Sly Tactics of Satan. 1 Peter 5 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Ephesians 6 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil….
Sly Tactics of Satan
1 Peter 5
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil….
16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
How To Behave Around Alligators
Plain, Simple, Straight-forward Rules
Different Reactions to the Rules
Shun All Advice–Throw Rules In Trash
Put Rules on Dashboard—Will Read Later
Read, Follow Rules & Enjoy visit to the park
REMEMBER: When in the Park, you are in the Alligator’s World!
REMEMBER: When in the World, you are in Satan’s World!
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2 Cor. 4:4).
God Has Given Us Rules To Live By In Satan’s World!
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psa. 119:105).
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63).
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ
(2 Cor. 11:3).
Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with enticing words (Col. 2:4).
God’s Commandments Are Good
And the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day (Deut. 6:24).
For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality (Col. 3:25).
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Gal. 6:7-8).
Alligator Etiquette - Rule 1
Absolutely Do Not Feed or Annoy the Alligators
Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good (Rom.12:9).
Abstain from every form of evil (1 Thess. 5:22).
Often, We are not as strong as we think we are!
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall (1 Cor. 10:12).
“I can handle a little alcohol.”
“That movie won’t affect me.”
“I’m just going to do it just this once.”
“My old friends won’t cause me to sin.”
“Missing just one service won’t hurt me.”
“I’ll let my child do this, it won’t hurt, and we’ll stop right here.”
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise (Prov. 20:1).
Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly; At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper (Prov. 23:31-32).
Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life (Prov. 4:23).
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? (Rom. 6:16).
And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (Luke 12:15).
Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits. (1 Cor. 15:33).
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching (Heb. 10:25).
Would you let your child see how close to a snake or an alligator he/she could get?
Alligator Etiquette - Rule 1a
Speak to those Violating the Rules or Contact a Ranger Immediately.
Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me (Ezek. 3:17-21).
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted (Gal. 6:1).
How would we react if we saw othersplaying in a nest of baby gators?
“Am I my brother’s keeper?”
“Let’s not rush into anything.”
“A few little bites won’t hurt them.”
“Their intent is good.”
“Most people don’t get hurt by a gator.”
“I don’t want to offend them.”
Why do we react to physical danger so differently than to spiritual danger?
Alligator Etiquette - Rule 2
If You Love Your Pet, Keep It On A Leash
And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4).
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him (Prov. 22:15).
Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction (Prov. 19:18).
Alligator Etiquette – Rule 3
Do Not Assume Alligators Are Slow-moving or Sluggish!
Do not be deceived—Satan is the master of deception (Jn. 8:44).
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him (Rev. 12:9).
Too Many View Satan as Harmless or Non-existent:
Just a Tool God Uses to
get us to comply with His Will
Deceived Eve (Gen. 3:4-6)
Deceived prophet of God (1 Kgs. 13)
Tried to deceive Christ (Mt. 4)
Spouse & Children (Mt. 10:34-36)
Wicked Women (Prov. 7:5-21)
False Teachers (Mt. 7:15-20)
Friends (1 Cor. 15:33)
Riches (Mt. 13:22)
Philosophy (Col. 2:8)
Wine (Prov. 23:31-32)
Self (1 Cor. 3:18)
Pride (Obadiah 1:3)
How Do We Avoid Being Deceived?
Don’t Be deceived by the Appearance of Sin!
Discern Between Good & Evil (Heb. 5:12-14)
Run From Sin (1 Cor. 6:18)
Obey Elders (Heb. 13:17)
Hide God’s Word in Your Heart (Psa. 119:11)
Obey Parents (Eph. 6:1)
Approve Things That Are Excellent (Phil. 1:9-10)
Do Right (1 John 3:7)
Realize Possibility of Falling (1 Cor. 10:12)
Sow to the Spirit (Gal. 6:7-8)
Alligator Etiquette – Rule 5
If you hook a fish, an alligator may go after your catch!
New converts will be attacked by Satan!
As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2).
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers (Acts 2:42).
Alligator Etiquette – Rule 6
Recognize Likely Spots for Gators & Avoid
Recognize Likely Spots for Satan & Avoid
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one (Matt. 6:13).
I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word (Psa. 119:101).
Public Consumption of Alcohol is Prohibited!