I put a slice of bread into the toaster, as usual. It seemed to take a long time to cook. Finally, I left my eggs to their own devices and checked out the toaster. I couldn’t find either bread or toast. It took a while but it eventually showed up under a kitchen chair.
That toaster had spewed the toast several feet away. Because it landed on the floor, I threw it out. By now the eggs were overdone and my coffee cold.. This scenario repeated itself for a few days, until I finally figured out that the bread I used was too light for the springs of the toaster.
How are we doing in the toaster? When the crisis of living hits us do we spring out of the heat it as soon as possible? Find ways to manipulate the circumstances to our own liking? Tell a tall tale or two? Run to the nearest gossip to share our problem? All of these get us out of the heat all right but they land us in a place where we are of no use to anyone, not even ourselves.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13, KJV)
Prayer – Lord, we know the right thing to do. Help us do it for our own self-respect and most of all, for you. Amen
That’s what happened to Elizabeth when Mary showed up on her doorstep in Judea. The Holy Spirit came upon Elizabeth.
At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”(Luke 1:41-44, NLT)
Elizabeth hasn’t heard a word except a ‘Hi there, Elizabeth’ but the Spirit made everything known to her.
Do we trust the Holy Spirit when he speaks to us or do we doubt his presence?
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. (1 Thessalonians 5:18-20, KJV)
Prayer – Lord, help us follow through on this verse…for Christ. Amen
Eating out with my husband was always an adventure because he liked to confound his order (and the waitress!) with diner slang.
He might order “Adam and Eve on a raft, “or a “pig between the bed sheets.” (Poached eggs on toast or a ham sandwich) Other favorites were a “make him cry” (hamburger with onions) or “Adam’s ale and cow feed on the side.” (Water and a salad)
He and a seasoned waitress would laugh while an inexperienced one would scratch her head and look to me for translation.
Bible terms make sense after you’ve been a Christian for a while, but when we share Jesus with an unbeliever, words like washed in the blood, justification, and redemption scare them away.
There is one simple truth to share with an unbeliever. Even in the old style English of the King James, it makes perfect sense.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16, KJV)
Prayer- Lord may our words encourage, not mystify. For Christ who died that we might simply believe. Amen.
We humans use fancy names for some not-so-nice things. For instance, the excrement of a worm is called a worm casting, while a bear exudes scat. Deer give off fewmets, foxes pass bilitts, and otters, spraints. While dogs release scumber, we call cattle manure offings and bat droppings guano.
Paul called it all dung.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (Philippians 3:8, KJV)
Sin is anything that separates us from God. We can call it anything we like, but that doesn’t change what it is.
Prayer –Lord, show us what dung we cling to, help us to let it go and lead us to follow you 100%. Amen.