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Seeking Someone to Devour

June 1, 2014

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The neighbor kids and I  were talking about  the praying mantis  that I had for a “pet” back in 2009.     They had enjoyed interacting  with this praying mantis,  whose name was Jadette,  because of her jade coloring.     As you can see in the picture above,   I would feed Jadette raw meat  on a toothpick.    She laid a number  of egg cases  on one of our house plants  and I tied them  in the bushes outside  where they hatched  in the spring. 

Our visit  led me  to recall  that I had used a picture  of Jadette  on one of my posts,  so I found that post  and felt inclined  to post it again.     The devotional below  was first posted  on August 10, 2009.     Just as the message  was appropriate  in the apostle Peter’s day  (some 2,000 years ago ),  it is still appropriate every day.

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Seeking Someone To Devour

We are being hunted.    And all too often,  we’re not even aware enough  to realize it.    But  if we were  to go hunting for game,  the wild life we’re after  is often wary enough  and smart enough  to escape us.    They are always  on the lookout  for predators trying  to get them.

It is when  they are constantly aware  of their surroundings  and assessing their situation  that they have a chance  to escape  their predators.     Just a bare scent  of their predator  will set them  on the run.    To escape  means life.

Our instincts  for survival  need to kick in  as we  are being hunted.     Sadly,  many people  have no clue  about the danger  they’re in.     They succumb  to the devil’s every temptation  without even a whimper  and don’t realize  that they are headed  for eternal death.

People become  so accustomed  to sin  all around them  day after day,  that they don’t even think it’s dangerous  any more.     We see everyone else sinning  and don’t even notice  that they are spiritually dying  or dead.     They aren’t really  enjoying life.     Inside,  they are lost.    Even though  they outwardly seem  to be getting along okay  in this world,  their lives are futile  and they know it.     They just don’t know how  to escape  the futility  of their sins.

1 Peter 5:8-9 wants us  to come  to our senses  and not be so naive  about the results  of our mindless sin.    He says,

Be  of sober spirit,  be  on the alert.     Your adversary,  the devil,  prowls about  like a roaring lion,  seeking someone  to devour.

But resist him,  firm  in your faith,  knowing  that the same experiences  of suffering  are being accomplished  by your brethren  who are  in the world.

The sin that tempts us  is no different  than the sin  that tempts everyone  in this world.    So,  we don’t have to feel  like our life  is any harder  than anyone else’s life.     The difference is  that some people  cave in  to every temptation  and others  are alert enough  to recognize  their enemy  and resist him.     We need  the sensibility  to resist sin  and face  the truths  we have learned  about God,  our Savior.

We all suffer in this sinful world,  but with God  it is not hopeless,  so we need  to buck up.     By faith,  we have God  beside us  and He has promised  to never leave us.      Peter spoke  from experience  when he wrote  in 1 Peter 5:10,

And after  you have suffered  for a little,  the God  of all grace,  who called you  to His eternal glory  in Christ,  will Himself  perfectconfirmstrengthen  and establish you.

That’s God’s promise.     As we put  our faith  and hope  in our Lord,  He will surely  carry us through  whatever kind  of suffering  and temptation  that comes  our way.     Totally alert,  we need  to recognize sin  for what it is  —  the devil seeking  to devour us.

If we give up  and purposely  and faithlessly  let sin  and temptation  conquer us,  we are the one  at fault  for losing eternal life.     God is willing  to help us  every single time  we look to Him  for help.     The question remains:   are we willing  to look  to our Lord   for help?     He has promised  to perfectconfirmstrengthen  and establish us  when we trust  in His love.

With that kind  of loving help,  we don’t have  an excuse.     God is  our heavenly Father  and He can always  be trusted.      Let’s trust Him  and live according to His word.     We will be  eternally glad  we did.

As we allow our Lord  to strengthen us,  we say,   “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  You are ever faithful  through all my weaknesses.     Thank You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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