I was sitting at our newly purchased patio table picking up a sticky BBQ chicken when some uninvited guests buzzed past me. The guests were a half dozen yellow jackets which quickly drove us indoors. Last year Jon bought a yellow jacket trap, but for some reason, not one bug was lured inside. We headed back to the hardware store to pick up a replacement filter, an attractant kit. The kit was supplied with a triple bait: Attractant Bottle, Attractant Vial and Attractant Tube. If any flying yellow jacket caught a whiff of this trap, it’s buzzing days would soon be confined to a 3-inch plastic tube!
I carried out the kit, a pair of scissors, along with the reading glasses and passed them over to Jon one by one. He carefully went step by step through the detailed instructions on the trap. We hung the bright yellow trap on a tree branch and watched as within the hour yellow jackets were lured in by the sweet smelling attractants. All we needed was an upgrade.
The enemy of our souls is busy upgrading his traps as well. They are tempting us with multiples of attractants.
Today’s teens are trapped in internet gaming with multiple layers of attractants. They are lured by small wins, like the thrill of the wins at the slot machine it keeps them pulling at that magical arm. Our teens are kept hooked by every level they move up affirming them that they can win the game. They take ownership as they design their own character. As they explore new places it feeds their desire for adventure. In the game, they build relationships with other online players where they feel accepted. Many games now boast about how sexy their characters are, rewarding the players with more seductive characters as they move up to higher levels.
Adults are trapped into thinking that a simple visit to a clinic will wipe away any unwanted pregnancy. They are lured into the decisions by varying attractants. A fear of what their new future will look like, financial resources won’t be enough, a boyfriend will bail and rejection from family members. The list goes on and on of ways the enemy lures a lady into his trap of abortion. It’s a trap that leaves Men and Women emotionally wounded after they realize that they quietly took the life of the child they were given to protect. In China, the one-child policy has given them the highest female suicide rate of any country in the world. That simple visit to the clinic has left 47% of the visitors struggling with depression.
Scripture gives us step by step instructions on how to keep clear of Satan’s multiple layered attractants:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
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, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings
1 Peter 5:7-9
1) Cast your worries over to God. When we struggle with this act, it’s a sure sign that we are not pondering on the promises for his children.
2) Be Alert and Sober. We are daily bombarded with the enemy’s attractants. I can get sucked into a T.V. show, just like most of you. We need to be quick to change the channel when compromising topics, language or images are coming into our homes.
3) Resist and Stand. Switch the channel, turn your eyes away, reject the thought. Resist and stand firm in the faith. Put your thoughts on trusting God. He is our Joy and our satisfaction. What the enemy lures us with are only cheap corruptions of what God offers.
Norman Geisler writes in his book “If God, Why Evil? :
“Evil is like a wound in an arm. It is real to have a wound. But as wound is not a “thing.” Rather, wounds only exist in good things.
Evil is like Rust to a Car. Rust is a corruption of a good thing, but rust does not exist in and of itself.
Evil is like Moth Holes in Wool. Moths can corrupt a woolen sweater, but holes do not exist in themselves.”
Much of the evils/temptations that we face are actually corruptions or counterfeits of a greater, genuine experience that God has to offer. Peeling back the veneer of a temptation and understanding how it is a fake, short-lived high is a means of being alert, sober and empowering us to resist and stand on what is truth, our relationship with God. May we all be vigilant to foil the enemy with these three keys from scripture.
Edited by Lydia King