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Weekday devotionals for Christians

All Shook Up

 

Psa 51:7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 

Psa 65:3  Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away. 

Psa 79:9  Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake. 

Lesson #1

You have to go where the trees are and search all of the trees.

Lesson #2

The Pine Christmas Tree is an Evergreen Tree…it is always in bloom.

Lesson #3

The Christmas Trees are planted and grown for a specific purpose.

Lesson #4

Everyone that goes to the tree lot or tree farm is looking for the right tree.

Lesson #5

To be used, the tree must be cut down.

Lesson #6

Now that the Tree is cut down, it must be put on a shaker to get the dead needles off of it.

This was an enlightening experience for me.  The first time I went a tree farm, they put the tree on a shaker.  I, at that point in my life, had never seen a machine that shakes a tree.  I literally thought is what some “redneck contraption” made by a guy working for a tip.  I was looking for the duct tape…ha ha.  I saw the guy put my tree up on the shaker, and immediately I felt, “take it easy man, that is MY tree.  Don’t hurt my tree!”  I did not say this, I just thought it.  As the worker was shaking it, I was asking the question why, when I was half-way through the question, I figured it out.  The worker instead gave me a better answer.  His answer was, “So you don’t drag a mess into your home!  There is a lot of “dead-ness and dead needles in the middle of the tree that you cannot see well.”  Wow, this guy had no idea, but he just preached me a sermon!

Application:

God wants to use me…Yeah!!!  In order for God to use me, He must put me through a “shaker” to get a lot of the dead-ness that I did not know was in my life, out of it.  God wants to use me and you but there will be a purging process that will shake our lives up a little.  Do not fight it, let it happen.  You don’t want to keep dragging a mess with you everywhere you go do you?  I don’t.  Sometimes I realize that I have some dead-ness; and there are times that I think that I am pretty good, but am full of dead-ness.  What am I talking about are things like: Bad Attitudes, Destructive Thinking, Iniquity, Besetting Sins, Baggage, Hurts, Depression, Bitterness, Etc.  There are so many things in our life that can hinder God’s will for us.  Will you allow God to shake-up your life?  By the way the shaker does not hurt the tree at all, it just spins it around for a short time.

December 21, 2011 - Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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