| | The deceived elephant.....
I watched a movie that mentioned a curious fact. It had a picture of a massive elephant, with one flimsy cord around its foot, tied to a small wooded stake in the ground. That one stake kept the elephant totally quiet. It never yanked at the stake, obtaining its freedom, although it could easily be accomplished. The stake had deceived him.
How was this possible? The elephant was massive, stronger than 1000 stakes, and yet, it had power over this beast.
The reason? Early in the elephants life, as a young calf, a strong rope and stake was used to keep the elephant from exercising its will. It learned that the stake could not be moved, that it was the master and the elephant its captive.
As the elephant grew, the stake remained but eventually was replaced with a small flimsy cord and weak wooden stake. Yet, the mystique of the stake remained in the elephant's psyche. And it remained still a captive to it.
How like the elephant we are as Christians. Early in our lives, we learn that our flesh is in control, and will do as it wills. We can fight against its desires, but eventually the fight will be lost and we will be captive still to our old nature. How satan has used this constant failure to deceive us as we have entered the kingdom of God and tried to walk in the spirit.
Here are the facts:
We are told that we can do all things thru Christ that strengthens us.
We are told that sin shall no longer be our master.
We are told that we are new creatures and the old nature has been dealt a death ****.
Yet, thru lies, our enemy convinces us that what our heart hungers after is impossible, for we are "only human" Our stake is the memories of our past failures and God wants us to stand up in the liberty that Christ has given us and free us from the lies satan continually feeds our minds and our hearts.
The stake shall not hold us. That man is dead. We are new creatures in Christ and God will keep us from falling. Our eyes must get off the stake, filled with unbelief, and look to our new master, that wants us to live free and full of the joy of the Lord.
May God give us ears to hear and hungry hearts that long for freedom.