I watched Troy this evening, the one with Brad Pit. The scene with the Trojan Horse comes on, my niece is asking a hundred questions, so I narrated what was happening. As I narrated it became more of a spiritual narration than about the movie.
Troy was a strong fortress, protected by a wall the enemy (the Greeks) could not penetrate. In order for the enemy to defeat Troy, they would have to get inside the city. But how?
The Greeks came up with a clever plan… “build a huge wooden horse, put our best warriors inside the horse, then Troy will carry us into the city, beyond the wall, unaware. Then when they fall asleep we will jump out of the horse and take the city.”
So, believing the Greeks gave up, Troy brought the horse into the gates… with much fan fare I might add. One man speaks up and says, “No! Do not bring the horse into our city. Burn it!” But the horse was such a prize, it was their plunder.
I am sure you know the rest of the story. Troy fell asleep, the warriors slid out of the horse, opened the gates from the inside to let the rest of the Greeks in and they burned the city down.
I am thinking about what kind of Trojan Horses do I have? What have I allowed to enter in, only to slumber, and then the enemy snuck in.
The word tells us to be ever watchful, the enemy prowls around like a lion, seeking to destroy us. As long as we remain in Him, as long as we stay in His refuge, we are safe. But if we let our guard down, if we become complacent, arrogant, lazy, side tracked, distracted… then the enemy will find his way in.
Obviously if Troy knew the enemy was inside the horse they would not have brought it into the city, they would have burned it down immediately. But they got swept up in the awe of such a massive thing. They did not see the danger. They didn’t even question it. They ignored the one voice that said, “geesh guys, I don’t know, this just doesn’t seem right.”
We clean our house, we tell the intruder he has too take his filthy shoes and leave, because he is tracking up our clean floor. So he leaves. But then he remembers what a great time he had at your house You were the perfect host and so very accommodating. He comes back to your house, sees how nicely kept it is, how clean it is, and he decides he is going to throw a party, in your house and at your expense. He sends party invites out to seven of his friends and they all gather for the party, but they have to be clever about getting inside. They know you wont “just let them in.”
So they build a Trojan Horse…. maybe your Trojan Horse is called wrong relationship, adultery, sex, pornography, addiction, unforgiveness, pride, envy, dishonesty, lust, wounds…. Whatever your horse is called, you must take care, be sure your house is fortified.
Do not give the enemy a chance to wreak havoc on your soul. Listen to the Voice that tells you, “this is not right, he is not the one, you must forgive, etc… Whatever your struggle is, whatever temptation placed before you, do NOT fall for the shiny thing! It is a trap!
Resist the devil and he will flee.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and in right standing with God] runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong. Proverbs 18:10
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