Monday, November 08, 2004


"If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!"
1 Corinthians 10:12

Almost anyone who as ever been physically addicted to something
will tell you that it all began with some small, innocent step -
just one taste or one little moment of exposure. Then the experience
gradually took over their minds and desires and bodies, until the
addiction absorbed their attention day and night without relenting.

Maybe this was your experience or perhaps still is. And physical
addiction isn't the only kind of consuming entrapment; any kind of
sin or wrong desire can lead to emotional and spiritual enslavement.
What is so devastating about bondage to sin is that it progresses
slowly at first, allowing you the luxury to rationalize and justify
your growing "needs". By the time you understand what is occurring,
your problem has progressed into a serious condition.

King David experienced this process in his own life in his sin
with Bathsheba, a transgression that began when he first saw her
bathing on her rooftop.(2 Samuel 11) When he realized how far he
had gone, he immediately repented, confessed his sin to God, and
experienced God's grace anew. David had an advanced understanding of
how sin operates.


Let us pray: "O Lord, Direct my footsteps according to Your word;
let no sin rule over me. Redeem me from the oppression of men, that
I may obey Your precepts." Psalm 119:133-134


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