Daily Encouragement: Day 234

From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 234


He who comes from above is above all;
he who is from the earth belongs to the earth,
and speaks as one from the earth.
He who comes from heaven is above all.
He whom God has sent speaks the words of God,
for He gives the Spirit without limit.
(John 3:31, 34)

What the law was powerless to do in that
it was weakened through the flesh,
God did by sending His own Son in the likeness
of sinful flesh, on account of sin;
He condemned sin in the flesh,
in order that the requirement of the law
might be fully met in us,
who do not walk according to the flesh,
but according to the Spirit.
(Romans 8:3–4)

The story has been told of a do-it-yourselfer who went into a hardware store early one morning and asked for a saw. The salesman took a chain saw from the shelf and commented that it was their “newest model, with the latest in technology, guaranteed to cut 10 cords of firewood a day.” The customer thought that sounded pretty good, so he bought it on the spot.

The next day the customer returned, looking somewhat exhausted. “Something must be wrong with this saw,” he moaned. “I worked as hard as I could and only managed to cut three cords of wood. I used to do four with my old-fashioned saw.” Looking confused, the salesman said, “Here, let me try it out back on some wood we keep there.” They went to the woodpile, the salesman pulled the cord, and as the motor went Vvvrooommm, the customer leaped back and exclaimed, “What’s that noise?”

The customer trying to saw wood without the power of the chainsaw to help him is very much like the believer who attempts to live the Christian life without the daily empowerment of the Spirit.

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