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I’ve always wondered why the mouse, even after seeing the lethal contraption of the mouse trap and his impending demise, still decides to sneak out in the middle of the night to get the cheese. You would think that after using the same basic device for generations, that the household mouse trap would be rendered obsolete and ineffective. You would think that after centuries of using the same trick, and after the downfall of millions of mice, that the little mouse would consider the death of all his relatives who’ve gone on before him, and say ‘no’ to the cheese. But he doesn’t.

You see, the problem with sin is that our flesh is severely enticed by it, and it attracts the fleshly part of us like the luring scent of cheese to a mouse. For this reason, there is always a bitter conflict taking place on the inside of the believer, which Paul explains as “the flesh lust[ing] against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: [for] these are contrary the one to the other…” (Galatians 5:17). So it is that there are times when the alluring taste of sin tugs at our taste buds and we develop a ‘craving’ for something that is detrimental to our walk with God.

The idiom “Nip it in the bud” means to put a stop to something while it is still in its early development. In botany, a bud is described as the “undeveloped or rudimentary stem or branch of a plant;” it “is a flower before it blooms.” Hence, if you nip it, you put a stop to its growth, and in so doing you prevent it from blooming. In other words, to nip something in the bud is to prevent it from growing into a much bigger, less manageable thing,

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