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by James Robison
When I observe world affairs, I am compelled as a Christian to seek answers in the realm of the spirit and in the Scriptures. Patterns and tendencies noted in the Bible can be observed in creation as well as human nature.
I am an outdoorsman. I observe wildlife. I have seen the predator's tactics as a large-mouth bass attacks a vulnerable fish or a coyote stalks a fawn. I have watched a wolf single out the weakest member of a group, like a fawn, crippled doe or injured buck.
This is also true in our spiritual lives. Both Old and New Testaments emphasize that the enemy in the realm of the spirit kingdom of darkness seeks points of weakness in our personal lives, relationships, families, communities and nation. Like a wild predator, the enemy camouflages his intent, looks for areas of weakness and attacks suddenly. Vulnerabilities in our personal lives often come from injuries, both emotional and mental. We may have been hurt by the acts of others or by our own foolish decisions. We may "walk with a limp" because of that enduring hurt.
The Bible teaches that we are to put on spiritual armor and consistently resist the schemes and intentions of our enemy. We clearly understand that the enemy is a deceiver and an accuser seeking to bring division and dissension, tearing down the intended victim's ability to stand strong.
In the wild, the more the prey depends upon the security of the herd, the safer they are. The same is true in our own homes. In a strong and dependable family unit, the parents and children are less vulnerable to attack.
It is truer than we imagine in the political realm and in the world community. A house divided cannot stand the assault and fury of the predatory intentions of the enemy.
Recently, I saw in my mind's eye a picture of how we as people of faith are to live our lives during these difficult days. I saw myself cast into deep seas of water. As I recognized the danger I was in, I saw an oxygen line descending. I immediately grasped it, connected to it and held on for dear life. God spoke to my heart and said that all of us find ourselves in an environment in which we cannot live unless we draw life from above. In order to survive in deep water, we must draw oxygen from above. We who have been sent as sheep in the midst of wolves, must also draw our sustaining strength, discernment and wisdom from a power far above us.
Individuals, families, world leaders and nations must recognize that the enemy in this world, both spiritual and physical, seeks to destroy us through every point of weakness. Wherever weakness is perceived -- whether across the oceans or within our own neighborhoods -- the enemy will attack.
Our mettle is being continually tested. Are we as strong as tempered steel? Are we a rock-solid wall of protection for those we love? Are we standing on an unshakable foundation? Are we connected to the source that will enable us to make the right decisions and give us the strength to stand firm when the cause is right and our security depends upon it. We must choose to be connected to and dependent upon power from above. If not, our weaknesses will be attacked and many will fall.
Author: James Robison
Word Count: 570
About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.
Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net