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Playing With Snakes
1/24/2012

Playing With Snakes
The Repercussions of Sin


Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Galatians 6:7 (NKJV)


I saw this video once about a doctor who was working with the Coastal Plains Institute and Land conservancy on the eastern seaboard.  His name is Bruce Means.  One day he took his kayak over to a little island about a mile off the mainland coast to study some stuff.  While out hiking the island he comes upon an Eastern Diamond Back Rattlesnake.  He is aware of the dangers, because he is studying the habitat and is aware of the various types of animals and reptiles that are around there.

Becoming intrigued by the snake he pulls out his camera and starts to take pictures.  Not willing to leave well enough alone he discards his better judgment and picks up the snake with a stick, and in a flash he is struck upon his hand and the snakes venom quickly begins to do what it was designed to do - kill.  The doctor realizes he is now fighting for his very own life and only has about an hour to get anti-venom.  

He hikes a half-mile back to his kayak and then proceeds to paddle back to the mainland. By the time he reaches the shore where his truck is parked his legs are all but useless as the poison is paralyzing them.  He barely makes his way to the hospital, which thankfully, is only a mile down the road.  26 units of anti-venom later he is alive and will live to tell his story.

As I thought about this situation I couldn't help but draw a parallel to how we can at times discard our common sense and be tempted to carelessly play with sin in the same way the doctor played with a poisonous snake.  We can see how close we can get and before you know it we have been bit and Satan's venom is coursing through us, doing what it was designed to do as it slowly kills our Christian walk and witness. 

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 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's make it our goal to leave the serpents of sin alone.  Let's not allow our better judgment to be discarded and be tempted to play with those things we know to be wrong.  Let's continue to seek the counsel of God's Word and choose to abide in it so we will be blessed. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to James 1:14-15 what is the progression with sin and what is the final outcome of it?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you toying with some sort of sin in your life thinking you have it under control?

APPLICATION: Let's choose to get rid any snakes we may have allowed in our life.

Let's Pray...

Father, forgive us for the times we have played with sin; thinking we were not going to get bit.  Thank You for Your Word to guide and lead us in all truth and understanding.  Open our eyes today so we can see things clearly as You do and give us the wisdom, discernment and empowerment to walk in truth.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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