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Dead Ducks Don't Flutter

Many years ago, a rich man went duck hunt with a hired hand named Sam. They got a horse and carriage, and along the way a rim came off one of the wheels. As Sam beat it back on, he accidentally hit his finger. Instantly he let go with some bad words. He quickly fell to his knees, asking God's forgiveness. "Lord, it's difficult at times to live the Christian life", he prayed. "Sam" said the man, "I know you're a Christian, but tell me why you struggle so, I'm an atheist, and I don't have problems like that."

Sam didn't know what to say. Just then two ducks flew overhead. The man raised his gun and two shots rang out. "Leave the dead one and go after that wounded bird!" he yelled. Sam pointed at the duck that was fluttering desperately to escape and said, "I've got an answer for you now, man. You said my Christianity isn't any great because I have to struggle so. Well, I'm the injured duck and fight to get away from the devil. But you Boss, you're the dead duck!"

That insight fits Paul's description of his Christian experience in Romans 7:14-25.

The struggle is one sign of God's work in our lives Forgiveness of sin is available, so don't despair. Remember, dead ducks don't flutter.

"Struggle, yes, it's part of living

Nothing's gained on beds of ease;

But when our heart is set on Jesus,

Struggle drives us to our knees."

–D. De Hann

If Jesus lives within us,

Sin need not overwhelm us.


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