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The Enemy Can Trick You in a Split-Second

Enemy Can Trick

I was taking my normal morning walk when something caught my eye and tried to lure me. A hand waving from the side of a building.

Was he calling me?

Sure enough, he was. He wanted me to come over.

Now, this time of day just happens to be my time with God. A time of walk and talk. It’s also a time I am really receptive to being used by him. So, for a split-second, I considered walking down and talking with this fellow.

Maybe I can reach him for Christ. 

I took my ear buds off and yelled down the hill, “What do you want?” He motioned for me to come down to him – behind the liquor store.

I considered it, but I didn’t go. I didn’t go because:

  1. He was standing behind a liquor store.
  2. He was a he.
  3. I got the feeling he was up to no good.

And as I walked away, I was in shock: How could I have ever considered doing something so dumb?

Around my house are tons of motels. There are also a lot of drug addicts and prostitutes. I came to realize upon reflection, he was likely a pimp.

Scary, I know.

But what I also realized is that sometimes the enemy can trick us in the name of Jesus. He can pull us into strategies, plans, motions or words we think are God-filled, but are actually traps set to nab us.

Christian, beware.

The serpent said to Eve, “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” (Gen. 3:5)

The devil appealed to Eve’s senses with something spiritual. He lured her in with a promise of a greater vision of God. He made her believe she was doing something God already knew about. Likely, he made her feel like God was okay with it. He convinced her she’d have greater vision of good and evil.

God would want that, right?

“(Eve) wanted the wisdom it would give her.” (Gen. 3:6)

That doesn’t sound like such a bad cause, does it?

Beware: Just because God is involved doesn’t mean it is a God-cause.

Beware: Just because there is need, doesn’t mean that you’re the one God needs to walk into it.

Beware: Just because you want God’s ways doesn’t mean you go about it on your own.

The enemy will trick us with whatever device he knows will work. Sometimes, it is even things of God.

To fight this:

  1. Seek.
  2. Pray.
  3. Discern.
  4. Act or don’t act.
  5. If you choose not to act, don’t let the enemy trick you with the shame of “not doing”.

It could save your life.


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Kelly, a fun-loving, active and spunky mom of two rambunctious toddlers, spends her days pushing swings, changing diapers and pursuing the Lord with all her heart. Called a "Cheerleader of Faith", Kelly's greatest desire is to help women live passionately, purposefully and unencumbered for the Lord.

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6 CommentsLeave a comment

  • Oooo…this was so good!! Definitely something we as Christians need to be aware of. If he can’t get you with the obvious stuff the enemy will try something disguised to look right but is all wrong!! Glad you listened to the Holy Spirit.

  • Kelly, this is so true, I have done both – done the thing I shouldn’t have and it wasn’t of God and walked away and been filled with guilt. Both are not what He wants. The Holy Spirit speaks and when we discern it goes so much better. Not my flesh Lord but Your leading.

  • We need more posts like this. I know He wants us to reach the lost but not be in danger.The enemy will always accuse you of not doing enough. The dumb thing I used to do was to not go to the doctor because I wanted to have faith to be healed, that’s a mistake. I had enough faith. You don’t have to listen to everyone but you do have to rely on Jesus and His wisdom. If anyone care to read or share it. This is my friend’s testimony, of her divine protection. Be safe. https://adaughtersgiftoflove.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/when-god-breaks-into-your-house/

  • I am so Thank-ful for all of your posts where you dedicate your time to the great love of Jesus and the Holy Bible, Gods precious truth and His handbook!!! Thank-you very very much!!! Here with you is where I desire to be to learn what God is trying to say and wanting me to listen to Him!!! ??????

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