Sunday, July 21, 2013

Bewaring Unequal Yokage.......

A standard and apparently favorite technique the Adversary employs to trip up the disciple is to enter from behind . . . bringing unequal yokage. . . .

It's like this:  The disciple is moving along, walking relatively safe ground . . . things are stable, steady and the process of sanctification seems to be progressing nicely . . . the (spiritual) fruits are sprouting and growing along the pilgrim's trail . . . when, while looking ahead, like a thief . . . the Enemy slips in from the back or suddenly from the side . . . and takes the disciple unawares..........

Or, it is like a house, where the disciple is making a stand, attending a garden of (spiritual) fruits/produce . . . tinkering there on this or that project . . . when, suddenly, sneakily, the Enemy creeps in the back door . . . in order to take the homeowner hostage and begin ruling the roost........

An insidious and effective strategy he uses (the Enemy) is to bind the disciple into some sort of "unequal yokage" . . . attaching to the Believer an entity or thing . . . which is a stealth parasite through which to drain, confuse, distract and especially misdirect the spiritual pilgrim.........

It may be via a hot new business deal . . . or a hobby . . . or a project . . . where others (unbelievers) are involved . . . and the ensuing partnership between all . . . ends up NOT saving the others/unbelievers . . . but instead . . . pulls the disciple off and away from his or her Jesus-bound track . . . into forays of subtle sins, compromise, hypocrisy, duplicity . . . doublemindedness. . . . Demons are there and have a channel to use, via the parasitic host (person, hobby, business venture, ie.,) and begin to sabatoge and derail the disciplic Christward pilgrim........

Oftentimes, it comes in the form of person--a new friend or usually a new boyfriend or girlfriend.

Believers are warned against being "yoked" with unbelievers.  This doesn't mean the disciple can't associate or mingle or have (some kind of) relationship with (what the Bible frankly calls the "children of the devil") . . . for we are to be "in the world" while not of it . . . and Jesus came for sinners, Himself mingling with them. . . .  But it is a dangerous thing when we think we can dabble in close, intimate relationships with unbelievers--partnering with them, being "yoked together"--pridefully assuming we are plenty strong in our faith to play with such fires...........

Which is why, as a Believer, you must always be on guard, alert, sober . . . even expectant . . . that the Evil One will constantly be approaching, trying to break in or abduct you from your Godly course.  He knows how susceptible we are to the comfort, distraction, entertainment etc., provided by other creatures.  We are continuously being challenged as to whether we choose creature over Creator, created over Creator.  For God, we do not see or touch or hear with our brute senses, while the creature and created we can and do . . . see, touch, hear.  Our flesh is weak and egos needy and the Adversary is wily as to each of our particular weaknesses and entry points, whereby he can get a latch--get a grip, a hook into us . . . and begin to drain us of our spiritual life, while at the same infusing sinfulness and evil..........

As a soldier in the ranks of the Elect, you are called to be constantly on guard and savvy, self-denying.....to avoid the pitfalls and misdirections intended by the ever-hovering Enemy who delights in tripping you up and thwarting (were is possible) your pilgrimage to perfection (in Christ).

A major part of the sanctifying work indeed IS . . . in developing the foresight, wisdom, self control and determination . . . to NOT get sidetracked by his (the Adversary's) efforts to disrupt your progress.........

So . . . be alert, be aware . . . evil never sleeps, and neither should the disciple of Master Jesus.

1 comment:

Mark said...

In example go to crazylamb and check the subject of"a short word".

Now is not the time to be lax.

God bless and keep

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