I was walking near my home, when a couple neighbor boys, about six-years-old, approached on bicycles. One boy had pink hair. “I like your hair,” I called out.
As the boys slid to a stop, I pointed to my pink T-shirt and said, “Your hair matches my shirt. Maybe I need to dye my hair that color.”
The pink-haired one excitedly explained, “You can get this color in Walmart. Doesn’t cost much and you just spray …!” Suddenly he stopped mid-sentence and yelled, “I DON’T KNOW YOU!” The warning of “do not talk to strangers,” had suddenly hit him. Both boys began to back their bikes away from me.
When Satan roars “God doesn’t love you,” or “You’ve built your life on the wrong foundation,” we know to step back, examine the threat and say, “This is not the voice of God. This is the voice of a stranger.”
Satan, though, doesn’t always roar like a lion and breathe fear and depression into our minds. Sometimes, Satan masquerades as an amiable non-threatening person who casually compliments us and causes us to let down our guard. Satan had a casual conversation with Eve about the desirability of a forbidden tree. Satan used back-handed compliments about Jesus’ awesome powers when he tempted the Lord to turn stones to bread and call for angel protection. Satan used a simple servant girl to trip up Peter.
Make sure you know the identity of those who offer you spiritual advice. In an age where people are “spiritual” but “not religious,” strangers may fall in step with you and casually comment on the absurdity of taking God’s commands seriously. Their compliments can lead you to focus on the human power that lies within, rather than the power of the indwelling Christ. Paul told the church at Colossae, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8
When Jesus spoke of the Good Shepherd, he said the sheep, “… know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger: in fact they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Take time to familiarize yourself with God’s voice through his Word. Don’t hesitate to back away from an unfamiliar voice and say, “I Don’t Know You!”
Be alert to Stranger Danger
Martha Hawn VanCise©2016 www/signpostsonhightrails.com