Have you ever been in a situation that you hoped you never fall into?
Or found yourself in a mess and wonder how you got there?

It’s sad how sin has a way of sucking us in until we’re bogged down, jammed, and pinned.

“That will never happen to me.”
“Only the simpletons fall into those traps.”
“Never in my lifetime.”

It’s rarely a blowout. It’s usually a slow leak.

On July 6, 1999, 27 year old Daniel Dukes went to Sea World in Orlando. He waited until the park closed. Right before it did, he hid and waited until the park was empty. Sometime during the night, he made his way to the pool where Tillicum, a 5 ton killer whale was. He slipped into his swimming trunks and jumped in.

No one was sure what happened but the next day, Dukes’ body was found the draped over Tillicum’s back lifeless. Some believe that the whale may have been startled by Dukes’ appearance that Tillicum dove deeper into the pool, creating a vortex that pulled the man under and rendered him helpless.

Others believe that maybe the whale thought Dukes was a toy that he dragged him around the pool for fun, keeping him underwater until he drowned.

Either way, he was lifeless the next day.

Sin has a way of dragging us down deeper and deeper until we have no inkling what actually happened to us.

But thank God that we don’t have to continue in that direction.

Jesus came not only to stop the cycle but to completely rescue us from complete lifelessness and ultimate.

How do you get out of the vortex?

1. Understand that you’re helpless and totally unable to deliver yourself.

2. Put your faith in what Jesus has done not on what you have done.

3. Keep going back to step 1 and 2.

4. Repeat step 3.

5. Repeat step 4 till your last breath.



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