Burglar of Souls

Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Scripture

Yesterday I began the simple process of upgrading the security system in our home. At least, “simple” was the word the salesman used. While my current system is adequate, I can get a few more bells and whistles for the same price with the upgrade. Again, the salesman used the word “simple.” Everything was fine until the technician arrived to do the install. Suddenly, “simple” did not apply. And of course the salesman was gone.

The problem, according to the technician, was that in order to get the said bells and whistles, the keypad needed its own power source, unlike the existing keypad that did not. This would require relocating the keypad so that it could be plugged into a power outlet. Not what I was told – not what I was sold. The technician noted that salesmen often do not know the technical side. I am fully aware. I used to work in the computer maintenance field and our salesmen would sell a contract on a can opener with the guaranty that I, whom he said was the best tech in the world, could fix anything. An exaggeration I assure you!

Given the stress associated with those few hours yesterday, this morning I meditated on the truth that spiritually we too need to be “plugged in” to our only source of power, that being the Holy Spirit. We often allow our hearts and souls be robbed of the joy of Christ, and worse we fall into all sorts of sin, because we are not walking in the Spirit. In fact, we fulfill the desires of the flesh because we aren’t filled with the greatest power, in fact only power, at our disposal to make us walk upright (Gal 5:16-26). Further, after the admonition to be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18), Paul says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength (power) of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Eph 6:10-11). Why do we need the Holy Spirit? Why do we need His power? In order to stand against the burglar of our souls, the one who seeks to steal and destroy (Mt 26:43).

Remember today, brethren, that Satan is a thief, seeking to rob us of whatever joy is ours in Christ Jesus. The good news – as D. Martyn Lloyd Jones proclaimed – the devil can’t rob you of your salvation! Are you “plugged in” this day to your only source of spiritual power? Then be watchful – and live joyfully.

FYI – the salesman knocked on my door and asked for 3 or 4 minutes of my time. He left after two hours. The gospel was shared and the Scriptures discussed for more than half of that time. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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