First posted July 2010 Reposted 8 February 2012
The house painters reported for work and had been working steadily to complete the job.
There was one shelf made of teak wood in which we kept our linen and towels. It was too heavy for us ladies in the house to move this big monster. So the helpful guys helped us move the shelf from the side to the centre of the room so walls could be painted. Alas, when they lifted the shelf they nearly dropped it on their feet – for there were creepy crawlies galore! Termites! totally covering the area where the base of the shelf had been.
It is one of the most dreaded crawlies as they work faster and more furiously to destroy anything in their way once disturbed, even bringing down houses which have stood for many years. We were advised not to disturb the termitles and immediately call in the termite terminators.
After taking the necessary action to destroy them and preempt further termite advance, I sat down for a rest and the following thoughts came :
Termites are like sin.
Very insidious they grow and expand their territory without us noticing them. How often have we allowed sins to proliferate our lives without recognizing them? We need to identify them.
Termites thrive in damp dark places.
Do we tolerate damp dark places in our lives? Do we thrive in being neither hot nor cold and away from the light of God’s Word? Do we periodically review to ascertain if there are damp dark places in our lives which would allow sin to thrive in? We need to have the Word of God shine into our lives and cleanse the damp dark places in our lives daily.
Termites prefer not to be conspicuous -they hide under a mound of dirt or sand
Do we allow sins to hide beneath bad habits, attitudes and thoughts? Do we live open lives so that nothing gets below eye level and hidden from the glare of the light of God’s Word
Termites become more active and destructive and expand their territory when they are disturbed
Sins cling more tenaciously to us when we try to wring them off us as the enemy would like us to be under bondage Are we allowing sins in our lives to destroy us and expand their territory in our lives? Do we face the sins head on with the power of His Name, the blood of the Lamb, and strength from the Comforter?
Termites need the terminator, not just anybody to kill them and their impact
Same for sins – we need the Saviour not just any religion, process, hero to overcome them. Have we called upon the Saviour or are we trying with our meagre strength to overcome the sins in our lives?
Termites must be killed or else they will breed.
Yes the same with sins in our lives. We need to kill the sins, and cut them off in the Name of Jesus.
May we turn to the Lord for cleansing for sins of commission and ommission. May we constantly keep under the Blood of Jesus and constantly confess our sins when we fail. May we be watchful in the light of His Word. May we live in victory for it is Christ who strengthens and protects us.
We need to accept the Lord’s victory over sin and live in victory. Let’s not be fooled to accept constant defeat, dominance of sin in our lives and repeating depression.