I was sitting and thinking one day of stories I have known, and loved and read growing up. I thought of the fairy Tale "Little Red Riding Hood"
As I sat there I began to analize the story:
The wolf was searching the woods for a meal as usual.
He was thinking ahead when he went to grandma's house. He'd get one meal now there and then wait in disguise for Red Riding Hood, he knew she was on the path.She'd never suspect her Grandma of hurting her.
So the wolf changed the "goal"(grandma) that Red was trying to reach, and laid his trap with his fake "goal" (himself disguised as grandma).
At first glance, the goal looked the same to Red, then she looked closer. Red suspected something, but couldn't quite put her finger on what was wrong.She was smart enough to ask questions. When the wolf saw he was about to be discovered, he jumped for her!
Red called for the help she knew was close by and the woodsman came to her rescue.
Does that remind you of someone?
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about , seeking whom he may devour." 2 Peter 5:8
The Bible tells us that Satan(the devil) goes about like a lion looking for his next prey. Just like the wolf in Red's story,he is cunning. He knows you will run from him if you can recognise him so he disquises himself in a way that you may not recognise. When you feel the safest he plans ahead and lays a trap for you just as the wolf did for Red.
If you are thinking and watching you may notice a few things aren't quite what they should be, that's the Holy Spirit nudging you, warning you. Satan is counting on the fact that most Christians ignore those warning flags and that you will too.
When you are where you think you are safe,he makes his move --to get you to do what he wants, to overpower you again and try to make you think you must do what he wants.
But Remember--Help and deliverance are but a prayer away. Call out to Christ, he can come between you and Satan and deliver you from him.
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Jeremiah 33:3
Remember this today as you travel through the woods of life. It always helps to be warned that the enemy is still out there. He cannot destroy your soul, it belongs to Christ now, but he can destroy your effectiveness for God to use you for his glory.