Sunday, May 1, 2011

3 Easy Steps .....

Away From the Light & Into the Darkness.  I have come to see 3 easy steps that we may succumb to every day in deceiving ourselves, which quickly lead us away from light and into darkness.  These acts most often seem to occur almost unconsciously and quickly as we fail to follow the truth, which regularly results in broken fellowship, hurt and grief.  

"Wings in the Dark"  Watercolors & Pastels/PaintShopPro  
©Maleko 2011
1- Rationalization of the act - telling ourselves it will be okay and it is just this once so why not?

But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,  ~Mark 2:6

2- Justification of the impact- everyone is doing it and nobody gets hurt so what is the big deal?

And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts ; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God. ~Luke 16:15

3 - Expectation of the outcome - that this is the way it is and there is nothing else, no eternal truth or judgement, right?

The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked is wrath. ~Proverbs 11:23

However, within the darkness there is a light, there is redemption, forgiveness and a rescue from our pain. But we must make a conscious choice to turn from our own plans for making life work and be willing to believe in the grace that is offered freely through Jesus Christ; the way, the truth and the life.

(All scriptures references were found at Bible Study Tools and are from the New American Standard Bible translation.)

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