Destruction starts small and happens slowly. The point is that the slothful man’s problem in Proverbs 24 could have been corrected a long time ago if he had wanted it to be. We need to learn to be honest with ourselves. We need to learn to act when we first notice a change, when we first notice that indicator of trouble, and when our hearts seem to be deceptive.
As I ran along the coast in a Florida community some time ago I saw one of the most vivid reminders of the dangers of life. The sun was shining bright and the skies were clear. People around me mingled in the park, walking their dogs and talking to one another. Expensive private boats floated along the pier. And there in the middle of all that beauty was the wreckage…
Reminders are good things. I know it is hard for our manly pride to admit it, but they are. Sometimes reminders come as banner notifications on your cell phone, and other times they come from the little woman you call your wife. Regardless, they are completely necessary to a sex so prone to forget.
We easily name the world, the flesh, and the devil as the three primary enemies of the Christian life—and rightly so. Ephesians 2:2–3, 1 John 2:15–16, and dozens of other passages deal with these three enemies of the soul. But rarely do these present themselves unveiled in the heart of a Christian. Satan doesn’t show … Continue reading How to Fight Three Common Enemies of the Soul – Paul Chappell
My late pastor, Bro Bobby Roberson used to always say, “What you say should not hurt me, because I’m supposed to be dead to self, and you can’t hurt something that’s dead.”
Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
It should be no surprise that the world around us is contrary in every aspect to the things of God. What God seeks to establish in the heart of man, the lost world opposes with the highest disdain and what the world esteems in the flesh, God sees as an abomination in light of His Spirit.
What does it really mean to live?
With submission, there is always opposition. Something so vital to your Christian life should be diligently guarded at all times.
Did you know, that the thing you think about the most, is ultimately the direction your life is headed?