Years ago in our rural area, we had a resident skunk.  Periodically we would spot him at the corner of our yard, just outside of the porch light.  Every night I had to take my dog outside, and I was terrified of running into him!  I could just picture myself standing face to face with a scared skunk and the aftermath.  I’m sure you can imagine the scene–a terrible odor permeates the night while my dog and I recoil in horror.  

Praise God that we can recoil at the awful stench that won’t go away!  You know we should demonstrate the same abhorrence toward sin in our life.  It stinks!  And so do we.  Until we get away from the skunk of sin and allow our Lord to cleanse us, we’re going to be stinky.  All of our ways will be displeasing to our Lord.  

Since I don’t want to be skunked, I watch out for the skunk.  I avoid him at all costs.  We can apply this tactic to sin.  When we are tempted, we need to flee ASAP.  Our Lord knows how destructive sin can be.  Our very lives can be destroyed if we continue in sin.  Sin only leads to sorrow.  If you are in the path of the skunk, change your direction!  

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.”  Isaiah 43:18

Our Lord calls us to forsake our sins; to turn away from them.  Repent!

“Flee also youthful lusts:  but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”                    2 Timothy 2:22

Believers, don’t get comfortable with sin.  Don’t get used to it.  If you do, it will be difficult to even recognize it for what it is.  Believe me, a skunk is not a sweet kitty cat!  

“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you:  for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  What then?  Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace?  God forbid.  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”  Romans 6:11-18

Linda is an inspirational writer and photographer. Her writing has been published in, Union Gospel Press, Gospel Blog, Frontline, Dollar Stretcher, Discipleship Journal - DJ Plus, At the Center magazine, Simple Joy, Cross & Quill, Hot Cars, and others. Linda's story "Stretched to My Limit" about dealing with dementia was featured in "Stolen Moments" by Elizabeth Bezant. Linda's first non-fiction book was "Homeschooling: The Modern Day One Room Schoolhouse." In it, she shares her experience as a homeschooling mom, explaining the basic principles of homeschooling for the beginner. She successfully completed her first fiction novel through Chris Baty's 2006 National Novel Writing Course (NaNoWriMo). Linda also writes inspirational articles on her Words of Encouragement Blog. Enjoy Linda's photos at Words of Encouragement Designs.

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