I live with two former, very sneaky thieves. I was introduced to the oldest one years ago. The first time I heard him tell some of his great stories, I was hooked. So I invited him to come live with me. After that I spent every moment I could in his presence, being entertained, inspired and informed about everything imaginable. He kept my attention from morning until late at night.
Then one day I realized he was really a sneaky thief. This character had stolen my time with God, my family, and my ministry. He had even polluted my pure mind. But as long as he lived with me I could not resist him. I was his slave. So I moved him to the spare room and told him to shut his mouth and keep it shut.
A while later I was introduced to the second thief. His talents were even more awesome. He invited me to be his partner, and he taught me how to create wonderful things, stay informed about happenings, people and facts, and play really cool games. The world was at my fingertips and I was hooked. But again, this thief stole almost everything of value in my life: my health, my mind and my spirit. I was his slave. So I moved him to a remote place and told him to keep his mouth shut until I told him otherwise.
Then I came to God, repented and begged for deliverance. It took a long time, but He delivered me from my slavery and helped me get back on track. Now, instead of letting T.V. and P.C. be my masters, I tell them when to speak and when to be quiet. And we have become great friends.
Hebrews 12:1&2 …let us lay aside every weight, and the sins which so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. –Rebecca Somoskey