................................................................ Song name "As the Deer Panteth"

John 4:14 - "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him
shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a
well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Sin is an unquenchable thirst. Once we start on a road of sin, we can
never get enough. Even when we are tired of it, we still continue. You see
my friend, when you are involved with the things of this world, you will
never find real satisfaction. There may be a temporary joy, but it is quickly
gone and replaced by emptiness. The Bible says we ALL have sinned
and fallen short of God's glory. We all know what it is to sin. We all know
the temporary "high" sin gives us. But we also know the emptiness when
that short-term high passes, then the guilt, and the shame. Sin comes at a
very expensive price. For the little bit you get, it can end up costing you

Be honest with yourself. When you have sex outside of marriage, whether
it is in an adulteress relationship, or fornication, there is usually 5 to 10
seconds of enjoyment. All I want you to do is weigh what it takes to achieve that 5-10 seconds of pleasure, and ask yourself if it is worth it. What about those fighting the sin of alcohol, or drugs, or gambling. When the buzz, the high wears off is it worth it? This doesn't even factor in the consequences down the road. Unwanted pregnancies, disease, becoming addicted to a certain sinful lifestyle, losing all of your money, divorce, losing your children, public shame, destroying your career, the potential disastrous consequences are endless.

I realize that turning from sin is not easy. But God can give you a gameplan, people to hold you accountable, and the strength to be victorious. Take your sins to the cross, repent of them, leave them there. Following Jesus gives you perfect satisfaction.

Devotional by Bill Keller


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