Bogged Down?

We are walking toward a definite destination, with our minds fixed on the goal. Something distracts us and we wander from the path. We come upon dazzling and exciting sights. We are so taken with the sights that we fail to notice, that right in the midst of all that has caught our attention, we have forgotten about our goal and have become bogged down in the things right before our eyes. While we behold the beauty and the pleasures, our feet slowly sink into the miry clay. Hopefully, we realize our danger and call for help. Some do not realize and sink deeper and deeper. What a picture of those who know Jesus as Savior and Lord! We start our journey through life, with Him plainly in sight. Our invisible enemy cleverly diverts our attention and we focus on our circumstances and environment and lose sight of Jesus. We become fascinated with this world and slowly our feet begin to sink in its values, interests, life style, pleasures and more. For those who are His, He stands ready to rescue, to lift us from the miry clay and lead us back to the road and toward our eternal goal. This danger is warned about in I John 2:17: “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” Consider these further warnings: ” Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). “And everyone that heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it” (Matthew 7:26-27). Those who have been born again have One Who stands ready to rescue and restore those who are His. We need only call for help. If we remain “bogged down,” we may not have experienced genuine conversion. Fanny Crosby’s hymn, “Give Me Jesus,” will be echoed in the hearts of those who belong to Him: “Take the world but give me Jesus. All its joys are but a name; but His love abideth ever, thro’ eternal years the same. Take the world but give me Jesus. Let me view His constant smile; then thro’out my pilgrim journey light will cheer me all the while.” Selah! Where your love is focused is a good indication of your destination.   Ron

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