We see them on television, in magazines, on the Internet and billboards. Each is a poster-child.
Some have the ability to share their stories of debilitating illness and the hope that they have for healing.
A poster child offers heart-wrenching appeals for people’s support and contributions. Will you be God’s poster child; are you willing to go and tell your story? Jesus gave a healed man that assignment. (Mark 5:1-20)
“He told him, ‘Go back home to your own people and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you. So he went out and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and they were all amazed (Mark 5:19b-20 HCS).”
NOT QUICKLY BROKEN
“And though a man might prevail against him who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12 Amplified Bible).”
Good things come ‘in threes!’
“…Grace (spiritual blessing and favor), mercy, and [heart] peace [be yours] from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord (1 Timothy 1:2b Amplified Bible).”
Have ya’ ever been a member of a church congregation during a protracted meeting?
It was ‘long’…
How ‘long’ was it?
The Old Testament Book of Nehemiah details a protracted meeting. (Nehemiah 8:1-12)
“So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law (Nehemiah 8:2-3 NKJ).”
I don’t believe I have a gardening bone in my body.
Somehow, the DNA inherited from my parents mutated; I lost innate interest or desire for digging in the dirt. I’m happily home-bound in the ARK-LA-MS Delta dreamland.
The LORD has crammed farming illustrations throughout Scripture. Jesus often used references to planting and harvesting of crops in His many parables. The Apostle Paul sensed spiritual gold mines in crop analogies.
“So, what is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. Now the one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s co-workers. You are God’s field, God’s building (1 Corinthians 3:5-9 HCS).”
Churches are abuzz with a factual phrase…
“It’s not about us; it’s all about Him!”
The sooner we get that through our thick heads and hardened hearts the better off we’ll all be.
“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen (Romans 11:36 NAS).”
Most of us wear the same clothes very often, even though we fill our closets with many more choices. Similarly, we seem to have favorite words and phrases.
Just off the top of my head, I can come up with two of my husband Norm’s words used in repetition, ‘stuff’ and ‘potential.’ The first annoys me; the latter challenges me.
He sees the potential while I see the problem.
Abraham, when pressured with problems, saw potential in impossibilities!
“He believed in God, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist. Against hope, with hope he believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what had been spoken: So will your descendants be (Romans 4:17b-18 HCS).”
It is not logical.
How could such a minute speck of dust or an eyelash under my eyelid be so painful? A splinter in my hand, so small that I need a magnifying glass to see it, can cause throbbing pain.
The unwelcome guests cause irritation; the probing to find and remove them goes beyond irritation to pain.
My removal process is in itself painstaking. If my eye is the problem area, I have to stand extremely close before a lit up mirror. Old age is robbing me of close-up vision. Once I find the culprit, I use a cotton swab in the delicate removal process. If the intruder is a splinter in my right hand, I have a major dilemma.
Being right handed, the wielding of a sterilized needle in my left hand for probing and extraction is haphazard. My sin is not easy to detect with the naked eye; the Holy Spirit shines His light on it, using conviction and the sword of the Spirit as instruments, He brings the transgression to the surface.
“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart. No creature is hidden from Him but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account (Hebrews 4:12-13 HCS).”