In my job, I deal with cavities on a daily basis. A cavity is formed when the bacteria that live in our mouths eat the foods that we eat and give off toxic acid as a bi-product. This acid then eats a hole into the enamel of our tooth. And this cavity starts out so small. At first, the enamel becomes pitted but still not into the dentin. But, as the bacteria start to increase in number, the assault on our teeth increases. The tiny pits grow larger and larger, and eventually, the acid eats completely through the enamel into the dentin. Then the cavity progresses pretty rapidly and can even cause the eventual loss of the tooth. Most cavities go unnoticed until the decay is in the dentin. When the cavity reaches the dentin, the tooth becomes sensitive to sweets, heat, and cold. The tooth can also start to ache as the cavity grows larger.
In life, we also have an enemy that goes unnoticed until we start to have issues and/or pain in our life. The Bible says that this enemy is Satan, the Devil himself. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” The picture here is to be on guard at all time like a shepherd watching over the flock of sheep. The lion sneaks into the hiding place near the flock but out of sight. He creeps along until he seizes the opportunity to pounce on a lost sheep and claim it for his prize. The Lord commands us to be on guard at all times, because Satan is so sneaky but yet he is so powerful. As matter of fact, Jesus was tempted by the Devil after being in the wilderness for 40 days. Just as Jesus resisted the temptations of the Devil, we who are saved can too.
Satan wants to destroy our lives just like the bacteria and acid destroy our teeth. But Jesus said in John 10:10 NASB “10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and [a]have it abundantly.” Jesus gives us life. The Bible says in I John 3:8, “8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil [a]has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil.
He even gave us tools to use in our defense against the Devil. The first tool is that we must accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. I John 3:9 says, “9 No one who is [a]born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is [b]born of God.” We must be born again. Secondly, Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:11 NASB, “11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” And in Ephesians 6:14-17 NASB, Paul tells us what this armor looks like so that we will be fully protected.
“14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 [a]in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Lastly, James tells us in 4:7 that we should “7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” So, if we accept Jesus, put on His armor and resist the devil (Not in our strength but His), we will be able to stand.
You know cavities creep into teeth unnoticed until they become a problem. There are several things that we can do to prevent them from harming us. We can brush, floss, use a Waterpik, and visit our dentist regularly. We can also use fluoride trays and toothpaste to prevent tooth decay. Just the same way, that Jesus gives us preventative measures to stand against the Devil. Come to think of it, He made all the preventative measures for tooth decay as well. Isn’t He wonderful? Are you using preventative measures in your life, so that you may stand?