Two tricks of the enemy we need to be aware of and resist
   without guile                                       What this lamb needs to be aware of

Sometimes we get into a mess and we don’t know how we got there. All we know is that we somehow got into our own private battle and we have to figure out a way to cope with the battle scars and escape the flaming arrows of the enemy. The enemy? Yes, the enemy of our souls loves to lead us into trouble, and he is really good at it.  As I have been reflecting on this strategy, I notice (and I know from personal experience) that there are tricks he likes to pull on us that keep us going the wrong direction.

One of the things that we (and the lamb above) need to be aware of is isolation. If you ever watch any shows on the Animal Planet or other networks, you will notice that when a predator is after a herd of animals, it will look for the one that is separated from the pack. It is alone and it is vulnerable. Do you know anybody like that? Reach out to them. Are you in that vulnerable position? I urge you to reach out for support. Contact me. Call a prayer line. Write a prayer request on DAB friends or other support group. Stop and pray. Pour your heart out to God. I double dog gone guarantee that He will listen. You will not be alone. You may feel alone, but I promise you on the authority of the Word that God will we with you in the middle of your mess. If you are alone, isolated, vulnerable, tell someone. Please don’t let yourself be a lone ranger Christian that cuts himself or herself off from all support, both human and divine.

Secondly, the enemy will look for those that are weak. I am not talking about physical weakness. I am talking about those who are weak in faith, or weak in the Lord. Dear Reader, you and I need to prevent this weakness by stepping outside our comfort zone and doing things that will help us get stronger in the Lord. We need to eat (take in, absorb) His word. We need to drink of His love. We need to exercise our faith in Him and seek His leading and favor. And sometimes we just need to rest in His arms and let Him carry us and guard our souls.

I am here for you and I will listen. Others in this community are here for you as well. And I know God is there for you, even right now. Don’t let yourself crawl into your own hidden world. That is very dangerous!

You and I need to keep looking to Jesus, the Good Shepherd. We need to keep following Him, and keep walking with Him, one day at a time. And sometimes we just need to rest as Jesus watches over our soul.

Thank you, Jesus, for being the Shepherd of our soul that keeps us safe from the attack of the enemy. Jesus, you have the last word on this. I believe that last word may very well be … “not this one, devil. This one belongs to me!”

Jesus is a shepherd
  • Day 35 of 100 prophecies – Jesus is a shepherd who takes care of his sheep
    jesus is a shepherd
    Jesus is still a shepherd who takes care of His sheep.
  • Is. 40:10-11 – See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. 11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
  • John 10:11 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
  • Heb. 13:20 – Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,
  • 1 Pet. 2:25 – For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

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“Asset out of containment!”

Jesus is a shepherd

Lamb sitting on the grass

Recently Karen and I watched one of the Jurrasic Park movies on TV. In this particular scene, the dinosaur had gotten out of their area and had even removed the tracker placed in his body. He was not where he was supposed to be or where they expected or needed him to be. He was out of containment. 

Similarly, Christians can get out of where God wants, needs, and expects them to be. They are away from the sheep, away from the shepherd, and putting themselves at great risk from attack by the enemy. How they got there is a topic for a later post. For now, let’s just look at what it means to be in the wrong place and away from the Good Shepherd. 

Jesus is calling for His sheep, His “assets”, His people. He is calling for us to follow Him, to hear His voice, respond to His leading. They (we) need Jesus but we can’t hear Him. We are too far away. We have wandered from close fellowship with Him. They, again we, are doing our own thing, proud, self-sufficient, in charge of our own destiny (or so we think.) We think we are the masters of our territory and we enjoy the freedom from having to follow all those instructions from the Shepherd. But we don’t like the wolves or the thieves that come to rob us of our joy and protection under the watchful eye of the Shepherd of our souls. 

So what is a sheep to do? Turn around. Look at Jesus. Listen to Him. Walk towards Him.  Maybe run towards Him. He is the Good Shepherd, who lays down His life for the Sheep. That’s you. That’s me. That’s us. And that is Jesus, our loving, kind, generous Savior, rescuer, redeemer, and friend. 

Gentle Shepherd, come and feed us, lead us, protect us, and surround us with Your arms of love.