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Fighting the Pull of Darkness, Part 1

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Daniel Whyte III

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TEXT: Ephesians 5:1-10

Walking is a normal and  frequent mode of transportation whereby we get from one place to another. People, of course, walk from one place to another with different intentions. Some are on their way to do good -- to work, to volunteer at a charity, to a church service, or to visit a friend in the hospital. Others, however, are on their way to do evil -- to rob a bank, to the bar to get drunk, to a secret rendezvous with someone they aren't married to commit the sin of adultery, fornication or homosexuality. Simply put, some are walking in light while others are walking in darkness.
 
Christians, of course, are called to walk in the light. However, sometimes, though we may have started out with every intention of remaining in the light, we slip back into darkness. We backslide. We slip into sin. In the classic allegory, Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan describes such an event happening to the pilgrims, Christian and Hopeful. 

Just as Christian and Hopeful were easily deceived into turning aside out of the straight and narrow way, we also are susceptible to the wiles of the “dark man” - the devil who often sends his wicked servants as angels of light in order to lead the child of God astray. How can we combat the pull of sin and evil on our lives as Christians? Paul's letter to the Ephesians sheds light on this issue.

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