Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Border Patrol

Today's Worship Wednesday post brought to you by PT2006--As always, I am challenged and blessed by your words, sis. Thanks. After you read today's devotion, don't forget to read the post, "My Story" below and share your story with all us.

Many an invasive parasite has entered the U.S. by way of imported fruits and vegetables. Even within our borders, destructive bacteria has made it's way to our tables due to the lack of proper inspections. Most recently the culprits have been riding on baby greens and shallots. What nasty intestinal problems these bacteria have caused. Even the most stalwart of men have been hospitalized by Salmonella.

In the same way, tiny little temptations invade our mind. They are often attached to a person or thing that has taken our attention without so much as a minimal inspection. The old cliche is true, birds of a feather flock together. You will become like the company you keep. When choosing your running buddies, you should take note of their habits and hangouts. If the places they frequent are unwholesome then most likely they are not ideal companions for you. On the flip side, people who are faithful to church and family have the makings of quality friends.

The principle is the same whether you are choosing a friend, church, or place of employment. Do a spiritual health assessment. Check out their surroundings. What are their limits or standards? Even the strongest of Christians can be pulled down by a small ploy of the enemy if it is hidden in the garb of light. Scripture warns of Satan transforming himself into an angel of light. That's not much of stretch for him since he is a has-been heavenly angel. Look out for the has-been Christians, they know just how to play the game.

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them." Matthew 7:15 - 20 KJV

3 comments:

amyanne said...

Hello,

I am Tricia Goyer's assistant. I am putting together the blog tour for her latest book, Valley of Betrayal. Would you be interested in participating?

Thanks,
Amy
amy@triciagoyer.com
triciagoyer.blogspot.com

Kathleen Marie said...

Thank you for joining The Open Window. Your story is very thought provoking.

Blessings!

Kari at www.HealedWaters.com said...

What *good* words and reminders. I am afraid my own borders need some upkeep...and I suspect there are some parasites which need to be given the boot.

I really needed this!