enemy who is out to put as much of this "spin" into our lives as possible. He knows that as long as we are "spinning" the pity wheel, we are not focusing on how much God cares for us, is madly in love with us, and has more than enough grace to help us through that difficult place.
Victims aren't always blameless. Sometimes the "victim" puts themselves right where they shouldn't be and then wonder why "all this is happening" to them. In this case, they opened the door to the reality of the muddle they find at their doorstep. There are just times when we are in the wrong place at the right time and we get caught up in what would have been best to not "step in". We don't need to be caught "unaware" of the trap being set for us. We can develop a keen eye to the traps, but we have to be willing to pay attention in order to see them.
Any good trapper will tell you they work hard to disguise their trap. Why? Nothing comes into what looks plainly like a trap! They avoid it because they know there is something suspicious about it. To spot counterfeit, the study of the genuine is most important. Why? We don't need to study what is "wrong with the picture" - we just need to know very well what the true picture looks like. As scripture reminds us - truth sets us free. We aren't going to spot the attack, or realize the trap, if all we do is study up on how many ways something could go wrong! We need to study how much grace has made a way THROUGH all attacks.
In the military, we learned to set up something referred to as a "M-18 Claymore mine". It is a semi-circular mine with a trip wire. When the wire is "tripped", the mine explodes outward in a pretty broad pattern. It isn't all that accurate - not like the sniper's bullet - but the massive outward explosion is sure to hit somewhere on that victim's body. The enemy of our souls uses a lot of these types of "mines" to trip us up - knowing that something in the "big scheme of things" will eventually hit target. He doesn't care that it doesn't totally "kill us" - he knows maimed "soldiers" are pretty lame.
The enemy's mines may be relationship directed, with all the explosive power directed toward damaging "something" in that relationship. His financial mines are designed to keep us indebted, taking our focus off God and placing it more on the worries of how we will ever "bail out". Whatever the "mine" is, we need to become aware of where those "trip wires" are. When we begin to recognize the environment we are in through the eyes of God, we will be able to spot what is "out of the ordinary" or is "counterfeit" in real time. Then we will be able to successfully navigate the mine fields that have previously claimed us as "victim"! Just sayin!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Getting at the heart of it all

Have you ever seen someone so good with their skinning knife they can just peel away the hide of an animal without a rip or tear, no waste of any of the meat just below that skin? I have seen some fishermen able to fillet their catch with such skill not even one bone is found in the fillet. How do they learn this skill? I think it comes to them through practice and with the employment of the right 'tool' to do the job at hand. There is comfort in knowing that God means what he says and his Word will come to pass. His Word is like the scalpel in the skilled hands of a surgeon or the knife in the hands of the skilled hunter. As a nurse, I have seen the skillful use of the scalpel - dissecting away the finest of tissue to protect the healthy tissue and to expose the tissue that has become devitalized by disease or decay. I have also seen the damage done by a "blade" in the hands of one not trained or at all skilled in its use. The difference is beyond description.

God m…

Be a little salt

Ever wonder why Jesus left his disciples with the idea of being 'salt on this earth'? We don't fully appreciate salt these days because we aren't as accustomed to how it was used during the times Jesus spoke those words. We often have to put ourselves into the culture where the words are being recorded in order to fully comprehend the significance of their meaning. In the days of the disciples, salt was a basic "staple" of life. It was that which acted as "preservation" for everything. It also was the main seasoning of the dishes prepared - although there were other spices, salt was a 'staple'. Perhaps we would do well to look at some of the other functions of salt in order to see what Jesus may have meant when he referred to our lives a salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of the earth.

"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltin…

Hey, friend me!

When we really determine to walk the pathway of a disciple, it will cost us. The pathway is not always traveled by as many of those we call "friends" as we'd like to think. Yet, when we find someone to travel with us in this journey of faith, what a blessing it is! We need each other to understand and fulfill God's calling on our lives. We each compliment the other, challenging and uplifting, learning together what is contained deep in the Word of God.

Keep me safe, O God, I've run for dear life to you. I say to God, "Be my Lord!" Without you, nothing makes sense. And these God-chosen lives all around—what splendid friends they make! (Psalm 16:1-3)

David's words ring true in the hearts of many who engage in this walk of discipleship with Christ - without you, God, absolutely nothing makes sense at all. We can attempt to make sense out of tragedy, loss, or even a success all on our own. Without God, and those he places in our lives as fellow travelers…