Attack!

If you have reservations at a resort in Zihuatanejo, Mexico - you might want to reconsider. Or if you do go, you'd better think twice about going in the water. This popular Pacific coast resort town has seen three shark attacks in the past month, two of which have proven fatal. This is highly unusual, given that shark attacks in this area are unheard of ... at least in any one's memory. Marine biologists and city officials are baffled as to the reason behind the attacks (my guess - hungry sharks?). But whatever the case, Zihutanejo's tourist industry is taking a hit as many decide to vacation elsewhere. And those who are still surfing the waves off of Zihutanejo's beaches are keeping a wary eye out for the tell tale fin of a cruising shark.

Followers of Christ can learn a lesson from all this. Just as surfers can become the target of a hungry shark, we are in the cross hairs of "hungry" spirits. These spirits are the fallen angels who joined Lucifer (a.k.a. "Satan," "The Devil," "The Evil One") when he rebelled against God. They are now cruising the earth, seeking to destroy God and his work. So if you are working to promote the kingdom of God - you are a target and will be attacked. Count on it! In Ephesians 6:12-13 Paul reminds us that, "Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." Note that he says WHEN the day of evil comes ... not IF!

Given this reality we must be prepared for the battle ... the attack when it comes. Paul tell us that to be ready, we must "put on the full armor of God." Now just what that full armor is - he describes for us in Ephesians 6:14ff. I encourage you to take a Bible and open it up to Ephesians 6 and read through this passage. The last thing you want to be when the Enemy attacks is unprepared!

Thanks for stopping by . . .

pj

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