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Speaking of the snow storm we had last week, we are still very fortunate. We usually get snow, but sometimes there is ice. Those states just to our south are more likely to get ice that we are. If you have driven through an area ravaged by ice storms, you have observed massive devastation to trees and power lines. Utility crews have to replace power poles and reconnect power lines. Crews have to cut up trees and large limbs that have been stripped from the trees.
In such devastating ice storms, tree limbs, power lines and more have broken under the weight of the ice. So it is with life. Many lives are broken under the weight of stress and problems of this life. As warm weather is needed to melt the ice and relieve the weight, the warmth of God’s love does the same for us.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Ps 55:22 ESV
Do not fear as you begin your day. You have the Almighty Creator to sustain you and see you through. Pray silently throughout the day as you face your struggles. Trust in Him and He will sustain you. Even if the day worsens, He will see you through.***
I feel quite fortunate that I learned at an early stage that I have type two diabetes. I went on a strict diet and began exercising. Within three months I had lost between thirty-five and forty pounds. As a result, I was able to control my diabetes for seven or more years without any form of medication. I no longer exercise as hard as I did then. I am not on as strict of a diet as I was then. Yet, that wasn’t merely a diet and exercise program. It was a change in lifestyle. I have maintained, at least to a degree, that change of lifestyle now for nearly twenty-six years. The diabetes has progressed since then, but it is still in fairly good control.
When we became Christians, we had to do something similarly spiritually. There had to be a change in diet and activity, so to speak. There had to be a change in lifestyle. We had to push ourselves away from those foods that were destructive (sin) and begin taking in those foods (God’s word) and participating in those spiritual activities (worship, service…) that helped us spiritually.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Cor 5:17 ESV
Work daily to maintain your spiritual lifestyle. Be faithful to God.***
It is not known exactly how the pyramids of Egypt were built, but it has been estimated that it took thousands of men some twenty years or so to build one pyramid.
Modern technology was used to build a more modern marvel, the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis. I do not know how many men worked on the construction, but it took about two years for its completion.
In both of those instances, and in all the marvels of man's construction, men used the raw materials and the intelligence God provided to build them.
God started with nothing and created the entire universe in six days.
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Heb 11:3 ESV
Join the saints Sunday to worship the Creator of all the universe. He has given us all things for our existence. He is worthy of your praise and adoration.
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