Echoes From the Campfire

Don’t waste time worrying about the mistakes of yesterday.  Each morning is a beginning.  Start from there.”
              –Louis L’Amour (The Cherokee Trail)

    “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
              –2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV)
The fight never ends.  Never think that it does.  Oh, it may quiet down some, but it is always working even if subtly behind the scenes.  The enemy never stops!  He is either actively fighting and working against your soul, or he is being a sneak, deceiving people with words.  There is an interesting phrase that Jesus brings to our attention in the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares.

         “An enemy has done this.”  –Matthew 13:28 (NKJV)

In the rest of the verse the servants ask the Master if He wants them uprooted.  The Master replies, “No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.” (Matthew 13:29, NKJV).
    Right now concentrate of the portion about the enemy.  We know that the enemy “walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8, NKJV).  He wants to feast on your soul.  He wants to destroy you, rip your heart from you.  We know that, we are ready for that fight, but what we don’t pay attention to is when he comes in unawares or as an “angel of light.”
    The devil, the enemy, will suggest all sorts of things to you.  He will attempt to instill doubts, difficulties, and suspicions.  Look around you and see how many Christians are being duped, how many are living in fear.  Look and see how many are accepting a “new truth” and forgetting “thus saith the Lord.”  He wants to disturb your loyalty to Christ; he wants you to accept a relative truth; he wants you to compromise God’s standards.
    He’ll bring petty accusations against you.  He will remind you of sins of the past bringing guilt.  Then we wonder and are puzzled at the weeds that are growing in our hearts.  How did they get there?  “An enemy has done this.”  Every life has weeds of some sort, and they may fool us.  Look at the pretty flowers that many of them have, yet they are still weeds.  
    The issue is not that they are there, but how did they get there?  Were they sown by thoughts?  Were they sown by vain imaginations.  Possibly it was fear or dread, worry about the virus or the future.  Maybe it was an old habit, one that weakens your spiritual legs and you tasted of it once again.  
    Have you ever pulled at a dandelion when it is all fuzzy and blown upon it scattering its seeds all about?  Think of your enemy doing the same.  He is blowing at the tares, scattering them in your heart to mix with the good grain.  Jesus said to let “both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.'” (Matthew 13:30, NKJV)
    That is another aspect of the enemy.  He may plant someone next to you, at work, in church.  They may have an appearance of good, but their hearts are evil; they do the work of the enemy.  They are hard to pick out, and they must be left until the harvest when they will be bound together and burned.
    Never forget that the enemy is busy sowing.  Do you best to stay alert.  Cultivate before the weeds take root.  Read the Word of God and sow it in your heart or you might end up saying:  “An enemy did this.”