THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Two old friends were talking. One said, "Last time I went hunting, a bird flew into my hiding place."
The other one asked, "Duck?"
"No. Hit me right in the face!"
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Light from the Word.
One of the reasons sin so often hits us in the "face," so to speak is because we don't DUCK!
Sin, from the temptor, comes to "steal,....kill,...and to destroy."
Sin will steal joy.
Sin will kill the desire to serve.
Sin will destroy a witness.
The way to "duck" sin, is to FOCUS on Christ.
He is the One Who came to give "life more abundantly."
With Christ we have "life" -- eternal life.
Eternal life is a quality as well as a quantity.
With Christ we have joy.
With Christ we desire to serve Him out of love.
With our focus on Christ:
* our witness to a genuinely changed life remains in tact.
* problems are more easily overcome because we realize this physical life is short and there aren't many more problems to face.
* sorrows are more easily overcome because we know that tears are a language God understands.
* joys are more wonderful because we know they are blessings from our Lord.
Life is more MEANINGFUL when we are focused on Christ!