“Madeline, tell me what it is.” Fredrick whispered into the phone seductively. “How can I grant your deepest desires if you won’t tell me what they are?”
Madeline pulled the receiver away from her ear shocked at the penetration into her very being that the voice had. She spoke hesitantly, “How do I know I can trust you?”
“Why Madeline, you hurt my feelings. My only desire is to give you everything you want. I’d never hurt you or let anything happen to you. I’m nothing like Michael. You know that.”
“Michael never hurt me, Fredrick. I don’t know how you could think he did,” Madeline replied indignantly.
“Think back Madeline, don’t you remember when Michael said he’d never leave you? Where is he now when you need him most?” Asked Fredrick coyly.
“I don’t know Fredrick, I gave my heart to Michael and I don’t want to betray him.”
“How could trusting me betray Michael? I don’t want you to sever your relationship with him, but you could still have a friendship with me. That’s all I’m asking for,” Frederick encouraged.
“I’ll think about it. I really would like to be friends with you. You seem to have a real zest for life and sometimes Michael can be boring,” she reasoned.
“Good.” He subtly probed, “Why don’t you meet me for lunch and we’ll see what fun things turn up for the afternoon? Michael’s out of town and you don’t have anything else planned, do you?”
“Do you really think I should?” Madeline asked breathlessly. The desire beginning to burn into her soul.
“Sure you should. It’s only lunch. What can it hurt?” Frederick ran his tongue over his lips in anticipation of her answer.
“Okay, I’ll meet you at the corner of 5th and Washington at noon,” she said triumphantly.
“It’s a date. I’ll see you there,” he replied softly. Frederick hung up the phone and rubbed his hands together laughing all the while.
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.” Luke 22:31 KJV
Satan desires you! His devices for satisfying that desire haven’t changed since time began. He uses our longings to snag our interest and then seductively, slowly and with purpose, pulls us closer to him step by step.
Madeline, Simon, Eve—the name of the person doesn’t matter. Saved or unsaved—the lure is the same. He grabs hold of a deep seeded desire and turns it upside down, inside out or even leaves it right side up, and presents it in a way that blinds us to the fact that it goes against God. Soon that desire consumes us and is the goal of our lives.
The unsaved are feathers in Satan’s cap because he keeps them blinded by their appetites, but the saved present a special prize. When the diversion of a follower of Christ is accomplished Satan has satisfied his ultimate desire, removing glory from God and bathing himself in it. Eyes diverted from God lead to lives lived for Satan.
“And his breath as an overflowing torrent, which reacheth even to the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction, and to put a bridle into the jaws of the peoples, that causeth them to go astray.” Is 30:28 KJV
Don’t let Satan put that bridle into your jaws. Keep your eyes focused on God by obeying his directives. Keep those directives fresh in your mind by being in the Word daily. Let the thing you most desire be learning what God wants you to do with your life, then when Satan stops by, you’ll be able to hold fast to what James 4:7 says “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
You can remove a feather from Satan’s cap if you are one of the blinded unsaved. If you admit that you are a sinner and accept God’s gift of eternal life by asking the Son he sent here to die for your sins, Jesus Christ, as Savior, you will bring glory to the God you have so long denied. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or haven’t done. When you invite Christ to be your Savior, control of your life changes hands and God’s desire that you would recognize the love He holds for you will be fulfilled.
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