Cleaning up several overgrown, poison ivy filled areas for a single mom with a mentally disabled child.
Poison ivy looks harmless; without someone telling you, or having experienced having it before, the appearance of it wouldn’t be very alarming: just another green leaf. It’s similar to satan and the things of this world. God tells us satan, who is the “god of this world,” “is transformed into an angel of light.” Satan transforms himself to appear as an angel of light, to appear as one who is benevolent. And the things which he offers are, as Solomon says, “deceitful meat,” and if we eat of them, God promises, “the morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up.” [Prov 23:8] Satan’s heart is not with us, and what he offers comes from the earth, his current dominion.
Just like poison ivy looks deceitfully plain, it causes much harm. So we, as children of Light, children of the Day, must, as Peter exhorts,
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." [1 Pe 5:8-9]
We are to be of sober minds, “for the purpose of prayers,” and awake, staying on guard with The Lord’s help and direction, for “except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” We ought also to resist him, and that with God’s provided armor. Paul speaks, controlled by God’s Spirit,
"From this point onward my brethren, receive ability in The Lord, and in the complete authority of His power to overcome resistance. Clothe yourselves with the complete set of weaponry which derives from God, that ye may be able to stand unmoving against the devil’s methodologies. [This is] because we are not in a struggle against flesh and blood but against rulers, against delegated powers, against the world-rulers of the darkness of the age, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies. Wherefore take up the complete set of weaponry which derives from God with the intention of using it, so that ye may be able to resist/oppose [spiritual enemies] in the evil day, and having labored to [that day’s] conclusion, to stand unmoving. Therefore stand unmoving, having girded your loins with truth and having clothed yourselves with the breastplate of righteousness; and having shod the feet with preparation/preparedness [which is] derived from the gospel of peace. Above all, having taken up the full-body shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the arrows of the evil one, which have been set on fire. And receive the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the spoken word of God, through all prayer and supplication, praying in every season in The Spirit, and unto this very thing, staying vigilant with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." [Eph 6:10-18]
Post: Armor of God
Post: Seek the Meat which Endures