Mustard, Diet Coke and Death into Life

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A friend of mine was telling me, the other day, that it had been 44 days since she’d had a Diet Coke.  Yup.  Counting.  I’ll bet you can guess why.  Diet Coke is a bit of an addiction for her, and she is taking control of that part of her life in a new way.  She’s proud of herself, and those of us in the conversation were encouraging her, but at the same time I was thinking, “Ew.  How could anyone enjoy Diet Coke anyway?”

It’s funny, isn’t it?  How one person’s temptation is another person’s “I couldn’t care less about that.”  Yet another reason not to judge one another.  

~ “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.

The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” ~

Mark 14:38

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God uses Moses, a vessel of honor, for His purposes, but He also used Pharaoh. 

He used David, a man after His own heart, but He also used Saul.

~ “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord,

Like the rivers of water,

He turns it wherever He wishes.” ~

Proverbs 21:1

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My faith, on my best day, is as a mustard seed.  How much more do I need Him on my bad days?

~ “if you have faith as a mustard seed,

you will say to this mountain,

‘Move from here to there,’

and it will move” ~

Matthew 17:20

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Several years ago, at a Bible study get-together, a few of us were sharing the stories of how we came to be saved; how we came to realize we needed Him as Savior.  And then we got to talking about how everyone seems to love a “dramatic” story of coming to Him.  Like the worse you were before you gave your life to Him, the better your story is. 

But the best illustration of being saved is that of Lazarus, in the Bible.  He is the picture for all of us.  We were each headed for hell, now we are headed for heaven.  Each of us was as dead, now we live. 

~ “Do not be afraid.  Stand still,

and see the salvation of the Lord,

which He will accomplish for you today.” ~

Exodus 14:13

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