In pouring through the case file I came across a photo of the woman, we were after, and her young son. As I studied the photograph I saw he was holding a large, light blue teddy bear. The photo was old because the bear was almost as big as he was back then, but now he is much older. “That’s it!” I thought. “We’ve got her now.”
A few hours later, we were in place. The woman was hiding out in an old abandoned warehouse. She had been on the run for a few years now. She made no purchases herself or appeared in public. She had help, a support network to keep her whereabouts secret. That is until one of those with her turned against her and disclosed her location to one of my associates.
I walked up to the front of the warehouse carrying the bear. The same one her son used to have. I walked away and then we announced over a bullhorn that we had her son. A few minutes later the door to the warehouse opened and someone, other than her, reached through it and grabbed the bear. About fifteen minutes later the woman gave herself up.
This peaceful capture of a fugitive worked because we hit her where she was weak. We realized she probably struggled every day with the guilt of leaving her son behind in order to live a life of crime, and to stay hidden so she could be what she thought was free. But what kind of freedom is it to never be able to show your face in public, or hug your son?
Okay, in full disclosure, I borrowed the above plot, with a little bit of tweaking from a well written, popular TV drama on Netflix. I did so to make a couple of points:
- Satan knows where you are weak, and he will do anything to attack you in that place. He does not play fair at all. His operation is completely diabolical. He hates God, and to him, you are nothing but a pawn in the battle over souls. The devil lies, steals, and cheats to build his kingdom. God uses love to build his kingdom. And He gave as well. He gave us his only Son to die for us, so we could live.
- True freedom is in Christ Jesus. Having your sins forgiven, your wrong doing wiped away by the action of Jesus on the cross. You see, when your sins are forgiven there is nothing the devil can use to attack you. You don’t live with guilt, or regret. You have the word of God that can be used against the devil to resist temptation as well. But wait, there’s more! You have the power of all of heaven on your side to help fight the battle and to stand firm.
Stop the sneaky attacks of Satan once and for all. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and enter into a realm of living in freedom. Bask in the love of God and share this Truth with others, so they too can experience God, experience life the way God intended it to be.
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