Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Recognize The Wolf

I recently drew a poster I thought could be used for a movie advertisement; but upon close observation at the finished illustration, I thought about this deeper then what is in black and white. as many times as the children's story has been told, do we take those lessons and apply them in our Christian lives? This one screams of a moral and Spiritual ethical message. Its not understandable to me as to why I haven't heard it, other then the way the Lord is giving it to me now. Maybe some minister preached this message somewhere and I just wasn't there; this would not be true for you, I plan to keep this blog up for whomever is interested and needs to go back to it.

In the children's story the little girl felt it necessary to explain to the wolf where she was going and what she was doing. In the story, the little girl gave the wolf all of the information he needed to know to gain access to a two course meal (the little girl and her grandmother) that he wouldn't have had to work hard for at all. In the story when the wolf spoke to the little girl, he wasn't dressed as anything else but who he is - the wolf. How or why would a little girl then speak to something first that wasn't given the ability to speak and then tell all that she knew? Does this not sound like what the woman did with the serpent in the garden (Genesis 3:1-3 NIV)?

There is another passage in Job, actually the first chapter where the devil says to God what he has been doing, where is going and when given the information to consider His son Job, the answer given back is, "don't you have a hedge of protection around him (Job 1:8-9 NIV)?" This tells me several things:
1. The devil has nothing to do unless given place to do it (Ephesians 4:27 KJV).
2. God said what the devil's job is and he will do nothing else other then what God said for him to do (John 10:10 KJV) and (Job 1: 11:12 KJV).
3. The devil knows that the righteous are protected (Job 1:9-10 KJV).
4. The devil cannot see the righteous (Job 1:7-9 AMP).
5. God will not leave nor forsake His own even when being punished for wrong doing. He punishes those whom He loves (Hebrews 12:6 AMP).

The lessons taught by these passages and others are given to us in our childhood stages of spiritual maturity so that we can truly enjoy the son-ship of abundant life. Though we might think that we should have this and that right now, one of the ways to recognize a wolf is first within yourself (Haggai 1:5 KJV). If you are being honest as to why you think you deserve anything, you would repent and be content in whatever state you are in (Philippians 4:11 MSG). Selah!

Now with others whether it being male or female, the wolf only comes to those that he is attracted to. Why then would he be attracted to you? Is there something that you didn't get right with God? As it has been already established that he cannot see the righteousness of God unless there is something that you have allowed in for him to gain access to you. I just cannot believe that a father that loves his children would allow for them to be in harm's way. Therefore, the Word tells us how can your father who is evil (born in sin) delight in giving his children good things would not our Heavenly Father do more so (Matthew 7:11 AMP)? Then why would He put us in a place where we would find hurt, harm, or danger? Don't we acknowledge Him in all of our ways for Him to direct our paths (Proverbs 3:6 KJV)? Do we not trust Him for us to have that peace that surpasses all understanding? Don't we love Him with all of heart, all of our mind, all of our strength (Luke 10:27 AMP)? Then why would a wolf be attracted to you of all people?

My son is studying to be a technical engineer after having been a certified mechanic for so many years. The Lord has blessed him with witty inventions and he was discussing with me about a piece of machinery he was working on. It was extremely technical but I was trying to understand as much of it as I could. One of the points that caught my attention was the use of magnets and the power that each one of them have. I recall in my own childhood playing with magnets that when you turned one in the opposite direction of the other, they repelled one another. He was telling me that if one magnet is stronger then the other it is difficult to get the other to do the same kind of movement with the other gadgets. While one can still attract the other, it won't hold onto it for long. I apply this same law and theory to the topic at hand because the scripture tells us what communion has light with darkness and for us not to be unequally yoked, it reinforces the question, why would a wolf be attracted to the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus?

Many of us believe that dogs can smell fear What if they do?  Its as if some are attracted to it. This is not just with wolves but their domestic counter parts - dogs. Dogs that are bred to fight hope that there is an element of fear. They have to, its when the attack will happens. An attack that if not intercepted will come to eminent hurt, harm and danger (death). Could this also be true for the Christian who worries about a matter that he/she cannot control? The mere idea of a matter that would cause concern would be that this brother or sister in the Lord has taken a matter away from God and decided to handle it on their own through worry - which does nothing but bring a stench in the air. A stench that must not be appealing to God. There is sweet smell that God savours. He enjoys a joyful noise of praise (Psalm 95:2 KJV). Its hard to do that and worry too. So who is smelling that stench (Ephesians 2:1-3 KJV)? Who is attracted to fear?

I recall the scripture when Jesus was in throngs of people and the woman with the issue of blood came. She had this issue for 12 years and there was nothing or no one that could help her but when she heard that Jesus was going to be on the scene she did all she could to be there. She continually said the words,  all she needed to do was touch the hem of His garment and she would be made whole. When she got to Him, she did what she said she was going to do. She touched the hem of His garment and when she did, Jesus stopped where He was going and asked, "who touched me (Luke 8:43-48 KJV)?" This tells me that when faith is in pursuit of Him, He listens, He is attentive, He inquires. There is an attraction and He does not ignore it. Its a strong a powerful attraction. The only way He loses His grip is if you turn the other way (and even then He still sees you in what you are doing and where you are going).

Bullies go after the weakling. He knows that he can reinforce the fear in many if he picks on someone smaller then himself. The more he terrorizes the small and weak the more others hear about the menace he is which also frightens those who never have seen him. It takes someone who is confident in knowing who he/she is and stands up to the terror of everyone else. The bully doesn't know what to do with someone who is as strong as he appears to be. The bully can either try to use what he has never used before (people have only heard the rumors) or he can take a pass and risk the reputation he had been building on (Psalm 37:1-24 KJV). Who is going to flinch first? Faith always overcomes fear always...always.

So you see the recognition of a wolf isn't at all what you thought. If you don't recognize those spots and wrinkles on your garment, how then will you recognize them on someone else when they approach for the sole reason of attraction. What is he/she attracted to? It should be Christ living on the inside of you and nothing else.

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