by Richard Mansel, managing editor
We face decisions every day and their consequences will define our lives. Will we choose wisely? Will we put our trust in Christ and his word to lead us?
We have a choice of whether to follow Christ or not. He says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NKJV).
Righteousness is like being on a path where we must remain if we will be pleasing to God. Satan is on the side of the road trying to lure us away with bright, shiny, sexy, alluring things that will draw our attention away from our goal.
Just like Little Red Riding Hood, we can stray from the path and enter the dangerous, dark woods where the hungry wolf resides.
The lure of sin brings to mind addictions. We can define an addict as, “To cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on a habit-forming substance.”/1 They have given ownership of their lives to a substance that will be satisfied with nothing less than total annihilation.
Addiction is progressive. The addiction becomes a separate entity and a ubiquitous part of our lives, constantly whispering in our ears, encouraging us to do its bidding. It knows when we are weak and vulnerable and charts our failures so it can use the knowledge against us. No weapon is spared in this war.
Addiction is merciless in its viciousness. Few can survive its assaults. A vibrant person is transformed into a shell of their former selves. They will degrade themselves to any level to find their next fix. Shame no longer becomes them.
Solomon writes about the progressive dangers of alcohol. It appears friendly until it devours us (Proverbs 23:29-35).
Sin is also progressive. “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:14-15).
When we give Satan an inroads, he will quickly begin dismantling our lives. He has no conscience or remorse (Romans 6:23). His hunger is insatiable and we have no recourse without Christ.
“Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 3:7). Yet, we can only do this with the power given us by Jesus, the source of consummate goodness (Ephesians 1:18-19).
“Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).