Beware of the Wolf
Beware of the people we let into our lives. They do not always have our best interest at heart. These type of people I call wolves. A wolf comes in the disguise of a sheep, humble and nice. Eventhough, their true intention is to devour anything in it’s way. Let me give you a few examples of the wolf.
The wolf at work
This person seems to enjoy negativity. Initially, you may not notice it because they have presented themselves in such a loving manner. Take notice of their conversations and interactions with others. A wolf lures you in by presenting themselves as a trusting friend. They start off with positive comments, but soon the positivity has a sliver of negativity. This is their way of seeking you out. They want to see if you will stop them or speak up for what is right. If they notice you like to indulge in their conversations, their tactic to destroy the peace around you is working. Sorry, the wolf is luring you from the shepherd. Notice how much drama surrounds them at work. If you start to notice it around you, RUN from them! IT will not get better!
The wolf in a marriage
Pay attention to the respect level they have for their spouse. Usually, it’s always their partner’s fault for whatever is going wrong. Their seems to be no responsibility taken into account for their unfavorable actions. If so, it’s usually a quick acknowledgement then a few words to redeem themselves of their ugly behavior. And trust me! The wolf will find a way to plant seeds of discord in your head against the love of your life. “You don’t have to do what they tell you to do!” “If he/she attacks you, attack them!” “You can do whatever you want to do!” They will invite you to be part of things or surroundings that is not beneficial to your marriage. Ummm, news flash! You have a wolf in your life! Take note of how you treat your spouse after being around them for a period of time. If your actions or starting to mimic theirs…you have been lured by the wolf. A true accountability partner never condones wrong doing nor retaliation for any action done by the opposite spouse. They will help you to find a solution to the matter, never allow nor encourage you to ridicule /demean your spouse, pray/fast with you, guide you to counseling, and ask enough questions to find out if you’re being totally honest about the information you are giving to them.
*Misery loves company. If the wolf notices your marriage and/or any relationship is going good and their’s is not…beware, they are coming for you. Be wise and watchful!
The wolf in the family
Observe their relationship with other family members. Do they have a tendency to highlight “less than glorious things” about family members? Once again…they start out with nice compliments, but quickly moves into the negative realm if they see you enjoy listening to them. Hone in on their intentions. Remember a wolf only wants to bring division, not unity. They talk a good game, but live a different life. I guarantee, if you began to discuss positive aspects of their nonsense they will distant themselves from you. A wolf’s tactics can only work if you allow them to.
Fight the wolf
The job of the wolf is to seek, kill, and destroy! Their is no in-between. We as humans, have a tendency to feel like we can change individuals for the better. That’s God’s job!! God can use us to be pillars of light, but only if we are strong enough to handle the job. A weak christian will become a victim of the wolf. How? You compromise your christian values by doing what they do. There is no possible way for you to lead if you are indulging or condoning foolish behavior. There is no straddling the fence. The Bible declares for us to be hot or cold. Stay Hot! Do not get lured by the wolf. We allow the the wolf to come in when our prayer life is not strong and we are not reading/applying God’s word to our life. Be vigilant in doing what’s right! God has given us power over ALL the powers of the enemy!! No weapon formed against us shall prosper!!
Ask God to show you the wolf/wolves in your life. You know…those people who are taking away and not adding fruit (Godly characteristics) to your life. Make sure you are not the wolf. I must confess…I have been a wolf before. I didn’t always have the best intentions for those who wronged me. So, I operated in manipulation to retaliate or get my way. I have also fallen prey to the wolf out of ignorance and stubbornness. I didn’t want to forgive and remove people who had no meaning/purpose for my life. Writing this post brings me into a greater place of accountability before God. I have to live a honorable life for Christ.
Everybody cannot go where you are going in life. Some people have to be cutoff! If you continue with a wolf, they will only destroy the good in your life. In the end, you will only have regret and shame. Stay close to the shepherd (God).
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot (KJV Revelation 3:15).
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (KJV Luke 10:19).
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tonguethat shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn (KJV Isaiah 54:17).
What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder (KJV Mark 10:9)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith…(Galations 5:22).
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (KJV John 10:10).
I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.…(KJV John 10:11-13).