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A Heart For God: Recipe for Disaster

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Recipe for Disaster

Journey to the Celestial City #22. In our continuing look at John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress," today we find the man, Christian, climbing the Hill of Difficulty. He labors and labors still, until he comes to a restful place, an arbor by the side of the road about half way up the hill. Here Christian sits and reads from his roll and receives much encouragement. Eventually, he slips off in slumber. The problem is Christian's roll leaves his hand while he's sleeping. He wakes up later to take up his journey again, but without his roll. And to step from the fray to catch our breath and retool is much needed. But to move beyond that and use it as an opportunity to indulge the carnal nature is a recipe for disaster. It will later require that we retrace our steps to make amends. "'A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest,' Then your poverty will come as a robber, And your want like an armed man." (Proverbs 24:33-34) "For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life." (Galatians 6:8) More to come in the next blog post. Check back soon. (To read this entire blog post series, scroll down to "Pilgrim's Progress Series" in the left sidebar.) pp 34-35

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