THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Billy, the 4-year-old, talked his father into playing "cars" with him in the living room.
Dad had the police car, and pretended to pull Billy over to the side of the highway.
Dad said, "Do you have a driver's license?"
Billy said, "No, sir."
Dad said, "Are you resisting arrest?"
Billy thought a moment and said, "No, sir. But I'm not sleepy at all!"
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Sometimes, as we look around us, the realization of an immoral world looms largely.
After all, there is governmental corruption in high places, bigotry and prejudice on all sides, gambling, drug addictions, adultery, thefts, murders, abortion, etc., etc.
And, as Christians, we are prone to feel overwhelmed by it all, and to bemoan our situation, wondering why God leaves us in such a place.
In the text, John 17:15, Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before His crucifixion.
His thoughts were toward the future for His followers.
And He prayed "NOT" that we should be taken "OUT" of the world.
Instead, Jesus prayed that we would have power to resist the evils of this world.
And, may I be so bold as to say, If Jesus prayed for it, then the power is there for our receipt!
Some Christians may say, "I occupy a lowly place in society, and cannot be of much use as a witness for Jesus."
May we be reminded that Paul said, "if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Romans 8:11)
Seems there are too many Christians resisting the power of God's "arrest" by His Holy Spirit!
No matter where you live you have family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or even school "chums" that need your WITNESS for Christ.
For "How shall they believe without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14)
Because "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17).
Christians: The best way to resist the evil of this world is to believe and trust that you live in the power of God's "grip" on you.
The best way to be a witness to others is to believe and trust that you live in the power of God's "grip" on you.
Someone out there today needs for you to willingly open your mouth and tell them of the wonderfully meaningful relationship you have with Jesus Christ.
Don't be "resisting the arrest" of God's Holy Spirit.
Let us DO as Jesus said in His parting statement, just before His ascension, "Ye shall be WITNESSES unto me..." (Acts 1:8)