My brother with a nice Grayling eight-point buck in 1974.
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).”
The guns of autumn ring early and often these days, signaling Michigan’s firearm deer hunt is underway. I’ve hunted for over 40 years and learned some tricks that make the difference in success or just guarding trees.
According to Peter, our adversary hunts too, and you’re his prey. Satan’s the king of tricks, the Great Deceiver, and the thing about deception is that you don’t even know it. You’ve been fooled. Like the 329,000 deer killed last year, the crosshairs are on your chest before you realize it.
The first scheme to be alert to is to not fool yourself into thinking you’re safe. ALERT! You are already dead, spiritually dead. He doesn’t want you to know that. As Bob Dylan sings, “I was blinded by the Devil, born already ruined; stone cold dead as I stepped out of the womb.” Paul said the same in Ephesians 2:1, “and you were dead in your trespasses and sins.”
Thinking you’re okay (good enough to get into Heaven), like the 329,000 deer thought they were safe, is his best trap. Your sin demands righteous judgment. A close friend passed away last week and she was excited to see Jesus because she knew 100 percent sure she was going to Heaven. Did you know you could know for sure? How can you know you’re no longer “dead in your trespasses and sins” and share her eternal confidence?
It has nothing to do with being good; it depends on your answer to this question: “Where is the Holy Spirit right now?” More on that in part two of Hunter or Hunted?