The two men on the trail.

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A cautionary tale.

One day two men were walking on a trail. It was very hot, muggy and dusty. On their journey they came upon a lagoon. Its waters looked so cool and inviting. There were beautiful creatures in the emerald lagoon calling out to the men “Come in and be our friends. It is cool and refreshing here.” So the two men jumped into the lagoon. Once in to their horror they discovered it was not a lagoon but a filthy cesspool and they were not beautiful creatures but blood sucking leeches. When the leeches had gorged themselves upon the two unsuspecting men they swam away and laughed at them for being such trusting fools as they crawled out of the stinking cesspool.

A kind loving king came upon them as they lay their with blood soaked scared bodies. He graciously took them to his castle and lovingly cared for and healed their wounds.

After a short stay in the courteous kings castle they were healed and went on their way on the same trail. Again they came upon the same cesspool but magically moved to another place. Again the lovely creature called out to them. One took up their offer the other didn’t.

Which one do you think was the fool? Which one was the wise man?

Do you understand the moral of the story?

The cesspool is the filth of the worldly ways. The creatures are they immoral people in society try to trick you into their dammdable ways. They will suck the lifeblood and joy from your life. When you are young and foolish it is easy to fall for their trickery. But many old and foolish jump in as well. They should know better from experience.

The King is Jesus. He will graciously bind and heal your wounds.

The question is which of the two men are you?

When the world comes a calling looking so inviting with all the hip people will you be the wise man who says once burned twice shy or the foolish one who says they are so friendly, these are different creatures and a different lagoon?

Wisdom is learning from what life has taught us. Stupidity is refusing to learn from life’s lessons and continuously repeating the same mistakes. Joseph Anthony Green

Prayer: Please Jehovah Rabbi (God our teacher) teach me to be wise enough to see and avoid jumping into the cesspool with leeches. I ask in the name of Him who withstood the worst leech in His temptation in the wilderness Jesus Christ. Amen

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.





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shofarcall 3 years ago

Thank you Teacherjoe52. The description of Satan near the end described as "the worst leech" was awesome. God Be with you.


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teacherjoe52 3 years ago Author

Hood morning shofarcall.

Yes it is true. Satan and his minions are the deadliest leeched.

May the Holy Spirit protect you from the leeches and guide you to the fruit of the spirit


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful..Sometimes leeches have been very beneficial in the field of medicine, they used to place a leech on a skin cancer and it would keep it clean by debrising the tissue. Sometimes what we think is unclean can be helpful. Let us remember God uses many things that Appear unclean. We are not to judge..Thank you..


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Good point Always exploring. And true. But we know in which context Satan was being referred to in this hub.


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teacherjoe52 3 years ago Author

Good morning always exploring.

Yes Iknow leeches are very useful in medicine but I am sure you understand the meaning.

Good morning shofarcall.

Yes I am sure always exploring understands the meaning.

May God bless you with true friends and not leeches.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Yes, Lord, help us to be discerning of evil influence in our life. Thanks for the devotional, Teacher Joe.


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teacherjoe52 3 years ago Author

Good morning Teaches.

Yes, it is a lesson that was a long time in learning for me, but the closer we get to God, the more discerning He will create us to be.

May God bless you with many collie friends (to me collies are the best friend, next to Jesus , that we can have. May you be blessed with that type of friendships in people).


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teacherjoe52 3 years ago Author

Good morning Teaches.

Yes, it is a lesson that was a long time in learning for me, but the closer we get to God, the more discerning He will create us to be.

May God bless you with many collie friends (to me collies are the best friend, next to Jesus , that we can have. May you be blessed with that type of friendships in people).

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