Last summer I broke out in a horrible itchy rash on my arms. It began to spread and got so bad I eventually had to go to the doctor and she told me it was most likely poison ivy. I had to think about where I could possibly have gotten it and the only thing I had done was pull weeds and trim bushes at our church. So in looking around the area that I had been working, I discovered that one of the bushes has been invaded by a poison ivy vine. It was so well disguised amid the bush that I didn’t see it. But it was too late for me as it took several agonizing weeks for the rash to go away. In life, the devil often works in a similar way. Sometimes sin can creep up so subtly to invade our life that we don’t even know it’s there until it’s too late and we are left struggling to get rid of it. We might even have to stop and think how we possibly could have gotten into it. The devil is a sly one. He is not in your face. He moves very subtly in hopes that you won’t even notice. Sin is not a cliff you jump off from. It’s a slope you gradually slide down. A Master Gardener at the local extension office told us that any weed killer we put on the poison ivy will also kill the bush. She said we’d have to pick through the bush and find where the vine is growing from the ground, cut it there, and then put weed killer only where it is growing out of the ground. The part above the cut will die off and the part beneath the ground will absorb the weed killer and die while the bush is left intact. Cut the sin out at the root by giving it a good daily dose of the Word! Allow the light of the Word to dispel the darkness of sin to leave your life intact. The process may be agonizing as the consequences of sin may be unpleasant. But you’ll soon feel the relief as sin loses its grip and you are freed from its entanglement.
1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.” Genesis 3:1 (NKJV)
11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. Ephesians 6:11 (NLT)
14Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. James 1:14-15 (NLT)
22 Stay away from every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (NLT)
1 ….. let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)