The Cost

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”?

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is so true! I think making a conscious effort is a "have to" when it comes to the fight against Satan. He is very calculated and strong in his attack to make our lives miserable in little areas, discontent with how we look or how we don't match up to how we thought our lives should be by this age, etc. We have to be vigilant to not let him win!

  2. Shara Marquardt Heiniger says:

    This is so true! I think making a conscious effort is a "have to" when it comes to the fight against Satan. He is very calculated and strong in his attack to make our lives miserable in little areas, discontent with how we look or how we don't match up to how we thought our lives should be by this age, etc. We have to be vigilant to not let him win!

  3. Cathy Rodgers says:

    BUDGET AHEAD…Count the cost of something you need to get before what you WANT to get. I recently asked the Lord to let me know if it was not Him wanting me to do something to not leave me any doubts… The next three days after applying for an apartment, I became violently ill unable to do anything. THE APT went south within two weeks. Think about it and decide for yourselves.

  4. My dear friend you are not the only moethr who has lost her mind and tongue, when her 17 year old son has called to say he had been in an accident with a family car. We have gotten calls regarding accidents, tickets and one friendly call from a police officer telling me he was bringing my son home because he had been shooting quarters at street signs with a sling shot. All of these took place between the age of 16-18. My gray hairs are proof!!!! God blesses us with these bouncing baby boys and we are so thankful and then they turn teenagers and we wonder why? Take heart dear friend, God understands our struggles with children, look at what he deals with!!! Just keep at it and those scriptures will flow gracefully out of your mouth when you need them. Blessings,Jillp.s. Love, love, love the new blog!!!!!

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