bits from bob....

Cleaning Cobwebs or Killing Spiders?

by Robert J. Young
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

It's an old illustration, but a good one. There was a man who went forward at the end of every church service to ask for the prayers of his brothers and sisters in Christ. His statement was unvarying, "I need the Lord to take the cobwebs out of my life. Please pray that the Lord will remove the cobwebs." One Sunday morning, after the preacher had called on an astute elder to lead the prayer on behalf of this brother, the elder, tired of hearing the same old prayer, prayed instead, "Lord, please kill the spider in this brother's life!"

Several lessons are apparent. First, we often ask with a vision too small or a result too limited. The root of the problem must be handled if change is to be permanent. Second, it often takes radical changes to break sinful habits. Instead of asking God for cleansing each time we sin, perhaps we should ask God for power to change the reasons we seek out sin. Third, spiders continue to build cobwebs in uninhabited places. We must replace the cobwebs; we must feed our minds on God's word and avoid those things that tempt us toward sin.

Remember this slogan which I saw on a church sign a few years ago:
Admitting Sin Is No Substitute for Quitting Sin!

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