"An Inside Perspective"

October 2011


My Dear Family in Christ,

Ever precious greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
As I think back, it seems that every male I knew, including my grandfather, my father, all my uncles and friends, had a pocket knife of some sort. I can’t remember not having one; it’s as if I was born with one in my pocket. As kids, we always had homemade sling-shots that we whittled with our knives from tree branches. There was an unspoken competition between the fellas to see who could whittle the best sling-shot.

There was an old railyard a few miles away from our house and at ten years old, we loved to play there. The railyard also doubled as our sling-shot ammo dump!

The railyard was for freight and from day to day different things would fall off the trains as they went by. On certain days, and much to our delight, the railcars would be filled with ball-bearings. It was the best sling-shot ammo imaginable; being perfectly round, they shot true and far.

The cars didn’t go fast, in fact, they all went very slow. We would jump on and ride, play around and jump back off without having gone far at all. If she only knew, mom would have had a fit!

The railyard also had switches in the tracks that determined which way the train would go at any given junction. They had to be flipped manually and they weighed a ton! Over the course of time, as we observed the rail workers, we learned the function of the switches. Observation is always fruitful.

It didn’t take long for our little nefarious minds to realize that we too could flip the switches and cause the trains to go where “we” wanted them to. These switches were cast iron balls, about the size of a basketball, on the end of a four foot iron rod. They were radically heavy, at least for us, and it was all two spirited youngsters could do to lift them up and flip them over to the other side, but, flip we did!

As I look back now, I’ve no doubt it was dangerous and that we caused havoc. Instead of all the same freight being stacked together, it would all get mixed. We would sit back in the woods and watch the workers argue and fight with each other over who set the switch wrong, when indeed, none of them had. They turned on each other with false accusations and blame and none of it was true. We just sat there snickering in the bushes.

We had gone ahead of the workers re-setting their switches, and with iniquitous purpose changed the direction the trains would go at their junctions. The workers thought their rail cars were going one way, and all the while, they went another.

It is written, “But I fear lest by any means as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Cor. 11:3)

Beloved, as a believer, do you really understand the intent of “your” adversary? Did you know he goes ahead of you to flip the switches at junctions in your walk? Examine yourself. Perhaps you think you are going one way, and all the while, you are going another?

You can’t defeat “your” adversary unless you know him. Nowadays football teams study the films of their adversaries as to defeat them. Let me just name a few plays of “your” adversary. I can’t site all the verses but trust me, it’s in the Book! We are told, Satan will tempt us and depart for a season. Jesus called him the prince of this world. He blinds minds. In the end times he will be given all power and signs and lying wonders. He snatches the Word from peoples’ hearts. He is a murderer and a liar and the father of it. He filled peoples’ hearts to lie to the Holy Ghost. He is the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. He can hinder you. He is “your” adversary. Grasp that ---- “your” adversary! He seeks to devour you. He is the accuser of the brethren. He is full of devices and wiles. He transforms into an angel of light, yep, into a Pastor or a brother or sister. He puts on a mask to hide who he really is, and that’s just a bit of what the Word says!

Precious one, he views you in his nefarious mind as his adversary while studying you to determine your weaknesses. He hates you and wants your demise. Make no mistake, he is ahead of you with iniquitous purpose at every junction, flipping switches to cause havoc in your walk!

In your church, he attempts to turn you against each other with false accusations. He wants the workers of the Lord to argue and turn on each other while he snickers in the bushes!

Be encouraged, beloved, and do not be ignorant of “your” adversary’s devices. Know in your heart that God has destroyed his works by the power of the Blood, but you must keep him under your feet by faith. Give him no place lest he be found . . .