By: Elizabeth Marie Rollins
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 (NIV)
We were walking around the perimeter of our school’s campus after a long day of classes. In front were the twins, with Macy and me behind them. As we followed the curve of the sidewalk, I noticed Macy started to lag behind. I looked back to find that she had stooped to the ground. She came up with her hand clasped around a crisp dollar bill.
“Hey, a dollar!” she shouted.
Before we could respond, the dollar was ripped from her hand and her smile faded from her face. Laughter erupted from a group of boys sitting in the back of a pick-up truck, the boy on the edge reeling in his dollar on a fishing line.
Thankfully, Macy is a good-natured gal, so we all shared a laugh and walked on; but I believe temptation comes in a similar way. We walk along in our life, turn a few corners, and come upon something appealing that catches our eye, so we slow our pace and pause for a closer peek. Too often, we take the bait and before we realize it, Satan reels us into a place we never intended to go. Beware: the hook is specially designed to allure us and is not easily removed once we take a bite! It may be that party or that relationship or that note written to a classmate or that one little lie told to your parents, all innocent in appearance—Satan knows our weaknesses and uses that knowledge to bait us, so be on your guard.
Find a mentor, a Christian woman, who you can confide in and seek advice from. (I am blessed to have a friend and mentor in my mom.) Most importantly, pray for discernment. Let the Holy Spirit’s still, small voice, guide you, and always follow the path of peace. If you don’t have the peace of knowing that you know that you know that whatever it is falls within God’s will for your life, get on your knees again until the Lord shows you what to do.
Oh, Lord, You know the traps the enemy has laid for me. Give me Your discernment to follow the safety of Your path. Guide my steps and help me walk in the peace of Your will for my life. Put godly Christian women in my path as mentors, Lord. Give me a teachable spirit to listen to godly counsel. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ponder: I John 4:4, “Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.” (Amplified)
Apply: Write down some power verses that remind you of God’s will for your life on index cards. Keep them in your pocket and read them throughout the day (at lunch, in between classes, etc.).
Read: Lies Young Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Danna Gresh
Share: Who are the godly mentors in your life?
© 2010 by Elizabeth Marie Rollins. All rights reserved.
Elizabeth Marie Rollins lives in Virginia. Some of her favorite things include the smell of the wind just before a storm, the feel of her momma’s old Bible, Frank Peretti novels, and listening to the crickets at night. This Virginia girl would love to visit just about anywhere in the world, but especially Africa, India, Malaysia, South America and Australia. Her favorite Bible verse is Romans 1:16, which empowers her to share the Gospel unashamedly to a thirsty world.
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