Satan wants to defeat, discourage, and destroy our families. His attacks are not just willy-nilly attempts to trip us up or knock us down. He wants to take us out. That is why it is crucial that we fight boldly for our families.
I know this seems like a heavy subject for a blog. But I have a fire burning in my stomach of hyperawareness of how crafty and strategic Satan really is. He has made me fighting mad this week and I can’t help but address it.
Do you know why Satan’s tactics are called schemes in 2 Corinthians 2:10–11? A scheme is a plan, design, or program of action. Satan’s schemes are well-thought-through plans specifically targeted to do three things:
1. To increase your desire for something outside the will of God.
2. To make you think giving in to a weakness is no big deal.
3. To minimize your ability to think through the consequences of falling to this temptation.
Oh how I wish we could see the cost of each of our choices as clear as a price tag on items in a store. Or as clear as the caloric cost of food choices offered on menus in New York (did you know they have that in New York? Fabulous!) If I know how much something is going to cost me, I make such wiser choices.
So, Satan is a master of keeping that cost hidden until it’s too late.
Sweet sisters, I think this is something worth thinking about. And I think it is something worth talking to our kids about. Think of age-appropriate examples of how costly stupid decisions can be. Be real and raw and bold as you walk them through different scenarios of temptations they will face.
How much will this really cost me? If we teach ourselves and our kids nothing else this week than to ask this one question, we will have invested wisely. So, so very wisely.
For Your Reflection:
How do you keep yourself aware of “the cost”?