Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Enemy's Plot to Enter Unseen

by Danetta Kellar

Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.” 
-Nehemiah 4:11

They had come in through an unseen crack in the foundation. Silently, in the cover of darkness, they multiplied. In the hidden places they carried out their dirty work, while life went on outside as usual, unaware. 

One night I tiptoed through the darkness of the courtyard to get a drink of water from the kitchen. As I flipped on the light I screamed in terror. Covering the floor like a horrifying, pulsing carpet was an army of cockroaches. They frantically retreated to their dark places, frightened of the light. They had been exposed.

Christians must be vigilant, always watchful. God’s enemy excels at stealth, and will enter through the unseen cracks in our lives, the unguarded places, while we are unaware. 

Before we know it or see him, he will be right here among us, destroying our joy, our relationships, our lives.

The goal of the enemy is to put an end to the work, the work God has given each of us to do.

We do not have to be unaware. Daily we must take measure of our work, our homes, our lives, walking the length and breadth of the land God has given us, inspecting the conditions of our souls. 

God will reveal the exposed places, the weakened places, and give us wisdom to repair and guard them. 

Our God is great and awesome, and he fights for us. 

Have you inspected your life lately? Get alone with God and His Word, and ask Him to show you the unseen. He has given you important work to do, and His enemy would like to bring it to an end. Don’t allow it. 

When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work. -Nehemiah 4:15

Part of our work, Christian, is to inspect the walls and make ourselves aware of the weak places in our families, our homes, our hearts. Be alert. Set a guard at the exposed places. 

When we carefully examine our lives, God will frustrate the plots of the enemy and we will return to the work with new zeal and joy, glorifying God as we build.


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