Welcome to the well everyone! I am so happy you have taken the time to stop in. It is a hot late August day here in Indiana, I don’t know where all of you are checking in from but around here that means: football season is starting, corn and beans are finally growing and hunting season starts in a few months.
I look out back into the woods I can see the bucks and does feeding on the bean field in the coolness of the morning. I also watch as they come back in the evening right before sunset when the sun this time of years sets a little earlier with each passing week. The beautiful warm orange and bright magnificent pinks glow, God is showing us his beauty in these gorgeous sunsets! As I sit here looking across the bean field I am stirred by the thought of what I do to make my hunts successful.
Well first, I camouflage myself so I blend in my surroundings, in this case the woods, and the trees. I use a spray that also camouflages my scent as well. When hunting season opens I will either sit in the blind or up in the tree stand, elevated so I can see the whole area clearly. Camouflaged and leaving no trace that I am there so the deer will be unsuspecting. I get up early before the sun comes up and take my place, I sit quietly, not moving or making any noise. I stay alert and pay attention to every noise, and keep watch all around. I have my weapon on safety but in a ready position so I can take the shot when I see the deer. Deer are quiet and you have to be ready, they can hear and smell very well. One wrong move or not being ready means no meat in the freezer!
Prior to this fall, I have used trail cameras to see the path that the deer take, I have observed where they are on our grounds around what times. I have taken great care to study the deer, there habits and schedules.
If we think about it, is this not how our enemy hunts us. Looking at us studying our moves, our habits. Looking for a weak spot. He looks for the perfect spot to wait in hiding to strike and take us down. Doesn’t he camouflage himself so well that often times we don’t know he is there, seeking us out. I have read a lot about spiritual warfare over the years and I know we have to be keen observers all around us. Listening and watching, being still…quiet and paying attention.
We can turn the tables on Satan and take a new approach and instead of being his prey, we can do as
1 Peter 5:8 says “Stay Alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
We can search him out and identify the areas in our life that he is trying to get us to fail at, to fall into temptation. We have to keep our weapon (GOD’s WORD, our sword) on the ready. We can’t have it ready if we don’t know it. So, let’s get some target practice in and start memorizing those scriptures! Scripture is to Satan as my .308 is to the deer, it will take him down!
We have to get ourselves up in that tree stand, elevated to a higher position to see the battlefield better. We do this by being in church, in small groups and most importantly in God’s word! Not just reading it but living it. We can disguise our scent by not being around the things that make us stink, if you have an area of sin in your life, talk to God, and get out of it. Wash that stink off with the forgiveness and grace God gives us freely. Satan isn’t attracted to the scent of God, just death and sin. So, spray on some of God’s grace and forgiveness and last but not least, the camouflage, well, in this hunt, we are called to put on our Abba’s armor! His full Armor, every single piece. Because we are not just being hunted by Satan, he wants to kill, steal and destroy us in any and every way he can. Physically, mentally and spiritually. (John 10:10)
This is found in Ephesians 6: 10-20. The Lord tells us to put on the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace. (I wear boots, these do the trick too!) Take up our shield of faith and put on our helmet of salvation and to use our sword, our weapon, which is the living word of God himself!
I’m sure some of you probably have not really heard this analogy of the armor of God before, that okay too. I’m from the country and we do things a little different out here lol! The truth of God’s word still is here, it’s that we have to not let Satan have such an easy hunt. We don’t make things hard for him if we are rolling in the dirt and not reading our bibles. If we are not using the model God gave us, the map is laid out through scripture. We have to use it.
Thanks for listening to this different view of hunting and being hunted by our enemy, also thanks for joining me at the well today. I pray you all have gained some insight into the ways we all let Satan track us. Most importantly, how we can evade him in the armor of God and how we can keep him off our scent by getting out of and staying out of the things that make us stink!
See you next time at the well,