Ever have one of those moments when you're sitting around with a group of friends, and as you are all talking, you start piecing together that someone has been telling different lies to each of you, to somehow isolate you and keep you apart?
Well, that was the way it was last week when a group of my sweet lady friends and I were finishing up a book review/Bible Study of the book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala (its been such a blessing of a book to read that I've got to give a little plug for it):
Anyhow, as we talked, we could see how the big S had been working among us to divide and isolate each of us. He was using one person's strengths to make another feel week and unwanted and alone, and using this same "trick" on each of us in one way or another. And He was whispering in our ears, just loud enough so that we would entertain the lies.
Thankfully, as we all sat there, we had one of those "ah-ha" moments as the lights came on and shone on the source of the deception and division. We got played by that crafty serpent. It was so sad for me to think of how much time has been wasted with us not all being united more in spirit.
Isn't that just the way Satan works? He only has to get us off by a degree or two, because in the end, he knows that that one or two degrees will end up being a big difference. (see rough visual below)
We all start in the center, with our eyes focused straight ahead on Jesus' goal for us, but if S gets us just a touch off, you can see that our end result is nowhere near the end goal.
Father, I pray that you would help us to recognize your voice more and more each day. I pray that you would also help us to recognize the voice of the serpent and that we would not subscribe to the lies (usually starting as small ones) he brings. May we resist the enemy with Your truth.