Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Stay Away From The Gators

I noticed this gator in our neighborhood.  He was living in a pond not far from our home.  At times he would come to the shore and lay out in the sun.

I took this picture about twenty-five feet from him.  He was impressive looking and I enjoyed standing there and watching him.  After a while, he slid back into the water and went on with his business.

It does not take a genius to know how vital it is to stay away from gators.  If you get close to them and interact with them, they can really put a hurting on you.  And in some cases, they can easily kill you.  Yep, it's best to just not go near them.

We ought to treat sin that same way we treat gators.  We should just stay away and keep our distance.  Nothing good ever comes out of inching closer and closer to sin.  Sooner or later, we will get bit and bad things will happen.

God does not forbid us from things because He wants to bind us or bore us.  He is not out to keep us from having fun.  Far from it.  The truth is, God forbids us from some things because He loves us and wants to protect us from the pain and suffering that sin ushers into our lives.  And He knows that sin will lead to less joy in our lives instead of more. 

Let me offer you a simple warning because I care about you:  Beware of sin.  It may look harmless and innocent enough on the surface.  But if you fool around with stuff that God has designated as off-limits, you will suffer consequences.  You will end up filled with pain and regret.   

Sin in our thoughts, words, and deeds never has a happy ending.  Please stay away from it.  And if you're already messing around with it, please stop now and get away from it while you still can.

Run to God.  Enjoy His righteousness, peace, and joy.  Discover the blessings of obedience.  Experience the wholeness that comes from walking daily with Him.  The truth is, living God's way leads to a much better life than living our way.
Just be careful out there.  Stay away from evil.  And enjoy the thrill of living in God's will.  

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