People, Places, Propensities

People, places, propensities. Saints we must identify the traps tripping which dogs at our feet. Our adversary the devil knows our shortcomings and he will exploit our every weakness to wreck our homes, lives and even our witness, given the slightest chance. (εὐπερίστατος euperistatos) No, I didn’t play Risk with you, when did we play Risk? (εὐπερίστατος euperistatos) Every time we fail to identify our weaknesses. We read this as beset or hinders in this passage, while it literally means to skillfully surround, like being hemmed in. For some, this is the fear of answering God’s call to Children’s ministry. The fear of being hemmed in. Like Ole Mo, Samson, David, and Peter, Abe is flawed, however, that doesn’t detract from the biblical message. The whole of the scriptural cannon proclaims to the reader holiness and faithfulness unto the Lord, not the perfection of His followers, but that of a follower who can and will be propelled by grace through faith. 

Ephesians 2:8~For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—(NIV) When we identify our areas of weakness, no I did not say your spouse’s area or friend’s area, nor did I say teenager, or your parent’s area of weakness, I said yours. We must own our life, and know the shortcomings where sin ensues, ensnaring us in a tangled web that dogs us. When we identify we can confess and move towards the love, mercy, and grace of God. 

For example, without David’s sin, we wouldn’t have heard his heart-wrenching prayer in Psalm 51:1~(When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.) Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. (NIV) Abe is again entangling himself in the weight of sin, for fear of man. Abe doesn’t have a Bible to turn to psalms and hear the powerful words of Psalm 118:6~The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (NIV)

So Abe lies, and as a result, again falls into sin because he doesn’t recognize this area of weakness in his life. To eliminate the entangling weight of sin, we must identify areas of weakness, and register. Register the hurt (Genesis 20:3-7). When we get taken in by a sin that easily entangles our lives, God begins a course correction, to get us back on track. Our lives are purpose-filled and we are to live for His glory. We all approach the faith holding a couple of questions: Why should we glorify God? By seeing God for who He truly is. Revelation 4:11~Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will, they exist and were created. (ESV) The second question many of us have pondered is: How can I glorify God with my ordinary life? Christ Jesus answers this in John 15:8~When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. (NLT) 

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