Sneaking In

by John Grant

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called today, so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13

The giant African land snail is considered one of the most damaging snails in the world because it eats at least 500 types of plants and can cause structural damage. It also can carry a parasite that can lead to meningitis in humans.

It’s not known how the snail arrived in Florida this time, and there’s no estimate for how many remain, but In an aggressive effort to keep an invasive snail species from making a permanent home in Florida, 78,000 critters have been captured in the past year.

They were found in the southern part of the state and are multiplying their way northward. They have been found in the wild and in residential backyards. They pose significant risks to Florida’s landscape. They lay eggs – up to 1200 a year – and they live for nine years.

There is a spiritual parallel here. Sin is a trap that sneaks its way into our lives and will destroy us. Often it sneaks up on us, and before we know it, we have a sin problem. Oh, how subtle it can be, but like the snail it multiplies exponentially.

Sin sneaks up on us undetected. It may bring pleasure for a short while, but it’s short-lived! Then we have to pay the consequences. Sin is deceitful. We think we’re okay, and before we know it, we are sinning with little or no conviction. Our hearts have hardened. If we sow to sin we will reap the consequences.

The choice is ours. We are a servant (slave) as shown by whom we yield to—sin or righteousness. We cannot be a servant to both. Once we fall into the sin trap we are boxed in on every side, but thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus, it is never too late to repent and turn from sin.

First Peter reminds us to “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) and always be mindful that the someone is you and I.

Lord, help me to be aware on a daily basis of the enemy who is eager to trip me up. Please give me Your correction and guidance and help me to be self-controlled and alert. Amen.

Question: Do you have sin that needs to be uncovered?

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John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney

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3 Responses to Sneaking In

  1. AmyC says:

    Thank you for John Grant’s sharing. Ya, always remind ourself to yield to GOD all day ,every day and be alert of those who come to devour us. Our body, mind and soul are for GOD our LORD, to reflect HIS images, to have Good thinkings and to be filled by HIS HOLY SPIRIT. Let us live our lives in the coverage of GOD, in His vicinity. GREATEST is HE who is in me than he that is in the world! Happy and Lucky to be the chosen one and we are GOD’s Chosen one. GOD reminds us always that we are Your precious children, and we belongs to YOU, wherever and whatever we are, we are GOD’s children. We are HIS lambs and HE is our SHEPHERD, lets follow…

  2. Douglas R. Dawson says:

    Father God,help me to be on my guard and to always watch for SIN no matter the speed,the devil is always looking for the opportunity to lead me away from YOU and back into SIN. JESUS morning,noon,and night,if i have JESUS,i can win the fight.

  3. DAN says:

    I HAVE READ SOME LITERATURES THAT TRIES TO CATIGORISE SIN INTO…BUT THE ONE TRUTH REMAINS”SINS IS SIN”THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH,THE SOUL THAT SINS DIES,,,SNAKE,SNAIL,THE CRAFTINESS OF HOW SIN SNEAKS IN…THE LITTLE THINGS,,IT DOSENT MATTER SYNDROME,THE LITTLE FOXES,,,WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD TO ALWAYS CAUTION,PREAK,REMIND US TO MAKE AMENDS…WE NEED TO ADOPT THE DAVID APROACH (PSALM 50)creat in me a clean heart o LORD,renew THY spirit within me,cast me not away from THY presence o LORD,restor unto me the JOY of SALVATION..WHENEVER WE SIN,WE SHOULD REPENT AND MOVE ON IJN,

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