Stand at Ease Disease

Stand at Ease Disease

fungiWho remembers high school chemistry?  How many of you took chemistry?  How many of you took high school biology?  How many took high school?  How many of you took college chemistry, biology and other medical classes?  What do you know about diseases?  Besides they maim, paralyze, and kill.  Fungal growth usually live off of and feed on living organisms.  Dangerous stuff!  A disease is an abnormal condition of an organism or part that impairs normal physiological functioning.  A fungus is any of numerous plants or the division or sub-kingdom Thallophyta lacking chlorophyll ranging in form from a single cell to a body of mass of branched filamentous hyphae that often produces specialized fruiting bodies and including the yeasts, molds, smuts, and mushrooms.  Whadda think: is sin a disease or a fungus: or both?

People say alcoholism is a disease.  If it is; it’s the only disease that is bottled, sold and taxed!  People say marijuana is a disease.  If it is; it’s the only disease that is packaged as brownies, cookies, candies and other venues then sold and taxed in many areas.  Truffles are tasty, but they’re still a fungus!  Let’s put away our chemistry, biology and medical books; we find sin defined “in the Bible”.  Romans 14:23 says that; “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin”!  You might think this a gray area.  “Everything that does not come from faith is sin” means that to go against a conviction will leave a person with a guilty or uneasy conscience.  When God shows us that something is wrong for us, we should avoid it.  This is not rocket science.  And we know what alcohol, marijuana, and other drug products do to us.  They maim, paralyze and kill.  All diseases and fungi aside—sin is 100% fatal; unless…you have THE ANTIDOTE.  The definition of sin and its cure are found on the Roman road!  Looking?

Bottom Line

Be careful what you choose.  You are free to choose between two masters, but you are not free to manipulate the consequences of your choices.  Each of the two masters pays with his own kind of currency.  The currency of sin is death (Romans 6:23).  That is all you can expect or hope for in life without God.  Jesus’ currency is eternal life.  What choice have you made?

Atoms, Molecules and Evil

Atoms Molecules and EvilHumanm Body ingredientsWe’re made up of flesh and blood. Bones, cartilage, muscle, nerves, organs, some connecting tissue, a little enamel and a bucket full of chemicals and you too could build a human.  Genesis says that God created man in His own image. Maybe He took the same blueprints and tweaked them a bit to create the animals, fish and birds. One thing God didn’t include was EVIL. We managed to find that all on our own. Don’t snicker and point fingers, if you had been in Adam and Eve’s place you probably would have failed sooner than later, and somebody would be talking about you.
Thousands of years later we’re still here and so is evil. As the diagram shows it’s in our head, it comes out of our mouth, it’s in our heart, and it is spread by our own hands and it’s in our legs so it can travel faster with us.

 

When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He told them they could do anything under the sun but eat the fruit from one particular tree. You know what happened; all that instruction went in one ear and flew out the other. Luckily the serpent was there to direct them to the very tree that would ultimately kill them!  A tree that contained the knowledge of good AND evil.  One tree, one fruit. Who wouldn’t desire to have it all?

 

This could well have been the first case of food poisoning. A buffet of any fruit the mind could imagine and all waiting to be picked by innocent human hands until a crafty busboy directed the innocent diners to one deadly fruit. Once evil was ingested, it infected the entire body. Evil is contagious.

 

Psalms 23 reminds us, “I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.”
Romans 12:21 reminds us, “Do not be overcome with evil.”
1 Thessalonians 5:22 reminds us, “Avoid every kind of evil.”
James 1:13 reminds us, “Good cannot be tempted by evil.”

 

Sin nature is in us, evil is all around us, but, it doesn’t have to control us. Evil is real and must be resisted, hated and resisted while there’s breath in our bodies.  I believe in the flesh and the senses, tasting, feeling, seeing, hearing. smelling and especially good sense, so, go ahead and ‘tag me’ as a miracle.  After all, I was made in His image.

Silhouette DeJour

dejourFrom detective programs Dragnet to CSI, all those police shows have shown a chalk outline of a silhouette drawn on the floor or ground at one time.  That lets you know that there has been a death, and the deceased was found in that exact location and position.  A detective or team of experts and forensics specialists then attempt to figure out the who, how, and why of the crime—if there was one.  The scene is then roped off with bright yellow plastic border tape with the words “Police line do no cross” signaling, stay away, this scene is off limits.  Now, let’s move from Hollywood to Rome for a minute.  In 1 Peter 5:8, Peter tells us, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”.  True?  True!

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If you see a ‘partial’ chalk outline, and it’s in your shape, in places you frequent, look around—a lion has been stalking you.  At the first hint that you’re being “Chalked”, examine your defenses.  Be on guard!  Don’t be an easy target.  Don’t go where there is danger.  Don’t go where you shouldn’t.  Don’t push deadly boundaries.  Don’t let the lion get too close.  Don’t think he won’t try again and again.  He will.  Take no chances.  1 Peter 5:9 gives us the winning formula if we’ll just follow it.  It says, “Resist him, standing firm in the faith”.  Don’t be the “Silhouette of the day”!

Satan uses our past to destroy our future.  He steals our faith by stealing our joy.  Prowling lions attack sick, young, or straggling animals that are defenseless: they choose victims who are alone, vulnerable, or not alert.  Peter warns us to watch out for Satan when we are suffering or being persecuted.  Feeling alone, weak, helpless, and cut off from other believers, so focused on our troubles that we forget to watch for danger, we are especially susceptible to Satan’s attacks.  During times of suffering, seek out other Christians for support and comfort—and prayer.  Keep your eyes open and on Christ, and resist the devil.  Then, says James, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you”.  James 4:7-8  Don’t be the one they draw a “chalk line” around.