Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
I have a picture of the fallen angel in all of his beauty, clothed in a sharp Armani suit sitting at an enormous antique oak desk with his perfectly manicured fingers laced behind his head of gorgeous hair letting out a self satisfied, yet somewhat bored sigh. Man has certainly taken most of his work from him. We pay for pain, we flock to fear, and we delve indignantly into debauchery. Any sin that you want to commit is readily available. And, hey, if you don’t want to go to all the trouble of cheating, stealing, or committing murder yourself you can easily sit on your behind in a nice comfortable chair and watch someone else do it.
It is difficult in our culture to sometimes decipher the good from the bad. If it’s something as straightforward as adultery – no problem, take a look in Genesis 20 at the Ten Commandments and God says clearly “don’t do that!” But what about things like an occasional glass of wine, keeping up on the current celebrity gossip, or celebrating a pagan holiday… I mean everybody’s doing it.
For me, I have to ask myself whether what I’m doing is to glorify God. Not indirectly or “sort of” or “in a way”, but honestly. Does looking at pictures of some celebrity’s botched nose job serve to glorify God? It’s not easy – and of course – being man and prone to sin I will never get it completely right. However, I think from now on I’m going to try to ask myself that question more often and see how I test out.
Please pray for all the youngin’s out in the dark begging for candy tonight
Janet – Please continue to pray for her parents health – Mom’s knees and Dad’s foot
Elena – Pray for her Aunt Cindy who is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer in her stomach and shoulder.
Judy – Please pray for God to comfort her and her son Rick as they are going through a tough time.
Kelly S – Please pray for Grandma Andersen, she is 94 and has had pneumonia.