The other day I'm out and minding my own business when the Lord speaks to me. Well, I certainly have no objection to that and I wish He would speak to me more often. Actually, he showed me a truth over an issue that had been on my mind and that small voice of insight was absolutely amazing. Over the years I've heard many preachers speak regarding why Christ died on the cross for us..., which is of course, the result of our sin nature. While you hear it and agree with it I don't really think many of us even have the slightest realization of just how deep rooted this Sin Nature is and how devastating and powerful it is. Well, when the Lord spoke to me I was provided just a little insight. It's also came to me that when the Lord speaks and provides an insight such as He did to me, there are usually no earthly words to relate the experience. There's no way to translate the reality of what was provided. Accordingly, here I was under the impression that I had a handle on it all (Christ, The Cross, Sin) but I really understand nothing about it. I guess that's why we're provided the ability to have faith because without said faith..., we would be trying to exist on our own devices, our own understanding(s), our own opinions and in truth, we know nothing. We have a grasp on so little all the while considering ourselves smarter than Lassie. Years ago (70's) we lived in Danville, Va., where one of our neighbors had a brain tumor. The operation didn't go all that well and afterwards all this guy would do is sit outside his home and often break loose with some of the most awful language and cursing you've ever heard. Then, he was okay for an hour or two and not long after, he'd bust loose again. It embarrassed the mud out of his wife but there wasn't much anyone could do about it. Of course, all the neighbors understood. This guy had been a dedicated Christian all his life but after his operation that sin nature kicked in and satan wasted no time with his dirty work. His wife couldn't take him to church any longer as right in the middle of the service he was subject to cut loose with his rants. It was really sad. The bottom line is there is absolutely no way to totally escape that sin nature anymore than it's possible to grow another inch taller. That sin nature is so deeply rooted in each and every individual. We're born with it. We can suppress it somewhat but it's always there lurking and just waiting to come forth. Or can we "suppress" it under our own steam? Living life in the flesh is but a curse and it's no wonder those who consider themselves holy and righteous are but filthy rags in the sight of the Lord. Death, therefore, is a blessing as it is the only way to break free of the curse..., if one has accepted Christ. Even hard core, dedicated, Born Again Believers maintain that sin nature. You and I harbor it. There's no way to rid ourselves of it. That evil trait is there just waiting to be awaken. What a retched lot the human race is and no matter how "good" we consider ourselves, how "righteous" we consider ourselves, or how "holy" we consider ourselves to be..., we are but filth rags in the sight of our Lord. No wonder He has such love and compassion on and for us. We're dumber than a herd of sheep because we really do think we understand! That "thinking" makes things worse! By and large, we don't understand anything. I suspect that many are on their various missions for the Lord offering forth their theological views and opinions never considering what the Lord sees in them. Dirty rags? I do praise the Lord for His speaking with me the other day and I'm so thankful He called me unto Himself many years ago. Needless to say, there's been times I've considered myself smarter than Lassie and perhaps Rin-Tin-Tin combined. In all truth, I'm dumber than a box of rocks when applied to our Lord and His Wisdom. I am of the opinion that once the reality of this sin nature comes full circle then many, if not most of the other secrets begin to open for inquiring minds.