Articles by Stan Dean

Sometimes It’s Just One Thing

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Well here we go with another adventure with a cell phone. It is not mine this time, though- - it’s my wife’s. If you own a cell phone, then you know that you are probably going to have to upgrade every couple of years. By that time most cell phones are getting slow and cranky and ready to be put out to pasture (or maybe just shot and put out of their misery).

That is where we were with her phone and so we headed down to the come-and-spend-the-day-with-us store to get a new one. She picked out one that she really liked and for a couple of months was as happy as could be. Then, all the sudden, the battery started losing its charge after about four hours. This went on for days, which turned into weeks of aggravation. She turned off all the apps that drain battery life, begged and pleaded, and even tried mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but nothing seemed to make any difference.


So finally we broke down and called the come-and-spend-the-night-with-us customer service. However, we found success before sunrise. After a serious round of diagnostics it was discovered that there was a video clip in the “outbox” that the phone had been trying to send continuously for a month. We immediately issued a cease and desist order which corrected the problem and made all the difference!


As I considered this ordeal it reminded me of how just one thing can throw our lives into spiritual disarray. The Hebrews writer penned: “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us” (Hebrews 12:1). It may be that your spiritual energy is depleted or is easily being drained. If so, the culprit could be a number of things, but really it only takes one to zap your spiritual well-being.


David described his spiritual condition before he repented of his sins by saying, “When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer” (Psalm 32:3, 4). But then, after repentance, he was able to write: “I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin” (Psalm 32:5).


Thus, repentance made all the difference for David and it can for you and me, too. This is true with numerous sins- - or even one!


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