Amos 3:11 "Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled."
When people get abducted it happens in places where the victim feels safe. Some are abducted from the place they shop. Some are abducted from where they work. Some are even abducted from the place they feel the safest...their home.
There is an adversary around us. I Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" The problem with those that get abducted is they aren't paying attention to their surroundings.
Everything that glitters is not gold. Not everyone that looks good is good. We need to stay prayed up and alert to the enemy that is seeking to destroy us.
On of our predators is religion. Many have been devoured by this predator. They're the ones who every time trouble comes they pray and want to get saved again and again. Some get in church and get involved in activities. The devil is a liar and is good at producing counterfeits. They are in our churches as well as in the world.
We need to be careful of our friendships as well. It only takes one bad friend to ruin you. Remember Amnon had a friend. What your friends are is what you are.
There are also predators in our families. They are family members that will do things to hurt you. Not all family members are going to encourage you and support you as you seek to live for Christ. I'm a firm believer that the devil can and will place predators in our families to try to destroy us. I've seen this to be true. They lie on you...cheat on you...and if given opportunity will even steal from you.
There are also predators in rebellion. young people need to guard their heart against rebellion. Their stubbornness is as idolatry. I Samuel 15:23 "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king." Rebellion is not worth the price that is paid as a result of it.
Have any of you experienced any of these predators in your life? Like I said....I have!! We must guard ourselves against these predators so we won't become victims to them and find ourselves abducted.
These are notes taken from a message preached by Bro. Doug Thompson at Faith Baptist Camp on 8-7-07.