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Do You Have A Leak?

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

            This past week brought some things into my life that I am not particularly happy about, yet they were some things that needed to be taken care of by professionals.  One of them you would not expect this time of year and the other, well, let’s just say I’m happy it took place now.

            First, our A/C was making a weird noise when it started up.  I went to see Steve at Steve’s Refrigeration to see if they could look at it.  He sent his guys out early that evening and they found the issue and fixed it.  But while they were there they said they smelled gas.

            The next day I called Atmos and they came to check it.  Then they cut off the gas, told me to get it fixed then call them and they would turn it back on.  I called Larry Baker to fix it.  They found the leak and fixed it.  The city checked it out and then I called Atmos.  They came, turned the gas back on and we were back at home.

            When the guy from Larry Baker was showing me where the leak was taking place something happened that got my attention.  He had the pipe in his hand and then rubbed his finger over the spot.  Then he pressed on it and his finger went right through it leaving a hole.

            He showed me the soil around where the leak had been and showed me how hard it was.  Over time the gas had leaked out and the soil had gotten hard around the leak.  He said that it had been leaking for some time and the soil was the evidence.

            After everything was done I was thinking about that gas leak and how even though it didn’t cause a major incident, it left evidence of what had taken place.  This got me to thinking about sin in our lives and how it impacts us.

            So often we have sin in our lives that we call ‘little’.  It’s something that we don’t really consider a ‘big thing’ but it’s still impacting our lives.  Then after so long a time we find that it has ‘leaked’ out into the rest of our lives.  It has weakened us causing us to not be as strong as we should be for the Lord.

            As Christians, we are vessels in which Holy Spirit dwells and moves in this world.  When sin begins to take hold in our lives, we are weakened and no longer able to do what we need to do.  That sin begins to ‘leak out’ into the rest of our lives, hardening our hearts to the way that God is leading us.

            Time and again it happened in the lives of God’s people.  From the time in the wilderness to Ai to the time of Saul and even in the life of David sin crept in.  Things would go along well then the ‘little sins’ would begin to creep in and ultimately the sin would overtake the nation.  Their lives were hardened and ultimately brought down by the ‘little sins.’ 

            In Mt. 5:29-30, Jesus said – 29 And if your right eye makes you stumble (sin), tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.  30 And if your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to go into hell.”

            We know that when sin is in our lives and is not confessed that our hearts will be hardened.  It becomes easier for us to find ourselves once again pulled into sin.  That is when we must understand what God desires of us.  He wants us to get the ‘leak’ fixed.

            1 John 1:8 says – “If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”  That’s when the leak gets worse and needs to be handled.  John goes on to say in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  In other words, He fixes the ‘leak’ in our lives and makes all things right.

            As I look around our world today, I detect a ‘leak’ as well.  Sin has ‘leaked’ into our nation and our hearts have been hardened.  Now is the time for us to acknowledge that ‘leak’ and ask God to fix it.  As we confess our sin, He will fix it and once again set us on the path of righteousness.

            Allow God to inspect the spiritual pipes in your life and then trust Him to fix them.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul