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On the way to church one June morning, I saw a mother and father and baby buggy on the side of a very busy and dangerous road. I saw the wife adjusting the backpack on the father’s back, as they were getting ready to take their baby for a walk. What was so bizarre about this scene is the mother and father were dressed in costumes. The father was dressed as a Wolf, while the mother was dressed like Little Red Riding Hood. The spiritual symbolism of what I was seeing in the physical realm, as I was traveling to church, hit me immediately. Little Red Riding Hood was married to the Wolf, and together they had a Child!

If you recall, from the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf’s main goal was to deceive Little Red Riding Hood into thinking he was her loving grandmother, so that she would get close enough in order for him to devour her. Because I saw the Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood together, with a child, I realized just how deceived Little Red Riding Hood must have become. Not only was she living her life "MARRIED" to the Wolf, which was a life of deception, but out of this deception she also "BIRTHED" a baby into the Wolf’s dangerous world.

In this scene, that I saw playing out on the side of the road, the Wolf obviously represents Satan and his World. Little Red Riding Hood on the other hand represents one of God’s children. Her red cape symbolizes being covered and clothed with the blood of Jesus. As God’s children, we are indeed clothed with Jesus’s righteousness, but that does not mean that the enemy won’t still try to deceive us with his worldly ways in our daily lives. Even Satan knows that God gave his children FREEWILL to make their own choices on how to live!

Because we live in Satan's world daily, it means that we need to be trained to recognize our enemy and his sneaky ways. Trust me, his ways are deceptive. What may look harmless is often times not! The truth often gets twisted in this life. Blurred. Manipulated. Lines get crossed. What starts out as a one time thing, may quickly become an addiction. Things once seen as black and white may start to appear grayer. It may seem harder to recognize what’s true or what’s false. What’s light and what’s dark? Therefore, daily, we need to be on the look out for how the enemy is trying to kill, steal, and destroy us through his lies.

The best way to thwart the enemy's schemes is to become so intimate with your heavenly Father and his son Jesus, and their TRUTH, that you become so acutely aware of Satan’s deceptive ways, that you don't fall for his traps. In addition, you need make it a habit to regularly ask your heavenly Father to tell you how you are currently being deceived, because only he knows! In fact, if you are currently being deceived, you won't actually know it, and will need HIS insight and help. I am sure that if you ask God this question he will readily let you know if, or how, you are being deceived, because he too does not want any of his children to live unaware!

If you find yourself already MARRIED to an aspect of the world, even though you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you need to first accept the fact that you have been deceived, by falling for one of Satan's lies. Know that by believing the lie, and living out the lie in your life, it is as if you have come into COVENANT with it. But don't despair! There is a way out! Renounce the sin, the addiction, the habit, the dangerous way of living! Demand an immediate DIVORCE! Cut off all soul ties to Satan and his ways. Have fellow believers lay hands on you, anoint you, and pray for your immediate release! In essence you need to completely walk away from the lie, declaring out loud, with the power and authority that Jesus gave you against the enemy that you will NO LONGER be married to this aspect of the world. Through this process, remember to ask Jesus for forgiveness for falling for Satan's lies. Then ask Jesus for his HELP and STRENGTH in freeing you from this dangerous way of living FOREVER!

As believers in Jesus Christ, your mission in life, my mission in life, should be to become so ONE with our heavenly Father that we are never deceived by, or get close to, the enemy again! For we do not want to become married to any of Satan’s ways of life! And, God forbid, we surely do not want something unknowingly BIRTHED out of us, from Satan's world, that has the potential to negatively affect and/or influence our children and families for generations to come!

So make sure to draw near to God and Jesus every single day. In doing so, you will be resisting the devil and he will be forced to FLEE, so that you too can live your life abundantly and thrive! Hallelujah!!! Thank you Jesus!!!

John 10:10-15 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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