Today I would like to discuss the importance of true security. The devil lurks around every corner calling to us in an at times seemingly harmless and friendly tone, showing us the sensual pleasures which the world has to offer us. The devil tries to convince us that these ways of the flesh will support us and make a steady foundation. Let me take a moment to define security for you. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, security is to have “freedom from danger” and “freedom from fear or anxiety”. The deceiver wants us to believe that we can remain in our sins without being discovered, and that we are unstoppable. We can continue to cruise through the lanes of life, following after our selfish ambitions. Sin cannot save us. Jesus Christ died for the sake of redeeming us from these deadly sins. The devil is devious and a master craftsman. He places death inside an appealing form like the evil queen from Snow White did with a ripe and brilliantly red apple.
In the Scriptures Jesus tells a parable of two men who lived upon different foundations. One foundation faltered, and one foundation persevered. Matthew 7:26-27 (ESV), “And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” A foundation which is built upon lies from the devil will collapse like sinking sand under the pressure of life’s trials. Isaiah 47:10 (ESV), “You felt secure in your wickedness, you said, ‘No one sees me’; your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me’.” We have to understand that we live in the midst of a culture which depends heavily upon deception, selfishness, and greed. However, we must not live like the world, because we are redeemed by our Lord Jesus Christ. We were saved to live a life free from captivity in sin.
How then, should our foundation as a believer compare to the life of a non-believer which clings to false security? We should be constantly mediating on God’s words of truth and His promises. Matthew 7:24-25 (ESV), “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” As long as we are keeping our eyes on Christ, and living with an eternal perspective, we will not be overcome by the ways of the world or the trials which we suffer. Spiritual forces are constantly attempting to trap us and draw us back to living in a life of captivity. This is what we are to do in the middle of spiritual warfare: “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV). Let us be alert warriors, following the calling which God has given us for our individual lives. Satan is no longer our master, and he cannot stop us.
I have been reading Beth Moore’s “Daniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy” Bible study lately. I have been learning about how Daniel was thrown in the midst of a city filled with sin and appealing fleshly temptations. However, Daniel was not swayed from his faith because of what was going on around him. He remained strong in the faith and clung to God’s promises as he served the king of Babylon.
King Nebuchadnezzar chose men of wisdom and understanding to be eunuchs in his palace. Daniel was not wise because he relied on his own knowledge, but he was wise because he trusted fully in the Lord. He kept his eyes on Christ daily, even when he was instructed to cease praying. He did not fear man, because his security was in the Almighty God.
May we take today as an opportunity to analyze and reflect on where our current foundation lies. Are we clinging to false security in earthly things which do not last or support us, or are we leaning upon God’s promises which remain true for all of eternity? Could it be said that we are like Daniel and fully relying on the Lord rather than upon ourselves?
Thank you all for taking time out of your day to read my blog. I greatly appreciate you. May you have a blessed week and may your coffee cup overflow ;).
Peace be with you,