Sunday, June 23, 2013

June  20, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . He's Always There To Listen To Us and Willing and Ready To Restore Us  (Cliff S)
Bible Study Verse
Ephesians 4:17-24
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned  when you heard about Christ and were taught in Him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds;  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. NIV)

As I read this scripture, I am reminded of a taxidermist's work. When we first come to Christ, the Bible tells us we are "born again" in John 3. We must "die" to our old ways, which are run by the flesh, not the Spirit of God; and we are reborn in the image of Christ.

When we have a trophy mounted, the taxidermist brings that creature "back to life". I don't know how many of you have seen old mounts, but after time, even the best trophies become worn. They need to be "touched up". The taxidermist will use his skills and tools to refresh that trophy.

Action Point
In our walk with Christ, we too can become worn and in need of a '"touch up" from God. God will take us in His arms and restore us. He does this on a daily basis when we read His Word and talk with Him. 

If you need a "touch up" from the Master taxidermist today, just call out to Him. He's always there to listen to us, and willing and ready to restore us.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
If you are planning on having that trophy mounted, keep this in mind--do all you can to keep the hide clean and presentable for the work of your taxidermist.