“I’m just going to the bar to watch this one friend play pool.”

That was the first step. Later, it was, “I’m just going to the bar to play pool.”

Then there was a death in the family. In his grief, the temptation became too great and he had that first drink.

It wasn’t long before he no longer spent time with his friends. He made new friends he met at the bar. He no longer had time for God. He was cunningly deceived.

Galatians 3:1, “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth?…” Modern English Version

The New Heart English Bible states Galatians 3:1 this way, “Foolish Galatians, who has cunningly deceived you?…”

That first step seems harmless, but it leads to another step and another step. Circumstances will always make it easy to take the next step.

Matthew 7:13, 14, “Enter at the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who are going through it, because small is the gate and narrow is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Modern English Version

Last night, Charles Neiman spoke on the raising of Lazarus.

“When Jesus went to Lazarus’ tomb he groaned in the spirit and was troubled. Then he wept and groaned again.

Groaned means greatly agitated and moved, indignant; to roar. Indignant means strong displeasure at something deemed unworthy or unjust; righteous anger.

Jesus decided that what happened to Lazarus was unjust. He troubled himself – stirred himself up.

We need to stir ourselves up about the things that are unjust. We need to get our roar back!”

I need to stop accepting how Satan cunningly deceived my loved one. I need to stand in faith to see them return. It’s time to roar!

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