Spiritual Tendonitis

Oftentimes something small can change your life forever.

These things can be good… or not. Case in point: I have tendonitis in my right wrist. I know exactly how it happened. I can trace it back to a single afternoon when I was using my laptop and not practicing good hand/wrist posture. Who knew that one afternoon of carelessness would forever weaken my wrist and cause occasional flare-ups that require a lovely wrist brace?

I think sin is kind of like that, too. We don’t usually just waltz into sin willingly. Sometimes we do, but more often I feel like it sneaks up on us.

It might start with a small compromise. Maybe a well-thought out justification of why it’s really not so bad. Maybe a baby step in the wrong direction. Maybe arrogance in thinking that it won’t affect us. Maybe just a lack of awareness as sin sneaks in our unlocked back door.

Scripture tells us that the devil prowls around like a lion, seeking to devour (1 Peter 5:8.) But other times he’s subtle, like the serpent in the garden (Genesis 3.) The problem is that once sin finds a crack, it moves in until it owns us. We have to constantly be on guard, using good spiritual posture.

Scripture admonishes us to put on the full armor of God so we can stand firm (Ephesians 6:10-18.) Because, really, who wants to wear a spiritual wrist brace when we can just avoid the damage altogether?

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