We can often learn a lot about the spiritual world of believers by considering the natural world of animals. Consider the Portia Spider for example. When it attacks other species of spiders, it uses a variety of methods to lure the host spider into striking range. Sometimes it crawls onto the web and taps the silken threads to mimic the vibrations of a mosquito caught in the web. For a type of spider that maintains its home inside a rolled-up leaf, the Portia dances on the outside of the leaf, imitating a mating ritual. The Portia spider is a master predator whose chief weapon is deception. Christians have a predator as well; his name is Satan and like the Portia Spider, his weapon of choice is deception. In 1 Timothy 4, Paul exposes Satan's deceptive schemes through false teachers and gives the reader specific steps for overcoming his temptations.
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