THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Once in a store, in which I was assistant manager, we lost power in a section.
An electrician was called to find the problem.
After about an hour of checking, he decided that one of the lines in the attic had lost connection.
I accompanied the electrician into the attic with a flashlight.
We searched for the "problem" line.
I followed the line backward from the section which had lost power.
Soon I saw where it had, over the years, lost connection with the power source - I THOUGHT!
But when I picked it up, I found out DIFFERENT!
I couldn't turn it loose because I had gripped it with my hand!
And the voluntary flexing of the hand's muscles wrapped tightly around the line when the electricity hit me!
There I was, dancing involuntarily, until finally the electrician disconnected me from the line with a flying tackle!
The shocking truth is: when electricity enters the body on the inside of gripping muscles, one cannot let go!
16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
17 Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
Reading Psalm 104, one comes to realize the majesty of our Creator God.
Everything that IS exists because He MADE it!
Everything that is CONTINUES because He SUSTAINS it!
The "cedars of Lebanon" (like the Red Oaks of California) stand regally where no human irrigation helps them.
They are dependent, solely, upon our Lord for water and sustenance.
They endure storms and remain solid evidence of God's provision.
To me, Christians are the same!
We are SEALED in God's Holy Spirit!
Eph 1:12-14 says,
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
We are saved by grace, given faith, and continue by more grace through faith which God continually pours out.
Christians are independent of mankind, though we live in the midst of them.
We live totally dependent upon God's empowering and enabling which He provides through the presence of His Holy Spirit in our lives.
And though mankind seeks to suppress him/her, the Christian remains regally "planted" and SUSTAINED by our Lord God.
As a result many "birds" (unsaved) come and find shelter in the church (family) which continually stands as a reminder to God's omnipotence.
The shocking truth is: genuine Christians cannot help but be witnesses to their genuine salvation!
Today, Lord, help us to remain as a "tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither.." (Ps 1:3)
Oh Lord, by the same grace which SEALED us, please SUSTAIN us!