Malevolent power that reaches far beyond invisibility of the possessor. It’s goal, to seek domination. The only antidote is destruction of the ring. Like magic the inscription only reveals itself when placed in flames all the while it’s so innocent. After all, it’s just a gold ring.
Do you believe in lucky charms?
When I read about the word “talisman” I’ll be completely honest, I had never heard the word before. Beyond curious, I had to look it up.
What I found out is that a Talisman is an object like an amulet, charm, medallion, etc. that someone believes holds special powers that will protect him/her from evil and bring them good luck and good fortune. My first thought was of the famous ring from Lord of the Rings. Stunning is its beauty, alluring, captivating and even mesmerizing and innocent, unassuming, and safe. Possessing it holds great promises.
~ Beauty or Bait ~
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy …” John 10:10 (ESV)
The ring reminds me a lot of Satan. The enemy doesn’t walk around in plain sight dressed in a red cape, pitchfork and pointed horns on his head. That would be too obvious and too easy to recognize. That image screams DANGER! Oh no, he comes dressed as an attractive man or woman. He comes dressed as a luxurious new car you can’t afford. He comes dressed in a wildly popular Rated R movie containing images that compromise your faith. He comes dressed in delicious sauces and rich flavors of food for you to overindulge in. He approaches the flock dressed in sheeps clothing. Unassuming.
No, I do not believe in good luck charms, luck of any kind, nor do I believe in coincidence.
While the power of the ring maybe alluring and tout the promise of power, Jesus Christ is everlasting and promises life eternal. His promise declares just that and He proves faithful.
The power of the blood of Jesus that was shed on the hill of Golgotha is the only Power, the only Authority, the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life.
One scripture, two promises …
The first part of John 10:10 is the promise of death and destruction that Satan boldly proclaims. The second half of the same scripture declare the promise of our loving Father God who will provide life and life in abundance
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 (NIV)
The struggle is real each and every day. Sometimes we have to take life minute by minute to keep the attacks of the enemy at bay. As we dress daily let us be reminded to also dress in the Armor of God (Ephesians 6) so that we are fully equipped for the battle that is before us each morning until we rest our heads at night. Guaranteed Satan does not take a break, but the Good News is that neither does our Lord God Almighty.
God bless each of you!
In response to the daily prompt: talisman
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