We see you Carl

Background: There’s an insurance commercial on tv where these antelopes out in the wild have on night vision goggles and they are standing off looking at their predator, a lion. They laugh at how silly he looks because he no longer can prey on them, because the night vision goggles allow them to see him in the dark. So they jokingly say, “We see you Carl. Have you thought of going vegan Carl?”.So as Believers, our predator is Satan. In my last post I referred to my interview, which by the way, I got the job. In the post I mention Carl and Carl’s attempt to knock on a door in my mind that still requires guarding. That door is inferiority. I explained how I entertained the inferior thoughts for some hours but then had to remind myself of the words of God that were contrary to the negative thoughts the enemy was injecting. So when I finally came to the realization that I was not inferior, just under attack, I said, “Ok. I see you Carl. You saw my weak spot in this situation, so you have to do your thing, ok. It’s not going to work, but do your thing”.

I took on the same confidence as the antelopes with the goggles. The revelation of who God is to me, what his Son did for me, and the power of His word, are my night vision goggles. It took me a minute to locate my goggles, but when I got them on I literally called my adversary Carl (no offense to anyone named Carl, I’m not calling you Satan). I saw what he was trying to do. As I said in the last post, battles are lost or won in the mind. If my adversary can get me to think along his lines, then I’ve lost. Just like the spies during the leadership of Moses that came back saying the Israelites were like insects because the people in the land were giants. Giants have weaknesses just like the next person and the strengths of an average person can be just enough to overtake a giant, or what seems to be a giant.

Our adversary must do his job, just as the lion must prowl. Any weak spots we have, it’s his job to try them to see if we will break, just like a lion will study a herd to find a weak or unsuspecting animal to prey on. But we have goggles made from our revelation, our salvation and the word, that reveal the attacks of the adversary. Some attacks require stronger revelation, and the Holy Spirit is available to reveal God and his word to us. The P31 parallel is found in verse 4 and 5.

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Nor for princes intoxicating drink;
For if they drink, they may forget the law and not give justice to the oppressed

The thoughts and suggestions of the enemy are like intoxicating drinks, drowning out the words of God, lulling us into actions that lead us away from victory. So the next time you feel yourself getting a little tipsy on things that are contrary to God, dig out your night vision goggles and say, “I see you Carl”.

References: Proverbs 31: 4-5

Link to the commercial I refer to


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