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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Jan. 27, 2010 - Deadly Dandelion

By Greg Ebie

Sin is like a dandelion. It begins as an attractive temptation, kind of like that beautiful yellow flower. Sin’s attraction can seduce us. Our desires give way to the temptation to sin and we pick a bouquet of evil choices just as a child picks their mother a bunch of dandelions.

Next, a dandelion turns into a white cotton ball of seeds. Blown by the wind, the seeds spread not only in one yard, but neighboring yards too. Likewise, sin will quickly fill more and more of our lives, and in time our sin will affect the lives of those around us.

Dandelions also have deep roots. We may pull them from our yards, but if we don’t get the whole root then all too soon they come back. Likewise, sin grows deep into our lives and penetrates our hearts.

Saying “no” to sin is only the beginning. We must also say “yes” to a life of righteousness. Calling God for help like a 911 operator during a moment of moral crisis is no substitute for daily yielding to His will for our lives.

God has provided Jesus as our Savior from sin and has given us the Holy Spirit to give us the strength to break free from sin. Still, it is up to us to make the daily commitment to righteousness.

“Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace” (Romans 6:11-14, NIV).

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

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