Monday, April 25, 2011

YOUR MONDAY MORNING DEVOTION!

FOREVER AND AMEN
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"The grass withers, and its flower falls away, But the Word of the Lord endures forever.” 1 Peter 1:24-25   
Read 1 Peter 1:22-25 with Isaiah 40:6-8 
These words seem to roll off the tongue with such ease. But, do we really grasp its meaning? Do you know how many times God planted this phrase in His Word? It appears 279 times in the King James Version! Wow, God is making a major point with this group of words. Together let’s discover some heavenly treasures about Forever and Ever, Amen in 1 Peter 1:24-25! Peter is quoting Isaiah 40:6-8.
Real life analogies help us understand God’s spiritual life lessons. So, since this is springtime let’s use roadside wildflowers as our visual as we excavate this scripture. You know the beautiful bouquets that appear over night?
All flesh = Man = Grass = the grass on the side of the road = Withers = Dries up
All the glory of man = The Grass’ Flower like the Indian Paint Brush, Bluebonnet, or Black-Eyed Susan = Falls away = Fades = Temporary
Endures forever = the Word of the Lord = God’s promises in the Bible = Eternal, Everlasting, Never changing! 
Oh my goodness, don’t miss this…
When we glorify ourselves God’s “moisture” spiritual depletes from my soul. The fruit of my labor begins to droop, shrivel, and die like a fading flower due to the lack of “living water” that only the Lord provides. But, we can’t stop here. Isaiah 40:7drives home a deeper picture for us… 
The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it. Isaiah 40:7 
What happens to dried wildflowers in the heat of the summer? How do the wildflowers respond as the relentless winds blow, the sun's rays streamline the fields, and the rains subside? They experience a slow death. Does this mean they don’t have the potential to reappear? No, they are dormant and ready to spring into action when the weather conditions are just right.  
Real Life Application… As God’s children, we are to always give God the Glory for everything He does through us… feeding the homeless, working at church, teaching a women's group, leading a committee, encouraging words spoken, financially helping others, etc. The second we take glory for anything God does through us it’s like the flower of the grass fading away. The breath of the Lord is like the wind blowing the petals off the plant in the heat of the summer. He chooses to use us as His hands and feet. Our physical bodies wither and our acts of kindness fade away, but the Lord isForever and Ever. Amen!
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