Our enemy on the prowl

like-a-roaring-lion“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

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Satan is seeking something far more than our injury. He wants more than to simply delay or stunt our spiritual growth.

He is seeking our destruction.

We must never forget that he will use every means at his disposal to accomplish that goal.

Today I want to address one of his most effective tactics…a tactic that doesn’t involve obvious external sin. Satan is too smart for that…he is far more subtle.

He moves us closer to self-destruction by increasing our self-reliance.

When I rely on myself…I am not relying on God.

When I am not relying on God…I am vulnerable to pride, self-delusion, and a whole host of other sins.

Sins that lead inevitably to a fall.

It’s an amazing strategy…allow us to become important in our own eyes…then bring it all crashing down.

That’s how he devours us.

We in the medical profession are set up perfectly for this fall.

We are actually taught to rely on ourselves and our abilities in the practice of medicine. We are prepared throughout medical school and residency for the day when we practice medicine and hold the lives of patients in our hands.

In the secular world of medical education…there is no such things as reliance on God.

There is only us…the practicing physician.

We are taught that we are the experts in our field.

To be effective Christian physicians…we must actively fight this indoctrination into self-reliance.

We must recognize early and often that we our ultimate reliance should be on God…for everything.

In every action throughout our day…we are either relying on Him… or ourselves.

Relying on ourselves leads us to build a house of cards that eventually will fall.

Relying on Him allows us to build upon the Rock…that cannot be shaken or destroyed.

We can fight self-reliance by bringing Christ into our daily patient encounters.

We move away from self-reliance when we actively seek His assistance in our decisions on their behalf.

This requires more than simply saying a prayer at the beginning of the day and forgetting about God for the remainder.

It requires learning the ongoing…continual practice of His presence.

Then you won’t be devoured…

Prayer: Lord, show me my areas of self-reliance and help me repent.

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