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Watch Out For Snakes

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I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Galatians 5:16

The Houston Chronicle tells of a young man who was bit on the lip by a rattlesnake while trying to kiss it. The 21 year old Matt George caught the snake in Arizona and tried to make it a pet.

While friends were at his home in Yacolt, Washington, Matt grabbed the snake behind the head and kissed it. His friends told him “you're being stupid” but George replied, “It’s ok, I do it all the time.” When he tried it again, the snake bit him under his mustache. He lost consciousness, went limp, and his eyes rolled back in his head before being life-flighted to a hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Although Matt survived the ordeal, his bizarre actions illustrate a much greater spiritual problem.

Too often we play with sin as if it is our friend or something that we can control. We are wrong on both accounts. Sin is deadly and it will bite us. Temptation is a spiritual snake that is more deadly than a rattler.

Don’t smooch with temptations… you’ll get bit and you’ll be sorry. 

Our Heavenly Father who knows what sin will do to us has instructed us to run from sin. Don’t play with it, run from it. But running away from sin is not enough: We must run to something. 1 Timothy 6:11 and 1 Timothy 2:2 tell us when we run from sin we must run to righteousness.

God always has a plan of escape when the “serpent” shows up. God always has something for you to do that is righteous. Make it your goal today to flee temptation and chase after righteousness.


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From Grumpy to Nestled

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"But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me." Psalm 131:2

This morning I did not want to read my bible or pray….I wanted to sit and think about the things of life.... I wanted good ole “Me” time. During my 3 minutes of self-indulgence my wife asked if she could share a verse, I reluctantly said “yes” and then she hit me with Psalm 131:2. …my attitude didn't take off like a winged angel frolicking through the clouds, but it was headed there.

After hearing the verse, I sharply popped off a question to my wife, saying, “How does a weaned child get stilled and quieted?” I full-heartedly expected a confused look, but instead, I received a confident answer.

She replied, “because they are NESTLED against their mothers chest.”

I was quickly losing my grumpy face and becoming engaged with the thoughts of how it feels to be nestled in the arms of Christ. In His arms I feel secure, safe, loved, valued, wanted, accepted, provided for, un-distracted, complete, forgiven; I feel like I am where I should have been all along…

What did I learn about God? He is available, patient, tender, good, merciful, never stops us from coming to Him, He is my comforter, Savior, first love, king, master, He gives peace, He stills and quiets my soul. …

I can remember as a little child running into my fathers arms, I would run as fast as I could and launch myself into him confident he would never drop or reject me! My daddy always caught me in flight and held me as long as I wanted. In fact, it was me who chose when to leave the comfort of his arms.

God is always there, it is up to us to make the choice each moment whether or not we will start our day GRUMPY (anxious and worried) or NESTLED (still and quieted).

  1. I will fight the “grumpy, all about me” tendencies and remember to launch myself into Him and nestle close to His chest.
  2. I will meditate on this verse throughout the week
  3. I will be quieted and stilled because He said I can!

Now I am feeling like a winged angel frolicking through the clouds…I am ready for the day Lord, thanks for holding me.

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