Since the beginning of time, theft has been a common aspect of life. Humans love to take what isn't theirs. This week I read an interesting article that discussed ways we become "easy targets" for thieves. Some of the ways are very common and easy to solve, but the statistics are alarming. The article said that 50% of "break-ins" aren't "break-ins", but "walk-ins". 43% of American households don't lock their doors! Something as simple as keeping all doors and windows locked will cut down on half of the home robberies. Also, leaving the garage open is a huge detriment to keeping your possessions safe. Obviously, thieves can steal your possessions in the garage, but since the theives can't be seen from the street, they wait for the opportune time to break in the house. However, the article mentioned one of the biggest causes of theft I had never considered, Facebook. That's right. When you inform the world "What's On Your Mind" with exciting vacation plans, theives read them and can't wait for you to get out of town! The article recommended leaving inexpensive kids' toys on the lawn and sharing news of your vacation when you return.
But Satan, the wisest thief who steals the Christian soul, can view us as an "Easy Target" if we aren't extremely careful. If you're guilty of these poor spiritual "habits", you're inviting Satan into your life to take whatever he wants.
1) Failing to study the Word (When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan, each time Jesus combated Satan's schemes with "It is written." Do you know what's "written"? If you don't, Satan will come right in and steal your salvation.)
2) Forgetting to pray (James wrote in James 4:7-8, "...Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you." How can you resist the devil and come near to God the Father if you don't communicate with Him? Through the name of Jesus Christ, speak with Almighty God multiple times a day!)
3) "Forsaking the assembly" (One hour a week is NOT enough to fight the power of Satan. EVERY time the church opens its doors you need to be there. If you don't surround yourself with God's people, Satan will surround you!)
It was Peter who said, "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8) Satan is searching, and Satan is ready to steal. Make sure you're not an "Easy Target!"