14th September 2020
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
Galatians 5:1 (KJV)
"Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am tempted by God' for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death."
James 1:13-15 (NKJV)
I just recently put netting over our two fruit trees to prevent birds from eating the fruit later in the season.
I was sure there were no holes in the net, but the other day I went out to find a honeyeater flapping around inside the net.
The bird had been attracted by the blossom that had appeared on the trees and even though it was supposedly off limits to birds it had somehow found a way in.
Consequently the bird lost its freedom and even though it could still ‘fly’ it was limited to the confines of the net.
In life there are all kinds of attractions that on the surface can look very appealing to the senses. The truth is, not all of them are good for us and obviously there are many that are really off limits for us as Christians.
As born again believers we have been given an amazing opportunity to live free from the power of sin and experience freedom in the truest sense of the word.
Fallen human nature however can still be tempted to have a ‘look under the net’ and can attempt to justify its actions - for example; ‘Just once won’t hurt’ or ‘Others are doing it’ or the classic ‘I couldn’t help myself’.
It is interesting to note that in the Garden of Eden, God told Adam and Eve; you can have EVERYTHING in the garden except that ONE tree.
God has given us so much yet the ONE thing will always seem to be appealing until you get under the net.
Today may be a good time to ask for the discernment to know what ‘trees’ to stay away from and truly enjoy everything else God has given us.
By the way, I did set the honeyeater free and it is now able to enjoy all the other trees that don't have nets on them.