Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Day of Praise

Wed, 02/07/18, "Day of Praise"

Romans 6:19 - "For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification."

I mean, how hard can it be?

Well, let me tell you.

I'm a flosser, but I think, "There's got to be an easier way." So, I decide to try out this thing that somebody gave me years ago. It's just like my dad had when I was a kid. His was called a Water Pik; ya know, a thing to clean out your gums and get rid of all that stuff that causes bad breath and gum disease. The main unit has a place for "your favorite mouthwash" plus an on/off switch and a dial for various power levels. The three-foot long tube connects the main unit to the mouth sprayer, which has a button to "spray" your gums or stop the spray.

So, I get it ready. I plug it in and turn it "on". The next thing you know I've got the cleanest bathroom mirror in Alabama. I turn it "off" but mouthwash is still spewing all over the counter. The thing is out of control. So I turn the setting to "low." It's still spewing uncontrollably. So I stick it in my mouth, and it chokes me because it's coming so fast. So I spit it out and unplug the thing. It's still spewing, my teeth are blue, and my bathroom looks like Sigourney Weaver and the Alien just slung blue blood at each other. The whole thing probably lasted 20 seconds.

It reminds me of today's Bible verse that tells us how quickly sin, impurity, and lawlessness get out of control and take over our lives.

But take heart! Through faith in Jesus Christ, sin is brought under control. By faith in Jesus' death, we're freed from the penalty of sin; that's justification. By faith in Jesus' resurrection and his living presence with us, we're freed from the power of sin; that's sanctification. And by faith in Jesus' return, ushering in a new heaven and earth, we'll be freed from the presence of sin; that's glorification.

So the next time something or somebody goes crazy out of control in your life. Remember and believe that Jesus is Lord over all things, even a crazy mouth and gum cleaner machine that now has a home in the garbage!

So have a happy day! And don't forget to...

Praise God!

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