Proverbs 14:12 – There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. (NIV)

When a frog is kept in a container of water, as soon as you start heating the water, the frog adjusts its body temperature. The amphibian keeps tuning its body to the rising condition of the water. When the water is about to reach the boiling point, the frog cannot adapt anymore, and it tries to jump out. But it is too late because it has wasted its strength trying to conform to the increasing temperature. Consequently, the frog dies. You might think it was the hot water that killed the frog. The truth is that the amphibian died of indecision on when to escape from the water.

Several times in life, you face hurdles that require you to adjust to people and circumstances, but you must discern when to adapt and when to move. As children of God, there are situations when you need to stand. Proverbs 24:10 says: If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. In times of fear and troubles that challenge your faith, stick with God because therein lies your victory.

There are also set-ups similar to the case of the frog, where you ought to flee. Sin is an example. As seen in today’s Bible reading, sin leads to spiritual and physical death. Flee from every appearance of evil and unholy relationships. Any association that drains you mentally, financially, or spiritually should be quit. Be discerning at all times and, when necessary, jump out of the boiling water while you still have the energy.


Hymn: Jesus Saves – Priscilla J. Owens (1882)

1. Father, I reaffirm my commitment to You. Please, lead me on the best path and encouraged me to follow.

2. Holy Spirit, open my eyes of understanding that I may discern the right steps.


1. Wisdom of God, possess my life, children, leaders, and the Church.

2. Father, give me the grace, courage, and resources to quit every ungodly gathering.

3. My head and children, reject evil manipulation and destructive influence.


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