Titus 3:4 When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.[a] 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Food for thought story: Radio personality Paul Harvey once told of how an Eskimo kills a wolf. The Eskimo coats his knife with animal blood and lets it freeze. Another layer of blood is added, then another, until the blade is completely concealed. The hunter then fixes his knife in the ground with the blade up. A wolf follows the scent, finds the source, and begins licking. Aroused by the taste, it licks the blood-covered blade progressively faster and harder.
Amidst the wolf’s frenzy, it doesn’t notice the eventual sting of the exposed blade on its own tongue, nor that it’s now consuming its own warm blood. The wolf simply craves more, until it falls dead in the snow. Now this story left me in serious thought; how about you?
Point to ponder: It’s a grisly story, but a poignant illustration of how we too stand in danger of being consumed by our own lusts, (The story came from Steve Arteurburn the author of Every Man’s Battle).
Quote St. Augustine (354-430) – “My will was perverse and lust had grown from it; and when I gave in to lust, habit was born; and when I did not resist the habit it became a necessity. These were the links which together formed what I have called my chain, and it held me fast in the duress of servitude.”
For His Glory,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.