Monday, January 31, 2011
The Devil...and his pretty presents!
The devil had a present for me...and my was it beautiful!
Thank God I know not all that glitter is Gold.
Sorry...I am getting ahead of myself, let me start from the beginning...
So at work, there was a "situation" ( I refuse to even give this situation a name or gender cuz I don't want even a microsec of shout outs on my blog), this situation was working my very last nerve but I stepped back, relaxed and took a deep breath and started mumbling scripture to myself...
"...Christ learnt Obedience through the things he suffered..." ( Heb 5 vs 8)
That's when I noticed it! In the corner of my eye, I saw the devil holding out the prettiest gift I had seen in a while. It was huge, shiny with a blue bow!(Hey, how did he know blue was one of my favorite colors?!)Guys, it was beautiful! it has a card that read my name and I was tempted to take it.
I knew what was inside for I had taken the gift from his hands before. Many times have I been in this situation and many times have I taken this gift unwrapped it and savored what was inside; a chance to blow up and physically give this "situation" a piece of my mind. Even when By God's grace, common sense and the holy spirit prevented me from taking this "gift", I would still spend time after wards grumbling, angry about the fact that I must have looked weak and imagining how sweet it would have been to take the gift.
Before I was saved, I had a temper that was an ugly thing to behold. At the drop of a dime my anger could go from 0-60 and by the time I had calmed down, it was too late. Time after time, some kind of damage had been done! Even at the times I tried to control my temper, I would physically get sick; having stomach cramps that would have me doubled over and I would NOT get peace until I said or did what I wanted to do; and these things...9/10 were hurtful things!
Fast forward some years of maturity, growth built on the ruins of pain, tears, broken relationships and the grace of God, I have now learned how to deal with my temper. Praise God! but ever so often in situations where I am being pushed by people, Satan is never too far away...holding that beautiful gift. He beckons me, tempting me with a chance to be carnal for a sec and do what my flesh so desires...to neatly take off my "Salvation cape" fold it up and then give this "situation" a piece of my mind.
Are you surprised that the Devil's gifts are beautiful?
We Christians have this vision of Satan as constantly being ugly and take comfort in the thought that when we saw him, the sheer ugliness of his evil would put us on alert. Do you think he was ugly while whispering to Eve in the garden? After all,he was an angel of Light and God does not make ugly beings! Do we think when he took Christ to tempt him...asking him to worship him, he presented himself as this shriveled up ugly figure?
NO, in these years I have been saved...and tempted...Satan hardly offers me things that a piece of me deep down doesn't want. It is my job to “Get up and pray so that [I] will not fall into temptation ( Luke 22 vs 46) and be reassured in the fact that "No temptation has overtaken [me] except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let [me] be tempted beyond what [I] can bear. But when [I am] tempted, he will also provide a way out so that [I] can endure it."(1Corint. 10 vs 13)
The devil picks the "prettiest" gifts....If they weren't beautiful, how would they tempt me?
Do you think he knows what you like?
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”( Matt 26 vs 41)
...Musings from atop the potter's wheel