Kirk Cameron and Erin Bethea star in the 2008 film Fireproof. Cameron plays Caleb Holt, the captain of a local fire station who has allowed his job and pornography addiction to ruin his marriage. After his wife files for divorce, Caleb is sent a diary called the Forty Day Challenge by his father to help save his marriage. On day 23, the theme is watch out for parasites. These words convict Caleb of this bad habit, prompting him to destroy his computer with an aluminum baseball hat. This moving clip should urge individuals to begin to examine their own lives to see if any parasites are currently on the prowl.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly, John 10:10.
A parasite is an organism that lives in or on another organism. These minute creatures feed off of its host, deriving nutrients at the host’s expense. Similar to a leech which feeds off of human blood, these pests can drain, sap and wear on your soul. If action is not immediately taken, parasites will destroy, kill or steal any joy that you have for life. In an analogy about a shepherd watching over his sheep, Jesus refers to a thief who seeks the destruction of others. This is what parasites do, taking pleasure in feasting on the exploits of others.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour, 1 Peter 5:8.
If you read passages like Job 1, Satan is a spiritual parasite who relies on demons to do his dirty work. Spirits of depression, fear and loneliness cause individuals to drift apart from their support systems. Once isolated, demonic parasites prey on these troubled souls, resulting in tragedies like the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. After talking to his lawyer, Nikolas Cruz confessed to acting upon voices within his mind to shoot up his former school. While the national media’s attention is focused on banning guns and addressing mental illness, no one is talking about the powers of darkness that inspired this senseless act. May this week’s unfortunate events serve as a warning to watch out for parasites.
by Jay Mankus