Believers in Christ sometimes want to dance with the world. They want to see how close they can get to the world without tarnishing their reputation before their Christian friends. The devil is quite willing to encourage this kind of activity.
Today’s devotional challenges us to think about how we live our lives.
Dance and dine with the devil!
(Thomas Brooks, “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices”)
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us–for we are not ignorant of his evil schemes.” 2 Corinthians 2:11
Sin is but a bitter sweet. That seeming sweet which is in sin will quickly vanish–and lasting shame, sorrow, horror, and terror will soon come.
Forbidden profits and pleasures are most pleasing to vain men, who count madness to be mirth. Many long to be meddling with the murdering morsels of sin, which do not nourish–but rend and consume the soul which receives them. Many eat that on earth, which they digest in Hell.
Sin’s murdering morsels will deceive those who devour them!
Adam’s apple was a bitter sweet;
Esau’s bowl of stew was a bitter sweet;
the Israelites’ quails were a bitter sweet;
Jonathan’s honey was a bitter sweet;
Adonijah’s dainties were a bitter sweet.
After the meal is ended–then comes the reckoning!
Men must not think to dance and dine with the devil–and then to sup with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven!
Men must not think to feed upon the poison of asps–and yet that the viper’s tongue should not slay them!
So when Satan dangles a particular sin before us, we must be careful. James 4:7 tells us, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Good advice.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001