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The Source of Sin


The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9.


Every summer we take the family on vacation to a cabin on the lake. There are several routes we can take to get there, and usually, I like to take the route that incorporates interstate highway along with a wide state highway because it is the safest, surest way I know to arrive at our destination. Last year, however, I thought I would be adventurous and take a back way. On the map, the back way looked a little curvy, and there were a few more turns to make, but it looked like it might be shorter. In reality, the route carried us over a mountain and the roads were dangerously curvy.  Not only that, when I drove it the first time it was pitch black, so as I drove, I heard this phrase several times coming from the passenger seats: “Are you sure this is the right way?” I was not so sure at the time.


Life is a journey. God has a plan for us—a road map—that might take us down some narrow roads, but if we follow His guidance, we can be sure the way will be well lit and there will be no cause for doubt or alarm. Sometimes, however, we follow our own will and emotions. We begin to place confidence in our own abilities and judgments, or we respond to circumstances based on our own feelings. When God is no longer our guide and we begin to trust our natural instincts and emotions, it is like traveling down a dangerously dark and winding road, and we will be led astray.





Will you follow God’s resolute truth today or your own wavering emotions?



Mark Clements



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