The French word for “shoe” is sabot.
The practice of throwing a wooden shoe into a machine to damage it, and hinder the work it was created for, was referred to by the French as sabotage.
The problems and turmoil that a single tossed shoe could cause was amazing!
Peter warned, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8).
The word for “adversary” means “one who stands against.”
What is it about us that the devil is against?
He is against all the good God has for our lives, and seeks to sabotage it.
However, note that Peter continues, “Resist him, steadfast in the faith” (v.9).
We are told that the gray heron has a very singular mode of defense. When attacked by a predator, it simply stands quiet and firm, using its bill as a sword, allowing the enemy to pierce himself through by its own force. The more fiercely the foe attacks, the more surely will he destroy himself!
“Resist him, steadfast in the faith”Our method of overcoming is similar. When attacked by the enemy, stand firm, and display “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 5:17).
“We are a supernatural people, born again of a supernatural birth; we wage a supernatural fight, and are taught by a supernatural teacher, led by a supernatural captain to assured victory” (Hudson Taylor).
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center
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