“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11).TEXT — 2 Corinthians 2:1-11
There is a fable about the little lizard playing with a little snake. Mother snake noticed the joyous scenario and later, at home, gave a serious rebuke to the little snake for playing with what was supposed to be a food item. Incidentally, mother lizard also witnessed the perilous play and rebuked the little lizard for playing with a dangerous enemy that could easily consume it. The next day, the now wised up little snake came out calling the little lizard for play. The little lizard declined from a safe distance and said, “…the thing that your mother told you, my mother has also told me”.
Christians who are not ignorant of the cunning strategies of Satan can hardly be overcome by him. Apostle Paul was mindful of this in his writing to the Corinthian church. A member of the church who committed incest had been excommunicated and thus was handed “unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh…” When the incestuous fellow became sufficiently penitent for his sin, the apostle made a case for his restoration. He considered sufficient the punishment already served by the man and the discipline which served its purpose. Keeping the man further in grief could become an opportunity for Satan to take advantage of the church.
In all areas of our lives, at home, church and workplace, we often forget that there is a crafty Satan who seeks to take advantage of our lapses to ruin us. When a Christian is engulfed in bitterness against another believer, Satan takes advantage of that to hurt them and even trouble the church.
If only we can be more mindful of the enemy’s wiles and make wise and scriptural decisions, we will always outsmart him.
Thought for the day
Knowing and living by the Scriptures are the smart ways to outsmart Satan.
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