Posts Tagged ‘wild animals’

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

The Un-Ministry of an Ostrich

Jan 11

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, please do not imitate an ostrich when you minister. That is because an ostrich is not known for it’s love. The truth is, an ostrich has a downright horrible reputation when it comes to love. She does not even protect her own eggs and ignores her young as if they weren’t even hers. In the book of Job we see the reason for her terrible behavior. The Lord told us it is because He has deprived the ostrich of wisdom.

Not so, with you my sweet girlfriends! God’s will for your life is to fill you with wisdom. One of the aspects of wisdom is to understand that ministry without love is meaningless. There is a parallel found in the picture of an ostrich found in the book of Job and the correct way to minister found in the book of First Corinthians.

First we see the ostrich actually has great ability in being a swift runner, but this certainly does not overcome her lack of love. Then we see the apostle Paul warning us about what would appear to be an impressive ministry without love. The outcomes of ministry without love include: only making noise, not doing any good, being worth nothing, and is of no value.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would take our ministry cues from our loving heavenly Father and not the unloving ostrich.

“The ostrich flaps her wings grandly but has no true motherly love. She lays her eggs on top of the earth, to warm them in the dust. She forgets that someone may step on them and crush them, or the wild animals destroy them. She ignores her young as though they weren’t her own and is unconcerned though they die, for God has deprived her of wisdom. But whenever she jumps up to run, she passes the swiftest horse with its rider. ~ Job 39:13-18 TLB

If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise. If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do? Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love. If I gave everything I have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel but didn’t love others, it would be of no value whatever. Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 TLB

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. ~ Colossians 1:9 NIV

Our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life. But if you don’t love each other, you are still under the power of death. ~ 1 John 3:14 CEV