On a recent visit to our local library, I checked out a few DVDs for the boys to watch while I completed a few tasks around the house. They fell in love with a certain DVD that contained a few popular children's stories. One story they were particularly fond of was The Three Little Pigs.
After playing the DVD numerous times, the boys began to memorize the story and from then on all they could talk about (and sing about) were the three pigs and the big bad wolf. As they attempted to tell me about this classic fable, I began to think of the story from a spiritual aspect and how it can be applied in our daily battle with Satan, who is "the Big Bad Wolf" in our lives.
Much like the wolf in this story, Satan goes out "seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
And you know what; sometimes we can exhibit some of the same the qualities as those pigs.
Maybe we are like the first pig who built his house with straw- a very weak material and foundation. This pig wanted to get by with the bare minimum. How many of us are like that? We are content with attending a couple Sunday services here or there (Easter and Christmas) and placing our unread family Bible on our table in an attempt to show we are "religious". And the only time our children hear us pray is when we want our favorite team to win the Championship game or on certain holidays. We do just enough to get by.
Sisters, when we try to build our home and family life with as little Jesus as possible, we create a weak foundation. And when the enemy blows his winds of anger, jealousy, doubt, and despair, we topple over with ease just like the straw house this pig built. We don't fight, because we have nothing to fight with. Matthew 7:26, 27 (ESV) says:
26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Consider the second pig, who built his home out of sticks. Although it was a little stronger than the straw his brother used, it still wasn't enough to keep the wolf from blowing his house down. This "pig" regularly attends the local church and carries his super highlighted Bible with tattered pages at all times. He has all of the church mannerisms and jargon down. However, the heart of this pig reflects something totally different from what he is trying portray. Matthew 15:8-9 (HCSB) says:
These people honor Me with their lips,
but their heart is far from Me.
9 They worship Me in vain,
teaching as doctrines the commands of men.”
It is not enough to carry the Word of God in our hands and quote scriptures verbatim. It needs to be etched in our hearts. Because when Satan comes and blows on our house of sticks, we will realize that we aren't as prepared as we thought we were. And CRASH!--our house crumbles.
Now the third pig was something else. Can't you see him? Confident. No fear. No worries. Ready and prepared for the wolf's imminent attack. This pig builds his house out of bricks-- strong, unwavering bricks. He built his house out of material he could depend on, material that was proven to withstand hardships, material that would not fail him. When we make study and meditation on God's Word priority in our lives, we are building our home with bricks. As the word gets deeper in our hearts, we are adding more bricks-- creating a fortress that the devil cannot destroy. No matter what he throws at us--loss of a job, infidelity, a child with a drug addiction, failing health--it will not destroy us. Isaiah 54:17 (NASB) says:
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.
We can say that scripture with conviction, knowing that we already have victory over the enemy.
Our homes are only as strong as what we build them with. My desire is that, as mothers, we build our homes with the truths of God and not by the world's standards. I am challenging each of us to ask ourselves this question: "When the Big Bad Wolf blows on my house, will it stand?"
Daughter!!! I know that the Lord himself gave you that revelation. What great wisdom. This really caused me to see my situation from a different aspect. Along with crying, I praise God for what He's doing in your life. I also thank God for your two little revelators. Thank you Father!ReplyDelete
This is a strong pig tale.I loved the way the holy spirit gave you that to share with all of us.Very powerfull.The scriptures truly gave us a new way too look at ourselves through the moral.ReplyDelete
I love this analogy. Well said. Our relationship with God is indeed our foundation he is the Rock of our salvation. Continuous maintenance will help expose those weak areas that we need to repair. Very nice piece Bree with great insight.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness! This was much needed for me, Bree! I now look forward to your posts. This post along with the message I heard Sunday is right on time! My move to Texas has been very challenging. Thank you for being obedient. I'm super proud of you!!ReplyDelete