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June 8, 2016, 8:28 AM

Diabolos - Devil

Diabolos is the root for the English word devil.

Being a compound word the Greek meaning for dia is through; bolos means to throw a net it also means to beat over and over.

Diabolos literally means to cast through.

There a many types of nets, but for this blog, picture a cast net, which is a lg. net round in shape with many sinkers all round it. Causing the net to pull the fish down to put a hold on them they cannot be freed from. The fish must be seen before a cast net is thrown; this leads me to believe they are swimming in shallow waters.

The devil uses his nets to catch us and to pull us down. He puts strong holds on us to bring us down. To give us lies that we begin to believe as truths.

A strong hold would be like a prison, a fortress this is quality construction. One that has taken time to build, one that is not easily torn down.

When these strong holds of the devil get into our minds, they are like quality construction that puts prisons of untruth in our minds! They have taken time, sometimes years to build and we believe them.

A few strong holds would be doubt, fear, anxiety, hopelessness, overeating, lack of self-worth, you can add your own strong holds to the list.

When we receive the Holy Spirit into our lives we receive a whole army to wage war against the strong holds of Satan.

II Corinthians 10: 3-5 "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh; (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"

Be encouraged through these verses; we do not need to be entrapped by the devil. We have weapons through the Holy Spirit that will break down these strong holds on us.

For a list of these weapons see Ephesians chapter 6.

Back to the picture of the fish caught in shallow waters.  We can’t swim shallow with God, we must dive deep and swim with Him.

Get into the Word of God, pray and study accept the weapons the Holy Spirit has provided and the Devil cannot keep his strong hold on you!

Dear God, as we live and breathe here on this earth, may we swim with your Word, be in your presence daily, hourly if necessary to win the Spiritual Wars within us. You are greater than anything the Devil places on us. Thank you Lord for your perfect love, hesed, a love completely undeserved. In your Son’s name I pray, Amen

bjz



Comments

06-09-2016 at 10:32 AM
Barb Crisenbery
Great analogy! Another reminder to be in the Word of God.
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