Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. - 1 Peter 5:8
A man was alone in his office at his home, sitting at his computer. Charts and books were spread out in front of him on his desk. He looked intently at one of the charts he'd brought home from work, then gazed back at the computer screen, focusing on the image being displayed.
He continued his search...
There was a knock on the door, causing the man to "jump." Regaining his composure, he called out. "Yes?"
"Daddy." It was his little girl. "I need some help with my homework. Can I come in?"
He hesitated before answering her. "Daddy's working right now, honey. Go ask your mother, okay?"
"Okay," she yelled back.
The man listened as he heard the patter of footsteps fade, then he folded his arms and laid his head down on his desk, ashamed.
The image on the computer remained.
Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. - James 4:7-8
Ashamed but not yet abandoned to his Maker, the man drew his attention again to the computer and the image on the screen. His search began again, and his hungry eyes darted back and forth as picture after picture appeared.
In silent desperation he finally called out. "Help me, God. I can't stop this on my own."
He felt an invisible hand touch his shoulder, and at the same time the man heard a quiet, small voice. "Just turn it off. Now. Walk away. I am here with you."
The man tried desperately to pull away. "I can't."
"You can. Be strong. Concentrate only on my love for you, and turn the screen off."
Finally, in tears, the man slowly reached his hand to the monitor, and with one quick motion, he turned it off.
Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. - Philippians 4:8
He walked down the hall, poking his head into his daughter's room. She sat at her little desk, pen in hand.
"Hi, Daddy." She smiled as she looked at him.
"Hi, honey." The smile almost melted his heart. "Did mommy help you?"
"Yes. I'm sorry I bothered you."
"It's okay." He started to leave, and then stuck his head back in the doorway of her room. "I'll tell you what. From now on, I'll keep my office door open, and if you need anything you just come on in."
"No knocking first?"
He smiled back at her. "No knocking first."
He walked down the hallway toward the living room, stoping for a moment to take a deep breath.
He found his wife on the sofa, watching TV. He sat down beside her.
"You're through with your work already? You usually stay in there all evening."
He nodded as he takes her by the hand. "You know, I was thinking--maybe I'm spending too much time in there. Think I'd like to spend more time with my family than cooped up in that office all the time."
She squeezed his hand. "Your family would like that very much."
He was close to tears, but he wouldn't let them show.
Still, she noticed the look on his face. "Are you okay?"
He bent over and kissed her on the cheek. "I am now." Smiling, he nudged even closer, and turned his attention to the television.
He silently thanked God, and asked Him for the strength to overcome in the days ahead.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done...If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7
Note: All Bible passages are from the New Living Translation.
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