Word 4U Today

City Walls

City Walls

Back in the day, one of the most effective defenses that a city could have was to build whopping great walls around its perimeters. Without those walls, anyone who fancied having a crack at invading could just waltz right in. With them, though, a city had much less chance of being taken over. Walls provided a first line of defense. There’d be trained guards stationed on top of them, and the minute they caught sight of an incoming enemy, they’d raise the alarm and start to fight back.

“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls” (Proverbs 25:28 NKJV).

So, when we don’t bother to do that self-control thing, we leave ourselves wide open to stuff that we may not necessarily want to become a part of us. The minute that we start to allow ourselves to do just-that-one-thing-that-we-know-we-shouldn’t, we start to let our walls down. And once those walls are down, it becomes ever-easier to let one more thing slide. And then another thing. And another. And…

You get the idea. The bottom line is this:

letting something slide, even just one tiny little thing, doesn’t work. You may not feel it immediately, but doing that changes the way we think about what’s right. It draws us a step further away from God. And each step further away makes the next one a little easier to take.

 

What Now?

In true Romans 8:9 style (read it), ask the Holy Spirit for His help in growing self-control. Copy  that verse in your phone; bookmark it in your browser for times when you feel tempted to let that-one-little-sin slide.

“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls” Proverbs 25:28 NKJV

Joy Ferdiz

July 27th, 2014

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