It's the kind that seems to buzz all around your head and then, when you least expect it, flies straight into your face!
I'm usually pretty good at killing flies, but this sucker keeps getting away.
It has become my purpose in life--at least for 9 hours a day--to get this darned fly! Especially after I saw him perching on the rim of my coffee cup.
And finally, I did!
But just when I breathed a sigh of relief, another one flew in my face! Then another! Three flies???
I've yet to get the other two, but it's certainly not for lack of trying. I've just got better things to do. Higher priorities than killing flies.
The weirdest thing is that I had only noticed one fly at a time. Did they take turns pestering me?
It reminds me of how satan and his minions work.
Temptation is a distraction--like that pesky fly. Its starts with your simply noticing it--"Ew, there's a fly in here/Oh, that cookie looks good."
You go on with your work, but then it starts buzzing around your head.
"I'm kinda hungry...that cookie sure looked good. Maybe just a bite."
Then, when you least expect it, the darned thing flies straight at your face--the cookie lands right in your mouth!
You vow to do better next time.
The next day, that pesky thing is still going strong, buzzing around your head, getting downright obnoxious. You struggle to concentrate, but you're so aware of the fly/temptation that it's hard to notice anything else.
Then you grab your holy fly swatter--and you take authority over that temptation before it turns into sin (not that eating a cookie is sinful...I'm just using that as an example). You've had enough.
"In the name of Jesus, be gone!"
That bloody fly (and he was bloody too--sorry, TMI) is dead.
But just when you think you've got a handle on things, two more come in and pick up where their former ally left off, taking turns picking on you.
Demons rarely travel alone. Nor does temptation.
Think about the emotions that accompany that temptation, especially after it's turned into sin:
And many more...
Pesky, annoying, dirty flies that become the focus of our attention.
Outward signs of inner turmoil.
But the thing is...
They're just flies. They're pesky, but harmless.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4)
We often overspiritualize or overemphasize our struggles, temptations, or situations. Yes, spiritual warfare is real, and can only be waged in the heavenly realm.
But sometimes we give too much credit to our enemy--the devil-and his minions. Sometimes it's our own battle, not a spiritual one, and we blame it on "the enemy (that's a subject matter for another blog)."
And that's what he wants. Whatever way he can get attention, he'll take it.
But if God is greater...and He is...then we can ignore the flies and they will eventually die. Similarly, since God is greater, we can choose to ignore the temptation, and the accompanying feelings will go away.
Ignoring the temptations and struggles isn't always easy, but we can do everything with the help of Christ because He gives us strength (Phil 4:13).
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped (Psalm 28:7)
On a lighter note,here's a fun song for you to enjoy.
Carly Simon--De Bat (Fly in Me Face)
What about you?
- What "flies" are you allowing to distract you today?
- What temptation and its minions are flying in your face?
- Are you blaming something on "the enemy" and not taking responsibility for your lack of wanting to deal with the situation?
Remember, the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Go forth and destroy the flies!
Blessings Along the Path,
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