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Sin Crouches at the Doggie Door

This story gives a wonderful word picture of how we get used to sin and even invite it in thinking that we can control it.

Many times we don’t realize that it is controlling us until it is almost too late.

Sin Crouches at the Doggie Door
By []Victoria Day

My husband and I have been watching, for several months now, a little bird who has found a treasure chest of easily available dinners (our dog’s dry food) on the floor in the middle of our kitchen. He found he was able to jump through the doggie door, snatch his prize, and easily make his escape without notice.

In the beginning, the little bird was very much aware that this was the home of two humans and three dogs – dogs that have had many a fine feathered meal, and he would wait until the house was quiet and the danger less. Recently, however, there has been a change. The little bird seems to have grown “accustomed to our faces.” He has been becoming bolder – flying around our house with abandon, landing on counters, hopping on the floor and snatching a morsel right in front of our view. Recently, he has even been bold enough to land on both of us while we slept! One night, I thought a mouse was running across my back! The bird is losing his fear of us and is enjoying his easy meals – but is this wise?

Our dogs, who have thus far tolerated this aviary intrusion, are still his biggest threat. I dread the day when I awake to find nothing left of this bird but a few feathers near the food dish. If the bird continues as he is, it is inevitable. Just as it is the law of nature that the dogs will eventually devour the trusting little bird, it is the law of God that sin will devour us if we allow ourselves to be seduced by it. Sin is a snare that always awaits opportunity.

“If you do well, will not {your countenance} be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7

Sin crouches at the doggie door. It gives us the false impression that we can taste its fruit without fear and emboldens us to pursue it, even in the presence of the dogs! Sin is the great seducer and the great destroyer.

CHRISTIAN! Are you stealing bites out of the doggie dish? Are you sneaking in through the doggie door to satisfy your appetite for worldly pleasure? Have you succumbed to the lust of the flesh? Has your familiarity with the ways of the world seduced you into living an immoral lifestyle? Has an addiction kept you in bondage? Do you find it easy to lie, gossip, steal and justify these things?

Like the bird, we begin with caution, but as we continue to eat stolen morsels of worldly pleasures and participate in the sins of the world even under the watchful eyes of the dogs, our boldness increases. We fly freely in territory that poses a great threat to our spiritual well being. We ignore the consequences of our disobedience and care little for upholding our testimony before men. The world, covered in darkness, desperately seeks to find Christ in us.

Because it seems like we are temporarily getting away with our sin, we feel safe. But just as the bird began to feel confident that he could enter the house of his enemies and partake of their food without harm, sin can seduce us into a false sense of security. If we become too comfortable with it and eat the food of dogs, we will inevitably find ourselves the food of devils and pay the consequences for our own disobedience and lack of control.

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

Victoria Day is an accomplished artist and writer residing in Southern Arizona.

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My name is Cathy Deaton, Owner of Fan the Flame Ministries. God has radically changed my life, and He has shown me that I am to share the awesome things I am learning with the Millennial Generation (1981 – 1996), but I love connecting with Christians of all ages.  I have found that the Holy Spirit is an awesome teacher when I listen to, obey, and apply what He teaches to my life. You truly can make a difference for God in an uncertain world.