In our lifetime, perhaps most of us, if not all, have been guilty of gossiping or listening to it. Have you ever overheard someone gossip about you? I have; and if you have too how did you respond? Or did you?
In my mention situation, gossipers spoke negatively about me and my works in the Lord. As of today, they have no idea that one of them mistakenly pocket dialed my cell phone and my voicemail recorded their conversation. I did not speak to them about it because I would have done exactly what the devil had prescribed. It takes only one word, one spark to start a fire not easily put out. “Human nature is such a funny business sometimes.” After getting over disappointment, I was quite happy others felt a need to discuss my works in the Lord for His glory; regardless if positive or negative.
Our minds are prey grounds for Satan so much that in Revelation 12:12, we read “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but short time. Perhaps we all heard someone jokingly, or not, say “If I go down, I am taking you with me.” Well, the devil is also trying to take as many of us with him. “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41.
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment, and spared not the old world, but Noah and his family. Would He show favoritism to us when He is of no respect of person?
How does Satan prey in our minds? First, he prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. We must continue to encourage one another to resist and stand firm in the faith because the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. Even though Satan has no power it is crucial to wear the whole armour of God to be equipped to withstand his schemes. COVID-19 is invisible and deadly and so are schemes from those who do the devil’s bidding. We take precaution against getting the corona virus and should take precaution against the devil’s schemes.
Gossip is one of many rides in Satan’s prey ground and it is wrong regardless of who we gossip about. “For I am afraid that when I come, I may not find you as I want you to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slanders, gossip, arrogance and disorder.” Gossip have destroyed many relationships, reputations; and unfortunately some congregations have their share of troublemakers, gossipers, slanderers and spiritually immature. My suggestion is when a known gossiper calls or visits you to speak of someone else’s business, stop them immediately and say do not tell me what someone said about me, tell me why they felt comfortable telling you. Hmmm!
Next to gossip is the ride of busybody also known as a meddler. These two rides are side by side because gossip is usually a staple of busybodies that can be camouflaged as a prayer request or under other pretenses. It is widely known that usually busybodies are dissatisfied with their own lives and gain satisfaction by becoming involved in someone else’s business.
Other players on the devil’s prey ground are liars, enemies, argumentative and divisive, unethical behavior, proud lookers, criticism and the like. As young children, we were upset when adults started hanging out on our playground. But for the devil’s prey ground, we definitely should be upset and shut it down with love, joy, peace long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance and save ourselves from this untoward generation. We must stop Satan’s plan of attack to control our minds.
Do not let the taste of the forbidden fruit cost you the taste of heaven. –Tangie T. Woods