Today”s Scripture: Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4

There is a good lesson found in Aesop’s Fables. It goes like this:

There were four bulls that were the best of friends. They had banded together to face any adversary. No other animal was able to defeat the four bulls. One lion knew that, but he desperately wanted steak for dinner. The lion was smart; so he started to walk behind the bulls and whisper lies to them. He would say one bull was talking about another bull behind his back. Over a length of time, the bulls started believing theses lies that the other bulls were no longer being their friends. One by one the bulls started going separate ways because they were mad at the others. Consequently, one by one the bulls were picked off by the brilliant lion.

There was another lion who was too weak to fish or hunt anymore, so he decided to find his meals by using his wits. He curled up inside a cave. As the other animals would see him inside, thinking he was an old weary lion,  they would walk up to him to ask if he was okay. The lion would continue a conversation, drawing them closer and closer to him, until at last he would devour them.

This happened over a series of weeks. One day, a fox walked up. The lion tried to trick the fox. The fox asked if the lion was okay, and the lion said, “No, I need some help. Can you help me?”

The wise fox said, “I would love to help. However, I see a lot of tracks going in, and I don’t see any coming out.”

Those bulls and other animals all died because they believed the lies of the lions. I believe that many Christians believe the lies of the devil. The fox lived because he didn’t fall for the lie.

Christian, “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Don’t be fooled by the devil! You don’t have to be because God is greater.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.