Fresh Hope – 30th January 2017

Our small dog is very protective of his food when placed in the bowl on his ‘territorial’ bed. Our larger (much larger) dog is totally respectful that this is not an area to venture into.

Even though this bundle of fluff called Percy has nothing to shout about in terms of size, he is well able to stand guard and ward off anything that threatens what belongings to him by right.

Snoop, the larger one, has learnt all by himself, a very interesting tactic that makes it so simple to steal what is not his. He simply waits for a diversion to be created in order that Percy will lose focus on what’s important to him. This can be anything from the door bell ringing, to a mention of something more attractive on offer, like a trip in the car to the office, or even better: a walk to his favourite spot.
Snoop senses the diversion of interest and simply strolls over to the unattended bowl of food, picks it up and carries it off to his own bed and scoffs it like there’s no tomorrow. Percy is none the wiser as he’s now far too busy thinking about something else that’s taking his fancy. I’m pretty sure that when he realises that the person at the door was just the postman or that the ride in the car was in fact a false alarm, he must look back and think to himself…’I’ve just been ripped off – again!’

How much is that so much like our lives? We are so passionate about what we should rightly be protective of that we would fight off anyone -that is, until we get distracted. Distraction comes in a number of ways, from exciting offers to another legitimate battle that we should fight, and all of a sudden we realise that we have been ripped off whilts we have been ‘barking up the wrong tree’.

One of the greatest weapons that Satan uses against us is exactly this. Look at how easy it is to believe that we should leave what we should be guarding for something seemingly more attractive…

2 Corinthians 11:14 ‘…for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.’

The next time you feel that your attention is being diverted by something that seems a good and even godly cause, think again, you could well be being drawn away from looking after what is rightfully yours, and losing everything from right under your nose.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Pastor Mark

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