Soon after we arrived in Budapest,* my husband's wallet was pick- pocketed on a crowded tram. The thief managed to remove the wallet from my husband's buttoned pocket.
Afterwards, we remembered some suspicious behavior. Perhaps if we hadn't been jet-lagged we'd have been more careful and alert. But you can bet we've been more careful since this theft.
In some ways, this situation mirrors our spiritual lives.
John 10:10 identifies the world's worst thief and 1 Peter 5:8 warns us: "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." (NLT)
Fortunately, we have solid Biblical ways to keep Satan from stealing our treasures by:
- Keeping our treasures in the right "pockets" (i.e. not storing them on earth-Matthew 6:19-21).
- Staying alert in prayer (Colossians 4:2).
- Wearing protective Christian "gear" (Ephesians 6:10-18).
*We did Christian work in Budapest for 5 years and we return each year for 2-3 months.
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