We lost a chicken yesterday. And by lost I mean something came in and decided raw chicken was better than fried chicken. There were feathers everywhere. Our teeny tiny Bantam rooster was no match for whatever got in there, and little Truffles became a meal for some creature in the woods.
Peyton and Chris felt they had made a great enclosure. They knew it wasn’t foolproof. It didn’t have a real roof, but with a coop inside the large closed-in space to lock them up at night, they felt it was rather safe. However, as the chickens got older and as Peyton started working, it was less frequent that she remembered to close the coop at night. There hadn’t been a problem since we bought the chicks 10 months ago, and we got lazy in doing the little bit extra to keep them protected.
Are we the same way about sin? God gives us clear scripture telling us of the need to protect ourselves from the wiles of satan.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” –Ephesians 6:11
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” –James 4:7
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” –I Peter 5:8
“And no wonder, for even satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” –2 Corinthians 11:14
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” –John 10:11
It is well known that satan will do whatever it takes to keep us from full fellowship with God. If he can tempt us with thoughts of coveting, greed, or selfishness, he will. If he can get us thinking about how nice it would be to skip your bible study or miss church, he’ll do it! There’s nothing he won’t do to try and steal our devotion to God.
We should be prepared for this! We shouldn’t only be praying “Father, keep us protected from satan.” We should be studying scripture, digging into the word, putting on the FULL armor of God to protect ourselves. The more we are submitting and surrendering to the will of God, the harder it is for satan to get that access to us.
When we’re fully prepped and ready, we aren’t sitting around waiting for the attacks of the devil. We’re ready to keep those sinful deeds at bay before they even get close enough to become an action!
Ladies, let’s stand strong in our faithfulness to God and prepare ourselves properly for a possible attack before that nasty thief even gets close!