Saturday, April 02, 2016

April 2, 2016: Way Too Close!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 93 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Chris Tomlin singing his popular song, How Great Is Our God, declaring the reality of see God showing Himself in His creation and our lives; … and THEN ON TO THIS LINK  to hear blind singer, Gordon Mote, singing Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory, with his plea for Christians to do all we can to get some glimpses of God’s glory.

Highlight Passage: Proverbs 3:5-6 [NLT] … 
5 Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart; [and] do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. 
… Easier said than done at times, isn’t it? … But doing life our own way is just plain dumb! 
Highlight Context – Proverbs 3:1-18 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Solomon writes to his son - and all believers - about trusting in God

Reference Passage #1 - Psalm 119:9-11 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… God, thru His psalmist, tells us to dwell in God’s truth to stay away from the storms of sin.

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread author, David C. McCaslandd, told a personal story to illustrate his teaching. The ODB author wrote: I grew up in Oklahoma where severe weather is common from early spring through the end of summer. I recall one evening when the sky boiled with dark clouds, the TV weather forecaster warned of an approaching tornado, and the electricity went out. Very quickly, my parents, my sister, and I climbed down the wooden ladder into the storm cellar behind our house where we stayed until the storm passed by [see attached photo]. Today “storm chasing” has become a hobby for many people and a profitable business for others. The goal is to get as close as possible to a tornado without being harmed. Many storm chasers are skilled forecasters with accurate information, but I won’t sign up for a tornado tour anytime soon.

To me, chasing storms, especially tornadoes, is like trying to see how close we can get to the edge of sinfulness without going over the edge into a chasm of death. … DUMB!!! … Yesterday was “April Fool’s Day,” … and being a sin chaser to me is the penultimate form of foolishness. And yet, in the ministry God has led me to lead in our church, I see it happen all too often [see “Battle Plan Ministry” described @ THIS LINK].

In this ministry I see husbands, fathers, business leaders, … or even Christian pastors who try to satisfy their curiosity by seeing what the enticement is with p0rnography; … and WHAMMO!!! The storm chaser becomes addicted to this evil XXX plague; and it ruins his marriage, his career, his family, or his ministry. We’ve seen it too often in the media, haven’t we; and yet, there are still storm chasers out there - or should I call them “sin chasers,” … playing with the dangers of this sinful world, thinking they can beat the storm by getting as close as they can and yet avoiding it’s deadly winds. … Again, I say … DUMB!!!!!!!

Solomon gave wise advise to his kid (see Proverbs, Chapter 3) and to us, by trying to get believers to stay as far away from the storms of sin as we can in life and yet stay as close to our God as we can. And God’s psalmist, in Psalm 119, even gave God’s prescription to avoid the storms of sinful living; … by telling immature believers to bury God’s word deeply into our hearts that we might avoid the sin tornadoes of life.

So, today, let’s not be storm chasers; … let’s build good storm sellers; and when the storm shows up, let’s get in and avoid the deadly winds of sin.

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … I keep building my storm cellar by being here day after day in your word. Please protect me from the winds of sin. … Amen

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