Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Worm in the Apple

Do you know how a worm gets inside an apple? Most people think that it burrows in from the outside, but that's not the case. The fact is, the worm actually comes from the inside. So how is it possible for a worm to be inside an apple without it coming from the outside? Here's how. When the apple blossom is on the tree, an insect comes along and lays an egg in it. As the apple starts growing, the egg hatches inside the heart of the apple. The worm comes out of the egg in the middle of the apple, and then it tunnels its way out. This is a picture of how thoughts get inside our hearts. Satan comes along and lays an egg in our hearts and minds. If we don't immediately reject it, the thought will stay there and grow inside our hearts. Once it's on the inside, it will eventually burrow its way out through our attitudes, words, and actions. Jesus said, "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders" (Matt. 15:19). If you've ever done any of those things, it's because Satan laid an egg and you didn't reject it. As I said in last week's devotional about the Crocodile Hunter, we must guard our hearts. "Guard your heart above all else, for out of it flow the springs of life" (Prov. 4:23). http://www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com