“Shun youthful lusts and flee from them. . ..” (2 Timothy 2:22) and “As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11)
COMMENT: Have you ever talked yourself into something even though you knew, deep down in your heart, that you should not? Well, let me tell you about my experience along those lines. As I look back on my career in the Life Insurance Industry, I truly believe that I had become an alcoholic. I fooled myself by saying that I only drink once a day, not all day like those ‘lush heads” I see stumbling in the street. That evening cocktail. . . isn’t that what successful businessmen do to refresh themselves at the end of a busy work day? Well, the Lord has given me 25 years of deliverance from that habit. A couple of months ago I heard renewed medical claims about the benefits of drinking several ounces of red wine each day. Against my better judgment, I purchased a bottle of wine called 20/20. (What a weird name for an alcoholic beverage. If you take enough of that wine, you’ll have anything but 20/20 vision.) The first night I took a few ounces and then I decided to take a few more. Before the night was over, the bottle was half empty. By the following evening there was nothing but air in that vessel. The next day I came to the conclusion that I just didn’t have the self-control to have 20/20 in my home. I should have followed Joseph’s example. He even left his garment as he fled the advances of Potiphar’s wife. (Genesis 39:11-14) If I ever get on a “health kick” again, I’ll use grape juice! From now on, I will take the twin advice of our Lead Scriptures. Would it be prudent for you to make a similar decision about something in your life?
WISE SAYING: IF YOU GIVE THE DEVIL AN INCH, HE’LL BECOME A RULER!