Posts Tagged ‘appearance’

Lurking in the Grass

Jun 06

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, is something lurking in the grass around you? I have a precious little four-year-old friend who recognizes the scriptural fact that something is lurking in her life. When we have a discussion about sin she tells me the sneaky snake is the reason she sins. My dear little friend has grasped a concept we all need to be mindful of. At all times there is a sneaky snake lurking around you with the intent to entice you into sin. In the Word of God we find a snake as the first and final villain. As the story of Genesis unfolds we see the introduction of a villain—the snake. We read that the snake was sneakier than any of the other wild animals. In the book of Revelation we see the final account of this villainous snake also known as the devil. In the final book we see how the snake is restrained.

I love what the great commentator Matthew Henry observes concerning the temptation of sin the sneaky snake tries to pull on our Lord and Savior.

Christ refused to comply with it. He would not command these stones to be made bread; not because he could not; his power, which soon after this turned stones into bread; but he would not. And why would he not? At first view, the thing appears justifiable enough, and the truth is, the more plausible a temptation is, and the greater appearance there is of good in it, the more dangerous it is. This matter would bear a dispute, but Christ was soon aware of the snake in the grass, and would not do any thing, First, That looked like questioning the truth of the voice he heard from heaven, or putting that upon a new trial which was already settled. Secondly, That looked like distrusting his Father’s care of him, or limiting him to one particular way of providing for him. Thirdly, That looked like setting up for himself, and being his own carver; or, Fourthly, That looked like gratifying Satan, by doing a thing at his motion. Some would have said, To give the Devil his due, this was good counsel; but for those who wait upon God, to consult him, is more than his due; it is like enquiring of the god Ekron, when there is a God in Israel.
Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible

With precision, our Lord and Savior turned temptation from the sneaky snake into triumph. Having experienced being tempted in every way by the sneaky snake, He NEVER let down his guard. Girlfriends, do not be deceived, the first appearance by the sneaky snake was made in a beautiful and perfect garden setting. When all is going well, it is easy to allow ourselves to mindlessly give into fine sounding arguments, just as Eve did. However, we must imitate our Lord and Savior through the correct use of the Word itself.

Dearest girlfriends, let us be vigilant in looking for the enemy who is lurking in the grass around us.

The snake was sneakier than any of the other wild animals that the Lord God had made. One day it came to the woman and asked, “Did God tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?” ~  Genesis 3:1 CEV
 
I saw an angel come down from heaven, carrying the key to the deep pit and a big chain. He chained the dragon for a thousand years. It is that old snake, who is also known as the devil and Satan. ~  Revelation 20:1-2 CEV
 
The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert, so that the devil could test him. After Jesus had gone without eating  for forty days and nights, he was very hungry. Then the devil came to him and said, “If you are God’s Son, tell these stones to turn into bread.” Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say: ‘No one can live only on food. People need every word that God has spoken.’ ” Next, the devil took Jesus to the holy city and had him stand on the highest part of the temple. The devil said, “If you are God’s Son, jump off. The Scriptures say: ‘God will give his angels orders about you. They will catch you in their arms, and you won’t hurt your feet on the stones.’ ” Jesus answered, “The Scriptures also say, ‘Don’t try to test the Lord your God!’ ” Finally, the devil took Jesus up on a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms on earth and their power. The devil said to him, “I will give all this to you, if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus answered, “Go away Satan! The Scriptures say: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil left Jesus, and angels came to help him. ~ Matthew 4:1-11 CEV
 
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. ~Hebrews 12:1-4 NIV
 
Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin! So whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help. ~  Hebrews 4:15-16 CEV

Driven to Distraction

Jun 01

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, when you are driven to distraction, you need to ask, “Who is driving you?” Most likely, you will find it is the enemy of your soul—Lucifer. He is always ready to distract you with activities that have the appearance of being godly. Such is the scenario when two sisters invite Jesus into their home. Martha is distracted with all the preparations to the point of whining to Jesus about her sister Mary’s behavior. Yet the Lord tells Martha how wrong her focus is. His response shows her the godliness of Mary who is sitting at His feet hanging onto every word He spoke.

Gracious hospitality is a scriptural attribute a godly lady should practice. But, oh my, telling your guest how much work they have put upon you by coming into your home does not sound gracious does it? Our frazzled Martha would have been smarter to order some takeout and pay attention to her honored guest. (I know… there was not a Domino’s Pizza in the neighborhood!) The real point is, the enemy will use activities that have a godly appearance to distract us from focusing on our heavenly Father.

Dearest girlfriends, let us examine our hearts for any distractions that would keep us too busy to sit at our Lord and Savior’s feet.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” ~ Luke 10:38-42 NIV
 
But Jesus told him, “Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” ~ Luke 9:62 TLB

Idolizing the One and Only

Mar 25

by Victoria Robinson

We have “cast images” everywhere we look. We just do not always realize what they really are because the “cast images” in our lives never have the appearance of a god. They look more like: wealth, beauty, clothes, or food. Even harmless fun activities can become idols in our life. Anything we find our comfort in other than God is an idol. Dare I say even coffee can become an idol. Yes, my friends and I have been known to worship at the “Church of Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company”. My favorite coffee which can easily become an idol in my heart! There is nothing wrong with enjoying coffee unless it becomes a “god” to us. Do you find more comfort in your cappuccino than the One and Only true God?

We should not idolize anything or anybody except God and God alone. He is the One and Only! Dearest girlfriends, let us make a careful examination of our lives and throw away the “cast images” we have set up as idols.

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God … ~ Exodus 20:4-5 NIV

Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. ~ Exodus 34:14 NIV

But as for those who long for idols, I will repay them fully for their sins, says the Sovereign Lord. ~ Ezekiel 11:21 NLT

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14 NIV