Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It Only Takes An Inch~

As sneaky as sneaky can be

it creeps in.

Unnoticed, it slithers through doorways

propped open with

pride

envy

insecurity.

Given an inch it gladly takes a mile, (or more!)

until the sliver that slithered in

vies for ownership.


Peace, disapates


Unity, deteriorates


Blessings, disappear



Cracks in the Sidewalk
{Photo Credit}
As brazen


     
               as brazen


                               can be



  it takes over.



Unbridled, it knocks down walls


weakened by


anger


gossip


mistrust.




What was vibrant, now lifeless



What was beautiful, now unrecognizable



What was family, now "me"



All because....


what was once


Christ-honoring,


infiltrated and infected by strife,


has now mutated into


that which is only


self-honoring.


Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].
~ Ephesians 4:27, The Amplified Bible




Happy to be linking up with Emily at





and Tracy at



12 comments:

  1. Very important message, Stacy. It is so easy to become self-centered rather than God centered. When that happens, Satan is just waiting to gain a foothold which in turn can become a stronghold.

    Blessings,
    joan

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  2. The enemy is always on the look out for a foothold! That is why we have to be vigilant! It's great to have reminders like this! God bless you! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  3. whew...a little bit of scary truth...just a crack and the door is kicked open...sometimes slow and creeping and others a whole lot more in your face...

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  4. Oh, loved this! You described the infiltration of sin perfectly and beautifully. I want to stand strong in His Word and against the enemy! Blessings!

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  5. ouch. . . great momentum throughout, and a scary place to think of going. yet so easy to fall. thanks for sharing your heart. this was a great piece.
    steph

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  6. So thankful there is grace to meet us in the cracks.

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  7. Have to agree with Janae's comment above!

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  8. Janae and Esther Joy,
    Grace.....AMAZING grace...that meets us in the cracks. This is what makes all the difference isn't it?!...bringing humility, forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration~

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  9. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philippians 4:8
    You said it beautifully.

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  10. Thoughtful post, nice to find you over at Tracey's.

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  11. So true...give it an inch...it will take over...great post...
    Blessings~

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  12. this is powerful truth, stacy. and it can happen, this downward spiral, on a daily basis... this, perhaps why we must keep encouraging one another daily so we don't fall into temptation. blessings.

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Thank you for leaving a "heartprint" of your own.