The Six Most Dangerous Words Ever
Glynnis Whitwer

"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

A few months ago, I heard the most horrible news report. It was about a couple who owned a python. One night, the snake escaped from its cage and killed a two-year-old baby. It was heartbreaking. I kept asking, "Why?" Of course, those people never thought that would happen to them.

That's where I ended up in my thoughts ... with what I have decided are the six most dangerous words in the English language:


I don't judge this couple for having the snake. My heart just breaks for them. And my heart breaks for anyone who finds themselves in a devastating situation because they didn't think anything would happen. The hard truth is, every one of us has the potential to make a serious mistake, or a life-altering miscalculation, because we thought we were immune to trouble. Here are examples we see every day:

A woman who enjoys an "innocent" flirtation at work
A kid who gets in the back of a truck
A girl who gets in the car with someone who has been drinking
A couple who moves and stops attending church
A mom who starts an email communication with a man who makes her feel young again

The list goes on and on. Every woman, man and child is a candidate for making a mistake. This is because of our sin-drenched DNA. It's also because we have a tendency to forget this sin-nature, and ignore the fact that we desperately need God's help ... every minute ... every hour ... every day.

When I think "That will never happen to me," I let down my guard. I imagine myself above my circumstances and above the need for God. It's like I open a door for pride to sneak in.

The reality of this world is we are in a battle. Only many people either don't know that, or forget it. We wake up thinking it's going to be a peaceful day. However, for those who have chosen to follow Jesus, we have an enemy who is preparing for a fight. No wonder we are blindsided by the results of our choices. We are in a fight we don't know about.

A passage in 1 Peter reminds me to be on guard, and gives me hope:

"Turn all your worries over to him. He cares about you. Control yourselves. Be on your guard. Your enemy the devil is like a roaring lion. He prowls around looking for someone to chew up and swallow. Stand up to him. Stand firm in what you believe. All over the world you know that your brothers and sisters are going through the same kind of suffering. God always gives you all the grace you need"(1 Peter 5:7-10a, NIRV).

That last verse is what I hang on to when the sadness of this world threatens to overwhelm me. No one is immune to making a mistake that ends with devastating consequences. No one. It's a call to remember that I need God's help every day. And that His grace is enough for me.

Dear Lord, I know how desperately I need Your help. On my own, I'm no match for Satan's schemes. Yet I know You have given me grace to be alert and to stand firm in the face of temptation. Help me to make the right choice in every situation. Forgive me when my selfishness or inattention causes You sadness. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Application Steps:
Have you made a choice recently you regret? If so, take this opportunity to confess that to God and ask for His forgiveness. Commit to praying for God's strength to stand firm.

What are some dangerous paths women tread, believing they are immune to making a wrong choice?

What are some habits you can develop to keep you alert to the devil's schemes?

Power Verses:
Psalm 37:23-24, "If the LORD delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, or the LORD upholds him with his hand." (NIV)

Proverbs 2:6, "For the LORD gives wisdom, and from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding." (NIV)

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Blogger Elaine said...

I agree with the danger of those six simple words. Thanks for the reminder to be on guard. The enemy is crafty.

"What are some dangerous paths women tread, believing they are immune to making a wrong choice?"

Speaking for myself, because I have uttered those words six most dangerous words, the path of self gratification is where I tread.

When I do this, I falsely believe that I must take care of myself first so that I am able to help others. It's really bad in the area of wife and mother. They suffer emotionally when I am in my selfish mode.

Through God's many humility lessons, I've learned to say, "It can happen to me...and it DID!"


Anonymous rocker said...

"This should'nt be happening to me"
How many times do we say that to our selves,and blame God for what is going wrong in our lives? bad things happen because of our sinful nature,but I believe God does "induce" bad things to happen to us, to keep us in line and to bring us closer or back to him.
We can fight satan all we want but he will always snag us,so it's not really about the choices we make,God can cause anything to happen--- good or bad,we just have to have the childlike faith and put our whole trust in Him!

Anonymous Jane said...

This in response to rocker, I see where your thoughts are on this,that God does put us in situations that are bad,but He has a reason for it we don't see, like having a person come into our life that makes us feel young again,but maybe if you look at it in God's way,maybe that person needs support, guidance, or he or she needs to hear the saving message of Salvation thru Jesus Christ. Let every situation that happens, good or bad, be a outlet to share God's love to someone!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think alot of times we think just because we are Christians that it can't happen to us. He never told us eveything would be easy he just said he would always be there. I am so thankful that even though IT CAN HAPPEN TO ME, I have the Lord who is always faithful that I can turn to with any problems that come into my life.
Deuteronomy 4:31 said:
"(For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee,...

Thank you Lord for being so faithful and merciful.

Anonymous Sean Chang said...

The world is indeed fallen and dangerous. Yet, through the Grace of God, we can abide under the shadow of His Wings. We may be powerless against sin and satan by ourselves, but sin and satan is powerless against God, and God is for us, always faithful, always loving. Therefore, ti the darkness of the world, let us stand firmer in the Goodness and Light of God through the finished work of Christ Jesus our Lord.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder of how sinful we are as humans. I struggle on a daily basis to keep the devil from entering my life and home. I came a few clicks this evening to open that door once again. God lead me to your site and reminded me of being faithful in the little things.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love this one! it is so easy to forget that we aren't the only one going through these trials of life. i thank GOd for his faithfulness!

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