Saturday, January 26, 2013

Deceptive Beauty!

 Lust not after her beauty in your heart; neither let her allure you with her eyelids. (Prov. 6:25)

Now! Before everyone throws a fit and starts to ask me and/or themselves what this post is about, there's something you NEED TO KNOW...

NOT ALL THINGS APPEAR WHAT THEY SEEM!!!!

Did YOU get that?!....Right?...good!...:-)

That delightful little picture that you see at the top of this post is the picture of what's called the Coninae (aka Cone Snail). Without getting into an elaborate explanation of what the Cone Snail is, I want to share a small portion of what Wikipedia has to say about this animal. Here it goes:

Coninae, common names the cone snails, cone shells or cones, is a subfamily of small to quite large sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Conidae.
These are sophisticated predatory animals.[2] They hunt and immobilize prey using a modified radular tooth along with a poison gland containing neurotoxins; the tooth is launched out of the snail's mouth in a harpoon-like action. The traditional taxonomy places all of the cone snails in the Conidae. A newer proposed taxonomy redefines Coninae.

The "funniest" thing about this particular post is that the picture portrays an illusion of innocence.
An illusion of innocence is exactly what this picture represents. This picture represents deception at its very core. Inside that shell is one of the deadliest animals in the entire world called the Cone Snail. In a nutshell, the Cone Snail has the ability to be able to kill someone with its neurotoxin poison within an hour. I don't know about you, but the next time I find myself walking along the beach and I happen to come across anything that resembles the picture above, I better make a thorough inspection before picking it up.

There is absolutely nothing funny about finding ourselves in a compromised situation just because the "grass looks greener on the other side".  The enemy of our souls (satan) will always attempt (and sometimes succeed) into deceiving us with the beauty of this world only to find ourselves in a REALLY BIG hole that only God Himself can take us out of. In the same way that the Cone Snail "harpoons" neurotoxins into our bodies, the enemy of our souls will inject poison into our lives not only affecting ourselves, but all the peripherals: family, friends, co-workers, etc..etc...

The enemy of our souls will always paint a pretty picture of something and/or someone to create the illusion that the thing and/or person that we are attracted to is the right thing or person. Let's take heed my friends! We MUST approach each and every situation and person with a great deal of discernment! As Christians, the spirit of discernment is a must because not everything appears what it seems. With that said my friends, I want to encourage and challenge you to seek out God the best way you know how to better discern the "next steps" in your journey through life. You may have to make a big decision about a career move, about the relationships you have, professional and personal and the list goes on and on. The best advice to firmly establish yourself in the spirit of discernment is to seek God first and foremost in prayer. Then seek out the counsel of the godly people that are closest to you. I want to share one last scripture verse with you! Here it goes:

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. (Prov. 11:14)

Before endeavoring in anything, counsel is the key. 

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