Indiana is the state I grew up in, Indiana is known as the “Hoosier State.”  It seems that this “nickname” came early in its history, it caught on from the question, “WHO’S YOUR FATHER?”

            The Apostle Paul asks a similar question in Romans 6:16-17, “Do you not know that to whom you present your-selves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness.” In other words, if your actions are unrighteous it is obvious that you are unrighteous, but, on the other hand, if your walk is righteous you are righteous.              

            Jesus addressing the same thought put it this way, Matthew 7:17-20, “7 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”KJV

                        The small town of Kuna, Idaho, has a unique characteristic, there is an underground tube of lava located near it.  The only entrance to it is a dark shaft that plunges straight down into the darkness.  One man’s experience with this phenomena caused him to exclaim, “As I stood at the edge of that shaft and looked down I was drawn to venture closer and almost lost my balance.  I felt a moment of heart-pounding terror and stepped away from the opening.”

                       Flirting with sin is like that: How often have men or women gotten too close to the edge, lost their balance, and fallen into the darkness?  We think we can flirt with tempta-tion, get very close to the edge, and walk away, but that’s a fool’s dream.  We know an action is wrong and yet we toyh with it.  Then, inescapably, we are drawn into deeper and darker perversions.

Jesus put it this way: John 8:34,

“Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.”

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