I have an invader at my home. This invader sneaks around and does his vandalism unawares. This green monster brings death and destruction and I am helpless against it. He is known as the Emerald Ash Borer.
I have two Ash trees, one in front and the other in back. Both have this invader. The younger, in the back, is already dead. The older, in the front, is our largest tree and has only a 50/50% chance of surviving, and that’s only if we treat it. With the cost at $150 to treat it and no guarantee, we’ve decided to take it down and replant. How discouraging.
There is another invader that vandalizes our lives. He is called Sin. He bores deep within our hearts and destroys with imaginations like jealousy, fear, doubt, and pride. These infestations erode our faith and we are helpless against him. But Jesus has overcome the world with its emphases on sin. Through Christ we are conquerors. We need a guaranteed treatment by being renewed in our minds (Romans 12:2).