What’s Choking the Life Out of You?

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My husband and I love to hike. Our first stop on any vacation is the Visitor’s Welcome Center to find the best trails for exploring new territory. In Southwest Florida, a recommended nature trail introduced us to the Strangler Fig. The beginning of a Strangler Fig appears insignificant as a seed finds an available space to call home. Don’t be fooled. As the fig grows, it reaches tentacle-like arms around the host tree. This is not a hug of gratitude, but rather the slow strangulation of the seemingly stronger host. Eventually, the host tree dies and the Strangler Fig puts down roots to claim what now belongs to it.

The spiritual implications of the Strangler Fig did not escape me. Satan needs very little space in our minds to start spreading his lies. We need to be filled with the things of God to keep Satan from finding that foothold in our lives. Satan’s goal is to grow his grip around our minds, our hearts and our souls. Slowly, but surely, Satan intends to strangle the life out of us, claiming us as his own. Don’t be fooled, it won’t end well.

God offers us the protection of His hug. Hug God back and don’t let go. God’s goal is to surround us with His love. God gives abundant life in His Son Jesus Christ so we can survive and thrive. With God filling the nooks and crannies of our lives, Satan will have to move on to more fertile ground. Satan constantly reminds us of what is choking the life out of us. God constantly reminds us that Jesus Christ died on the cross to win our freedom from Satan’s stranglehold.

 

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.

 

Luke 11:24-26

“When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first.”

 

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13 thoughts on “What’s Choking the Life Out of You?

  1. jerralea

    What a good word! And a great analogy!

    Satan is very much like that strangler fig – and I think he tries to use busy-ness as a way to suck the life out of us.

    I like your solution – Hug God tighter!

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  2. Very powerful analogy. That fig sure has an incredible grip; but greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. We have the strength through Him to break free from the clutches of the evil one, no matter how overwhelming our circumstances may seem.

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  3. “God offers us the protection of His hug. Hug God back and don’t let go. God’s goal is to surround us with His love. God gives abundant life in His Son Jesus Christ so we can survive and thrive. ” Yes, Satan is lurking around, just finding our weakness, ready to strangle the light and faith in us. Thank you for reminding us today to be more vigilant. To pray and seek God’s help to be strong and resist temptation. God bless and your family.

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    • Island Traveler, 1 Peter 5:8 is Scripture’s warning, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” That is a powerful mental picture that scares me without the hug of God’s protection. Take care my friend and we’ll pray for each other to stand firm in our faith!

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  4. Debbie I appreciated very much your allegory and as you shared, …..The beginning of a Strangler Fig appears insignificant as a seed finds an available space to call home. I wonder how many have been deceived into believing that they are still under the Slavery of sin and so they make available fertile ground for Satan to enter in but what does Jesus tell us…..

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    Romans 6:18-20 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 6-7 ) Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man/woman deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    Satan can’t enter in where there is Holy ground, good and evil cannot co-exist, Sin separates us from God, this is why we must put our Carnal flesh to death as we aim to be perfected in Love and we than walk like Jesus is in this world because He is within us.

    Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

    1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    1 John 2:4-6 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His Commandments, is a liar, and the Truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

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  5. Yes Debbie and we show we have His freedom and as we see confirmed in the Scriptures I shared above, when we are Born Again we don’t sin, we can’t because we no longer have Adam.s seed we have God’s seed or Nature, the old has gone the new has come, we are set free from the Slavery of sin and when we are Born Again we no longer sin.

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    Blessings – Anne

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