Satan, the thief

Once an environmentalist while walking through a dense forest heard the pitiful cry of a mother bird under a thick foliage of trees. What he saw when he went near was heart wrenching. The bird had build a nest in a fully grown thick tree. One by one her eggs had been swallowed by a cobra. Her pitiful cries were from the pain and desperation of having to see her last egg also being eaten. Seeing this, the environmentalist shook his head in dismay and said to the mother bird, ” There is no use of crying dear mother bird. You built your nest on a very low branch for the enemy to easily reach you. You should have built your nest on a higher branch in safety.”

Colossians 3:1-2,Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Dear children of God, just pause for a moment and think. Is our nest and our children safe from the clutches of the enemy. Matthew 13:24-30, 24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

the Lord explains the parable in this way, Matthew 13:37-43

37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

What all are the weeds within a man?

1.Desire of the eye: Joshua 7: 11…They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. The Lord abandoned Israel due to their act of greed. The act of greed was done by Achan. Why did he do such a dreadful act when the Lord instructed against it? Why did he violate the covenant?

Joshua 7: 21,20 Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: 21 When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” We can clearly see the desire of the eye blinding Achan to the Lord’s wishes. He saw and coveted. The result of his desire was horrific. He and his family were stoned to death and killed.

Joshua 7: 25-26, Then all Israel stoned him, and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them. 26 Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day. Then the Lord turned from his fierce anger. Therefore that place has been called the Valley of Achor ever since.

2.Jealousy and Anger: Cain and Abel offered sacrifices to the Lord. Genesis 4:4-5,  In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Instead of questioning his offerings, as to what was missing from my side? Cain became jealous of his own brother. He took him to the fields and killed him.

Proverbs 15:29, 29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Proverbs 28:9,If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.

3. Desire of worldly materials: Hebrews 13:5, Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”

Naboth had a vineyard close to the palace of King Ahab of Samaria. Ahab asked Naboth to exchange his vineyard for a vegetable garden. 1 Kings 21: 2,  Ahab said to Naboth, “Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth.”

Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, got the vineyard through devious ways and had two scoundrels give false witness against Naboth that he had cursed both God and king. So Naboth was taken outside the city and stoned to death. Jezebel and Ahab too got punishment for their evil act.

1 Timothy 6:6-10, But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

4. Desire for power: Absalom, the son of King David was greedy for power. 2 Samuel 15, In this chapter we read how Absalom tried to overthrow his father and become powerful than him.

In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him. He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, “What town are you from?” He would answer, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.” Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you.” And Absalom would add, “If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that they receive justice.”

Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him. Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the people of Israel.

David was loved by all so a messenger came to him and told all that was happening. 2 Samuel 15:13-14,

13 A messenger came and told David, “The hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom.”

14 Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, “Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin on us and put the city to the sword.”

In pain and hurt David says to Abishai, 2 Samuel 16:11, My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me.

5. Desire of flesh: 2 Samuel 13, In this chapter we read how David’s son Amnon desired his own sister Tamar. The desire led him to use evil way to have her. After raping her, he detested her and sent her away. Tamar’s brother, Absalom killed Amnon when he got the opportunity to avenge his sister’s dignity. The desire of the flesh causes so much destruction. Deuteronomy 2228-29, 28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. But we see that Amnon does not follow the Law of Moses and leaves Tamar. Due to this, 2 Samuel 13:20, And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house, a desolate woman.

What we read above are only some of the weeds that Satan uses to enter the heart of ordinary man. Those who read the word of God and follow them do not fall into the traps and temptations that Satan lays for them. 1 John 3:8, The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. 

1 John 2: 15-17, 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

2 Peter 2:19,19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”

Dear children of God wake up. First he tempted crawling his way. Today he numerous ways to tempt us created by us. If we are not alert and vigilant against his various faces and forms, we will not be able to defend ourselves.

1 Peter 5: 8-9, Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith,

Dear children of God, our enemy is very cunning. We do not realize when he enters our lives and takes away the blessings and graces given by God. Our fight is not with man. The Bible teaches us how to prepare ourselves.

Ephesians 6:10-18,

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 

Let the word of God draw deep roots within our heart and soul. Let us all defeat with the power of the word of God. Our best armor are His words. So be alert, the enemy is always beside us. Walk carefully. 1 Peter 4:3-7,

For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.

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