John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. The thief can only steal when the owner is not there, unaware, distracted, asleep, and in any form of “cocoon” that makes one not consciously present.
The enemy subtly will work at separating believers from the presence of God in order to make a “shish kebab” of us. Mark 3:27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. The enemy will always try in his cunningness to distract you by offence, pain, hurt, inconsistency in your faith work, lack of prayer, over sensitivity to what is said or not said about you, rumors, lies, and all sort.
The culmination of all ills will be separating you from the source of your well being. Everything that keeps you grounded and stable will be touched by the wicked to somehow afflict your desire to praise God knowing fully that Our God inhabits the praises of His people. When distraction comes please note that the wicked is at the door looking for an opportune time to strike.
Some have fallen by the hands of the agent of darkness, driven from the place of protection by false accusation, gossips and the likes. Some have been led away by the deceitfulness of sin. Many distracted by worldly desires, seeking after transient satisfaction thereby giving room for the seed of wickedness to grow in their abode.
The whole purpose of any attack is to somehow separate, isolate and hurt – very fertile ground for the enemy to kill steal and destroy. The Lord Jesus however came that you might have life, vibrant life in the midst of the chaos around. Abide in me, the Lord said in John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Be careful then friends, watch and pray for the times are evil. Anything that takes your eyes of God is of the devil, anyone that discourages you from focusing on your maker is agent of the wicked. Be on guard, examine yourself, are you still in the faith or have you drifted into falsehood? Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, do not become a “shish kebab”!
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!