Skeeters - May 5, 2018
James Collins

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11

I am excited about the nice spring weather that we have been experiencing. When the weather is nice, I like to work in my yard. I like to work in my yard because it is good exercise. I like to work in my yard because it is good therapy. I like to work in my yard because my wife tells me to go work in the yard.

I don’t know about where you live, but at our house, mosquitos were terrible last summer. We don’t call them mosquitos. We call them skeeters. The skeeters were terrible at my house last year. I don’t know why, but skeeters love me. I guess it is because I’m so sweet. Skeeters love me. They buzz me. They swarm me. They attack me. They sting me. Anytime, I go outside it’s like they have a skeeter spotter flying around up there that says, “Hey guys, the all you can eat preacher buffet is open at the Collins house. Come on!”

When I work out in the yard, my wife, Amanda, likes to come out and supervise me. She stands there and supervises my work. She says things like, “You’re mowing that grass wrong.” She says things like, “You need to fertilize.” She says things like, “I know that you worked all day putting in that flower bed, but I really don’t like it there. I want you to dig it up and move it over there.” She supervises me.

Anyway, last summer, I was working in the yard one day. Amanda was outside supervising me. All of a sudden, “WHAP!” Something hit me across the back of the head. I was seeing stars. I turned around and my wonderful wife was standing there with an open hand. She had hit me upside the back of my head. She hit me pretty hard too. I thought I might lose consciousness. I thought I had a concussion. I couldn’t believe it. I caught my breath and said, “What are you doing?” She said, “There was a skeeter on your head.” I said, “Did you get it?” She said, “No. I don’t think so.”

Suddenly, Amanda started yelling, “There he is. There he is.” That skeeter was buzzing around me. Amanda started slapping me. She was about to beat me to death. I don’t know what was worse, getting stung by that skeeter or getting slapped around by Amanda.” Despite Amanda’s assault, that skeeter kept on buzzing around me. He kept dive bombing me. Before long, he found some friends and they swarmed me.

The point is: I know that was a silly story, but it is a picture of the demon dive bombers that come at us every day. Like those skeeters, the devil’s demons are dive bombing us. They are trying to tear your marriage and family apart. They are trying to stop you from raising your children with Christian values. They are trying to keep you from serving Jesus. They are trying to destroy your Christian walk. They are trying to keep you from going to church.

Fortunately, God has given us protection from the devil and his demons. We have the full armor of God. The full armor of God is found in Ephesians 6. It is the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God, the Bible. When the demonic forces attack, you should use Scripture to slap back at them.

Are you under attack? Are you being dive bombed? Are you in a situation that seems hopeless? God has made a way for you to deal with whatever the devil throws at you. Turn to the Father through Jesus, His Son. The Lord Jesus Christ can squash your problems like a bug.

James Collins hates skeeters and the devil. 

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