In life there are so so many opportunities for us to make “frenemies”, yes, I said it, “frenemies”. Haha, but when you think about it how true is this! We can go through life being ignorant of our frenemies and not even know it. A Frenemy is an enemy disguised as a friend. We need to be watchful and careful what we all let enter into our lives. Don’t take life and all that is in it so lightly, but as Kasey from the Bachelorette would say, we need to “Guard and protect our hearts”. The devil and sin can be so sneaky that we wouldn’t even know he was there if we weren’t being watchful of him/it. It could be anything from the form of lying thoughts/reasoning – talking yourself out of God’s word because you think you have it figured all out, pride – once again thinking you have everything under control and that you don’t need God’s help, gossip – talking with friends behind someones back, maybe even in a “Christian” manner – so that you can pray for them, when really you just wanted to gossip about them, greed – saying that you need to pay the bills, taxes, and get groceries before you give to God and give God what is left over,unforgiveness/bitterness – holding onto a grudge against someone who has done you wrong or you believe has done you wrong(you think it’s not hurting anybody, but you definitely are hurting yourself and your relationship with God), lying – maybe saying something that isn’t true to make yourself look a little better in someones eyes, anger – getting that road rage and yelling at someone to make yourself feel better by telling off someone who isn’t even there or can hear you….yeah and so many more. That is right, I bet we go through life not even thinking about these kinds of things, but trust me, it’s these kinds of things that the devil will use most often, because he is sneaky and wants you to think well thats not that bad, but really these are things that can hinder your testimony, intimacy with God, and your walk of love.
1 Peter 5:8 says “ Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters, all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.”
James 4:7-8 says “ So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”
So we need to realize that there is an attack on your life, even though you may not be a bank robber, a murderer, a prostitute, a lawyer (jk haha), it doesn’t mean that there aren’t things in your life that you need to “flee from” and resist the devil. We need to be watchful and stay alert from these attacks. I personally always try to do my best and the Holy Spirit always helps me to recognize when there is even a “little thing” or “little white sin” in my life, so that I can resist it. I can’t say that I always do, because a lot of times the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, but I do strive for it. And when I mess up and give in to even the “little sin” i confess it to God and repent of it, because God asks me to (1John 1:9) and because it will help me/ and you to realize yes that is wrong and not just brush it under the rug. Everybody is going to face these little things in life that we have clung so dear to. You may think you need that “road rage” and to say yours, but you don’t, you may think you need your boss to think you are amazing by fibbing a little on your resume, but you don’t. Most of the time nobody else will know of this “sin” because it is a heart matter, a sin that takes place in your heart. It may not even be expressed physically, but yet it is still there and it is still a problem. For example, the bible says that if a man looks at a women in lust, that he has already committed adultery in his heart, that would be a heart sin. No one else knows but you and rest assuredly GOD! So let’s be aware of these heart matters, or these little things that we hold on to and think nothing of. They aren’t your friends, they are your frenemies and enemies.
Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
Our heart should be very dear to us, because it is to God. We should guard it with our lives and with all our might. We need to learn to be aware and to recognize when anything that is contrary to the good life that God calls us to live, that that is something we need to get rid of and weed out of our lives. Our heart is the thing that “Determines the course of your life”, so if you are just giving in to these little things, soon they may become big things and steer you off of the course and call God has for you. God has big plans for you and your life, so guard your heart and surrender your everything to walk with him and follow after him. It will definitely be a battle, but thank God, he gave us the victory!
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
So I challenge you today, examine your life and heart and see if there are any “little things” that you are holding onto. If there are recognize that that is an attack from the devil, even though it may be subtle and sweet, it will give you big problems when trying to be a light for Jesus. If there is a “little thing” or “frenemy” that you have realized is there, than ask God for his help to resist that temptation and get rid of it. Like I said, it may be a battle, but remember that God has given you the victory, so be strong and persistent! God will be your strength when you are weak.