Monday, 8 April 2013

Ant Quality - 4th Part

Here today, we shall talk about the next two ant qualities which are: being CAUTIOUS and DEFENSIVE.
I shall talk about the two together because no one can be defensive without first being cautious.

How ants are cautious and defensive?

Soldier ants use their heads to plug the entrances to their nests and keep intruders from gaining access.
In certain ant species, the soldier ants have modified heads, shaped to match the nest entrance. They block access to the nest by sitting just inside the entrance, with their heads facing out like a cork in a bottle.
Ants employ a fascinating variety of behaviors to communicate and defend their colonies.

Leafcutter ants cultivate a bacteria with antibiotic properties to keep unwanted fungi from growing in their nests. Some ants use a modified ovipositor to sting, like their wasp cousins.
Some ants  produce formic acid, an irritating substance they can squirt as they bite. Bullet ants inject a strong nerve toxin when they sting.

All these show us how intelligently these little insects defend themselves and their colony by being cautious and attentive. Keeping aside all the scientific knowledge, let us debate on how to use these qualities in our spiritual life.

One thing we must keep in mind, good people. Your fight and defense is not against your family, your husband, your friend or anyone else. Your fight is against your enenmy : THE EVIL. It is him who brings problems in your life, him who uses your dear ones to rise against you, him who bring on your way temptations. But what do you have to do?

1 Peter 5:8 gives you the answer:
 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Being alert and sober means being cautious and vigilant, attentive. Exactly like the ants.
To the attack of your enemy: the devil.

 By understanding and identifyning intelligently the wiseness of the evil, that HE is behind everything which goes to contradict your faith and his only motive is to make you weak and snatch away your faith and salvation.
One example the bible gives us is in Matthew 16:21-23. Jesus was said he was going to make his sacrifice on the cross, whereby Peter said:
 “Never, Lord! This shall never happen to you!”
But Jesus intelligently understood that this was not Peter but Satan behind these words. See how he defend himself.

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

This is exactly HOW we must do it.

In your weaknesses. So, analyse your weaknesses and harden yourself.
One example is Matthew 4: 3 where satan tempted Jesus to change the rock into food because he knew Jesus weakness at that moment. Jesus was hungry because he fasted for 40 days without eating. 

One tool the ants use to defend themselves: THEIR STING FULL OF TOXINS.

But, we, people of god, what is our defensive tool?

1 Peter 5: 9:
  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

No faith, No weapon against our enemy. What will be the consequence? DEATH.

So, good people, do you want to have eternal death in the bottomless pit or rejoice eternally in God's presence?
The only way is to be ALERT and SOBER and stand firm IN FAITH.

God bless you, Thash

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