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Read:  Revelation 3:20, Genesis 1:26

 

 

            The true story is told about the Mexican boll weevil which came across the southern borders of the United States in 1915.  These insects wiped out more than 60% of the cotton crop in Alabama that year state’s agriculture program was almost wiped out and the local farmers were put under economic hardship.  George Washington Carver laboratory work on the peanut had yet to be put to the test on a large scale. 

 

               The farmers were forced to diversify their crops and chose to plant peanuts instead of cotton.  Dr. Carver’s peanut exploration proved to be a prosperous crop for the farmers within two years.  In December 1919 the city of Enterprise, Ala., erected a monument in the city square of the boll weevil, giving thanks to what the boll weevil, and not the peanut, for how it  had prospered them.  God is in the business of turning tragedy into blessings.  Job lost everything but God restored, Joseph was thrown in the pit and served more than fourteen years in prison but ended up saving a nation from disaster.  The Prodigal son was living in a hog pen but God made him a favorite son again.  Jesus was crucified so that you and I can be resurrected into a new life “again.” 

 

               Somewhere in the closets of our lives are hidden “statues of a fool.” These statues account for a lot of foolish and stupid things we all have done.  This is also the times when we chose not to have God in our lives and we ended up making a fool out of ourselves.  So instead of putting a statue with our image on it out in public, we put it in our secret closets for no one to see, not even God.

 

               The Easter celebration (Resurrection) is the time when all Christians and non-Christians alike are to clean out their closets of all the old/new statures of fools and skeletons they have become.  With the future objective in mind to not fill their secret closets with statues of fools   again.  God’s children must learn to use the God spirit in them to become “Overcomers.”
Only overcomers (of sin through Jesus Christ) will have their name written in the “Book of Life” (Revelations 3:5).

 

               When we take moral matters of life into our hands and leave God out, we are essentially quenching the Spirit. We are told not to do (1 Thessalonians 5:19).  God wants to put His Spirit in us (Acts 2:17).   It is God’s Spirit living within us which gives us the right mind and courage to do right and overcome our troubles.  Having been doubtful that His Father had abandoned Him while on the cross, Jesus realized that He still had God’s Spirit in Him and responded to the thief who cried out to be saved.  And Jesus saved him that day (Luke 23:43).

 

               Our lives are short and sometimes nasty and brutish.  We are sometimes stupid, cheap and sleazy.  And yet there is something still good in us, something great, good, and splendid

 

Like God.  Everybody has a part of God in them.  God deemed it so (Ezekiel 11:19).  If God’s Spirit is not in other people then it would be impossible to live in peace upon this earth.  There is a great deal of honesty, friendliness and decency in people around us.  There are often more kind people than mean ones.  There is some God in each of us.  God commanded   ”Let Us make man in our image, after our likeness.”  That should make you stand up a little straighter knowing that some of God is still in you, even though you may not recognize it so easily (Revelations 3:20).

 

               All of God’s children should take care not to tarnish what little glory God has put inside of us.  In worship we must declare God’s presence in us!  This should be our daily desire.

 

God knew the stubborn depths of evil we will have to go through, yet HE still chose to put some of Him in us.  This is what Easter celebration is all about.  If you celebrate Easter without God in you, then you are celebrating a god which is dead.