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The Unseen Trap

Yesterday afternoon, my husband and I were sitting on the front porch. There was a spider web right above our head. Sure enough, an unsuspecting fly flew right into it. Each effort to get free only entangled it more. Soon it was enveloped by the silk of the spider. Success again for the spider.

I like to observe spider webs. I have awaken my children late at night to sit with me and watch a spider weave its web. The spider works meticulously weaving its web. Once it's done, the spider rests and waits. It may occasionally have to mend its web, but it primarily waits for the "dinner bell" which "chimes" when a victim is entangled.

While watching the spider web yesterday, I thought how Satan sometimes sets up webs for me to entangle myself in. Lulled into forgetting about him, I don't watch out for those sticky traps. I may forget about him, but Satan won't forget about me. In their book, A Woman's Guide to Spiritual Warfare: A Woman's Guide for Battle, Quin Sherrer & Ruthanne Garlock share the following quote from McCandlish Phillips ...

Consider the tactics of an enemy in battle. This enemy finds it far easier to send death upon his target if he conceals and hides his own position, so that he may strike by sudden surprise. Sneak attack, it is called. To obtain this advantage, the enemy moves in darkness, by stealth, and takes his position of advantage over the target in a hidden or camouflaged place. He wants the other side to be as unalert as possible, unguarded, unsuspecting, exposed to attack. The enemy will also use deceit and trickery to create a false impression of what and where the dangers are. The less the intended victims know of his existence, his position, his intention, and his power, the greater the advantage to him in bringing injury or death upon them.

These are the tactics of Satan toward man. The less you know about Satan, the better he likes it. Your ignorance of his tactics confers an advantage upon him, but he prefers that you do not even credit his existence. If you do not believe that he is, then you will do nothing to prepare yourself, or your family, or your children, against his activities, and by that neglect many are made his victims.

In the early morning, while going out for my walk, I have run into carefully constructed webs on my front porch. Most mornings, though, I watch for these overnight constructions. I don't like to be entangled in a web, especially first thing in the morning. *grin* Sometimes we unsuspectingly run into Satan's web, but most of the time we can avoid them by being alert, by knowing that he will stop at nothing to destroy us, our families, and the Church. I am so thankful we can put on the whole armor of God.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: - 1 Peter 5:8

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. - Ephesians 6:10-20

August 3, 1998
1998 by Kathy Ridpath
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