Entangled? by Gary Rose


Spider webs, just an ordinary everyday thing. This one is a bit different in that it is coated in moisture, making it look like an intricate web of pearls. Most spider webs aren’t like this one, however. They have no coating and many times are invisible, which is quite an advantage to catching prey. Prey is not all they catch, however. As I leave my house and go past my truck at the end of the carport, I occasionally encounter one an quickly shrug it off. Nasty things, SPIDER WEBS!

As I think about it, spider webs are like sin; if you don’t avoid them, you can become entangled. For humans, it is an inconvenience, but if you were a fly, welcome to a very bad day.

So, how do humans become entangled in sin? I think its because they just don’t want to see sin and refuse to believe it can affect them. Instead of just following the good way God has designed for them, people just do what they want and suffer the consequences.

The Apostle Paul says…

Romans 1 ( World English Bible )

13 Now I don’t desire to have you unaware, brothers, that I often planned to come to you, and was hindered so far, that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles.

14 I am debtor both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to the wise and to the foolish.

15 So, as much as is in me, I am eager to preach the Good News to you also who are in Rome.

16 For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes; for the Jew first, and also for the Greek.

17 For in it is revealed God’s righteousness from faith to faith. As it is written, “But the righteous shall live by faith.”

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

19 because that which is known of God is revealed in them, for God revealed it to them.

20 For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse.

21 Because, knowing God, they didn’t glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 and traded the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping things.

24 Therefore God also gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves,

25 who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For their women changed the natural function into that which is against nature.

27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural function of the woman, burned in their lust toward one another, men doing what is inappropriate with men, and receiving in themselves the due penalty of their error.

28 Even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting;

29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil habits, secret slanderers,

30 backbiters, hateful to God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful;

32 who, knowing the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them.

The good way is from God, the destructive way is from the devil. Simple concept, which millions of millions of people ignore to their own ultimate destruction.

Why? Simply put- they don’t want to obey and live. Sin, like the spiders web, will entangle you, control you and ultimately destroy you. God’s gospel of grace is the way to salvation from sin, the only way out.

I would rather obey and live. How about you?