TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
As believers, there are three families we receive; the one we’re born into, the one we’re born again into and the one we choose to fellowship with while waiting for the biggest family reunion ever. Don’t let family hurts keep you from celebrating this precious gift.
OF BASEBALL AND BULLETPROOF BIBLES
Years ago, my son, Luke, and I were on sitting on the “home-run porch” watching the Texas Rangers play ball. For a while, I was confident enough in my athletic abilities to pray for a ball to come our way. It would be cool to get our hands on a real major league ball.
At the head of the fourth inning, Michael Young drove a homer right to my seat. If you saw it on TV, I was the fat guy pushing people over to protect myself from the monster shot. There, on national television, I screamed like a little girl and jumped two full seats to my left to avoid that ball.
The really awesome dad right in front of me – apparently a real man – held his glove up in front of my face and, after catching it, handed it to his very impressed 9-year-old. Luke looked at me. I looked at Luke and we both busted out laughing.
Side note: Be careful what you pray for because you might look stupid when you get it.
One of the guys I crawled over was a 19-year-old soldier on leave from Iraq. For some reason, the whole situation reminded me of Private First Class Brendan Schweigart.
A New York native, Schweigart told his mother he always carried his Bible into battle, tucked under his bulletproof shield. One day, he was shot in the chest with a high powered rifle. That Gideon pocket Bible from boot camp saved his life by shielding his heart.
To this day, he has that Bible, bullet lodged into its pages – the bullet meant for his heart stopped somewhere in the book of Psalms. I think it’s a great idea to keep your heart protected with God’s Word.
Just like that soldier putting God’s word under his body armor didn’t know it would cause him to dodge a bullet, you and I often don’t realize that hiding God’s Word in our heart causes us to doge something much more lethal – sin. Be intentional – shield your heart.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. – Psalms 119:11
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO FOCUS ON GOD’S WORD. HE PROMISES IT WILL ACCOMPLISH THE PURPOSE SET OUT FOR IT – SAVING YOUR HIDE AND MINE!
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