Slow Leak

In God's world, everything can be used as an anology to His
Word. I'm using this small unassuming small leak in my tire
As an example of how if it is let go, can cause a spiritual
Wreck.

In this case, I'm comparing new tires to the Christian. When
They are new, all is well … until we run over that one small
Unsuspecting nail! It does not take much until that tire, or our
Faith in this instance, will start losing precious air. If it's left
Unattended, a little air will soon turn into a lot of air. Not only
Does the tire go flat, it will soon show wear and tear on the
Tread. Then the car will not steer straight and we have to
Compensate for that. If it's allowed to continue it will without
A doubt reak havoc, without a doubt will cause a wreck. All
This because of one little nail that we chose to ignore.

But, much like our Christian walk, if we pay attention to it
Going flat, we can ward off this trouble at the first signs. Our
Faith is very much like that tire that is crying out for attention
And do something before we have a spiritual wreck!

For instance, once we run over the nail of compromise we
Will start losing air. Like what exactly? One of the largest
Compromises we as Christians use is; "I do not need to go to
Church. I already know Jesus, that is all I need. Church is not
What is important anyway. I can praise God at home. "

Even though going to church or not will not determine our
Entrance into heaven, it still hurts our Father when we do not
Go. Our attendance is not about us, not about how we feel
But instead it's all about Him. Once we commit ourselves to
This body of Christ, we become a unit. The body will suffer
From us not being there, and it will hurt everyone in the long
Run. Let me explain this further.

Once we turn our backs on God and His family, we start
Heading for a total break down. Just as our vehicle requires
4 good tires, a church also needs it's congregation to keep it
Running in good spiritual condition. Once we stop going, the
Rest of the congration can not operate the way God wants
It to. Our compromises will begin to hurt others and
Ourselves. The truth is, going to church is not about having
Our own personal needs met. It has nothing at all to do
About us. It does not matter if the choir is too big or too small
Or sings old songs or new songs or if the pastor speaks
About things too long or not long enough. It also does not
Matter if the church is big and fancy or if it's just a small
Meeting place. None of this matters! But the thing that does
Matter is that we make Christ the air in our tires. Once He
Leaks out, He has no where else to go but away from us.
But, going to church for the main reason to praise God and
To edit our church family is just like plugging the leak in the
Tire.

1 Cor. 12: 14-26 speaks about the importance of every body
Part. We can not operate adequately without the other parts.
If we are not doing our part in the body of Christ, we are
Heading for a big flat tire! You must understand that no
Matter how unimportant you think your part is, consider what
God sees. None of it is any less important.

How does this mitigate begin? Just like the unseen
Nail, it begins with one small lie from the enemy. Satan is
The father of lies … all of them. There are 4 big ones that he
Told Eve and he's still spreading them onto us today. Are you
Going to listen to him?

Lie no. 1. Gen. 3: 1, Satan implies to Eve that God is not loving
By telling her that she can not eat from the Tree of Life. Satan
Desires her to believe that God does not share everything. He
Instills doubt in her mind. All lies begin with doubt. But, once
You are strong in the Word and the Truth, this nail of doubt
Will not take the air out of your tire.

Truth: Gen. 2:16, God commanded them to eat "freely" of
Every tree. There are many scriptures that allow us to know
Just how much God loves us. Psalm 37: 4 says God will give
Us the desires of our heart. Psalm 84:11 says no good thing
Will He withhold from the upright. 1 Timothy 6:17 says to not
Trust in uncertain riches but in God who gives us richly ALL
Things to enjoy. These are just a few.

Lie no. 2 Gen. 3: 2-4, Satan desires Eve to believe that God is
Not truthful. Here he puts skeptacism in her head. She
Wonders if she in fact will die or not. Once doubt is instilled,
The questions create a larger leak in our faith.
Truth: God can not lie.

Lie no. 3 Gen. 3: 4, Now Satan desires Eve to believe God is not
Righteous. He convinces Eve that God would not judge her.
Truth: God has to judge us. He can not overlook sinfulness.
Satan is good at telling half truths because they are still lies.
Satan wanted Eve to think that God would overlook her
Disobedience with a mere slap on the wrist. Surely He
Would not follow through with His promise of what would
Happen if she did eat from the Tree of Life. If God were not
Righteous that would mean the 10 Commandments would
Just be good advice. But, they are law both then and NOW.
There is a penalty for breaking them … death!

Lie no. 4 Gen. 3: 4-5, Satan seduced Eve into believing that
God was not gracious. He still tells us the same old lies
Today by convincing us that we do not need God. He tells us
That we need only be 'like a god.' By believing Satan when
He tells us that God only cramps our style. Today we hear
Secular advertisements that say, "If it feels good ~ do it!" And
"Try it, you'll like it!" Satan weakens us by taking the air out of
Our tires with these secular lies. He wants us to believe that
We are as gods and do not need the One who is in charge
Over life everlasting. We do not need to believe in a Savior.
His lies are very smooth, first seemingly unnoticable but
When left unnoticed, we are heading for a big blow out!
Truth: 1 Corin. 2: 9. Be like God. We will have relationship
With Him, He prepares things for us when we have that.

The glorious news is that God put a plug in Satan's
Puncture. Gen. 3: 14-15, God prophesies Satan's demise.
This came true when Christ redeemed our lives upon the
Cross at Calvary. Also in Rev. 12: 9-11, Satan is overcome by
The blood of the Lamb.

For those of you who do not want a flat tire of faith, you will
Heed these words of Christ in Revelation 3: 3 when He
Says, "Remember therefore what you have received and
Hear; And keep it, and repent. If therefore you will not wake
Up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour
I will come upon you. "

In hearing and keeping the Words of the Living God, we will
Repent for sins that only His Son Christ can and has paid for.
It's nothing we can ever do for ourselves. Once we realize
We have a slow leak, we can put a plug in it and be good as
New. Satan can not penetrate our faith. Ask yourself today,
Are you an important member of the body of Christ, are you
Blessing others to be a blessing in return? This is what
God sees. Do not be cut off guard by that insideous nail.
Put a plug in it today.

Christian fellowship is essential to spiritual growth.