By: Darlene G. Snyder
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Why does a Christian swallow the poison Satan offers? Aren’t we supposed to be strong in the Lord and able to fight off whatever Satan sends our way? When we are only Sipping the Living Water, our thirst isn’t quenched so we go elsewhere looking for something more. This is usually how we are ensnarled into the grip of Satan believing his lies and doing his bidding, regardless of how strong we perceive ourselves to be. In reality, our weakness and failures take hold, overwhelming us.
What are some things we could possibly consider as Satan’s poison? I’m not good enough or I’m not strong enough are examples of lies we believe. Out of these lies self-doubt and self-loathing are born. Nobody loves me, or I’m so alone are additional examples of our gullible beliefs. These beliefs causes even the best Christian to search for love in the wrong places.
What does a Christian who is Sipping the Living Water look like? First, I’d suggest if you look into the mirror, you might see a sipping kind of Christian. Very few Christians plunge into the Living Water. Most of us want to pretend we are there, pretend the water is rushing over us – protecting us from the lies Satan feeds us. But, it takes one negative thing to happen in our lives, then our weaknesses allow some of those lies to penetrate our lives and mind.
Other examples of Christians who are sippers are those who forgo reading the Bible, forgetting that God’s word is sharper than a two edged sword. We leave our weapon at home on a shelf. How then can we expect to fight Satan without our weapon of defense? Christians who neglect their prayer life also lessen their defenses. Those who abandon the practice of gathering together with other Christians in worship are most susceptible and likely to swallow Satan’s lies.
Many times in life, we find friends, family and acquaintances who succumb to the lies Satan offers. We have many examples of true-life happenings and events that show how Satan’s poison and lies can penetrate lives. The results often are detrimental to families, churches and friends of those involved.
Famed founder of the PTL Club, Jim Bakker didn’t start out swallowing Satan’s poison. When he began his ministry, it was just that, a ministry. According to www.wikipedia.org Bakker’s son Jay, who is now a minister, wrote of the PTL years in his book, Son of a Preacher, “The world at large has focused on my parents’ preaching of prosperity, but…I heard a different message — one of forgiveness and the abundance of God’s love. I remember my dad always seating a mentally handicapped man in the front row and hugging him. And when vandals burned an African American church down, Dad made sure its parishioners got the funds to rebuild. His goal (my emphasis) was to make PTL a place where anyone with a need could walk in off the streets and have that need met.”
Jailed after being convicted of overselling timeshares to a hotel on the PTL grounds, his life was already in shambles from the admission that he committed adultery. Jim Bakker had time to think and reflect upon his actions. In his book, I was Wrong, he wrote, “I was appalled that I could have been so wrong, and I was deeply grateful that God had not struck me dead as a false prophet”
What is Living Water? He is the Living Water. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:38 (NIV)
I just love that verse. Maybe because I love creeks and streams so well, but maybe more than that, the thought of streams of living water flowing within me sounds so empowering. That stream of Living Water is my immunization against any poison Satan sends my way.