The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
On Thin Ice!
Most of us have heard the term: "Walking
on thin ice" Those of us
that have lived in the cold climate of the North understand this. Of
course the movies have helped those in the South to understand it
better. The picture of someone walking on ice often causes fear but
it is even more horrible if those on the ice are kids. You see,
kids do not know the warn signs as well as do adults, yet adults
have often ignored the warn signs of THIN ICE and have paid the
What is it about the ice that attracts people?
1: It is often a short cut to desired goals. Often there is someplace one wants to get to just across a pond or river and if the water is frozen over, it is often a short walk to go across it on frozen ice to get to that spot.
2: Ice can often bring pleasure. We all have seen the pictures of ice-skating on the pond. Often it is a common social gathering spot with lots of laughing, smiles and a good time.
3: Going out on ice often brings things we want. Ice fishing. We
see the holes cut in the ice. The pile of fish at the edge as we
think of the fresh fish dinner to be enjoyed later in the evening.
4: It often brings excitement. There are many that do enjoy the
thrill of wondering if the ice will hold. They intentionally flirt
with danger because they often want to prove that the ice would hold
Thin ice. We would question the sanity of those who willfully go
out on thin ice, yet there are many in this group that are "Walking
on thin ice" right now. You have seen the warn sign: "THIN ICE
AHEAD!" yet you still go on. You have heard the cracking sounds and
you see the ice cracking under your feet.
You may well be asking what in the world am I talking about. That
is good. I want your attention for the next few moments. My
friend, the cracks in the ice will not hold much longer. Grap the
life line now.
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a
man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Some of you are living life styles you know are not pleasing to
GOD. This includes living with those that are not your husband or
wife in sexual relationships. (remember however, that we are also to
avoid the very appearance of evil also 1 Thessalonians 5:22
Abstain from all appearance of evil.)
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but
the end thereof are the ways of death.
You ARE on thin ice my friend. Oh often we can rationalize this,
give all sorts of reasons to justify it but if GOD is not pleased
with it, it is SIN! Oh you can go on enjoying this pleasure but it
will not last my friend, it will not last. It is only the pleasure
of sin for a season:
Oh yes, often all of the people of the town gathered to the pond for
ice skating. They had bands and roasted chestnuts on open fires and
they had a good time. They also knew the ice was safe. We can have
good times. God fully intended for us to..but not at the expense of
others. In Revelation 4:11 we are told: "Thou art worthy, O Lord,
to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all
things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created" Much of the
pleasure Jesus gets is to watch US enjoy the things HE has created.
Oh yea..He enjoys it much more when we value these things, when we
do not take it for granted or trash them. Think of the pleasure WE
have when we see our kids enjoy things we make for or give them.
Would we like it if they were always critical of everything we tried
to do for them? If we give them ice cream only to hear "but I wanted
cake" How often do we do this with GOD? If we do it often enough,
we are on...thin ice!
Once the Holy Spirit has convicted you of this, the ice has cracked
under your feet.
Some here know that God wants them to do certain things. Yet you
resist what you know God is telling you. Often it is asked "but how
do I know God is telling me this" yet you know within your heart HE
is but you question God to get your way. My friend, the ice has not
only cracked....it is separating. Jonah questioned God and he went
for a Whale Ride.
Folks, although we hear often those who beg to know God's will, I
contend there is seldom a problem with it. You see, God does not
hide it from us. Just as we would not tell our children that we had
a job for them to do and it was their job to find out what we wanted
them to do, God does not play these guessing games with us
either..BUT HE will not tell us HIS will if we have no intention on
doing it anyway!
Going on thin ice is often a short cut to desired goals. We have
heard the saying: "God helps those who help themselves" Anyone
know what verse this is? Well folks it is NOT in the Bible. Oh we
do have to have a balance..a balance between standing back and
letting God and being Doers of the Word but we can not force doors
opened. If we do, we are on thin ice.
God will make a way when there seems to be no way. We have to count
on this. Above all else, we can not do anything that is a violation
of known scripture to "help" God get us to where we think we should
be. To do this would justify stealing if we needed food. It would
justify revenge when we have been wronged. Paul spent three years
in the wilderness un-learning and re-learning what God wanted him to
do. There were no short cuts. Folks, if we take a short cut to
what we think God wants, we are on thin ice. It is worth it to wait
for God's timing.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run,
and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
What are the dangers of thin ice? Well of course we all know the
biggest danger is falling through. Needless to say, the water below
that ice is near freezing. Those in that water will go into
hypothermia quickly and without rescue, they will die.
Folks, when we are out of the will of GOD...we will become cold and
hardened too. Much as those in frigid water often can not even help
in their own rescue, those in the frigid waters of sin can not
either. They need someone to throw a life line.
Those that fall through thin ice often can not find their own way
back. Most of those that die do so because they can not find the
hole they fell through. If they are to survive, it often takes a
skilled rescuer, one that is willing to go in after them..BUT it is
not for amateurs. Often satan lures Christians onto thin ice to
entice them by telling them they can rescue those that have fallen
through...only to claim yet another victim.
My friend, if you are not STRONG in the LORD..stay off the ice.
Pray for the LORD of the harvest to send one that has been trained
to do ice rescues. What does this mean? If you are not founded in
the Word of God, if you are not Spiritual mature, STAY OUT of the
chat rooms where sin abounds. Do not go to groups that promote
sin. YES YES YES...I do understand the burden for the lost.
Believe me I do, but you will help no one if you fall through this
thin ice. In fact, you will cause more harm because someone will
then have to try to rescue YOU!
THIN ICE! There are ways to avoid it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as
is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be
tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also
make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and
he will flee from you.
Do not think you can transverse this thin ice:
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty
spirit before a fall.
TEST the ice before going on it:
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out
into the world.
If you know you have eternal life and you feel the ice cracking
beneath your feet, ask for the life line:
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
For those who are not a Christian, for those who are in this frigid
water without hope...I want to assure you, there IS hope...You can
be rescued and feel the WARMTH of HIS embrace.
My friend, there are many here to help you. I am sure the
leadership of this group would be more the happy to help. I know
the leadership of Shattered Men are...and although we would love for
you to join us you need not be a member for us to reach out to you.
(You need not have suffered abuse in the traditional sense nor do
you need to be a man, we are open for all) It is the desire of this
ministry to work with ALL of those that want to serve our LORD.
For those who do not KNOW they will have eternal life...PLEASE read
this...and remember none of us are promised...a tomorrow...do it
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