Most people today are searching for some kind of sense of security. Some buy GIC’s, some invest in the stock market, some buy savings bonds and some add extra funds to their retirement fund. Some people work extra hours to get some money socked away for that rainy day. Where do we get our sense of security from? I suppose there would be many different answers to that question. Have you ever asked yourself that question?
Let’s look at some definitions of these words:
Secure: “free from or not exposed to danger, safe” “dependable; firm; not liable to fail, yield, or become displaced”
Security: “freedom from care, apprehension, or doubt.”
Security blanket: “a blanket, pillow, or the like clung to by a baby for reassurance and comfort. Something that gives one a sense of protection”
Sense: “any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which man and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body.” “A more or less vague perception or impression,a sense of security”.
I was just thinking about it one day when I felt that the Lord was opening up my heart to the idea of a ‘sense’ of security. If you live in the city, many people have alarm systems in their homes to give them a sense that their homes are safe from invasion. This gives them a ‘sense of security’. There are people who believe that you have to belong to a certain church in order to be sure that you are enrolled in the Book of Life. Many people buy 4 wheel drive cars and SUV’s in order to have a ‘sense of security’ while driving, coupled with an alarm system to protect the car, while parked. How many people consider the security of Life After Death? How much time is spent considering what will happen when our time is up on the earth? This must be considered the most important sense of security there is! Especially considering that no one knows if their next breath will be their last one.
It’s amazing the answers that you will get when you ask people who profess to be Christians what it takes to get into heaven. Some people will tell you that you need to be a good person, who helps people to get into heaven. Some will say that you need to not drink, or smoke, or be mean to your family’ to get into heaven. Others are sure that God loves all of us, so we will all go to heaven. It seems that shows like “Touched by an Angel” have left us with a false sense of security. There are many people who die during these shows and the angel of death, Andrew, leads them off into the light to live happily-ever-after with God. It would be so great if this was true! It is not! So, our loved ones throughout the world watch entertainment such as this, and receive a false hope that is not based in the truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6. Are there more than one truths? One dictionary that I have at home described truth with many definitions, but the one that I particularly liked was this one, “agreement with a standard or original” This seems to describe it best for me! Who can be more original than God? What other standard can compare to God? What could be more trustworthy than God’s Word? This is a question that we need to seek our hearts for our personal answers.
The enemy of our souls primary purpose is to lead us off of the narrow path! He is not going to do it so obviously that we will see his hand moving. No one except a disciple of satan would allow him to lead him or her in this way! Satan is a master of subtlety! He has a trick that makes us think that we are in control of our lives and we are ‘not deceived’. How can we be so sure? The Bible tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9. Furthermore we read in Matthew, “For then there will be a ‘great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall. And unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days shall be cut short.” Matt. 24:21-22. Does this sound like a pleasant time. It says that it will be the worst the world has ever seen! It will be worse than the world wars and all of the other disasters that we have seen, or read about. This is mega-disaster, folks!
If we think that we cannot be deceived, we are already on the way to deception. If we live a life of ease that says we are Ok, then we are living under a false sense of security! We have become prime targets for the enemy’s deceptive plans. We need to follow Peter’s advise, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world”. 1 Peter 5:8. Just before this Scripture which is very well known we read, in verse 6 and 7, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” These two verses hold powerful keys on how to avoid deception. We need to be humble before God and be vigilant, and steadfast in the faith. No one wants to be deceived! And…no one knows when they are deceived, or they would not be deceived!
We need to invest in a real sense of security in these days as we are being bombarded constantly by a barrage of deceptive tools designed brilliantly to nudge us off the narrow path. Notice the word “nudge” here. It is often a slow process, so that we will become acclimatized and unaware of any real change in our course. Be aware! Your enemy is hunting for you as a lion, roaring all day long looking for prey! You have been his target and you will continue to be his target! He is betting that you will fall prey to his schemes as so many have before! He has studied and knows mankind, our weaknesses, our target areas, our vulnerabilities, our prideful points, our weakened confidence, and how to bring each one of us down, by an independent approach. His success rate is devastating! Just look at the ministers and ministries that are falling like dominoes in these present days all around us! These people started out with the very best motives, I’m sure! We could be next victims! What do you base your sense of security on in these last days? It’s a new year and we need to re-calibrate our sensors, be vigilant, stay humble before God and man, and always stay hot for Him!
Happy New Year and may God bless you with revelation and fresh manna all this year! I pray that you will grow more and more hot for His glory, and that His passion will enflame your heart, so that you will be able to see all the circumstances in your life as little tiny stones before a ‘great big God’, “…who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” Eph. 3:20.
Be blessed as you fight the good fight and are victorious for Him in every aspect of your lives!