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Topic: CHILL (10/29/15)
- TITLE: Soft Underbellies
By Lois Lewis
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Filmed at night, a lion chased down
a warthog, ripped open its soft underbelly,
and ate it alive. Years later, I still recall
the warthog’s terror-stricken squeals.
The apostle Peter tells us, our enemy,
the devil, prowls around like a roaring
lion, looking for someone to devour.
In the book of Job, when the Lord asked
Satan where he’d come from, he said
he’d been roaming through the earth,
going back and forth in it.
The devil roams the earth, searching
for soft underbellies:
the young, the innocent, the naïve,
the old, the weak, the physically ill,
the mentally ill, those sick and tired
of the troubles of life,
the unsuspecting, those who are distracted,
who are unaware, who are not paying
attention, who are not alert,
those who take their eyes off Jesus, who are
focusing on the wind, and the waves,
those who make bad choices, who are in
the wrong place, at the wrong time, who are
not walking in the company of the wise,
those lacking self-control, who are tempted
by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life,
those who are arrogant, who see no need
for God, who haven’t read his Word,
who don’t have the Holy Spirit living
inside them, whose sins aren’t being
cleansed by the blood of Christ,
those who desire to live Godly in Christ
Jesus, who will be persecuted; those who
aren’t wearing the full armor of God;
those who shun evil, and become a prey.
The apostle John said, the devil was a murderer
from the beginning. If his horrific crime scenes
weren’t so diverse, I would label the devil,
the first serial killer, responsible for more victims
than anyone in history.
Powerful and deceitful, the devil tricks people
into believing, they can handle him on their own.
We could learn a lesson from Jesus, who was
tempted forty days and nights in the desert,
and defeated the devil with the Word of God.
When the archangel, Michael, disputed
with the devil about Moses’ body, he said,
“the Lord rebuke you.” It chills me
to imagine, what the devil wanted
with the body of Moses.
1 Peter 5:8, Job 1:7, I John 2:16, 2 Timothy 3:12,
Ephesians 6:11-17, Isaiah 59:15, John 8:44,
Matthew 4:1-11, Jude 9
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