When you think you have the devil under wraps

When we moved to Short Gap almost 4 years ago, we brought our bird feeders from Mason.  It did not take long until we found out they would not work here.  The squirrels would dump over our bird feeders and pour out the sunflower seeds and then jump down and eat them off the ground.  We got squirrel resistant feeders that I found to be squirrel proof.  They tried and tried and eventually gave up.  The last 2 summers we have enjoyed the birds and the squirrels, and the squirrels knew their place – which was not in the bird feeders.  All of the sudden this spring they’re back on the feeders.  They still can not dump them, but they are content to hang upside down and get a seed at a time out of the feeder. They have to be burning more calories than they are consuming!  And to top it off, when we startle them they jump in to our flower boxes, crushing what we have planted.  I have bragged the last two years that I had them defeated.  They are not quitters.

Satan is not unlike those squirrels.  When he was tempting Jesus in the wilderness, Luke 4:13 says, “And when the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from Jesus until an opportune time.”  In the movie The Passion of the Christ, director Mel Gibson took some heat for showing Satan at the crucifixion.  I am with Mel.  Satan would not have missed it.  He always shows up again.  He deceived Mother Theresa by making her think God was not present with her the entire second half of her life.  You can read about her crisis of faith by clicking here.  He pulls people back into addictions, tempts them back into debt, etc, lying all the while.  He’s a thief and a liar who keeps coming back, especially at opportune times.  You can not ignore the devil.  He must be resisted.  And remember, he is not a quitter…..

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