At War with the Destroyer #5 – The Deadliest Trap:
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
Today we’re going to wrap up our series on the destroyer by looking at SATAN‘S DEADLIEST TRAP.
Traps are designed to work by deception. Consider a mouse trap. When you set up a mouse rap in his house, you don’t put up big neon lights that say, “WARNING: MOUSE TRAP!” Of course not. Because – assuming the little rodent could read – the mouse would be instantly warned of the danger, and wouldn’t come near the trap. So instead we cleverly disguise the mouse trap – as a cheese platter. By placing a piece of cheese in the middle of the trap, the mouse is deceived into thinking that this mouse trap is actually something that will benefit him. He sees the cheese-laden trap and thinks, “Oh boy. Look at this. I just moved into this house, and they welcome me by setting out a little cheese platter for me.” He climbs onto the trap to eat the cheese, and what happens? The trap slams down on his body, killing him instantly. This is exactly how the devil tries to trap us – by deception.
Second Corinthians 11:14 says, “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” If the devil showed up with his traps, wearing a red suit, with horns on his head, and a pitchfork in his hand, you wouldn’t fall for his tricks. But he’s sneaky. That’s why we’ve been bringing to light some of the traps and strategies of the devil over the last couple of days, “so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes.” (2 Corinthians 2:11). That’s why today I want to share with you what I believe to be Satan’s deadliest trap.
It’s more destructive and deadly than smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and doing drugs. It’s more destructive and deadly than premarital sex and homosexuality. It’s called the media. That’s right, the media: Movies, television, the internet and music. Let me explain. Consider this proverb:
SOW A THOUGHT, REAP AN ACTION. SOW AN ACTION, REAP A HABIT
SOW A HABIT, REAP A CHARACTER. SOW A CHARACTER, REAP A DESTINY.
Do you want to know why the media such a powerful tool that is greatly being used by the devil? Because he knows that if he can change your thinking, he can change your destiny. What a scary thought! You’ve heard the expression – garbage in, garbage out: It’s true. If you aren’t careful about what kind of media you watch and listen to, you could unconsciously be feeding your heart and mind with the devil’s destructive lies. Why do you think so many people give in to sin? The thought to commit a sinful act had to come from somewhere. In most cases, it came from something that a person saw in a movie or on TV, or heard in a song.
Now let me make it very clear that I’m not against watching movies or listening to music – because it‘s not all bad. However, I do believe we need to make wise and careful choices about what kind of programs we will and will not watch. Use the wisdom of the Psalmist David who said, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.” (Psalm 101:3). And use the guidelines the Apostle Paul gave us in Philippians 4:8, “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” By doing this, you will guard your heart, and you won’t give the destroyer a foothold in your life.
Pastor Chris Jordan