Alertness Lesson 4 Visualizing the Consequences of Subtle Dangers

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Its the little things we think we can get away with that eventually are our tripping point and downfall.... take heed to your choices, thoughts, attitudes and behaviours... lest you misstep, and cast yourselves into a very long...fall.....

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Lesson 4 Visualizing the Consequences of Subtle Dangers:

Lesson 4 Visualizing the Consequences of Subtle Dangers       Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12  Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 114-125 Information also drawn from CharacterFirst !, various Character Councils, & other websites

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… Has two wings Of the order Diptera with over 100,000 species Food for birds, amphibians, chickens, etc. From Scripture … Evidently the ablest of several ruling brothers Morally and spiritually weak Was king over a over a volatile province

The Common Housefly:

The Common Housefly Cannot glide; must fly or walk Has a built-in gyroscope Considered to be one of the most dangerous insects for man, each fly can harbor 30+M bacteria internally, & 5+M on its hairy body surfaces. Walks on slick surfaces Is a garbage processor, built for filth

Fly Facts…4 distinct lifecycle stages:

Fly Facts … 4 distinct lifecycle stages Egg:  female lays  up to 500<1.5” eggs  over 3-4 days. Larvae:  within  8-20 hours  of being laid, maggots emerge & eat constantly, preferring warm, moist environments.  Pupa : after 4-10 days, they go to drier areas, encase over 3 days, & change. Adult : once hatched, they live from 15-30 days. Females lay eggs almost their entire adulthood.

Applications??:

Applications?? Watch for the subtle signs… What we take in, will come out… What we choose to do will follow us through life, & may affect our eternity… GIGO!

Strong king; weak man…. :

Strong king; weak man…. Herod Antipas… Horrible parents Horrible childhood Horrible consequences to horrible choices …and he was seen as one of the better of the Herodians !

Consequences to ignoring subtle danger signals…:

Consequences to ignoring subtle danger signals… * unlawful marriage leads to jealousy, public condemnation, fears & unwise choices *Which leads to the death of John the Baptist, civil unrest, *Which ends in unintended consequences… & the eventual loss of his kingdom…

Our application… “small” things…:

Our application… “small” things… * We can die by a 1000 paper cuts *One wrong choice leads to another… *The conscience gets scarred by microns… *The scarring hardens against thoughtful wisdom… *The end result is spiritual death & great disappointment & darkness in life…

The Takeaway ~:

The Takeaway ~   Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12   Self-importance, ignoring potential consequences & “being above the law”… This ruined Antipas… & can us, too….

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