Sunday, January 17

Spiritual Pickpockets

Ever been mugged? I hope not. Praise the Lord…I haven’t. Hmmm…or have I?

What exactly does “mug” mean? The dictionary defines it as to assault, menace, or threaten a person with the intent to rob.

In the Old Testament, God told His people not to consort with those enemies surrounding them, you know, all the Ites - the Amalekites, the Canaanites, the Amorites, and the others, because of their unholy ways. God separated His people to keep them holy and knew that, if they mingled with the Ites, their holiness would be stolen.

As insatiable suitors, enemy Ites always prowl around in the back alleys of temptation, lurking under the shroud of seduction. Just waiting to jump out and mug us!

Peter warns us of The Enemy Ite, “Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up.” (1 Peter 5:8-9a Msg)

What did the disciple John say was the enemy’s purpose? “The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy.” (John 10:10 TLB)

So, what areas of our lives does the enemy target? Our…

*joy
*peace
*health
*comfort
*finances
*holiness?

What are those sticky-fingered muggers, those spiritual pickpockets, that the enemy uses to assault us, menace us, and rob us?

How about doubt, worry, unbelief, strife, unforgiveness, bitterness, cheating, stealing, depression, murmuring, jealousy/envy, complaining, rebellion, hypocrisy, bitterness, lying, lust, pride, judging, gossip, addictions, marital affairs, porn, other impure thoughts, negative attitude, speaking against others, busy schedules, or anything else that grieves the Holy Spirit?

Any one of these Ites can be hazardous to the health of our bodies and our spirits. Guarding our hearts is so vital, in all we see, hear, and do.

So, what are the Ites, the petty thieves that entice you, desiring to invade your heart’s home and snatch away your treasures by standing beneath your window, whispering your name, and serenading you with sweet melodies? Does their wooing prompt you to pack your bag of temptation, sneak out the window of your room of separation, climb down the ladder of immorality, and run off with these vendors of swill?

Unless a “No Solicitors” sign is posted, a heart that does not fully pursue God will be enticed by outsiders selling their wares and will run off with any swindler.

Remember, where you are on Saturday night represents who and what you say you are on Sunday morning! What you do and who you are with will either draw you toward God or draw you away from Him.

Let me encourage you to hang onto what you have gained spiritually. Guard those treasures with all your might and all your faith, as Solomon said, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Prov. 4:23 NLT)

Don’t let the enemy pick your spiritual pockets!



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6 Responses
  1. jesusfreak7 Says:

    very blessing word! God bless


  2. Ernest Says:

    Lynn,

    There are some things here that we can all recognise and do unthinkingly, which I know I have and I am sure that others have to.

    The issue is how to engage with the world, but remaining pure - this is a most difficult balancing act, which Paul gave good guidance on, but easier said than done.

    I believe that we need to know ourselves inside out, and to resist or avoid, what used to be called 'Occasions of Sin'.

    If we recognise that in ourselves, we should be seeking to be Jesus enthroned, and if we start with the right mind - that there is good in everyone, the task of seeking out the good and avoiding the bad can be a key to understanding ourselves and others.

    Life is never going to be easy, Jesus never said it would - but perseverence and a right mind, can go a long way to keep us on the right path.


  3. This is a great lesson Lynn. I so appreciate the reminder to be aware! God bless you!


  4. Terra Says:

    Thanks Lynn, for your wise words.


  5. Anonymous Says:

    Lynn, Beautifully written as usual; and great food for thought. Of COURSE it has happened to (most of us) and I believe it doesn't stop until we "let go" and hand it go God and (in adulthood), when we may not have our parents to tell us who is "good for us and bad"; become a good parent to ourselves by staying close to God and knowing when/if those close to us are also. On my path, I may be discriminating, but I tend to go the route of feeling more comfortable with those who live in a way that cherishes life and humanity. And you do so by sharing not just a positive message but a pragmatic one as well. Love to you and yours. Rick and Lee.


  6. I don't think we will ever completely get rid of the Ites, but we can use our faith, our strength from God, to face them down whenever they threaten us. Very good article, indeed.

    ~ VT