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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"The Hunter"

Hunting Season
“Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.”  Proverbs 6:5

A group of friends went deer hunting and paired off in two's for the day.  That night one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under an eight point buck.  “Where’s Jim?”

"Jim had a stroke of some kind.  He's a couple of miles back up the trail."

"You left Jim lying there and carried the deer back?"

"A tough call," nodded the hunter, "but I figured no one is going to steal Jim."

    Yes, it is that time of year again.  Serious, hunting is here.  Camouflage, corn and constant talk of bucks, does, scrapes and food plots will dominate the next four months.  Yes, hunting season is back again.  Men sitting in trees or small stands waiting for the “monster” to walk out of the woods will be a “normal” part of our lives.  Anything that increases our chances of success will be considered.  Maybe a new rifle, or a new scope is the ticket, or perhaps a better doe scent or buck grunt will stir up the “big one.”  Anything that improves our chances is being considered; you can count on it.
    Many things go into a successful hunt.  The right gear will be very important.  Land leases and food plots, climbing stands and shooting houses, trail cams and deer corn have all been on the shopping list of most serious hunters.  Much time and effort has been spent in gearing up for a successful season.  A lot of thought and preparation will have to be made if a hunt is going to produce a good result.
    While we think about these things, we would be wise to remember that we have someone hunting us!  He wants a trophy Christian to hang on his wall of shame.  You can count on the fact that he has put thought and effort into how to have a successful hunt.  Camouflage and bait will be on his menu, too.  He knows what we are weak in, and what sin doth so easily beset us, and he will use anything that will increase his chances of success.  So, let us be sober-minded and aware of his deceit, and let us put on the whole armor of God, and pick up the weapons of prayer and the Word of God so we can resist him.

This poem is a simple reminder of what hunting really is:

The hunter crouches in his blind
'Neath camouflage of every kind,
And conjures up a quacking noise
To lend allure to his decoys.
This grown-up man, with pluck and luck,
Is hoping to outwit a duck.

Remember, the devil is trying to outwit you, too!

Study verses - Ps 91:3; 106:36; 119:110; 142:3; Prov 7:21-27; Eph 6: 11-18; I Pt 5:7, 8

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Previous devotions

"Be Filled" - September 28, 2011
"Do YOUR Job" - September 21, 2011
"A Praying Church" - September 14, 2011
"Barking or Pulling" - August 31, 2011
"Spiritually Homeless" - August 24, 2011
"Fulfilling Your Duty" - August 17, 2011
"Overcoming Obstacles" - August 10, 2011
"Shine!" - July 20, 2011
"True Patriotism" - July 6, 2011
"Righteousness Exalteth a Nation" - June 29, 2011
"War Against the Flesh" - June 8, 2011
"Redeeming the Time" - June 1, 2011
"Waiting on God" - May 25, 2011
"For The Sake of Others" - May 18, 2011
"The Cost of Freedom" - May 11, 2011
"Mother's God" - May 4, 2011
"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011

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