This alligator was seen at a nature preserve in Florida and it is big enough to make you think dinosaurs never went extinct. It just may actually be one of the most massive gators ever seen in the state. The alligator caught on video at the Circle B Bar Nature Reserve.
The woman in the video who saw the creature, stated it was "awe inspiring."
Awe inspiring? LOL, I think I might have described it somewhat differently. How about describing it like this: "That was one frightening alligator! It was pretty ill-advised to stand so close! Like flirting with death!"
After living and raising a family in the wooded and water areas of south Florida, I can assure you that alligators can move pretty quickly! Why risk being so close? These creatures are no slow; they are quiet, silent and swift. Before you can turn and run, you can become dinner.
Living in Florida, my children were warned about things that other children living in other areas may not have been taught. On afternoon, my younger son, BJ, excitedly ran in the door and exclaimed, "Mommy, guess what I learned in school today? Let me show you!" He proceeded to run in a zig-zag pattern across the front lawn explaining that you should never run in a straight line to get away from an alligator. I laugh at the memory of that day, but it was a serious lesson that the children were taught.
Those desiring to photograph and video that alligator took a risk with their life. Which brings me to my comparison and focus of this post.
Drawing close to the alligator to capture its movement was just too tempting for those people. Thinking they were safe, from most likely the slow movement of the animal, they drew near.
Imagine now for a moment that the things that God hates (sin) is as dangerous as that alligator. Sin will surely draw you in and grab hold of your life, sinking its teeth in and desiring to devour.
Seem a bit far fetched? No. For sin will destroy you.
I think we have often neglected to teach our children and remind ourselves that while God is love, He also has the capacity to hate. He hates sin, and He will judge it. As my son, BJ, was warned and taught about the danger of the alligator, he was also taught how to run from it.
This younger generation has been schooled in the teaching about an indulgent, soft-hearted God whose judgments are uncertain and who coddles those who break His commandments. Many now find it difficult to believe that God hates sin and will judge us. The world has taught them that it is okay to accept certain ways of life, have certain expectations, and demand certain things. As a result, we now have a generation who has no fear of an almighty and righteous God. The sin of the world has camoflauged itself into looking harmless and acceptable.
God hates sin just as a father hates an alligator that threatens the safety and life of his child.
God loathes evil and diabolic forces that would pull us down to a godless eternity just as a mother hates a poisonous spiker that is found crawling on the soft skin of her baby.
So what does God hate?
Solomon answers that question in Proverbs. “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19).
Pride, lying, murder,wickedness, evil, gossiping, slandering.
Hmmm....reminds me of some of the characteristics of a few political people.
But I better not get off track here.
Daily we are surrounded with hidden and lurking temptation to become a part of the world's way of living and thinking rather than that of a spiritual woman of faith.
Have any of you seen the TV shows Southern Charm (not charming at all) or Housewives of Atlanta (they are not housewives nor do they act like women)?
Just yesterday I was flipping through the channels and caught a bit of both. I must say I was shocked at what I was seeing and hearing. Never heard of either show, since I do not watch TV much other than HGTV and the CREATE channel. These shows were just unbelievable. Lies, deceit, pride, love of money, half naked women and filthy mouths. This is entertainment? This is what people call life? This is what is being portrayed as a life to strive for? These people are really missing out.
So what can we do?
There is little that we can do, but there is something God has done.
He has given us new life through Christ, a life filled with comfort and love, a life that is not of this world. The secret is found in the words of the Apostle Paul:
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).
We are not conformed (like) others in the world around us. Our hearts and minds are renewed and spiritually filled. To stand strong in a world of sin, we draw close to God and fill ourselves with His Word and promises, and we surround ourselves with like-minded women of faith.
Together we are stronger, together we stand firm in our faith, together we prayer for one another's needs. This is what "real" women of faith do for each other. We have a desire from within to love each other as Christ loves us! We are loved by a heavenly Father and possess riches beyond anything that this world can offer. Our relationship with sister's in Christ is an eternal one, one that will last forever. We do not need to strive to be perfect, just cleaned by Christ and forgiven!
We never need worry that we are alone, for He is always with us.
Wow, we are blessed!
Now I pray that one day, those that are living "in the world and of the world," will come to know Christ as their Savior and be as blessed, perfect and as rich in life as we.
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