A Lesson from the Elephant

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

An elephant trainer ties a metal chain to the iron cuff around a baby elephant’s leg and attaches this chain to a small wooden peg which is hammered into the ground so the animal will not run.

The little elephant tries to get free by pulling on the chain. He can’t do it. The harder the baby tugs, the more the cuff cuts the elephant’s skin on his leg. It’s very painful so the elephant realizes it is useless to try escaping. He gives up.

He grows and becomes stronger. So later he can snap the chain or uproot the peg to escape, but the adult elephant doesn’t do this.

The world’s most powerful animal has grown up remembering only the pain of trying to escape. It doesn’t matter that the 100 kilo baby is now a 5,000 kilo adult and can easily break the chain or pull up the peg without pain. His belief in the pain prevails, so he doesn’t try to escape.

It can be the same with humans. Our self-limiting beliefs like thinking we will never amount to anything, we are useless, or we will always fail, that we learned when we were younger become chains and pegs, holding us back.

What’s your chain and wooden peg?

With God’s help you can be free.

That giant elephant could break away without any help from God.

And we have God to help us.

 

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JOHN 3:16

Here’s John 3:16 correctly typed. My apologies for mistyping it in my blog.

 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

 

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Everyone who does evil is good.

“You have wearied the LORD with your words; Yet you say, “In what way have we wearied Him? In that you say, everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord.” Malachi 2:17

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness.” Isaiah 5:20

Some people exalt sin by calling depravity manly strength or saying immorality and perversions are true virtues. Others oppose righteousness by calling it evil or the legitimate way of living.

As a Christian I must be committed to Christ’s teachings as revealed in God’s Word or there’s no point in calling myself a Christian. No matter what everyone in the world is saying and believing, I must honor His Words as the truth. When He says a specific action is a sin, then it is. Amen.

People have said, I was born this way as a means of justifying his sin.

Yes, we were all born a certain way, in the state of sin.

For all have sinned. There is none righteous, no not one. Without the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ we would all perish forever and be eternally separated from God.

“For God so loved the world, he gave his life that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

If we admit our sins and ask forgiveness, believe on Jesus, and confess Him as Savior and Lord, we no longer need to remain in our sinful states.

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