Dead Spots

Ephesians 5:18b: . . . be filled with the Spirit;

Just as our blood flows to every cell of our bodies, God wants to flow into every area of our lives. Some people think He is only in heaven. Some think He is nowhere. Some think He MIGHT be somewhere. Some wonder where He is. Some wonder if He even exists. Some get connected to Him. Some remain disconnected from Him forever.

When there is an infection in our body more blood flows to that area to speed healing. There are things in our blood that attack invaders, destroy them and remove them from our bodies. Our blood nourishes every part of our bodies. When clots block the flow of blood to part of our bodies or when we lose our blood through bleeding wounds we have problems. The parts of our bodies that are deprived of blood become sick and die. They become useless.

Likewise, the parts of our lives that are deprived of God will be spiritually rotten and useless. I will call them dead spots.

Joshua 2:11: And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.

Rahab*s faith in God found expression in the reality that God is everywhere. She did not resist His presence. She knew that the God of Israel had destroyed their enemies. She knew that she and her family needed mercy. She knew that God*s presence would provide that mercy. She wanted the life-giving and life-sustaining presence of God to be in her life and in her family like it was in the people of Israel. Her action in hiding the young spies was an act of faith in the God of Israel. She put her life entirely in God*s hands.

(I wonder if she understood that putting her life in His hands also put her eternity in His hands. We seldom understand how a little bit of faith in God NOW can make a huge and everlasting difference. I wonder if we understand that putting our eternity in His hands also puts our life in His hands.)

Joshua 2:4a: And the woman took the two men, and hid them, . . .

Her action was surrender to the God of Israel.

Joshua 2:12: Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father*s house, and give me a true token: And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.

Joshua 6:24a . . . 25: And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: . . . And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father*s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

Becoming a Christian is surrender to Christ. Too often even we Christians try to exclude Him from certain areas of our lives. We try to keep Him in heaven above, and (NOT) in earth beneath. The more of our lives we surrender to Him, the less room there will be for Satan to operate and the less dead spots we will have.

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