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February 20, 2013

Text:  “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” Hebrews 2:1

In his book “Excellence – -The High Calling” my friend David Lusk tells about an incident that happened to him while living at Austin, Texas. A friend had made available to him some bottom land along the South Canadian river for a garden. David and his family  planted their favorite veggies and reaped a tasty harvest. One hot Texas afternoon David took some tools and went down to “the weed patch” as the Lusk family came to call it to hoe the weeds out.  After a time David found himself soaked with sweat, suffering from the sweltering sun.

Then he remembered that he was only about 100 yards from the cooling water of the river. So, he plodded to the river and shed his shirt, shoes, and socks, then tested the water and waded in. The water was cool and the current was slow. He swam for a while, then rolled over on his back, floating and letting the slow current carry him along.

Rousing some from his torpor, he realized that he had drifted some distance from his clothes and garden spot. He stood up and found the current was stronger than before. His own words will describe his plight: “Struggling back up the river was tough. I found that walking against the current at waist depth was almost impossible. And swimming was futile also.” He did live to tell about it. David called this “a modern day parable”.

There are many insidious things in this world that seem harmless but are deadly. Satan parades these things before us as bait: we swallow until we are ensnared. Other people assure us that this is harmless, fun, entertaining, not wrong. Only when we realize our peril do we recognize that were were mismatched in the struggle. Satan hopes that we will continue to remain in dark denial and never wake up. Paul warned Timothy, “…flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith”. I Timothy 6:11-12a  Arm yourself by studying your Bible, and never relent in what is right.

Another dangerous step is to get comfortable with the things of the world. Enjoy life! If it feels good, do it! You gotta have one! You only live once!   Has your comfort  resulted in a weak Christian profession? The big trouble with ease is that it destroys resistance. Never forget the lesson David Lusk learned about floating along with the current. We must learn to say, “No!” We must stick to it. How strong is your resolve to be holy? Satan exploits your desire for comfort and weakens your will to resist. How strong is your resolve not to be overcome? Peter wrote, “Resist him, firm in your faith….” I Peter 5:9a

Our country is far from what it was 60 years ago.  People change with the culture, assimilating themselves to conform to their times.  Our grandparents would be repulsed by the things which we have grown tolerant of: immorality, drug addiction, abortion, racy and lewd entertainments, filthy language, etc. Christians don’t have to ask if we have changed…we have!  But listen to Paul.”Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” Romans 12:2a

It is time to stand and resist the forces that would sweep us away.

One Comment
  1. Tom permalink

    Uplifting thought to start my morning! Just like the Delta flight that crashed into the swamp when the skilled pilots were focusing their attention on a little nonfunctioning light. Distractions and a lack of focus cause many wrecks.

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