.... Satan is reaching deep in his bag of tricks to try to keep you from doing what your doing.
Speaking to a friend of mine the other day, we both have gotten better at realizing when Satan is using one of his tricks to distract you from your walk with God. He HATES that you are getting closer to God and will do anything to get you to walk in darkness.
So if you have not read my Day 10 post, stop here and go back and read it. Then come back and finish.
Ok. I have always had a weakness for petite brunttes. ALWAYS! First wife was a petite brunette and my current wife is as well. With that in mind, I don't run around, but my single days you could always find me chasing a petite brunette.
So... I had to go to my ex-wife's office this morning to pick up something for my daughter who will be with me this weekend. My ex-wife and her husband are two of my closest friends. I walk in the door from the lobby, there is a very attractive, petite brunette office worker waiting to come out. Normally, I would pay a lot more attention to her than I did today, even though I would have no intentions of having any kind of relationship, but nonetheless, it is still disrepectful to my wife whether she knows it or not. Also keep in mind that I just talked with my wife for the first time in over a month (see Day 10 post) while I was in the parking lot of my ex-wife's office. Now during my walk with Jesus, I have learned to turn away from attractive women... stop the problem before it starts, but that doens't mean I don't notice an attractive woman. It's like my counselor says, you can't stop birds from flying over your head, but you can stop them from building a nest on your head. I sat in my ex-wife's office and told her about my morning and left, with the petite brunette not even entering my thoughts.
UNTIL... my ex calls and tells me that the petite brunette (who is also 11 years younger than me) thought I was really attractive and that I caught her eye. My first though was that my ex could set us up. REALLY?? That was my first thought!?! It was a fleeting thought, but STILL!?!. I quickly told my ex that I couldn't even consider a date with her because I was MARRIED... even if my wife does want a divorce. I am standing for this marriage and I am committed to my wife. Now I don't think my ex thought about what she was telling me as she has been supportive of my stand for my marriage. And she quickly corrected herself. But it has been a distraction this afternoon. My wife will have nothing to do with me, but this younger woman wants to go out. How do I know my wife has not been seeing someone? I've had to constantly pray over it. And when I have some peace about it, I start beating myself up for the thoughts in the first place.
Satan's got a big bag of dirty tricks. As you seek to please Jesus, Satan will reach deeper and deeper in the bag to keep you in the flesh. But praise God... He will give the wisdom to recognize those tricks before they take down the path of destruction.
As satan continues to interfere with your life it is always a great thing to remind him of his future... LOL. Just turn those attempts over to Christ.
Sean, Christ had given me the power to bind Satan. One of the things I do when things enter my mind or I feel like a situation may enter my marriage is that I verbally bind Satan with the authority granted by me in Christ Jesus and remind him that he has already lost. He hates that, LOL.
Be prepared... There are other angles that he will come.