Do you remember back in the day (maybe this is just back in my day) when monsters were scary, mythical, creatures? Remember being afraid that they lurked in the darkness? Under the bed? In the closet? These places were fine in the daylight, with friends, siblings, parents, or even alone… But once the sun set and the lights went out – talk about a colossal game changer.
Kids aren’t afraid of monsters anymore. Not like I was.
Now, I’m not saying I want the kids of today to walk around with a fear complex or to be completely afraid of like, the dark and such. We know that fear isn’t even of God (2 Timothy 1:7). What I am saying is, the monsters of yesterday that used to scare us, have nothing on the monsters of today. What the kids of today are battling are much worse than anything anyone of us could dream up.
We were afraid of our own imaginations. Fearing fear itself – our apologies Mr. Roosevelt.
Today, as the days are darkening, sin is increasing, and darkness is a perverse light. There are invisible monsters looming, lurking… They grow in strength and intensity, though they are not visible to the naked eye. And, where, we wonder, do they derive their strength? What causes them to grow to such mass proportions?
The pleasures of man.
The gain their strength, stature, size, girth, growth from the debaucherous pleasures of mankind, also known as the sins of man.
These monsters feed off of anger, hate, rage, cursing, envy, malice, murder, fornication, adultery, lewdness, lasciviousness, emulation, pride, lust, stubbornness, witchcraft, rebellion, idolatry, lying, fighting, deception, manipulation, and the list goes on and on… But I suppose, to sum it up plainly, we can simply say, these monsters feed off sin.
Still, we don’t have to be discouraged. Jesus has given us the victory through His death, burial, resurrection.
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:56-57 NLT