Satan Wants Isolated Believers
“If you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back.” (James 5:19 MSG)
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – We love to watch the shows on the learning channels. Kris says its a great way to satisfy some of her desires to go to places she’s not been yet. Presently, we are watching two different shows shot in Alaska. One is about several people, who either live by themselves, or only their spouse, above the Arctic Circle. It’s fascinating to see how they exist in such extreme conditions with little or no help.
One lady lives on the northern most cost of Alaska with the closest person 300 miles away. She is always wearing her 44 holstered to her leg. Her rifle is typically not far away. The other night we watched an episode where she was sharing that, sometime earlier, she had an untimely run in with a grizzly that left her with a noticeable limp. Now with the limp, she has to be on guard more then ever. She explained that predators like bears and wolves, like to go after the easiest prey. Their favorites are the young, the old, the injured, and the loaner. She is not terribly old, but she now fits in two of the four categories and must remain vigilant. The problem is: with no family or friends, no second set of eyes, she can’t afford another misstep or it will probably be her last.
Another show we are watching has 8 individuals attempting to make a trek across a section of Alaska. Several times they have had to cross icy cold rivers with a stiff current. Kris and I learned from the show that the safest way to cross is with several other individuals. That way if one stumbles (especially if they are burdened down with a heavy load) the others are there to support them, help them back up, and help each other get to the other side.
The Christian walk is pretty much the same. 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” I picture him and his demons, cowardly hiding behind rocks and corners, waiting for the unsuspecting, the injured, the young, always ready to pounce on them like a lion as soon as they are vulnerable. That is why its so critical that we come along side other believers and encourage one another, pray for one another, and admonish one another. After all, there is power in numbers…
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13)