Stray Dogs

Today’s blog is from our Executive Pastor, Russell Creel, at COTES Ministries.  In this post he takes a deeper dive into his message on “The Enemy” from our Yellow Brick Road teaching series yesterday. I hope you enjoy the post from Pastor Russell, please comment and share with your friends. ~ Chris

Shelter Dogs
The Bible tells us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith…” (1 Peter 5:8-9). Have you ever wondered why the devil goes around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour? It is because he cannot devour just anyone. If he could, he would. Instead, the devil must be on the lookout, searching for opportunities. He is looking for access into someone’s life, looking for what the Bible calls a foothold. Satan can gain a foothold in your life through any area that you have not submitted to God. Once the devil’s foot is in the door, he will begin to wreak havoc in your life.

James 4:7-8 tells believers:

“Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

However, if you put out a welcome mat for the devil, he is within his rights to settle in and stay.  In that way, the devil is somewhat like a stray dog.  The story is told of a woman who had a skinny stray dog show up at her door. She felt sorry for it and began feeding it.  Then she started letting him come inside.  You could say she gave him a foothold.

Before she knew it, she had yielded her house to that dog!  She moved the furniture around to accommodate it and even gave up her favorite chair because the dog had claimed it.  She spent money on dog food, even though she could not afford it.  When asked her what she was doing with a dog in the house, she responded, “I just cannot get him to leave.”  Was it any wonder?

Likewise, you cannot open the door to the devil and expect him to leave the nice, neat areas of your life alone.  If you reserve a comfy spot for sin in your life, Satan will come and try to claim the whole house. Once he is there, he will not want to leave.

The good news is that Jesus not only took away your sins, He also redeemed you from Satan’s power and dominion. Colossians 2:15 says,

“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

Jesus did not defeat the devil just to prove He could. He defeated him for you so you can reap the benefits and have at your disposal everything you need to enforce the devil’s defeat in your life.  So you see, Satan is already a defeated enemy!  His legal authority was neutralized by the finished work of Christ on the cross. Because Jesus made you more than a conqueror, you can enforce the devil’s defeat and keep him in his place.