If you mention the word snake, it evokes definite reactions with each individual. Some freak out and others get excited. I am definitely on the freak out side of things and when I almost stepped on one this past week in my OWN HOUSE I thought I would die! We noticed a few weeks ago that we more than likely had a mouse as something had eaten Jim’s almonds he stored in a baggie in his computer bag. However, after setting a bunch of mouse traps everywhere and not catching anything, I was convinced it was an even larger animal. I went to Lowe’s and bought a trap for bigger animals and was sure I was going to catch me a varmint. I laid some almonds in the middle of that one and waited, but again, we caught nothing.
We couldn’t imagine what it might be so we began walking the perimeter of our home looking for eaves that had been pulled down in case of a raccoon or other possible entry points for a smaller animal such as a mouse. Other than the small hole in the empty almond bag, there was no other sign or clue as to what it was. On the outside of the house, there was a spot where the electricity comes into the home that had a possible gap where a smaller animal might be able to get through. So, Jim sprayed some expanding foam stuff into the hole to ensure nothing else got in. However, what we didn’t think about what might already be inside. Now that we had made our home totally animal proof from the outside, we had also trapped anything that was already inside!
About a week later, we finally caught our mouse since he had nowhere else to go for food but our traps. However, I never expected a snake too! Apparently, according to our exterminator, the mouse came through the hole in the wall and the snake followed him in. Then we plugged the hole, killed the mouse, and the snake came out because he got hungry. Luckily a friend who lives nearby came to help me get the snake out of the house saving the day or I’d still be standing on the chair screaming for help! I guess the joys of sitting in my office writing and watching the wildlife in the woods in our backyard comes with a price! When you live this close, having even just a small spot on this big house where something can get through is all these animals needed to wreak major havoc in my life!
I think about that scenario and am reminded of how diligent we need to be in our Christian lives as well to ensure the enemy stays outside and does not come in. Leaving just a small entry point for sin to enter in is all Satan needs to cause a lot of trouble in our lives. What do you do when you see the enemy trying to get in? Do you run and plug up the holes…perhaps by spending more time in prayer and Bible study? Or do you stand on a chair screaming for someone else to come take care of it for you? Do you have a good friend that you can call “911” to and have them help you find your way out of your mess? That friend would be one who isn’t afraid to point out the areas in your life that might be open to the enemy. Do you have traps set to alert you that the enemy is near? These might be disciplines in your daily routines to help you measure whether you’re prepared for battle or not by the amount of time spent preparing. Does the enemy take you seriously? It only takes one little sin to enter in and before you know it, a lot of others follow if you’re not alert at all times.
I hope you’ll take the time today to examine your spiritual house. Are there areas you need to work on to ensure a more secure environment? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the leaks in your foundation so that you can get them sealed up today! Don’t find yourself holding an empty almond bag! Rather, let your storehouses be full and your life be safe from the things that seek to cause trouble in your walk with God. The enemy doesn’t stand a chance when your life is sealed up by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
1Peter 5:8-11 (NKJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Psalm 121:7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.