Are You Smarter Than a Frog?
It has been said that one could try this experiment: Take one plump frog; one pan of water; put the frog in the water and place the pan on the stove; gradually increase the temperature of the water. See for yourself if the frog does not become relaxed and contented as the water becomes warmer. The frog will eventually become so comfortable in the warm water that he will allow himself to be cooked.
As we laugh at the stupidity of the frog, let us note the analogy between the frog and man. The devil has his own experiment for man. He merely puts man in the pot of temptation and increases the temperature gradually. Eventually, man becomes accustomed to many situations that the Bible has condemned. Many accept the theory, that if everyone is doing it, it must be okay. The devil, by his subtle approaches, continually softens man. So many have been softened today that they have an indifferent attitude toward the decaying moral standards of our nation. Through the mass media of today, the devil persistently engulfs unconscious man. Many preoccupied men are unmindful that the moral standards are being degraded through our movies, magazines, books, TV, fashions and advertising. Man becomes contented in the warm water of sin.
The devil is smart enough that he does not increase the temperature all at once. If he did, man would be overwhelmed and horrified at the consequences. Generally, the devil begins in a mild manner to cook his prey. To the gullible Christian he simply says, “don’t attend church services tonight,” “skip your daily Bible reading,” “no need to pray today,” etc. Thus he continues tempting the naive soul until he has him in a helpless state of unfaithfulness. The devil is an energetic chef that forever is seeking an unwatchful mortal. Let us all adhere to the wise exhortation of the apostle Peter as he says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.” – Bill E. Freeze
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