Faith Debugged

Spiritual Insights from an Exterminator

The Roaring Lion Has Fleas

Have you ever been in a house that had fleas? If you have then you know far too well that once they get on you they’re on you and your spending the rest of the day picking them off. One thing I really hate is knowing that I have an account that has fleas. Not just a few fleas. A LOT of fleas. Not just on the linoleum. I mean in the shag carpet that hasn’t been changed since the seventies in the living room. It’s been there so long you can see the trail where people have walked for so many years by the couch and into the kitchen.

If you had this experience you’ll know that all day will be spent picking them off one by one. They embed into your socks. The  get up your pants legs. They’ll get around your waist band. They’ll get in your hair. Then… they’ll BITE!!! Makes me itch just typing this.

Fleas are a nuisance. They’re a nuisance to your pets. They’re a nuisance to you. They get in your carpets, your bed, your couch. They’ll get just about anywhere. They’ll take over and there is no peace of mind until they are gone. Then after they’re gone for a while, you discover you now have what they call delusional parasitosis. Have you ever felt like something was crawling all over you but nothing was there.

I was called out to a lady’s house one time who swore she had spiders crawling all over her kitchen floor. I tried to tell her there was nothing there. She demanded I spray her floor. After time, I realized she was having delusional parasitosis. She had problems with spiders in the past. All she had now was black spots in the design pattern of her linoleum.

Would you stop to think how sin works. It creeps up on you in your thoughts. After you’ve decided maybe just once it wouldn’t hurt, it continues to grind at your thoughts everyday until one day, your covered in it. And you’re not even sure how you got to where you are at. Paul said in Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (italics mine).

Have you ever noticed that you’ve been in a situation where your asking yourself how did I get this far in my sin? How did you get there? Too easy I bet. Notice the verbiage Paul uses about sin. It so easily entangles us. Kinda like a vine up the side of the house or kudzu on the side of the road, or a flea infestation, sin starts mildly, then before you know it, you entangled in it.

Twice Peter tells us to be sober-minded or self-controlled. Like he has the right to tell us to be self-controlled? He does! He’s been there. He been self uncontrolled and reaped the harvest. He’s leaned from his battles after licking his wounds. It would do us good to listen.

In 1 Peter 1:13 as well as 5:8 he tells us to be self-controlled because the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. In my line of work it would say he jumps around like a hungry flea looking for some warm-blooded animal to latch onto and feed. Sin does this very thing. It prowls around looking for someone to bring it to life so that it may cause death. James 1:15

May you be found sober-minded and diligent. So when sin prowls, it finds you and runs like a scared little kitten (with fleas)!


February 1, 2011 Posted by | devotion, fleas | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Devastating Effects of Sin and Termites

“The temple of truth has never suffered so much from woodpeckers on the outside as from termites within.”

Vance Havner


I for one am not the happiest to write on such a subject. God knows that I have seen the Jonah effect in my own life where my sin had cost the safety of others. Sin can have a devastating effect on our lives as well as the lives around us, whether they be stranger or friend.

Sin being what it is, is devastating in itself. It tears at our innermost being struggling to make face with the outside world. It dwells up inside of the deepest chambers of the heart screaming to see the daylight of misery. I cringe at the idea that sin lies deep within me simply gnawing at my heart to allow it to surface.

Look at what James 1:13-15 says – 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

I was called out to a storage facility to treat for termites. Upon arrival I saw the damaging effects termites had on a piece of wood. Where I work we deal mostly with subterranean termites. They get their name because they originate underground. They grow to the thousands and when the colony has gotten too big, they send out the swarmers to create new colonies. All the while they are feeding on the cellulose from material such as wood originate products. They make mud tunnels for safety then move up to cellulose sources and feed off the wood.

In the same manner, sin originates as a thought in our mind. Then we give birth to our thoughts allowing them to surface, evolving into sin. When sin has been carried out and matured it creates death. Hence why we need a savior; to blot out our sins, cover them with His blood and create in us a new heart to become like Him.

Sin can be damaging just like termites can. We need Jesus to eradicate our sinful behavior just like we need termites techs to eradicate termites from damaging our homes, barns, sheds, or any other structure build from wood.


This is the damage termites cause in the storage unit

January 22, 2011 Posted by | devotion, Termites | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment