The Worm in the Apple
Ever been ready to bite into a great big red juicy, shiny apple? Anticipating the taste, savoring that first tart flavor on your tongue, you crunch it between your teeth, only to realize that when you have taken that bite, that staring at you from the middle of the apple, is a hidden worm. Ugh!! You think in disgust, if I had bitten deeper, I would be staring at half the worm. I know, gross, huh? But you know what else? Thatís what Sin is like. Looks good from the outside, but inside,well, itís a different story.
Think on this comparison as well. You have a mousetrap. Now what do you think of when you think of a mousetrap, and itís purpose? Its purpose is to entice the mouse, is it not? The mouse doesnít see the trap, its focus is on the cheese, or the peanut butter that is on the trap. It sniffs out the good part, and doesnít realize that itís about to be caught in a trap that could bring death. Once again,a good example of sin, and how the Devil works.
See, the devil isnít going to trap you with something that looks repulsive on the outside, because he knows the human flesh. Human flesh and our minds arenít going to be attracted to something that looks ugly.
He knows in order to tempt us, it has to be something that is packaged in a way that would captivate our senses. It may be a sense of sight, which could tempt us to sin with pornography, or television shows, or movies, that are offensive to God. The worm could be books or literature that fill our minds with impure thoughts, it could be music that we listen to that fills our spirits with things that donít glorify God. There are countless ways that the devil uses things of the world to draw us away from God, to lay a trap to snare us in. And pretty soon, just like that little mouse, that only focused on the cheese, we are caught in a trap that will either maim us or kill us spiritually.
Now letís take a look at what the Bible has to say about these things.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthyómeditate on these things.
Notice that this doesnít say, occasionally dwell on these things. It means to dwell on these things constantly. Not just for a few minutes each day. You canít turn on the television, and say, "Well, Iíll just watch a few minutes of this show, and it wonít bother me, or harm me." If it is impure, and you watch it, or listen to it, or read it, whatever the case may be, it plants a tiny seed. It is a trap that you can be bound up in. One of Satanís favorite tools to use is the media,i.e., "entertainment"< and things that tempt us by using those senses once again.
Our senses were given to us by God for personal enjoyment, and to glorify Him in creation. Our sense of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch were given so that we might enjoy the things that He has made. But, as I said, the devil knows that through those same God given senses, he can move in and lay that trap for us.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant: because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Notice that the illustration used here is a lion. How does a lion hunt? He doesn't charge out into the middle of a herd and attack, he skulks about on the edge, watching for the weak, or the sickly. He goes after those that are not strong. The ones that straggle behind, and cannot keep up.
Therefore, we must remain strong in the Spirit, and not let ourselves become weakened by our flesh.
Ephesians 6: 11-12 Put on your whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Be on guard, my brethren, watching steadfastly, praying in the Spirit, and testing the fruits.
Just like that apple which appeared so good on the outside, the true nature will be revealed by what is on the inside. Make sure you donít let the worm become what you are feasting on. Watch for the traps. Donít just focus on the cheese, make sure you realize that a snare could be waiting, and use caution to avoid it.
Jude 1: 24-25 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.
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A very profound, thought-provoking, challenging article. There is much wisdom here. I like your style of writing. Very well done.