FROM THE INSIDE OUT

FROM THE INSIDE OUT

James C. Guy

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The story is told of a man was visiting his boyhood home when a heavy storm hit. As he stood looking out the front window, a great gust of wind toppled a tall, stately tree in the front yard. The man could hardly believe that the beautiful tree had fallen. Later, when he examined the broken trunk, he saw that the wind was not the only reason for the fall. The tree had been weakened inside by disease. Then he recalled that as a boy he had used a hatchet to chop away some of the bark when it was only a slender sapling. Over the years, water seeped in through the gashes, and disease found an opening. Slowly, the trunk had begun to decay from within. Although the sapling grew into what appeared to be a strong tree, it could not withstand the force of the wind. Because of a hidden fault, the tree came crashing to the ground.

So it is with sin. When we open up little "gashes" in our lives - little areas for sin to creep in that we don't see as a big deal. "It's just one sin," "Everyone has their faults," "Only Jesus was perfect" we may say.
It is true that only Jesus lived a sinless life, but He also calls us to STRIVE toward perfection. He calls us to "walk in the light as He is in the light" (I John 1:7). He tells us not to "give place to the devil" (Ephesians 4:27), and to "resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James 4:7). Sin can tear us apart and eat us alive, spiritually, from the inside out when we just let it grow. Then, when the strong wind comes, we don't have the inner strength to withstand the "wiles of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11). What areas in you life are there in which you have allowed Satan to use to eat away at your inner strength? It may be things that still hold on from your younger days as in the case of the tree, or it may be things that you have allowed in more recent years; perhaps both. Sin is a spiritual disease. Only God can heal you from it, and only if you will allow Him to change you from the inside out.
-James C. Guy
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