Gigi and I had the unique opportunity to tour the Historical Gorgas House Museum on the campus of the University of Alabama yesterday, as part of a contract job. It’s a beautiful old home and the oldest building left from the original campus (built thirty years before the Civil War).
Confession time: When I am in some super old, historical place, with artifacts laid out for all to see, this evil spirit rises up from my toes and I have this burning desire to take something.
I want to steal something.
The sewing kit with the ivory animals on top, the wooden lap desk (would’ve been hard to hide), the kneeling bench (would have been close to impossible to hide), or at least one of the super old books (I have quite a collection of old books–none of which have been stolen…yet).
I wonder if that’s how the Enemy is with our souls.
Do you think that’s how the Devil is with our minds?
He knows he really shouldn’t be there in the first place, but we open the door and he opens the lid of one thing that doesn’t belong to him and then this passion rises up from his guts and he says, “Oh my gosh! I want this stuff!!!! Look at that old dusty trust! Check out the faith that is over there on that shelf! I’d love to get my hands on that hope and if I could just sneak away with his Peace…”
Quiet at times.
And absolutely out to steal everything good we have. Every bit of legacy and purpose and all the riches we’ve stored up in our spirit…Satan would love to walk right out the front door with them like nothing ever happened.
He’s a thief.
Don’t let him steal from you.
John 10:6-10 (MSG):
“I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”