…L I F E is God’s gift to us – should we be encouraged and determined to take the higher road and live life God’s way by walking in his truth and love? The correct answer is – YES! (ew)
RESCUED FROM THE GRIP OF AN ALLEGATOR
The following story has recently been shared with me about a ten-year-old boy who begged his mother to go swimming on a hot summer day in Florida. With her permission, he dove into the lake behind their house. Slicing through the cool waters, stroke after stroke, he jubilantly made his way to the center before turning around. The watching mother suddenly noticed an alligator had caught sight and scent of the boy. Seeing the danger, she frantically ran outside, screaming to her son. Oblivious to the approaching danger he obediently returned. As he neared the dock and reached his mother’s arms, an alligator’s teeth clamped onto his legs. A tug-of-war over the ten-year-old body ensued between mother and alligator, neither gaining on the other.
A farmer, hearing her cries for help, slammed his truck into park, grabbed his rifle, and rounded the house to help the mother. Quickly he shot the reptile which released his grip. The boy was rushed to the hospital and took weeks to recover. One day a reporter showed for a story. Proud of the scares marking his body, the boy lifted the sheets to reveal scars from the alligator’s teeth on his legs. After the reporter “wowed” over the ghastly sight, the boy said, “Do you want to see my other scars?” He then lifted his shirt to reveal dark purple streaks up the sides of his torso. “These are from my mother’s fingernails which dug into my sides. She would not and did not let me go!”
Is there a spiritual lesson we can learn or acknowledge from this amazing rescue that took place in Florida?
Friends, let us be aware that sin is rampant in today’s world and that all believers are in warfare…to save our own souls and the souls of others whom Satan is out to destroy. More praying people and laborers filled with the love of Jesus are needed (like the mother and the farmer in the story) to be active and use the gifts God has given us to help rescue those who are perishing under the grip of Satan. We all know why the mother would not let go of her son; and for the same reason God has not given up on fallen mankind. He is not willing “that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
“Therefore, my beloved brethren. Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58). May God help us to never give up or cave in but to always stay connected with Jesus who died upon the Cross to save (rescue from the grip of Satan) people from their sins. The battle is the Lords, and “If God be for us who can be against us.” Amen!
An overview of GOD’S AMAZING GRACE for the Human Race
(Think about it thoughts from the Bible regarding God’s plan for the union, the togetherness of humankind with himself)
1 John 3:1 reveals that God’s plan is represented by the parent-child relationship. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God…” It is a love relationship, involving oneness and fellowship. God wants us to know him as our loving heavenly Father and that we be his trusting, obedient and joyful children. This is the way it ought to be, and this is the way it can be by GOD’S GRACE.
This is God’s supreme desire and plan for mankind, but Satan and sin pretty much destroyed it all in the Garden (and in the aftermath of the Garden for those who continue to be disobedient).
However, God’s provision for our redemption and restoration is very real and more than adequate for everyone that wants to be a part of the family of God.
There’s more, but here are a few amazing details and assurances that are part of the fulfillment of our redemtion:
1. Fulfilled Prophecy and the Virgin Birth of Christ
2. The Words and the Works of Christ
3. Calvary and the Resurrection of Christ
4. God’s Word and the Holy Spirit
5. Faith and Obedience (Transformed lives walking in God’s Truth and Love)
6. Wholeness and Heaven (God’s plan fulfilled – the product of GRACE).
As children of our heavenly Father, whatever our Father/son relationship needs may be, let us know that God’s Word “…is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path” (Psalm 119:105); and the Bible says “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” (Heb. 12:1-2). The Holy Bible and the Cross of Christ assure us that when we repent of our sins and trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are made whole in him.
Those who reject God’s grace will reap the wages of their sins. We must earnestly pray for them and share Jesus with them in every way we can. “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
God bless you, Jesus loves you!
God’s Grace Illustrated
Here’s an Illustration that might give us a visual image of our hopelessness without Jesus and also how powerful Jesus is to rescue us from any situation:
“Rising early one morning, I heard the baying of a score of deer hounds in pursuit of their quarry. Looking away to a broad, open field in front of me, I saw a young fawn making its way across, and giving signs, moreover, that its race was well nigh run. Reaching the rails of the enclosure, it leaped over and crouched within ten feet from where I stood. A moment later two of the hounds came over, when the fawn ran in my direction and pushed its head between my legs. I lifted the little thing to my breast, and, swinging round and round, fought off the dogs. I felt, just then, that all the dogs in the West could not, and should not capture that fawn after its weakness had appealed to my strength.” (source not known)
This visual image of what that man did for the helpless fawn is exactly what Jesus does for us! And this is God’s attitude toward all of us when we appeal to Him in our weakness! Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” This is God’s Amazing Grace!