It is a repeated scenario at our house. We look outside one of our windows to find a beautiful, graceful deer. Most people would love to have this view on a regular basis. We used to. Until the beautiful, graceful deer began to chomp away at our garden. My husband spends many hours planting, pruning, and nurturing those plants. He was not a happy camper to see our new friend enjoying breakfast, lunch, and dinner in our yard. Ground cover with a side of roses, please.
We tried to nicely let the deer know he was not welcome at our garden café by sending the dog out to bark him away. Only the dog was more intrigued by the squirrels than the deer…
…that didn’t work.
So, now we have resorted to an odorous powder that is supposed to ward the deer off from eating. We’ll see how that works.
Trying to get rid of the deer eating our yard foliage is like trying to get rid of the enemy. He poses as something beautiful at first. Something or someone intriguing. Attractive. We notice it and we even gaze at times. And we don’t do anything about it.
Until it starts eating our roses. The enemy has a subtle way of coming in and presenting itself as harmless, only to take us off guard and begin to nibble away at our peace. Our joy. Our hope…
“The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 NIV
We must have discernment to be able to see the enemy disguises and schemes. And then we must fight! Are you ready? If so, how do we do this?
1. Prepare for battle. (Have daily time with the Lord – ask for Him to lead and guide your steps, your words, and your actions.)
2. Stay on guard. (Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23)
3. Enlist an army. (Surround yourself with others who will hold you accountable, pray for you, encourage you, and fight alongside of you.)
4. Enjoy victory. (Know that God has already won the war. These battles are temporary and He has given us the Spirit to help us fight them. Rest knowing that God is the Victor.)
Question: How do you prepare for “battle” daily to fight off the enemy? To stop him from “eating the roses” in your life? Share your comment by clicking here.