Do not let them live in your land or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you. Exodus 23:33
Residing with a physical enemy is not something that most people would be willing to agree to do knowingly. The danger of having an enemy so close is understood and avoided.
On the surface most people attempt to stay away from danger. They want to live their lives being happy and carefree in the moment with very little concern for eternity or the undercurrents of the enemy.
God tells the Israelites that when they get into the new land, they are to not allow the people of the land or enemy to live there with them, because they will ensnare them in the worship of their gods.
While people will be quick to say that they would never allow their enemies into their homes, they are allowing the enemy into their homes on a daily basis, and many believers are doing the same thing.
Believers go to church on Sundays, worshipping God and claiming to follow Him alone, but throughout the rest of the week they allow the enemy into their homes. Satan walks into their homes through media of various sorts.
Movies, music and online sites that promote sin and things against God are watched, read and listened to on a regular basis. All these things are often idolized as ‘great’ by many believers becoming a great snare in their lives. Over time of allowing these things, many fall into more sin and worshipping false gods, rather than God.
Every believer must be willing to shut the door of their lives on the enemy and worship God alone. One must be willing to turn and flee from all sin and appearance of sin and be holy as God is holy.
Take an inventory of your life and what you allow into your life. Do the people and things you allow into your life draw you closer to God or attempt to pull you away from God?
The world has nothing to offer that is lasting and life giving. Satan is only out to kill and destroy you. Do not allow the things of this world to be a snare in your life.
Be willing to worship God alone and keep the enemy from getting a hold in your life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the enemy in your life; that you will strive to be holy as God is holy; that you will worship God alone; and that God will help you get rid of the snares of the enemy in your life.