The Attack of the Dragon:
“He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan.” (Rev. 20:2).
There was once a great and noble King whose land was terrorized by a crafty dragon. Like a massive bird of prey, the scaly beast delighted in ravaging villages with his fiery breath. Hapless victims ran from their burning homes, only to be snatched into the dragon’s jaws or talons. Those devoured instantly were deemed more fortunate than those carried back to the dragon’s lair to be devoured at his leisure. The King led his sons and knights in many valiant battles against the dragon.
Riding alone in the forest, one of the King’s sons heard his name purred low and soft. In the shadows of the ferns and trees, curled among the boulders, lay the dragon. The creature’s heavy-lidded eyes fastened on the prince, and the reptilian mouth stretched into a friendly smile.
“Don’t be alarmed,” said the dragon, as gray wisps of smoke rose lazily from his nostrils. “I am not what your father thinks.”
“What are you, then?” asked the prince, warily drawing his sword as he pulled in the reins to keep his fearful horse from bolting.
“I am pleasure,” said the dragon. “Ride on my back and you will experience more than you ever imagined. Come now. I have no harmful intentions. I seek a friend, someone to share flights with me. Have you never dreamed of flying? Never longed to soar in the clouds?”
Visions of soaring high above the forested hills drew the prince hesitantly from his horse. The dragon unfurled one great webbed wing to serve as a ramp to his ridged back. Between the spiny projections, the prince found a secure seat. Then the creature snapped his powerful wings twice and launched them into the sky. The prince’s apprehension melted into awe and exhilaration.
From then on, he met the dragon often, but secretly, for how could he tell his father, brothers or the knights that he had befriended the enemy? The prince felt separate from them all. Their concerns were no longer his concerns. Even when he wasn’t with the dragon, he spent less time with those he loved and more time alone.
The skin on the prince’s legs became calloused from gripping the ridged back of the dragon, and his hands grew rough and hardened. He began wearing gloves to hide the malady. After many nights of riding, he discovered scales growing on the backs of his hands as well. With dread he realized his fate were he to continue, and so he resolved to return no more to the dragon.
But, after a fortnight, he again sought out the dragon, having been tormented with desire. And so it transpired many times over. No matter what his determination, the prince eventually found himself pulled back, as if by the cords of an invisible web. Silently, patiently, the dragon always waited.
(Dragon Story from Parables for Personal Growth by Melinda Reinicke).
The Bible says that the Dragon – Satan – has come to steal, kill and destroy in our lives. He is a deceiver, and he tries to make sin look appealing to us. He disguises it as worldly pleasure – getting drunk, doing drugs, being sexually immoral, looking at pornography – he makes it look fun and harmless, but it is a trap. When we befriend the enemy, it alienates us from our brothers and sisters (fellow Christians) and from the King, who is our Heavenly Father. There is so much truth to be gained from this modern parable, so I encourage you to read it over again, and think about it. But most importantly, make a practical application of it. You’re not the only one who has struggled with sin, and felt like you could never be free from it. But today, if you will go to your Heavenly Father, and confess your sin to Him, He will forgive you and wash you free. And if you will begin to feed on His Word, that truth will help set you free.
Pastor Chris Jordan