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Lines in the Sand

I love the old Bugs Bunny cartoons, especially the ones with Yosemite Sam. There is this one episode where Bugs and Sam are about to get in a fight and Bugs Bunny drew a line in the sand. He bets hot headed Yosemite Sam to cross it, and guess what? He did! And not just once. He crossed every line that Bugs Bunny drew with his foot until he stepped right off of a cliff.
I bring this up because a line has been drawn for us. One between life with God on one side and life without Him on the other. This line is called sin.
I love how Moses says, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live (Deut 30:19).
Joshua said the same thing this way, “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”(Joshua 24:14‭-‬15)‬‬
Along the same lines, Paul said, “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)
These men of God are all talking about this distinguishable line. We can see this line. It is present in every choice we make. We know exactly where sin starts, and we, like Yosemite Sam, cross it.
An example of crossing the line is lying to save our own skin. Yet before we lie to others, we often lie to ourselves first. We look at porn and tell ourselves that this is not hurting anyone but ourselves, when in fact it is hurting all of the important relationships in our lives. Starting with our relationship with God, then moving on to our wives and even our children.
Now each of us knows exactly where this line is. Instead of fleeing from sexual immorality, as Paul said, we inch closer to the line, step on it, or we cross it completely.
There are times when you’ll pick up your phone or game system controller and your tempted by the voice on the internet calling out and trying to entice you. Remember, “Her lips do drip with honey.” In those times, we need to choose to be as far from that line as humanly possible, or like Sam, we will step off the cliff and fall. The seductresses’ ways eventually lead down the Sheol!
Challenge:
So here is my challenge: The next time you are called from the other side of internet, walk away.
Questions:
Have you ever felt frustrated by crossing the lines of sin?
Are you to the point where you want help in staying away from the things on the other side of that line?
I bet your church has some gentlemen that can come along side of you to help, so remember what my brother James says,” Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed (James 5:16).

Sources
Bugs Bunny Rides Again is a 1948 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies short, released in 1948, directed by Friz Freleng, and written by Tedd Pierce and Michael Maltese. The short is both part of the Western and a parody of the genre’s conventions. Voice characterizations are performed by Mel Blanc

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