Illustration: Self-Destruction

Once there was an eagle soaring high in the sky and as it flew, almost out of sight, it became unsteady and finally began to fall. It plunged to the earth in a pasture near to men.

Both men approached the eagle and found it shaking and trembling. In its claw was a rattlesnake. The eagle had caught the reptile, soared in the sky, and finally lost the battle when the snake bit it. There it lay, holding the very thing that killed it!

People, unfortunately, are very similar. They have the thing from which they hope to derive some pleasure, but, like the eagle in the story, they are fighting a losing battle and are holding onto the very thing that will mean their spiritual death. How sad that a soul is lost because they won’t turn loose!

Am I holding onto something today that will ultimately destroy my soul?  If so, why not let it go while I still can?

“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience” (Col. 3:5-6, NKJV).

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God” (Rom. 8:13-14, NKJV).

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