Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bull Nettle and Sin

This is a picture of "Bull Nettle" and it is rightly named, as only bulls or cows can co-exist with it. I saw a whole breath-takingly beautiful field full of it a couple weeks ago, as we were driving to Fort Worth. Stunning. Really. And, of course, cows were roaming that particular field, oblivious to it's hidden dangers. And, I was wondering why I didn't have my camera out to capture it's beauty.
But, you see, even though it's a pretty flower, it's actually a weed. Extremely hard to be rid of. And, it tricks people, because just as soon as you go to pick this lovely "flower," you get stung ... by it's main stem, branches, and leaves, which are all covered with glass-like bristly hairs that release an allergenic toxin upon contact. And, they ITCH and burn like fire when they come in contact with your skin. NOT COOL. Not good and quite decieving. Alot like satan and alot like sin. Both can come in pretty packages that draw you in and are really soothing, beautiful and even enticing. However, if we are not careful, when we entertain sin and satan, we can become like the cows ... who are immune to it's firey itch and burn, vicitims of it's allergic toxin.
God gave us His Word and His example and Himself in order to save us from lives that are filled with sin. So we wouldn't be attracked to fields full of it. So, we would look over at it and see it for what it really is ... dangerous to our spirits, deadly, a toxin. So we would choose to live in His love for us, which is great and more glorious than any other option that is out there. Where peace and joy and contentment live. That's where I want to be. Always.
"For sin shall not (any longer) exert dominion over you, since now you are not under the Law (as slaves), but under grace (as subjects of God's favor and mercy)."  Romans 6:14 (AMP)
"The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6 (NIV)
" ... You are not merely a sinner struggling up into God but you are a new creature coming from God."     .... Francis Frangipane

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