As I moved from door to door in my neighborhood visitation I heard the vicious barking of what sounded like a huge dog getting closer. Finally, I arrived at the residence which was surrounded by a strong fence with numerous “Beware of the Dog” signs. They were posted for a good reason. It did not take long for me to decide to skip this house.
The growling dog that lunged at me was restrained by a heavy chain. I suppose that when it was asleep it did not realize that its freedom was limited. The dog dish was close so when it approached to eat its food it drug its chain without concern. It was only when it tried to reach me that it was brought to the end of its false understanding of freedom by the stout chain and fence.
Sin is much like this. People are bound but don’t seem to realize their restraint. It is only when we find true freedom in Christ that we realize how sin has confined us. It is then that we understand deliverance. “The truth,” Jesus said, “shall make you free” (John 8:32)
Dr. Gayle Woods
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The birth of a baby giraffe holds some fascinating lessons for us. The mother goes to a spot where there are no bushes, just flat dirt. As the baby is born it falls ten or twelve feet. When the baby hits the ground, it rolls over and just lies there with legs all curled up under it. The mother positions herself over the baby to protect it from predators, and seeing none, she kicks the baby. It flies across the dirt head over heels. If the baby does not stand up, the mother will go over and kick it again, sending it sprawling. This will happen over and over again until the baby finally stands up. The mother goes over and sends it flying again. She knows that the baby needs to learn, and it needs to remember, how to stand so it can save itself later in a time of danger. She kicks it again, not because she is having a bad hair day, but because she wants her baby to remember. But isn’t it better to learn that way than try and learn with a lion hot on your tail? How could a God who supposedly loves us let us go through terrible times? That is very simple. God loves us so much He teaches us lessons that will help us survive during the difficult times of life.
Dr. Gayle Woods