Arriving home, we gave our dogs a bath and we didn't initially see any ticks. We had flea and tick collars on both animals when we took them to the kennel so we felt they were protected. Much to our surprise, when I turned our basset hound over, I found nearly 150 ticks attached under his legs, between his paws and in his ears. Our Dalmatian was a little better, but she had nearly 50 ticks on her. I spent nearly two and a half hours working to remove the nasty pests. Roscoe, our basset hound, seemed quite happy at my removal process but our dalmatian squirmed as I worked on her.
This whole experience reminded me of how easily sin can attach itself to our lives much like the ticks attached themselves to the dogs. Sin, like a tick, starts out small but can grow to monstrous proportions and create a lot of problems!
|Our dalmatian Duchess resting with her friend Rocky who was|
visiting our home at the time.
We often try to convince ourselves that no one can see the bad habits or secret sins that we hide in our lives. While those around us may not see them, God certainly does. Just because we wear the title Christian, does not mean that we do not sin or that we are never tempted to sin. This is a dangerous form of thinking. Remember, I thought my dogs would be safe because they had on flea and tick collars! Throughout the Bible, we are warned to be on our guard against temptation which leads to lust and then ends with sin. (I Peter 5:8)
In addition, we often try to blame God or others for the sin we allow in our lives. How many times have we heard people say, "If only the Lord hadn't brought that person into my life, I would have remained faithful to my spouse", or "If my friends hadn't offered me a drink, I never would have become an alcoholic." All to often, we try to escape the fact that we nurtured a temptation until lust conceived and birthed sin. The death of our spiritual relationship with God was not due to the Lord or our friends. We made the choice to proceed and act on a temptation.
|The ugly dog tick|
What is God speaking to our hearts today? We need to stop and do some self-examination in our lives. If the Holy Spirit convicts us of an area of sin, let us be quick to confess it that we may be cleansed in the blood of Jesus Christ our Savior. Likewise, let us put on God's full armor each day that we may resist temptation when it comes our way. There is no need to suffer separation from God. Selah!
I welcome your thoughts on this subject today. Please feel free to leave them. Blessings!