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WARNING! Water on Road

At the time of this post, tropical storm Lee is in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Weather service has said up to twenty inches of rain may fall over the gulf states and they are warning people about possible flooding. I researched a little and found that Floods kill an average of one hundred and twenty-seven people in the US each year. What is more tragic is the fact that most of those deaths are caused by people driving over flooded roadways and being swept away. Most of the deaths could be prevented.

WARNING! Water on Road! How many times have you seen that sign. I don’t live in a flood prone area, however I’ve seen it a few times myself. Sometimes I’ve been puzzled because just a little water was flowing over the road. What is the big deal? The big deal is the fact that it takes very little water to sweep your car away. When your car starts to float, instantly you are at the mercy of the water and your control is completely gone.

Now this post is not on flood water. We all know the power of water, as we have all seen the tsunamis and floods. On another side, we also know the power of sin all too well. Yet as Christians, we find ourselves falling into it time and time again. We want to convince ourselves that our sin is just Satan’s fault. We were just walking on our merry way and he just stuck his foot out from the bushes and tripped us. We can’t help that we sinned. But, the fact is this, we are lying to ourselves if we believe that. The Bible has some clear insight to this:

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

James 1:14-15

The fact of the matter is, much of our problems with sin hang on the fact that we will not rid ourselves of the temptations that is root of that sin. We consider ourselves strong enough to resist that temptation and then when we do fall into sin, we are shocked. Even though we are born again Christians, we still live in a flesh body.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Romans 8:7

Our flesh still wants to sin and that will not change until the moment we lay this body down. What sense does it make to feed your flesh with temptations of the flesh and then not expect for the flesh to make those temptations reality?  If you feed your flesh more than your spirit, you can expect your flesh to get it’s way most of the time. If we have temptations in our life constantly, not getting them out of the way is the same as not picking up that box that we have tripped over four or five times today. If you leave the box there, don’t be surprised when you fall flat on your face again and again.

The reason I choose the title of “Warning! Water on roadways!” is because it parallels our sin and temptations so much. I’m sure if you ask the people who were killed, “What were you thinking?” you would get these responses: “The water didn’t look that deep.”, “I thought my big truck was enough.”, “I didn’t have the time to find an alternate route.” Sin is that way, it never looks quite as bad until you are deep into it. However we, who have trusted in Christ, have the Holy Spirit. We know what sin is and we know how we have fallen into it. We have seen the warning signs and we have seen the water on the road, yet we kept on trucking. A little water on the road, I can get through it. After all, it’s not sin; just a little bit of temptation and I can handle temptation. Then once again, before we know it, we have fallen in sin once more. How much of our sin could be avoided if we removed all the nagging temptations from our lives? Is it wise to see how close you can get to an coiled rattlesnake that is ready to strike? Do you really think you can move fast enough? Is it wise to leave the wasp nest under the top frame of your front door and not expect to be stung? Everyone remembers this wise saying, “play with fire and you will get burned.” Now, that rattlesnake may not get you on the first strike and those wasps may not attack you the first time you duck underneath them. That first match may not burn you, but one thing is for certain; when that rattlesnake or wasp finally gets you, the pain will be far worse than taking the time to remove the problem.

If we have something tempting us to sin over and over again, we need to get it out of our lives. A recovering alcoholic will never visit a bar to see how strong he is. A person who has quit smoking will do his best to stay away from those who smoke. Not only will temptation lead to the act of sin, it can also just hinder in general. How hard it is to eat right, knowing about the pie in the frig? Likewise, how hard is it to study our Bible when our mind is constantly bombarded with the thought, “My tv show comes on in twenty minutes.” and you find yourself checking the clock every minute. That was just a few examples. For instance, I loved to watch football. I rooted it out of my life because of the fact that it was strangling my walk with Christ. Despite all I have done to rid myself of it, the temptation remains very strong.  I have no doubt, if I dabbled in the temptation just a little, I’d be back in it just as I was. I could go back so easily. I have to keep my mind totally off anything related to football and I will not lie, it is very hard. I need the help of God to stay out, however if I let it tempt me just enough, my flesh will win.

Is something tempting you? We as Christians need to drop the pride and remove all the temptations that we can. Now, we will never be to the place where we will not be tempted until we lay this flesh down.  However, we can prune out most of the temptations we face and make our walk with Christ stronger and more fulfilling.

In Christ,

Andy

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

1Cr 10:13

 

Andy

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"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." Psalms 42:11

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2 Responses to "WARNING! Water on Road"

  1. Shellie says:

    Thank you! I very much enjoyed reading this and sharing it with my children. It is a timely lesson too as I am working to teach my 17 yr. old son to be strong in his faith and true to it as he prepares for his future, knowing that in one short year he will be finished with school and going out into the world to work.
    Thinking of you and Erin often as baby Paul’s birth approaches! Praying too! Congratulations!
    Blessings
    shellie

  2. Miss Charlene (Makofsky) says:

    Dear Andy, what awesome writing! The Holy Spirit is at work and it’s evidence is in writing like this. Praise God! God is using you and like me, I know many are blessed. You, Erin and baby Paul are in our prayers. We cannot wait to hear of baby Paul’s arrival. Keep us posted… Luv, Miss Charlene

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