Shepherd’s Notes

Fall is my favorite time of the year.   The cool, crisp air in the morning, the beautiful colors in the trees, pumpkins and fall festivals are some of my favorite things about this season.  Another of my favorite things is spending time in the outdoors and enjoying the wildlife.  If you have ever spent some time just watching deer, you will notice how they walk, how they eat, and how they maneuver through the woods and fields.   They are very skittish animals.  They are constantly looking around for danger.  They may eat a bite or two, but then they are looking around to see what might be a threat. They have very heightened senses of sight, hearing and smell.  And, for good reason since they have some natural predators.   They also have good defenses, being able to react quickly, run fast and jump over obstacles. 

As Christians, we should have that same heightened sense of awareness to sin.   We should constantly be looking around us for threats from Satan and should be very cautious of how we enter into certain situations or go about our daily lives.  1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (NKJV).  Scripture also tells us how to defend ourselves as well when that threat makes an appearance.  Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us to clothe ourselves with the whole armor of God that we may be able to “stand against the wiles of the devil”.   It is up to us to be diligent and to use the defenses God has made available to us.