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Rambo Ricky and the Black Dog

It was probably twelve years ago when this happened. I don't know why when I walked out of my house this morning it was the first thing I thought of.....
     I was walking around my car about to get in it when a dog appeared close to my car and scared me to death.  It was a mean dog.  Growling at me and showing me his teeth.  I'm normally not scared of dogs but this one really acted like he wanted to bite me.  I took off running back into the house to get Ricky.  Of course Ricky Tanksley could wrestle a bear so he jumps up ready to take action.  He decided to go out the front door of the house to hopefully catch the dog off guard.  Unfortunately, when I came in to get Ricky, I didn't shut the breezeway door all the way and just about the time Ricky was headed out the front door this dog comes running through the breezeway door into our house!  I was petrified.  I made sure that the kids were in their rooms with the doors shut so that the dog couldn't hurt them.  By now, Ricky has his gun and the dog has made his way into my kitchen.  The dog is acting like a possessed dog.  He doesn't seem to be the least bit scared of Ricky.  The dog actually tries to jump on my kitchen counter but wasn't quite big enough to get up there.  Rambo Ricky jumps on the kitchen bar with a gun pointed at this wild dog.  I'm panicking thinking that my kitchen is about to be shot up!  Thankfully we managed to open the back door and the dog ran out of the house.   I was in shock.  I couldn't believe what had happened.  All day that day I had the eeriest feeling.
     Lo and behold, the next morning as I am getting in my car, I noticed this same dog sitting by the highway looking at our house.  It seemed to be "stalking" us. It seemed like some evil presence was close by......
     This story reminds me that we have an enemy watching us.  We may find ourselves face to face with Satan before we realize he's been lurking in the shadows watching our every move long before he attacks.  Satan sits back and watches us from a distance.  Just like me leaving the back door cracked open allowed the dog to enter my home, we leave cracks open in our lives that allow the enemy to enter and gain some control.  We become distracted and don't spend time getting nourished in the Word of God.  We harbor unforgiveness.  We have unconfessed sin in our lives.  We have our modern day idols.  The enemy looks for a weak link to enter.  He gets inside our minds and our homes; he tries to wreak havoc on our families.
     The Bible tells us that we are in a spiritual war (Ephesians 6:12 - For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places).  When the enemy uses one of his weapons against us, what do we do?  We don't get a gun....we get GOD"S WORD.  We speak truth against the lies of the enemy.  We tell the enemy who we are in Christ.  We have a choice to make.  We can allow him to cause fear and confusion in our lives or we can claim God's promises and use those promises to win the spiritual battle.
     When I look back on the day the dog invaded our home, I don't have fear.  It almost seems like a dream.  Never would I have thought a dog could have come in our home uninvited.  What this does make me think about is standing firm and being on guard against the enemy.  He is a much bigger threat than that dog.  Satan is alive and well.  He is working overtime to steal, kill, and destroy the lives of God's people (John 10:10 - The thief does not come except to steal, kill, and destroy.....).  Be on guard. Stand Firm. 
 Don't allow Satan to be an uninvited guest in your home.

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