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October 1

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  Heat And The Frog

You may have heard about the chef who was teaching his assistant how to cook a frog. The chef said, "Now, son, if you drop a live frog into boiling hot water, he'll jump out. But if you put him in cool water and slowly turn up the heat, he'll not know the difference and will just lie there and lose his life, never knowing what hit him." The assistant said in amazement, "you mean, he'll just lie there and fry!" Exactly!
     I am sure this describes some of you today ... your inner anguish is intense; you feel "out of sorts" with God, not knowing how it happened. "Suddenly I feel like I'm in the fire," you cry. "How did I get so far from Him when I thought everything was going so well?"
     Sometimes that's the problem - everything was going well. Little by little you became successful; accumulated riches; engaged in more pleasures, and learned how to pay the price for success. But God got lost in the shuffle.
     God's Word warns us that we are most tempted to fall away, not in times of need, but in times of plenty. Satan can slowly turn up the "heat" of worldly values and material greed until God becomes only a name. The Lord warns, "When you have eaten and are satisfied...Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe His commands... Otherwise, when you...build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God..." (Deuteronomy 8:10-14, NIV).
     Tuck this scripture in your spirit today, now, heed it's warning so you can be sure, when you think you're immersed in "the good life," you're not in the boiling pot instead, unaware that before God, you're slowly dying!



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