Ugly Spiders


It looked like this 🙁

I
was sweeping my porch quickly before dinner and I moved some dirty
unused shoes. An enormous (for New Zealand) fat, ugly black spider
ran out. One of the biggest ugliest ones I've ever seen let alone right
outside my door! It tried to hide behind the other shoes and
gumboots, but I had to be brave and kill it! Thankfully I had a
weapon in hand—my broom. When I tried to kill it, it raised its
front legs trying to protect itself.

I'd
rather forget all about this spider, as it's made me rather jumpy!
But if there's something we can learn from it, then it will be worth
it. 🙂

Ugly
spiders remind me of sin.

First
of all…they're ugly.

There's
nothing attractive about a spider, especially the one I saw. They're
just plain ugly. Have you ever thought about how ugly sin is? Some neighbours we used to have owned a dog. One time it was being noisy
and I heard the neighbour yell a swear word at it. My first thought
was, “Yuck!” Swearing just doesn't make a person very attractive.
What about a bad temper? I heard another neighbour losing their
temper at their child and guess what? It sounded rather ugly! Resentment,
self pity and discontent are a few 'spiders' that rear their ugly
head in my life every now and again. Usually when I'm least expecting
it. They don't make me attractive!

Secondly,
….they like to hide.

This
kind of spider, at least, you don't see very often. Thankfully!! Only
when you're moving things around and they happen to be underneath. We
generally like to hide our sin, aswell.

 Is their any ugly sin in your
life that you are trying to hide? God knows all about it and everyone
will find out soon enough. So why not confess and forsake it?

He
that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and
forsaketh them shall have mercy. P
roverbs
28:13


Or
maybe there are sins that you don't even know about. You should pray
like David,

Search
me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

And
see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way
everlasting.

Psalms
139:23-24

Thirdly,….I
had to deal with it.

If
I hadn't killed it, it would have hidden again and still been there
to give me another fright! And maybe it would have had babies and
multiplied.

And so you must face your sin and deal with it. If you
don't confess that your sin is sin and that it's wrong, you won't overcome it. You must admit that it's wrong and ask for God's
forgiveness and help.

Fourthly,…I
needed a weapon.

It
was too big of a spider for me to want to step on. So I used my
broom. I'm not sure what I would have done if I hadn't had my broom
right there in my hand.

To deal with sin, you need the weapon of
God's Word. When the devil came to tempt Jesus, Jesus dealt with him
saying, “It is written…It is written…It is written.” And the
devil left him.


Do
you know what the Bible says? Do you read it regularly? Do you have
it on your mind ready to use? It's good to find verses that speak
about the sins that you struggle with. Memorize them and repeat them
when you need to. For example, I struggle with resentment sometimes
and thinking negative thoughts about people. One verse that I remind
myself of often is “Love thinketh no evil.”

Prayer
is another powerful weapon.

Fifthly,…the
spider didn't die without a fight.

I've
never seen a spider try and protect itself before. I didn't know they
did that. It was a bit creepy!


Sin
isn't so easy to deal with either. When the devil tempted Jesus, he
didn't leave after the first time Jesus said “It is written.” It
happened three times before he finally left. So don't give up.
Confess your sins to God and keep trusting Him to help you.


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