Wise Forgetfulness

"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).

Have you ever heard how circus elephants are trained? When just a baby, the leg of an elephant is tied with a strong rope or chain to a post anchored securely into the ground. At first, the baby elephant tries to break free, but the rope or chain is too strong. After a while, the baby elephant learns that it cannot break this confinement and stops trying.

After the elephant grows up into a ten-ton colossus, the powerful beast can be held in place with nothing more than a small rope tied to a tent peg driven into the ground! If it only knew, it could pop the peg out of the ground and snap the rope or chain in a moment's time and walk free. But it is right here that the elephant's memory becomes its greatest liability. Man uses the elephant's great memory against the creature to accomplish his purpose. Thus, the elephant's memory may be great, but it is not wise. Jumbo becomes a big dumbo!

Now change the picture to man as the poor creature who is confined. Satan stands in position of being the hunter who captures man. While the soul of a redeemed saint is eternally free, his body and spirit can fall into bondage again. All Satan needs is to get a Christian to experience one great moral or spiritual failure. This becomes his training spike driven into the ground of that person's life.

Satan wants you to have a long memory for one or two failures. Instead, only remember what God says you should remember. And what should you never forget?
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Phil. 4:13). With God's help, we can turn into an elephant stampede and send demons running to get out of our way!