2 Tim.1:12... "For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless, I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day."
Why is it that one person can go on doing things that are wrong, while others feel guilt and remorse for a bad they just did? I love little story's like this one, for it reminds me of who I am, and WHO I belong to now. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is told to Timothy from Paul, the one who persecuted the Christians. "For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless, I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day."
I thank God for the Holy Spirit Who lives in me; He directs me, He comforts me, He prays for me, but He also reminds me of who I am, and convinces me to change my way when I am heading down a wrong road, whether it is a road in my mind or one that is real. He has me surrounded with protection but I must believe and trust Him. But for the grace of God...there go I. Thank You Jesus for saving me, and thank You for keeping me. Carolyn I love little story's like this one, for it reminds me of who I am, and WHO I belong to now, therefore I want to share it with you.
Ducks Don't Flutter
Many years ago, a wealthy man went duck hunting with a hired hand named Sam.They took a horse and carriage, and along the way a rim came off one of the wheels. As Sam hammered 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 shouted.
Sam pointed at the duck that was fluttering desperately to escape and said, "I've got an
answer for you now, Boss. You said my Christianity isn't any good because I have to
struggle so. Well, I'm the wounded duck, and struggle to get away from the devil. But you
Boss, you're the dead duck!" -Dennis De Hann
That insight fits Paul's description of his Christian experience in Romans 7: 14-25. Struggle is one evidence of God's work in our lives Forgiveness of sin is available, so don't despair. Remember, dead ducks don't flutter.
~~~The sinner, apart from grace, is unable to be willing and unwilling to be able. W. E. Best~~~
Isa.26:3...You will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because He trusts in You.
Many of God's creation say they believe in Jesus, but do they really? Are you still only His creation, or are you truly one of His children now? Have you believed enough to ask Him to come into your heart and surrender you life to Him, or have you just believed He came to the earth to save men from their sins? Does He live in you today, and do you seek Him for guidance and help? Do you depend on Him, trust in Him and rely on Him in everything? (Prov.3:5-6) Do we believe Him enough to trust Him even though things really look bad?
Can we still keep our eyes and minds on the Savior, knowing that whatever this trial is, that He will take it and use it for our good and His glory and we will come through it with not even a hint of smoke?
Do we really trust Jesus so much that no matter the circumstances and issues of life that we are going through, we will not change, we will not falter, we will not walk away...we will stand?
Do we really believe in Jesus so much that we will get into that wheel barrow...that we will trust Him as He pushes us across the waves and the falls, and the storms and trials of our lives today? Is Jesus our wheel barrow and are we in Him, or...or are we like Peter and watching from afar?
Are you in Jesus? Is Jesus in you? or...are you one that believe He exists, but don't trust Him with your lives, your thoughts, your hearts, your hurts, your sicknesses and your pains.
Today...I ask you...are you a believer? Can you be a follower across that high wire of life? Will you follow Jesus? He is following you! There is no where you can go to hide from Him! He wants you in Him! He needs you! He loves you! After all....HE DIED FOR YOU!
Riding the High Wire
In 1940 a great high wire artist was putting on a performance over Niagara Falls. A cable had been stretched from Canada to the US. He started from the Canadian side and was crossing to America. In front he was pushing a wheelbarrow. One foot at a time he crossed the wire, below millions of tons of water were crashing over the falls. The artist with nerves of steel pushes his wheelbarrow across. As he reaches the American side wild cheers were sent up, drowning out the roar of the great falls. He stood alone on the platform, hands raised high, and yelled to the crowd below. "Do you believe I can do it again?" The crowd went into a frenzied roar. He yelled again, "Do I have a volunteer to ride in the wheelbarrow?" All you could hear was the roar from the falls, the crowd was silent. I will ask you again....do you believe it enough to get into the wheel barrow...if Jesus were the wheel barrow?
Have a wonderful day!
~~~What! Get to heaven on your own strength? Why, you might as well try to climb to the moon on a rope of sand! George Whitefield~~~
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