In St Louis in 1984 an unemployed cleaning woman noticed a few bees buzzing around the attic of her home.  Since she only saw a few bees, she made no attempt to deal with them, thinking them harmless.

Throughout the summer months the bees continued to fly in and out of the attic vent while the woman remained unconcerned and unaware of the growing city of bees.

Near the end of summer the whole attic had become a hive and it wasn’t long before the ceiling of the second floor bedroom caved in under the weight of hundreds of pounds of honey and thousands of bees. The woman recovered from what could have been fatal injuries, but she was unable to repair the damage of her accumulated neglect and the house was demolished.

We have to be on guard
against the effect of gradual, cumulative sin in our lives.

Unacknowledged and unrepented sin accumulates and grows until it has a stronghold and we become bound by our sin.

Fellowship with God becomes impossible, because our sin separates us from God.

Of our own selves we are hopeless, but praise God, He will never let us go.  He will work in us, drawing us back to Himself and as soon as we repent, fellowship is restored.

The lesson for us is clear. We need to keep short accounts with God.  We must never allow the slightest little thing that would mar our fellowship with Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Romans 6:11
Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin,
but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

1 Corinthians 15:57
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ

A word from Mr Anon:
#  Don’t trifle with sin: sin is no trifle!
#  Sin always ruins where it reigns.
#  Sin cannot be reduced to manageable proportions.
#  Sin enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree.
#  One cherished sin will make way for all others.
#  If you don’t want to trade with the devil, stay out of his shops.

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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14 Responses to DESTRUCTION

  1. secretangel says:

    Amen! Love this analogy. Thanks for the reminder of these little sins. Purify us Lord.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Little sins eating us up like termites.
    Before you know, everything is crumbling around you.
    Send for the Terminator (the Lord Jesus Christ) of sins
    And He will make you whole.
    Praise the Lord.

    • I’ve never thought of Him as Terminator before, but thankfully He sure was the terminator of so many things in my life – and He is the only One who could break down those barriers and make me whole.
      What an amazing Saviour!

  3. mtsweat says:

    How true… what we consider small, isn’t… what we think we control, we don’t. May we confess and repent from all sin, the sin our Lord gave everything to pay for! God bless, friend.

    • We know there is no such thing as a “small” sin in God’s eyes. Sin is sin, is sin. However, it is the “small” sins that we ignore that take hold and grow before we realise it. We must be “in tune” with the Spirit’s voice and listen to Him as He convicts us and enables us to overcome.
      Sin will ALWAYS ruin where it REIGNS but “we are MORE than conquerors through Him who loves us”
      What an amazing God!

  4. writinggomer says:

    Great analogy, one bee at a time until the house fell in, one sin at a time until we are out of fellowship with our God.

    • Thanks for adding that thought.

      Although bees can cause harm and pain, bees have a ‘good’ side. They have great attributes. We need them for pollination and we enjoy their honey.

      On the other side of the coin, sin has NO redeeming qualities and NO ‘good’ side. Some will say it is “fun” but whatever fun is derived is short lived and can not satisfy. Sin has a sting and it will always cause ruin.

      Sin cannot be reduced to managable proportions.

  5. granbee says:

    Constantly offering up thanks to God for giving us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord is certainly a great protection again destruction.

  6. Rob Barkman says:


    Reading your comments reminded me of Song 2:15 – “15) Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines [have] tender grapes.” –

    These foxes are just like our “small” sins. They can spoil our relationship to the Lord just as quickly as the other failures in our lives. The only difference is many times we ignore the “smaller” sins, while, by God’s grace, we recognize the others and deal with them immediately.

    On a daily basis, we need to ask the Lord for His grace to see our samll foxes and deal with them in a way that is pleasing to God.

    Lord bless you and thank you for an important reminder..

    • I thought of the ‘little foxes’ when I was posting this.
      I agree we tend to ignore the ‘smaller sins’ (although we know there is no such thing as a small sin in God’s eyes: sin is sin, is sin) like a little bit of anger, a little bit of impatience, a little bit of ill will towards another, or a little bit of time and opportunities lost, or a little bit of time stolen from our worship time, or wasted on inappropriate TV viewing etc. The list is endless, but to ignore even the ‘tiniest’ sin is not only unwise, but is giving satan a wedge to get in and do his business. Habits and sin grow.
      We need to keep open to the Spirit’s promptings and ready to submit, knowing that our great God only desires the very best for us.

      What an amazing God!

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