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Playing With The Snake 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 was aware of the dangers, because he had studied the habitat and is very aware of the various types of dangerous 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 instant he is struck upon his hand as the snake's venom quickly begins to do what it was designed to do — kill.  The doctor realizes he is now fighting for his very life and he only has about an hour to get anti-venom.  

Dr. Bruce 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. Twenty-six units of anti-venom later, he is alive, and he will live to tell his story.

As I thought about this situation I couldn’t help but draw a parallel to how we can discard our common sense at times and be tempted to carelessly play with sin, much in the same way this doctor played with the poisonous snake.  Sin has a way of tempting us to get a little closer, and before you know it, we have been bit — Satan’s venom begins to course through us, doing what it was designed to do, it slowly begins to kill 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 think and pray upon these things today.  Make it your goal to leave the serpents of sin alone.  Use your better judgment to keep from playing with those things you should leave alone.  Continue to seek the counsel of God’s Word and choose to abide in it — this is your anti-venom for sin. 

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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to get rid any snakes you may have allowed in your life.

PRAYER: Father, forgive me for the times I have played with sin; thinking I was not going to get bit. Thank You for Your Word to guide and lead me in all truth and understanding. Open my eyes today so I can see things clearly as You do, and give me the wisdom, discernment and empowerment to walk in truth. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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