In Psalm 17:4 David said under inspiration, "Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer."
I preached from this verse of Scripture on last Sunday and thought it might be helpful to share some thoughts with our readers today. The Bible tells us of an entity, unseen by the physical eye, that is out to destroy lives. Jesus said in John 8:44 about the Devil, "He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it." In John 10:10, Jesus said, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." 1 Peter 5:8 states, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." Back in Psalm 17:4 David said he had kept himself "from the paths of the destroyer."
Dear readers, I meet people every day on the paths of the destroyer and sadly, most of them do not even realize it until it is too late and the destroyer has brought them to ruin. In these 17 years as Pastor, I have had to go to the hospital or funeral home because someone got on the paths of the destroyer and were devoured by the adversary. Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay!
If I were the devil, I would make my paths as pleasant as I could. I would paint beautiful pictures of pleasure and success to lure young and old alike into my trap. This is exactly how the devil works! He paints a beautiful picture of pleasure and success and promises it will not cost you anything. I just quoted the verses showing he is a liar and thief!
Next week, I will show you how Satan devises a plan to ruin your life. Saved parents, it would be to your advantage to read this article to your children and warn them of the "Paths of the Destroyer."
Last week, I gave Psalm 17:4 which states, "I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer." I also gave 1 Peter 5:8 which states, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
I suggested last week that Christian parents may wish to read and discuss this article with their children. In fact, it is the parent's responsibility to "Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Satan paints a pretty picture of sin. 2 Corinthians 2:11 states,"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." However, some people are ignorant of his devices. Proverbs 14:12 states, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Many people. young and old alike, have been lured down the "Paths of the Destroyer" and never came back!
- The paths of the destroyer have a lot of beautiful sights. Satan uses our sight to lure us into a life of sin and destruction. He uses such things as pornography and immoral entertainment to lure people into a life of sin. Eve saw the forbidden fruit. Achan saw the forbidden spoils. David saw Bathsheba. 1 John 2:16 states, "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." Satan will use what we see to lure us onto his paths.
- The paths of the destroyer have a lot of beautiful sounds. Satan uses what we hear to lure us into a life of sin and destruction. He uses ungodly music that speaks of rebellion and immorality. He uses words of enticement and words of wickedness to shape the thinking and finally the actions of people. Jesus said, "Take heed what ye hear;" (Mark 4:24)
- The paths of the destroyer have a lot of beautiful sweets. There is pleasure in sin for a season! Satan will tempt you with things that are satisfying to the flesh. James1:13-16 should be read here. Satan always tries to get us to go for things that are good and satisfying, yet forbidden. Proverbs 9:17-18 says, "Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell." Read Proverbs 5:15-23 and 23:26-35. Numbers 32:23 states, "...Be sure your sin will find you out." See Proverbs 4:13-19.
Finally, if you are not saved, you are on the paths of the destroyer. It will not matter how many beautiful sounds you have heard, how many beautiful sights you have seen or how many sweets of life you have tasted. You will depart this life on the paths of the destroyer and enter eternity lost forever. See Luke 16:19-31. Is it time for a U-turn in life?