by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday August 18, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
The Erosion of Our Life
When you hear the word "erosion," what comes to mind? Most likely, you think about how land or rocks waste away over an extended period of time. You see, physical erosion does not happen quickly. Rather, it is the result of centuries of pressure and friction. In the same way, our spiritual lives do not decay suddenly, but subtly erode over the course of months or years. What causes this deterioration?
The answer is sin. Disobedience in the human heart does to a person's life what the elements do to the surface of the earth. It carries away with it the very best of life.
Is something in your life wearing you away? Can you detect a gradual weakening that has taken place as the result of worldly pressures? My friend, if such a decay is occurring in your life right now, then you must identify those areas and bring the erosion to an end. Left unchecked, these sinful behaviors can result in a hollow, ineffective life. Is that what you want to see as you come to the end of your life?
But remember, erosion takes time. You may be struggling with something that has plagued you for ten or more years. The effects on you have been gradual, but profound. Therefore, do not think you have to fix the problem overnight. Simply confess that area and turn it over to the Lord. He wants to bring transformation in your life. And that starts the moment you repent of the sin and call upon His name. Don't wait another day to start back on the right course.
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