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DAILY DEVOTIONS
 

  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

Having dwelt on the topic of Christian journey in the previous month, now in the month of Febraury, I intend to focus on a monumental piece of Jewish history….the Conquest of Canaan, with its particular relevance to modern day breed of Christian spiritual warriors.

Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…

Suresh Manoharan




February 23rd

A little drop of poison…



“…Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough?” – I Cor 5:6
 
  The Jewish defeat in the hands of City of Ai, if anything, underscores the fact that it takes sometimes only “a small sin” to upset our spiritual bearings just as it takes a only a drop of poison to poison everything. It was Achan’s seemingly “little sin” (mind you, it was not apparently a BIG sin like murder or adultery) which triggered a chain reaction resulting in Joshua’s mighty army tasting bitter defeat for the first and thankfully, the last time (Joshua 7:1-5).

Unless that little sin was dealt with firmly (Joshua 7:24-26), God’s presence-source of every blessing - would not return to the Jewish camp. Have we tripped over small sins, lately? This brings us to the question, is there anything like a small sin? Here, permit me to make it amply clear…if we do or do not do anything in line with His instructions, it is SIN. Period.

Talking of the “magnitude” of sins, are we still not suffering from the after-effects of the original “little sin” (Romans 8:22)? Eating of forbidden fruit, which was not murder, theft or adultery (Genesis 3:1-7) by any stretch of imagination but all the same…a case of blatant, willful disobedience to His instructions?

Prayer:

Father, we confess ALL our sins to thee, knowing any type of disobedience grieves thy spirit. Sustain us in this fallen world, by thy powerful Spirit alone. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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